Elephants Tortured In India And Thailand

Baby elephants used in the tourism industry in India and Thailand are often torn away from their mothers, caged or tied to a tree, beaten with sticks that have nails attached to their ends, denied access to food or water for days.

Nail-tipped sticks

This treatment is carried out throughout their entire lives (Usually over 50 years).  Some even go blind from the constant hits to their heads.

Elephants and other animals in India and Thailand have little or no rights. Most spend their whole lives chained to the ground, some with sharp spikes around their legs.

The video below is about an elephant, Raju, who cried when rescued from 50 years of slavery.

”For 50 years, Raju the elephant was abused, held shackled in spiked chains and forced to live off scraps from passing tourists. All that changed when he was rescued last weekend by wildlife conservationists who said the animal cried when he was finally set free.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhrjTFSDqTU

Please do not ride elephants in India or Thailand and please do not feed the begging elephants. Demand animal rights laws to protect these innocent animals.

You can also sign a petition which demands that these animals are given the rights the deserve.

Petition: https://www.change.org/p/prakash-javadekar

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Why We Shouldn’t Eat Pigs

Is it possible to want to eat innocent pigs after flicking through this gallery post?

Pigs are incredible, intelligent, gentle creatures. But most people who decide to put them on there plates every day, haven’t actually met a pig before or had the chance to connect with these beautiful animals. Hopefully, these photos will bring to you one step closer to making the connection.

Enjoy!

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Pigs love cuddling, snuggling and sleeping nose to nose. They dream, just as humans do.  They enjoy listening to music, playing, exploring and sunbathing.

Newborn piglets learn to run to their mothers voices and respond to their individual names. Mother pigs who are nursing, sing to their piglets.

Pigs are actually very clean animals. If given enough space, they will not soil in the same area that they sleep.

“I know of no other animals [who] are more consistently curious, more willing to explore new experiences, more ready to meet the world with open mouthed enthusiasm. Pigs, I have discovered, are incurable optimists and get a big kick out of just being.” -Biologist and Johannesburg Zoo director Lyall Watson.

By adopting a vegan diet, you can reduce your risk of osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes, cancer etc. You can also cure allergies and acne as well as improving sleep and boosting energy levels.
Your diet will be more friendly to the environment. You’ll be reducing your water usage as well as helping to preserve habitats and species across the world.
People are becoming more aware about how animal agriculture is unsustainable and often cruel, but it’s been proven that animal products are harmful to human health and the environment. If we don’t begin to make changes in our diets soon, we will be suffering serious consequences in just a few decades.

To learn more about becoming vegan, visit the Becoming Vegan page.

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Where Dubai Needs To Step Up – SeaWorld

After the release of Blackfish, SeaWorld has experienced a significant drop in attendance. ”Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Along the way, director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creature’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry.” To watch Blackfish, click here.

Blackfish Trailer.

https://youtu.be/G93beiYiE74

Despite the drop in attendance at SeaWorld, they are still planning on expanding in the Middle East. There have been plans to open a SeaWorld in Dubai by the year 2020.

Below, is a link to a petition which asks the government of Dubai to not open a SeaWorld.
”SeaWorld is already one of the worst examples of wild animal abuse in the history of the United States and SeaWorld should not be allowed to exist in Dubai as well.  SeaWorld is absolutely barbaric in terms of what they are doing to these poor marine animals they have in captivity at their theme parks. In the wild, killer whales are the king of the ocean and they swim 100 miles per day. In confinement, they are living in a tiny swimming pool that is the equivalent to a human living in a bathtub. They feed the whales and dolphins drugged fish to keep them docile and brain dead and they starve them as a tool to force them to perform tricks.”

Link to petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/en-ie/118/058/851/tell-the-government-of-dubai-not-to-open-a-seaworld-park-in-dubai/

SeaWorld and marine parks profit from keeping orcas and other marine animals in captivity, despite evidence that captivity not only induces unnatural behaviours in whales, but also endangers trainers. You can pledge not to visit SeaWorld until they empty their orca tanks by clicking the link below:

https://www.thedodo.com/running-scared-seaworlds-sets–550303454.html

1396600415842You can avoid contributing to the captivity of these animals by avoiding visiting SeaWorld and other similar marine parks. The key to ending this captivity and slavery is to educate as many people as possible about the suffering these animals have to endure for our entertainment and pleasure. Share buttons are below. Thank you.

-The Vegan Lily

How McDonalds Supports Cruelty

I recently came across a website (http://www.mcdonaldscruelty.com) where they expose some of the horrors behind McDonalds’ Chicken McNuggets. I always knew McDonalds was a dirty, disgusting business but I didn’t realise there was so much suffering behind their food.

Below, is a video on the website, revealing the conditions chickens raised for meat live in and the miserable lives they are put through for our own selfish reasons.

