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Alright, so the current GOP royal rumble is hilarious. I found out today that Gingrich was still in the race, who knew? Santorum is out spewing theocratic nonsense, and nobody really seems to care that Mittens Romney strapped a dog to the top of his car.

Herman Cain, the Federal Reserve shill and pizza overlord, dropped out of the race months ago, but here he is, shooting rabbits in a bizarre, incoherent political ad.

So that’s neat, I guess.
Herman Fudd, Pizza Lord.

What made Pizza Cain think this would be a good idea? His PR people kind of suck at their jobs (kind of like Godfather’s Pizza sucks at pizza. Zing). First, you’re shooting a bunny. A few days before Easter. Second, you’re shooting a rabbit. Third, the shooter looks like Michael Douglas in that movie where he went crazy and shot up LA.

The rabbit CGI looks terrible, too.

Okay, fuck everything about this. While I can’t stand the fact that PETA kills its animals, it still does bring shit like this to light, and for that, I am thankful.

Is your cheese worth this? Is your glass of milk? The dairy industry is just as cruel as the meat industry, in some ways it is more cruel. Especially when there are great alternatives. It ain’t just soy milk in the stores anymore. Almond milk, coconut milk, hazelnut milk, and hemp milk are all delicious, and cruelty-free.

There is no fucking reason to support this.

Got Milk?

Posted: March 26, 2012 in animal rights, diet, vegan, video
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1) Cows are not milk machines. After years of living in filthy conditions, being kept constantly pregnant, and being forced to produce 10 times more milk than they naturally would, dairy cows are slaughtered.

2) “Moo” is not your first language. Human babies don’t say “goo goo moo moo”, so why treat them like calves? Humans are the only animals who drink breast milk after infancy and the only animals who drink milk from a different species. It makes as much sense for people to drink cow’s milk as it would for dogs to drink giraffe’s milk!

3) Cookies and cramps don’t mix. Studies show that over 75 percent of the world’s population is lactose-intolerant. Can you say abdominal cramps, bloating, and diarrhea?

4) Dairy is pus-itively scary. There’s more to that glass of milk than you think. Dairy products are commonly contaminated with blood, pus, pesticides, hormones, and antibiotics.

5) There’s veal in your cereal. Milk fuels the cruel veal industry. Considered byproducts of the dairy industry, male calves are dragged away to veal crates when they are just hours old.

6) Milk is bad to the bone. Contrary to a popular milky myth, studies strongly implicate dairy in causing, rather than preventing, osteoporosis, because its high protein content leeches calcium from the body.

7) Milk does the planet bad. Bad for mother cows, milk production is also bad for Mother Earth; it’s a disastrous source of water pollution. Just one dairy cow produces 120 pounds of waste every day—as much as two dozen people could produce—but with no toilets, sewers, or treatment plants.

8) The white stuff isn’t the right stuff. Milk is formulated to meet the nutritional needs of calves—who have four stomachs and gain an average of 115 kg in their first six months. It’s mad for humans to chug moo-juice!

9) No grain means lots of pain. Every glass of milk takes a meal away from the hungry. Crops that could be used to feed the hungry are instead used to feed dairy cows. It takes a huge amount of grain cycled through cows to produce a very small amount of milk.

10) A milk mustache is a real heartbreaker. Devoid of fiber and complex carbohydrates but loaded with saturated fat and cholesterol, dairy products have been linked to heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, and certain types of cancer.

Milk- you don’t need it, it’s terrible for you, and it fuels (and is fueled by) the veal industry.

Friday Thought

Posted: March 23, 2012 in animal rights, vegan
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‘Non-injury to all living beings is the only religion.’
‘In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self, and should therefore refrain from inflicting upon others such injury as would appear undesirable to us if inflicted upon ourselves.’
‘This is the quintessence of wisdom; not to kill anything. All breathing, existing, living sentient creatures should not be slain, nor treated with violence, nor abused, nor tormented, nor driven away. This is the pure unchangeable Law. Therefore, cease to injure living things.’
‘All living things love their life, desire pleasure and do not like pain; they dislike any injury to themselves; everybody is desirous of life and to every being, his life is very dear.’
Yogashastra (Jain Scripture) (c. 500 BC)

From time to time I hear the complaint that veganism is dogmatic. It’s not. The “dogmas” upon which veganism is based are the Golden Rule and the principle of least harm. Both of these guidelines give the follower wide latitude in interpretation.

Every vegan knows that every other vegan can never be a perfect vegan, and that it would be an exercise in futility to strive for that impossible ideal. Every time we walk outside, we’re liable to step on insects. We live in a society in which the use of products with animal-derived ingredients is rampant and unavoidable.

Veganism is more a frame of mind; an honest effort to avoid harming other living beings. Generally speaking, we have the highest obligation as ethical vegans to refrain from causing suffering that is obvious or extensive, and easily preventable.

Veganism is a derived, not root principle. It is outgrowth of compassion, of a connection to the world, of a sympathetic desire to help not hurt other creatures.

The Official Vegan Handbook (which doesn’t exist — further proof of non-dogma) does not specify precise rules by which one must abide. It does not say you must drive under the posted speed limit on your way to work each morning, to be more ready to swerve if a squirrel runs across the road. It does not spell out what to do if there is a wasp in your child’s room. But if you have sympathy and respect for all living creatures and a genuine desire to be a friend and protector, your conscience will guide you toward peaceful, mindful resolutions. You’ll be vegan by default.

Basically, veganism says that in terms of minimizing harm and maximizing charity toward all creatures, “do the best you can.”

We all know that there are a number of things we can do instantly, at no cost, with little effort, to reduce unimaginably hard suffering of animals. They suffer because of our habits — selfish habits — that we can break in a heartbeat. No dogma is required to adjust our life so that it spares thousands of animals from horrid lifelong misery in factory farms.

I agree completely. Veganism springs from compassion, from personal ethics. Emphasis on personal.

Minimizing suffering should be the number one goal in our lives. Period. Can we ever be perfect? No. Of course not. But we cannot let perfect be the enemy of good.


“EARTHLINGS is a powerful and informative documentary about society’s tragic and unforgivable use of nonhuman animals, narrated by Joaquin Phoenix with soundtrack by Moby. Directed by Shaun Monson, this multi-award winning film by Nation Earth is a must-see for anyone who cares about nonhuman animals or wishes to make the world a better place.”