Your Hands Are Full Of Blood

Dominion Over The Animals ..
The bible, on many occasions, says that man was given “dominion” over the animals. People have twisted this to mean that they can do anything they wish to animals. What is meant by “dominion” is the ability to impose our will. We do indeed rule over all animals, as we are the most powerful species on the planet.
This however, does not mean it is okay to abuse this power, through animal abuse, and other wicked acts.
( Denis Giron )

For every beast of the forest is Mine, the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird of the mountains, and everything that moves in the field is Mine.
( Psalm 50:10-11 )

To do charity and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.
( Proverbs 21:3 )

Throughout the bible there are many stories that have a strong moral value. Whenever you read a story in the bible, ask yourself what the moral of that story was. It has to have a moral, because if there is no moral, then the story has no relevance. Surely nothing in the bible is irrelevant. In Numbers 22: 21-34, there is the story of Balaam beating his donkey. Within these verses is a strong story about animal abuse, suffering, and animal rights.
( Denis Giron )

What I want is mercy, not sacrifice.
( Hosea 6:6 )

God Does Not Command Animal Sacrifice ..
The idea of animal rights being expressed in the bible comes under fire from those who point to instances of animal sacrifice. I admit the many mentionings of animal sacrifice in the bible have troubled me in the past. How can a merciful God command us to sacrifice animals ? The truth of the matter is, we are NOT supposed to sacrifice animals. God does not command us to do this. The truth is, in Moses’ time, after the Jews came out of Egypt, God allowed animal sacrifices for that time period. The great Jewish philosopher Abarbanel believed animal sacrifice was briefly allowed by God in order to end the idolatry the Jews practiced in Egypt. He cited a Jewish writing that indicated that the Jews had become accustomed to sacrifices in Egypt. To wean them from these idolatrous practices, God tolerated the sacrifices but commanded that they be offered in one central sanctuary.
( Denis Giron )

Your Hands Are Full Of Blood ..
The multitude of your sacrifices, what are they to me ? I have more than enough of burnt offerings, of rams and the fat of fattened animals. I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats. When you come to appear before me, who has asked this of you, this trampling of my courts ? Stop bringing meaningless offerings. Your incense is detestable to me. New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations, I cannot bear your evil assemblies. Your New Moon festivals and your appointed feasts my soul hates. They have become a burden to me. I am weary of bearing them. When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide my eyes from you. Even if you offer many prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are full of blood. Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight. Stop doing wrong.
( Isaiah 1:11-16 )

Across the globe, there is a small handful of vegetarian Christians who assert that Jesus was a vegetarian. The bible, and other sources, seems to support this belief. Vegetarianism is not without precedent in the Christian, or even Catholic faiths. Many early church fathers were vegetarian, including St. Basil, St. John Chrysostom, and St. Francis of Assisi.
( Denis Giron )

Refrain at all times from such foods as cannot be procured without violence and oppression.
( Thomas Tryon )

Meat Corrupts Your Heart ..
Throughout history there has been many vegetarian jews. Even today, only India has more faith-based vegetarians than Israel. These vegetarian jews believed meat corrupted your soul. Eating meat was permitted by God, but so was drinking alcohol. In fact, just like alcohol, the bible teaches, meat makes you “stumble”, or corrupts your heart (Romans 14-21). That is why Jesus, the Messiah, would eat butter and honey, instead of meat, so that his heart would not be corrupted. Before, during, and after Jesus’ time Jews argued whether or not meat was good for people. There were many vegetarian jews, so why not Jesus ?
( Denis Giron )

Until we consider animal life to be worthy of the consideration and reverence we bestow upon old books and pictures and historic monuments, there will always be the animal refugee living a precarious life on the edge of extermination, dependent for existence on the charity of a few human beings.
( Gerald Durrell )

The Prophet Daniel Was A Vegetarian ..
In the first chapter of the book of Daniel, Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon has imprisoned Daniel. In verse 8, Daniel refused to defile himself by eating the meat being served to him in the prison. Daniel abstained from the meat offered because he was a vegetarian. He knew the benefits of such a diet. Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over him: “Please test your servants for ten days. Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.” So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days. At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. So the guard took away their meat and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead (Daniel 1:11-16).
( Denis Giron )

Animals have a short life, yet we choose not only to kill them and make it shorter, we abuse and torture the poor souls beforehand. What does that say about us when we can’t even show a little compassion and kindness before we brutally slaughter them and mutilate their bodies ?
( Len Firswood )

Let Us Be Kind To Animals ..
Life is as precious to us as it is for an animal. An animal is as loving, caring, and kind to her children as we are. She might not be able to tell us but she can express it through her eyes and expressions. She feels joy and happiness. She is helpless in our cruel hands and vulnerable to our vicious greed. Let us be kind to animals.

Let us learn to feel their pain. Can we kill a helpless baby to feed our greed ? Then how can we kill helpless animal friends that can’t talk ? Often we kill just for fun. How funny would it be if an animal killed a human just for fun ? Let us be kind to animals as much as possible. I know we can. It is easier to love an animal than a human being. If you love an animal, it will rarely hurt you. Let us practice kindness and compassion to animals so that we may create a peaceful world.
( Debasish Mridha )

The prophesy in Isaiah 7:15 said Jesus would eat butter and honey (rather than meat) to be able to know the difference between good and evil. If Jesus ate meat, then he does not fit the Messianic prophesy of the Jews. Nowhere in the bible does it ever mention Jesus eating meat. Now, knowing that the bible never mentions him eating meat, and taking into account the fact that Jesus taught love and kindness, how hard is it to assume he might have been a vegetarian ?
( Denis Giron )

I encourage everyone to go where their hearts take them, with love, not fear. If we all travel this road, the world will be a better place for all beings. Kinder and more humane choices will be made when we let our hearts lead the way. Compassion begets compassion and caring for and loving animals spills over into compassion and caring for humans. The umbrella of compassion is very important to share freely and widely.
( Marc Bekoff )

