The Faces of “Free-Range” Farming
There is no such thing as humane farming.
This and sad and mostly true, but can I just say that de-horning of cows isn’t painful or brutal (it is even done for the cattle’s own safety and well being) and neither is artificial insemination, nor is it at all rape, and even compared to natural mating between cows and bulls its nothing. Artificial insemination is useful for choosing genes that will not cause defects and it is also time and money saving as a lot of hard to control bulls would be needed to breed a whole farm herd. Also starving chickens wont make them lay more eggs at all.
Safety reasons for dehorning:
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t tolerate or advocate any animal cruelty for the sake of better production.
But I also won’t tolerate or ignore rubbish facts fabricated to scare people into joining causes. and giving money.
"Don’t get me wrong, I don’t tolerate or advocate any animal cruelty for the sake of better production.”
Your “safe” benefits only apply to when animals are being farmed. When animals are being kept too many, too close, solely for the purpose to make the most profit off of them at the faster rate. You even mention time and money in your first defense! Fuck the farmer’s time and money. Dehorning is painful. It even says so on that silly wikipedia page you looked up on dehorning though, that’s really a “no shit, sherlock” moment, ain’t it? Cauterizing, a common method, hurts. Using caustic substances to burn the tissue development and keep it from growing, hurts. Where ever you heard that it didn’t hurt, you are wrong.
Force impregnating a cow, all pent up in a stall with nowhere to go, is rape. Literally one of the “pros” of insemination you have can be paraphrased as “It’s easier to rape a cow with a hand than force a bull on her because she doesn’t want it.” And yet again, all of these facts are from the point of view of benefiting people who are exploiting animals. Fun fact, they could only do it with artificail insemination. Female cows don’t have the bone structure to be mounted so many times in their lives. Their hips would break. This is why bigger, male stand ins are used to collect semen, as seen here.
Sugar coating why people harm animals “for their protection” is the dumbest shit. They only care to protect these animals when it maintains and improves cash flow.
Even though pollen is the honeybee’s primary source of nutrition, honey is their sole food source during cold weather and other times when alternatives are not available.
- Bee pollen: pollen collected by bees; their primary source of nutrition.
- Royal jelly (bee milk): the pharyngeal gland secretions of the nurse bees. The queen larvae receives more of the royal jelly than the worker larvae, growing her into a queen bee.
- Beeswax: secreted by bees to help build their hives.
- Propolis: a brownish resinous material of waxy consistency collected by bees from the buds of trees and used as a cement and an antiseptic.
Cruelty in the Honey Industry
Common practices in the honey industry are:
To prevent the queen bee from leaving the hive, honey producers sometimes cut off her wings.
Often, queen bees are artificially inseminated.
Large commercial operations sometimes take all the honey instead of leaving enough for the bees to get through the winter. The honey is than replaced with a cheap sugar substitute.
Most beekeepers remove all the spring-season honey.
In colder areas, some bee keepers will burn the beehives, killing all the bees inside, before the winter starts to reduce cost.
Bees are often killed or harmed by haphazard handling.
Bees are hardworking animals who deserve to keep the labor of their work. Stealing products from them is a form of exploitation, which should and can be easily avoided. Honey can be replaced by agave syrup, rice syrup, barley malt, maple syrup, molasses, sorghum or fruit concentrates.
by Dan Widdowson
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Not your mom, not your milk!
by Heidi Huovinen
Help stop the dolphin massacre in Taiji, Japan
Please feel free to share the drawing if you would like to. It would be nice to cite me but it’s not necessary as long as you keep the right message. Also if you speaks Japanese please feel free to change the slogan to Japanese and share it among your friends, followers etc (contact me for a slogan-free version).
What we can do
1. Stop visiting marine parks or any facility with captured dolphins. The most effective thing we can do as non-Japanese is to cut down the driving force.
2. Write to Japan’s PM, tell him about your concern and it’s time for its government to realise that whaling and slaughtering dolphins is only ruining its reputation https://www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/forms/comment_ssl.html
3. There are loads of petitions that you can find online, simply google ‘dolphin taiji petition’, here’s one for example: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/3/stop-the-dolphin-slaughter/
4. Raise the awareness. It’s always good to spread the word but if you can make your voice heard by Japanese people (your friends, your twitter followers, Japanese SNS etc) it would be even better because they are the ones who can stop this. And most importantly don’t be a racist, most Japanese people are very friendly and kind to animals. The slaughter is not a simple consequence of their tradition, most of the funding driving the massacre comes from the western world. So don’t be rude and aggressive, blaming a country that you don’t know much about doesn’t make you clean.
Pray for the dolphins
by Jo Frederiks