You're watching a movie with animals doing dangerous stunts, or see an animal killed on screen and you worry if they're okay. At the end of the film, the credits roll by and you see it, the blurb saying no animals were harmed, and you breathe a sigh of relief. But, not so fast. Plenty of animals have been and are being injured, abused and killed in the name of entertainment.
And remember that adorable Otis and Milo? Dozens of dogs and cats were used in the making of that film. The cruelty involved in the production of that movie was especially horrific.
And don't forget about K-Mart's recent ad campaign which led to the death of a shark. Their response when people were upset? The AMA was there and said it was okay, so it's not our fault. No apology, nothing. And, they still aired other commercials using terrified animals. I can't say I'm sorry to see they aren't doing well financially, and I hope such an insensitive, selfish company goes out of business soon.
The best way to help keep animals from this type of cruelty is to refuse to see films using live animals. CGI has come a long way and can be used for anything these days. As long as people are willing to pay to see movies with animals, they will continue to make them.
From one vegan to another, please do not fall for all the BS circulating that it's safe to feed a cat a vegan diet.
Like it or not, cats are carnivores, and to feed them only plants is cruel and abusive. There are millions of meat eating cats who live to be 15, even 20 years old. I have yet to hear of any plant eating cats living even close to that life span. It's selfish to force your morality on another animal and feed them something unnatural, because it 'bothers you' to feed them their correct diet. If you can't care for them properly, and that includes a diet with meat, then simply don't have one. There are plenty of bunnies, birds and farm animals looking for homes. Adopt one of them if you want a vegan pet.
I've also heard the argument that you are causing the death of other animals by feeding them meat. NOT TRUE. Cat and dog food is made of by-products of animals who were already killed to feed omnivores.
Carnivores eat all parts of an animal, including the bones of smaller animals. So, including organs, blood, brains, etc in processed pet food is not a bad thing. It's a normal part of their diet. The non-meat additives that are included are unhealthy, as is a dry food diet. But, the solution to that isn't to change their diet to an unnatural, unhealthy one, but to feed them a better quality of food or to make their food ourselves.
Something that can be done right now to lessen the dependency on meat for pets, is to go out and promote spaying and neutering. That's something that all of us can do, we all need to stop complaining and DO SOMETHING.
Less puppies and kittens being born = less meat needed to feed them. Rather than putting band-aids on the problem by inventing an artificial food and killing the thousands of puppies and kittens in shelters, we need to focus on and fix the problem at it's roots.
We need more legislation that requires all animals to be fixed, and breeders who are usually exempt to have very strict rules, including being taxed as a business, regular inspections they must pay for, require all animals they sell to be fixed before leaving as well as have all shots and a vet visit, and have to buy an expensive permit. Huge fines/jail time for backyard breeders who don't follow the rules. Hopefully, that will dissuade most people from breeding. We also need to stop animal sales in pet shops and only allow low cost adoptions, and make low cost or free spay and neutering available to everyone.
This is not impossible to do, getting information out is the key. There are communities out there where the local government worked with it's citizens and animal groups and they made a huge dent in their overpopulation problem.
Easy ways to promote spaying and neutering in your neighborhood:
Find out who does low cost/free spaying and neutering in your community and post it on your Facebook page when they are having clinics or specials. Post the information to any local Facebook groups you're in.
Ask to put flyers in the windows or on bulletin boards of feed stores, pet stores (not all of them sell animals), libraries and churches.
If you don't have one in your area, think about starting a program, or approach a local humane society or animal group about starting one. This group can help: SpayUSA.org
But, whatever you do, please DO NOT feed your cats a vegan diet and risk their health.
We already know to beware of Bank of America to begin with. But, some of us have elderly relatives who stick with the old, no matter how bad it is. It's difficult to change, if it means being taken advantage of.
I have on of those relatives, and they decided to send me a check using their online bill pay. I got the check and went into Bank of America to cash it since I had just moved to the area and the nearest branch my bank had was over an hour away. No problem you would think right? Cashing a check at the issuing bank, all banks will let you do that with or without an account. Make that almost all banks, apparently Bank of America isn't one of them
Don't you hate being at the mercy of whoever is in control of the thermostat? Now, on Virgin America, you control the temperate of your own personal space.
You can read more about it at: climate-control-at-35-000-feet
Facebook is always looking for the next angle they can play to make more money. This time it's having videos play automatically, whether or not you want to watch them. Thanks to this newest stupid idea, I got watch live animals being ripped apart.
So, I bid adieu to Facebook.
Good luck on running your site into the ground with your unrestrained greed.
By now you have probably heard about Blackfish, the documentary showing the exploitation of killer whales by Seaworld and other marine parks. If you haven't, it is an award nominated exposť, recently shown on CNN, on the horrific conditions the killer whales are kept in, and the resulting psychosis leading to dangerous conditions for those in contact with them, up to and including death. It's a definite must see.
Instead of addressing the concerns brought up in the movie, Seaworld continues to ignore them and throws in a red herring about the good things they do. What Seaworld fails to understand is that doing good things does not cancel out doing evil things. And in their case it's even worse; they choose some animals to kidnap from the wild and abuse, while others are rescued and returned to the wild after being rehabbed