All animals are sentient beings, intelligent, our equals, and our friends! Here are some of my favorite animal videos and articles I wanted to share with you.
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Scientists Sign Declaration That Animals Have Conscious Awareness; Just Like Humans
An international group of prominent scientists has signed The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness in which they are proclaiming their support for the idea that animals are conscious and aware to the degree that humans are — a list of animals that includes all mammals, birds, and even the octopus.
“Because we have viewed other animals through the myopic lens of our self-importance, we have misperceived who and what they are. Because we have repeated our ignorance, one to the other, we have mistaken it for knowledge.”
A Dog, a Cat, a Pig, a Cow… Why Do We Eat One and Not the Other?
"On today’s factory farms, which produce the vast majority of our food, animals are seen as raw materials in a mass production system that strives to minimize costs in order to maximize profitability. Animals exploited for meat, milk and eggs are treated like inanimate production units, not like living, feeling animals.
As a result, cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, and other animals are among the most abused creatures in the world."
Great Animation That Looks At Mans Relationship With the Natural World
Eating With Care
"Here’s the deal: Life for animals on modern day factory farms isn’t pretty. Forget those idyllic barnyard portrayals in children’s books. By and large, those places haven’t existed since your grandparents were in diapers.
Each year on today’s factory farms, over eight billion animals are confined in windowless sheds, tiny barren crates, and filthy wire cages. The vast majority of these animals are mutilated without painkillers, denied veterinary care, and ultimately slaughtered. Sadly, they have little to no legal protections. Simply put, life for them is a hell you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy.
While the overwhelming majority of “food” animals live and die in misery and deprivation, a lucky few have escaped their cruel fates after being rescued by animal advocates. These are their stories:"
"Look, guys, you can't stay stuck on stupid. You should be fully knowledgeable about everything you stuff in your face." - "The Meat is for Pussies author and Cro-Mags front man talks meat, men, and meditation in this exclusive VegNews interview."
4 Shocking Human Illnesses That are Linked to Factory Farms
"It is no secret that most animals on factory farms suffer from poor health. Stuffed into filthy sheds with thousands of other animals and limited ventilation, disease spreads like wildfire in factory farms. For this reason, most factory farms administer “preventative” antibiotics in animal feed to keep them alive long enough to make it to market weight. It is estimated that 80 percent of pigs have pneumonia when they reach slaughter, around 32 percent of beef cattle suffer from fatal liver abscesses, and millions of “broiler” chickens die from heart failure or infectious disease before they even reach slaughter.
Many people are familiar with diseases like E. Coli, MRSA (Staph) and Salmonella that are spread through infected meat, but there are many other harmful diseases that stem from the factory farms that we should all be aware of."