Millions of Chickens, Turkeys & Ducks were Suffocated to Death (Source: Free From Harm)

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Between December 2014 and June 2015, more than 33 million chickens, turkeys and ducks were suffocated to death with firefighting foam and carbon dioxide in the Midwestern states of Iowa, Minnesota and elsewhere in the United States in response to the avian influenza outbreaks that began on poultry farms in 2014.[1] Since June, the number of birds exterminated has grown by many millions more in the U.S. and globally. The concentration of billions of highly stressed, immuno-compromised birds living in filth, misery and fear across the Earth guarantees that avian influenza outbreaks and epidemics will continue to occur.[2]

In addition to using firefighting foam and carbon dioxide to exterminate poultry flocks, the U.S. Department of Agriculture supports exterminating them by shutting off the ventilation in the houses and letting the birds bake to death – a process that can take anywhere from half an hour to 3 or more hours for every bird to die. Shutting off the ventilation in the computer-controlled houses is the cheapest method of extermination. Neither gas nor foam is needed.[3]

Shooting hoses filled with carbon dioxide into the confinement houses, metal boxes and “kill carts” causes the birds to burn, freeze, and suffocate to death simultaneously – and slowly. This is the egg industry’s main method of exterminating “spent” hens, whether from battery cages or cage-free confinement operations, with or without bird flu.[4]

As for fire-fighting foam, which the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved in 2006, contrary to the lie that the birds are dead within a minute of being blanketed under the foam, Bruce Webster of The University of Georgia told a USDA meeting in June 2006, “You saw a lot of escape behavior for 4-6 minutes. You saw the birds’ heads sticking out of the foam.” Eventually, their movements ceased, as the birds were “worn out” with their “volitional struggle,” Webster told attendees including UPC president Karen Davis at the meeting.[5]

In a firefighting foam trial with turkeys, birds were reported flapping under the foam for up to 6 minutes. This does not mean that the turkeys were unconscious or dead when the flapping stopped or appeared to stop. And foam-covered birds cannot vocalize their suffering. They cannot be seen or heard. Necropsies showed hemorrhages in the tracheas of birds who died under the foam, and “occlusion of the trachea by the foam” was cited by Ruth Newberry of Washington State University as “a serious welfare concern.”[6]

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I was Nominated for the Liebster Award (again)!

I am honored to say that Girl for Animal Liberation was nominated by News for Animal Welfare for the Liebster Award (Thank you NFAW!).   🙂

Now, to be honest, I’m probably not going to nominate anyone because I am almost 100% certain  (even without fact checking) that every blogger I follow doesn’t qualify for the Liebster because they have mucho followers and have already received this award. Unless, hey, you want me to then I’ll nominate you. Just say the word.   🙂

Liebster Award RULES:

  1. Post 11 random facts about yourself.
  2. Answer the 11 questions made by the person who nominated you.
  3. Create 11 questions for the bloggers you pass the award to.
  4. Choose 11 bloggers to pass the award to and mention them in your post.
  5. Go to their blogs and let them know that they have been nominated.

11 Random facts about Girl for Animal Liberation (a.k.a GiRRL_Earth)

  1. The older I get (I’m currently 46) the more Goddamn snarky and cynical I become.  But what do you expect? I wasn’t born this way, mkay?
  2. I think people who harm animals should be executed – no talking your way out of it.
  3. I love-LOVE living alone with my six cats.
  4. I prefer animals to people.
  5. I don’t mind finding cat hair in my food, but Lord help the restaurant if I should find human hair in something I’m eating!!!!
  6. Being a vegan is as natural to me as breathing.
  7. I’m addicted to Breaking Bad (no pun!)
  8. I lost 11 lbs just by giving up oil in my diet (and yes that includes: Olive Oil!).
  9. My favorite movie is Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window.
  10. When I go to bed, I like to spoon with my 22 lb Seal Pointe Siamese cat named Seti
  11. I think people who lie and deceive should be drawn and quartered! And I’m not talking about the kind of lies like, “Does this dress make me look fat?” and you lie and say, “No.” I’m talking big-time lies like who you are. What you’re doing. Where you grew up. Etc… lies that are so egregious, they are unforgivable and text book pathological.  As in Pathological Narcissistic.  
  12. BONUS:  I wish the world would come to an end so I can start smoking again.