”Birds Are Clubbed, Thrown, and Crowded for Chicken McNuggets

A new undercover investigation into a McDonald’s Chicken McNugget supplier has exposed horrific cruelty to animals, including birds beaten, crammed in filthy sheds, stabbed to death with nails attached to makeshift clubs, and left to suffer and slowly die without proper veterinary care.”

Warning – [Graphic]

https://youtu.be/-UWcQLtpAKU

If you’d rather not watch the graphic video, the description is below:

-In the video, a worker is seen using a long stick with long nails spiking out at the end of it, to beat and stab the chickens.

-Many chickens die from heart attacks or organ failure as a result of being bred to grow faster. They become crippled under their own weight and live uncomfortable, painful lives.

An example of a chicken bred to grow faster with deformed legs.

-Workers routinely stand on chickens heads and begin to pull the spines and skulls from the animals. They are then thrown into buckets where they slowly die.

-The video reveals the disgusting environment these chickens are living in. Hundreds of thousands of chickens are cramped into cramped, dirty, windowless sheds.

How Can I Help?

Across the world, chickens are suffering just as the chickens are, above. As you read this, these innocent animals are being beaten, stabbed, stood on and having their spines and skulls ripped from their bodies, all whilst still being alive and fully conscious. The good news is that you can help and you can make a difference.


Petition:

Below, is a link to a petition asking that McDonald’s end many of the worst forms of animal abuse and neglect in its supply chain by swiftly adopting meaningful animal welfare policies.

http://www.mcdonaldscruelty.com/

Share:

You can also share the link below on social media sites, such as, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.

http://www.mcdonaldscruelty.com/

Donate:

There is also an option on the website to Donate once or monthly to Mercy For Animals.

http://www.mcdonaldscruelty.com/

Eating Compassionately:

My favourite option. You can boycott companies which are involved in this kind of animal cruelty, such as, McDonalds.
Better yet, you can completely avoid contributing to the suffering shown above by adopting a vegan diet/lifestyle. Yes, it is completely healthy and tasty too!
And if you want, you can try animal-free food products which taste and look like the real thing.

By adopting a vegan diet, you can reduce your risk of osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes, cancer etc. You can also cure allergies and acne as well as improving sleep and boosting energy levels.
Your diet will be more friendly to the environment. You’ll be reducing your water usage as well as helping to preserve habitats and species across the world.
People are becoming more aware about how animal agriculture is unsustainable and often cruel, but it’s been proven that animal products are harmful to human health and the environment. If we don’t begin to make changes in our diets soon, we will be suffering serious consequences in just a few decades.

To learn more about becoming vegan, visit the Becoming Vegan page.

Share this post if you think it was informative or helpful. The key to ending animal suffering is to educate as many people as possible. Share buttons are below. Thank you.

-The Vegan Lily

Avoiding Eggs Won’t Kill You

I’ve recently heard someone claim that animal rights activists or vegan activists try to encourage people not to eat eggs simply because they want to ‘kill off humans’. I’m genuinely curious as to whether or not people actually believe this.

As a vegan activist, I can confidently say that I encourage people to eliminate eggs from their diet because they have been proven to be dangerous to human health and the egg industry can also be cruel.

I care about animals and human health. At no point did I ever wish for any humans to die or for all humans to completely vanish of the earth (although every living thing and the planet would greatly benefit from this). I highly doubt that many animal rights or vegan activists are motivated by the death of humans nor would they wish that upon anyone.

This claim also doesn’t make sense to me because eliminating eggs from your diet will not make you ill, nutrient deficient or kill you. In fact, it should do the opposite.

How are eggs unhealthy?

Here are a couple of reasons:

– Eggs contain animal proteins which have been proven to be harmful for the human body.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9XTjnvlIUI

– Eggs also contains cholesterol which we don’t need. Our bodies make enough cholesterol that our bodies need.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNby8ongJsM

Removing eggs from your diet should actually improve your overall health. We don’t need eggs to survive and it’s actually kind of strange to be eating the unfertilised eggs of another species anyway.

But don’t take my word for it. Visit the websites of physicians who are reversing cancer, diabetes, heart disease etc. by simply placing patients on a plant-based diet (A diet which does not include animal products ie. meat, fish, dairy, eggs, honey)

How are eggs cruel?

Again, here are a few reasons:

-The egg industry can often be cruel. This includes grinding up male chicks whilst they are still fully alive and conscious. And yes, small chicks are still able to experience both physical and emotional pain. The male chicks are practically useless to the egg industry and are therefor considered as ‘waste’.

-Another method of killing the male chicks is simply gassing the chicks, again, whilst they are still alive and fully conscious.

