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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. 

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