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8/29/2014 2:20 PM
 

Ali cat  Animals are not ours to exploit....

   Animals experience pain and and fear as we you do. We cannot morally ignore that by treating them as disposable commodities to be used and  abused as we see fit. Exploitation of animals is based on the same prejudices that allow the exploitation of people of a different race, sex, or  religion. Animals are not ours to use for food, clothing, experimentation, or entertainment.

  Animals are not ours to eat....

   Each year more than 41 billion pigs, cows, chickens, and fish are killed in the U.S. for food. On factory farms where most meat, dairy products,  and eggs come from,  animals are crammed into cages so small that they can't even turn around. Denied all that is natural and important to  them, chickens have their beaks cut off with a hot blade, pigs have their tails chopped off, and animals like cows, sheep, and pigs are castrated--all without painkillers. They are fed fillers like cement dust, newspaper, and excrement laced with pesticides and hormones that promote crippling weight gain and that drum them up enough to survive the hellish conditions that would otherwise kill them.

Animals are not ours to wear....

Leather, fur, and wool purchases support cruelty to animals. Leather is not a by-product of the meat industry; it is a co-product. The leather industry is a big business that thrives on factory farms and slaughterhouses where cows are sometimes completely conscious when skinned or thrown into the scalding hot hair removal tanks. Even dog and cat skins from Asia are used without being labeled so you can never tell whose skin you are getting when you buy leather. Wool and fur are also cruelly obtained. Once their wool production declines old sheep have their throats slit, often without being stunned. And foxes, minks, and other animals killed for their fur are often anally or vaginally electrocuted, suffocated, or bludgeoned to death.

Animals are not ours to experiment on....

Animals are cut open, burned, and poisoned in experiments that are crude, cruel, and pointless. Because of physiological variations between species, human reactions to drugs differ from those of  other animals. Millions of rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, and other mammals are force-fed cosmetics and household products, resulting in convulsions, vomiting, and bleeding from the eyes, nose, and mouth. Animals cower in fear in barren cages, causing them to develop neurotic behaviors and self-mutilate. Often, their only interaction with humans is when they are restrained so that painful procedures can be performed on them.

Animals are not ours to use for entertainment....

Circuses force once dignified, free-roaming wild animals to live their lives chained and stuffed inside trailers and rail cars that travel hundreds of miles and then force them to perform under the constant threat of punishment. Animals are routinely beaten, shocked, and whipped while being trained. The stress of captivity and the lack of stimulation make elephants, bears, chimpanzees, and other animals go insane, leading them to turn in circles, sway, and engage in destructive behaviors.

What can you do to help?

Join an organization that values the life of animals. Join the No Kill Advocacy Center at www.NoKillAdvocacyCenter.org.