What About Fish ? ..
In the 14th chapter of Matthew (verses 13-21) Jesus takes his boat to a remote island. Thousands follow him there. Jesus tells his disciples to feed these people, but they tell him that they only have five loaves of bread and two fish (verse 17). Jesus gave thanks for the food, and it multiplied into enough to feed five thousand people. Now the question is, if Jesus was a vegetarian, why was he giving fish to his followers ? It should be noted that some scholars contend that the Greek word for “fish weed” (a dried seaweed) has been mistranslated in this story as “fish”. It is certainly true that dried fishweed would be more likely in a basket with bread, and fishweed remains a popular food among Palestinian peasants like the people to whom Jesus was speaking. Also, in the beginning of the story (Matthew 14:13) it says Jesus got to this place by boat. These people were right by the sea. If they were out of fish, why not just go on a quick fishing expedition ? Surely with 5,000 men present it would not be that hard to go fishing. With this in mind, it further supports the thought that fishweed was being used, not actual fish. Also, when one considers that the disciples did not even think about trying to catch some fish, this helps explain Matthew 4:18-20, where Jesus gets his first disciples by telling some fishermen to give up their profession and follow him. Jesus even says to them “I will make you a fisher of men”. Could this be Jesus was having them give up their barbaric line of work to do something more righteous ? It may sound absurd, but it starts to make a little more sense when you take it in the same context as the story of feeding five thousand, where the disciples never even considered trying to catch some fish, despite being beside the sea. Why didn’t they go fishing ? Did Jesus teach it was wrong to eat fish ?
( Denis Giron )

Surely it is our animal nature that recognizes the divinity of the natural world in all its mystery and beauty, despite the distressing habits and limited perception that afflict our species. So perhaps our hope of redemption lies in the fact that we are animals, not that we are people.
( Elizabeth Marshall Thomas )

People pray to God for mercy and justice but continue to eat the flesh of animals that are slaughtered solely for their gustatory desires. I fail to understand why the masses believe it’s okay to bring gentle animals into the world with the sole intention of hurting them and then brutally killing them. What, or who, gave us the right or the authority to do this? Certainly not a loving God or Creator.
( Rose Winfold )

The Hidden Truths Of The Meat Industry

The Single Biggest Way To Reduce Our Impact On Earth ..
The word ‘veganism’ first came about in 1944, when teacher Donald Watson founded The Vegan Society in Leicester. It’s a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.
It’s no longer disputed that eating less meat is better for the planet.
Animal agriculture is the leading cause of environmental destruction, species extinction, ocean dead zones and water pollution, yet we do little to counter it.
Studies prove that swapping to a vegan diet is the single biggest way to reduce our impact on earth. Critics of veganism frequently argue that soya is unsustainable, yet only 6% of all soya is used for human consumption. The overwhelming majority is used for animal feed. Countless studies link major diseases like cancer, heart disease, stroke and diabetes to the consumption of animal protein.
Switching to a plant-based diet has been proven to prevent, treat and even reverse heart disease and type two diabetes.
The health benefits of a plant-based diet have never been clearer. Tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams, F1’s Lewis Hamilton, boxer David Haye and many other elite athletes have all cited their vegan diet as reasons for their success, claiming they feel stronger and faster and their recovery is quicker.
( Extracts from an article by Selene Nelson )

The Kangaroo Killing Industry ..
Welcome to the world of the Kangaroo Killing Industry. It’s what the Kangaroo Killing Industry and their affiliates don’t tell you that is of greatest concern.
As an Indigenous woman, I’ve been exposing the Kangaroo Killing Industry for decades and I’m always amazed at the spin people blindly believe about kangaroos including that “Indigenous people ate them for thousands of years”. No, actually many of us didn’t and indeed don’t. You see, Kangaroo are a Sacred Totem Animal to many of we Indigenous people. They are a Creator Spirit and The Dreaming of Country and holding Kangaroo as Totem means for many Indigenous people we never ate it, or eat it, ever.
Generalised ignorance is what the Kangaroo Killing Industry thrives on and they run a mile when asked why they don’t have warnings on their packages regarding very real and justified concerns about kangaroo meat.
They think ongoing international trade or supermarket bans against the Industry based on inherent cruelty, unsustainable slaughter and ongoing meat contamination issues is nothing to worry about. Oh really?
Kangaroo meat carries a naturally heavy parasite load — a single Western or Eastern Grey Kangaroo can be infected with up to 30,000 parasitic worms from up to 20 different nematode species.
Over the years epidemics have wiped out many millions of kangaroos.
In Western NSW in 2016 millions of kangaroos died from an unknown, uncontrollable disease that is still undiagnosed, yet state and federal governments and the Kangaroo Killing Industry continue to slaughter kangaroos and sell the meat to consumers. There is some evidence gathered by a vet and pathologist from NSW western district that goats with similar symptoms of this still un-identified disease crosses the species barrier. If there was an epidemic in the animal agriculture industry, there would be thorough investigations, but not with the Kangaroo Killing Industry? Wild ‘game’ kangaroos can harbour a wide range of bacterial, parasitic and fungal diseases. The potential transfer of ‘zoonotic’ pathogens between species is possible but not well researched.
Toxoplasmosis and Salmonellosis, two bacterial infections affecting kangaroos and human health, can spread to humans through the handling, processing or consumption of infected kangaroo meat. Independent analyses from the past 20 years consistently turned up kangaroo meat that harboured the salmonella bacterium and other bacterial contaminants. This comes from the way that shooting and transport in the wild occurs.
Slaughtered kangaroos are transported in the open air, gathering dust and flies, stored in field chillers, and may not be transported to processors for up to 14 days after being shot. The fact that kangaroo shooters are being instructed to spray down kangaroo carcasses with acetic acid (combats pathogens) is also kept well hidden from you, the public. The cyst-forming tapeworm, Echinococcus granulosus, entered Australia on sheep and now affects kangaroos as intermediate hosts.
For too long this brutal industry of wretched animal cruelty has crept along under the radar. The time is long overdue for this slaughter of The Dreaming to be shown in all its reality. For you and your pets. Buyer beware.
( Extracts from an article by Ro Mudyin Godwin, 11.01.2019 )

