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I didn’t say “I love you” to hear it back. I said it to make sure you knew.

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Also, in regards to animal testing

vegan-because-fuck-you:

bradolf-pitler:

I actually dislike that animals are harmed by it. I hate it, and I agree that it’s a terrible thing. But guess what, how the fuck else are we going to test our drugs and other products that if left untested could kill us?

If all of you vegans wanna step up and be the new testers for these products, then feel free. That would solve two problems actually. There’d be less vegans and no animals being harmed. Everybody wins!

1) Less than 2% of human illnesses (1.16%) are ever seen in animals.  Over 98% never affect animals.

2)  According to the former scientific executive of Huntingdon Life Sciences, animal tests and human results agree “5%-25% of the time.”

3) Among the hundreds of techniques available instead of animal experiments, cell culture toxicology methods give accuracy rates of 80-85%

4) 92% of drugs passed by animal tests immediately fail when first tried on humans because they’re useless, dangerous or both.

5) The two most common illnesses in the Western world are lung cancer from smoking and heart disease.  Neither can be reproduced in lab animals.

6) A 2004 survey of doctors in the UK showed that 83% wanted a independent scientific evaluation of whether animal experiments had relevance to human patients.  Less than 1 in 4 (21%) had more confidence in animal tests than in non-animal methods.

7) Rats are 37% effective in identifying what causes cancer to humans – less use than guessing.  The experimenters said: “we would have been better off to have tossed a coin.”

8) Rodents are the animals almost always used in cancer research. They never get carcinomas, the human form of cancer, which affects membranes (eg lung cancer). Their sarcomas affect bone and connective tissue: the two are completely different.

9) The results from animal tests are routinely altered radically by diet, light, noise, temperature, lab staff and bedding. Bedding differences caused cancer rates of over 90% and almost zero in the same strain of mice at different labs.

10) Sex differences among lab animals can cause contradictory results. This does not correspond with humans.

11) 75% of side effects identified in animals never occur.

12) Over half of side effects cannot be detected in lab animals.

13) Vioxx was shown to protect the heart of mice, dogs, monkeys and other lab animals.  It was linked to heart attacks and strokes in up to 139,000 humans.

14) Genetically modified animals are not like humans. The mdx mouse is supposed to have muscular dystrophy, but the muscles regenerate with no treatment.

15) GM animal the CF- mouse never gets fluid infections in the lungs – the cause of death for 95% of human cystic fibrosis patients.

16) In America, 106,000 deaths a year are attributed to reactions to medical drugs.

17) Each year 2.1 million Americans are hospitalised by medical treatment. 

18) In the UK an estimated 70,000 people are killed or severely disabled every year by unexpected reactions to drugs.  All these drugs have passed animal tests.

19) In the UKs House Of Lords questions have been asked regarding why unexpected reactions to drugs (which  passed animal tests) kill more people than cancer.

20) A German doctors’ congress concluded that 6% of fatal illnesses and 25% of organic illness are caused by medicines. All have been animal tested. 

21) According to a thorough study, 88% of stillbirths are caused by drugs which passed animal tests.

22) 61% of birth defects were found to have the same cause.

23) 70% of drugs which cause human birth defects are safe in pregnant monkeys.

24) 78% of foetus-damaging chemicals can be detected by one non-animal test.

25) Thousands of safe products cause birth defects in lab animals – including water, several vitamins, vegetable oils, oxygen and drinking waters.  Of more than 1000 substances dangerous in lab animals, over 97% are safe in humans.

26) One of the most common lifesaving operation (for ectopic pregnancies) was delayed 40 years by vivisection.

27) The great Dr Hadwen noted “had animal experiments been relied upon…humanity would have been robbed of this great blessing of anaesthesia.”

28) Aspirin fails animal tests, as do digitalis (heart drug), cancer drugs, insulin (which causes animal birth defects), penicillin and other safe medicines. They would be banned if vivisection were believed.

29) Blood transfusions were delayed 200 years by animal studies.

30) The polio vaccine was delayed 40 years by monkey tests.

31) 30 HIV vaccines, 33 spinal cord damage drugs, and over 700 treatments for stroke have been developed in animals.  None work in humans.

32) Despite many Nobel prizes going to vivisectors, only 45% agree that animal experiments are crucial.

33) The Director of Research Defence Society, (which serves only to defend vivisection) was asked if medical progress could have been achieved without animal use. His written reply was “I am sure it could be.”

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vegan-diezo:

If you’re the type of person who checks the ripeness of a pineapple by easily twisting the crown off, do me a favor and buy the pineapple after you twist the crown off. I can’t sell this. If I didn’t manage the produce donations program at my store, we would have thrown this in the dumpster. Thanks.

vegan-diezo:

If you’re the type of person who checks the ripeness of a pineapple by easily twisting the crown off, do me a favor and buy the pineapple after you twist the crown off. I can’t sell this. If I didn’t manage the produce donations program at my store, we would have thrown this in the dumpster. Thanks.

itsnyaaabetch asked: In your idea of a perfect world, no animals would be killed/eaten right? So the entire planet would be surviving on what? How long do you think this world would last like that?

veg-killj0y:

vijara:

This is a great question. As cool as it would be if everyone decided to go vegan, it wouldn’t happen overnight. As more people decide to switch to a humane and compassionate lifestyle, the demand for animal products starts to decline. When this happens, farmers start breeding less animals for consumption.

What effect does this have on the environment?

