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Welcome to the Animal Rights page.
Thank you for visiting.





I am NOT here telling you that you are evil for eating meat.


I am here to educate people on the heartbreaking realities of the cruelty industry, that being the one that uses animals for food, science, clothing and entertainment.

Animals are capable of feeling fear, pain, sadness, love and being happy just as humans do, and my goal is to help people see that and to put an end to the suffering of these innocent living beings.


*****ATTENTION!*****

I have been known to post a lot of bulletins at times. This is the best way to get information out to all of you at the same time.
I am sorry if it offends anyone, but I will not give up the fight of putting info out for everybody to see.

I will not surrender to cruelty!

Please do not write me complaining about this-
I have far to many better things to do then read those messages...


I carry out LEGAL actions to give a voice to animals. I do lots of other things that help animals.


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Antispeciesism: Beyond Animal Rights and Liberation



Animal Rights

Antispeciesism

Beyond Animal Rights
and

Antispeciesism is
certainly a new concept in the world in which we are living. In our
society, animals are considered resources, or goods available for human
use.

Rarely do we give any thought to the suffering of
animals, or reflect on our attitudes towards them, let alone consider
the idea that they may be considered rights holders.


We
never consider whether this is a form of speciesism, that is, arbitrary
discrimination against those individuals who belong to a certain
species. In fact, even if we sometimes hear the term ‘animal rights’ we
seldom know what is it all about.


While
we show some concern for certain animals (such as dogs, cats, and some
wild creatures), most others are treated with total disregard. But an
animal need not be "cute" or human-like to have the ability to feel. A
trout, a pig, a chicken, a frog or a lobster all have the capacity for
experiencing joy or suffering pain or distress.
Their lives matter to them as much as our lives do to us, and they will defend themselves if they can.

Whether
someone is male or female; black, white or green; has two legs or four;
swims, flies or walks, is irrelevant when it comes to the consideration
we owe them all, and to whether they should be protected by rights
which forbid that they be treated in ways that are harmful for them.
Antispeciesism is based on this idea.

It is often claimed that we humans are "superior" to other animals because we are more intelligent.
But
how "intelligent" someone is should not affect our moral decisions, as
this is not what determines her or his ability to feel. The fact that a
young baby, a cow or a person with a severe mental disability is not
able to read philosophy, do mathematical calculations or make moral
judgements does not mean that their interests are any less relevant.
What matters is that all of them know pain and pleasure. Only our
interests can determine what rights we should have.


Disregarding the interests of animals



It
is important to keep in mind that the situations in which animals'
interests are frustrated don't constitute particular cases of unrelated
abuse. Rather, they arise from a general attitude toward non-human
animals prevalent in society today, namely, what is called speciesism.
This prejudice against other animals overlooks the fact that they, like
humans, are beings with the capacity to experience suffering and joy, as
they too have nervous systems.

Sometimes
it is claimed that other capacities are what matter, capacities such as
the use of language and other "intellectual" activities.

But
if this were so, it would also mean that only certain humans matter.
Some people, such as the mentally impaired or the newborn, would fall
outside the scope of moral concern, as they don't meet those criteria.
However, this is something most of us find unacceptable, and, as we have
already seen, so-called intelligence in no way affects one's sentience.
This is why the needs and interests of animals must be taken fully into
account - including their interest in living - without this
consideration being reduced to worrying only about some limited aspects
of their welfare.


Animals’ right to life



It is sometimes argued that concern for animals does not necessarily entail concern for their lives.
This
is said as a justification for exploiting them, provided that a minimum
of suffering is caused. But adopting such a position, apart from the
practical difficulty of exploiting and killing someone without causing
suffering, neglects the fundamental importance life has for animals.

All
animals who have the capacity for enjoyment have an interest in living.
The reason for this is simple - once we are dead, nothing good can
happen to us any more, any possibility for further enjoyment disappears.
Death
is not harmful in that it is an unpleasant condition, because once dead
we stop having any sensations. Death is harmful because it rules out
any further possibility of positive experiences. This is why animals
have an interest in living. In fact, animals, in normal situations,
endure considerable amounts of pain in order to stay alive.


Where does this lead us?

Using
animals causes them suffering and death, and is therefore
unjustifiable. Regulating this exploitation won't make any significant
difference, and will only reinforce the idea that using animals is, in
fact, right. The only solution is to give up treating animals as things
from which humans can benefit and to establish legal rights that will
safeguard their interests.


All sentient beings should have the right to live,
and to do so in liberty
and without suffering inflicted upon them.
To achieve this,
we must begin by abandoning the view
that animals are resources intended for human ends.

Source: Rights for Animals
Posted by:
One Voice





The Big Fat Wicked Lie
People Tell About Animals



Vernon Coleman

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Vivisectors,
hunters, butchers and farmers excuse the cruel way they treat animals
by claiming (falsely) that animals don't have feelings.


This is a lie.

A big fat wicked lie which excuses a thousand cruelties.

The
truth, as anyone who is capable of reading and observing will know, is
that animals are sentient and exhibit many of those qualities which
racists like to think of as being the preserve of the human race. (I
think it is perfectly fair to describe those who claim that all good'
qualities are the exclusive property of the human species as racist').

One
of the absurdities of the argument about hunting which has raged for
recent years in Britain has been the sight of apparently intelligent
people arguing about whether or not animals which are hunted suffer
physical pain and/or mental anguish when they are being pursued. How can
there possibly be any doubt about this? Those who do express doubt
about this are telling us a great deal about their own innate lack of
understanding and compassion and their inability to learn from simple
observation. If observation is not enough there is more than enough
scientific evidence to show that birds, mammals, fish, reptiles and
crustaceans all have nervous systems and all suffer pain.

Darwin
showed that fear produces similar responses in both humans and animals.
The eyes and mouth open, the heart beats rapidly, teeth chatter, muscles
tremble, hairs stand on end and so on. Parrots, like human beings, turn
away and cover their eyes when confronted with a sight which overwhelms
them. Young elephants who have seen their families killed by poachers
wake up screaming in the night. Elephants who are suddenly separated
from their social group may die suddenly of broken heart syndrome'. Apes
may fall down and faint when suddenly coming across a snake. If a man
shouts at a dog he will cower and back away in fear.

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Animals Can Communicate

Animal
abusers sometimes assume that it is only humans who can communicate
with one another. And yet bees can communicate the direction, distance
and value of pollen sources quite a distance away. Animal abusers
generally dismiss animal noises as simply that (noises) but scientists
who have taken the time and trouble to listen carefully to the
extraordinary variety of noises made by whales have found that there are
patterns of what can only be described as speech which are repeated
from one year to another.

