I wish everyone was a vegan and I wouldn’t have to freaking defend myself for doing something moral that everyone would do naturally if they hadn’t grown up being plagued by advertising from the meat and dairy industries.
Society is so barbaric.
Now my friends from work are trying to convince me that “Earthlings” isn’t how it actually works in factory farms etc.
ARE YOU FUCKING JOKING. WHERE DO YOU THINK THE FOOTAGE COMES FROM?
fuck your face
Kindly invite them to go to a slaughterhouse, dairy, etc. As long as you do not tape (or nobody notices you’re taping), you should have no problem.
When someone compares veganism to a religion, they are wrong.
A religion is a system of belief.
Belief: Mental acceptance of a claim as truth regardless of supporting or contrary empirical evidence; Something believed; The quality or state of believing; Religious faith; One’s religious or moral convictions.
We do not believe animals are suffering. We know they are. And so do you. Have you ever seen an animal in pain? Have you ever stepped on a dogs paw by mistake? Is what they feel not pain? Can they not suffer? There is no denying this one truth: if in no other way, in our capacity to suffer, humans and all non-human animals are equal.
The act of eating meat is the denial of the fundamentally and universally understood fact that animals have feelings.
It is a conscious objection to the reality we all share.
You make up excuses. You deny the truth. You ignore facts. You exist on faith. Faith in something that you know is a lie. You live in denial because you were socially indoctrinated into the belief system that meat is not murder.
think how it would be to be hooked up to a machine daily, have your children stolen, have your only purpose in life to be used for your skin, flesh, bones, children, milk, everything to benefit another…
“I am old now: gray, wrinkled, tired, and bloated, and my joints ache, too. But I am ready to come into my full destiny—as my childhood dreams predicted—as a Neo-Amazonian Pirate Queen of my own vessel: firing cannonballs at the worldwide culture of patriarchy in the name of all that does not suck.”—Roseanne Barr on the menopause. Godspeed. (via crackhousearsonist)
So many young people new to veganism or vegetarianism fall in line with this group, not realizing they are being deceived for profit. Time to start educating more of the public, no?
1) PETA president and co-founder Ingrid Newkirk has described her group’s overall goal as “total animal liberation.” This means no meat, no milk, no zoos, no circuses, no wool, no leather, no hunting, no fishing, and no pets (not even seeing-eye dogs). PETA is also against all medical research that requires the use of animals.
- Everyone knows this one, or I’d at least assume so. However, most people who join PETA have a more practical take on veganism - still no meat, milk, eggs, zoos, circuses, wool, leather, hunting, or fishing (seeing as these are all cruel industries). Whereas we would be crazy to try and immediately integrate domestic animals back in to the wild (THAT would be cruel). Just as it’s wrong to bring wild animals into a domestic setting (a.k.a. zoos!). Medical research has soared beyond the need for animal testing. We’re not unintelligent creatures, we have a myriad of advanced ways to test that do not use animals.
2) Despite its constant moralizing about the “unethical” treatment of animals by restaurant owners, grocers, farmers, scientists, anglers, and countless other Americans, PETA has killed over 14,400 dogs and cats at its Norfolk, Virginia headquarters. During 2005, PETA put to death over 90 percent of the animals it collected from members of the public.
- This is called euthanasia, and guess what? We wouldn’t need it if people just spayed/neutered their pets, and STOPPED animal breeding. PETA offers a great spay/neuter program, and their euthanasia rate has dropped by about 15%. If you think PETA’s evil for euthanasia, I guess you hate the SPCA and 90% of all animal shelters, too. (Also, it’s 2012 - stop using old statistics and learn the new ones).
3) PETA has given tens of thousands of dollars to convicted arsonists and other violent criminals.
- These “violent criminals” are active animal liberationists. Some people take the pacifist approach, and some people get things done.
4) PETA activists regularly target children as young as six years old with anti-meat and anti-milk propaganda, often waiting outside their schools to intercept them as they walk to and from class-without notifying parents.
- “Target” “propaganda”. This article makes me sick. Yes, there is a PETAkids. And I wish they had talked to me, so I wouldn’t have lived years harming animals without even caring. If you’ll check out PETA’s kids website, there’s no gruesome slaughter videos, nothing to really upset a child’s mind. It’s all very friendly. It’s just a nice way of saying that children shouldn’t hurt their friends - isn’t that what kindergarten’s are supposed to teach?
5) PETA has used a related organization, the PETA Foundation, to fund the misnamed Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a deceptive animal rights group that promotes itself as an unbiased source of medical and nutritional information. PCRM’s president also serves as president of the PETA Foundation.
- And PCRM gets real medical professionals. Since they aren’t funded in the same way regular medical professionals are, they are able to talk about the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle without having their job compromised.
6) PETA runs campaigns seemingly calculated to offend religious believers. One entire PETA website is devoted to the claim-despite ample evidence to the contrary-that Jesus Christ was a vegetarian.
- Because “God forbid” a religious person learn the true meaning of “thou shalt not kill”. This is not offensive, it’s reality. I’m not religious, but I’m pretty sure God started off hanging out in a big forest with two naked vegans. Sup’ Adam and Eve.
