Contrary to popular belief, free range doesn’t necessarily mean open paddocks, or plenty of room for the “free range” animal to live breath and love just as naturally as one in the wild might. In approaching my school about the possibility of adjusting the agriculture curriculum so that the animals this year would be free range, rather than kept in deep litter sheds, I was told they are actually technically “free range”. In fact, the minimum requirement for a typical “free range” chicken is that they need to have at least the size of one a4 sheet of paper per chook. Whether they are in a shed 24 hours a day or not that doesn’t matter, as long as they have plenty of ventilation, and access to food and water.
This is sounding fairly similar to factory farmed animals. Sure, the laying hens are kept in barren wire cages where they are unable to continue usual natural habits such as scratching at the ground and searching for grains to eat, as obviously there is no ground for them to scratch, but the size requirement of these cages is also around one a4 sheet of paper per chook. Perhaps free range doesn’t mean the same thing as an average naive person may think. If you want to know more about intensive farming, or factory farming as I like to call it, and the cruelty involved check out organisations such as Animals Australia. Over there is more than enough information on the topic, and a forum on unleashed.org bursting with vegans, vegetarians and people interested in topics such as this, who are more than willing to discuss the topic.
You can also check out Voiceless, which contains the campaign, “Factory Farming: the truth is hard to swallow, was initiated by Dr Charlie Teo, member of the Voiceless Council who delivered the 2012 Australia Day Address. “I wanted to help Voiceless talk to consumers through the captivating language of film and help to lift the veil of secrecy that hides factory farming” Dr Teo said.”
“The CSA’s were directed by David Colin, who last year was nominated for a Young Director Award at Cannes, and produced by Tom Gibson of Film Construction and freelancer Stephanie Beattie, with post production by Method Studios. Music was created by Sound Reservoir and Rafael May Music.”
Personally, my favourites of this campaign are the street posters pictured above the street posters were photographed by Sean Izzard and produced by Cameron Gray of Pool, with creative support from Lee Turner of Cream Studios. I first discovered the horror of factory farming when I came across a poster similar to the one of Darren Cordeux above. Now that poster, led to this video
Any who, my point is, when it comes to information on factory farming, there is plenty out there, you just need to know where to look.
This blog, entitled A day or two in the life of your food has been created for a reason similar to the reason for the mentioned campaigns. TO RAISE AWARENESS.
I am allowed to work with the beautiful creatures at our school, and compare to commercial farms. So I am going to have a camera by my side, and share what I learn about this “free range” school farm with all you beautiful people who decide to listen. This segment ought to be called a day in the life of a free range hen, however that is generalising all free range farms to be the same, and it doesn’t rhyme as well as the blog title.
Please, if you are already vegetarian or vegan or aware of these kind of issues, please, give my blog a go as I am attempting to keep it different from all the usual animal cruelty info storages, and I will be attempting to use all my own footage, any footage that is not my own will be labelled obviously as such. It may also be a good place to show to Omni friends, people who are interested on informing themselves on where their meat and animal products come from, etc.
Any way I’m sorry if I go on random tangents, my point is, give me a go, and please please PLEASE feel free to give me feedback; I will thrive on it, and adjust as necessary. And, if you care, agree with me, feel like helping me out.. REBLOG! I would be forever grateful.
OH and if you have footage/images/information/experiences of your own making, perhaps you would be interested in making a submission. If so, let me know, and all submissions shall be posted, I may edit them however, and if so I’ll be sure to check with you first. ;)
The first part of this blog shall be on egg laying hens, as my school got them in last week, and they are the only chooks here at the moment.
That’s all from me for now. I hope you find this little spot of the internet as informing and eye-opening as I will have trying to make it as such.
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How do you figure that?
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Speaking on behalf of most vegetarians we do alot talking and advocating for my diet so, in a way dumb is the complete opposite of most vegetarians. And calling…
Oh why thankyou! Glad you enjoy it, perhaps you should donate a submission if you haven’t already? ;) *hugs of awesomeness* Keep on cracka-lackin! <3
How to Date a Vegan
Omnivores, this one’s for you. Want to sweep a vegan off his or her feet? Then listen up and stick to our five key tips.
Hello there! It’s so nice to have you here on VegNews.com. Sit back, relax, and take a look around! So, you’ve come to us because you want to date a vegan? Nicely done. We’re compassionate, fantastic folks, and we definitely know how to have a good time. Follow these five steps for a great first date, and we guarantee your chances at a second will rise (because we’re so awesome, you’re definitely going to want one).