It is generally assumed that parrots
merely repeat words they have heard without understanding what they
mean. This is not true. Masson and McCarthy report how when psychologist
Irene Pepperberg left her parrot at the vet's surgery for an operation
the parrot, whose name was Alex, called out: Come here. I love you. I'm
sorry. I want to go back.' The parrot clearly thought that he was being
punished for some crime he had committed. Another parrot, in New Jersey,
US saved the life of its owner by calling for help. Murder! Help! Come
quick!' cried the parrot. When neighbours ran to the scene of the crime
they found the parrot's owner lying on the floor, unconscious, bleeding
from a gash in his neck. The doctor who treated the man said that
without the parrot's cries he would have died. The same parrot woke his
owner and neighbours when a fire started in the house next door.

How
arrogant the animal abusers are to assume that human beings are the
only species capable of communicating with one another, and of
formulating a formal system of language. Vivisectors frequently laugh at
the animals they torture and abuse. The concentration camp guards in
the Second World War laughed at their victims and called them lice and
rats. The vivisectors talk about sending a mouse to college' when they
want to raise funds for experiments.

We have the power to do what we will with creatures of other species. But no one has given us the right.

Animals
feel complex emotions. But the animal abusers claim that because
animals do not satisfy our human criteria for intelligence then animals
do not deserve any sympathy or understanding. It is but one step from
this to arguing that unintelligent humans can be used for experiments.

Human
beings who have taken the time to do so have found that they have been
able to communicate well with chimpanzees and numerous other animals.
Primates will often strive to make the peace after a hostile encounter.
And uninvolved primates may help begin and cement the reconciliation.
And yet vivisectors are given legal licences allowing them to do
horrific things to these animals. Who gave human beings the right to
hand out licences to torture?



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Capable Of Love

Animals,
like people, are capable of loving their partner, their families, their
children, their leaders, their teachers, their friends and others who
are important to them. An ape will show exactly the same signs of love
and affection when dealing with her baby as a human mother will when
dealing with her baby. Both will look longingly, tickle and play with
their baby. Both feed their young, wash them, risk their lives for them
and put up with their noise and unruly behaviour.

Anyone who
doubts that animals love their young should stand outside a farm yard
when a calf has been taken away from a cow and listen to the heart
breaking cries of anguish which result. Who knows what inner anguish
accompanies those cries from a creature who does not normally vocalise
in the same way that other animals do.

Even fish will risk their
lives to protect their young. In his seminal work The Universal Kinship'
(first published in 1906 and now largely forgotten) J. Howard Moore
described how he put his hand into a pond near the nest of a perch. The
courageous fish guarding the nest chased Moore's hand away several times
and when Moore's hand was not removed quickly enough would nip it
vigorously several times.

Lewis Gompertz, who lived from 1779 to
1861 and was a potent champion of the rights of blacks, women and the
poor (and, indeed, all oppressed human beings) was also a powerful
champion of animals and was a founder of the Royal Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. (His credibility is, I feel,
dramatically enhanced by the knowledge that quite early on he was forced
out of the society). In his book Moral Inquiries On the Situation Of
Man And Of Brutes' Gompertz wrote: From some birds we may learn real
constancy in conjugal affection, though in most instances their
contracts only last for one season, but how strict do they keep this.
They have no laws, no parchments, no parsons, no fear to injuring their
characters, not even their own words to break in being untrue to each
other: but their virtue is their laws, their parchments, their parsons,
and the reputation; their deeds are their acts, their acts - their
deeds: and from their own breasts do they honestly tear down to line the
beds of their legitimate offspring.'

Gompertz described an
incident illustrating the wisdom of blackbirds. I observed a male
blackbird flying about in an extreme state of agitation,' he wrote. And
on my going to discover the cause of it, the bird retreated from me as I
followed it, till it stopped at a nest containing a female bird sitting
upon her eggs, near which there was a cat: in consequence of this I
removed the cat, and the bird became quiet. After that, whenever the cat
was about the place, the blackbird would come near my window, and would
in the same manner direct me to some sport where the cat happened to be
stationed.'

Gompertz also wrote about a male blackbird which had
attacked a cat which had caught its female partner and wrote about
three true incidents which illustrated animal kindness and wisdom. The
first concerned two goats which had met one another on a narrow path
between two precipices. There was no room for the two goats to turn or
pass and so one of the goats lay down, allowing the other to walk over
it. The second incident involved a horse who had been hurt by a nail
when he had been shod. Finding it painful to walk he had gone back to
the farrier and shown him his hoof. The third incident involved a sheep
dog who jumped into freezing cold water and successfully rescued another
dog which had been floating on a lump of ice. I would now fain ask,'
wrote Gompertz, if all this does not show reason and virtue?'

J.
Howard Moore described how monkeys may adopt the orphans of deceased
members of their tribe and how two crows fed a third crow which was
wounded. The wound was several weeks old and the two crows had clearly
been playing good Samaritans' for that time.

Darwin wrote about a
blind pelican which was fed with fish which were brought to it by
pelican friends who normally lived thirty miles away. Strong males in a
herd of vicunas will lag behind to protect the weaker and slower members
of their herd from possible predators.




Powerful Memories

Many
creatures have memories which humans might envy. Ants retrace their
steps after long journeys and can recognise friends after months of
separation. When a limpet has finished roaming it will return to the
exact spot on the same rock where it had been settled previously. Birds
fly back year after year to the same nesting spots - to within the inch.
Fish, too, return to the same stretch of water to hatch their young.
Horses used in delivery routes frequently know exactly where and when to
stop - and for how long. Squirrels who have buried nuts months before
can find them without hesitating.

J. Howard Moore reported that
an elephant obeyed all his old words of command on being recaptured
after fifteen years of freedom in the jungle and a lion recognised its
keeper after seven years of separation. A snake which was carried a
hundred miles away from home managed to find its way back.

There
is plenty of evidence, too, to show that many creatures other than human
beings have powerful imaginations. Spiders will hold down the edges of
their webs with stones to steady them during gales which have not yet
started. Does this show an ability to predict the weather or
imagination? Cats, dogs and horses and many other creatures dream.
Parrots talk in their sleep.

Horses frequently stampede because
they are frightened by objects (such as large rocks or posts) which are
no threat to them. This must show a sense of imagination because the
horse, like a child, has created a terror out of nothing.

A cat playing with a ball of wool is imagining that it is playing with its prey.

We
always tend to think the worst of animals (and other creatures). We
assume that they are stupid and our interpretation of their behaviour is
based upon that ill-founded prejudice. It is, for example, generally
assumed that the ostrich sticks its head in the sand in the assumption
that when it cannot see the rest of the world, the rest of the world
cannot see it. But where is the evidence for this theory? Could it not
be equally possible that the ostrich sticks its head in the sand because
it cannot bear what there is to view in the world around it? When a
human being covers his or her eyes to avoid looking at a horrific
accident we do not say that they believe that they can't be seen.




