The following is an abridged version of vegan pioneer Donald Watson's writing in the very first newsletter of the UK Vegan Society in 1944, long before factory farming became commonplace. Watson, who passed away at age 95 in 2005, would have celebrated his 103rd birthday on September 2nd. The recent articles and letters in "The [...]
"Backyard chickens dumped at shelters when hipsters can't cope, critics say." While this headline and the story that accompanies it may sound like an article out of the satirical newspaper "The Onion," they are in fact from the NBC News site and writer JoNel Aleccia. Aleccia writes: "Hundreds of chickens, sometimes dozens at a time, [...]
written by Jay Dinshah, Out Of The Jungle "As I have implied, veganism involves no animal-source foods or products. We do not use animal flesh, of course, because of the killing, but also because of the terrible cruelties and abnormal conditions involved in all the stages of the life of the animal in captivity, from the moment [...]
"[At Green Mountain College] the idea of sustainability runs so deep that instead of machines fueled by diesel, a pair of working oxen have tilled the fields for the better part of a decade... Their names are Bill and Lou, and by the end of the month, they are to be slaughtered and turned into hamburger [...]
Do these labels really indicate an improvement in ethical standards, or are they simply a way for the animal industry to regain consumer confidence in their products?
As we look more closely at the reality of the backyard chicken trend, it becomes increasingly clear that it is the same commodification of animals, packaged in niche marketing to appeal to the modern “conscious consumer”.
Wool often tends to be overlooked by animal advocates because its cultivation does not necessitate the death of the animal. However, the cultivation of wool is far from the pastoral idyll one might imagine.
When you begin to investigate the huge excesses and waste associated with large-scale animal farming, it becomes clear that assistance from the government is an essential factor in helping this industry to stay afloat.
Simply put, using animal agriculture to feed a vast human population brings with it the unavoidable problem of dealing with vast quantities of sewage.
Veganism is not a fringe philosophy – it is a moral baseline that is consistent with beliefs that most of us already hold.
As I look back over the last 26 years of my life, I wonder how it took me so long to live my life the way I’ve always wanted to: with love, kindness and honesty.
Many people don’t realize that animals raised as 'free-range' suffer much of the same torment as those in standard operations.