The Truths Are Kept Hidden By The Meat And Dairy Industries ..
What we forget, when we pick up products from the supermarket shelves, is that the meat, dairy and egg industries are some of the most powerful in the world. Their marketing reflects this. People see labels like ‘humane milk’ and ‘humane meat’ and they believe them, yet these are myths, marketing ploys that exist only to make us feel better. The word humane means compassionate and kind, and because it means this, neither meat nor dairy can ever be considered it.
Dairy cows are forcibly impregnated to produce milk. Their calves are taken at birth. If he’s male, he’s often shot because he won’t produce milk, or he may be dumped, still alive, in ditches like garbage. Alternatively he’ll be locked in a pen, unable to move, touch grass, or even lie down, and when his muscles are soft enough, he’ll be killed and sold as veal. If the calf is female, she’ll lead the same life as her mother, repeatedly impregnated, her calves taken, and when she’s too spent to produce enough milk (around six years old) she’ll be sent to the slaughterhouse.
Cows naturally live to 25 years old.
The fact that all dairy cows end up as cheap beef isn’t widely known. Neither is the abhorrent treatment of newborn calves. But public ignorance is what the industry wants, and so the truths are kept hidden and the myths perpetuated.
( Extracts from an article by Selene Nelson )

Go Vegan And Nobody Gets Hurt ..
The vegan movement supports both non-human and human animals and helps them to live better lives. The term vegan refers to those who choose not to support the humiliation, exploitation, torture and killing of innocent animals.
One doesn’t eat leather, or ingest duck down or consume wool. You can’t munch on a circus or chow down on a zoo. It’s also notoriously difficult to scoff a horse race. Sadly, animal abuse doesn’t end with eating them.
As for those who say they won’t go vegan because they don’t want to eat processed foods, my jaw drops every time I hear that one. Do they have no idea how much processing meat, milk and egg products go through before they reach the supermarket shelves ? Some seem to imagine that a burger made from plants is ‘unnatural’ where as one made from a cow’s butt couldn’t be more pure. What utter nonsense. They seem to dismiss the antibiotics that are pumped into animals reared for meat, the hormones that rage inside two thirds of dairy cows at any one time (because they’re pregnant) and therefore make it into the milk humans consume, the colouring that is added to salmon to make it look pink, the water injected into chickens to make them heavier (as they’re sold by weight), and don’t even get me started on bacon.
Health and veganism are connected, in that having a whole foods, plant based diet (along with regular exercise and mindfulness) is your best chance of leading a long and healthy life. However, veganism is an ethical choice and non-human animals must be at the centre of it. Go vegan and nobody gets hurt.
( Tofu Temptress, 18.09.2017 )

Going meat-free can make a huge difference. Studies show that vegetarians are, on average, 10 to 20 pounds lighter than meat-eaters and that a vegetarian diet reduces our risk of heart disease by 40% and adds seven or more years to our lifespan.
( Ingrid Newkirk )

The Slaughter Of Billions Of Newly-Hatched Chicks ..
The public aren’t told about the practice of ‘chick culling’, the slaughter of billions of newly-hatched chicks every year. Male chicks are by-products of the egg industry, worthless because they don’t lay eggs, so they are macerated alive in high-speed grinders, asphyxiated by carbon dioxide, or suffocated in plastic bins.
( Selene Nelson )

Eating Any Meat Poses Serious Health Risks ..
The World Health Organisation declared processed meat a ‘carcinogen’ that increases the risk of colon or rectum cancer by 18%. But it’s not just processed meat that poses a health risk. Science has known for a while that eating all kinds of animals, including white meat, is unhealthy. Eating any meat, hormone-free or not, poses serious long-term risks to our health.
A vast array of studies from top universities and independent researchers has found that eating chickens, cows, pigs and other animals promotes cancer in many forms. Large studies in England and Germany showed that vegetarians were about 40% less likely to develop cancer compared to meat-eaters, the most common forms being breast, prostate, and colon cancers. A 2014 Harvard study found that just one serving a day of red meat during adolescence was associated with a 22% higher risk of pre-menopausal breast cancer and that the same red meat consumption in adulthood was associated with a 13% higher risk of breast cancer overall.
( Len Firswood, 11.11.2015 )

Mutilated At Birth ..
What about pigs, among the most intelligent, emotional and cognitively complex animals in the world ? Sows are kept in metal ‘gestation crates’ so small they can’t even turn around. They are mutilated at birth, their tails cut off, their teeth pulled, their ears tagged. In this country, we think the ‘humane’ way of killing them is to gas them. Forced into carbon dioxide gas chambers, pigs’ bodies burn from the inside as they suffocate. Their panicked, agonised screams can be heard far outside the chambers.
( Selene Nelson )

Consuming Meat And Dairy May Cause Impotence ..
Meat, eggs, and dairy products slow the flow of blood to all the body’s organs, and not just the heart. Originally, it was thought that impotence was caused only by anxiety, but according to the Erectile Dysfunction Institute, up to 90% of all cases of impotence are actually physical as opposed to psychological, meaning the high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, prostate cancer or inflammations, and hormonal imbalances that eating meat causes might also contribute to impotence.
Numerous physicians and nutritionists agree that the best way to prevent artery blockage as well as multiple other conditions that cause impotence is to eat a diet high in fibre, including plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
( Extract from an article by Rachel Krantz, 15.02.2016 )

