L I F E .
Could you look into the eyes of a living breathing feeling animal and tell them that your appetite is more important than their life?.. ✖️
Like this gorgeous, beautiful, sweet, sensitive, emotional, gentle, curious calf seen here (📹 taken by Caroline K. whilst out visiting her horse Wildfire) animals possess memories, build relationships, have emotions, think, feel. They have personalities, they experience, hurt, pain and suffering. And you bet they fear death. ✖️
Granted these animals do not have all the desires we human have. Granted they do not comprehend everything we humans comprehend. Nevertheless we and they have some of the same desires and do comprehend some of the same things.
The desires for food and water. Shelter and companionship. Freedom of movement and avoidance of pain. These desires are shared by non human animals and human beings.
Be fair, be kind, go vegan.
The Yulin Lychee and Dog Meat festival is an annual ten day event where thousands of terrified dogs are butchered for human consumption. 🔻
These animals are crammed into overcrowded trucks and forced to travel long distances without food or water, before they are forced to watch as those before them have their throats slit. Many are beaten, burned, or boiled alive.
It’s nearly impossible to comprehend, until you realise that here in Australia we do the same thing. Except the animals we slaughter aren’t dogs, they are cows, pigs, lambs, chickens, and fish.
We have been raised into a society that normalises the slaughter and consumption of these animals- as well as the hunting, racing, fighting, experimentation, and exploitation of these and other sentient beings (whom are not included in the figures shown).
These animals suffer. They feel pain and experience fear. These are living, breathing individuals who want to live.
We are not powerless to end this suffering. We CAN create a kinder, more caring world by widening our circle of compassion to include all animals.
So sign a petition to help the dogs in China, then consider how you can reduce the suffering of equally deserving animals in our own backyard.
These two look like they are up to no good.
For those of you who don't know their story...
Dilly had a head tilt and was circling at the feed store where co-founder Gregg was getting supplies. He notified the staff who said they would "take it out back". He talked them in to giving the her a chance to live at the sanctuary.She was considered worthless and disposable but we know she is larger than life. We will be sharing her every day #thedailydilly so you can get #yourdailydillydose
Pickles was brought to a wildlife rehab as a stray. They determined him to be a hybrid and could not keep or re-release her.They brought her to a shelter, we saw a post from a friend who works there and thanks to a few wonderful people we know, Pickles and Dilly are forever life partners. #theadventuresofDillyandPickles
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Today marks the start of the 2018 Lychee and Dog Meat Festival in Yulin, China. This time of year, thousands of “animal lovers” throughout the western world share graphic videos of dogs being tortured, urging friends to sign petitions to stop the slaughter of “man’s best friend”. Many of these compassionately disconnected people are regular consumers of cows, chickens, pigs, turkeys, ducks, rabbits and other innocent beings. While the torture and slaughter of any animal, regardless of species is barbaric and unnecessary, in general, the Western World believes that eating some animals is perfectly acceptable, but think consuming the flesh of a dog is criminal.
Throughout China, approximately 10 million dogs are killed each year and about 10,000 are killed during the Yulin Festival. In terms of sheer volume, this number pales in comparison to that of animals killed on factory farms throughout the US. Americans slaughter approximately 5 billion land animals a year. Approximately 50 million turkeys are killed for Thanksgiving alone. Nearly all these animals are raised in deplorable conditions and all unnecessarily die to fulfil temporary and fleeting satisfaction.
These animals are confined to small cages and filthy warehouses, devoid of natural light. They are pumped full of growth hormones and antibiotics and endure a myriad of traumatic injuries during their short time on this Earth. They suffer every moment of their lives at the hands of humans and fight until their last breath is forcefully taken from them. We kill them at the expense of our health and the wellbeing of this planet.
If you're sickened at the thought of eating dogs, while regularly consuming other animals, please question your personal belief system and make choices that align with your values. Ask yourself; where do you draw the line between compassion and convenience, food and family? Why is one form of cruelty acceptable and the other barbaric? At what point are their lives considered expendable? Most people consider themselves animal lovers. Please extend your compassion and love for animals to ALL animals. #TheyAreAllVictims#YulinIsEverywhere
Kyushu Jangara ramen, finally we meet! 🍜
After hearing so much about this bowl, the time to try it has finally arrived. I was deeply impressed by the vegan ramen (¥1000), the soy sauce-based soup is punchy without being overwhelming, and the noodles are firm. The faux-chashu made out of yuba is excellent, with perfect consistency and a undercurrent of savory-sweetness. Add in a little spoonful of milled garlic for an extra kick. •
There are branches near the folllowing stations: Harajuku, Ginza, Akihabara, Nihonbashi, Akasaka and Nishi-Ikebukuro
Lentil Bolognese with Zucchini Noodles! I finally jumped on the spiralizer train and now I get what all the fuss is about. This is one whole zucchini worth of noodles and I was surprised with how full I got towards the end. I tired mine raw tonight, will be interested to see how they are when cooked a little. Definitely a great way to get all the flavor and feel of pasta without all the extra calories and carbs. Looking forward to using this thing again soon!
