This video features both Breeze Harper and Angela Davis. SCORE! These ladies are so inspiring, their intelligence and eloquence is off the radar. Angela Davis recently spoke at a Social Justice Conference at UC Davis, which Harper attended and asked “about extending compassion beyond humans as part of social justice and making the Occupy movement successful.”
The intersections between race, class, sexuality, and gender are so important in relation to veganism, yet we don’t talk about it enough! If you haven’t yet read Breeze Harper’s work, get on that! She is just brilliant. I love her work, which deals with veganism and critical race theory. Did you see her speak at UC Berkeley in November? I did and I bought her book soon after. Don’t cry if you missed it, you can watch the video here.
What happens to the 250 million male chicks born to hens in the U.S. egg industry each year?
Along with defective and slow-hatching female chicks, they are trashed as soon as they hatch. Upon breaking out of their shells, instead of being sheltered by a mother’s wings, the newborns are ground up alive, electrocuted, or thrown into trashcans where they slowly suffocate on top of one another, peeping to death while a human foot stomps them down to make more room for more chicks. Because the male chicken of the egg industry cannot lay eggs, and has not been genetically manipulated for profitable meat production, he is of no use to the egg industry. Destruction of unwanted male chicks is a worldwide practice.
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This is Forest Service employee Josh Bransford happily posing with a wolf he trapped in Idaho. The wolf wasn’t just trapped; when some passing motorists saw the limping animal, they thought it’d be super fun to non-fatally shoot the trapped wolf a few times. Bransford posted some pics online and people were positively giddy. Awesome.
People make me so sick sometimes. This is exactly what people opposed to the de-listing were worried about. This isn’t just an animal who’s threatened by habitat loss or something, hunters and farmers hate wolves. They are in competition with them. It’s not like a few will be killed now, these dudes are out for blood.
According to Environment News Service, people are calling for Bransford to be fired. Though you’re allowed to kill wolves now, there are actually rules about it:Stopping to pose while an animal hobbles in pain is certainly not carrying out the murder humanely. Though I don’t know that Idaho actually cares about enforcing laws. They certainly don’t care about upholding promises.From Earth Island Journal:
Idaho state law makes it a crime for a person who “causes or procures any animal to be cruelly treated, or who, having the charge or custody of any animal either as owner or otherwise, subjects any animal to cruelty.” The law also requires that “destruction of animals for population control,” the stated reason for wolf trapping, be carried out humanely.
Removal of Endangered Species Act protection for the wolf was based on the assurances of state game agencies that they would manage wolves to ensure survival of the species and approval of state wolf management plans by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Idaho has since abandoned the targets of its state plan and instead said it will seek to reduce the population from roughly 1,000 wolves to as low as 150 wolves. Since the delisting, 375 wolves have been reported killed in Idaho. Idaho’s wolf hunt remains open in portions of the state.
As you know, wolves were removed from the federal protection list last year in Idaho and Montana. Since then:
By late March some 117 Idaho wolves had been killed in traps and snares, and another 251 shot. Montana saw 166 killed, for a total of 534 wolves out of an estimated 1150 in the two states. Although Montana’s season ended in February, Idaho is not quite done. Both states have announced plans for increased hunting in the 2012-2013, and discussions are underway among hunting groups and state officials to allow private donations to establish wolf bounties.
Wolf bounties? They aren’t criminals—they’re animals just trying to live! This is so absurd. As you can see, it’s not like there a gagillion wolves walking around. This animal that was nearly wiped off the earth has rebounded to a little more than a thousand in those areas. How does an animal go from federal protection to being legally culled by half? There needs to be national intervention. States shouldn’t be able to just do whatever they want with regard to their environment and wildlife. This is bullshit. I’m angry!
Hey, I want to depress you, so let’s learn about slaughterhouses. Avi Solomon at BoingBoing has a big, interesting interview with professor Timothy Pachirat, who worked undercover at a Nebraska slaughterhouse for five months, and published a book about his experiences in November….
a United States federal law (Pub.L. 109-374; 18 U.S.C. § 43) that prohibits any person from engaging in certain conduct “for the purpose of damaging or interfering with the operations of an animal enterprise.”
The law contains a savings clause that indicates it should not be construed to “prohibit any expressive conduct (including peaceful picketing or other peaceful demonstration) protected from legal prohibition by the First Amendment to the Constitution.”  However, by its own terms, the statute criminalizes acts such as “intimidation.” And prosecutions under AETA require using evidence of otherwise lawful free speech in order to demonstrate a “course of conduct” as proof of purpose or possible conspiracy.
