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A few things the animal industry doesn’t want you to know…

I’m a big believer in educating people on certain topics so they can make informed decisions.  One subject particularly close to my heart is the treatment (or mistreatment) of animals (if you follow me on Twitter, you may have already picked up on this).

Still to this day, I see people buy eggs from battery hens or puppies from pet shops because they don’t know any better.  By no means am I criticising them, but I believe if they knew what happens behind the scenes they would make different choices.  Below are a few hidden truths about the animal industry.  I hope these might make you see a few things differently.

Think twice before you go to the races…

Let’s face it, horse races are glamorous events.  They’re where celebrities flock in their designer frocks and spend the day drinking champagne in a Veuve Clicquot marquee.  However, behind this attractive facade lies a very sad and very ugly truth.  According to Animals Australia, 15,000 racehorses are slaughtered each year for not being fast enough.  Moreover, the horses that do compete suffer intense training schedules, often resulting in mental and physical injuries (not to mention the injuries sustained from being beaten with a whip!).  This isn’t what the multi-million dollar industry wants you to know, but it’s true and it’s disgusting.  Next time you’re planning a day at the races, think twice about what you’re really supporting.  It’s definitely not the horses.

Choose cruelty-free…

Take a look around your kitchen, bathroom and bedroom.  Do you see any of the following brands?

  • Colgate/Palmolive
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • L’Oreal/Garnier/Lancome
  • Procter & Gamble/Herbal Essences/Max Factor
  • Unilever/Dove/Organics

If so, I’m sorry to tell you that you’ve bought products from companies that test on animals.  There are hundreds of companies out there that do it, they just don’t want you to know about it.  There are also lots of brands that claim their products are ‘not tested on animals’ but they don’t mention that the ingredients are.  PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has two extensive lists of companies that do test and companies that don’t test.  Other great sites for this information include Choose Cruelty Free in Australia and Uncaged in the UK.

Please, please, please take a look at PETA’s  new Testing 1, 2, 3 video.  If this doesn’t make you sick to your stomach, I don’t know what will.

Animals as entertainment…

Animals aren’t meant to ride bikes, balance on balls or be tortured for human amusement.  Every year, over 40,000 bulls are repeatedly stabbed in the neck and back until they collapse and die in front of cheering crowds in Spain’s bullrings.  It’s not entertainment, it’s barbaric.

In Thailand, around 3,800 of the country’s 5,000 endangered Asian elephants are owned privately.  Sadly, most of these elephants are in camps and are made to perform tricks and give tourist rides.  This video shows how baby elephants are physically and painfully dragged from their mothers all in the name of “training”.

A few other things you might not know…

  • Currently, there are 12 million hens in battery cages in Australia.  The European Union banned battery hens on 1 January 2012.  Make Australia follow suit by vowing not to buy eggs from battery hens.
  • Approximately 300,000 female pigs are used for breeding in Australia.  These pigs are kept inside sheds continually pregnant and confined to small stalls.  The piglets they produce are used for bacon, ham and pork.  You can help stop this cruelty by signing the Pro Pig Pledge.
  • Foie gras (duck or goose liver) is made by shoving tubes down the throats of ducks and geese and force-feeding them up to 2 kilograms of lard and grains each day to make them fatter.  This can result in their livers swelling to 10 times their original size, causing diseases, pain and ruptured internal organs.  Is it really worth it?

In the words of a wise man, you cannot solve a problem with the same mind that created it.  Industries, companies and people will continue these inhumane practices if we continue to support them.  I know it’s not realistic to do everything right and become a vegan overnight, but small changes can have a huge impact.  Whether it’s reconsidering the brands/products you buy, boycotting a circus, adopting a homeless dog, or signing a petition, collectively we have the power to make a difference.   If we don’t speak up for animals, who will?

4 comments on “A few things the animal industry doesn’t want you to know…

  1. hotel babble-on
    May 21, 2012

    thanks for taking the time to highlight it !! some stuff i knew and other i totally wasn’t aware of… thank you!

  2. thelittleloves
    May 16, 2012

    such an important message, because so many people aren’t aware of these things. thanks for highlighting it!

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