I’m originally from Michigan so I’m really excited to hear Mercy For Animals posted this new billboard on I75! The little piggy and puppy are just adoarble! Going veg is better for your body and the planet!
Vegucated is a documentary following three people who go vegan for six weeks. I’m super excited to see this in its entirety…..check out the trailer…
Dreena from Eat, Drink and Be Vegan posted this…I love this quote…
From 1935 to 1995, the average weight of “broilers” [chickens] increased by 65 percent, while their time-to-market dropped 60 percent and their feed requirements dropped 57 percent. To gain a sense of the radicalness of this change, imagine human children growing to be three hundred pounds in ten years, while eating only granola bars and Flintstones vitamins. (Source: Eating Animals
INSANE!! Do you really want to eat chicken now that they’ve become so modified???
I found this on Planet Green- well worth reading!
Some eco-problems Al Gore may never make a movie about (but should)
Astoria, NY, USA | Thu Dec 17, 2009 01:30 PM ET
- Global warming is a hoax
- Humans are not responsible for climate change
Well, guess what? It wouldn’t change the green movement’s primary mission. Because while some waste valuable time debating deniers, every 24 hours:
- 13 million tons of toxic chemicals are released across the globe
- Over 100 plant or animal species go extinct
- 200,000 acres of rainforest are destroyed
- 45,000 humans die of starvation
And that’s just the tip of the melting iceberg…
Climate change, of course, connects to many of the pressing green issues but our eco-system would be in peril even if the deniers are right. We’d still have 80 percent of the world’s forests gone. We’d still have 90 percent of the large fish in the ocean gone. In other words, we’d still have an urgent need to dismantle industrial civilization and work towards a greener future.
Definitely read the entire article but here’s a preview of the five things:
1. Nuclear Waste
2. Factory Farming
5. The Use of Pesticides
It was a remarkable year for animals in 2009. Please take a minute to see what the Humane Society Legislative Fund helped achieve for animals.
Bryan Walsh wrote a great article for Time yesterday about food. I highly suggest you take a few minutes to read it. It talks a lot about farming but doesn’t get graphic about factory farming so no need to wait until you’re not eating to read it
Somewhere in Iowa, a pig is being raised in a confined pen, packed in so tightly with other swine that their curly tails have been chopped off so they won’t bite one another. To prevent him from getting sick in such close quarters, he is dosed with antibiotics. The waste produced by the pig and his thousands of pen mates on the factory farm where they live goes into manure lagoons that blanket neighboring communities with air pollution and a stomach-churning stench. He’s fed on American corn that was grown with the help of government subsidies and millions of tons of chemical fertilizer. When the pig is slaughtered, at about 5 months of age, he’ll become sausage or bacon that will sell cheap, feeding an American addiction to meat that has contributed to an obesity epidemic currently afflicting more than two-thirds of the population. And when the rains come, the excess fertilizer that coaxed so much corn from the ground will be washed into the Mississippi River and down into the Gulf of Mexico, where it will help kill fish for miles and miles around. That’s the state of your bacon — circa 2009.
wanted to share a good article with you…
With Swine flu, E-coli outbreaks, and the discussion of school wide closings and massive vaccinations this fall, I’ve been thinking about the new food safety bill, HR 2749.
I found this interesting article about the Organic Consumer’s Association. While the OCA recognized that there are significant protections for organic farmers in the bill, they contend that the underlying causes of many food born illnesses are from factory farming, and the multiple environmental problems associated with it. Unfortunately, according to the OCA, this is not addressed in the new food safety bill.
According to the OCA, HR 2749 needs to be expanded to include these components:
I received this message yesterday from the Humane Society of the United States. I’m registered to vote in Michigan so I’ll be making my calls today…if you’re in Michigan please follow the link below to locate your state legislators’ contact info and call them or email them. The HSUS works hard to change the inhumane conditions of factory farming. Please check out their website to learn more!
Fight Big Agribusiness Power-Grab in Michigan
Legislation (H.B. 5128/S.B. 654 & H.B. 5127 & S.B. 655) has been introduced in Michigan which hands enormous power to Big Agribusiness interests, codifying inhumane industry standards for the treatment of farm animals. These standards even allow many animals on factory farms to spend the majority of their lives in cages so small they can’t even turn around or extend their limbs.
H.B. 5128/S.B. 654 would give a council dominated by agribusiness interests the ability to set welfare standards for animals on factory farms. H.B. 5127/S.B. 655 goes even farther, granting the Department of Agriculture the sole authority to regulate farm animal health and welfare, and requiring the Department to adopt current industry standards–many of which are extremely cruel. It’s a special interest power-grab designed to undermine the wishes of local citizens and communities concerned about food safety, public health, animal welfare, and the environment. It is a classic case of bad public policy seeking to ensure that the foxes are guarding the henhouse.
We need your help to oppose these measures and stop this industry power grab!
Please call your state legislators and urge opposition to this legislation. Remember to leave your name and address so it is clear that you are a constituent. You can say:
“Hello, my name is [your name] and I’m calling from [your town]. As a constituent, I strongly urge [legislator's name] to vote ‘NO’ on H.B. 5128/S.B. 654 & H.B. 5127/S.B. 655, legislation that would codify inhumane standards for animals on factory farms, give Big Agribusiness sole authority over farm animal welfare issues, and preempt local ordinances regarding farm animal welfare. Thank you.”
Thank you for all you do for animals.
Sincerely,Mike Markarian Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer The Humane Society of the United States