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Vile photos show the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border no one is talking about

With a spate of huge stories breaking in the past few weeks, you might not have caught the massive environmental crisis in northern Mexico that began earlier in August.

According to the Associated Press, local politicians claim that Grupo Mexico, a private mining company in Sonora with a troubling track record of hazardous waste violations in Mexico and the U.S., was slow to report a disastrous fault in its leaching ponds, which hold industrial acid used in the mining process. The spill released around 10 million gallons of acid into the Bacanuchi and Sonora Rivers.

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Next time you’re about to give a vegan a “hard time”

asuddenburstoflight:

Visualize something for me. 

You love animals. You don’t believe they have to die or be exploited for you. You watch undercover videos from factory farms, you see the abuse: kicking, punching, tail-breaking, stabbing, prodding, throat-slitting and the eventual killing itself. You cry and you wish you could stop the things you see. You  don’t think there’s a difference between those animals and your cat or dog at home. You believe they’re equal. You don’t have selective compassion. It doesn’t sit well with your soul. It feels wrong. Let’s go a little farther. You don’t see a difference between those animals’ suffering and the suffering of humans. It’s the same to you. The cow who never gets to nurse her calf because it was taken is the same as your sister having her child kidnapped. It is the same pain. It sometimes hurts how much you care. Other people think you must have chosen animals over humans. They don’t realize you have enough love in you for every being. 

Now imagine sitting down to dinner with people who don’t feel the same way. They aren’t appalled by the violence. You watch them eat their burger, bacon, drink their glass of cow milk, and guess what? You better not say a word. You better respect their dietary choices. If you make any comment then you’re preaching, you’re militant, you’re a pain in the ass. You better sit back and bite your tongue while they wave any number of animal “products” in your face and say things like “Mmmm, it’s so cheesy”, “Delicious bloody goodness”, “Just take one little bite” and on and on and on. They don’t realize that it’s no different to you than if they stuck your slaughtered mother’s arm in your face and rejoiced in the taste of her flesh. Let me repeat that: Food made from animals elicits the same feeling in me as it would if that food were made from my own mom. 

That is how strongly I feel about this. Reflect on that for a moment.

I’m not asking you to believe what I believe, to feel in your heart the way I feel in mine. I’m asking you to consider what it’s like to live in a world where you’re filled with genuine grief every time you sit down to a meal with someone, a world where everyone is participating in mass murder but you can’t utter a single word in protest. So, as much as I’d like to, I’m not asking you to agree with me. I know you don’t. But just imagine what it’s like to be in that position and to have to keep your mouth shut.

Please be a semi-decent respectful person and don’t give me a “hard time” for living in accordance with my ethics.

carnism-is:

keikastrife:

princess-passion-flower:

keikastrife:

vegsofcolor:

5% Of China adheres to a vegetarian diet

13% Of Taiwan adheres to a vegetarian diet

5% of Israel adheres to a vegetarian diet

It is accepted that some Greek philosophers brought their beliefs of vegetarianism from Egypt.

There are sources that say ancient Egyptians ateplant…

who the fuck said it was a white people thing? i’ve never heard anyone say that in my life.

girl shut yo basic ass up.

Up yours. God forbid I’d like to think people generally know better than to believe white people invented vegan/vegetarianism.

You can’t see why she got short with you? The blog’s name is Vegsofcolor, implying it’s ran by people of color who are vegetarians and vegans. The blog made a well researched post about animal rights outside of white nations and people, because they’re being silenced and erased. 

Then you, a white person who isn’t even a vegan, come in and deny it’s happening. There are vegan people of color, who are living life from a perspective you aren’t, whose word is much more reliable than yours on this subject, flat out telling you it’s happening. Yet your first reaction is to question the validity of their claim multiple times.

Instead of talking over POC and “liking to think people know better than that”, listen to POC. White Supremacy loves taking the achievements of POC and rebranding it as their own. White supremacy loves making white people out like angelic compassionate individuals, and POC (especially in history) out like unintelligent savages who couldn’t possibly have concern for animal rights. 

sharkhugger:

Petition: Hong Kong Government: Legislate a ban on the sale and possession of shark fin in Hong Kong.