In just a few months, cameron and I will be packing up a few of our treasured belongings (basically just cameras crystals and melody, our vitamix), and moving to Hawaii. I am endlessly excited for our future adventures. We don’t have a plan, just the need for change & good friendships. If you aren’t happy, make changes! And you will learn that the people discouraging you, don’t need to be in your life! You deserve more 🤟🏼✨🌈
Chocobo the Buff Orpington Hen is our Friday Feature. She is over six years old now, and is a Spent Hen Matriarch.
Chocobo was one of the very first dozen chicks we ever raised, part of the beginning of our love affair with poultry. Buff Orpington are a sweet and generally easy going breed of chicken. They often like to be motherly and broody in our experience.
Chocobo still has Clover, Chipmunk and Midnight of her original sisters. They are part of the Spent Hen Matriarchs also. They are considered “spent hens” by people that are focused on egg production. At their age they lay an occasional egg, but not too often. Some modern production breeds like the Sexlinks lay so heavily in their first 18 months that they deplete their bodies too rapidly of calcium, and lay many shell-less eggs, or die from the calcium depletion.
We recently have accepted a small number of 2-5 year old hens, not only because they needed a new home, but also because these ladies are so incredibly sweet. For example, Frederica came to us this week because her one other coop-mate had just died, and she was crying and mourning. She was not only profoundly unhappy alone, she also recognized that her friend was gone. Now she is comforted by her group of older new sisters and is much calmer.
Chocobo still enjoys doing all the natural things chickens love to do: scratch for bugs and treats, dust baths, sun bathing and roosting with friends. We hope she is with us for a long time to come.
Thank you @farmsanctuary for making the world a kinder place 💘 And also to the birthday gods for leaving two extra seats at founder Gene Baur's table so that I could go on and on about dogs and good food! #happybirthdaytome#thisis29 🎉 #friendsnotfood
Ruthie is one of our most sweetest rescued pigs.
And to think she almost didn’t make it.
She was confined, starved and neck deep in feces.
Ruthie was robbed of her motherhood, which is a right given to every living creature on this earth.
All her babies were stolen from her and sold off to be killed for unnecessary consumption.
She was then impregnated again for the cycle to repeat itself.
Stealing babies crying for their mothers is a common practice in the pork industry and across animal agriculture.
During the rescue efforts, there was concern she was aggressive.
Who wouldn’t be in those conditions?
I knew right away that she must come to Asha.
I feverishly worked to get a new pig barn built and enlisted the most amazing volunteers to help build a stone foundation for it.
Today Ruthie enjoys exploring in the woods, mud baths and belly rubs.
Ruthie is one of the most dramatic transformations at Asha.
God bless Ruthie.
Tracy Murphy #ASHAsanctuary#pigs#pigsofinstagram#friendsnotfood#compassion
Happy solstice! Had a beautiful day today in Mount Shasta, felt lots of love as always. I wanted to post a few questions for self reflection, whether it be for your journal, as a conversation with a friend, or as something to reflect in your head! • What are FIVE items that bring you joy?
• What are FOUR accomplishments that you have made in the past year? • What are THREE goals you have for this summer?
• What are TWO things that you don’t want to bring with you into this next chapter?
• What is ONE book that you would recommend to a loved one?
We share this beautiful plant with each other & many other beings. It is important to take to to self reflect, check in on your loved ones, and to remember what is really important. The sun goes through cycles, just as we do. You can either ignore that, or take advantage of it! Use this time to grow and care for yourself. You are super freaking awesome.
Lots of love! Keep growing! 🌞
Also I would love to hear some of your answers if anyone would like to share, you can comment below, send me a dm, or contact me through my website in the bio. I would love to help anyone out if needed!
Oh and don’t forget to watch the sunset, it’s going to be stellar!!!