-Chicks beaks are removed to avoid the animals from pecking at each other out of frustration and lack of space. Chicks’ beaks are extremely sensitive, but the removal is still carried out without anaesthetics.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQ5qAfyUuWE

-Often, eggs can come from hens which are confined in small cages, sometimes, unable to even spread their wings. Place a chicken in a cage with a hole where they can see outside, but still unable to go outside and actually fly and be free, and you can call it ‘Free-ranged’. Many people may choose to buy Free-ranged for ethical reasons but are often still unaware as to how the chickens are treated.

Battery cages – Note the low light intensity beyond range of the camera flashgun

There are plenty of other reasons as to why eggs are not ethical, but the reasons listed above are the reasons I tend to focus on.

You can learn more about the unethical side of eggs on www.bitesizevegan.com or www.peta.org.

By adopting a vegan diet, you can reduce your risk of osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes, cancer etc. You can also cure allergies and acne as well as improving sleep and boosting energy levels.
Your diet will be more friendly to the environment. You’ll be reducing your water usage as well as helping to preserve habitats and species across the world.
People are becoming more aware about how animal agriculture is unsustainable and often cruel, but it’s been proven that animal products are harmful to human health and the environment. If we don’t begin to make changes in our diets soon, we will be suffering serious consequences in just a few decades.

To learn more about becoming vegan, visit the Becoming Vegan page.Share this post if you think it was informative or helpful. Share buttons are below. Thank you.

-The Vegan Lily

We Cannot Justify Eating Animals Because Of Intelligence

I’ve often heard people attempt to justify eating meat by saying something along the lines of ‘We can eat pigs, cows and chickens because we are more intelligent. We’ve built skyscrapers and just look at technology these days’. This argument, to me, makes no sense. If this were the case, then could I justify eating a small child by saying ‘Well, I’m simply more intelligent’? I don’t think so.

Pigs raised for meat are often kept in confined spaces, unable to turn around.

And as for the skyscrapers and technology, I know that I personally haven’t made any contribution to the advancement of technology nor have I built any impressive buildings. Despite this, I still don’t believe that anyone could justify exploiting, torturing, raping or murdering me for this reason.

This excuse seems to apply to not only eating meat but also eating animal bi-products, wearing animal products, and buying products which have been tested on animals.

By making illogical justifications, such as, ‘We can do what we want with non-human animals because we’re simply smarter than them’, we are avoiding addressing the actual issue. I have yet to hear a single valid justification of the slaughter of 160 million animals each year for human consumption. It’s unnecessary and it’s costing the planet, the animals, our health and starving people across the world.

By adopting a vegan diet, you can reduce your risk of osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes, cancer etc. You can also cure allergies and acne as well as improving sleep and boosting energy levels.
Your diet will be more friendly to the environment. You’ll be reducing your water usage as well as helping to preserve habitats and species across the world.
People are becoming more aware about how animal agriculture is unsustainable and often cruel, but it’s been proven that animal products are harmful to human health and the environment. If we don’t begin to make changes in our diets soon, we will be suffering serious consequences in just a few decades.

To learn more about becoming vegan, visit the Becoming Vegan page.

If your not fully convinced, I’d suggest watching the video below.

Warning – [Graphic]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXINFXCcW5U

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The key to reducing people’s animal product consumption is to educate as many people as possible about the issues animal products can cause to the human body, the environment and the animals. Share buttons are below. Thank You.

-The Vegan Lily

Is Butter Good For You?

”The Danish Dairy Research Foundation recently funded a study in hopes of improving butter’s reputation. Instead, the study found that butter is still bad for you.
 “The study’s findings, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, instead established that even moderate levels of butter consumption could result in higher cholesterol. At the very least, the study showed that butter raises blood cholesterol levels more than alternatives like olive oil.” – The Washington Post
Countless studies have shown dairy products to be detrimental to human health. Just last year, a study highlighted by The Telegraph found a link between milk consumption and lowered life expectancy. In fact, those who consumed three glasses of milk or more each day were twice as likely to die early as those who drank less or no milk.
MFA investigations at dairy facilities throughout the U.S. have documented a culture of cruelty and neglect. Cows used in dairy production are treated as mere milk-producing machines, and their lives are filled with fear and suffering.”
If your not fully convinced as to why consuming butter is a pretty bad idea, I’d encourage you to watch the video below.

By adopting a vegan diet, you can also reduce your risk of osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes, cancer etc. You can also cure allergies and acne as well as improving sleep and boosting energy levels.
Your diet will be more friendly to the environment. You’ll be reducing your water usage as well as helping to preserve habitats and species across the world.
People are becoming more aware about how animal agriculture is unsustainable and often cruel, but it’s been proven that animal products are harmful to human health and the environment. If we don’t begin to make changes in our diets soon, we will be suffering serious consequences in just a few decades.

To learn more about becoming vegan, visit the Becoming Vegan page.

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Share this post/video if you think it was informative or helpful. The key to reducing people’s animal product consumption is to educate as many people as possible about the health issues animal products can cause in the human body, the environment and the animals. Share buttons are below. Thank You.

-The Vegan Lily