Calves are typically taken from their mothers within the first 24 hours of life. This separation causes great distress for both the mother and calf, and the mother cow will often call out for her calf for days afterwards. The calves are then raised in isolated hutches or pens, where they are deprived of their mothers’ milk and the social interaction that is essential for their well-being.
Female calves may be raised to replace their mothers in the dairy herd, but male calves are considered useless byproducts of the industry and are often sold for veal or slaughtered for cheap meat. This is a cruel and wasteful practice that causes unnecessary suffering for these young animals.
The dairy cows themselves are also subjected to cruel treatment. They are kept in confinement and are repeatedly impregnated in order to keep them producing milk. This constant cycle of pregnancy and lactation takes a heavy toll on their bodies, and they are often slaughtered when their milk production begins to decline.
It is unacceptable to allow this cruelty to continue. We must support humane and sustainable farming practices and choose plant-based alternatives to dairy products. By doing so, we can help put an end to the suffering of dairy cows and their calves.
“The vast majority of people don’t realise that they have been taught and conditioned to value human life so far above the life of other species that it seems appropriate for their taste preferences to supersede other species’ preference for survival”.
~ Rose Winfold
One Of The Biggest Issues Facing Chickens Is Factory Farming.
Chickens are intelligent and social animals that are capable of feeling pain and experiencing a wide range of emotions. Yet, they are often subjected to cruel and inhumane treatment in the poultry industry.
One of the biggest issues facing chickens is factory farming. In these industrial operations, chickens are crowded into small, filthy sheds where they are unable to move freely or engage in natural behaviours. They are fed a diet of genetically modified grains and are often given antibiotics to prevent disease, which can lead to drug-resistant bacterial infections.
In addition to the physical suffering endured by chickens on factory farms, they are also subjected to cruel practices such as debeaking and toe clipping. These procedures are performed to prevent aggressive behaviour and make chickens easier to handle, but they cause unnecessary pain and distress.
Another major concern is the transportation of chickens to slaughter. Chickens are packed into crowded and poorly ventilated trucks and transported for long distances without food, water, or rest. This results in significant stress and suffering for the animals.
The mistreatment of chickens is unacceptable and must be stopped. We can all play a role in ending this cruelty by supporting humane and sustainable farming practices and choosing to eat plant-based protein sources instead of chicken. Together, we can create a better future for chickens and all animals.
“Why do so many people choose cruelty when we can all lead a healthy life without enslaving and inflicting suffering and brutal death on innocent animals?”
~ Rose Winfold
Sharks Suffer A Slow And Painful Death.
Shark fin soup has long been considered a delicacy in China.
Globally, shark finning kills between 73 million and 100 million sharks per year, most thrown back in the water after their fins are removed to die a slow and painful death. Some shark species are endangered, and killing such predators tends to throw off the entire ecosystem.
Despite advocacy campaigns aimed at eliminating the dish, shark fin soup retains deep cultural significance. Some people feel pressured to serve the dish at lifecycle events like weddings to please older relatives who still see it as an important tradition, while others are eager to show their guests they can now afford what was once a luxury item.
~ Najmeh Tima, 28.11.2022 Source: sentientmedia.org
The Use Of Animals In Laboratory Testing Is Not Only Cruel, It Is Also Often Unreliable.
The use of animals in laboratory testing, also known as animal experimentation, is a controversial issue that has long been debated by scientists, animal welfare advocates, and the general public. While some argue that animal testing is necessary for scientific advancement, others point out the cruelty and inhumane treatment that is often inflicted on animals in laboratories.
Many animals used in laboratory testing are subjected to painful and stressful procedures without the use of pain relief. They are kept in small, barren cages and are often subjected to social isolation, which can have severe psychological effects.
In addition to the physical suffering endured by laboratory animals, they are also often killed at the end of experiments. This is a cruel and wasteful practice that causes unnecessary suffering for these animals.
The use of animals in laboratory testing is not only cruel, it is also often unreliable. The physiological and genetic differences between humans and animals make it difficult to accurately predict the effects of drugs and other substances on human health. As a result, animal testing can actually hinder scientific progress and put human health at risk.
It is time to end the cruelty of animal experimentation. We must support the development and use of humane and effective alternatives to animal testing, and work towards a future where all animals are treated with compassion and respect.
“The horrific crimes against non-human animals are up with the worst crimes in human history”.
~ Wilfred Soon
It Is Time To Put An End To The Cruelty Of Fur Farming.
The use of animal fur for clothing and accessories is a cruel and inhumane practice that causes suffering for millions of animals each year. Fur farms, where animals are raised and killed for their pelts, are particularly notorious for the cruelty inflicted on the animals.
On fur farms, animals are often kept in cramped, unsanitary conditions that prevent them from engaging in natural behaviours. They are denied adequate space, food, and medical care, and are often subjected to stress and disease.
To kill the animals, farmers may use a variety of methods, including gassing, suffocation, and electrocution. These methods are often crude and ineffective, and can cause the animals to suffer for extended periods of time before they die.
In addition to the cruelty inflicted on the animals, fur farming also has negative impacts on the environment and human health. The chemicals used to preserve pelts can pollute air and water, and the animals on fur farms are often infected with diseases that can be transmitted to humans.
It is time to put an end to the cruelty of fur farming. We must support the use of humane and sustainable materials for clothing and accessories, and refuse to purchase products made from animal fur. By doing so, we can help create a kinder world for all animals.
“Animals exist for their own reasons. Not for human fashion, nor their vanity, nor their greed, nor their gustatory desires, nor their entertainment or satisfaction”.
~ Doris Fenlow
Millions Of Birds Killed By Farmers Using The Most Inhumane Method.
Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) found that at the peak of the ongoing avian flu outbreak, the majority of producers chose to kill their animals using ventilation shutdown plus heat (VSD+), considered by advocates and veterinarians to be the “most inhumane method available.” Between February and March 2022, U.S. flocks were hit hard by avian flu. The disease re-emerged in the U.S. in January 2022 and has since claimed the lives of more than 37 million birds.
Many of the infected birds succumbed to the H5N1 virus, but millions more were killed purposefully, en-masse using a variety of culling methods, some of which are considered more humane than others. The AWI analysis, which is based on USDA records, found that farmers chose to use VSD+ in 73% of the culls orchestrated over the past few months.
VSD+ requires farmers to cut off airflow and heat their barns to 104 deg.F. until the animals die from heatstroke. The method is only intended to be used if no other method can successfully kill the entire flock in 48 hours. But USDA records show that eight of the 12 largest culls that used VSD+ between February and March took more than 48 hours to complete. The two largest culls took 7 and 16 days, respectively.
While USDA endorses the use of VSD+ in some scenarios, the killing method is opposed by a growing contingent of veterinary professionals, who say it causes extreme suffering and should be avoided at all costs. In 2014-2015, an avian flu outbreak resulted in the death of 50 million chickens and turkeys and cost taxpayers approximately $850 million.
While the current outbreak is concentrated in a handful of states, the virus has affected chicken and turkey flocks nationwide. Over the past five months, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed outbreaks of avian flu in 184 commercial flocks and 176 backyard flocks. The virus is also spreading in wild animals, which scientists fear will make it even harder to contain.