7) PETA has repeatedly attacked research foundations like the March of Dimes, the Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and the American Cancer Society, because they support animal-based research that might uncover cures for birth defects and life-threatening diseases.
- There are literally hundreds of foundations out there that fight for the same cause WITHOUT animal testing. Instead of donating your money to harm in hope of a cause, there are alternatives. These life threatening diseases do not ‘get cured faster’ with animal testing. There is nothing that shows animal testing to be superior (in fact, the many things we are not aware of in animals may severely affect the results - many cures that work in rats DO NOT work in humans).
“[Stereotypes] are factually incorrect; they are products of a “faulty” or illogical thought process; they are characterized as inordinate rigidity; they are derived from an inadequate basis of acquisition, such as hearsay they are consensual beliefs within a culture, perhaps implying a lack of individual thought; they serve a rationalization function for ethnic prejudice; they ascribe to racial inheritance that which may be cultural acquisition and they serve as justification for prejudicial or discriminatory social practices.”—
Sierra S. Adare, “Indian” Stereotypes in TV Science Fiction: First Nations’ Voices Speak Out (via realitycheckindianimages)
Anyone know where I can find the full article? As a sci fi fan and writer, I’ve always been bothered by the “primitive native” stereotype. :|
On a somewhat serious note today because of a conversation the other day:
I am sure every girl can recall, at least once as a child, coming home and telling their parents, uncle, aunt or grandparent about a boy who had pulled her hair, hit her, teased her, pushed her or committed some other playground crime. I will bet money that most of those, if not all, will tell you that they were told “Oh, that just means he likes you”. I never really thought much about it before having a daughter of my own. I find it appalling that this line of bullshit is still being fed to young children. Look, if you want to tell your child that being verbally and/or physically abused is an acceptable sign of affection, i urge you to rethink your parenting strategy. If you try and feed MY daughter that crap, you better bring protective gear because I am going to shower you with the brand of “affection” you are endorsing.
When the fuck was it decided that we should start teaching our daughters to accept being belittled, disrespected and abused as endearing treatment? And we have the audacity to wonder why women stay in abusive relationships? How did society become so oblivious to the fact that we were conditioning our daughters to endure abusive treatment, much less view it as romantic overtures? Is this where the phrase “hitting on girls” comes from? Well, here is a tip: Save the “it’s so cute when he gets hateful/physical with her because it means he loves her” asshattery for your own kids, not mine. While you’re at it, keep them away from my kids until you decide to teach them respect and boundaries.
My daughter is `10 years old and has come home on more than one occasion recounting an incident at school in which she was teased or harassed by a male classmate. There has been several times when someone that she was retelling the story to responded with the old, “that just means he likes you” line. Wrong. I want my daughter to know that being disrespected is NEVER acceptable. I want my daughter to know that if someone likes her and respects her, much less LOVES her, they don’t hurt her and they don’t put her down. I want my daughter to know that the boy called her ugly or pushed her or pulled her hair didn’t do it because he admires her, it is because he is a little asshole and assholes are an occurrence of society that will have to be dealt with for the rest of her life. I want my daughter to know how to deal with assholes she will encounter throughout her life. For now, I want my daughter to know that if someone is verbally harassing her, she should tell the teacher and if the teacher does nothing, she should tell me. If someone physically touches her, tell the teacher then, if it continues, to yell, “STOP TOUCHING/PUNCHING/PUSHING ME” in the middle of class or the hallway, then tell me. Last year, one little boy stole her silly bandz from her. He just grabbed her and yanked a handful of them off of her wrist. When I went to the school to address the incident, the teacher smiled and explained it away to her, in front of me, “he probably has a crush on you”. Okay, the boy walked up to my daughter, grabbed and held her by the arm and forcibly removed her bracelets from her as she struggled and you want to convince her that she should be flattered? Fuck off. I am going to punch you in the face but I hope you realize it is just my way of thanking you for the great advice you gave my daughter. If these same advice givers’ sons came home crying because another male classmate was pushing them, pulling their hair, hitting them or calling them names, I would bet dollars to donuts they would tell him to defend themselves and kick the kid’s ass, if necessary. They sure as shit wouldn’t say, “he probably just wants a play date”.
I will teach my daughter to accept nothing less than respect. Anyone who hurts her physically or emotionally doesn’t deserve her respect, friendship or love. I will teach my boys the same thing as well as the fact that hitting on girls doesn’t involve hitting girls. I can’t teach my daughter to respect herself if I am teaching her that no one else has to respect her. I can’t raise sons that respect women, if I teach them that bullying is a valid expression of affection.
The next time that someone offers up that little “secret” to my daughter, I am going to slap the person across the face and yell, “I LOVE YOU”.
Recent experiences have really pissed me off so i just want to get this off my chest.
I have been in tattoo shops where they have tattoo shamed. I have been verbally abused over having ‘shit tattoos’ by tattoo artists. I have been verbally abused for having a hand tattoo so young/without a full…