Animals saved from Rafah zoo in Gaza

The animal welfare organization FOUR PAWS rescued 47 animals from the neglected zoo Rafah in Gaza. They transferred five lions, a hyena, monkeys, wolves, porcupines, foxes, cats, dogs, emus ostriches and squirrels to a better home. This was one of the biggest operations of the organization.

Most of the animals were brought to animal sanctuaries in Jordan. Two lions were flown to a big cat refuge in South Africa where they’ll get the medical care they need.

A team of veterinarians and wildlife experts worked out a plan from sedating the animals to the logistics of such a large transfer. With the help of the owner of the zoo and the authorities involved they were able to successfully move the animals. “It was impressive to see how Palestine, Israel and Jordan worked together for the animals”, says FOUR PAWS veterinarian and Head of Mission Amir Khalil.

Declawing lions
One of the reasons FOUR PAWS felt a need to act quickly is the brutal decisions the owner of the zoo had made, to declaw a lion. The beginning of this year the owner said he would put more lions through the cruel procedure so kids could hug the animals and he could get more customers. This caused outrage in the world and more than 150 thousand people signed a petition to close the zoo. FOUR PAWS knew it had to do something to save these animals from a life in pain.

Donations
Transporting so many animals safely is expensive The American businessman Eric S. Margolis and the French animal welfare organization Fondation 30 Million d’Amis supported the mission with large donations.

Left behind
Because of their tough schedule and the large amount of animals they were transporting, it was not possible to catch the birds and take them with. Let’s hope the owner of the zoo takes good care of the last animals left behind in the zoo.

Pictures from the rescue. All pictures are from FOUR PAWS/Bogdan Baraghin.


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Vegan hotels in Europe

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The summer is coming and this time I want to do small trips in Europe. My whole 2019 goal is to only support cruelty free companies which means eating at completely vegan restaurants, buy cosmetics that are not tested on animals and clothes with no wool or leather. The fun part about this is discovering new places and brands.

So when it comes to holidays, I want to stay in hotels that only serve vegan food. I found some really nice ones that I will definitely stay at this summer. If you know one that’s not on the list, let me know in the comments.

List of 100% vegan hotels in Europe:

La Vimea Biotique hotel
‘Nature provides all we need’ is their philosophy. Their furniture is made from local wood and local organic products are used for their meals. They don’t believe in a lot of amenities, but more in the things you don’t need to have a good time.

Location: South Tyrol, Italy


Villa Vegana
They opened in 2013 and offer only plant-based food. They use sustainable and vegan cleaning products and provide vegan cosmetics that have not been tested on animals. And in the rooms no leather, wool or silk products are used.

Location: Mallorca, Spain


Vegan b&b AM/PM Bruges
A very cute and small family hotel. It’s a mansion from 1905 with modern rooms. In the morning they serve vegan breakfast while sharing great tips about their city.

Location: Bruges, Belgium


Meson Medujar Vegan
The character of a 18th century building has been renovated in its traditional Mudejar style with five rooms, all individually decorated. The restaurant offers amazing food with plant-based and local ingredients.

Location: Malaga, Spain


Hotel Swiss
They value the health of their customers and they don’t want anyone to suffer or die for their or their guests’ needs; the two main (and best) reasons why they’re a vegan hotel.

Location: Kreuzlingen, Switzerland


Stonewater House
On this small British island you find this vegan bed & breakfast. The owners Carol and Jules became vegan in Januari 2017. They loved their new lifestyle so much that they decided to share it with their guests.

Location: Isle of Arran, Scotland


Hotel Nicolay 1881
This is a family run hotel perfect for families. And as an extra bonus, dogs are welcome too! In 2016 they celebrated their 135 years anniversary. That year they also became a completely vegan hotel. You can enjoy beautiful dishes and vegan wine right by the river the Moselle.

