AT LILYDALE CHICKEN SUPPLIERS, EXTREME ANIMAL CRUELTY IS
BUSINESS AS USUAL
At Free from Harm, we work hard to dismantle popular arguments in favor of eating animals: we link to scientific reports from major public health organizations all over the world confirming that humans have no biological need to consume animal products. We promote vegan athletes and bodybuilders. Our contributing vegan doctor thoroughly debunks the protein myth, and we expose the gross inaccuracy of the “canine teeth” argument (herbivores have some of the largest and most ferocious canine teeth on the planet!). Father Frank Mann explains why a vegan diet is the only consistent expression of core religious values, and we introduce you to the most phenomenal vegan cheeses we have ever encountered (only 15 minutes and a few ingredients to prepare!)
Finally, we get up close and personal with the truth about so-called humane farming, exploring the hidden practices and routine cruelties that are inherent to all animal farming. We show you why there’s no such thing as humane dairy, and why animal agriculture is the number one human-caused driver of global warming and environmental destruction.
We’re grateful to be able to provide useful information from all of these perspectives. But sometimes it’s hard not to wonder why, when it comes to the question of eating animals, people need anything more than the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you —
In the U.S. alone, we kill more than 9 billion land animals every year for flesh and secretions we have no need to consume. Globally, nearly 60 billion animals are slaughtered every year. It is impossible to fathom such numbers. But one by one by one by one, in a never-ending, brutal stream, every second of every day animals are peering through the slats of transport trucks, feeling the last sunlight of their lives (which is very possibly also the first); one by one, every second of every day, entering the kill chute of the slaughterhouse and walking those final steps, defenseless and innocent; one by one looking up at the last human face they will ever see— and no kindness, no mercy comes.
When we have access to nutritious plant-based foods, and understand that eating animals is not necessary to good health, then the choice to eat animals anyway is a choice to intentionally hurt others we could have easily spared. No matter how much we may talk about kindness, no matter how much we may practice it elsewhere, as long as we demand that living, feeling individuals be harmed and killed for our pleasure — as long as we choose violence over compassion — then we do not live a good or just life. Far greater than the sum of our good acts is the trail of blood, suffering and death we willfully and needlessly leave behind us.
Federal Court finds Canadian government failed to protect species at risk
March 27, 2014
The lawsuit is meant to shine a light on the need for implementing the federal Species at Risk Act in a more transparent and accountable manner as a step to getting boreal woodland caribou, and all species in Canada, the protection they require.
The Federal Court also noted that considering species protection in the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline hearings was not the same as legal protection under the Species At Risk Act and that the government’s statutory duties to prevent the destruction of “critical habitat” are not generally triggered until such habitat has been identified in a recovery strategy or action plan for the species.
Significantly, the Court also accepted that “as one of the Ministers’ own affiants has observed, a recovery strategy should be science-based, not consensus-based” in rejecting the government’s contention that stakeholder consultations justified the delays.
The Federal Court has long recognized in a series of decisions enforcing the Act that it is not acceptable for the federal government to continue to delay finalizing recovery strategies under the Species at Risk Act, and in doing so delay habitat protection for at‑risk species.
In trying to address a practical way to force the federal government to comply with its legal obligations under the Act, the Court has crafted some innovative solutions in this case and other similar cases. In this case, the environmental groups obtained an order declaring the delays unlawful and the government has a short time to comply. If it doesn’t, the parties can come back and make submissions about it.
The case is good news for species at risk. It means that it will be increasingly difficult for the federal government to continue to ignore its obligations for the 167 species it has failed to protect.
@roosAndHooves: Caribou chin-view: approaching the Ungava calving ground, looking after a newborn calf. More info: http://www.caribou-ungava.ulaval.ca/en/accueil/ https://twitter.com/roosAndHooves/status/833773865205633024/video/1
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