Posts tagged ‘climate change’

15 March, 2012

Animals give us their babies food, they give us their babies, then they give us their lives… in my opinion.

I was recently involved in a conversation, with a meat-eating environmentalist (who by the way, was well aware of the connection between animal agriculture and green house gases – GHG’s, and knew that animal agriculture contributes more to GHG emissions than all of the transport industries of the world combined).

This person was dismayed that people who believe that climate change is a myth are given equal air-time in the media to express their opinions as someone who has studied climate sciences their entire careers.

How can someone’s opinion be worth the same as years of study? We don’t visit lawyers, doctors, electricians, mechanics then dismiss their knowledge with “in your opinion”.

What came as a surprise was when I said, during the course of the discussion that “I don’t eat honey, that’s baby food”. My friends response was “bees make too much, we’re doing them a favour when we take it”.

I’m sorry? At what point did you get a degree in horticulture, agriculture, apiary, zoology, biology, or whichever -ology studies bees.

I told my friend, that I live on a farm, I have seen the massive decline in bee numbers, and honey is baby bee food, meant to sustain the hive during winter when there are no flowers.

“In your opinion”, she told me.

You live in the city, and I live on a farm, and you are telling me how the birds and the bees works? If you were any more in-the-city, you would be encased in concrete.

So, for someone, like my friend, who has no working knowledge of life outside a concrete jungle to tell someone who has lived on a farm all my life, makes a living from growing produce, and comes from five generations of farmers, and yet what I see around me every day, and studied, is “my opinion”.

Animals don’t produce “too much” of anything. Unless they have been breed selectively, like dairy cows or egg-laying chickens – to produce more than is natural. Nature doesn’t do “too much” of anything.

Cows produce the right amount of milk to feed their babies, and when the babies have grown, they stop producing milk. Which is why baby cows are removed from their mothers soon after birth, so humans can steal their milk.

The same for bees, bees don’t make “too much” honey, they make what they need to keep the hive alive. Honey bees must fly over 55,000 miles to produce just one pound of honey. Break that down, and a worker bee makes less than a quarter of teaspoon during her entire working life. This is not something they make too much of.

This is not my opinion. But it seems, to dismiss someone who we disagree with by saying “that’s your opinion” is an attempt to say that even though they personally have not studied it, they believe they know more than experts, because “that is your opinion, and mine is different”.

But this word GIVE, is a strange one. Bees do not give their babies food to humans, it is stolen.

Cows do not give their babies food to humans, it is stolen, and soon after birth, so is their babies.

pile of dead veal calves, credit: Farm Sanctuary

Chickens do not give their eggs, they do not lay eggs because it is fun, each shell leaches calcium from their body, it is the equivalent of a hen’s period, and if fertilised will become a baby chicken.

The bees, the cows, the hens, do not have the option to “give” anything.

credit: Farm Sanctuary

And when their working life is over, or production drops, or they are born the wrong gender – male baby chicks and male calves are useless to production – they are slaughtered.

“They gave their live, (baby / babies food) so we could eat” – no, they didn’t give. They weren’t given a choice.

Thanks to Animals Australia Unleashed: Chickens

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17 March, 2011

Glenn Beck Vegan Conspiracy

From the Glenn Beck never actually said it archives



This is not to say that I agree with anything that Glenn Beck says, but there people who are champions of climate change, such as Al Gore, to refuse to make the change to a vegan diet, when Animal Agriculture is one of the main contributors to greenhouse gas emissions.

An interesting discussion, from 2007 about PeTA – not an environmental group – and Al Gore.

Animal Agriculture exacerbates climate change.

I just wish it wasn’t down to Glenn Beck to point this out.

I wish that instead of having people in elected positions of power who deny the science behind global warming, we had people who took it seriously.

But until that time, we can all go vegan and stay vegan and no that by doing so we are making a positive move to reduce our own personal impact on the environment.

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16 September, 2010

Who is Christine O’Donnell? and her position on Animal use in science

Is this the new Sarah Palin?

O’Donnell is a Palin-endorsed candidate, who does not believe in human-made climate change, and may change the face of USAmerican politics. Will she ascend to power, and leave people asking “What happened to science?” in her wake?

If climate change doesn’t exist, but we act as if it is, we spend some money.
If climate change does exist, but we don’t act on it, we kill the planet and all life on it.

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However, sometimes, science isn’t the answer –

However, on the Bill O’Reilly show: Is Cloning Monkeys Morally Wrong? (FOX), O’Donnell made an attempt to clarify her position on cross-species experimentation…

O’DONNELL:… the very core of the debate about human cloning is dignity versus commodity…
By their own admission…

O’REILLY: No.

O’DONNELL: … these groups admitted that the report that said, “Hey, yay, we cloned a monkey. Now we’re using this to start cloning humans.” We have to keep…

O’REILLY: Let them admit anything they want. But they won’t do that here in the United States unless all craziness is going on.

O’DONNELL: They are — they are doing that here in the United States. American scientific companies are cross-breeding humans and animals and coming up with mice with fully functioning human brains. So they’re already into this experiment.

20 August, 2010

Stephen Colbert: Humans Can Be Meat | Change.org

A satirical look at what might happen in 50 years, when climate change obliterated the animals used for food, would it be acceptable to eat people?

Not as far-fetched as it might sound- hunters already proudly hunt endangered species
Wayne Pacelle: Poaching Doesn’t Rock: Ted Nugent Caught In Illegal Deer Hunt (huffingtonpost.com)

Nugent says one thing and does another. He says that sport hunters are great conservationists, and then he goes on to defend the most unsporting, reckless, and irresponsible forms of hunting, such as canned hunts, bear baiting, or pigeon shoots.

As Colbert points out, climate change will affect animals and then what will the hunters do? They have so little regard now, they may not change their behavoiur, just their targets.

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