Location: Zeltingen, Germany


La Casota
A vegan bed & breakfast in Trentino right by Lake Garda. In the morning they serve a breakfast buffet made with mostly local products. The cook Tiziana, ethical vegan since 2006, prepares the buffet from scratch.

Location: Trentino, Italy


Agrivilla i pini
This is a small vegan farm with 11 rooms and a restaurant. It’s a place to rest, to detox from everything. The rooms have no television, but they offer something better, their view; the hotel is on a hill in Tuscany. The rooms are made of ecological materials like clay, stone, chalk and hennep. In the restaurant the food is prepared with ingredients from their own garden or local farmers.

Location: San Gimignano, Italy

Transporting animals in hot weather is extremely cruel

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What I never realised until I met Lesley from the organization Eyes on Animals is how sad and horrible the transportation of farm animals is. As goods they are transported from city to city, sometimes even different countries, to slaughterhouses.

Treated as things where most companies only care about the costs and logistics of transport and not the welfare of the animals. That’s where Eyes in Animals tries to make a difference. In Europe there’s legislation that companies have to follow to give these animals the protection they deserve. Lesley and her team check if companies are following these rules and if they don’t, they report and sometimes expose them.

94 million animals transported in extreme heat
One of the things they are focussing on in the Netherlands is the tropical heat in which animals were being transported last year. Tuesday they, together with the Dutch society for the protection of animals, presented their report ‘On the breach against heat stress’ to the minister of agriculture Carola Schouten.

They mention that during the summer 94 million animals were transported at temperatures that are not justified. They speak of horrible scenes of animals desperately looking for cooling in overheated livestock trucks, waiting in the burning sun in front of slaughterhouses.

The study states that even on days when the temperature was generously above 30 degrees Celsius, slaughterhouses were still running at full speed and millions of animals were transported. The rule is that above 27 degrees the schedule of slaughterhouses should change. The organizations want this to be lowered to 21 degrees.

They also want that transportation above 30 degrees should only be done in airconditioned trucks. And above 35 degrees should be forbidden. And these rules have to become laws so everyone has to follow them.

The Netherlands has a heat protocol for animal transportation since 2016 but both organizations say that they don’t work because slaughterhouses don’t stick to them.


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Circus Life without Animal Life

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Circus life has always been a fantastic experience of mine since I was a child. I remember those moments so vividly, with all the trucks advertised with photos of what to expect during their stay.

The Ringling Brothers Circus would come and pitch these large tents, setting up mini carnivals around the main attraction. These memories filled with playful music, along with the smells of cotton candy, popcorn, hot dogs, burgers, nachos with cheese and funnel cakes.

What made this experience exciting for me was being able to watch the animals, naively thinking, perform with such delight. I was always so eager to see the elephants, waiting for that one moment to be up close and personal. Being from a small town (Havelock, North Carolina), this was a rarity.

Aside from the elephants, they had horses, tigers, lions, llamas and goats that contributed to making the experience overall “magical.” I don’t even recall even paying much attention to any other performance if it refrained from using animals. The portion that grasped my attention the most was how a handler could train animals that were known to be so powerful.

Life of enslavement
What never crossed my mind was how an animal not meant for domestication enjoyed living an unnatural lifestyle? I thought “they take excellent care of these animals” not understanding that excellent care should deem a life of enslavement.

Of course, there are a few circuses that refrain from the exploitation of animals, maintaining successful businesses. One circus that my family and I were able to experience was “Uncles Sam’s Great American Circus” in Banbury, Oxfordshire.

As my children bounced their way towards the entrance, I could feel those child-like emotions begin to rekindle. As we approached the gate, they had a ticket booth set up where you can purchase your choice for seating. Since this was our children’s first time, we went with the ringside seats.

Upon entering the tent, they had a member checking tickets and guiding you towards the section you purchased. The tent was heated as advertised, making the experience extremely comfortable. Not to mention the fantastic staff that balanced off each other throughout the entire show. I enjoyed the creativity between the use of a DJ and live instruments. I was impressed by their flawless coordination.

