A decent life..? A tragic waste more like

Whilst doing my research into the British meat industry, this is something that really hit me and made me question how justifiable eating meat could possibly be.  Like most people, I always thought to myself that farm animals had long, happy, healthy lives before being sent to a humane slaughter.  I think this is something that we all tell ourselves, although deep down we know that all these animals are killed at a horribly tender age and that there’s no such thing as a humane slaughter.  It’s murder, whether we think it’s justified or not.

But a good life?  Can such a short lifespan really ever be considered ‘a good life’?  Even if they were living on a 5* luxury farm complete with piggy pedicures and farmyard facials, I still don’t think being slaughtered so young can even qualify as ‘a good life’.

Look at the poster below.  Take a good look.  It’s pretty shocking when you think about it.  I know that when I first looked into this I realised that it wasn’t something I’d ever really considered.  Even ‘lamb’ – the clue’s in the name right? But even though I knew it was lamb I never really pictured a lamb when eating lamb.  It’s amazing what associations we let our minds make and what we managed to ignore or suppress. 

If a person dies at these equivalent ages (so with a life expectancy here in the UK of nearly 81 years – that would be the equivalent of being killed between the ages of 1 hour old and 9 years old.  Hardly what we’d ever term ‘a good innings’ is it?  however a happy life a child might have, if that child dies before it’s tenth birthday it’s considered an absolute tragedy to die so young; before his/her life had really even begun; what a waste; how incredibly sad.

So how on earth do we justify taking the lives of these animals at such a tender age? We can’t really can we if we really stop to think about it.  but somehow we all turn a blind eye and billions of animals are slaughtered every year way way before their time.  That’s the real tragedy. 

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Campfire vegan cooking!

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Blissful weekend camping with lots of delicious vegan food. Vegan hot chocolate, toasted vegan marshmallows, masses of veg baked on fire with lots of herbs, oil, salt and pepper, baked bananas with melted dark chocolate – heaven! X

I’ve found Ed’s birthday present at last…! Hoorah!

So I’ve been looking for a stylish, well made, ethical, animal free and affordable pair of shoes for Ed’s birthday for ages and have finally found them! 

They are by shoe label Will’s and cost £69. 

Vegan Vegetarian Non-Leather Mens Suede Derby Shoes Blue Shoes 

Will’s seems like exactly the kind of brand we should all be supporting,  Here’s the blurb from Will himself:

I started Wills with a passion to provide animal and human friendly shoes with high-street styles and prices.

My dream is to bridge the gap between everyday people and ethically produced vegan shoes. Wills is about getting the latest fashions out there at fair prices, while not hurting animals or people in the process. No matter who you are or where you’re going in life, Wills are there for when you want to make a positive choice.

The entire range is free of animal products while workers are paid in accordance with European guidelines. Wills really is an animal and human friendly company.

My contemporary designs echo the high street trends, packed into four seasons giving you a year round alternative. Wills are designed with quality in mind. The range is created with microfibers that look, wear, breathe and resist water just like leather. I believe buying something well made saves money, provides something to cherish and is better for our environment. Best of all my shoes match the high street prices dropping the barriers to living an ethical life.

Speak soon,

Will Green

 

And he looks rather delicious which is always an added bonus…..

Will Green Wills Vegan Shoes

Very clever and powerful video…

http://www.upworthy.com/no-one-applauds-this-woman-because-theyre-too-creeped-out-at-themselves-to-put-their-hands-together?g=3

Video by Catsnake Film

The speaker in this video is actually an actress named Kate Miles, but the facts about produce and its marketing are 100% real. The audience is also real, and thus the looks of disgust are totally real too.

It’s great to see animal rights being promoted in an intelligent and sophisticated way – without the usual gruesome undercover filming of abuse, torture and cruelty that no one can bear to watch and which therefore rarely has the desired effect and just strengthens people resolve to look the other way…