“Animal shelters are themselves frequently little more than slaughterhouses.” ~Jennifer and Nathan Winograd, Free From Harm

Where Animal Welfare Gets It Wrong: Part I

Happy Meat Market, Chinatown, TorontoAnimal shelters in this country exist for primarily one purpose: to provide a safety-net of care for our nation’s homeless animals. With half of all animals entering our shelters being killed rather than given the new beginning that they not only deserve, but which the No Kill movement has proven unequivocally is possible, to say that most of our animal shelters are failing in their mission is a gross understatement. But the betrayal goes even deeper than the killing, although by far that is the greatest harm. Because in addition to taking the lives of four million animals a year, animal shelters in this country are rife with abuse and neglect as well. Why? Because they kill. Studies of slaughterhouse workers have found that in order to cope with the fact that they are paid to kill day in and day out, self-preservation motivates those workers to devalue animals in order to make what they are doing less morally reprehensible. In other words, the workers make the animals unworthy of any consideration on their behalf. The two most common methods of achieving this are indifference to animal suffering and even intensifying it, becoming sadistic toward the animals. In too many communities, the implications for shelters are frightening: American shelters are themselves frequently little more than slaughterhouses. By its very nature, therefore, shelter killing breeds a lack of compassion and caring for animals. [continue reading]

SOURCE:  Free From Harm

Bill Gates investing in chicken-less eggs

Of Course Vegan

Another move for Bill Gates into the vegan lifestyle: chicken-less eggs. According to reports, the Microsoft mogul is to invest in the growing vegan food industry by putting his money into chicken-less eggs.

Gates is one of the investors behind Hampton Creek‘s egg substitute, Beyond Eggs, and the announcement of his involvement comes after he said the future of food lies in the absence of animal products, or vegan food.

In March, he was citing the exorbitant costs that go into killing and slaughtering animals for their flesh. The blog post penned by Gates is an ideal beginning to a year where fears of food shortages and drought are already beginning to take form. Maybe more prominent figures will follow suit.

“Put simply, there’s no way to produce enough meat for 9 billion people. Yet we can’t ask everyone to become vegetarians. We need more options for producing meat…

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