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For the animals…

Take a stand against institutionalized cruelty.

The ‘mom and pop’ dairy farm that our Holstein cows were rescued from. Babies are born into excrement drains because their mothers are locked into stalls by their heads.

Whether from a large-scale factory farm or small, local “humane” farms, animals bred for human consumption are consistently mistreated.

Dairy cows repeatedly have their babies taken away from them when they are just days old. The calf is usually auctioned off and slaughtered for veal, while the mother is forced to live in filthy conditions. When she no longer produces enough milk to be profitable, she too is sent to the slaughterhouse.

Laying hens don’t have it better. At birth, male chicks are immediately discarded since they won’t lay eggs nor will they grow quickly enough to be profitably raised for meat. The females then get a portion of their beak cut off and are often crammed into cages where they are each given less room than a sheet of paper to live in. Even free-range hens, who don’t live in battery cages, are usually forced to spend their whole lives crammed inside warehouses without any additional living space and without ever seeing the outdoors.

Many people see dogs and cats as companions but cows, pigs, chickens, and goats as food. However, all animals have personalities and can feel pain, so why make the distinction? at for the Animals Sanctuary, we see all animals as friends, not food.

For the environment…

Stop massive environmental destruction and
resource depletion.

Water pollution from a “cage-free” egg farm.

• According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, animal agriculture causes more greenhouse gas emissions than all forms of transportation combined.

• Arable land is being used to grow food for animals rather than directly feeding humans, resulting in deforestation and land degradation through overgrazing, compaction, and soil erosion.

• Extensive cattle ranching is one of the biggest threats to rainforests. According to the World Wildlife Fund, 80% of land cleared from the Amazon is used for livestock grazing.

• Only a small percentage of nutrients consumed by animals are converted into edible meat. The rest is lost through metabolism or converted into the non-edible nerve and bone tissue. An estimated 90% of total energy is lost at each level of the food chain.

• The USDA estimates that farms produce over 335 million tons of manure each year. This manure is often left untreated, causing water pollution problems from runoff to local streams and leaking into groundwater.

For your Health…

Live a healthier life and reduce health risks.

Vegan food contains no cholesterol and low amounts of saturated fat. Studies show that as the amount of animal-based foods in a diet decreases, so do rates of diabetes, cancer, hypertension, obesity and heart disease.

According to the American Heart Association, people who don’t eat meat decrease their chances of heart disease by 90%. In addition, countries with lower dairy consumption have lower rates of osteoporosis, proving that dairy doesn’t build strong bones.

Our bodies absorb calcium from plant-based sources such as leafy greens and almonds much better than from dairy products. Vegan eating is a fun way to explore delicious, new, healthy foods.

Eat:

Vegweb
Fat Free Vegan
Choose Veg
Physicians for Responsible Medicine 
Post Punk Kitchen 
What the hell do Vegans eat 
The four food groups
Barnivore Vegan wine vegan liquor

Shop:

for the Animals Vegan themed jewelry and buttons
The Vegan Store Herbivore Clothing  Company
Vegan EssentialsAlternative Outfitters Vegan Etsy
Arbonne Cruelty Free cosmetics

Other Information

Peace to all creatures, Zine
Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach website
Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach handout 
Calcium in the Vegan diet 
Iron in the Vegan diet
Protein in the Vegan diet
B12 in a Vegan diet
Nutritional Info on Vegan diets
Vegan Teens
Feeding Vegan Kids
Who isn’t testing on Animals