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Excerpts from "The Animals' Corner" ~ 2006-07 Angel Newsletters
THE HIDDEN LIVES OF COWS!
"A cow contentedly chewing her cud may look like she doesn't have a care in the world, but there's a lot going on behind those big brown eyes. Cows are as diverse as cats, dogs, and people: Some are bright; others are slow learners. Some are bold and adventurous; others are shy and timid. Some are friendly and considerate; others are bossy and devious. According to organic farmer Rosamund Young, author of The Secret Lives of Cows, they can be highly intelligent, moderately so, or slow to understand; friendly, considerate, aggressive, docile, inventive, dull, proud, or shy.
"In addition to having distinct personalities, cows, according to recent research, are also very intelligent animals with long memories. Animal behaviorists have found that cows interact in socially complex ways, developing friendships over time, sometimes holding grudges against cows who treat them badly, forming social hierarchies within their herds, and choosing leaders based upon intelligence. They are emotionally complex as well and even have the capacity to worry about the future.
"Researchers have found that cows can not only figure out problems, they also, like humans, enjoy the intellectual challenge and get excited when they find a solution. Their big problem, of course, is that they're being raised for slaughter, and just like all animals, they don't want to be separated from their families, and they don't want to die. So cows have been known to use their smarts to perform amazing feats, such as leaping over a six-foot fence to escape from a slaughterhouse, walking seven miles to reunite with a calf after being sold at auction, and swimming across a river to freedom."(More about these intelligent animals.)
"You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
HE IS BOYCOTTING KFC !
"Hawthorne Heights guitarist Casey Calvert is the latest person to join the ranks of activists from around the world who are working together to let people know that if they're eating at KFC, they're supporting abuse that would be illegal if, instead of chickens, dogs and cats were the victims. In a new video for peta2, Casey calls on consumers to boycott KFC until the company agrees to make simple improvements in the way it treats animals.
"In the video, Casey asks, "Did you know that many of the 850 million chickens killed for KFC's buckets each year have their wings and legs broken and are scalded to death while they're still conscious?" He continues, saying, "Probably not, because KFC doesn't want you to know."
To a man whose mind is free, there is something even more intolerable in the sufferings of animals than in the suffering of man...But thousands (now billions) of animals are uselessly butchered every day without a shadow of remorse. If any man were to refer to it, he would be thought ridiculous. And that is the unpardonable crime.
-- Romain Rolland, Nobel 1915
"Pope Benedict XVI has spoken movingly about the exploitation of all beings, particularly of farmed animals, and PETA has created an ad featuring this message. When he was asked about the rights of animals in a 2002 interview, he said, 'That is a very serious question. At any rate, we can see that they are given into our care, that we cannot just do whatever we want with them. Animals, too, are God's creatures . . . Certainly, a sort of industrial use of creatures, so that geese are fed in such a way as to produce as large a liver as possible, or hens live so packed together that they become just caricatures of birds, this degrading of living creatures to a commodity seems to me in fact to contradict the relationship of mutuality that comes across in the Bible.'
"Pope John Paul proclaimed that 'the animals possess a soul and men must love and feel solidarity with our smaller brethren.' He went on to say that all animals are 'fruit of the creative action of the Holy Spirit and merit respect' and that they are 'as near to God as men are.'"
"Every year in the U.S., more than 27 BILLION ANIMALS are slaughtered for food. Raising animals on factory farms is cruel and ecologically devastating. Eating animals is unhealthy, leading directly to many diseases and illnesses, including heart attacks, strokes, cancer and diabetes. In response to animal welfare, health and ecological concerns, many compassionate people everywhere are adopting a vegetarian diet.
"Animals on factory farms are treated like meat, milk and egg machines. Chickens have their beaks seared off with a hot blade, and male cows and pigs are castrated without painkillers. All farmed chickens, turkeys, and pigs spend their brief lives in dark and crowded warehouses, many of them so cramped that they can't even turn around or spread a single wing..." To learn more and find out about ways to help:
KENTUCKY FRIED CRUELTY CONTINUES!
"I have been particularly concerned with the sufferings of chickens for many years," wrote His Holiness the Dalai Lama in his appeal following KFC's plans to expand into Tibet. He continued, "I find it unacceptable that violence is the basis of some of our food habits."
In July, PETA revealed the results of an investigation into a KFC-supplying slaughterhouse in Moorefield, West Virginia, where workers were caught on video stomping on chickens, kicking them, and violently slamming them against floors and walls. (And even more unbelievable actions by heartless creatures calling themselves "human beings"!)