The Industrialisation Of Living Creatures ..
Unfortunately, animals have been victimised to the point where they’re not even considered victims anymore. In the UK, we’re appalled by the Yulin dog meat festival in China, dismayed by the Faroe Islands’ pilot whale hunt, but cows, pigs, chickens? They don’t count. The animals themselves disappear, they’re no longer living, breathing, feeling individuals, they’re commodities, walking hunks of flesh waiting to be killed. This isn’t even about meat anymore, it’s about the industrialisation of living creatures. Do these animals feel fear, as they’re lead into the slaughterhouse over ground coated in blood ? Do they feel pain, as they’re hung upside down and a knife is thrust into their throat? We know, from the abattoir footage no-one wants to watch, that the answers to these questions is ‘yes’.
If we could live in a world where we could not only survive but thrive without eating animal products. If there was an abundance of plant-based food at our disposal. If eating this way was infinitely less harmful to the environment. Should we still choose to kill animals? If these three hypotheses are true, can there ever be a moral justification for doing what we do to animals?
Vegans are called ‘extremists’, but what really is more extreme? Gratuitously exploiting and killing living beings for their milk, eggs and meat, or trying to encourage people not to kill unnecessarily?
( Extracts from an article by Selene Nelson )

Animal Lovers Don’t Eat Animals

The indifference, callousness, and contempt that so many people exhibit toward animals is evil first because it results in great suffering towards animals, and second because it results in an incalculably great impoverishment of human spirit.
( Ashley Montagu )

Dogs never bite me. Just humans.
( Marilyn Monroe )

An animal’s experience of the world and life is probably different from ours.
We don’t know what it’s like to be an animal, although we also are animals.
It would be very ignorant to assume that other animals have a lesser experience than us.
( Rose Winfold )

Many humans are civilised, many are still evolving.
And, because of this, animals continue to suffer.
( Dion Felsrow )

Man is the cruelest animal.
( Friedrich Nietzsche )

We generally accept that it’s natural for carnivorous wild animals to kill other animals in order to live. But people don’t often think (or even know) about the extraordinary and unnatural suffering that humans inflict on the animals that we freely harvest for food, with the help of modern high technology and the animal food sciences.
( Marc Bekoff )

If the millions of caged animals in the world could speak, what might they say.

Men are the devils of the earth, and the animals are the tormented souls.
( Arthur Schopenhauer )

If you eat animals, you don’t love animals. You love to eat them.
( Andrew Kirschner )

Each soul taken by violence, violates all humanity.
( Anthony Douglas Williams )

Crying is the only way animals can speak when they are unable to explain the pain they are suffering.

This isn’t animal experimentation, where you can imagine some proportionate good at the other end of the suffering. This is what we feel like eating. Tell me something: Why is taste, the crudest of our sense, exempted from the ethical rules that govern our other sense ? If you stop and think about it, it’s crazy. Why doesn’t a horny person has as strong a claim to raping an animal as a hungry one does to killing and eating it ?
( Jonathan Safran Foer )

Our treatment of animals, in every department, is deeply and systematically immoral. Becoming a vegetarian is only the most minimal ethical response to the magnitude of the evil.
( Colin McGinn )

I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals, as surely as the savage tribes have left off eating each other when they came in contact with the more civilised.
( Henry David Thoreau )

How can we possibly behave in a ‘humane’ way when we rape a cow, steal her children, steal her childrens’ milk, and when she can no longer give enough milk and becomes ‘uneconomical’, we brutally kill her and mutilate her body.
( Flori Swedon )

When I look into the eyes of animals, I can feel their pain, I see the sadness in their heart, their spirit broken, their freedom lost. Their souls touch my soul.
( Rose Winfold )

When advocating for animals, we need to win hearts and minds, not arguments and debates.
( John Oberg )

Farmers, creatures with no conscience or compassion who profit from enslaving, abusing, hurting, and killing vulnerable animals.
( Len Firswood )

If you really care about animals, then stop trying to figure out how to exploit them ‘compassionately’. Just stop exploiting them.
( Gary L Francione )

Without close and reciprocal relationships with other animal beings, we’re alienated from the rich, diverse, and magnificent world in which we live.
( Marc Bekoff )

Those who ignore, or don’t feel the suffering of animals are generally of low intelligence, mindless, and without conscience.
( Rose Winfold )

Dog lovers don’t eat dogs.
Cat lovers don’t eat cats.
Animal lovers don’t eat animals.

Societies that lack respect for animals eventually lose respect for human beings.
( Wayne Gerard Trotman )

I think it’s immoral to harm them. And that seems to me to provide a very strong moral reason to be vegetarian. It seems to me that our treatment of animals is morally appalling, and that we ought to radically revise the way we live, precisely because they feel pain, they can be hurt, and we’re constantly hurting these creatures.
( Shelly Kagan )

I don’t understand the mentality of this, who sees a magnificent creature in its natural habitat and thinks to themselves they want to kill it ? The culture of ‘hunting’ is sick and twisted. I don’t understand why this sociopathic practise is legal.
( John Smith )

Our interactions with animals tell us a good deal about how we perceive ourselves, who we are as animals. Our interactions with animals run deep, and in very pragmatic ways, these interactions affect both ourselves and the animals involved. Simply put, when we harm other animals we hurt ourselves, and when we protect and nurture other animals, we heal ourselves. 
( Marc Bekoff )

Whenever you’re feeling stupid, just remember..
There’s still people who believe that having blunt canine teeth makes them a natural meat eater.

Who knows what the long-term effects of saving rescue dogs are and the healing lessons and love they bring to Earth ? Each one of us has the capacity to influence hundreds, even thousands of people or animals through the way we live our lives.
( Jadi Kindred )

I remember looking at the fear in her eyes. How could someone be so cruel ?
I thought as the hens cried. When will people realise that other animals have just as much the right as we do.
( Zoe Rosenberg )

The human body has no more need for cows’ milk than it does for dogs’ milk, horses’ milk, or giraffes’ milk.
( Dr Michael Klaper )

Real men protect the innocent, the weak, the helpless and the vulnerable.
( Rose Winfold )

Emotions are the gifts of our ancestors. We have them and so do other animals.
We must never forget this. 