Love


Before
slavery was abolished black people who fell in love were regarded as
enjoying simple animal lust' as a result of animal attraction'. Who on
earth (or, indeed, in heaven) gave us the right to make such judgements
about black people or animals? When black people formed life long pairs
this was dismissed as nothing more than an a response to an instinct'.
The same thing is said about animals (with just as little evidence to
support it). Who gives humans the right to argue that animals do not
show emotions? Animal abusers sneer and say that animals which seem to
show love are merely acting according instinct. But who says? Where is
the evidence for this claim? Why do animal abusers have the right to
make statements with no evidence whatsoever in support? Why don't the
animal abusers follow a consistent line and argue that human mothers who
show love for their human babies are merely following their instincts?
(Of course, people change their views when it suits them. Even
vivisectors and hunters, who claim that animals have no feelings, will
often claim to be loved by their companion dogs and cats.)

There
are numerous well authenticated stories of animals risking their lives
to save their loved ones. And animals will put their own safety second
to protect their friends. One herd of elephants was seen always to
travel unusually slowly. Observers noted that the herd travelled slowly
so as not to leave behind an elephant who had not fully recovered from a
broken leg. Another herd travelled slowly to accommodate a mother who
was carrying her dead calf with her. When the herd stopped to eat or
drink the mother would put her dead calf down. When they started
travelling she would pick up the dead calf. The rest of the herd were
accommodating her in her time of grief. Gorillas too have been seen to
travel slowly if one of their number is injured and unable to move
quickly. Remember this unquestioning generosity next time you are
trapped in the midst of a crowd of humans travelling by car, train or
aeroplane.


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Altruistic Behaviour

Animals
don't just show love; they frequently exhibit behaviour that can only
be described as altruistic. Old lionesses who have lost their teeth and
can no longer bear young are, theoretically, of no value to the rest of
the pride. But the younger lions will share their kills with them.
Young, agile chimpanzees will climb trees to fetch fruit for their older
relatives. Foxes have been observed bringing food to adult, injured
foxes. When one fox was injured by a mowing machine and taken to a vet
by a human observer the fox's sister took food to the spot where the
injured fox had lain. The good Samaritan sister fox made the whimpering
sound that foxes use when summoning cubs to eat (even though she had no
cubs).

Animals have been known to give food to hungry humans.
Koko, the gorilla who learned to communicate with humans through sign
language, gave medical advice to a human woman who complained of
indigestion. Koko told the woman to drink orange juice. When the human
revisited ten days later and offered Koko a drink of orange juice Koko
would not accept the drink until assured that the woman felt better.
Whales have been observed to ask for and receive help from other whales.
J. Howard Moore describes how crabs struggled for some time to turn
over another crustacean which had fallen onto its back. When the crabs
couldn't manage by themselves they went and fetched two other crabs to
help them. A gander who acted as a guardian to his blind partner would
take her neck gently in his mouth and lead her to the water when she
wanted to swim. Afterwards he would lead her home in the same manner.
When goslings were hatched the gander, realising that the mother would
not be able to cope, looked after them himself. Pigs will rush to defend
one of their number who is being attacked. When wild geese are feeding
one will act as sentinel - never taking a grain of corn while on duty.
When the sentinel geese has been on watch for a while it pecks at a
nearby goose and hands over the responsibility for guarding the group.
When swans dive there is usually one which stays above the water to
watch out for danger. Time and time again dogs have pined and died on
being separated from their masters or mistresses. Animals can suffer,
they can communicate and they can care.

A Border collie woke a
young mother from a deep sleep and led her to her baby's cot. The baby
was choking on mucus and had stopped breathing. What is any of this but
compassion? How can animal abusers regard themselves as sentient when
they mistreat animals who can feel this way?

Konrad Lorenz
described the behaviour of a gander called Ado when his mate
Susanne-Elisabeth was killed by a fox. Ado stood by Susanne-Elisabeth's
body in mourning. He hung his head and his body was hunched. He didn't
bother to defend himself when attacked by strange geese. How would the
animal abusers describe such behaviour other than as sorrow born of
love? There is no survival value in mourning. It can only be a
manifestation of a clear emotional response - love.

A badger was
seen to drag another badger which had been killed by a car off the road,
along a hedge, through a gap and into a burial spot in nearby woods.

Coyotes
form pairs before they become sexually active - and then stay together.
One observer watched a female coyote licking her partner's face after
they had made love. They then curled up and went to sleep. Geese, swans
and mandarin ducks have all been described as enjoying long-term
relationships.


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Vanity And Self Consciousness

Animals
have also been known to show vanity, self-consciousness, embarrassment
and other allegedly exclusively human emotions. Masson and McCarthy
reported that chimpanzees have been observed using a TV video monitor to
watch themselves make faces - the chimpanzees were able to distinguish
between a live image and taped image by testing to see if their actions
were duplicated on the screen. Chimpanzees have even managed to use a
video monitor to apply make-up to themselves (this is a difficult trick
to learn for humans). One chimpanzee has been reported to have used a
video camera and monitor to look down his throat - using a flashlight to
help the process.

As for vanity: .males (baboons) with worn or
broken teeth yawn less than male baboons with teeth in good condition -
unless there are no other males around in which case they yawn just as
often,' wrote Masson and McCarthy.

One gorilla who had a number
of toy dolls used sign language to send kisses to her favourite puppets
and dolls. But every time she realised that she was being watched she
stopped playing.

When a bottlenose porpoise accidentally bit her
trainer's hand she became hideously embarrassed', went to the bottom of
her tank, with her snout in a corner, and wouldn't come out until the
trainer made it clear that she wasn't cross.

Jane Goodall has
reported that wild chimpanzees can show embarrassment and shame and may,
also, show off to other animals whom they want to impress. (One
chimpanzee who fell while showing off was clearly embarrassed).

Many
people who live with cats will have noticed that if the cat falls off a
piece of furniture it will appear embarrassed - often beginning to wash
itself as though making it clear that the embarrassing incident didn't
really happen at all. Elephant keepers report that when elephants are
laughed at they will respond by filling their trunks with water and
spraying the mockers. And many dog owners have reported that their
animals have made it clear that they know that they have done wrong. For
example a dog which feels it has done something wrong may go into a
submissive position before the owner knows that the animal has done
something bad'.



