Willful Ignorance

Willful Ignorance

See no evil.

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Hear no evil.

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Speak no evil.

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They say that theres a reason why you take your kids to pick apples but don’t take them to a slaughter house, and Dana Ellyn’s paintings says it all-

What you don’t see or hear doesn’t exist, but the sorry truth is that it DOES. Every single day, thousands and thousands of animals are kept in confined spaces, are mistreated, and then slaughtered just to satisfy people’s taste buds for 10 minutes. And because no one actually sees this happening, how could it matter to them?

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It all started when we were kids. Most of us ate whatever was put on our plates without question and without even being told where it came from. Advertisements on television showed hotdogs filled with cheese, burgers and spaghetti meat balls. Parents told us we had to drink lots of milk so we could grow big and strong, but no one taught us the process from animal to mouth, and why would they? Why teach anyone, especially kids about the harm caused to these animals? If they were educated about it, they probably wouldn’t eat it and that couldn’t happen because what else would they eat? “Its takes too much trouble to be a vegan/vegetarian”– and this is only because we, too were not educated on this type of diet.

In my opinion, just because eating meat is human tradition, habit and some say, a key to survival, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t teach children how their food is made. We all knew chicken came from a chicken, pork came from a pig, and beef came from a cow, but we didn’t know what goes behind the process of animal farming, and some of us still don’t know. When we were kids, most of us loved animals and still do, so when was it okay for us to think that it was right to kill and eat them? When was is okay to eat a pig but not a dog? How did we learn to eat the way we do?

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I wish I questioned what was on my plate. I wish I was taught about the horrors of the meat industry, even at a young age. I think it is important to know and to share to our children about what is going into their bodies, and of course, what happens to these helpless animals when they’re kept in factories. These days, most to all inorganic meat produce contains antibiotics, unnatural flavour enhancers and other toxic chemicals. Educating yourself about the food you eat is by far the most important thing I think anyone should strive to do.

What you’re putting into your body is what makes you. You digest it, whether it’s healthy or harmful for you.

“IF YOU CAN’T WATCH THE PROCESS, YOU SHOULDN’T BE EATING IT.”

Paintings by vegan artist, Dana Ellyn.

Why Milk?

Why Milk?

A girlfriend shared this video to me yesterday; short but very informative video for those who question, why is cow’s milk is included in our diet? Here is the answer.

This did not come shocking to me. Luckily, when I was a child, my parents never forced milk on me. Sure, it tasted great with my cereal, but I was never one who drank glasses and glasses of milk. To me, it was unappetising and I just didn’t understand the whole hype of it. Growing up living in the countryside of England, I was exposed to milk farming, and I just wasn’t drawn to the idea that the milk came from another animal’s “breast”. Of course I was told that it would make my bones stronger and help me grow, but when you’re a kid, non of that really makes you want to eat or drink certain things.

Evidence of humans milking cows dates back to 4000 BC. It was part of a lot of civilisations, including the ancient Sumerians and Egyptians, however, how we milk cows today is disheartening. These industries only care about money, they don’t care about our health, and they sure don’t care about living animals.

Here is a video that explains why how dairy is produced. This is the reality.

Contrary to popular belief, ignorance is NOT bliss.

  • Dairy cows are kept almost continually pregnant in order to maximize their production of milk. Calves are separated from their mothers within 12 – 24 hours of birth and most are trucked to slaughter from just 5 days old. Around 700,000 ‘bobby calves’ (mostly males) are killed every year as waste products of the dairy industry, and others are made into veal. These young, vulnerable animals can legally be deprived of food for up to 30 hours during this journey to slaughter.
  • Mother cows are milked twice a day and the use of machine pumps can contribute to painful mastitis. Before long, she is artificially impregnated again, carrying another calf to term, only for the same cruel cycle to be repeated.
  • Cows can expect to live up to 20 years. Dairy cows used in the milk industry though are regarded as ‘spent’ after just 6 or 7 years and are sent to slaughter – their years of pain and sacrifice not sparing them this premature end.

Fortunately, many tasty and healthy plant-based ‘milks’ are now available on the market or can be made in the comfort of your own home. From hemp and coconut to almond and soy, plant-based, creamy beverages can fill the dairy ‘void’ in your home and help you live a longer, healthier life. My favourite place to buy these beverages are in S&R.

I hope this has opened your eyes to the cruel, cruel world of the dairy industry. Make the right choice and stop the violence.

Live cruelty free.