From Honduras to New Caledonia, from the Bahamas to the Maldives, the people have spoken. And governments have listened. Now is the time for Hong Kong to wake up! The public is ready. The business sector is behind us. Now is the time for a total sale and possession ban on shark fin in Hong Kong. By doing so, Hong Kong will take a giant step to join the conservation efforts of numerous countries around the world who have enacted shark protection legislation. In Latin America it will join Honduras. In the United States it will join California, New York, Hawaii, Washington, Maryland, Delaware and Oregon. In the Pacific region it will join Palau, Tokelau, Marshall Islands, French Polynesia, Cook Islands, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and New Caledonia. Even China has agreed to stop serving shark fin soup at official banquets, to take effect in the next year or two.

Banning shark fin from the streets of Hong Kong will be the single most important marine conservation achievement of the year. It will be an important step towards protecting the health of our oceans. It will also remove the stain on Hong Kong’s reputation as a world-class tourism hub.

This petition is endorsed by: Shark Rescue

BALLSIEST. PETITION. EVER.

IF THERE WAS EVER A HEAD TO THIS DRAGON - THERE IT IS.
DO YOU KNOW WHAT A HUGE DIFFERENCE THIS WOULD MAKE??? WITHOUT THE ISSUE OF SHARK FIN SOUP WE COULD CONCENTRATE ON THE ISSUE OF BYCATCH AND SOLVE THIS ISSUE PERMANENTLY.

carnistssaythedarndestthings:

letsphysics:

carnistssaythedarndestthings:

A vegan friend found this while camping in Leh. Leh, in the northernmost tip of the Indian Himalayas and close to Tibet, is one of the harshest places for humans to live in. It’s a cold, windswept desert where hardly a blade of grass grows. For 8 months of the year, temperatures remain below freezing, often dipping below -40. Because of its altitude, the air over there is so rarefied that visitors have to acclimatize for 3 days before they can walk without running out of breath. 

Some people say that veganism is a First World privilege. They say that urbanized, well-off people in wealthy societies can afford to be vegan, but “poor” people in third world countries cannot afford it. Firstly, that betrays an ignorance of economics and food production. Around the world, healthy vegan food is a lot cheaper than meat and dairy. But it also betrays yet another excuse for a complacent, uncaring life: “If someone in Siberia / Namibia / Cambodia isn’t vegan, I won’t be either.”

That said, these messages, pinned in the door of a restaurant in Leh, are truly humbling. A little research revealed the source: a group called Tibetan Volunteers for Animals (TVA). They have a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/FreedomForAll) and a website (http://semchen.org/). And we all know the plight of Tibetans. 

If a group of disenfranchised people living as refugees in a third world country in one of the most hostile climates on Earth can be vegan, then what’s YOUR excuse?!

Meat just tastes so damn good.

Bingo! 

People don’t eat meat for health or because they need it. They do not check the source of their meat and the slaughter of the animal killed for them, as they blatantly lie. They do not do it for protein or because they care about the feelings of plants. They do it because it tastes good. 

Because it tastes good. 

Because it tastes good … 

Because it TASTES GOOD. 

And they do not eat dogs because? Because dogs taste awful? How do they know? Or because dogs are not ‘prey’? Dogs are preyed upon by big cats all the time. Because only herbivores are eaten? Then why eat pigs, chicken and fish?

In other words, meat eaters eat dead corpses because they have been raised to, indoctrinated to, since their childhoods, by their parents, their schools, by all of society. They have been told that if they do not eat dead animals and support an unsustainable industry with their money, they will catch awful diseases and die. 

To live all your lives in fear is a pitiable existence. To rot, marinate, treat with carbon monoxide, then roast, then heavily season a long-dead corpse is a terrible way to ‘eat a balanced diet’. 

To eat corpses and pay for their short, tortured existences, to support an industry that is destroying our only home, Earth, is a terrible way to exist.

What a pathetic legacy to create with your short, unpredictable lifespan.

To be incapable of looking a cow, a pig, a chicken or even your pet dog in the eye and truly grasping the beauty of their minds and immensity of their emotions … just because eating their dead friends has desensitized you … is to never have truly lived. 

To eat something because it ‘tastes good’, without ever exploring the global culinary explosions that await a vegan adventurer is like being a frog in a well. That frog lives in a little well made of bacon, beef, KFC and fish, and will never know how big and beautiful and complex and marvelous the ocean truly is. 

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