( Marc Bekoff )

We have doomed the wolf not for what it is, but for what we deliberately and mistakenly perceive it to be – the mythologised epitome of a savage ruthless killer – which is, in reality, no more than a reflected image of ourself.
( Farley Mowat )

The hardest part about being a vegan is getting up at 3 am to milk the almonds.

Beyond the economics of production efficiency, animal welfare laws that require ‘humane’ treatment are really not about animals. They’re about humans and making humans feel better about using animals. We can comfort ourselves with the idea that we are acting in a ‘humane’ way.
( Gary Francione )

So many people can’t be bothered or inconvenienced to change their eating habits for the betterment of animals, their health, and the environment. Selfish, pathetic and sad come to mind.
( Flori Swedon )

The purpose of cows’ milk is to turn a 65 pound calf into a 400 pound cow as rapidly as possible. Cows’ milk is baby cows’ growth fluid. Everything in that white liquid – the hormones, the lipids, the proteins, the sodium, the growth factors, the IGF, every one of those is meant to blow that cow up to a great big cow or it wouldn’t be there.
( Dr Michael Klaper )

Why is it that blood, rather than peace, sells ?
( Marc Bekoff )

If you want to eat animal products, then animals have to die.
You may not be holding the gun or the knife yourself, but you are complicit in their death.
( Rose Winfold )

Our treatment of animals and our attitude toward them are crucial not only to any pretensions we have to ethical behaviour but the humankind’s intellectual and moral evolution. Which is how the human animal is meant to evolve, isn’t it ?
( Joy Williams )

Don’t get a job in an abattoir. Don’t be a butcher. The idea that people have to do these jobs for a livelihood is ridiculous. They can get other jobs. Shoplift, man. Better to be a prostitute than cut an animal’s head off for a living.
( Chrissie Hynde )

The single most important step an individual can take to reduce global warming is to adopt a meat and dairy-free diet.
( The United Nations )

When we say to someone, “Oh you’re behaving like an animal,” it’s actually a compliment rather than an insult. We need to work for a science of peace and build a culture of empathy, and emphasize the positive, pro-social side of the character of other animals and ourselves. It’s truly who we and other animals are.
( Marc Bekoff )

Animals should not require our permission to live on Earth.
Animals were given the right to be here long before humans arrived.

Is it possible, I ask myself, that all of them are participants in a crime of stupefying proportions ? Am I fantasising it all ? I must be mad. Yet every day I see the evidences. The very people I suspect produce the evidence, exhibit it, offer it to me. Corpses. Fragments of corpses that they have bought for money.
( J.M. Coetzee )

It’s amazing how many cruel, unnecessary and ignorant things are accepted because of so-called ‘tradition’. I’m not sure why this barbaric ‘tradition’ continues, they look so stupid dressed up like that.
( John Smith on ‘hunting’ wildlife animals in the UK )

Just in case you didn’t know.
Veal is a by-product of the dairy industry.

Especially when it comes to animals used for food, humanity’s reasoning power and concern about fairness plummets.
( Karen Davis )

There was a time when man could communicate with all animals, but we have since forgotten their language.
( Anthony Douglas Williams )

Waiting to be slaughtered, they look into the eyes of humans seeking help and compassion, but see only darkness and ignorance.
( Rose Winfold )

Pay for unhealthy animal products.
Then pay more for medical treatment.
Then die ignorant.
( Len Firswood )

I return one last time to the places of death all around us, the places of slaughter to which, in a huge communal effort, we close our hearts. Each day a fresh holocaust, yet, as far as I can see, our moral being is untouched. We do not feel tainted. We can do anything, it seems, and come away clean.
( J.M. Coetzee )

For some time the monotheistic religions (Christianity, Islam, Judaism & Humanism) have been busy persuading us that humans are superior than anything else in the Universe and nothing else matters. The industrialism is an embodiment of this faith. Soon we will learn we have been wrong.
( Ann Must )

Some folks insist that believing in animal rights is like a religion.
But religion asks followers to believe in things nobody can see, while animal rights advocates ask followers to see things nobody can believe. 
( Craig Burton )

Known as the “Dirty Secret” in the dairy industry, around 95,000 newborn male calves are killed every year in the UK alone.

Perhaps the most insightful way to illustrate the intensification of animal-intensive agricultural production over the course of the 20th (and into the 21st) century is with a simple statistic: the poultry industry today slaughters more birds in one day than the entire industry did in the year of 1930.
( James Pearce )

What really annoys me ?
Those who say they love animals and yet pay simpletons to kill and mutilate baby cows, baby sheep and baby pigs just so they can cook and feast on pieces of their little bodies.
( Rose Winfold )

It’s incredible that there can exist a culture on this earth that sees this as an acceptable thing to do and incredible to think the world allows it to happen.
( John Smith on ‘hunting’ )

I really wish that humans would be kind to us.

The ‘meat’ on your plate isn’t a product of farming.
It’s a product of oppression, violence, torture and murder.
( Rose Winfold )

‘Hunting’ Is A Coward’s Pastime

Man Is The Only Animal That Is To Be Dreaded ..
One saw a bird dying, shot by a man. It was flying with rhythmic beat and beautifully, with such freedom and lack of fear. And the gun shattered it. It fell to the earth and all the life had gone out of it. A dog fetched it, and the man collected other dead birds. He was chattering with his friend and seemed so utterly indifferent. All that he was concerned with was bringing down so many birds, and it was over as far as he was concerned. They are killing all over the world. Those marvellous, great animals of the sea, the whales, are killed by the million, and the tiger and so many other animals are now becoming endangered species. Man is the only animal that is to be dreaded.
( Jiddu Krishnamurti )

If your heart is in working order, you will feel sadness for these gentle souls and anger at the evil little shits who murdered them and then posted their corpses on social media believing it to be some kind of victory.
( Rose Winfold )

Social psychologist Rob Alpha explains how researchers with the Genetic Economic Analytics Group found the neurophysiological link between sex and a man’s desire to hunt.. It turns out the same regions of the brain that are activated in the sex drive and orgasm are also activated by the compulsion to hunt and harvest animals.