On November 13, 2006, the House passed the bill under suspension of the rules, a procedure generally used to quickly pass non-controversial bills without voting.
The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act was overwhelmingly embraced by the pharmaceutical industry.
Camille Hankins, a representative of Win Animal Rights, asserted that the legislation infringed upon the First Amendment rights of free speech and assembly: “It’s overly broad, overly vague and restricts freedom of speech and freedom of assembly.” She added: “I think this legislation was bought and paid for, by the pharmaceutical industry primarily.”
“We only feel comfortable bringing up lynching and the Holocaust and epidemic gender and sexual violence because they are easy tools to appropriate. It’s easy to be against them, but not so easy to understand the specific conditions that support them, or the implicit attitudes that continue to inform them even in people with the best intentions. It’s not a fair comparison not because nonhumans don’t suffer, but because erasure of difference is not taken seriously and that does significant damage.”
“Solidarity does not require us all to be the same. By definition, it implies there is some piece that is inviolable, unique, and worth appreciating from a perspective that will never fully understand its effects or implications. We have the vision of building better coalitions when we rely on true solidarity, rather than doing what’s been done by the very oppressive structures we criticize.
Oppression of nonhumans has a history and quality that is all its own. We do a disservice to the nonhumans we advocate for when we erase their specific experiences in order to hang them on the scaffolding of human experience. We imply that the only meaningful way to talk about pain and suffering is through human terms, and then only those human terms we feel okay with constantly appropriating and co-opting. This is not a good framework for the non-speciesist society we wish to envision.”
The animals themselves are incapable of demanding their own liberation, or of protesting against their condition with votes, demonstrations, or bombs. Human beings have the power to continue to oppress other species forever, or until we make this planet unsuitable…
Peter Singer is a speciesist and ableist creep, and he isn’t vegan. Note his “Paris exemption” and nod to “humane” animal farming/slaughter. In fact, he’s not even in favor of animal rights or human rights per se. He is not against animal use, and supports experimentation on nonhuman animals and the disabled so long as it benefits the “greater good.” He has also said that infanticide and the killing of disabled people can be morally justifiable.
So can we please stop pretending he’s in the movement?
Angela Davis on eating chickens, Occupy, and including animals in social justice initiative of the 99%
On February 23, 2012, at University of California-Davis, I attended the Social Justice Teach-In. Keynote speaker was Angela Davis. I asked Angela Davis about extending compassion beyond humans as part of social justice and making Occupy Movement successful.
I got to ask her my question about something she alluded to in her keynote, that sounded like she is pro-vegan and anti-speciesist. My husband video recorded my question and the answer she gave me. I felt silly that I didn’t have a copy of Sistah Vegan on me so she could have that reference! ARGGGHHH!!!
The 15 Deadliest Corporations: #11 Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey
“The Cruelest Show on Earth” is famous for its abuse of wild animals. In July 2004, Clyde, a young lion traveling with Ringling, died in a poorly ventilated boxcar while the circus crossed the Mojave Desert in temperatures exceeding 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
Circus elephants are routinely confined for days at a time and beaten with bullhooks and electric prods, and when they’ve had enough, they lash out. In one famous case in 1994, an elephant named Tyke killed her trainer and injured 12 spectators before being gunned down on the streets of Honolulu.
Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Baily Circus also has an impressive dead human headcount because of a fire under the big top in 1944 which killed a hundred spectators — the canvas was illegally non-flame-retardant.
Baby elephant’s comfort blanket
Without a mother to snuggle up to, this tiny orphan elephant has found the next best thing. The huge grey blanket hung out in the African bush may not be fooling anyone - but for the frightened and lonely orphaned baby, it proves to be the perfect surrogate mother. In order to feed, the tiny baby has to feel something on the end of its trunks to mimic a mother’s stomach. And the huge comfort blankets provide that. With new arrivals arriving all the time at the orphanage, often after traumatic rescues, there is plenty of blanket therapy needed. Angela Sheldrick said: ‘The elephants are vulnerable when they come in because of the stress of the circumstances they have been found in. They have been separated from their herds, either by accident, floods or by their mothers dying.
SLIDESHOW: “WHY WE LOVE DOGS, EAT PIGS, AND WEAR COWS: AN INTRODUCTION TO CARNISM” ~ DR. MELANIE JOY
A slideshow presentation by Dr. Melanie Joy, Ph.D. that provides a great deal of information about carnism, the invisible belief system that conditions us as a society to eat certain animals. She is just brilliant, flawless and will leave you speechless.