1. It’s Not About You. Immediately upon sitting down to a mixed-company meal, most vegans will be regaled with tales of why their dining companions could never give up cheese or why their hearts belong to In-N-Out. Here’s the thing: Our choice to be vegan really isn’t about making other people defend their own diets—it’s about living in accordance with our values. If you can’t live without cheese (well, technically you can, but that’s not the point here), that’s OK. Remember: It’s dinner, not a debate. You wouldn’t take out a democrat and spend the evening trying to extoll the virtues of trickle-down economics, would you?
2. “Where Do You Get Your Protein?” Never, ever ask us that. You should be focusing on your date’s beautiful face and hearing about the time she evaded a speeding ticket by uncontrollably crying (good tactic by the way, ladies). For the record, we get our protein from beans, legumes, nuts, and other plants. We also get all the needed calcium, iron, omega-3s, and every other nutrient you can think of from fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains, and legumes.
3. Do Your Research. Want to score major points? Read up a bit before dinner. If you’re planning to take us to the newest fusion restaurant downtown, check out the menu for veg options. Or better yet (and for even more points), take us to a vegan or vegetarian restaurant. If you hail from the City by the Bay, check out our locals’ guide to San Francisco. Down in LA? We have one location for you: Shojin. (Or Seed Bistro. Or M Café. Or Real Food Daily. Really, you can’t go wrong.) New York City? Your options are so vast you can eat dinner 30 times. Our travel guides to Austin, Brooklyn, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Palm Springs, and Vancouver suggest many veg and veg-friendly spots to take your vegan valentine. Is your city not covered? Get your hands dirty at home by whipping up this vegan menu, filled with aphrodisiac foods. Oh la la.
4. Shower Us With Gifts. OK, not all of us are consumer-crazed, but you’ll get the chance to watch us melt if you show up with a box of crème-filled vegan chocolates or a dozen organic red roses. A little thought, dear friends, will go a long way, and you’ll have our favorite vegan indulgences down in no time. Just remember two things for now: chocolate and pizza.
5. We’re Just Like You. Do we have a third eye growing out of our foreheads? Because that’s what it can feel like to vegans sometimes when an entire meal is spent going over our daily breakfast choices, why we decided to ditch dairy, or if we ever miss meat. Instead of focusing on what’s going on our plates (and why), tune into our hobbies, favorite vacation spots, and all the other things you pay attention to on a first date. Because we’re awesome, really rad people who probably want to make out with you if you’ve followed our advice thus far!
Well, that’s all we have for you. We wish you the best of luck this Valentine’s Day, and hope you visit us again soon. Let us know how it goes!
Factory Farming: a tragic fact of life.
Most people on tumblr won’t reblog this because it doesn’t “fit” their blog.
Well, this baby girl has a disease. It’s a cancer that is slowly eating up her body. Its called Necrotizing Fasciitis (Flesh-Eating Bacteria). She is currently under serious condition. This was put on tumblr to be reblogged for donations. Each reblog is equivalent to $1. The more reblogs, the more money goes for her treatment. Every 4 hours a child dies from cancer. I am praying for her.
What if this baby was your daughter/sister/niece .. etc. How would you feel?
If you don’t have a heart or a care in the world.. Keep scrolling.
I’m reblogging because apparently (I’m not entirely sure) every reblog = $1 donation.
I completely disagree with the bullshit guilt trips like “Most people won’t relog this because it won’t fit their blog”, “This won’t ruin your blog”, “You can reblog this if you’re a food blog, a hipster blog, whatever, it’s not going to ruin your blog!”, “If you don’t have a heart or a care in the world…keep scrolling”, “If you don’t reblog this you don’t have a heart!”, etc, etc, etc.
Knock that shit off. Post the story, the facts and leave it at that. There is no reason to add in that horrible stuff. IMO, it makes you look like an asshole.
Hi! My name is Michelle. I’ve been vegan for around two years now. I’d love to follow some more vegans! drop me a message! :) xo
hello! i’m danielle.
i’m twenty-three & from pittsburgh, pennsylvania.
i’ve been a vegetarian since i was thirteen, had a shitty relapse back into flesh eating shortly after graduating high school for 4 months (don’t ask. i have no idea.), and then went vegan after meeting my now husband (so about four years ago).
being vegan has taught me to be kind to myself, others, my body, the environment, and of course, animals. i’ve always been an animal lover since i was a child, and one day after being at a county fair (one of the worst places on earth, really), it dawned on me that these adorable creatures were being murdered for the food that we ate for dinner.
my husband is also vegan, and it’s great to share something so amazing with him. we love to cook, try new vegan restaurants and dishes, and try new vegan products.
my goal is to become a better vegan every day. it’s really easy to fall into a groove when something is familiar, but i always try to challenge myself to either become a better advocate, better cook, or even just take care of myself better.
<3 i’m always looking for new vegan friends & pen pals!