I was aware that this circus excluded the use of animals in their acts, so I was very eager to see how enjoyable this experience would become. Each performance was something out of a storybook, seamlessly transitioning to the next. Not only did this show capture my attention, but it maintained the focus of our five and three-year-old. I was shocked and inspired by how circus life has still retained its definition of wonder and suspense.

The food
I was a bit overwhelmed by all the smells that interacted with the overall experience. My husband and I were laughing about how it’s amazing that our bodies are expecting to indulge in these types of meals for specific events. We could feel our bodies telling us “this is a special occasion, buy it and enjoy the show!”

Having been vegan for three months now and understanding the risks of carnism, we refrained from indulging. Those habits were extremely easy to dismiss since our disgust of meat consumption trumps desire. We were just as happy with buying plain fries and popcorn, which our children enjoyed very much.

“That’s an animal! That’s wrong mom”
What was even more interesting about this moment, was how my son was paying attention to the food choice of people around him. He stated, “mom, did you know they sell hot dogs?! That’s an animal! That’s wrong mom”. I was very pleased that he was making his own decision to enjoy the time we were having while being able to eat without “cheating” his integrity.

The problem of food consumption and animal welfare is undoubtedly an ongoing battle that I will continue to advocate. At this moment, I faced with two realities of something I partook in as a child: animal exploitation with food and circus life.

Real talent at the circus
Uncle Sam’s Great American Circus proved my memories of happiness to be false. You do not need to see the performance of animals to have a fantastic time at a circus. Quite frankly, I believe animals take the show entirely away from all the other acts. I never focused on these types of performances before. I feel like I missed out on fantastic talent, all forgotten because I wanted to “see the animals.”

When you focus on the complexity and time dedicated towards each act, it becomes extraordinary to ponder. The beauty of perfecting a talent that projects enchantment, while living a family bonded, nomadic lifestyle, has depth all on its own.

We need to direct the attention back to the real performers. We need to realize that the real art in circus life grew from passion, transpiring into business all over the world, tainting the genuine aspirations of circus life.

Seeing animals perform is captivating but it stretches their life in captivity. Experiencing circus performances without the exploitation of animals is possible and allows the real performers to receive the gratitude they deserve. Focus on the real performers and not the ones enslaved.

All pictures by Isabella Lawrence

Netflix binge watching

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Every now and then I love binge watching a good show on Netflix. I don’t always have the time for it but when I do, Netflix offers so many entertaining shows and movies. But they also have a few good documentaries that helped making my decision to become vegan easier. These are the three that I would recommend anyone to watch. Not only to become vegan but also to learn more about the meat industry and your health.

What the Health
This film follows Kip Andersen as he interviews physicians and other people about diet and health.The synopsis is that serious health problems are a consequence of consuming meat and dairy products, and that a conspiracy exists to cover this up. It was shocking to see how some companies wouldn’t even talk to him or answer a few of his legit questions about consuming meat and dairy.


Forks over Knives

This documentary teaches you about the benefits of a plant-based diet. It made my decision to go plant-based easier and I really believe it helps me to stay healthy.


Fat, Sick & nearly Death

Juicing is something I find very hard to do. But I think to reset your system or to rethink why you eat and what you’re eating it’s the best way to go. And if you need some inspiration watch this documentary.

Dog Oshi dies at Iditarod race

The five-year old female dog Oshi died Saturday at an animal hospital in Anchorage in Alaska. She died from the preliminary diagnosis of aspiration pneumonia, a lung infection. Oshi was a sledge dog from musher Richie Beattie. She passed away during the Iditarod race, an annual sledge dog race in March in Alaska.

After the dogs of Beattie finished the challenging race on Thursday, veterinarians examined Oshi and noticed signs of pneumonia. She was then flown by emergency flight to the nearest animal hospital where she died on Saturday.

