Thursday, January 19, 2012

Rodeo IS Animal Cruelty: Photos

Anonymous photographs and comments  reported from the Western National Stock Show Rodeo on the weekend of Jan 14th, 2012. A sickening mix of laughter and relentless torture fill the Denver Coliseum each January.

4 cows stuck in a triangle-shaped corridor
that was hardly big enough to fit 1 cow inside!!!

This guy was hurting this poor baby, kicking him,
pulling his tail and hitting him into his head!

Cow's head got stuck between doors for
about 5min before anyone noticed... ow.

Horrified baby cow, waiting his turn for terror.

Poor baby Moo. Waiting his turn for hours
with no water, no food, and no space!

She cried and cried, and they just laughed and clapped!

Friday, January 13, 2012

When Firefighters Hate You, Everyone Hates You

In response to the recent news:
Harris Farms. Credit: CBS San Francisco
Animal rights activists claim responsibility for California cattle ranch arson

Arson. Sigh. Yet another misguided contribution to detraction from the movement to end animal exploitation and cruelty. The idiotic ALF spokesperson was quoted as saying:

"We're not delusional enough to believe that this action will shut down the Harris feeding company, let alone have any effect on factory farming as a whole," the e-mail stated. "But we maintain that this type of action still has worth."
What worth could this action possibly have? The feedlot obviously has insurance. Trucks are not difficult to replace. Their horrific, cruel, polluting business carries on, now with an infusion of insurance money to boot. OK, I'll admit that it generated a lot of news reports. Lots of negative press for our movement. Now these manure-mongers have the sympathy from the many millions of people opposed to arson.

As a former arson victim, I can tell you first hand what it feels like - pure hate, violence, senseless devastation, and poisonous, revolting smoke and haunting smells. Playing with fire, you can't be sure nobody will be hurt. You can't control fire. You can't control the deadly smoke, either. Firefighters will show up and fight the blaze, and they will be needlessly endangered. Great, so now firefighters hate you.

And I assure you, when firefighters hate you, everyone hates you!

Thanks a lot, assholes. Now everyone hates the animal rights movement. How many animals does that save? In fact, a lot more animals will die when the average person reads about this and decides they want nothing to do with the animal protection movement, and it serves only to validate the stereotype that we're all hysterical, dangerous, extremist lunatics who belong in jail. And to whoever did this, I hope they lock you up a lot longer than the 5 years Walter Bond was sentenced to. What a psycho - he's got "repeat offender" tattooed all over his face. How many animals can you protect from jail? Zero. Not one lone wolf.

What the movement needs is positive news, positive word of mouth, and new members joining. For example, the story of Bill Clinton's recovery from heart disease could potentially attract millions of interested vegetarians and near-vegetarians. And every time someone goes vegetarian or vegan, thousands of animals will be saved and a new ambassador takes up the cause.  Arson offers none of these benefits, and needlessly endangers innocent people and animals, alienates the public, and creates a permanent negative stigma that is very difficult for the rest of us in the 99.99% peaceful, non-violent movement to overcome. Just stop.

You say you want a revolution,
Well, you know, we all want to change the world...
But when you talk about destruction,
Don't you know that you can count me out!

-- John Lennon

Monday, January 9, 2012

Advice for Your 2012 Vegan Resolution

Advice for Your 2012 Vegan Resolution
"Finally, know that transitioning to a vegan diet will turn out to be much easier than you currently believe. Most vegans are shocked that, rather being painful, the entire experience ends up being exciting and joyful. You’ll be discovering delicious new foods. You’ll have the opportunity to improve your health while shrinking your environmental footprint. Moreover, there’s a real satisfaction that comes with aligning your food choices with your most cherished values.
It doesn’t matter whether your next move towards a vegan lifestyle is a big step or a small one. Just decide what you’re ready to do today and make it happen. Keep it fun, keep giving yourself every advantage, and know that success is guaranteed." - Eric Markus,