  • Less carbon dioxide emission (if one person exchanges eating meat for a vegan diet, they’ll reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1.5 tons per year)
  • less methane production (chickens, turkeys, pigs, and cows are collectively the largest producer of methane in the U.S.)
  • less nitrus oxide (the meat, egg, and dairy industries produce 65% of worldwide nitrous oxide emissions)
  • not to mention that 1 calorie from animal protein requires 11 times as much fossil fuel as one calorie of plant protein
  • and the diets of meat eaters create 7x the greenhouse emissions as the diets of vegans
  • nearly half of all water used in the United States goes to raising animals for food. it takes more than 2,400 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of meat (1 pound of wheat requires 25 gallons)
  • you’d save more water by not eating one pound of meat than you would by not taking a shower for 6 months
  • raising animals for food uses 30% of the earth’s land mass (that’s about the same size as Asia! approx. 17 Million sq. miles. to give you another point of reference, the moon has less area than that, at 14.6 million square miles)
  • more than 260 million acres of U.S. forest have been cleared to create cropland to grow grain to feed farmed animals

Why is raising animals for food so inefficient?

  • 70% of grain and cereals grown in U.S. are fed to farmed animals
  • it requires 16 pounds of grain to produce 1 pound of meat

What does eating meat have to do with people starving in other countries?

  • every ounce of water, grain and resources that goes towards an animal who will ultimately be slaughtered is an ounce of water or grain that could have gone to those who so desperately need it. a study published earlier this year in the journal Environmental Research Letters analyzed the world’s agriculture resource data and found that humans cutting meat from their diets could play a significant role in combating world hunger. According to the researchers, 36 percent of the total calories that come from crops are allocated to farm animal feed, but only 12 percent of those calories actually make it to people’s dinner plates. The researchers concluded that if all of the world’s crops were directly consumed by humans, there would be approximately 70 percent more food available, providing sustenance for an additional 4 billion additional people.

Check out this article, in which the UN is urging a global shift towards a vegan diet -

"A global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and the worst impacts of climate change, a UN report said today.

As the global population surges towards a predicted 9.1 billion people by 2050, western tastes for diets rich in meat and dairy products are unsustainable, says the report from United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) international panel of sustainable resource management.”

So, in short, if the planet begins to move towards a vegan diet, our planet would last much longer, there would be better food opportunities for people who don’t get enough, there would be less damage done to the environment, there would be less disease, and maybe the other sentient beings on this planet will finally be treated with the respect they deserve.

Perfect response.

Anonymous asked: blacks? i never get why people just don't say black people

youngblackandvegan:

Because people who refer to us as “blacks” don’t see us as people, so to them calling us black people doesn’t make sense

ihave-someopinions:

georgethetrex:

loppett:

i don’t trust people who are super into “proper grammar” and “correct punctuation” because what lies just beyond that smug superiority is some sinister classism that gets acutely racist in a red hot minute, so for similar reasons I’m instantly wary of anyone who takes great pride in their love of “logic” and “intellect” 

I’d so love to be proved wrong on this. The clear evidence of sexism (among other problematic things) in the skeptic and atheist communities definitely speaks to the second point. Sigggghhhh.

Both your statements alone are rather racist and sexist in themselves. You’re suggesting that PoC and women can’t write well. 

Whoa, hold up. I’m pointing out a few things, here.

There are numerous inherent sexist, racist, and classist biases that saturate our culture, some of which include stereotypes that may be seen as “harmless,” though they are not.

-“Those who have trouble with grammar are unintelligent/uneducated (and are therefore not worth listening to).” This is a super common classist/ableist stereotype that is applied to people across the board. 

-Our society is functionally biased against women and POC, who face an incredible amount of societal discrimination in various arenas. For example, society is generally extremely reluctant to listen to the voices from these oppressed groups (and even less so to the disabled). 

-When this happens to women, it’s not because women are bad writers, and it’s not because women are largely uneducated. It’s because our society does not want to listen to women. They will see one missed comma, and use it as an excuse to dismiss the message. 

-When this happens to POC, people often get racist. “Of course he doesn’t use proper English, he’s African-American/Mexican/etc.” Those assholes are going to notice one POC’s grammar mistake over ten white people’s, because they do not want to hear what POC have to say. It has nothing to do with whether POC are bad writers, and everything to do with the critic’s perception.

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Cute vegan on yo dash!

Cute vegan on yo dash!

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godofthedark-mischieflord:

timelady-of-221b:

joeeatspeople:

yesidolikecoatsbigtime:

Types of people who romanticize small town life:

  1. People who didn’t grow up in small towns

#THE LOCALS AREN’T QUIRKY#THEY’RE RACIST

#THERE’S NOTHING TO DO
#EVERYONE’S ON DRUGS

#ARE THOSE FIREWORKS OR GUNSHOTS?#EITHER WAY ITS PROBABLY SOMETHING ILLEGAL

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You know what the best thing you could do for Earth Day is?

be-their-sound:

Go vegan. Everyday. Animal agriculture is the largest cause of global warming, pollution and deforestation. Yes, it’s worse than all the worlds transportation systems combined, and much worse than crop farming. Pro tip: cutting out meat actually reduces the amount of crops farmed as well, as much less grains will be needed to feed livestock. 

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You know what the best thing you could do for Earth Day is?

be-their-sound:

Go vegan. Everyday. Animal agriculture is the largest cause of global warming, pollution and deforestation. Yes, it’s worse than all the worlds transportation systems combined, and much worse than crop farming. Pro tip: cutting out meat actually reduces the amount of crops farmed as well, as much less grains will be needed to feed livestock. 

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