Stumbling Toward Enlightenment

Gatherings from the Internet

06/06/2010
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Study Shows Vegans Are More Empathetic, Neurologically Speaking

I’ve been a vegetarian since I was 15, and it breaks my heart hearing stories of animal cruelty. One video I saw on the PETA website stays with me to this day; I couldn’t sleep for days after seeing it. If you’ve seen films like Food, Inc., or read Fast Food Nation, or any other books on the subject, it baffles me how one could continue to eat meat, or meat from industrial farming practices. Continue reading

14/07/2009
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San Francisco Considers a Ban on Declawing Cats

Declawing fits the dictionary definition of mutilation to a tee. Words such as deform, disfigure, disjoint, and dismember all apply to this surgery. Partial digital amputation is so horrible that it has been employed for torture of prisoners of war, and in veterinary medicine, the clinical procedure serves as model of severe pain for testing the efficacy of analgesic drugs. Even though analgesic drugs can be used postoperatively, they rarely are, and their effects are incomplete and transient anyway, so sooner or later the pain will emerge. Continue reading

14/07/2009
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Animal Welfare Reform: Total Denial, One Step at a Time

Discussions about terms such as ‘cage-free’, ‘free-range’ and ‘humanely-raised’ have come to dominate the debate around ethical food options. Labels such as these go a long way toward winning consumer confidence, especially when the claims are backed by well-known animal advocacy organizations such as HSUS and PETA. What further evidence that products are animal friendly could the ‘conscientious consumer’ ask for than the stamp of approval of the world’s biggest ‘animal protection’ groups? Continue reading

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