Artistic Animals


There
are many myths about animals and the animal abusers tell many lies in
an attempt to belittle the skills that animals have. It is, for example,
sometimes said by animal abusers that animals cannot see in colour.
This is a nonsense. Four sheep who lived with me, who were accustomed to
being fed from an orange bucket would come running across a field if
they saw the orange bucket. When I tried using a blue bucket they showed
absolutely no interest. The colour was the only significant difference
between the buckets. A chimpanzee has been observed staring at a
beautiful sunset for fifteen minutes. Monkeys prefer looking at pictures
of monkeys to pictures of people and prefer looking at animated
cartoons rather than at still pictures.

Gerald Durrell wrote
about a pigeon who listened quietly to most music but who would stamp
backwards and forwards when marches were being played and would twist
and bow, cooing softly, when waltzes were played. Dogs will alter their
howling according to the other sounds they hear. One gorilla enjoyed the
singing of Luciano Pavarotti so much that he would refuse to go out of
doors when a Pavarotti concert was being shown on television. Animal
abusers have for years dismissed bird song as merely mating calls. Who
can say that birds do not sing to give themselves and others pleasure?

An Indian elephant in a zoo used to split an apple into two and then rub the two halves onto the hay to flavour it.

Numerous
apes have painted or drawn identifiable objects while in captivity. And
when a young Indian elephant was reported to have made numerous
drawings (which were highly commended by artists who did not know that
the artist was an animal) other zoo keepers reported that their
elephants often scribbled on the ground with sticks or stones. When one
Asian elephant got extra attention because of her paintings nearby
African elephants used the ends of logs to draw on the walls of their
enclosure.

The animal abusers invariably try to think the worst
when considering animal behaviour. When a bird takes bright objects to
decorate its nest the animal abusers will claim that the bird doesn't
really know what it is doing. When a human being collects bird feathers
to decorate a room they are said to be showing artistic tendencies.

Vivisectors,
and others who abuse animals, are blind to all this because they want
to be blind to it. Animal abuse is driven by economic need and there is
no place for sentiment and compassion when money is at stake.
Vivisectors tear animals away from their partners, their friends and
their relatives with no regard for their feelings - or for the feelings
of the animals they have left behind.

When animals are born in
zoos the keepers and jailers claim that this is evidence that the
animals are happy. Would they also claim that the fact that babies were
born in concentration camps is evidence that concentration camp inmates
were happy?

What trickery the animal abusers use in their sordid
attempts to excuse their brutality. Animals in captivity often die far
younger than they would die if they were allowed to roam free. At one
oceanarium a famous pilot whale was actually thirteen different pilot
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Smarter, Kinder, Better

Many
other species - from families as varied as ants and dolphins - are
smarter, kinder and better at creating societies which work than are
human beings.

A survey showed that almost half of all the women
in one US city had been raped or subjected to attempted rape at least
once in their lives. Just think of the torture performed by humans on
other humans.

Animal abusers will leap on every example they can
find of apparent bad behaviour' by animals and use that example to draw
far reaching conclusions about all animals. They ignore the fact that
the bad behaviour' to which they refer may well have been triggered by
human aggression.

Do the animal abusers who leap upon one example
of bad animal behaviour as significant also suggest that because one
human murders, tortures or rapes we must all be judged by that
individual? Are all human beings to be judged to be as barbaric and evil
as vivisectors?

As I have described in my book Why Animal Experiments Must Stop
experimenters have deliberately planned and executed experiments
designed to make animals feel depressed. When they have succeeded in
making animals depressed they have written up their experiments as
though proud of themselves for having succeeded in their evil aims. What
possible purpose can there be in creating depression when there is
already so much of it in the world? (And, incidentally, does not the
ability of the experimental scientists to make' animals feel depressed
provide yet more proof that animals are sentient creatures?)




Enjoying The Suffering


No
animal, other than the human animal, has ever deliberately performed
experiments on another. No one animal, other than the human animal, has
ever deliberately tortured another being.

Human beings are the
only species who abuse one another (and members of other species) for
pleasure. Human beings are the only species who torture. Only human
beings chase and attack living creatures for fun - and for the pleasure
of watching the suffering.

Contrary to myth, cats do not play'
with animals for fun - it is part of their learning and training
process. Cats like to chase, to catch and then to kill. They kill so
that they can eat and they need to practise their chasing skills. It is,
however, important to remember that a cat or a kitten will be just as
happy chasing a ball of paper or a piece of string (particularly if it
is manipulated in an effective and lifelike manner). This shows that the
cat doesn't chase and catch because it enjoys the suffering which is
produced - how much fun' could there possibly be in torturing' a ball of
paper or a piece of string?

Foxes are often criticised (by
those who hunt them) on the grounds that they sometimes kill large
numbers of hens. The implication is that the fox kills for pleasure. The
truth, however, is that, like other predators who may kill more than
they can eat when they have the opportunity, foxes store the food they
have killed.


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Animals As Carers

In their excellent book When Elephants Weep
Jeffrey Masson and Susan McCarthy report how a man called John Teal,
who was working with endangered musk oxen, was at first alarmed when
some dogs approached and the musk oxen snorted, stamped and thundered
towards him. Before Mr Teal could move to escape, the oxen formed a
defensive ring around him and lowered their horns at the dogs. It turned
out that the musk oxen were protecting their new human friend in
exactly the same way that they would protect their calves from
predators.

Animals have even been reported to have pets of their
own. A chimpanzee who was thought to be lonely was given a kitten as a
companion. The chimpanzee groomed the kitten, carried it about with her
and protected it from harm. A gorilla called Koko had a kitten companion
which she herself named All Ball. An elephant was seen to routinely put
aside some grain for a mouse to eat. Race horses who have had goat
companions have failed to run as expected when separated from their
friends.


Elephants at play at Elephant Nature Park

A Sense Of Fun

Human beings are not the only animals to have a sense of humour and fun and to enjoy playing.

Masson and McCarthy, in When Elephants Weep,
report that foxes will tease hyenas by going close to them and then
running away. Ravens tease peregrine falcons by flying close and closer
to them. Grebes tweak the tails of dignified swans and then dive to
escape. I have watched lambs play their own version of King of the
Castle' (and many other games customarily played by children). A monkey
has been seen to pass his hand behind a second monkey so that he could
tweak the tail of a third monkey. When the third monkey remonstrated
with the second monkey the first monkey, the practical joker, was
clearly enjoying himself.

When scientists examined the dung of
lions the lions dug up the latrine the humans had been using - and
inspected the contents. Ants, fish, birds, cats, dogs, sheep, horses,
monkeys, porpoises and many other creatures play.




