Bullocks you say?

You say I can’t compare dairy with rape? And you’ve seen cows being milked before and they don’t looked terrified for their lives?

Yesterday I received an email essentially stating the two sentences above. And having never walked myself through, as in actually written out, the explicit facts I use to justify a statement as inflammatory as equating the sexual interference of a sentient being to the romantic notion of how it is we actually obtain “our” milk, I thought I’d share my response to that email below.

First off, and most importantly, the animal user industries have been extremely successful at selling us an image they need us to believe in order to conduct business as usual. That’s no mystery. It’s a fact. What is a mystery, figuratively speaking, is everything involved in providing us with “products” without a face or a story. Sadly the image they’re selling and what really goes on do not line up, even remotely, in the same vicinity of each other…

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So Proud to Be a Canadian

Yesterday on Democracy Now!, Maude Barlow, perhaps “the most important water justice activist in the world,” was interviewed about Wednesday’s UN declaration calling water a fundamental human right;

The United Nations General Assembly has declared for the first time that […] clean water and sanitation is a fundamental human right. In a historic vote Wednesday, 122 countries supported the resolution, and over forty countries abstained from voting, including the United States, Canada [to my country’s credit, if a silver lining can be seen in “our” abhorrent behaviour, at least “we” didn’t vote against this resolution] and several European and other industrialized countries…

I urge all my fellow country people to wander over and bask in the pride of what it truly means to be a Canadian…

A Glimmer Of Hope

Yesterday I found an interesting premise over at The Guardian, but I didn’t necessarily think much of the article itself. “Dr Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change” said that “people should have one meat-free day a week if they want to make a personal and effective sacrifice that would help tackle climate change.” And he went on, thankfully, and said “that people should then go on to reduce their meat consumption even further.” 

I can’t argue with that. IF by eating less meat, he meant, it’s a first step towards reducing ALL meat consumption. The article, of course, was somewhat vague on that point. 

I wonder if the “Vegetarian” Doctor’s diet includes any “milk, butter and cheese?” What are the odds?

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