Special Seattle Cowspiracy screening Wednesday, Nov 5

If you missed the Seattle screening of Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, here’s another chance. They need to secure 55 more tickets to confirm the screening at the SIFF Film Center.
Please buy (secure) your ticket and one for a friend today! If we each bring someone who hasn’t seen it (or two someones), not only will the show go on, but we’ll educate more people around us to the suffering of the planet and how to help stop it.

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret


Directors: Kip Andersen, Keegan Kuhn
Starring: Michael Pollan, Dr. Richard Oppenlander, Dr. Will Tuttle, Howard Lyman, Will Potter

COWSPIRACY: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it. As eye-opening as Blackfish and as inspiring as An Inconvenient Truth, this shocking yet humorous documentary reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet.
Hosting a screening or wanting to know more? Access the promoter resources here!

10/8 – Austin, TX – tugg.com/events/11087
10/9 – Murrieta, CA – tugg.com/events/11016
10/9 – Eugene, OR – bit.ly/CowTugg
10/11 – San Francisco – bit.ly/10D0As2
10/12 – San Francisco – bit.ly/10D0As2
10/12 – Johannesburg, South Africa – on.fb.me/XYHMCa
10/13 – London, UK – bit.ly/1qlJ6p1
10/13 – Yonkers, NY – tugg.com/events/11062
10/14 – Berlin, Germany – bit.ly/1tRFVeP
10/14 – Arlington, TX – tugg.com/events/11144
10/14 – Columbia, SC – tugg.com/events/11165
10/15 – Drayton, Queensland, Australia – on.fb.me/1v9PPaf
10/15 – Spokane, WA – tugg.com/events/11080
10/15 – Erie, PA – bit.ly/CowTugg
10/15 – Orange, CA – tugg.com/events/11304
10/16 – Rotterdam, Netherlands – bit.ly/1nWh1up
10/16 – Atlanta, GA – *sold out*
10/16 – Metairie, LA – tugg.com/events/11259
10/16 – Hendersonville, TN – tugg.com/events/11053
10/16 – Minneapolis, MN – *sold out*
10/16 – Westminster, CO – tugg.com/events/11234
10/16 – Sausalito, CA – tugg.com/events/11241
10/16 – Pasadena, CA – tugg.com/events/11325
10/16 – Fargo, ND – tugg.com/events/11180
10/18 – Amsterdam, Netherlands (Haarlem)- bit.ly/1uikhOp
10/20 – Dallas, TX – tugg.com/events/11374
10/20 – North Fort Myers, FL – bit.ly/CowTugg
10/20 – Royal Palm Beach, FL – tugg.com/events/11289
10/21 – Berkeley, CA – tugg.com/events/11309
10/21 – Orange Beach, AL – tugg.com/events/11176
10/22 – Salt Lake City, UT – tugg.com/events/11204
10/22 – Shererville, IN – tugg.com/events/11157
10/22 – Hamilton, NJ – tugg.com/events/11308
10/23 – Greensboro, NC – tugg.com/events/11296
10/23 – Deltona, FL – tugg.com/events/11353
10/23 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – tugg.com/events/11347
10/23 – Rockville Centre, NY – *free* -tugg.com/events/11123
10/23 – Spokane, WA – tugg.com/events/11124
10/23 – Millbury, MA – tugg.com/events/11379
10/23 – Middletown, DE – tugg.com/events/11102
10/23 – Ithaca, NY – tugg.com/events/11373
10/27 – Carlsbad, CA – bit.ly/1txaz9m
10/28 – Santa Ana, CA – tugg.com/events/11356
10/28 – Bethesda, MD – tugg.com/events/11422
10/28 – Royal Oak, MI – tugg.com/events/11163
10/28 – Pensacola, FL – tugg.com/events/11178
10/28 – Ann Arbor, MI – tugg.com/events/11143
10/29 – Medford, OR – tugg.com/events/11378
10/29 – West Covina, CA – tugg.com/events/11251
10/30 – San Antonio, TX – .tugg.com/events/11360
10/30 – Boulder, CO – tugg.com/events/11187
11/1 – Charleston, SC – tugg.com/events/11455
11/5 – Medford, OR – tugg.com/events/11378
11/5 – Seattle, WA – tugg.com/events/11319
11/5 – Tacoma, WA – tugg.com/events/11415
11/6 – San Francisco – cowspiracysf.brownpapertickets.com/
11/6 – Sioux Falls, SD – tugg.com/events/11008
11/6 – Santa Cruz, CA – tugg.com/events/11340
11/6 – Santa Rosa, CA – tugg.com/events/11192
11/6 – West Covina, CA – tugg.com/events/11251
11/6 – Alexandria, VA – tugg.com/events/11363
11/6 – Davie, FL – tugg.com/events/11451
11/8 – Dorset, UK – bit.ly/1srdNR4
11/10 – Irvine, CA – tugg.com/events/11274
11/11 – Lanesboro, MA – tugg.com/events/11376
11/13 – Athens, GA – tugg.com/events/11441
11/13 – Jacksonville, FL – tugg.com/events/11527
11/19 – Des Peres, MO – tugg.com/events/11354
11/19 – Las Vegas – tugg.com/events/11365
11/20 – Kailua Kona, HI – tugg.com/events/11183
12/4 – Bainbridge Island, WA – tugg.com/events/11300