Fact: Hunting is a coward’s pastime.
( Sir Roger Moore )

Sadism may take a socially acceptable form (such as deer hunting and deer stalking) and other varieties of so-called ‘sport’.. These all represent the destructive and cruel energies of man directed toward more helpless creatures.
Perhaps more directly relevant are experiences in which individual infliction of pain on an animal or another person has given rise to sexual excitement.. We have noted elsewhere the connection between strong emotional and sexual stimulation.
( Dr. Karl Menninger, renowned psychiatrist, 1893-1990 )

The Greatest Slaughter Of Wildlife Land Animals On Our Planet ..
Kangaroos are not farmed.. The commercial ‘hunting’ of kangaroos is totally unsupervised in remote Australia.. There is no account of kangaroos that are miss-shot and escape to die a painful, agonising death.
An ex-kangaroo shooter said, “The mouth of a kangaroo can be blown off and the kangaroo can escape to die of shock and starvation.. Stomachs can be hit expelling the contents with the kangaroo still alive.. Backbones can be pulverised to an unrecognisable state.. Hind legs can be shattered with the kangaroo desperately trying to get away on the other or without the use of the other.. To deny that this goes on is just an exercise in attempting to fool the public.”

Hunting may reflect a profound yet subtle psychosexual inadequacy.
( Dr. Joel R. Saper, University of Michigan )

Hunters are seeking reassurance of their sexuality.. The feeling of power that hunting brings temporarily relieves this sexual uneasiness.
( Margaret Brooke-Williams, clinical psychologist )

Hunters Suffer From Repressed Sexual Issues ..
During the fall season across North America hunters reach peak ‘buck fever’, and clinicians report that incidences of domestic violence and wife-beating always peak the day before each species of hunting season opens.. If we could peer inside the unconscious mind of the hunter, we would find a Pandora’s Box of repressed sexual issues.. Whether or not hunters shoot deer to demonstrate sexual potency or out of sexual frustration, in symbolic lieu of raping and killing women, there can be little doubt that as a social ritual, much hunting is all about killing the feminine in the hunter’s own self.. Of course, if you ask any hunter why they love to hunt, there will never be a discussion of sexual repression, or the ‘killing of the feminine in the hunter’s own self’.. Most won’t even be able to explain their motivation at all.
A few of them will, however, make the case for hunting-for-food.
( Merritt Clifton, author )

If you have a sadistic desire to go hunting and kill, do it on a one-to-one basis armed only with the tools that you were born with.
I wonder how many of the morons would be brave enough ?
( Rose Winfold )

Proven Link Between Hunting And Small Penis Size ..
Diminutive male genitalia disorder (DMGD) has been considered only a theory in the scientific world, but now the long-suspected link between hunting and unusually small penis size has been established as scientific fact by the Diminutive Male Genitalia Disorder Research Organisation (DMGDRO).. The DMGDRO has conducted an extensive two-year study on men with diminutive male genitalia disorder.. Lead by Mike Streams and Brian Upchurch, who began their collaboration on human sexuality research while undergraduate students at Johns Hopkins University, DMGDRO is a team of New Orleans, Louisiana-based scientists interested in the study of male sexual disorders and dysfunction.. Having identified the genetic disorder linking small male reproductive organs and the ability to derive pleasurable sensations from killing in a controlled environment without fear of personal harm (as differentiated from war or fighting back in an attack by a human being), also known as “controlled victim” aggression manifestation.. “It’s really quite interesting,” Dr. Streams says.. “Like much folklore, it appears that, certainly in this case, there is a foundation in fact.. This is the first time that research has been conducted on men who hunt, and it shows quite definitively that the link between what we are calling ‘the thrill of the kill’ and a smaller-than-average penis is statistically significant.”.. Initial tests conducted on mice and rabbits proved inconclusive, but subsequent human test subjects showed what Dr. Upchurch calls “staggering results.”.. The subjects ranged from having a slight abnormality in penis size to a “pubis innyus” or inverted male pubic region.. As data were gathered, the numbers revealed a discrepancy so great that it seemed to suggest a genetic mutation.. By tracing what has been identified as the “DMGD gene”, an abnormality was discovered on the 21st chromosome.. Further investigation proved that this abnormality is consistently linked to two traits:  abnormally small reproductive organs and “controlled victim” aggression manifestation.
( DMGD Research Organisation, April 2005 )

Strong men and intelligent men don’t carry guns and don’t go out shooting and killing animals. If you look closely at the men who do carry guns and who do shoot and kill animals, they all look dumb and pretty stupid, and most of them are really ugly.
( Rose Winfold )

The animals whose lives have been so cold-heartedly snuffed out have precisely the same capacity to feel pain and suffer as we do.
All leave family members or mates behind when they are killed, and none is exempt from grief.. We know that we should protect the most vulnerable and helpless in society, not destroy them, much less derive pleasure from doing so.
( Sir Roger Moore )

Hunters ? .. Sexually inadequate cowards with a high-powered rifle trying to see if they can kill a frightened creature that can’t shoot back.
( Rose Winfold )

Beware of those among us who do harm to animals, for they will do the same to infants, the weak, and the defenceless.
( Dion Felsrow )

A Bloodsport Enjoyed By Royalty And Celebrities ..
Helpless ‘game’ birds are being reared in abominable battery-style cages in preparation for the despicable annual shooting season.
Thousands of pairs of partridges on one farm are locked up in small barren boxes with metal sides.. Their only view is of either the sky or the ground.
They are imprisoned for months on end to lay eggs, which will hatch into the birds bred for the season that opens each September.
Disturbing images of the degradation have been released by campaigners Animal Aid.. The charity insists the photos show the real face of a bloodsport enjoyed by royalty, celebrities and assholes, including David Beckham and Madonna.
Investigators claim to have found dead birds at Heart of England Farms in Warwickshire, alongside others that had sustained damaged beaks and feather loss.

