PETA – Animal-Derived Ingredients List

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PETA provides a long list of animal-derived ingredients for everyone to try and memorize (or at least bookmark for future reference!)

As most vegans know, animal cruelty is deliberately hidden behind bizarre names, such as:

Ambergris.
From whale intestines. Used as a fixative in making perfumes and as a flavoring in foods and beverages. Alternatives: synthetic or vegetable fixatives.

Cystine.
An amino acid found in urine and horsehair. Used as a nutritional supplement and in emollients.

Keratin.
Protein from the ground-up horns, hooves, feathers, quills, and hair of various animals. In hair rinses, shampoos, permanent wave solutions.

Lipase.
Enzyme from the stomachs and tongue glands of calves, kids, and lambs. Used in cheesemaking and in digestive aids.

As PETA explains:

Keep in mind that this list is not all-inclusive. There are thousands of technical and patented names for ingredient variations. Many ingredients known by one name can be of animal, vegetable, or synthetic origin. However, don’t let all this overwhelm you—this list is a resource and is here to help!

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day? Ireland’s Fur Trade

NARA (National Animal Rights Association) is a voluntary, vegan, animal rights group based in Dublin, Ireland:

We have many ongoing campaigns, and are constantly out spreading awareness through our protests, demonstrations and information tables. Whether it’s a fur shop, a circus or a pharmaceutical company that funds vivisection – anywhere we find to be violating the rights of animals – we will be there.

NARA recently release the fantastic documentary, ‘Ireland’s Fur Trade’, for free on YouTube:

This is a documentary exploring the fur industry and trade in Ireland. Currently, there are three fur farms in the Republic housing roughly between 100,000-150,000 mink and there are at least dozens of shops selling real fur across the country. In 2010, the Irish gov’t pledged to ban fur farming but after the collapse of a Fianna Fáil-led coalition in 2011, Fine Gael scrapped the proposal and it’s back to square one. However, active efforts demanding both a ban on fur farming and to convince shops to remove the sale of fur continue.

NARAcampaigns.org is a highly-recommended reading, with highly detailed information on their various campaigns, global animal rights issues and local Irish vegan businesses.

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Boycot Alert – Animal Abuse On Set of ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ Movie

UPDATE: please see end of article for an important update!

A Dog’s Purpose is a highly popular novel written in 2010, by W. Bruce Cameron, and is described as:

Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh out loud funny, this book is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog’s many lives, but also a dog’s eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man’s best friend. This story teaches us that love never dies, that our true friends are always with us, and that every creature on earth is born with a purpose.

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I haven’t read the book but as you can tell, it’s pro-dog and pro-animal. It may not be the animal rights bible of our time but does promote a healthy positivity towards our animal friends.

Fast-forward to present and we see reality bitch-slap us as always!

The Huffington Post reports on an undercover video of the blatant mistreatment of one of the dog’s featured in the upcoming film adaptation:

In a video obtained by TMZ and posted on Wednesday, a crew member or trainer for the film is seen forcing a German shepherd to perform a “stunt” that seems extremely unsafe ― so much so as to call into question how animals were handled over the entire course of the film’s shooting.

This is blatant animal abuse and the poor dog almost drowned! Of course, the Hollywood PR machine is kicking in and stating that this was a ‘one-off’ and no other ‘mistakes’ happened on set. If you believe that then you need to educate yourself more! Animal abuse in Hollywood continues to this day, despite the ‘feel-good’ end credit from the American Humane Association stating ‘no animals were harmed’. Animals are regularly harmed and exploited for entertainment purposes. Are you not entertained?

Here is an article on the problems with the American Humane Association:

Movie-goers who care about animals being used in films come away with a certain amount of comfort after reading American Humane Association’s famous slogan- “No animals were harmed” in the film credits. But after researching this organization, I have learned that their presence assures us of no such thing and in fact provides us with a false sense of comfort and a very different reality.

Additionally, PETA recently filed a complaint with the USDA regarding on-going animal abuse by Birds & Animals Unlimited, one of Hollywood’s leading facilities for animal training and handling. Guess which company supplied the animals for ‘A Dog’s Purpose’? Yup, BAU!

Well-done to PETA for being 2 steps ahead of everyone else as usual! Please consider donating to their cause, you’ll find it’s money well spent!

If animal abuse, and the video of the poor dog being forced into dangerous water and nearly drowning, is NOT your idea of fun, please boycott ‘A Dog’s Life’ and send Hollywood a clear message that this must end immediately!

Please also share the video and information on social media and let friends and family know of the horrific abuse. No one should attend this movie thinking it benefits animals in any real way.

And remember:

respect existence or expect resistance

 

UPDATE 1: for the sake of clarity, and the fact that we are only interested in the whole truth here at VATM, new information about this video has come to light:

TMZ now reports that the original video is an edit of 2 videos, taken days apart, and made to look like Hercules was thrown into the water. This is deceitful editing BUT even when you separate the 2 videos, it’s very clear that Hercules was manhandled, and nearly drowned.

The TMZ update requires you to believe the film producers version of events. That’s up to you.

UPDATE 2: Animal treatment questions cancel ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ premiere

UPDATE 3: TMZ reporting that film crew members under investigation, with jail time on the table. The on-set American Humane Association rep has been suspended.

Here’s how to be a more effective vegan advocate

Vegan.com offers great information on how to be a more effective vegan advocate:

Embracing a vegan lifestyle inarguably saves animals, but the number of animals saved pales in comparison to what is achievable through activism. You can literally save hundreds or even thousands of times more animals through activism than you can through your personal food and lifestyle choices.

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ALDF presents 2016 US Animal Protection Laws rankings

The ALDF published their annual animal protection law rankings for 2016 in a handy, interactive map! See where your state ranks and get very detailed information on animal protection laws.

This eleventh edition of the Animal Protection Laws compendium contains the general animal protection and related statutes for all of the states, principal districts and territories of the United States of America, and for all of Canada.

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The ALDF do fantastic work so please consider donating to their cause!

Meet the woman who quit her job to take care of baby goats!

Goats of Anarchy may be the coolest sanctuary name I’ve ever heard!

Mashable has an article on Leanne Lauricella, a woman who quit the daily grind of NYC to open a sanctuary for baby goats with special needs:

“I was a new vegan and wanted to learn more about farm animals. I was so surprised to find that goats are very similar to dogs. They are so intelligent, funny and affectionate. They are each very different and have unique personalities. They are curious and extremely entertaining. The more time that I spent outside with my goats, the more I hated the thought of going to work,” she said.

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Keep up the good work Leanne!

 

Take Action – Tell the SEC to Stop Tyson Foods’ Lies

The ALDF is asking for help in their fight against Tyson Foods to ensure the superior treatment of animals and workers alike:

Tyson Foods entices investors with false promises of superior animal treatment and care for its workers. Its practices reveal a drastically different reality including shocking animal cruelty and safety violations.

Please consider signing the petition here!

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