Oshi was part of the Wildthingz Dog Musihing team of Richie Beattie and his wife. They train their dogs themselves in Alaska.

At the Iditarot Trail Sled Dog Race a musher, the driver, starts with 14 dogs and needs to finish the race in 8-15 days with at least 5 dogs. The race starts in Anchorage and finishes in Nome. During the race dogs get dropped by their boss, because they’re sick or too tired, and flown back to the the start.

Animal welfare advocates have pointed out the animal cruelty happening at these sledge dog races. Sled Dog Action Coalition: “In this race mushers force their dogs to run 1,000 miles over a grueling terrain. No dog wants to run so far or so fast, or can do it without enduring great suffering. Dog deaths and injuries are common in the Iditarod, and when they are not racing, the dogs live under inhumane conditions.”

In 2016 the documentary Sled Dogs was released about how sled dogs are treated.

Trailer Sled Dogs

In 2019 PETA released an eyewitness video of dogs that were once champions in the brutal race and now suffering, abandoned and alone.

Dogs Endure Pain, Isolation, and Neglect at Iditarod Kennels


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Why Are You Vegan?

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For most people nowadays, we spend much of our time online. We are reading article after article, amusing ourselves with endless amounts of personal videos and posts of people we may or may not know, stuck in this infinite void of emptiness. I’ve noticed how bombarded every platform has become with “quick success” schemes, which in return, apparently, provides happiness.

It ranges from your typical “get rich quick” schemes of becoming a wealthy day trader in only seconds, to the next big diet that will change your life in just one week! What’s even more amazing about this, is how quickly these trends fade out and recycle themselves right back in, reconstructed to appear new.

Many of these trends love to take advantage of the content that triggers an emotional response, receiving our attention immediately. Once we direct our attention to that particular subject causing discomfort, we word vomit all over the internet. Just as fast as it grabs us, disagreements fade us out.

One topic I could never get away from was animal cruelty. I would painfully react to seeing a dog being beat by their owner, seeing a video of someone strangling a dog or cat to death for food, large fishing teams killing millions of fish and by-catch, wild animals being poached, hunting selfies, slaughterhouse footage, etc. These footages always left me feeling helpless and filled with rage.

Photo: Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals

The crazy thing is, not even an hour after that, those feelings had disappeared from its position in my thought process. I was no longer directly facing that pain and could go about my day accordingly. Reviewing footages would continue, day after day. Utterly oblivious to the disconnect right in front of me. A disconnect that is only a click away.

Safety net of reality
We see these horrifying things and emotion surfaces as pain, sadness, anger or helplessness. The truth is, right behind those feelings is another emotion that saves us from feeling so vulnerable, removing that feeling of pain or sadness and replacing it with, what we think is, the safety net of reality. The reality of “well, it’s already done, and there’s nothing we can do now” or leaving a comment and an emotional response, satisfying your guilt of turning a blind eye, scrolling onto the next thing. Being present triggers the need for numbing in my opinion.

We know there is the truth, but we can skip past those moments that cause us to panic. By skipping past those moments, we can bypass the feeling of guilt. The longer we bypass facing reality, that numbness sets in so deep, we can no longer empathize with pain. It now becomes a part of what we perceive to be the “natural” and “it’s just the way things are” mentality.

Journey into veganism
My family and I began our veganism journey in January 2019 after sitting down and having our typical Netflix movie night. We ordered a pepperoni and extra cheese pizza, with BBQ chicken wings and extra cheesy garlic bread. Not to mention the soda to wash it all down. We started looking through all the new Netflix original movies and couldn’t agree on anything to watch. I remembered I wanted to finish this documentary called “Cowspiracy.”

Once we started watching, we had no idea that this would transpire a complete change in our lifestyle. The statistics of environmental damage from animal agriculture was shocking to us. What surprised my husband the most was how animal agriculture trumps all use of transportation in greenhouse gas emissions, thus learning about the true impact of climate change. We kept looking at each other, thinking “Could this even be possible?” and the most horrifying question “Would our world leaders allow this to happen?”