The Barbaric Abuse Of Sensitive Creatures

Animals
frequently make friends across the species barriers. There is much
evidence showing that animals have helped animals belonging to a
different species. Why do we have to be the only species to abuse all
other creatures? Is our cruelty to other creatures really to be regarded
as a sign of our wisdom, superiority and civilisation? What arrogance
we show in the way we treat animals. Where is our humility and sense of
respect? Animals have passionate relationships with one another, they
exhibit clear signs of love, they develop social lives which are every
bit as complex as our own. By what right do we treat them with such
contempt? Those who torture and kill animals have to claim that animals
have no feelings - otherwise they would be admitting that they
themselves have acted cruelly.

But how they can continue to do
this when there is so much scientific evidence to prove that they are
utterly wrong? Those who torture and kill insist on being allowed to
continue to torture and kill because they know that if they stop they
will have to admit that they have spent their lives in the barbaric
abuse of sensitive creatures.

No one with any intelligence or
sensitivity of their own can possibly doubt that animals are capable of
suffering. Animal experimenters and abattoir workers degrade us all and
diminish our worth as a species.




Better Than Animals?

The
animal abusers will frequently argue that since human beings can speak
foreign languages and do algebraic equations they are inevitably better'
than animals. What nonsense this is. Does this mean that humans who
cannot speak foreign languages or do algebraic equations are not
entitled to be treated with respect? And who decides which are the
skills deserving of respect? If we decide that the ability to fly, run
at 30 mph, see in the dark or swim under water for long distances are
the skills worthy of respect there wouldn't be many human beings
qualifying for respect.

Cats can find their way home without map
or compass when abandoned hundreds of miles away in strange territory.
How many human beings could do the same? How many humans could spin a
web or build a honeycomb?

We owe it to animals to treat them with
respect and, at the very least, to leave them alone to live their lives
on this earth free from our harm. Darwin wrote that there is no
fundamental difference between man and the higher mammals in their
mental faculties'. He also argued that the senses and intuition, the
various emotions and faculties, such as love, memory, attention,
curiosity, imitation, reason etc of which man boasts, may be found in an
incipient, or sometimes even well-developed condition in the lower'
animals.'

Turtles have been observed learning a route from one
place to another. To begin with they make lots of mistakes, go down cul
de sacs and miss short cuts. But after a while they can reduce their
journey time dramatically. Birds, which might normally be alarmed by the
slightest noise, learn to ignore the noise of trains and cars when they
build their nests near to railway lines or busy roads. Even oysters are
capable of learning. Oysters which live in the deep sea know that they
can open and shut their shells at any time without risk. But oysters
which live in a tidal area learn to keep their shells closed when the
tide is out - so that they don't dry out and die. This might not quite
rank alongside writing a classic novel but how many human beings can
write classic novels?

Animals use reason and experience to help
them survive and they exhibit all of the skills which the animal abusers
like to think of as being exclusively human.

All animals
accumulate information which helps them to survive and live more
comfortably. Moreover, they do it just as man does - by discriminating
between useful and useless information and by memorising information
which is of value. A puppy who has been burnt on a hot stove will keep
away from it just as surely as a child who has suffered a similarly
unpleasant experience. Older fish learn to be wary of lures - and become
far more difficult to catch than young ones. Rats learn how to avoid
traps, and birds learn where telephone wires are strung (so that they
don't fly into them). Arctic seals used to live on inner ice floes to
avoid the polar bears but after man arrived and proved to be a worse
enemy they started living on the outer ice floes. Many animals know that
they can be followed by their scent and act accordingly. A hunted deer
or hare will run round in circles, double back on its own tracks, go
through water and leap into the air in order to lose its pursuers.

Flocks of parrots will send an advance scouting party ahead to check out that all is well.


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Animals As Teachers

There
is no doubt, too, that animals actively teach their young in order to
pass on skills which the animal abusers generally regard as being
nothing more than instinct'. I have watched an adult cat giving lessons
to orphan kittens for which he had taken responsibility. The adult cat,
teaching the art of stalking, would edge forwards and then stop and look
over his shoulder to see if the kittens were following in the correct
style. After the lesson had gone on for some time the kittens started
playing behind the adult cat's back. They got away with it for a couple
of times but on the third occasion the adult cat saw them. He reached
back and gave them both a clip with an outstretched paw. The kittens
weren't hurt but they paid attention again.

We tend to ignore the
actions of other creatures because we don't have the time to watch what
they do. But even the seemingly lowly ant has a complex and
sophisticated life style. Ants can communicate with one another and
recognise their friends. They will clean one another, they play, they
bury their dead, they store grain, they even clear land, manure it, sow
grain and harvest the grass which they have grown.

When animal
abusers hear about this sort of behaviour they dismiss it as nothing
more than instinct. But is it? If a Martian looked down on earth and
watched us rushing about on our routine daily work would he perhaps be
tempted to describe us as incapable of original thought and responding
only to instinct? We may not like it but many races of non human beings
have a much greater influence on their environment than we have. There
are still tribes of men who live almost naked in very crude huts and
whose social structures are relatively primitive when compared to, say,
the beavers who cut down trees, transport them long distances, dam
rivers, construct substantial homes and dig artificial waterways. Ants
plant crops and build roads and tunnels. Birds build astonishingly
beautiful nests from the simplest of materials.

Animal abusers
claim that man is the only animal to use tools. But this simply isn't
true. Even insects use tools - using small stones to pack the dirt
firmly over and around their nests. Spiders use stones to keep their
webs steady when the weather is stormy. Orangutans and baboons use
sticks and stones as weapons. Monkeys use stones to help them crack
nuts. In one zoo a monkey who had poor teeth kept (and guarded) a stone
hidden in its straw for nut cracking. That monkey had a tool which it
regarded as its own property. Chimpanzees drum on hollow logs with
sticks. Monkeys know how to use sticks as levers. The Indian elephant
will break off a leafy branch and use it to sweep away the flies. Ants
know how to keep grain in a warm, moist atmosphere without the grain
sprouting. The honeycomb and the bird's nest are wonders of
architecture. Insect communities practise true and decent socialism.

The wonders are unending.

Animals
are often curious and determined and hard working; loving and loyal and
faithful. (But they do not harm themselves with tobacco and alcohol.)

We
do not understand how a cat which has been taken a hundred miles away
from its home (in a closed bag) can find its way back again.

But
animal abusers will sew up the cat's eyes, plant electrodes into its
head and subject it to unimaginable pain and suffering in their search
for personal glory.

The eagle and the vulture have eyes as
powerful as a telescope. The swallow will travel thousands of miles
every spring, only to be trapped and shot by a Maltese hunter when it
dares to land for water.

Many animals, birds and insects can
predict the coming of storms far more effectively than our allegedly
scientific weather forecasters.

Weight for weight the tomtit has more brain capacity than a human being.

The
animal abusers claim that animals cannot reason. But it is clear that
it is the animal abusers who find reason a difficult concept.

