ANIMALS AND HUMANS - A FALSE DIVIDE

March 21, 2017 @ 9:06 AM

We don't just share our lives with animals; we are animals - a reality that we often choose to forget in modern Western culture.

Modern research has delved deeper into our relationship with other creatures, critically examining our own animal nature. What has been discovered is that animals profoundly influence our culture – even more so than we had initially thought.

We have often been told in Western thought that the human species is one that is highly developed, above that of the animal kingdom, a division that is clear cut and one that clearly sets the human species apart. Yet Dominique Lestel, a highly influential researcher studying animality (our animal nature), opposes the separation of human and animal life. Lestel ask .........

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HOW TO BUY VEGAN AND ECO-FRIENDLY CLOTHES

March 7, 2017 @ 6:15 AM

Vegan clothes consist of clothing and shoes that are constructed without using animal products. By choosing vegan clothing, you ensure that no animals suffered or died to produce them. You also help protect the environment and wildlife from the devastating effects of animal agriculture. Although there are specialty stores that only sell vegan clothing lines, it is possible to buy vegan apparel from any retail shop. To do so, you need to know how to distinguish the vegan and non-vegan items and materials described in clothing labels.

Faux Fur

Choose fake or faux fur in place of authentic fur. Pelts and fur are non-vegan since they are the skins and fur taken from animals trapped or raised specifically for that purpose; minks, ......

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WHAT'S WRONG WITH WOOL?

March 2, 2017 @ 8:21 AM

Many people believe that shearing sheep helps animals who might otherwise be burdened with too much wool. But without human interference, sheep grow just enough wool to protect themselves from temperature extremes. The fleece provides effective insulation against both cold and heat. Until shears were invented in 1000 B.C., the only way to obtain wool was to "pluck" sheep during molting seasons. Breeding for continuous growth began after the advent of shears.

With an estimated 148 million sheep, Australia produces eighty percent of all wool used worldwide. Flocks usually consist of thousands of sheep, and individual attention to their needs is virtually impossible. 

Just weeks after birth, lambs' ears are punched, .........

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