When the documentary ended, we looked at the pizza in disgust, our kids with concern and each other with shame. At first, we began this journey with the outlook of “we’re doing this for the environmental and health reasons, and of course, the animals,” which soon developed into the question “Why ARE we doing this?”. “And of course, the animals” was the part I couldn’t wrap my head around, stuck in the realm of “well, the slaughter is quick…we have always eaten animals…carnivores eat animals in the wild…what about tribal communities…we can’t save them all”.

Looking for answers
Killing animals was the topic my husband and I would “debate” about because I would always run out of exact reasoning and end up backing my choices solely based on emotions. An emotional barrier, seen as non-credible, dismissed with the simple words of “it’s our choice.” It didn’t and still hasn’t settled with me as the right answer. At first, as many people do when faced with disagreement, I went looking for an answer to justify my choice, but that didn’t make me feel confident to utilize either. I felt stuck and battled with not wanting to contradict myself while feeling ashamed for craving the meals I always ate without question. That’s when I started thinking, “how do people convert overnight flawlessly? There has to be an answer to why I feel so torn…”

I began to dig deep. I purchased a few books, “The Unexpected Truth About Animals” by Lucy Cooke, “Beyond Beliefs” by Melanie Joy, “Eating Animals, Should We Stop?” by Jonathan Safran Foer, “On becoming a biologist” by John Janovy Jr, “Against All Odds, Animal Liberation 1972-1986” by J.J. Roberts, “Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows” by Melanie Joy and so on. I even traveled back into my nutritional book from a college course I took, wondering why we would teach such atrocities with absolute certainty of nutritional value?

The real question was why do we blindly follow edification without question? More specifically, why don’t we question those that we hold to a higher standard? Why not do a little digging and research into what your parents, professor, doctors, political figures, secretaries, CFO’s, COO’s, CEO’s teach? Blind faith has seeped its way into everything, creating this dome developed to contain our questions without overstepping boundaries.

Boundaries created through the company we keep, the music we listen too, the movies we watch, the advertisements, the brands, the trends, social media, and the law. The law has always been that invisible boundary line many people are terrified to cross. The ones that cross those boundaries are labeled “extreme activists,” terrorists” or “a nuisance,” being shamed or put in jail for exposing a reality that would threaten a brand that is protected by the very law built to protect us.

Consuming animals is “natural”?
When I dove into “Eating Animals, Should We Stop?” and “Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows,” I was not only shocked but embarrassed by how I never put effort into understanding the basics of animal agriculture. I never knew how factory farming began and realized that eating animals on a mass scale was not only unnatural but not the “normal” thing to do. Many people cling to the idea that consuming animals is “natural,” creating this conclusion of normality.

“Let’s not forget that Africans were seen “naturally” built to be slaves, and women were “naturally” lesser than men and Jews were “naturally” evil.”

Too extreme? If that crosses your mind, it’s due to the fact you “naturally” believe in the consumption of animals. But wait, if that’s the case, why not eat EVERY animal? Still too extreme?” Now you’re solidifying the fact you do know it’s wrong but won’t stop because you’re relieved by the standard of edible and non-edible, allowing you to believe it’s what we’ve always done, which plays right back into “its natural.”

Then I thought to myself, “How can I blame someone in 1923, who was a small-time chicken farmer, accidentally receiving too many chickens and capitalizing off of that.” It wasn’t even just the thought of luck but the events that transpired after that. By 1928, Herbert Hoover was promising “a chicken in every pot” (Safran Foer 105), now changing the local farming experience into an architectural innovation.

We completely stripped the definition of “farmer” and turned it into a science fest of modifying genetics to produce more food on cheap production costs. Was it that farmers fault or was it the ones who took this outlook of “innovation” as a chance to change the future and profit off of the ease of accessibility and blind consumption?

