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The Story of How a Turkey Became My Best Friend

When I went to the kitchen to do dishes, he would stand intently by the sink and watch me do the dishes, he was so curious about my activity. He would get up on the sofa on cold or rainy days, and give the warning cry to me if he saw a hawk fly over. This bird that most people consider stupid would come if I called him by name, just like a dog. I cannot express how many hours of intense joy and love he gave to me. I only wish that love in this world could have been enough. Continue reading

Haunting Video of Two Loving Turkeys Who Escaped Slaughter

The timing of my introduction to Jesse was particularly synchronous. The song Jesse sent me, Waiting for the Birds to Strike, arrived just after co-investigator Olivier Berreville and I returned from a Granny’s Poultry turkey barn, where, contrary to company management assurances, we documented the same cruel and abusive loading of baby turkeys that we had two years prior (turkeys reach slaughter-weight at just a few months of age, still blue-eyed and peeping). We trailed the terrified turkeys to Granny’s slaughterhouse in Blumenort, Manitoba feeling absolutely helpless to stop their killing. Continue reading

Chickens as Kaporos: A Story of Witnessing and Rescue

The following is my interview with Lori Barrett about her harrowing experience witnessing and documenting chickens used as kaporos in her New York City neighborhood. In the process, she managed to rescue and rehome one lucky baby chicken named Isa. This is her true story which provides an in depth look at Kaporos from a legal and religious perspective, and from the point of view of the birds themselves. Continue reading

Revolting Video of Turkey Breeding Looks Like Bestiality to Us

Domestic turkeys have been bred to be so large, they cannot mate naturally, so hens are forcibly “inseminated” several times. Males are masturbated to get their semen. A “milker” at a turkey breeding facility in Missouri describes his job: “I have never done such hard, dirty, disgusting work in my life: 10 hours of pushing birds, grabbing birds, wrestling birds, jerking them upside down, pushing open their vents, dodging their panic-blown excrement and breathing the dust stirred up by terrified birds.” Continue reading

Former Meat and Dairy Farmers Who Became Vegan Activists

Slaughterhouse journalist Upton Sinclair once wrote, “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.” But while it may be difficult, it is not impossible. The following profiles are powerful proof that even those who stand to lose most by renouncing animal exploitation are frequently brave enough — and caring enough — to do so. Continue reading

The Christian Basis for Veganism

Despite general acceptance of the ethos of domination within Western Christianity, the fact remains that when all scriptural passages pertaining to animal welfare are viewed within the larger context of the Christian message of grace, atonement, and mercy developed throughout the Bible, there exists an even stronger argument that promotes the humane and compassionate treatment of animals. As a matter of fact, a very strong biblical case for complete abstinence from meat and all animal products has been taught for years. Continue reading

Dog Branding Shines Light on Bigger Picture of Animal Cruelty

The recent news story of a dog in Kentucky named Felicity, who was found tied to a post and branded with a profanity, sparked an outpouring of empathy as well as outrage and indignation for the perpetrators. The local Humane Society in Lexington has raised money from many donors in honor of her rescue, and a vet even volunteered to perform plastic surgery to “cover up” the profanity branded into her skin. HS also issued a $3500 reward to those who led them to Felicity’s abuser. Continue reading

The Vegan Bacon That Meat-Loving Foodies Can’t Get Enough Of: Recipe Included!

I used to be every vegan’s worst nightmare: a bacon-obsessed foodie. Now I’m still a bacon-obsessed foodie, but I’m also a vegan. And while I would have been willing and able to forego the taste of bacon, that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t have missed it. Fortunately, thanks to this genius vegan bacon recipe, I can have my bacon and keep my values. Continue reading

Animal Slavery and Other Comparisons: Who Should Be Offended?

Some people seem to cringe at calling framed animals slaves, And even though animal slavery is different than human slavery in a number of ways, how is animal slavery not a form of slavery? Are not animals legal property — literally? Are not animals literally bought and sold? Is not farmed and captive animal reproduction forcefully controlled through breeding? If I have taken an animal as my property and taken their very liberty and life as my own to create products out of their carcass, how is that not a form of slavery? Continue reading

Pasture Raised Eggs: the Humane, Sustainable Fiction

In a recent article in Civil Eats by author Brie Mazurek, a pasture-based chicken farmer named Nigel Walker of Eatwell Farm in Dixon, California gets a chance to puff up his more humane vision for egg farming. His solution? For one thing, in response to his customers’ frequent concerns over the killing of male chicks at the hatcheries which supply nearly all egg farms, from factory farms to backyard hen keepers, Walker now breeds his own birds instead. Continue reading