If you organized a screening and it’s not listed here, let us know and we’ll add it to the calendar.

If you’d like to see Cowspiracy in a theater near you, it’s easy (and free) to make it happen: tugg.com/titles/cowspiracy.

To purchase a license to host your own screening (anywhere in the world), visit http://cowspiracy.bigcartel.com/product/community-screening-with-admission.

“Get To Hoofin It”: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

“Get To Hoofin It”: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States


By Karen Davis, PhD, President of United Poultry Concerns

Probably everyone reading this knows the feeling of going to the computer each day, clicking on email, and experiencing that knot of dread as the messages unfold with their sad and terrible stories about animals, the horrible and endlessly ingenious ways and reasons that our species has for making animals suffer and die, which includes stripping them of their dignity.

If it’s bad enough knowing what the institutions and entities that we expect to hurt animals are doing to them, there is added despair involved in knowing what is being done to animals by organizations calling themselves “humane,” “anticruelty” and the like. It is monstrous seeing our language of care and respect degraded into completely opposite meanings. A perfect example is this:

Get to Hoofin it: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

“We support farmers and ranchers who give proper care to their animals, and act in accordance with the basic ethic of compassion to sentient creatures.”
– The Humane Society of the United States

Most people know enough by now about the realities of animal farming, regardless of scale or label, to envision at least some of the details of what farmers and ranchers actually do to animals, versus verbalizations about “proper care” and “basic ethic of compassion.”

What these abstractions express and perpetuate in this context is alienation from actual animals. What they demonstrate is lack of respect for animals, indeed mockery of the very idea of “respecting” them. No one who truly respects animals, respects their dignity, feels with and for them, and wishes them joy in life supports “farming” them, because animal farming is about degrading animals meanly to the level of their genitals and their genes, mutilating their body parts, destroying their family life, controlling every aspect of their lives including culling (killing) them as one pleases when they are deemed not “productive” enough to keep feeding, and ultimately murdering them.

How can anyone claiming to respect animals promote a view of them as “dinner”?

Will a call to “Respect Your Dinner” advance your empathy and respect for animals as they lie slaughtered on your plate in barbecue sauce? Maybe the code word here is “basic.” Basic ethic of compassion = lowest possible level. In any case, compassion has nothing to do with the business and consumption of animal products. Its purpose is to gain customers and subvert consciences, to the extent that a conscience exists toward animals made into meals and blessed over in this condition even by their, uh, advocates. Like “humane,” the word compassion in this context is a mockery of both the animals and the meaning of words, including the word advocacy. It is the final gut punch to those we’re supposed to be advocating for.

Click on each animal photograph in this link for more information:

For more commentary, see pattrice jones here:

Peaceful Prairie here:

James McWilliams here:

Hen being slaughtered Basic ethic of compassion in action.

Dr. Steve Best on animal RIGHTS at AR2014‏

it’s 25 minutes long………..and well worth your time

Steve Best at AR2014

Dr. Steven Best gave this talk in the opening plenary panel at the US National Animal Rights Conference, on July 10, 2014. Dr. Best spoke on the meaning of animal rights, and he contrasted it to animal welfare, contextualized both in the setting of modern capitalism, and underscored the subversive and revolutionary nature of animal rights.

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They want to kill 175 per minute

Photo Jim Robertson

Photo Jim Robertson

Faster Lines Mean Further Abuse

The government is considering new rules that would allow the poultry industry to kill even more birds on each slaughter line every minute. When workers slam these birds into shackles, the chickens’ leg bones often shatter. If workers are forced to shackle even more birds per minute, they will handle the animals even more roughly, leading to more animal suffering.

