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dragonsupremacy:

The red-bellied black snake (Pseudechis porphyriacus) is a species of elapid snake native to eastern Australia. Though its venom is capable of causing significant morbidity, a bite from it is not generally fatal and is less venomous than other deadly Australian snakes. It is common in woodlands, forests, and swamplands of eastern Australia. It is one of Australia’s best-known snakes, as it is common in urban areas along the eastern coast of Australia. It has an average total length of 1.5 to 2 metres.

This is generally not an aggressive species. However, when provoked, it will recoil into its striking stance as a threat, but will try to escape at the first opportunity. It is most active by day. When not hunting or basking it may be found beneath timber, rocks, and rubbish or down holes and burrows.

The diet of red-bellied black snakes primarily consists of frogs, but it also preys on reptiles and small mammals. They also eat other snakes, including those of their own species. [Wikipedia]

(Photo credits: Stephen Mahony, Matt Clancy, Aussie Pythons, Australian Geographic)

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Anonyme a demandé: (Diff anon) but why don't vegans not eat eggs. Cause chickens don't die from having eggs.. Or milk.

fightingforanimals:

They do die.

Male chicks are ground up alive on day one because they are useless to the industry.

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Those who aren’t, are gassed to death or suffocated under piles of other chicks in plastic bags.

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200 million male chicks are grounded up alive or suffocated in plastic bags, not for meat, but for EGGS.  And yes, this happens to free-range hens too. In fact I still have an email where a famous free-range farm in this country - England - (you’ve seen them on tv, the Happy Eggs company), admit that they kill their useless male chicks too, by gassing them to death, where it can take over ten minutes to die.  Not only are eggs unnecessary and full of cholestrol, but consuming them means you are directly responsible for these animals being shredded alive on their first day on earth. Now you know, what will YOU do?

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All farms kill the males that they don’t use for stud because it is not financially viable to keep them alive when they are no use to the industry. They do not lay eggs, nor are they ‘fatty’ enough to be raised as meat. So they’re killed. They can’t even just be rehomed because nobody wants loud, noisy roosters who ‘give nothing back’ to their owners in the way of eggs.

Once a hen has finished her laying cycle, she too is killed. And again, all egg industries do this. I even got proof from the UK’s most popular and ‘famous’ egg company.

Male calves and surplus females are also killed. Males serve no purpose, so they are raised as veal, if not just killed outright.

Cows, like every other female animal, need to be pregnant and then give birth in order to lactate (produce milk). So she carries her baby around for 9 months, and then he is removed from her shortly after birth so he doesn’t drink all the profits. If he’s a boy, he’s disposed of in the methods mentioned above. If she’s a girl, she’ll be raised as a reproductive prisoner like her mother was, until she can no longer have babies and produce enough milk, so she is killed for cheap meat.

Within 24 hours of birth, her baby will be removed from her. Cows become so distressed that they will try and escape their paddocks to find their babies, and even disturb nearby residents with their heartbroken cries of grief. If the baby is a male, he might rarely be kept as a breeding stud, but otherwise he will be killed straight away, or raised for veal. In places like Europe, calves aren’t allowed to be put into those little sheds that you see in America and places. However their existence is little better, as they are instead all put into a pen and they are still killed as babies. 

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Dairy cows are on average, killed at age 4. Many are disabled and badly suffering before death. Downers are so common - I even saw downers on Open Days at colleges I visited. Downers are cows who cannot get up, are very lame and end up hopping or dragging themselves around. Their udders - swollen and genetically modified to hold x10 the amount of milk they should - certainly don’t help matters. Cows that can’t walk or are downers can’t legally be entered in the food chain, but they still are. Animals who can’t walk to their deaths are dragged, literally. 

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Downed cows are often ‘encouraged’ to move by slapping, kicking, jumping on them, pulled round the neck with a rope and dragged, stabbed or shunted by fork trucks, etc. There is a HUGE difference might I add between someone shoving/pushing/urging a cow to stand, and someone literally dragging her by the neck or stomping on her.

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Learn more about the dairy industry and the treatment of its animals here.

The dairy and egg industries ARE the meat industries.

