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For The “Animal Lovers”

Published on April 2, 2011 by   ·   36 Comments Pin It

Hey you, with your dog in pigtails and an “I heart cats” bumper sticker, Robyn Moore has something really important to share with you. This is the article we hope all our friends read, particularly the ones who find our stance on animal rights extreme, but love their dogs or cats like mad.

If this photo makes you smile, you need to read this article.

America is a nation filled with animal lovers, yet there are so many animals suffering right now under our animal-loving noses … in laboratories, circuses, zoos, puppy mills, shelters, slaughterhouses, and backyards and on fur farms and factory farms. Why the discrepancy? People love animals, but they like the taste of them more … they like leather shoes more … they like their animal-tested cosmetics more. People love animals only to the extent that they can still eat their flesh, wear their skins, use their bodies, confine them, and parade them around for entertainment (and to be clear, the means for which these are all obtained are often brutal and involve much misery). So maybe we should redefine the term “animal lover,” or better yet, those who claim to love animals should make today a turning point and end their support of industries that exploit animals:

  1. Don’t go to the circus, where miserable animals are trucked across the country in all weather extremes and forced—using bullhooks, whips, sticks, electric prods, and other weapons—to perform ridiculous, unnatural tricks. When not on stage in front of blaring crowds, they’re crammed into small cages or forced to stand chained to a pole for hours on end (sometimes days). Learn more about this here.
  2. Don’t go to the zoo, roadside or otherwise, where animals live lonely, stressed-out lives in small enclosures (nothing like they’d experience in the wild) behind fences, glass, or bars. In these animal prisons, animals are denied the fulfillment of every natural instinct and everything that is important to them. Learn more about this here.
  3. Don’t buy products tested on animals. Tens of millions of animals are poisoned, blinded, burned, and cut up in order to test cosmetics, food and beverages, household products, and personal care products. Animals who live in laboratories can spend years in small, barren cages, often in solitary confinement, in constant fear of their cage door opening for the next test, during which they’ll have toxic substances forced down their throat, rubbed onto their sensitive skin, or dripped into their eyes. Learn more about this here.
  4. Don’t eat meat, dairy, or eggs. More than 99% of the billions of animals raised for food in this country live on huge factory farms in filthy, overcrowded feedlots or crates and cages, which are often so small that they’re unable even to turn around or lift a wing. These sentient animals are deprived of everything natural to them and viewed and treated as nothing more than commodities. Learn more about this here.
  5. Don’t buy fur. Frustrated, stressed-out animals on fur farms live in tiny wire cages piled on top of one another, where they often go insane from the terrible conditions and confinement. To ensure that their fur stays intact, animals are killed by methods including suffocation, anal electrocution, and neck-breaking. Learn more about this here.
  6. Don’t go to rodeos, horseracing tracks, greyhound tracks, bullfights, or other venues where animals are exploited purely for entertainment. The frightened animals do not enjoy being whipped, lassoed, gored or chased, and running around hard tracks until the brink of exhaustion (sometimes death)—and then being discarded like a piece of trash when their usefulness as a crowd pleaser wears out—isn’t fun either. Learn more about this here.
  7. Don’t buy dogs from pet stores or breeders. In addition to forcing animals to endure the cramped, squalid conditions in puppy mills, where dogs are forced to breed year after year until their bodies give out, pet stores and breeders are irresponsibly contributing to the overpopulation crisis by bringing more dogs into a world that is already bursting at the seams with homeless dogs. Six to 8 million lonely dogs are sitting in shelters across the country desperately awaiting a loving home. And because people are buying from other sources, more half of these dogs must be euthanized due to a lack of available homes. Learn more about this here.
  8. Don’t buy wool. Millions of lambs undergo a painful procedure called “mulesing” that involves cutting the skin and flesh off their backsides—with nothing to dull the excruciating pain, leaving them bloody and raw. Then when their usefulness as wool producers ends, they are thrown onto overcrowded ships bound for the Middle East—many of them die en route due to the horrendous conditions aboard the ships. Learn more about this here.
  9. Don’t buy leather. Much of the world’s leather comes from India (it’s shipped to Europe and the U.S. without labels), where cows are hauled hundreds of miles across borders in tightly packed trucks and in suffocating heat (often given no food or water whatsoever). Many are too weak to stand, so workers rub hot chili peppers into their eyes and break the bones in their tails one by one in order to get them up and walking. Learn more about this here.