Please call Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (202) 225-3536 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (202) 225-3536 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting right now and politely say “As a constituent, I’m calling to express my concern that the USDA’s proposed poultry slaughter rules would result in higher rates of food contamination, animal suffering and worker injury. Please support Congresswoman DeLauro’s Agriculture Appropriations bill amendment prohibiting the USDA from spending any funds to implement the ‘Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection’ rule.”

After you call, please remember to send a follow-up message.

Butterball: Tell Butterball to Stop Torturing Turkeys

Butterball: Tell Butterball to Stop Torturing Turkeys

By Mercy For Animals
West Hollywood, California

From the day they hatch until they are violently killed, the lives of Butterball turkeys are filled with misery and deprivation.

How do I know? Because I worked undercover at a Butterball turkey hatchery in North Carolina on behalf of Mercy For Animals — a national animal protection charity. At Butterball, I used a hidden camera to document horrors that few people could even imagine, including:

• Baby birds being callously tossed into a macerating machine to be ground up alive

• Workers roughly throwing and dropping newborn animals with no regard for their welfare

• Newly hatched birds regularly getting stuck in and mangled by factory machinery

• Turkeys having their sensitive toes and beaks cut or burned off without any painkillers

Unfortunately, these abuses are merely a sample of the ongoing cruelty and violence that turkeys are forced to endure at Butterball. Previous investigations by Mercy For Animals have exposed Butterball workers violently kicking and throwing turkeys, and bashing in their heads with metal pipes. One such investigation led to a raid of the Butterball factory farm by law enforcement and resulted in multiple criminal cruelty to animals convictions of Butterball workers, including the first-ever felony cruelty conviction related to factory-farmed poultry in U.S. history.

On top of all of this horrific violence, Butterball’s turkeys endure selective breeding to grow so large, so quickly, that many of them suffer from painful bone defects, hip joint lesions, crippling foot and leg deformities, and fatal heart attacks.

This has got to stop.

Please join me, and Mercy For Animals, in calling on Butterball to end some of the cruelest factory farming practices.

Thank you.


‘Radical animal rights movement’ gets new foe



By Michael Beckel 21 hours ago

An Iowa-based organization dedicated to combating “the radical animal rights movement” and led by a former Missouri Republican senator’s chief of staff has launched a new super PAC, according to paperwork filed with the Federal Election Commission.

The Protect the Harvest Political Action Committee told the elections regulator that it “intends to raise funds in unlimited amounts” to call for the election or defeat of federal candidates.

Which politicos will be targeted, however, is still unclear.

Neither the super PAC’s treasurer, Brian Klippenstein, nor its attorney, Mark Roth, responded to requests for comment from the Center for Public Integrity.

Super PACs are legally allowed to solicit unlimited contributions to produce political advertisements — so long as their spending is not coordinated with any candidates’ campaigns.

Klippenstein currently serves as the executive director of Protect the Harvest, a 501(c)(4) “social welfare” nonprofit established in 2011 to educate the public about “the benefits of farming, ranching and hunting” and to advocate “for the right to conduct such activities.”

The nonprofit may engage in politics, although federal law mandates that influencing elections may not be its primary purpose.

On its website, Protect the Harvest warns that “the animal rights movement in America, led by the Humane Society of the United States, has evolved into a wealthy and successful attack group determined to end the consumption of meat, threaten consumer access to affordable food, eliminate hunting, outlaw rodeos and circuses and even ban animal ownership (including pets) altogether.”

That’s “baloney,” said Joe Maxwell, the Humane Society of the United States’ vice president of outreach and engagement. He said his organization is “leading efforts to ensure that we have good stewards of the land and the animals on our farms.”

Protect the Harvest, Maxwell asserted, is “nothing but a front group” that is “in bed with industrialized agriculture.”

There’s more to this story. Click here to read the rest at the Center for Public Integrity.

I’d Love to Change the World

I’ve been told that I’m not helping anything by being vegan; that I wasn’t going to be able to stop all the horrible things going on by taking a stand against animal consumption.

10151358_495324630593354_7512005859880238928_nThat’s a depressing thought, especially if you’re aware of the current holocaust happening all around us. Humans are slaughtering 6 million animals per hour. 20,000 more will die in the time it takes you to read these sentences! That’s a holocaust of farmed animals every 60 minutes. And that’s not counting fish, lobsters, shrimp, oysters, clams, krill or other sea life. But I’m not fooling myself, I know it would take a concerted, allied effort to stop these atrocities.

Even if I never saw positive results from promoting veganism in my short lifetime, there are other reasons for not eating animals. For me, veganism is about choosing not to add to the suffering our fellow Earthlings endure every day for the human appetite; it’s a form of dissent against the extreme cruelty millions of animals undergo so humans can have their steak and eat it too.