Questions from NFAW:

  1. What is your favourite childhood memory?  I don’t have one. I’m trying to block those years out. 
  2. What is your inspiration behind your blog? The inspiration came after a health crises — two major fucking surgeries in one year I decided it’s time to rid my body and home of anything unnatural. Initially I started blogging about living green until I realized I needed to be the voice of the voiceless. 
  3. If you had 1 million dollars what would you do with it? Pay off my mortgage, buy a small house for my mom and invest the rest and then donate some of the return to various animal welfare organizations. 
  4. What is the one piece of advice you would, or have given your children? I don’t have children.  My advice? DON’T HAVE CHILDREN. 
  5. What is your favourite book?  I don’t have a favorite.  I have read and loved countless books over the years (and no, the Bible is not one of them).
  6. If you had one wish what would it be?  For a pandemic that wipes out all of mankind but spares the animals. 
  7. Where is your favourite place? My home – I am a complete and utter unabashed homebody.
  8. What is something amazing you have seen on a blog? Too many to list. I have been inspired, saddened, encouraged, as well as had some serious belly aching laughs over some of the blogs I follow.     🙂
  9. What do you hope to achieve by writing your blog? To open people’s eyes and make them aware of the egregious acts taking place towards animals and to show them they have other choices.
  10. If you had the opportunity to go into space, would you? HELL NO!
  11. What is your favourite song on your iPod right now? You mean my iPhone? A meditation my life coach made for me.  I use it twice daily in conjunction with my Mindfulness App.



“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

Enlisting your help because I need a new name for my blog.

Recently I was chatting with Hannah at Gypsy Roller’s Veggie Kitchen about changing the name of my blog. What prompted the discussion is she had posted about changing the name of hers.  At the time she started her blog, she was living in an RV she so eloquently named: The Gypsy Roller, while her house was under construction.  Now that she and her family have moved out of the RV she felt it was time to retire the name seeing as she wouldn’t be *cooking* and *dispatching* from the Gypsy Roller. Which makes total sense. Although, secretly I did love the name:  Dispatches from the Gypsy Roller.  It sounded soooooooooooo, I dunno, Janis Joplin-ish.


The reason Hannah’s post resonated is because like her blog name, my blog and its name was born from a purpose that has since grown and changed.  The original intent or purpose of my blog was to talk about living green and reducing one’s carbon footprint. However, over the course of almost 1 1/2 years, my blog has morphed and now I prefer to focus my attention on an issue I am quite passionate about (almost too much so)  and that is:  animal rights, animal exploitation — exposing the egregious abuse that is taking place on factory farms, back yard butchers, research labs, fur breeders, puppy mills and so on…  Why? Well, since becoming a vegan, I have learned about the dark side of animal exploitation and now that my eyes are open, I can no longer close them or turn my back on what is happening to animals at the hands of very cruel and heartless humans. I can no longer recline back into my velvety world of ignorant bliss. I know what is happening. I don’t like it and dammit, I am going to do something about it, even if it kills me.  I would be incomplete as a woman, a human (!) if I turned my back on the plight of animals. 

Despite my desire to change my name, I have been unable to come up with anything that truly reflects my cause.  I’d like to keep GiRRL (which originally stood for: Grow it, Reuse, Recycle & Love our Earth) but perhaps change the spelling to Girl.

I still care about the earth; however, my focus is the impact that Factory Farming et al.  is having on our planet versus other environmental issues.

I’d also like to incorporate any or all of the following words in my title:  Animal;  Humane; Voice; Compassion…something (!) in the title.  And yet, sadly, no matter what I scribble on paper, nothing seems to work or flow.



I prefer to not burden people by asking for help; however, today I finally decided I needed to move past that fear and  open this up to my few but loyal followers.

If you follow my blog and are reading this, do you have any suggestions for a new name for my blog that would enable me to keep “Girl” in the first part of the title

Or dare I say it: do you think I should just retire this blog and create a shiny new blog with a shiny new name?











I promise full credit will be given.


Thanks and smooches.