Mass production of food has directly contributed to a massive problem no one seems to correlate with animal agriculture. We’re talking about corporate corruptions, health issues, viral outbreaks, environmental destruction, biodiversity depletion, destruction of our oceans, poverty, starvation, water shortage, air contamination and so on. How far back will we allow this corruption to redefine wrong as right?

Photo: Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals

Dominion
After pondering on the information and realizing how much psychology there is behind all of this, I sat down to watch the documentary “Dominion” with my kids. I was only able to get into 10 minutes of watching before pausing it, weeping out-loud. I kept saying “what have we done…what the fuck have we done!”

My son was holding me, crying and wiping my tears, telling me “don’t cry mom, we won’t let them hurt them anymore,” and from his innocence, I cried even more. How could we have been so naive to believe this process was so “humane.” Killing and humane can never coexist in a sentence. Ever. No animal wants to be killed, let alone in a “nice” way so that I can eat it for the taste and texture.

How can people possibly still consume flesh that has no nutritional value to our diet? Studies show that heart disease in the number one killer for humans and yet, we don’t stop to think how that transpires? We’ve become embedded into the very process these poor animals go through. Their lives aren’t the only ones living through an assembly line. The difference is, we have the means to fight back, and still, many people devour the process, dying piece by piece.

Carnism
My family and I no longer want to consume nor condone such a violent ideology called carnism. The way my husband and I see it is this transition will be flawless for our children. They are now awake and aware, which means more than anything to us.

We can fill the next generation with knowledgeable individuals connected with empathy and compassion for not just their bodies but for the bodies of other living, sentient beings. They will understand the importance of balancing our ecosystem without greed.

The transition for my husband and I have been very emotional. We are now at the point where we are disgusted by the sight and smell of meat, eggs, and dairy. What I would tell anyone wanting to go vegan, is to find your reason why. Don’t just do it because you feel guilty or want to try it out.

Educate yourself on the history and current information on animal agriculture (land and water farming), environmental issues, and global economics. Go out and experience peaceful protests against factorized farming, or go extreme and prolong a slaughter from happening, even try doing a little investigating yourself. You’ll find it hard even to get close to what’s inside those walls. You have to remember, the majority of the footage you see online did not come from casually walking in. They went in with courage, compassion, and a goal, no matter what the consequences may be.

All in all, immerse yourself into truth. It affects so much more than you can ever imagine. We are not naturally born to be violent; it is created and manifests over time. I don’t think it’s too late to make a change and I also don’t believe it will happen overnight. What I do believe is that we have the power in numbers to sway our economy. Supply and demand drive these companies successfully. That can’t happen without you paying into those choices, lending a helping hand directly into what you would never advocate.

For the ones that don’t care, well, it shows in your health and lifestyle. Living with the attitude “it doesn’t directly affect me” is equivalent to digging your own grave and burying yourself alive. To answer the question “Why are we vegan?” is this: We are vegan because we are no longer asleep.

“Any noise in the world can wake a person sleeping, but no noise in the world can wake a person pretending to sleep”
– Jonathan Safran Foer.

Cruelty free beauty brands

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I used to love big brands like Chanel, Dior and Shiseido. But I don’t anymore. I find it hard to accept that they want to make us prettier by harming animals. So I’m looking for new brands. Brands that don’t feel the need to harm bunnies and other animals.

A cruelty free beauty product is one that does not contain any animal product or by-product and is not tested on animals. I think it’s important to support these brands that are trying to make us look good but also show us that hurting animals is not necessary at all in 2019.

Pacifica
I can’t wait for this brand to start shipping to Holland. I went crazy on their website (so many nice products I would love to try) but realised when I wanted to pay that they don’t ship to my country. Let’s hope they’ll go international soon. But for now you guys in the United States and Canada are lucky 🙂

Emani
A brand from the United States. I was able to order their foundation from a Dutch website and loved it. Their full collection so far is only available in the United States.