Veganism is my protest against the insanity of factory farming; against the existence of battery cages, cattle feedlots, industrialized dairies, veal crates, hog farming, commercial fishing, whaling, sealing, fur trapping, bow hunting, predator control, contest hunts, culling, derby killing and every other form of exploitation our species inflicts on the non-humans citizens of the world.

I might not be able to change the world, but at least I don’t have to be complicit in institutionalized animal cruelty. Non-human animals might hold little value to most people, but the laissez-faire acceptance of brutality and suffering will eventually come back on Homo sapiens and help facilitate the demise of the species.

In the immortal words of Woodstock headliners, Ten Years After:

“I’d love to change the world

But I don’t know what to do

So I’ll leave it up to you”


The Economic Case for Taxing Meat



By Charles Kenny March 31, 2014

As tax season ramps up, we’re bound to hear proposals aimed at making the revenue system simpler and more efficient. A perennial is the “sin tax.” Rather than tax earnings—when we really want people to earn money—why not tax things we don’t want people to do? Add duties to cigarettes, alcohol, and carbon dioxide to slow people’s smoking, drinking, and polluting, and you’ll do them and the world a favor while raising revenue for schools, hospitals, and roads. But why stop there? It’s time to add one more sin to the list of habits that should be taxed: excessive meat consumption.

Meat has always been part of the human diet. Few dishes are as wonderful as a bolognese sauce made with a combination of pork, lamb, and beef. But taxing pigs, sheep, and cows is essential to contain the spiraling costs associated with massive meat eating.

When it comes to gorging on meat, Americans remain at the top of the global league tables. U.S. consumption of beef per person has actually declined over the past few decades, from 52 kilograms a year in 1970 to 41 kilograms in 2008. But chicken consumption approximately tripled over that period, to 44 kilograms per person, and overall meat consumption climbed from 105 to 122 kilograms a year—considerably more than the average personal weight (although some of that meat is thrown away or eaten by pets). By comparison, Indians consume less than 5 kilograms of meat per person.

Story: Keeping the Mystery Out of China’s Meat

But as the rest of the world gets richer, it’s closing the gap with the U.S. The Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations reports that in 2012, 966 million pigs, 1.5 billion cattle, and 22 billion chickens were roaming (actually, mostly not roaming) the world’s farms. For cattle, that’s five times the number in 1890 and for pigs about a tenfold increase, according to Clive Ponting’s Green History of the World. That’s one factor behind the growing global obesity epidemic: a British study comparing meat eaters and vegetarians found average differences in weight between meat eaters and vegans of 5.9 kilograms in men and 4.7 kilograms in women—and a recent U.S. study also suggested that meat consumption was positively linked to obesity.

At the other end of the consumption scale, all that meat production also makes for more expensive staple foods for the world’s undernourished. About one-third of the world’s cropland is given over to growing feed for animals. Including pastureland, livestock production occupies 30 percent of the land surface of the planet. Some of that land could be used instead to cultivate crops for human consumption. If you are concerned that growing corn for ethanol is raising food prices, you should be even more concerned by the larger impact of factory livestock farming.

Beyond meat’s impact on malnutrition, the livestock industry presents a growing global threat in its relationship with infectious disease. Domesticated animals have been the incubators of many of the world’s greatest killer diseases, from smallpox through measles to tuberculosis. The recent emergence of swine and bird flu suggests an increasing risk of pathogens jumping from the planet’s burgeoning domestic animal population to humans. We’ve added to that risk by regularly feeding factory animals antibiotics. Eighty percent of all antibiotics consumed in the U.S. are used on animals. This widespread use has been linked to the rapid emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which kills 18,000 people a year in the U.S.

Story: Farm Bill Stinks for the Meat Industry, and That’s Not Entirely Bad

Greater meat production also has negative environmental effects. Livestock accounts for about 8 percent of global human water use (the proportion is a little higher in the U.S.) Wheat takes about 1,000 to 2,000 cubic meters of water per ton of crop; rice takes approximately double that. Taking into account the water demands of feedstock, cattle take between 13,000 and 20,000 cubic meters per ton of beef (although chicken does considerably better at around 4,000 cubic meters per ton). Land-based meat production is also a big factor behind declining fisheries worldwide. Millions of tons of fish each year are crushed into fish oil and dry feed to be fed to farmed fish as well as to pigs and chickens. And the effluence those animals produce creates “dead zones” in rivers and coastal areas.