The
facts are abundantly clear: animals are sentient creatures. As J.Howard
Moore put it: The human species constitutes but one branch in the
gigantic arbour of life.'

How cruel and vicious a species we
must look to lobsters who are boiled alive, to donkeys who are beaten
beyond their endurance and to all farm animals. Not all men are humane.

Man
is the most drunken, selfish, bloodthirsty, miserly, greedy,
hypocritical being on the planet. And yet we think ourselves so damned
superior. Man is the only being on the planet to kill for the sake of
killing; to dress up and turn killing into a social pastime.

The animal abusers sneer at hyenas but they do not kill for fun.

Only man gloats over the accumulation of material goods which he does not truly need.

No
creature is as immoral as the animal abuser. Only man needs an army of
lawyers to fight over what is right and wrong. Only man has forgotten
the meaning of natural justice.

We have created a hell on this
earth for other creatures. Our abuse of animals is the final savagery,
the final outrage of mankind in a long history of savagery and outrage.
We have colonised other species in the same way that White Northern
Europeans colonised other parts of the world. Instead of learning from
other animals, instead of attempting to communicate with them, we simply
thrash around wickedly, abusing, torturing, tormenting and killing. We
destroy the relationships of animals with one another, with their
environment and with our own race. We diminish ourselves in a hundred
different ways through our cruelty and our ignorance and our
thoughtlessness. Man's inhumanity to man makes countless thousands mourn
and his inhumanity to not-men makes the planet a ball of pain and
terror,' wrote J.Howard Moore.

If man was truly the master of the
universe he would use his wisdom and his power to increase the comfort
and happiness of all other sentient creatures. Sadly, tragically, man
has used his wisdom and his power to increase the misery of other
sentient creatures. Animal abusers imprison millions of animals in cruel
and heartbreaking conditions and ignore their cries of pain and
distress on the grounds that animals are not sentient creatures'. What
self-delusional nonsense this is.

Sheep and cattle are left out
in huge fields in cold, wet weather. They shiver and search in vain for
shelter because all the trees and hedgerows have been removed to make
the farm more efficient. The animal abusing farmer cares not one jot for
animals: he cares only for his profits.

It is quite simply just
as immoral to regard animals as existing for the glorification of man as
it is to regard black men or women as existing to serve white men.

Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things,' wrote Albert Schweizer, man will not himself find peace.'

The merciful man is kind to all creatures.

Taken from Animal Rights Human Wrongs by Vernon Coleman

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Animal Bill of Rights Petition To United States Congress






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INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

Deprived of legal protection, animals are defenseless against exploitation and abuse by humans. Through the Animal Bill of Rights, the Animal Legal Defense Fund is working to show Congress a groundswell of support for legislation that protects animals and recognizes that, like all sentient beings, animals are entitled to basic legal rights in our society.

More than a quarter-million Americans have already signed the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Animal Bill of Rights. Sign on your support and speak out to your lawmakers today!

A Petition to the United States Congress

I, the undersigned American citizen, believe that animals, like all sentient beings, are entitled to basic legal rights in our society. Deprived of legal protection, animals are defenseless against exploitation and abuse by humans. As no such rights now exist, I urge you to pass legislation in support of the following basic rights for animals:

The Right of animals to be free from exploitation, cruelty, neglect, and abuse.

The Right of laboratory animals not to be used in cruel or unnecessary experiments.

The Right of farm animals to an environment that satisfies their basic physical and psychological needs.

The Right of companion animals to a healthy diet, protective shelter, and adequate medical care.

The Right of wildlife to a natural habitat, ecologically sufficient to a normal existence and self-sustaining species population.

The Right of animals to have their interests represented in court and safeguarded by the law of the land.

ACTIONS

Sign this petition to Congress if you believe animals deserve basic legal rights.


Petition to the United States Congress




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COMPANIES THAT 'DO' and 'DO NOT' PRODUCT TESTS ON ANIMALS

For an updated list of companies approved by the CCIC
that
DO NOT Test on Animals, click here

For more information, please visit Peta
http://www.caringconsumer.com

Listed in parentheses is the name
of the parent company.

