Friday, August 27, 2010
Heather Mills McCartney has issued a consumer alert about several top fashion brands whose fur garments may be made of dog and cat fur. At a news conference inside the New York Fashion Week tents, Mills McCartney—wife of former Beatle Sir Paul—screened a graphic video of animals in China being skinned alive for their pelts and unveiled her new PETA ad campaign, “If You Wouldn’t Wear Your Dog, Please Don’t Wear Any Fur.”
Tommy Hilfiger, DKNY, and Sean John manufacture fur or fur-trimmed garments in China, whose fur industry has just eclipsed all other countries combined to become the world’s leading supplier of fur to the United States. Millions of foxes, raccoons, minks, rabbits—and, yes, dogs and cats—are killed in China in ways that would shock unsuspecting consumers because there is not a single animal protection law in the country.
“Consumers who find themselves favoring fur because it’s cheap are in for a shock when they find out that it’s at the expense of animals who are literally skinned alive,” says McCartney. “Buying anything with fur supports one of the most gruesome industries on the planet.”
A year-long undercover investigation concluded earlier this year captured video footage of fur farmers in China swinging raccoons and foxes by their hind legs and smashing their heads into the ground—breaking the animals’ necks or backs but leaving them completely conscious, panting and blinking as they are skinned alive.
Raw fur pelts from China often move through international auctions where their origins can be mislabeled as other types of fur. Dog and cat fur is indistinguishable from that of other animals—only a DNA test can reveal its real source—so the best solution is to avoid wearing any fur.
Please, please just do not buy anything made of Fur. We dont need such cruel embellishments to look good!
Monday, August 09, 2010
* "B12 and the Vegan Diet: All You Need To Know About Vitamin B12 in Vegetarian and Vegan Diets" by Dr Justine Butler:
* "Vitamin B12: Are you getting it?"
* "The Vitamin B12 Issue" by Dr Gina Shaw:
* "Vitamin B12 Importance" by Dr Gabriel Cousens:
* "What every vegan should know about vitamin B12" by Stephen Walsh Ph.D:
* "The Protein Myth: Why vegetarian and vegan diets contain all the protein that you need" by Amanda Woodvine, BSc Nutrition:
* "Vegan Protein Sources" by Thomas Stearns Lee:
* "Protein in the Vegan Diet" by Reed Mangels:
* "Quinoa: A Great Vegetarian Protein Source":
* "The Queen of Protein, Quinoa!"
* "Hemp Protein" by Jennifer Walker, BSc (Nutr.):
* "Ironing out the facts: Why plant iron is best" by Dr Justine Butler:
* "Iron in the Vegan Diet" by Reed Mangels:
* "Boning up on Calcium! Why Plant Calcium is Best" by Dr Justine Butler:
* "Are you getting too much calcium?" by Micki Misiaszek, RD, LDN:
* "Health risks from excessive calcium" by the National Institute of Health:
VEGAN ETHICS / ANIMAL RIGHTS / ENVIRONMENT:
* Vegan Ethics (various booklets)
* Abolitionist Approach (pamphlet)
* "The Dark Side of Dairy"
* "Environmental Degradation"
* "Greenhouse Emissions and exacerbated Climate Change"
* "UN urges global move to meat and dairy-free diet"
* "Expanding Our Compassion Footprint: Minding Animals As We Redecorate Nature" by Marc Bekoff:
* "Why 'Good Welfare' Isn't 'Good Enough': Minding Animals and Increasing Our Compassionate Footprint" by Marc Bekoff:
* "The Problem of the 'Welfarist' Approach: The 'humane' myth of effectively regulating ongoing abuse"
* "Minding the Animals: Ethology and the Obsolescence of Left Humanism" by Dr Steve Best:
* "Revolutionary Environmentalism: An Emerging New Struggle for Total Liberation" by Dr Steve Best:
* "The Misleading Language of Species-ism" by Joan Dunayer (intro by David Catherine):
* "First Strike: The Connection Between Animal Cruelty and Human Violence"
* "Empathy is What Really Sets Vegetarians Apart (at least Neurologically Speaking)" by Daniel R. Hawes:
* "Rational Ignorance and Rational Irrationality" by Dan Cudahy
* "The Comparative Anatomy of Eating" by Milton R. Mills (MD):
* "A-Z Of Hidden Nasties! Alphabetical Glossary of Animal Substances" by Juliet Gellatley, Director of VVF and Laura Scott, MSc Nutrition:
* "The Safety of Soya" by Dr Justine Butler, VVF Senior Health Campaigner:
* Vegan Factsheets (various):
BLOG-SITES FOR VEGAN / ANIMAL RIGHTS :
* "Unpopular Vegan Essays" by Dan Cudahy:
* "Abolitionist Animal Rights" by James Crump:
* "Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach" by Gary Francione:
* "On Human-Nonhuman Relations: A Sociological Exploration of Speciesism" by Roger Yates:
* "My Face Is on Fire: Abolitionist vegan education, animal rights issues and the misrepresentation of veganism in pop culture or mainstream media":
* "Thomas Paine's Corner: Comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable" (various authors/editors):
* "Vegetarianism, Environmentalism, Animal Rights, and Social Theory" by Dr Steve Best:
* "The Earth Blog: Giving The Earth A Future " by Keith Farnish:
* "The Permavegan: A conversation at the intersection of plant-based nutrition, permaculture, and vegan ethics" by Jonathan Maxson:
* "Earthlings" (3 trailers, plus full version)
* "Meet Your Meat"
* "The Milk Documentary"
* "Dr. Jay Gordon: No one needs meat for health"
* The Witness" (trailer excerpt)
* "The Witness" (full version)