Moving, inspiring and thought provoking. Please give it a watch, if you’ve got time to be on tumblr/FB/whatever you’ve got time to watch a bit of, if not all of this.
|—||Leonard Peltier, Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance|
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“Shocking footage of a sheep stunned as its baby suckled milk from her inside a British slaughterhouse. She and her baby then had their throats slashed.
The undercover Animal Aid investigation showed that 8 out of the 9 slaughterhouses in The UK they filmed in were breaking animal welfare laws.
There were many bad images including this and pigs being burned in the face with cigarettes, but the worse thing I found was the terror the animals went through. Many of them were acting just like we would if we were in a room watching our friends get killed off one by one knowing we were next. The poor animals can be seen desperately struggling in sheer terror and trying to escape for their lives (in vain of course).
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The list could go on! It’s actually not that hard finding vegan shoes. Most stores sell leather free shoes, but they aren’t labeled vegan unless it’s from a vegan company. Therefore, look for the word man-made, but make sure to understand footwear labels and symbols to be able to identify leather. Shoes can be a mix of man-made and leather. You can read more about it here. No need to buy leather when there are beautiful alternatives!
SO WHY SHOULD I DITCH LEATHER?
Did you know that much of the leather purchased is imported from India and China, where animal welfare laws are either non-existent or not enforced? Leather is normally not labeled, so you never really know where (or whom) it came from. Please watch the video The Skins Trade in India, and click here for more information. [The truth about leather]
Did you know leather harms the environment? Not only is the breeding and killing of animals for leather cruel in itself, but the chemicals used in the tanning process – including formaldehyde, chromium, arsenic, and cyanide-based dyes and finishes – pose serious threats to both the environment and human health. [Leather and environmental issues, Bangladesh’s leather pollutes environment and harms workers, Leather destroys the rainforest]
Did you know that leather isn’t a by-product, but a co-product of the meat industry? Because the profit margin is rather small on the sale of animal flesh (relatively speaking), most cattle exploiting companies are dependent upon the sale of hides to remain in business. Which begs the question, why do some vegetarians still wear leather?[The truth about leather: Wearing cruelty]
“Today, we present to you ‘Invisible Hands’, a companion video and interview that sheds a brief beam of light on a kind of clandestine rescue that we hope inspires you as much as it has inspired us. With no personal identities, no group affiliations (neither above nor underground), and no location information, this footage almost feels like a dream of liberation, one that wakes you up in the middle of the night with both laughter and tears, a kind of action that we can all aspire to, in whatever capacity we have.
This could be anywhere. This could be you.”
VITA IS GIVING BIRTH RIGHT NOW! So far, four of her puppies are out, and everything is going really well! Further updates soon.
Vita was rescued by Animal Equality activists from a dog slaughterhouse in China. Read and share her story: www.voicelessfriends.org/vita/
In a show trial, a group of animal-rights activists was charged according to an anti-terror/mafia law. Without evidence of involvement in property damage, the NGO activists were sued for threatening the political system and economy. A special task force put them under surveillance for two years, kicked down their doors, and took them to jail at gunpoint. After three months in prison and a 14 month trial all of them were acquitted. Despite this, many of the activists face financial ruin now. The director Gerald Igor Hauzenberger followed one of Austria’s most important trials with his camera. For more info: www.derprozess.com/en