~ THE LIST OF DO TEST ~

Acuvue (Johnson & Johnson)
Aim (Church & Dwight)
Air Wick (Reckitt Benckiser)
Always (Procter & Gamble)
Ambi (Johnson & Johnson)
Arm & Hammer (Church & Dwight)
Armor All (Clorox)
Arrid (Church & Dwight)
Aussie (Procter & Gamble)
Aveeno (Johnson & Johnson)
Axe (Unilever)
Bain de Soleil (Schering-Plough)
Band-Aid (Johnson & Johnson)
Bic Corporation
Biotherm (L'Oreal)
Blue Buffalo
Boyle-Midway (Reckitt & Benckiser)
Braun (Procter & Gamble)
Cacharel (L'Oreal)
Calgon (Reckitt Benckiser)
Carefree (Johnson & Johnson)
Christina Aguilera Perfumes (Procter & Gamble)
Church & Dwight (Arm & Hammer)
Clairol (Procter & Gamble)
Clean & Clear (Johnson & Johnson)
Clearasil (Reckitt Benckiser)
Clorox
Close-up (Church & Dwight)
Colgate-Palmolive Co.
Comfort (Unilever)
Coppertone (Schering-Plough)
Crest (Procter & Gamble)
Dad's Pet Care
DDF (Procter & Gamble)
Dial Corporation
DOLCE & GABBANA (Procter & Gamble)
Dove (Unilever)
Downy (Procter & Gamble)
Drano (S.C. Johnson)
Dry Idea (Dial)
Dunhill Fragrances (Procter & Gamble)
Easy-Off (Reckitt Benckiser)
Edge (S.C. Johnson)
Escada Fragrances (Procter & Gamble)
Ever Clean (Clorox)
Fantastik (S.C. Johnson)
Febreze (Procter & Gamble)
Fekkai (Procter & Gamble)
Finish (Reckitt Benckiser)
Formula 409 (Clorox)
Fresh Step (Clorox)
Garnier (L'Oreal)
Gillette Co.(Procter & Gamble)
Giorgio Armani (L'Oreal)
Glad (Clorox)
Glade (S.C. Johnson)
Green Works (Clorox)
Gucci Fragrances (Procter & Gamble)
Halo (Procter & Gamble)
Head & Shoulders (Procter & Gamble)
Helena Rubinstein (L'Oreal)
Helene Curtis Industries
Herbal Essences (Procter & Gamble)
Hugo Boss (Procter & Gamble)
Iams (Procter & Gamble)
Ivory (Procter & Gamble)
Johnson & Johnson
Johnson's (Johnson & Johnson)
Joy (Procter & Gamble)
K.Y. (Johnson & Johnson)
Kaboom (Church & Dwight)
Kerastase (L'Oreal)
Kiehl's (L'Oreal)
Lacoste Fragrances (Procter & Gamble)
Lancôme (L'Oreal)
LaRouche Posay (L'Oreal)
Lever Bros. (Unilever)
Liquid Plumr (Clorox)
Listerine (Johnson & Johnson)
L'Oreal USA
Lubriderm (Johnson & Johnson)
Lux (Unilever)
Lysol (Reckitt Benckiser)
Matrix Essentials (L'Oreal)
Max Factor (Procter & Gamble)
Maybelline (L'Oreal)
Mead
Melaleuca
Mennen (Colgate-Palmolive Co.)
Mentadent (Church & Dwight)
Merck
Mizani (L'Oreal)
Mop & Glo (Reckitt Benckiser)
Mr. Clean (Procter & Gamble)
Nair (Church & Dwight)
Natural Instincts (Procter & Gamble)
Nature's Source (SC Johnson)
Neutrogena (Johnson & Johnson)
New Dana Perfumes
Nice ‘n Easy (Procter & Gamble)
Nioxin (Procter & Gamble)
Off (S.C.Johnson)
Olay (Procter & Gamble)
Old English (Reckitt Benckiser)
Old Spice (Procter & Gamble)
Oomph! (Clorox)
Oral-B (Procter & Gamble)
Oust (SC Johnson)
OxiClean (Church & Dwight)
Palmolive (Colgate-Palmolive Co.)
Pampers (Procter & Gamble)
Pantene (Procter & Gamble)
Pearl Drops (Church & Dwight)
Pfizer (delete)
Physique (Procter & Gamble)
Pine-Sol (Clorox)
Piz Buin (Johnson & Johnson)
Pledge (S.C. Johnson)
Ponds (Unilever)
Procter & Gamble
Puffs (Procter & Gamble)
Purell (Johnson & Johnson)
Purex (Dial)
Purpose (Johnson & Johnson)
Raid (S.C. Johnson)
Ralph Lauren Fragrances(L'oreal)
Reach (Johnson & Johnson)
Reckitt Benckiser
Redken (L'Oreal)
Rembrandt (Johnson & Johnson)
Renuzit (Dial)
Resolve (Reckitt Benckiser)
Rid-X (Reckitt Benckiser)
Right Guard (Dial)
ROC (Johnson & Johnson)
Rogaine (Johnson & Johnson)
S.C. Johnson
S.O.S. (Clorox)
Savlon (Johnson & Johnson)
Schering-Plough (Merck)
Schick
Scoop Away (Clorox)
Scope (Procter & Gamble)
Scrubbing Bubbles (S.C. Johnson)
Sebastian Professional (Procter & Gamble)
Secret (Procter & Gamble)
Shiseido Cosmeitcs
Shout (S.C. Johnson)
Shower to Shower (Johnson & Johnson)
Shu Uemura(L'Oreal)
Signal (Unilever)
SK-II (Procter & Gamble)
Skin ID (Johnson & Johnson)
Skintimate (S.C. Johnson)
Soft & Dri (Dial)
Soft Scrub (Dial)
SoftSheen (L'Oreal)
Softsoap (Colgate-Palmolive Co.)
Speed Stick (Colgate-Palmolive Co.)
Spray ’N Wash (Reckitt Benckiser)
Stayfree (Johnson & Johnson)
Suave (Unilever)
Sunlight (Unilever)
Sunsilk (Unilever)
Surf (Unilever)
Swiffer (Procter & Gamble)
Tide (Procter & Gamble)
Tilex (Clorox)
Unilever
Vaseline (Unilever)
Veet (Reckitt Benckiser)
Vichy (L'Oreal)
Vicks (Procter & Gamble)
Vidal Sasson (Procter & Gamble)
Viktor & Rolf (L'Oreal)
Windex (S.C. Johnson)
Woolite (Reckitt Benckiser)
Zest (Procter & Gamble

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the above was updated: 11/03/10
source: http://www.caringconsumer.com

You may be aware that many products claiming to be "cruelty free" or "not tested on animals" actually contain ingredients that were and are tested on animals. The alleged "cruelty free" claim often refers to the final product; however, the majority of animal testing occurs through the supply chain and therefore these products actually contain ingredients tested on animals. Similarly, some companies state that "we" do not test on animals, when in fact they merely contract "someone else" to do the testing. These kinds of labels and claims are often confusing and misleading to consumers.


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"Liberating Living Beings" (Buddhism)






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"Liberating Living Beings"

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Buddhist practice of rescuing animals, birds, fish and so forth that are destined for slaughter or that are permanently caged. They are released to a new physical and spiritual life. The practice exemplifies the fundamental Buddhist teaching of compassion for all living beings.
A disciple of the Buddha must maintain a mind of kindness and cultivate the practice of liberating beings. He should reflect thus: 'All male beings have been my father and all females have been my mother. There is not a single being who has not given birth to me during my previous lives, hence all beings of the Six Destinies are my parents. Therefore, when a person kills and eats any of these beings, he thereby slaughters my parents. Furthermore, he kills a body that was once my own, for all elemental earth and water previously served as part of my body and all elemental fire and wind have served as my basic substance.
Therefore, I shall always cultivate the practice of liberating beings and in every life be reborn in the eternally-​​​​​abiding Dharma and teach others to liberate beings as well.

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Whenever a Bodhisattva sees a person preparing to kill an animal, he should devise a skilful method to rescue and protect it, freeing it from its suffering and difficulties (BNS I 162) In China this practice was made popular by the Venerable Jr-Yi (see entry) and has continued to the present day. Developing our Compassion by Liberating Living Beings "Once a month at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, we liberate animals destined for slaughter. We purchase them from the wholesalers, bring them to some appropriate place, and let them go free. We recite mantras, sutras, and praises on their behalf, so that they can hear them, and so that the merit of our recitation can be transferred to them.
This traditional Buddhist practice, called"​​​​​liberating living beings', has always been praised and honored by the sages and high masters.


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"By liberating living beings, we also nurture compassion in our hearts. By not killing, we cultivate compassion. In letting living creatures go, we also cultivate compassion. The compassion in our hearts grows greater every day until it becomes as great as that of the greatly compassionate Bodhisattva Observer of the World's Sounds (​​​​​Avalokiteshvara​)​​​​​.​​​​​


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"Bodhisattva Observer of the World's Sounds did not kill living beings; she alwaysliberated​ them, and so she has a greatly compassionate heart. We should imitate the great kindness and compassion of Bodhisattva Observer of the World's Sounds and liberate living beings. The principle is very logical: if you liberate life, you increase your compassion.
Liberating living beings is just liberating ourselves. Why? Because we and all living beings are basically of one substance. We should think this way: 'If someone put me in a cage, wouldn't I be uncomfortable? Wouldn't I wish that someone would let me go? If I were put in jail, I would notwant to stay there. Likewise, I don't like to see birds put in cages. This is because living beings and I are of one substance. Since I feel this way, I want to liberate living beings.

