Image of two cows seeking comfort in one another while awaiting slaughter in a Jakata abbatoir, Indonesia.
"I have unfortunately been inside slaughterhouses and can tell you that the animals are not willingly walking up to the end of the kill line and sticking their necks out. These animals fight with every bit of strength they have left at the end of that kill line. They don’t want to die and they know it’s coming.”
~ Cayce Mell (Peaceable Kingdom)
this makes me so fucking sad.
I understand why my sister is vegan now.. I think I will now be vegan
It’s so easy I’ll help you !
Ive reblogged this before. I dont even care, i will always!
Many people who call themselves vegans and animal rights activists, in my experience, have little or no knowledge of social science; and, often, what they do “know” about the connections between society and non-human nature is laden with misnomers. For example, it is not uncommon to hear vegans argue that it is the consumption of livestock which causes world hunger. After all, more than 80% of the US’s grain harvest is fed to cattle, and that would be more than enough to feed the hungry of the world. It seems logical to conclude, then, that the end of human consumption of animals in the United States would bring about the feeding of hungry people elsewhere. Vegan guru John Robbins seems to hold this belief.
But it is entirely false! If North Americans stopped eating meat next year, it is unlikely that a single hungry person would be fed newly-freed grains grown on US soil. This is because the problem of world hunger, like that of “overpopulation,” is not at all what it seems. These problems have their root not in the availability of resources, but in the allocation of resources. Elites require scarcity—a tightly restricted supply of resources—for two major reasons. First of all, the market value of goods drops decisively as supply increases. If grains now fed to livestock were to become suddenly available, the change would drop the price of grains through the floor, undermining the profit margin. Elites with investments in the grain agricultural market, then, have interests directly corresponding to those of elites who own part of the animal agriculture market. Vegetarians tend to think that vegetable and grain farmers are benign while those involved in animal husbandry are vile. The fact is, however, that vegetables are a commodity, and those with financial interests in the vegetable industry do not want to make their product available if it means growing more to make even less profit.
Second, it is the case that the national and global distribution of food is a political tool. Governments and international economic organizations carefully manipulate food and water supplies to control entire populations. At times, food can be withheld from hungry people as a means of keeping them weak and docile. At other times, its provision is part of a strategy intended to appease restless populations on the verge of revolt.
Knowing all this, it becomes reasonable to assume that the US government, so tightly controlled by private interests, would subsidize the non-production of grains, in order to “save the industry from collapse.” Farmers would likely be paid not to grow grains, or even to destroy their crops. It is not enough to boycott the meat industry and hope that resources will be re-allocated to feed the hungry. We must establish a system which actually intends to meet human needs, which implies social revolution.
This is only one of many connections between animal and human exploitation, but it illustrates well the need for total revolution. A revolution in the relationship between humans and animals is narrowly focused and is, in fact, preempted by the very nature of modern society. One reason animals are exploited in the first place is because their abuse is profitable. Vegetarians tend to understand this much. But the meat industry (including dairy, vivisection, etc) is not an isolated entity. The meat industry will not be destroyed until market capitalism is destroyed, for it is the latter which provides impetus and initiative to the former. And to capitalists, the prospect of easy profits from animal exploitation is irresistible.
The profit motive is not the only social factor which encourages animal exploitation. Indeed, economics is only one form of social relationship. We also have political, cultural and interpersonal relationships, each of which can be demonstrated to influence the perception that animals exist for use by humans.
"The idiot is not our greatest problem. He is indeed loathsome … Nevertheless, he lives his life and is done. He does not continue the race with a line of children like himself … It is the moron type that makes for us our great problem." - Henry H. Goddard, 1912
A hundred years ago being called a moron could get you deported or sent to an insane asylum. And you could have thanked psychologist Henry H. Goddard for your troubles.
Goddard, a researcher, was fascinated with intelligence. He introduced a measurement for it to the United States. At the time, psychologists lumped people with cognitive disabilities in three broad categories: “idiot”, “imbecile” and “feeble-minded”, “feeble-minded” being the least severe. Goddard thought the word was imprecise and unscientific, so he created a replacement. Borrowing a Greek root meaning “dull” or “foolish”, he coined the term “moron”. (It is worth stating the obvious - today, none of these words are appropriate as medical terms.)
