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Pets Used in Experiments #BtC4A

Animal lovers don’t want to see animals suffer. Many prefer to look the other way. But ignoring it doesn’t make this disgusting horror disappear. Animals do suffer. All the time. All over the world.

And you know what? Ignorance isn’t bliss. Not for the poor animal.

stop testing on animals!

Stop testing on animals!

Picture yourself being terrified. Locked up. Confined to a lifetime of barbaric torture. I won’t describe the horror here because I can’t, but if you want to see the reality of animal testing go HERE. But be warned if you are easily upset  😥

For some “animal lovers”, as long as it’s not an animal that is considered a pet that’s suffering, so what?  I’ve never understood that. All animals matter to me.

But I am focusing on cats and dogs here because the horrific truth is that these poor creatures are also being used in experiments and scientific research. Yes, it’s not just mice, rats, monkeys. Dogs and cats. Not that it makes no difference, as I said. To me, all animals are the same. Souls who want to live a decent life on this planet. Like us, they deserve a happy, healthy life. They feel. They love. They care for their children. They feel pain.

Some dogs and cats are specifically bred to be laboratory animals. This is a sickening fact that not many people are aware of.

For example, did you know that in the United States many dog pounds and shelters kill healthy dogs who haven’t been claimed or haven’t found forever homes?

According to Cruelty-Free International, “some of these dogs’ bodies are supplied to commercial companies that then sell them on to colleges and universities for dissection classes.”

Things must change

We must stop burying our heads in the sand because it won’t go away. These animals need our help. To help these poor animals. we must all face reality and speak up.

And just look what can happen if we do.  Just watch this beautiful cat who was rescued from a lifetime of torture in a laboratory. How does it make you feel?

And here’s Shira and Jax taking their first steps to freedom, away from the horrors they were forced to endure as lab animals.

What can you do?

SPEAK UP FOR ANIMALS  worldwide by signing petitions online and sharing the links all over social media to spread the word.

Petitions:

 https://e-activist.com/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1998&ea.campaign.id=59618

https://www.crueltyfreeinternational.org/dogs-and-cats-petition

https://www.crueltyfreeinternational.org/dogs

Together we can help end this horror.

Do it for the animals. BE THEIR VOICE!

Sources:

http://aavs.org/animals-science/animals-used/cats/

https://www.crueltyfreeinternational.org/what-we-do/investigations/dog-and-cat-experiments-msd-animal-health-0

https://www.crueltyfreeinternational.org/dogs

https://www.crueltyfreeinternational.org/straydogs

http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/?credit=web_id66435583

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Dairy Free Chocolate for Chocoholics #BtC4A

blog the change for animals

 

My name is Marie and I’m a chocoholic.

For years I feasted on milk chocolate without giving a thought to the poor cows forced to produce this product in order for me to satisfy my craving. Even as a vegetarian (since 1984), I never thought to go vegan (I now am).

In a previous Blog the Change post I wrote about The Reality of Dairy and why I, as a vegan, I no longer consume dairy.

Rather than writing a long post regarding milk facts I thought I’d share this great infographic instead.

milk facts infographic

The Truth About Milk

 

Click here to read more about The Dark Side of Diary or watch this short video about modern dairy farms.

And here is why milk is bad for your health with some info on alternative ways to get calcium.  Milk and your health

 

So what’s the dairy free alternative to milk chocolate?

There are loads.

I recommend these dairy free vegan chocolates.

Moo Free

Moo Free chocolate is dairy free, gluten free, organic and vegan and really does taste like milk chocolate.  These chocs are made with rice milk and are simply delicious! Definitely my favourite 🙂

You can buy Moo Free chocolate from Holland & Barrett and also Amazon. I normally order mine online from Ocado with my monthly vegan shop.

moo-free-minty-choc

Love this!

I also shop from Tesco and love their Free From chocolate range (as well as some other great Free From products for vegans.) NOTE: Not all products in the Tesco Free From range are suitable for vegans. Always read the ingredients.

I love these chocolate buttons

And these ice cream choc sticks are new and I’ve only had them once but they’re delicious!

Oatly

Oatly is a Swedish company that makes delicious oat drinks. I love their oat milk which I enjoy with my porridge and also use it in my tea in place of milk.  The Oatly brand also makes this really tasty chocolate drink.  You can find Oatly products in more than 20 countries throughout Europe and Asia. I buy from either Ocado or Tesco.

Plamil

Plamil produces vegan products to the highest standard, are dairy free and gluten free, and produced in their own ‘no nuts’ factory.

My favourite Plamil product is this delicious chocolate spread.

dairy free chocolate spread

 

Biona

Biona foods are organic, great tasting and thoughtfully prepared for an ethical lifestyle and use no chemical pesticides or herbicides on crops. However, not all their products are vegan. But this dark chocolate spread is and I love it!

For a list of vegan products available at UK supermarkets check out this link from The Vegan Society

If you’re looking for vegan food products and for more info on how to go vegan in the US check out Vegan Outreach and The American Vegan Society .

Disclosure: I am not sponsored by any company mentioned in this post. All opinions are my own.

