The ‘Cost of Doing Business?’


It’s taken nine months for him to get to this moment. He’s bewildered, weak, and — like many newborns, completely vulnerable. The industry he was born into considers him a ‘waste product’, and soon he will be discarded. He is one of hundreds of thousands of dairy calves born every year to keep their mothers producing milk. They’re taken from their mums, and within days, will be on a truck on the way to slaughter. This is considered to be the ‘cost of doing business’ when it comes to the production of milk, cheese and yoghurt — but is that cost too high? Check out the Sydney Morning Herald’s article ‘The Downside of Dairy’ at — and discover how you can help calves today at

Comment from a friend off Facebook, where this originated: “I have met day-old calves at the (small, “family”) dairy farm less than five miles from my house. I fantasize about driving a semi in there and rescuing them ALL in the middle of the night. If they were women and their children, I’d be a HERO. However, since they are “only” animals (keeping in mind that of course humans are animals too) I’d be arrested for theft of “property”. :'(“


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.
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“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.