In darkened forest, scared and afraid
The smug-faced coward fired a bullet through his brain
For the evil, perverted scum, a job well done.
( Rose Winfold )

The mouth of a kangaroo can be blown off and the kangaroo can escape to die of shock and starvation.. Forearms can be blown off, as can ears, eyes and noses.. Stomachs can be hit expelling the contents with the kangaroo still alive.. Backbones can be pulverised to an unrecognisable state.. Hind legs can be shattered with the kangaroo desperately trying to get away on the other or without the use of either.
To deny that this goes on is just an exercise in attempting to fool the public.
( David Nicholls, former commercial kangaroo shooter )

An ego boost for a small mind, as ‘hunters’ savour the flavour of murder.
( Dion Felsrow )

Those Of Us With A Conscience Are Appalled ..
In a world with boundless opportunities for amusement, it’s detestable that anyone would choose to get thrills from killing others who ask for nothing from life but the chance to remain alive.. The animals whose lives have been so cold-heartedly snuffed out have precisely the same capacity to feel pain and suffer as we do.
All leave family members or mates behind when they are killed, and none is exempt from grief.. We know that we should protect the most vulnerable and helpless in society, not destroy them, much less derive pleasure from doing so.
Thankfully, those of us with a conscience are appalled by the idea of gunning down animals for the sake of a thrill or a photo.
( Roger Moore )

Hunting and fishing involve killing animals with devices (such as guns) for which the animals have not evolved natural defences.. No animal on earth has adequate defence against a human armed with a gun, a bow and arrow, a trap that can maim, a snare that can strangle, or a fishing lure designed for the sole purpose of fooling fish into thinking they have found something to eat.
( Marc Bekoff )

Creeps who can’t handle their own lives have a perverted desire to end the lives of other living beings.
( Len Firswood )

Animals have a similar intellect to young children.
They are innocent. They crave attention. They want to play.
They can’t speak. They don’t understand.
Abusing and mistreating animals is on the same level as abusing and mistreating children.
( Rose Winfold )

Lies And Excuses To Justify The Murder Of Wildlife Animals ..
Wildlife, we are constantly told, would run loose across our towns and cities were it not for the sport hunters to control their population, as birds would blanket the skies without the culling services of Ducks Unlimited and other groups. Yet here they are breeding wild animals, year after year replenishing the stock, all for the sole purpose of selling and killing them, deer and bears and elephants so many products being readied for the market. Animals such as deer, we are told, have no predators in many areas, and therefore need systematic culling. Yet when attempts are made to reintroduce natural predators such as wolves and coyotes into these very areas, sport hunters themselves are the first to resist it. Weaker animals in the wild, we hear, will only die miserable deaths by starvation and exposure without sport hunters to control their population. Yet it’s the bigger, stronger animals they’re killing and wounding, the very opposite of natural selection, often with bows and pistols that only compound and prolong the victim’s suffering.
( Matthew Scully )

Those who abuse and do harm to animals is the transference to others of the degradation which they bear in themselves.
( Rose Winfold )

Adopt The Pace Of Nature

Are Badgers Being Made A Scapegoat ?..
An independent report by researchers at the University of Edinburgh revealed that 97 dogs were euthanised following an outbreak of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) at Kimblewink hunting kennels. This confirms that hunts are a major biosecurity risk.
The report also contains information which suggests both the hunt and Defra kept quiet about key aspects of the outbreak – such as claiming only 25 dogs were affected, rather than the actual total of 97.
Government statements about the outbreak gave the impression that there was no real threat of disease spread by hunting hounds – while at the same time they amended regulations to restrict the feeding of offal to hunting hounds.
If there was no threat – why change the regulations ?
The condition of the Kimblewick kennels – a typical hunt – is described as ‘suboptimal’, with dogs being kept in dirty, unhygienic conditions which are a breeding ground for disease. Some biosecurity measures were introduced at the kennels once the infection had been confirmed. However this backs up evidence that basic biosecurity measures at hunting kennels are generally low or non-existent.

The people that set one animal against another haven’t the guts to be bullies themselves. They’re just secondhand cowards.
( Cleveland Amory )

Wars will never cease while men still kill other animals for food, for to turn any living creature into a roast, a steak, a chop, or any other type of ‘meat’ takes the same kind of violence, the same kind of bloodshed, and the same kind of mental processes required to change a living man into a dead soldier.
( Agnes Ryan )

We cannot have two hearts, one for the animals and one for men. In cruelty towards the former and cruelty to the latter, there is no difference but in the victim.
( Alphonse Marie Louis de Lamartine )

Is The UK Government Turning A Blind Eye To Protect Fox Hunters ?..
The 97 dogs which were destroyed because of bTB are just the tip of a diseased iceberg. This story isn’t about one kennel infected with bTB, it’s about the way hunts routinely avoid even basic biosecurity and animal welfare measures, meaning their poor dogs are often living disease carriers.