Dan Rather...on the CBS Evening News, "There's no mistaking what [the video] depicts: cruelty to animals, chickens horribly mistreated before they're slaughtered for a fast-food chain."
YOU CAN HELP!
"Disgusted? We don't blame you. What KFC does to chickens is enough to make any kind person's stomach churn. Find out simple ways you can help end this abuse."
MANY CARING PEOPLE ARE BOYCOTTING KFC !
THE HIDDEN LIVES OF CHICKENS
Leading animal behavior scientists from across the globe now tell us that chickens are inquisitive and interesting animals whose cognitive abilities are more advanced than those of cats, dogs, and even some primates. Chickens understand sophisticated intellectual concepts, learn from watching each other, demonstrate self-control, worry about the future, and even have cultural knowledge that is passed from generation to generation. Dr. Chris Evans, who studies animal behavior and communication at Macquarie University in Australia, says, "As a trick at conferences, I sometimes list these attributes, without mentioning chickens, and people think I'm talking about monkeys."
Chickens comprehend cause-and-effect relationships and understand that objects still exist even after they are hidden from view. This puts the cognitive abilities of chickens above those of small human children. Scientists are so impressed with what we now know about the intellect of chickens and other birds that a group of international experts recently called for a new naming system to reflect the complex, mammal-like structure of avian brains..."Chickens have shown us they can do things people didn't think they could do. There are hidden depths to chickens, definitely."
"I have been a vegetarian for about 10 years. And it really was due to the reading that I did. And they explain so that you understand why it's important for the planet's survival along with compassion for animals. It certainly made it much easier for me. I lost weight really fast. My mother died from cancer so this is all very personal to me. And I just would like the planet to be a better place. And I think you'll find a vegetarian diet to be really incredible these days." -- Linda Blair
"If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian. We feel better about ourselves and better about the animals, knowing we're not contributing to their pain." -- Paul and Linda McCartney
Why KFC? -
PETA is asking KFC to eliminate the worst abuses that chickens suffer on the factory farms and in the slaughterhouses of its suppliers, including live scalding, life-long crippling, and painful debeaking. The more than 850 million chickens killed each year for KFC are tortured in ways that would result in felony cruelty-to-animals charges if cats or dogs were the victims, but KFC still refuses to make changes. As the leader in the chicken industry, KFC has a responsibility to ensure that the chickens raised for its buckets are protected from the worst cruelties. The former Baywatch star and longtime animal advocate has narrated a graphic undercover expose of KFC's cruel treatment of chickens.
To read more about KFC...
People who have spent time with chickens know that each bird has a different personality that often relates to his or her place in the pecking order...some are gregarious and fearless, while others are more shy and watchful; some chickens enjoy human company, while others are standoffish, shy, or even a bit aggressive. Just like dogs, cats, and humans, each chicken is an individual with a distinct personality.
Oakland, Calif. - With the baseball season in full swing, fans from Seattle to St. Louis and from Philadelphia to Phoenix are enjoying delicious, healthy food choices at the ballpark this summer. A's fans will be happy to hear that McAfee Coliseum has made PETA's annual survey of the top 10 vegetarian-friendly ballparks in Major League Baseball.
Why is meat striking out with more and more fans? For one thing, vegetarians have a much lower incidence of life-threatening ailments such as heart attacks, cancer, and obesity, which means that they can count on being around a lot longer to root for the home team. Many fans, especially younger ones, are looking for meatless options as they become increasingly aware of how animals are treated in factory farms and slaughterhouses. And if fans knew about the pig lips and intestines in those meat hot dogs, they'd turn greener than the outfield grass in April.
McAfee Coliseum offers such hits as protein-packed veggie burgers and veggie dogs as well as baked potatoes, fruit cups, and various salads. For great veggie and meatless recipes, check out
COMPASSION IN ACTION
By purchasing only cruelty-free products, you can help save rabbits, mice, guinea pigs, rats, and other animals. Hundreds of thousands of animals are poisoned, blinded, and killed every year to test shampoos, household cleaners, cosmetics, hairsprays, and other personal-care and household items. These tests are not required by law, and they often produce inaccurate or misleading results - even if a product has blinded an animal, it can still be marketed to you. Although more than 500 companies have banned animal tests, some corporations still force substances into animals' stomachs and drip chemicals into rabbits' eyes.
For a list of companies that test on animals and those that don't, visit
Egg-Laying Hens Spend Their Entire Lives Crowded Together In Small Cages