If man wants freedom why keep birds and animals in cages? Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds them. We live by the death of others. We are burial places! I have since an early age abjured the use of meat.
When I was old enough to realize all meat was killed, I saw it as an irrational way of using our power, to take a weaker thing and mutilate it. It was like the way bullies would take control of younger kids in the schoolyard.
Isn’t man an amazing animal? He kills wildlife — birds, kangaroos, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice and foxes by the million—in order to protect his domestic animals and their feed. Then he kills his domestic animals by the billion and eats them. This in turns kills men by the million, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative—and fatal—health conditions like heart disease, kidney disease, and cancer. So then man tortures and kills millions more animals to look for cures to these diseases. Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals. Meanwhile, some people are dying of sad laughter at the absurdity of man, who kills so easily and so violently, and once a year sends out cards praying for ‘Peace on Earth
Hey, I want to depress you, so let’s learn about slaughterhouses. Avi Solomon at BoingBoing has a big, interesting interview with professor Timothy Pachirat, who worked undercover at a Nebraska slaughterhouse for five months, and published a book about his experiences in November….
This interview is a really important and interesting read.
Everywhere else in the world where animal products aren’t heavily subsidised by their Governments, the cost of eggs and meat and dairy is realistically prohibitive to the poor. There are massive issues with Western Governments for countless reasons, but if (1) our legislation actually supported the lives, interests, welfare and safety of other species instead of condoning their exploitation for our (extremely damaging) purposes; (2) Government-supported nutritional guidelines actually reflected human nutritional needs instead of supporting their vested interest in animal food products, and (3) Government subsidised the cost of fresh fruit and vegetables instead of meat, eggs and dairy, the healthiest foods would become widely and cheaply available to EVERYONE. Even if you compare the costs now of a kilo of (unsubsidised) potatoes or bananas to a kilo of (heavily subsidised) cheese or meat and it’s so fucking obvious which is your better option.
If being vegan is something that is possible for you, then be vegan. Once you are vegan you can then focus your attention on doing the best you can to help make the vegan lifestyle accessible to those with less privileges. Simple.
There is something about veganism that is not easy, but the difficulty is not inherent in veganism, but in our culture.
From A Squid A Day. WARNING: That squid you’re eating may be about to have sex with your mouth.
You need to know this. Because probably you don’t have enough to worry about.
I’m here today to talk about a very strange paper: Penetration of the oral mucosa by parasite-like sperm bags of squid: a case report in a Korean woman.
This study, published in February in the Journal of Parasitology (?!), presents the tale of a woman eating squid who experienced “severe pain” and a “pricking, foreign-body sensation” in her mouth. A doctor found and removed “twelve small, white spindle-shaped, bug-like organisms” from her tongue, cheek, and gums.
These foreign bodies were subsequently identified as squid spermatophores, which I would like to point out are not “organisms” in any way. A squid, a human, a tree—those are organisms. A spermatophore is like a cup of semen—nothing more than an aggregation of gametes. And “bug-like”? Spermatophores don’t have legs. Or eyes. Or exoskeletons.
But that’s not to say they aren’t complex structures. (That’s why squid researchers tend to translate “spermatophore” as spermpackage rather than sperm bag.) Each spermatophore includes an ejaculatory apparatus, which can expel the sperm mass quite forcefully, and a cement body for attachment. Of course, neither of those is a needle or a knife—the sort of thing you’d expect to need for actual implantation (into either a female squid or a human mouth). I’ve written a bit about this mystery before. As it turns out, no one is quite sure how spermatophores implant themselves into skin.
But whatever the details, it’s happened to humans more than once. An earlier case study reports “sperm stings” from consumption of raw squid, but the recent Journal of Parasitology paper is the first report I’ve seen of spermatophore activity in a cooked squid (parboiled, to be specific). That’s … quite impressive, actually.
There’s more over at
(This is not a squid. I just put up the painting of Cthulhu to make it a bit more scary.)
Pretty glad I’m vegan.
i wanna puke everywhere
remember kids science is evil
vegans are evil
and only the good lord jesus christ will save you with puss and blood filled cancerous animal secretions
None of those ingredients are bad for you. I don’t understand their angle here. I wonder if people actually buy into this shit.
This just made me pretty angry. Either way you can make nut milks at home using none of those ingredients. Fucking cunts i am annoyed. I wonder how many ‘experts’ we’ll get to deal with due to this.
To me this just shows how desperate the milk industry is. They wouldn’t have had to have made this ad if they weren’t feeling threatened or starting to lose money - every day I see more and more ads for non-dairy alternatives and articles in main stream media on the benefits of non-dairy milks, including how to make it yourself. I love that stupid people will use this as an “argument” when it’s so easily smashed to pieces.It also shows how daft the milk industry and it’s minions are. Not to mention how much money they have to be able to produce a website like that. Dickheads.