INIKA
This award winning company from Australia has organic cruelty free make up and vegan brushes. Their make up is made of natural ingredients like jojoba, lavender and macadamia oil.

AXIOLOGY
Their lipsticks are made of avocado, castor seeds, orange, elderberry, coconut, candelilla, grapes and vitamin e oil. They use mineral powder to color their lipsticks. The founder Erick Rodriguez is an animal lover from California. 

ELATE Clean Cosmetics
They have everything for your eyes, face and lips in beautiful packaging. A beautiful quote from their founder Melodie Reynolds from Canada: “Putting on mascara, isn’t going to change the world. But, it may change your perception of yourself, just a little, so you can.” 

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Shocking footage released of dairy industry in England

Watching this video hurts and realizing this is more the rule than exception in the dairy industry is just, well just unbelievable. To make milk, animals suffer. Mother cows and their babies have to be separated to make milk. The milk is meant for the calf but us humans just steal it from the mother. It is as simple and as unfair as that. 

I have a hard time when people tell me ‘oh but I just love cheese’ or ‘almond or oat milk’ is not the real thing. I’ll repeat it again: to make the milk and cheese that you love so much, animals suffer. Babies are violently taken away from their mothers. In this footage that was obtained by Surge you see terrible scenes where farmers are punching and kicking calves. And they use pipes and crutches to hit their mother so the mother can’t reach their baby.

It’s absolutely unacceptable that we let this happen in our world. Mama cow is a mother who gives birth to her kid and who just like us, deserves to enjoy happy times with her kid. Just close your eyes and imagine the pain of having your baby ripped away the moment you give birth to her or him.


“Mother cows have an incredibly deep, loving connection to their children, just as we humans do to our children. Once separated from their mothers, female dairy calves face the same fate as their mothers, a life of artificial insemination and stolen children before their life ends at the slaughterhouse”, the team of Surge explains. 

Surge is a grassroots animal rights organization founded by Ed Winters, known online as Earthling Ed.

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Three reasons to go vegan

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The reason I went vegan is because I find it sad that animals have to suffer for my taste buds. I was a big meat lover but after seeing videos of how animals were being treated, it made less and less sense to still eat meat. So 10 years ago I became vegetarian. And since a few months vegan. Animals were the biggest reason for me to go vegan, but I also believe it has benefitted my health. If you want to go vegan, but are still doubting, here are the three biggest reasons people go vegan.

Health
Many doctors acknowledge the benefits of a plant-based diet. Cutting animal products from your diet benefits your health and can make a major difference when it comes to heart diseases and type 2 diabetes. I do have to say that you’ll notice the benefits when you become a healthy vegan. I will write a post on this later, but when I first turned vegan I didn’t really know what to eat so I had a lot of fries. Not really recommendable for health 🙂 But I got a good vegan cookbook and online you find a lot of healthy and delicious plant-based recipes.

Animal suffering
This is why I turned vegan. It’s just not fair for me to decide a living being has to die so I can eat it. There are so many undercover videos out there of torture and abuse of animals. It’s sickening. It’s not up to us to decide which living being gets eaten and which not. What was the turning point for me was watching all those undercover videos and after seeing them, I could basically not unsee them. The whole meat and dairy industry is just cruel and not necessary.

Saving the planet
I hear more and more people eating less meat for this reason. Basically, showering shorter to save water or flushing less doesn’t do as much as how much water you can save by going vegan. It takes a lot of water to take care of all the animals in the meat industry. You use up to a 100 to 200 times more to raise a pound (!) of beef than to raise a pound of vegetables and fruits. And there are a lot of chemical and harmful gasses like methane and ammonia when animals’s shit. If we start creating vegetable and fruit farms instead of meat, we’d be creating healthier air and waste so much less water.