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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

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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.

10 Reasons to Go Vegan: Blog the Change for Animals #BtC4A

I have now been vegan for over a year. In my memoir The Cat Years: How My Cat Soulmates Saved Me I explain that after 18 years as a vegetarian I briefly returned to eating meat (in fact, I was scared into eaiting it) due to my anaemia and other health worries at the time. I hugely regret it now as I have always loved all animals and have always believed in animal rights.  But as I said, I was scared into it (I had no internet access in 2002 to research thoroughly and instead read everything I could get my hands on about anaemia in the local library, and many books were outdated). However, I am pleased to say that a few years later I went back to vegetarianism and then slowly transitioned to vegan, 

photo credit: via photopin (license)

photo credit: via photopin (license)

For myself, I have chosen the vegan lifestyle for the animals first and foremost. The fact that it is healthy is an added bonus, though of course I care about my own health too. But there are so many great reasons to go vegan that I would like to share.

For the animals

Farmed animals, just like our beloved pets, are sentient beings and feel joy, affection, fear.  You wouldn’t eat your dog or cat, so why eat a pig or cow?

photo credit: MissPiggy via photopin (license)

photo credit: MissPiggy via photopin (license)

Dairy is not cruelty free

If you are already a vegetarian, then good on you, but please realise  that the egg and dairy industries also cause horrific suffering. Like most people, I used to consume large amounts of dairy products – I was never a milk drinker (I am lactose intolerant) and have been drinking soya milk for years, but I just could not give up cheese. I was addicted. I naively thought that animals aren’t harmed in the production of eggs and dairy. But in actual fact every year millions of hens, baby chicks, cows and their calves are killed just to provide humans with eggs and dairy. Male chicks are discarded horrifically. They are thrown, dropped and ground up alive.

 “Over 56 billion farmed animals are killed every year. More than 3,000 animals die every second in slaughterhouses around the world. These shocking figures do not even include fish and other sea creatures whose deaths are so great they are only measured in tonnes”. –Animal Equality

95% of chickens used for eggs are confined in cages

These cages are so small they cannot even spread their wings. Don’t let “cage-free” and “free range” fool you either as these eggs come from hens crammed by the thousands. And that’s not all. Most hens used for eggs have their beaks painfully cut off to prevent frustrated pecking.

photo credit: chickens via photopin (license)

photo credit: chickens via photopin (license)

Milk is for cows to feed their babies

Like all mammals, cows only make milk to feed their own babies and not for fully grown humans  (the only species to continue drinking milk into adulthood.)  Did you know that on dairy farms calves are cruelly snatched from their mothers within hours of birth so that the milk that was intended for them is given to humans and male calves are slaughtered for veal or raised for cheap beef?

A vegan diet is good for you

Even science has caught on to this fact at last. A vegan diet brings significant health benefits. It can help reduce insidences of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, strokes, high cholesterol, heart attacks and cancer.

It helps you lose weight

Of course there is junk vegan food too and if all you eat is rubbish you will still pile on the pounds, but if you follow a proper healthy diet and eat the delicious healthy vegan food now readily available, you will soon notice the weight falling off. For me, just cutting out dairy helped me slim down fast.

It is better for the environment

Raising animals for food actually produces more greenhouse gas emissions than transportation. Going vegan means you help reduce the impact of climate change, saving water and other resources.

Better for other people

By becoming vegan you can help end world hunger. A plant-based diet requires only one third of the land needed to support a meat and dairy diet. Plant food, crops and water used to raise farmed animals can be put to more efficient use by feeding it to the starving people of the world.

You will feel so much better

You will feel lighter, clearer headed, more energized. You will notice the difference very quickly. And your conscience will be clear too.

Vegan food is very tasty

And there is so much vegan food available now that sticking to a vegan diet is easy. Also, if you google ‘vegan’ you will be surprised at how many delicious, nutritious and tempting recipes pop up waiting for you to try. You don’t have to go without your favourite treats either, like chocolate. There are so many vegan alternatives. I love Moo Free chocolate 🙂

mini moo

If you think it’ll never happen or the idea of a vegan diet is too extreme and will never catch on watch this film. Very inspiring. The world is changing.

RECOMMENDED READING

Links of interest and other resources
Free From Harm
Animal Aid
The Vegan Society
Viva
Farm Sanctuary
Vegan.com

***This post is intended for humans. Do not make your cat vegan. Cats are obligate carnivores and need meat in their diet to survive.***

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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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