To Goddard, these ‘morons’ posed a serious threat. He claimed there was a link between low intelligence and criminal behavior (he noted “crimes often seem foolish or silly”). And he worried about the quality of “American stock.” Dr. Goddard was a prominent member of the eugenics movement that flourished in early 20th century America. As his colleague Harry Laughlin testified to Congress, eugenicists believed “the character of a nation is determined primarily by its racial qualities; that is the hereditary physical, mental, and moral or temperamental traits of its people”. They hoped “better breeding” could rid America of its flaws.
An astounding number of states (over half) passed laws calling for sterilization of the “unfit,” resulting in an estimated 60,000 involuntary surgeries. The early 20th century was also a time of record-high immigration to the United States, with new arrivals hailing mostly from southern and eastern Europe. American eugenicists worried about the influence of these unfamiliar people. For his part, Dr. Goddard wanted to ensure there were no ‘morons’ among them.
In 1913, he sent female assistants to Ellis Island to recognize the ‘feeble-minded’ by sight (women were more intuitive at this, he thought) and administer his tests. Immigration officers had performed cursory physical and mental health screenings for years, but Dr. Goddard’s methods revealed an astounding result: forty percent of the Jews, Italians and Hungarians tested qualified as ‘morons.’ He noted in his report, “Doubtless the thought in every reader’s mind is the same as in ours, that it is impossible that half of such a group of immigrants could be feeble-minded, but we know that it is never wise to discard a scientific result because of apparent absurdity.”
The following year deportations for “feeble-mindedness” doubled.
Despite being widespread in his day, Dr. Goddard’s research findings were eventually challenged and disproved. He admitted some of his best known works were faulty. A book he wrote in 1928 concludes with two major reversals: “feeble-mindedness (the moron) is not incurable” and “the feeble-minded do not generally need to be segregated in institutions”. “As for myself,” he wrote, “I fear I have gone over to the enemy.”
Goddard later moved to Ohio where he would become a professor of clinical and abnormal psychology at Ohio State University.
But his most lasting contribution remains one that isn’t generally remembered as being his, the invention of the word ‘moron.’
Wow Ohio State, good job hiring this evil motherfucker
I thought I would be helpful and let the world know the wonders of UKIP and their lovely views.
All these are Daily Mail headlines, and let me tell you: if you’re so right-wing that even the Daily Mail thinks you’ve gone a bit far, then you’ve probably passed the fucking vanishing point of bigotry.
As women, we are taught to be tiny. To have small bodies, to never be imposing. The ideal of our gender are thin and childlike, hairless and dainty. We are defined by our bodies; defined by our control over them. We are taught to obsess over our physicality and to be repulsed by our desires and intelligences.
We are taught to walk scared late at night. We cradle our keys between our perfectly manicured fingers, walking gracefully like a baby antelope in a herd of lions. That our virginity defines our character. That I am a frigid bitch if I do not fuck him, and a dirty slut if I do.
Most men never think about patriarchy—what it means, how it is created and sustained. Many men in our nation would not be able to spell the word or pronounce it correctly. The word “patriarchy” just is not a part of their normal everyday thought or speech. Men who have heard and know the word usually associate it with women’s liberation, with feminism, and therefore dismiss it as irrelevant to their own experiences. I have been standing at podiums talking about patriarchy for more than thirty years. It is a word I use daily, and men who hear me use it often ask me what I mean by it.
Nothing discounts the old antifeminist projection of men as all-powerful more than their basic ignorance of a major facet of the political system that shapes and informs male identity and sense of self from birth until death.
Not getting enough sleep? Just one week of sleeping fewer than six hours per night can lead to serious health issues, including the modification of over 700 genes, reports the Huffington Post on a study published in PNAS last year. Other symptoms of chronic sleep deprivation include everything from bloodshot eyes to quadrupled stroke risk. This infographic fromHuffington Post’s Alissa Scheller explains.
can we print these off and hand them out to all our teachers
The Bisexual Agenda:
8am: get woken up by cats.
9am: eat breakfast
10am: start writing.
2pm: infiltrate gay and lesbian communities, betray their trust, break their hearts
3pm: infiltrate straight communities, steal their romantic partners, sleep with everyone
4pm: tv and book