The Reality of Dairy #BtC4A

I am now proud to say that I have eliminated ALL meat and dairy products from my diet. The truth is I was never a big meat eater, and as for milk, I am lactose intolerant and have never liked it anyway. In fact, I have been drinking soya milk for years, and now I enjoy oat milk too.

Cats too are lactose intolerant, so I don’t give  my cat cow’s milk for this very reason. However, I must stress that cats are obligate carnivores and need meat in their diet to be healthy, so even though I am vegan, I would never feed her a vegan diet. In my opinion, it’s dangerous and it’s a risk I never want to take.

I would like to add that in writing this post, I’m not preaching to anybody. This is just to educate and inform. I think a lot of people are not fully aware about the facts regarding animal farming, and indeed dairy farms, so it is my wish to raise awareness .

I admit that even though I was a vegetarian for many years (from the age of 18, back in the days before we all had internet), I hadn’t a clue about the reality of dairy farming and continued to eat cheese and chocolate not giving it a thought.

The reality of dairy:

  • Dairy cows have their babies cruelly torn away from them within hours of being born so that the mother’s milk can be sold for profit and given to humans.
  • The male babies get sold to the veal industry after months of being chained at the neck.
  • The female babies suffer the same fate as their mothers, which is further needless suffering and cruelty. At just 4-5 years old (cows can live up to 25 years) they are sent to slaughter.
  • Cows only produce milk to feed their young. If they don’t have babies,  then they don’t make milk. So guess what farmers do to keep cows lactating? Yes, they impregnate them through artificial insemination and are kept constantly pregnant. This traumatic process is carried out by constraining cows, so in other words, it’s rape (indeed, the industry term for this device is the rape rack).

Don't steal my milk!

But don’t we need calcium from milk?

No. It’s a myth.  The mineral calcium can be  found in the ground, so instead of drinking the cow’s milk to obtain it, we can  get it from the plants that grow in calcium-rich soil. A plant-based diet is perfectly fine and much healthier for us humans, but remember, it’s not the same for cats!

More information:

http://evolvecampaigns.org.uk/evolve/animals.aspx
http://www.whitelies.org.uk/
http://freefromharm.org/dairyfacts/
http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/facts-about-the-dairy-industry-that-will-shock-you/
http://www.viva.org.uk/what-we-do/our-work/cows-dairy
http://www.forksoverknives.com/milk-myth-why-you-dont-need-dairy-for-calcium/

 

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Go Cruelty Free

Did you know that many products on our supermarket shelves are tested on animals? Most people probably never give it much thought. But if you are an animal lover, you are in no doubt opposed to the idea of animal suffering. Animals feel pain. Pet owners who love their animals know this.

photo credit: ewen and donabel via photopin cc

photo credit: ewen and donabel via photopin cc

And it’s not just the products themselves that have been tested on animals. Some may not have, but they do contain ingredients that have been tested on animals.

Not just cleaning products, but also make up, hair colourants, shampoos, etc. Why should an animal have to endure such torture for human vanity?

I don’t see the point of animal testing. Animals are not “things” to be used by humans. Animals are sentient beings who have a right to a pain free-happy life.

photo credit: Alexis Gravel via photopin cc

photo credit: Alexis Gravel via photopin cc

I am featuring Cruelty Free International in this post because, for those that don’t know, any product bearing the Cruelty Free International’s Leaping Bunny mark is certified ‘cruelty free’ under the internationally-recognised Humane Cosmetics and Household Products Standards.

From Cruelty Fee International:

“Cruelty Free International is the only global organisation working solely to end animal testing for cosmetics and consumer products. We are calling on governments and regulators around the world to introduce a ban on the testing of animals for cosmetics and consumer products and ingredients.

Our campaign has come so far, so powerfully, that new cosmetics tested on animals are now banned in the European Union.

We need your support! There are many ways you can get involved and help us free animals from cruel product testing – for good.”

If you only buy brands certified by the Leaping Bunny you are doing your bit to help save animals from a life of suffering in laboratories, and letting companies know that you, as a consumer, do not want products that involve animal pain and suffering.

I believe it’s essential that all we animal lovers make the switch to Cruelty Free today. The animals need us to speak up for them! If we refuse to buy products that have been tested on animals, then we are speaking up for our beloved animals. They need us. Come on, LET’S BE THEIR VOICE!

kittens in cage

photo credit: Brandie! via photopin cc

What can you do?

Only buy products certified by The Leaping Bunny. This is a “global standard and applies to all of the operations and sales of companies, not just those for the EU.” Cruelty Free International only certify companies that have a policy not to test their products on animals for any market.

From the Cruelty Free International Website:

“Certified companies have all met our rigorous criteria, including a comprehensive independent audit, ensuring that no animal testing is conducted or commissioned for finished products and ingredients throughout the supply chain after a fixed cut-off date.”

Join the Clean Up Cruelty campaign and make the pledge to use only Leaping Bunny certified products.

Spread the word by liking Cruelty Free International on Facebook and follow on Twitter and tell all your friends.

For a full list of almost 500 certified Leaping Bunny companies go to www.gocrueltyfree.org.

Please read more at Cruelty Free International and do your bit to help animals. Come on, animal lovers unite!

beagle

photo credit: Alex Beattie via photopin cc


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