If you passed Richard Hoyle on the street, you'd never guess that he's a long-time vegan and animal rights activist. Nearing his 70th birthday, Richard is a self-described "crusty old conservative." He's also eloquent, wise, humble, and funny.
Yes, let us criticize the abhorrent abuse of animals on the other side of our planet. The Yulin dog meat festival should end. But let us not forget that in many ways we live in a glass house, and we need to start cleaning up our own affairs at the same time.
The climate contrast this week could hardly be starker: China announced an ambitious goal--hailed by climate campaigners--of slashing meat consumption in half. Meanwhile, here in the U.S., a major company apologized for merely tweeting about meat reduction's positive eco-impacts.
Let me preface this with: I am not a Earth-mother-crunch-vegan-chakra goddess whatsoever.
However, after becoming a pet owner and growing more informed about the industrial practices that harm animals in both this country and beyond, my conscience has been tapping me on the shoulder.
When one realizes that inhumanity toward farm animals is the norm, not the exception, in animal agriculture today, it becomes clearer just why there's such fervor in the meat industry to pass ag-gag laws. This is an industry that's desperate to keep Americans in the dark about its routine cruelty.
While we should all be overjoyed by Wee Wee's escape, we must ask ourselves: Are we able also to spare a thought for the millions of his hooved brethren who are still languishing on the factory farms that produce virtually all of our pork?
Here are five top reasons to embrace the Three Rs -- "reducing" or "replacing" consumption of animal products, and "refining" our diets by choosing products from sources that adhere to higher animal welfare standards.
Dylan Parkinson reached out to Esther's Army back in September. Her dilemma? Dylan had been working at a farm in the state of Washington that raises pigs for slaughter. Her heart was touched deeply by the friendship she struck up with one of the pigs she cared for.
You know an industry has much to hide when it wants to criminalize documenting its everyday operations. And, if there was any question before, these recent deaths make it clearer than ever just why Iowa wanted its ag-gag law so much.
Federal law allows pigs to be transported for up to 36 hours without food, water or rest. That probably explains why the pigs were desperate for water--imagine being in a crowded, metal truck on a hot day for many hours?