There’s a simple truth here. When livestock dies, potentially of disease, it is given to hunts to feed raw to their hounds. These hounds are often in poor health due to kennelling conditions and lack of care, and pick up the disease. They then spread the disease back into the countryside – and the cycle continues. The government knows this is a huge risk but is either turning a blind eye or not giving people the full picture, both of which are unacceptable.
If farmers are concerned about disease on their farms, be it bTB or anything else, then they need to take a close look at any hunts in their area. There is stacks of evidence showing that disease can spread between livestock and hunting hounds, but the government seem intent on playing this down with misleading or disingenuous statements which deflect from the truth.
They brought in new regulations last year while pretending there was no problem when clearly there was. And those regulations won’t make any significant difference – it’s a clear case of shutting the kennel door after the hounds have bolted.
If this country wants to take disease control seriously and protect livestock, then proper biosecurity is vital – and that means stopping hunts from galloping all over farm land.
( Chris Pitt, Deputy Director of Campaigns at the League Against Cruel Sports )

Adopt the pace of Nature.. Her secret is patience.
( Ralph Waldo Emerson )

Give your dog or cat respect, patience, understanding and love. And if you just change to one vegetarian day a week, that’s a wonderful step that will save animal lives. It means you have chosen something kind instead of something cruel.
( Ingrid Newkirk )

I urge you to ask yourself just how honourable it is to preside over the abuse and suffering of animals.
( Richard Pryor )

Eating Dogs In China Has Nothing To Do With Culture ..
Few people know that the dog-eating trade in China has absolutely nothing to do with culture.. While Ancient China condoned the consumption of dogs, the spread of Buddhism in the 10th Century saw a massive decline in dog meat, and from 1644 to 1912 when the Qing Dynasty reigned, dog meat was banned.. The Qing (Manchus) considered killing and consuming a dog to be barbaric.. This stemmed from the legend of the first Manchu leader, Nurhachi, whose life was saved by a dog.. He told his followers: “In the mountains, there are so many kinds of animals which you can hunt for food, but from now on, no one is allowed to eat dogs, nor wear dog skin. When dogs die, they should be buried because dogs can read man’s emotion and can rescue their masters. Dogs are loyal.”
For almost three hundred years, dogs were revered and beloved by rulers of China who considered the slaughter and consumption of them to be so heinous that they outlawed it.. Only in the south did they continue to defy this rule.. It all changed drastically in 1912 when the Kuomintang (KMT) Nationalist Party got to power.. As a symbol of their hatred towards the Manchu, they would boil dogs alive simply to spite them.. This was only the beginning of the dogs’ descent into hell, for when the communists subsequently took power a few decades later, Chairman Mao ordered the mass execution of dogs, declaring them filthy, unclean and representative of the elite.. This led to the annihilation of millions of dogs, perpetuating a widespread hatred of them which continues to this day.. So, let’s acknowledge China’s dog meat trade for what it truly is.. Not culture, but a political perversion that manifested in the last century and was the result of one political government hating the previous rulers.
( Sarah Brownlee )

Our treatment of animals will someday be considered barbarous. There cannot be perfect civilisation until man realises that the rights of every living creature are as sacred as his own.
( Dr David Starr Jordan )

We call them dumb animals, and so they are, for they cannot tell us how they feel, but they do not suffer less because they have no words.
( Anna Sewell )

I have always felt that the way we treat animals is a pretty good indicator of the compassion we are capable of for the human race.
( Ali McGraw )

China, A Country With Zero Animal Welfare Laws ..
Both international governments and citizens alike do not dare criticise another’s ‘culture’ for fear of being deemed racist.. The result ?.. A country with zero animal welfare laws, countless dogs being burned, boiled and skinned alive on a daily basis, and millions of grieving, weeping dog-lovers and owners throughout the country who have had their dogs snatched and killed for the trade, and are utterly powerless to act, because they have a government that simply will not listen to them.. For it is true that the majority of these dogs are stolen pets – and why ?.. Because if the dog is under-nourished, this could cause a potential health hazard for the consumer, and if a dog trader wants to ensure his meat is plump and well-fed, he only needs to look to the beloved pet of a family home where the dog has been cared for and looked after.. This adds a whole new layer of sickening depravity to the trade.. And even if it was in the name of culture, in what world is it morally or remotely acceptable to steal a person’s pet dog before hauling it off to the slaughterhouse ?
( Sarah Brownlee )

Although we have, in theory, abolished human slavery, recognised women’s rights, and stopped child labour, we continue to enslave other species who, if we simply pay attention, show quite clearly that they experience parental love, pain, and the desire for freedom, just as we do.
( Ingrid Newkirk )

We cannot glimpse the essential life of a caged animal, only the shadow of its former beauty.
( Julia Allen Field )

Be The Voice They Wish They Had.
Make The Choice They Wish They Could.
( Rose Winfold )

Hell On Earth For Chickens ..
McDonald’s chickens come from farms described as hell on earth’.
Bred to grow too big, too fast, they can barely walk from the weight of their own oversized bodies.. These birds live in conditions so cramped they only have space the size of an A4 sheet of paper each.. Their legs burn from the toxic fumes of their own waste.

The stress that fish experience when they are pulled from the water into an environment in which they cannot breathe is exactly the same as a person drowning.
( Dr Culum Brown )

I like animals, all animals.
I wouldn’t hurt a cat or a dog, or a chicken or a cow, and I wouldn’t ask someone else to hurt them for me.
That’s why I’m a vegan.
( Peter Dinklage )

In order to produce the same quantity of beef as the present-day system, we find that a nationwide shift to exclusively grass-fed beef would require increasing the national cattle herd from 77 to 100 million cattle, an increase of 30%. We also find that the current pastureland grass resource can support only 27% of the current beef supply (27 million cattle), an amount 30% smaller than prior estimates. Future US demand in an entirely grass and forage-raised beef scenario can only be met domestically if beef consumption is reduced.
( From a report by Matthew Hayek of the Harvard Animal Law and Public Policy Program and Rachel Garrett of Boston University’s Department of Earth and Environment )

Without reservation I support the Australian groups fighting to save the kangaroo. The killing is a disgrace, cruel, and entirely profit motivated. The kangaroo is one of Australia’s original inhabitants, deserving both respect and compassion.
( Sir Paul McCartney )

Vivisection is a social evil because if it advances human knowledge, it does so at the expense of human character.
( George Bernard Shaw )

If modern civilised man had to keep the animals he eats, the number of vegetarians would rise astronomically.
( Christian Morgenstern )