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"What is more, you don't know which living being was related to you in a past life. One might have been your father, or your brother, or your sister. You can't know for sure. Perhaps they were your children, or your friends. Right now you haven't gained the use of the Heavenly Eye or the Penetration of Past Lives, and so you don't know what kinds of causes and effects belong to each animal and yet, when you see these creatures, you feel uncomfortable and want to set them free. Setting them free isn't a stupid thing to do by any means, as some people might think. It is an aspect of cultivation. There isn't just one way to cultivate. There are eighty-four thousand Dharma-doors in cultivation, and every single door leads to the realization of supreme enlightenment. Liberating living beings is one of them. We must be careful not to think of it as 'stupid'. If we have that kind of attitude, we will obstruct our own cultivation.

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"I just said that we wouldn't want to be locked in jail. I will tell you the truth. This is not an analogy. Your own body is, in fact, a cage! You are stuck in your own body and you are not yet able to get out of it. Until we have gained a very high level of spiritual practice and wisdom, we will remain stuck in the cages that are our bodies. Only then will we have liberated our own lives. That's the real liberation of the living. If we want to liberate our own lives, we must first liberate the lives of those little creatures. The one kind of liberating the living helps the other kind.

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"Liberating living beings is a very important aspect of Buddhist practice. But if one hasn't understood this yet, one might think it a very ordinary affair. If we don't cultivate the one kind of liberating the living, we won't be able to obtain the other kind. There are many changes and transformations​,​​​​​ and so don't look upon this lightly. Liberating the living brings returns on one's own efforts." (Venerable Master Hsuan Hua, PDS, May, 1985) "Why do we liberate [living creatures]?
It is because if we ransom creatures that were destined to be slaughtered for food and then set them free, then they can live out their natural lifespans. This in turn enables the people who liberate the living to enjoy a long life.


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"Why are there wars in the world? It is because our collective killing karma is so heavy. If in this life I kill you, in the next life, you'll kill me, and in the life after that I'll come back to kill you. This cycle of killing continues forever. People kill animals and in their next life they become animals. The animals which they once killed now return as people to claim revenge.This goes on and on. There is endless killing and bloodshed.
When incidents of slaughter multiply until the resentment can no longer becontained, they explode into massive world wars, with the resultant huge massacres and horrendous destruction. On the battlefield, people are propelled by resentment and enmity that has accumulated during many lifetimes, and they go absolutely berserk, lashing out at one another like savages. 'You kill one person? I'll kill ten!' They take revenge on one another like that. Wars are the painful results of killing karma created in our past lives.


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"Therefore, we liberate the living to diminish our killing karma. The more people engage in liberating the living, the less killing they will do. Wars will proportionately​ decrease. We who cultivate these compassionate practices do not oppose war: we just don't go to war. We don't kill but instead we set living creatures free. This is the true and ultimate way to eliminate war. It is also a gateway to long life and health and to the eradication of disasters and illnesses. The merit and virtue that one accumulates from liberating animals is boundless. It enables you to cause living beings to live out the full extent of their natural lifespans. In addition, you benefit personally because illnesses are averted. As a result you enjoy good health and are able to peacefully cultivate the Way.



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"The purpose of liberating the living is to protect the lives of creatures.
It is a Dharma-door that exemplifies the Buddha's compassion. Everyone should protect living creatures and not abuse or slaughter them."

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"In liberating the living You yourself will live long.
Health, riches and blessings Will descend upon you,
never-ending."

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Fur "Stinks"




Fur "stinks"
because it is a part of one's body, an animal’s skin which is no longer
in function after the animal's death, and tends to rot and decay as any
other part of a carcass would, resulting in a bad smell. Processing of
fur, which uses enormous quantities of water and chemicals that can be
carcinogenic, is meant to slow down this process and reduce the stench.

Fur "stinks"
because it causes pain and suffering for over 70 million animals
worldwide every year. Animal species become extinct because of fur,
whilst breeding animals for fur means a long-term suffering of living
beings. Precious natural resources are being used and our environment is
polluted for fur.

Fur "stinks" because
violence that is 'weaved' into every fur coat or garment has no
justification and it requires a public condemnation of everyone who
sells it, promotes it or wears it.

Fur "stinks"
because most of the animals are raised at fur farms where, after
spending their lives in tiny, filthy cages, they are killed by gassing,
electrocution, strangulation, suffocation, poisoning with strychnine,
breaking their necks, or inserting red hot iron rods into their anuses.

Fur "stinks"
because animals that are trapped in nature freeze or burn under the hot
sun, helplessly exposed to predators. Those that survive are trodden to
death, strangulated, drowned or bludgeoned by the hunters in order to
prevent stains on fur.

Fur "stinks"
because millions of "unwanted" animals such as dogs, birds, cats,
rabbits, or squirrels get caught in the traps and die in agony.

Wearing
fur coats and trimmings should be abandoned immediately and left to the
past as part of primitive heritage. Today there is an abundance of
high-quality ecological materials which are far better-looking and
warmer than animal fur.

Fur "stinks" because wearing animals for clothing is completely inexcusable, egotistical, heartless and hideous.

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If you eat meat you do



There is more than enough food in the world to feed the entire human population

..So why are more than 840 million people still going hungry? ..

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Our meat-based diet is partly to blame, as land, water, and other resources that could be used to grow food for human beings are being used to grow crops for farmed animals instead - According to a recent report by Compassion in World Framing, "crops that could be used to feed the hungry are instead being used to fatten animals raised for food - " It takes up to 16 pounds of grain to produce just 1 pound of edible animal flesh


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In Africa, some of the world's starving live near fields of grain, but instead of feeding the food to them, it is shipped to other countries to over-feed (fatten) cattle raised for food


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Not only are the starving not getting fed, but the cattle are fed so much that many become crippled and can't even walk to slaughter

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The only one who benefits from all of this is:
THE MEAT INDUSTRY!

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-Making money off of:
WORLD HUNGER
ANIMAL TORTURE
and
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ILL HEALTH AND DISEASE
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"If
a group of beings from another planet were to land on Earth (beings who
considered themselves as superior to you as you feel yourself to be to
other animals) would you concede them the rights over you that you
assume over other animals? – attributed to George Bernard Shaw (Nobel
Prize winner).
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