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vanessasarges:

There are people that I carry in my heart and soul to every Toronto Pig Save and Toronto Cow Save vigil. People who cannot be there, in person, because the distance is too great. Still, they are there with me to give me the strength and support that I need.  One of those very special, wonderful, people is Heather Michael Leughmyer. I have followed Heather’s poetry for a long time because nothing has ever touched my soul quite like it before. Recently, Heather has written a couple of poems based on our Bearing Witness in Toronto because, although she cannot attend in person, she is so affected by what we do for those poor beings. Thank you Heather for your support and for giving them a part of yourself that will endure forever. Eyes of a Pig Deep baby blues Such vast seas of sorrow They’ve never seen mercy And they won’t see tomorrow. Frantically searching For a shred of relief From continual torment And perpetual grief. They puncture my heart And bleed my eyes dry Almost-human eyes haunt me Asking me why Begging for kindness Some semblance of grace A sweet, hopeful gaze On each innocent face. I offer them water A stroke on the snout They silently question If I’ll let them all out Their senses are heightened Each sound, each new smell Since all of their lives They’ve been locked inside hell. They are promised through tears As the semi departs I’ll continue the struggle Changing minds, touching hearts Your beautiful blues Will become a clear voice Pleading please Make the compassionate choice. Poem by Heather Michael Leughmyer and Poetic Expressions by Heather Photography by Vanessa S Aquarius

vanessasarges:

There are people that I carry in my heart and soul to every Toronto Pig Save and Toronto Cow Save vigil. People who cannot be there, in person, because the distance is too great. Still, they are there with me to give me the strength and support that I need.
One of those very special, wonderful, people is Heather Michael Leughmyer. I have followed Heather’s poetry for a long time because nothing has ever touched my soul quite like it before. Recently, Heather has written a couple of poems based on our Bearing Witness in Toronto because, although she cannot attend in person, she is so affected by what we do for those poor beings.
Thank you Heather for your support and for giving them a part of yourself that will endure forever.

Eyes of a Pig

Deep baby blues
Such vast seas of sorrow
They’ve never seen mercy
And they won’t see tomorrow.
Frantically searching
For a shred of relief
From continual torment
And perpetual grief.

They puncture my heart
And bleed my eyes dry
Almost-human eyes haunt me
Asking me why
Begging for kindness
Some semblance of grace
A sweet, hopeful gaze
On each innocent face.

I offer them water
A stroke on the snout
They silently question
If I’ll let them all out
Their senses are heightened
Each sound, each new smell
Since all of their lives
They’ve been locked inside hell.

They are promised through tears
As the semi departs
I’ll continue the struggle
Changing minds, touching hearts
Your beautiful blues
Will become a clear voice
Pleading please
Make the compassionate choice.

Poem by Heather Michael Leughmyer and Poetic Expressions by Heather
Photography by Vanessa S Aquarius

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staticdays:

A screenshot from 101 Reasons to Go Vegan with James Wildman.The dairy industry tortures and abuses cows, artificially inseminates mother cows with rape machines, confines calves, making them anaemic and slaughtering them before they have ever seen the sun, merely weeks old. That’s right. The dairy industry is the veal industry.
Why do we do it? CALCIUM, right? That’s what they’d have us believe.
Animal protein in cow’s milk makes the blood in your body turn instantly acidic. In order the neutralize that acidity, calcium phosphate is leached from your bones. Phosphate neutralizes the acidity, and you excrete the calcium through your urine. This is why the countries with the highest intake of dairy, have the highest rates of osteoporosis.
Dairy is killing you, and it is definitely killing the animals. The one excuse you had left, is a lie.
And with such an array of soy, almond, hemp, coconut, rice and oat milks, with a plethora of vegan cheeses, and even coconut and soy whipped cream, taste is certainly no excuse.

staticdays:

A screenshot from 101 Reasons to Go Vegan with James Wildman.

The dairy industry tortures and abuses cows, artificially inseminates mother cows with rape machines, confines calves, making them anaemic and slaughtering them before they have ever seen the sun, merely weeks old. That’s right. The dairy industry is the veal industry.

Why do we do it? CALCIUM, right? That’s what they’d have us believe.

Animal protein in cow’s milk makes the blood in your body turn instantly acidic. In order the neutralize that acidity, calcium phosphate is leached from your bones. Phosphate neutralizes the acidity, and you excrete the calcium through your urine. This is why the countries with the highest intake of dairy, have the highest rates of osteoporosis.

Dairy is killing you, and it is definitely killing the animals. The one excuse you had left, is a lie.

And with such an array of soy, almond, hemp, coconut, rice and oat milks, with a plethora of vegan cheeses, and even coconut and soy whipped cream, taste is certainly no excuse.

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