If you have any doubt that animals suffer in any of the industries mentioned above, take a closer look. Do your own research. Think about how these animals are trained, how they’re viewed and treated, their living conditions and the tremendous stress, frustration, loneliness, misery, and fear that they endure. Think about what their natural desires and needs are, and what their life would be like if they weren’t the property of these industries.  Don’t assume that because everyone else is supporting it, it’s OK. That kind of thinking has gotten us into trouble in the past.

Bottom line: If you are an animal lover, show it. Live it. Vote with your dollars.

Robyn Moore is a writer, Mother, and creator of the NYC Vegetarian and Vegan Families Meetup group. It’s a place for families to gather and exchange ideas, and where veg kids can have fun without having to worry about what they can eat or participate in. It’s a group of families who are choosing to raise their kids humanely, according to the belief that animals are not here for our use, whether it be for our food, products, entertainment, or clothing.

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Readers Comments (36)

  1. Mandi says:

    Word! Nothing irritates me more than avid “animal lovers” with leather belts and a big steak on their plates.

  2. Chris says:

    I think posts like this are great precisely because people are disconnected from the realities of the food on their plate or the shoes on their feet. The industries involved go out of their way to keep people in the dark. I was once in the dark. And frankly, moving into the light can be a very emotional journey, especially for folks that do love animals. Articles like this help people see in simple direct ways how animals are suffering because of the choices humans are making each day as consumers. Thank you for shining a light inot the dark!

  3. Chenai says:

    I agree with everything except for these three:
    1. Don’t eat meat, dairy, or eggs.
    2. Don’t buy wool
    3. Don’t buy leather

    These are relative because I have lived on a farm and some of the procedures mentioned are determined by who owns the cow/lamb/chicken. It’s like buying diamonds, you have to make sure you’re not buying conflict diamonds first if you are to buy it; that’s the same for animals. I do not think we must all be vegetarians to save animals coz where are we going to get our omega fatty acids that we can’t get from veggies? And to say that we do not need wool in the winter is to suggest that the caveman didn’t need to kill a fuzzy animal to stay clothed and warm in the winter. In regards to the leather issue, if we do not use leather then I really suggest that we move towards sustainable alternatives rather than the synthetic leathers being made that are more harmful to our environment. I definitely agree with all the other points, but some you have to take with a grain of salt.

  4. Chenai:


    1. Slaughter is innately VIOLENT and causes DEATH.. ergo, not a happy existence for the animals. Do your research!

    2. The arctic explorers wear synthetics, ’nuff said.

    3. Read our article here on GGA titled “IS Leather eco-friendly?”


    People often say that humans have always eaten animals, as if this is a justification for continuing the practice. According to this logic, we should not try to prevent people from murdering other people, since this has also been done since the earliest of times.
    – Isaac Bashevis Singer

    To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. I should be unwilling to take the life of a lamb for the sake of the human body.
    – Mahatma Gandhi

    “For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.” — Pythagoras

    The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men. — Alice Walker

    A man of my spiritual intensity does not eat corpses. — George Bernard Shaw

    “All the arguments to prove human superiority cannot shatter this hard fact: in suffering, animals are our equals.”– Peter Singer

    “Thou shalt not kill” does not apply to murder of one’s own kind only, but to all living beings; and this Commandment was inscribed in the human breast long before it was proclaimed from Sinai. — Leo Tolstoy

    Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds theirs. We live by the death of others: we are burial places! I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look on the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men. — Leonardo da Vinci

    Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet. — Albert Einstein

  5. Of course you agree with everything EXCEPT the doctrines you don’t personally follow.. instead of questioning..

  6. Stephanie says:

    Chenai: You can get omega 3s from flax seeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds, and seaweed. I mean, where do you think the fish get it from? They’re not so different from chickens and cows (and kittens, and rabbits, and mice) other than what they eat, so maybe if we eat what they eat instead of eating them, we can cut out the middle man, right? Also, vaute couture makes gorgeous vegan coats that will keep you warm even in the coldest climates. It’s possible, and it’s time to realize the beauty of plants.

    Also, I’ve gotta say that I LOVE this post.

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  8. Maria says:

    Note on Zoos: There have been tons of cases in which zoo animals have been given the opportunity to flee and have chosen not to. In fact, most known cases of animals escaping from zoos have been caused by some disturbance in their regular zoo life, causing them to be frightened and flee from the disturbance, NOT the lifestyle itself. Overall, a zoo is just a smaller territory in which the animals do not have to put in the work to get the food, water, and living conditions they need. In the wild animals are as much prisoners to necessity as they are to their enclosures in captivity. Remember, animals don’t have a concept of freedom.

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    I Love animals & I try my best to save them!

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