We humans don't own the planet, nor do we own the animals that inhabit it. Animals are not ours to eat, wear or mistreat. It is our duty to live a kind, compassionate, animal cruelty free lifestyle. But more than that, we have to represent the animals.
PETA recently filed a lawsuit that is egregiously antithetical to the cause of animals rights; it is a case that so tragically captures the rot that is at the very heart of PETA's corrupted mission that I cannot let this opportunity to highlight their hypocrisy go unchallenged.
For any vegan, Whole Foods gives more options than any other major outlet. For any meat eater, it also gives more options -- offering up as many as five varieties of products, all meeting a baseline standard and then allowing consumers to reach for higher standards.
As disturbing as this is, it's not a surprise to those of us who have to sit through sickening videos and then listen to the profiteers defend the practices, cover them up and kill the messenger along with the pigs, chickens, turkeys, rabbits and others.
I am not quite ready to boycott the natural foods giant, but holding their feet to the fire is a must. They not only have a great responsibility to their customers and producers, but they also have significant social responsibility that they are evidently failing to honor.
Serial killing and trophy hunting are terrifyingly similar. As wildlife researcher and author Gareth Patterson points out, both types of killers often immerse themselves in violent imagery.
Where is their outrage at these atrocities and crimes against nature? Instead of "unacceptable," they should say it's "revolting," "vile," "disgusting," "shocking," "ghastly," "sickening," "evil," "depraved," "repulsive," and/or "immoral."
Animals played starring roles in most of Dr. Seuss' works, so it's a treat for many people to see another book featuring animals, What Pet Should I Get?, published decades after his death. The publishers honored the kind author by including a PETA-requested addendum urging families who are considering welcoming animals into their homes and hearts to adopt, not shop, for them. But there is more to be said.
All of India may not have been vegetarian all the time. But the importance given to vegetarianism in Indian life for the simple reason we could live without taking an animal life, is an enormous leap in human civilization that the modern West has had a very tough time coming around to accept.
For years, I have been entering farming facilities in the dead of night, rescuing a small handful of animals. The scale of the violence endured by these animals (like Yulin's dogs) is hard to believe. And, yet the slaughter of billions of these animals in US food production (unlike Yulin's dogs) barely registers as a public concern.
Our soldiers deserve the best training available -- and that's not hacking at moaning goats with gardening shears or blowing off pigs' jaws. Lifelike human-patient simulators, which are readily available, realistically represent human anatomy and traumatic injury.
You can help chickens everywhere by refusing to buy any eggs and instead using egg-free options for your baking and cooking.
The rats/mice/birds exclusion intentionally obfuscates the true numbers of animal used in research. And, it lends credence to the claims of animal rights groups that research institutions have something to hide.
Americans eat 288 percent more meat than the global average, and we drink 235 percent more milk. We simply cannot claim to care about the environment when we are consuming so many animal products.
Enough is enough already. We need to get our heads back on straight when it comes to loving our pets and defining our relationships with them. Considering ourselves "pet owners" and not "pet parents" is a good start.
How is it that we can believe we have the right to misuse these magnificent and wise wild creatures for the purposes of entertainment and profit, without any consideration or empathy for their wellbeing?