Crying Calves, Distressed Mothers and We Are Responsible

Friends, I’ve been very busy the last few weeks and will be till probably mid July so unfortunately I haven’t been able to post a blog or do a podcast for a while, but I thought I would share an experience I had today. Please watch this short vid:



Many cows over the fence in the large pasture have been crying day and night for the last 2 days. For those who are not vegan, this is a regular occurrence on any farm that supplies animal products (meat, dairy etc) to supermarkets. The farmer who recently sold his 100 acres said he was “simplifying” his herd. That’s code for “taking them away to be murdered because he needs to reduce the numbers since selling his land”.

So the farmer has separated the mothers from their calves and the mothers were being taken away to be killed. The calves will never see their mothers again because the mothers have been murdered. And I can imagine the mothers were crying and extremely distressed all the way to the slaughterhouse right up until they were murdered.

All this tragedy and violence takes place simply because we think animal products “taste good”. We certainly don’t need them to survive or be healthy. Distressing events like this one take place regularly, not just when farmers sell their land. It is a normal occurrence on any farm, particularly dairy farms.

I went out because being witness to this tragedy was too distressing, and upon my return the calves were gone and the mothers were gone. If the calves were not killed too, then wherever they are, they are still crying for their mothers. This is the unspeakable bereavement which occurs every day everywhere all over the world. To do this to sentient beings is morally wrong.

The truth is, most of us are living unconsciously. We live unconsciously, and we do not think about, or wish to think about the tremendous violence we participate in because we create demand for animal products. We need to ask ourselves: Do we really think this is OK? Do we really think it’s justifiable? And we need to consider, if we need to ask ourselves this question, then it probably isn’t OK.

A friend of the farmer knew I was vegan and said to me, “you think differently but in this place, this is how things are”. I replied that one does not have to be vegan to see that there is something very wrong about removing crying children from their distressed mothers and then murdering them. I can guarantee if I lined up a group of non-vegans in front of these crying calves for 2 days, most people would probably find the experience distressing and would probably consider this terribly wrong. And yet because all we see in supermarkets are neat little packages of “meat” and very attractive containers of dairy products, we do not need to think about (nor to we want to think about it) or see what goes on behind these products.

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Vegan Trove Podcast Ep 16: Taking the Rights of Animals Seriously

AAPListen Here to my latest podcast which is a reading of an excerpt of “Animals As Persons : Essays on the Abolition of Animal Exploitation”

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Vegan Trove Podcast Ep 15: Can I Bully You Into Adopting My Point Of View?

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Is publicly humiliating people on our social media pages in our vegan education efforts helpful or a counterproductive? I speak about this prevalence of this on social media in relation to abolitionist vegan education as well as related issues including claims by a small few that it is racist to promote veganism for the animals.

There’s new trend of rescue animal sanctuaries selling animal products from their refugees of domestication to the nonvegan public, thus reinforcing the public’s nonveganism. I discuss this and also the interrelatedness of all forms of discrimination which are just faces of the same ignorance.

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Vegan Trove Podcast Ep 14: Promoting Violence In Soft Tones With A Smile On His Face (Pt 1 and 2)

Doesn't belong in a nonviolent movement12My latest Vegan Trove​ podcast in 2 parts: “”
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Listen to Part 2 here

In podcast Ep 14 Part 1, I share an essay titled “On Militant Direct Action.

In part 2, I discuss the promotion of violence within certain animal advocacy circles and how the small few who promote violence often contradict themselves and are deeply misanthropic.

Please join me for part 2 which will be posted shortly.

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On Militant Direct Action

A Comment on Violence

More on Violence and Animal Rights

A Commentary on Violence 

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Vegan Trove Podcast Ep 13: “Meat Free Week Australia” Helps the Animals?

Meat Free WeekIn episode 13, (please listen here) I take a brief look at yet another new gimmick “Meat-Free Week Australia” (just one in an increasingly long line) and the problems associated. I share an excerpt by Prof. Gary Steiner about anthropocentrism and a couple of works about the “humane” myth.

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Recommended books

Gary Steiner on Anthropocentrism

The Myth” of Humane Animal Use

The Meaning of “Humane

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Vegan Trove Podcast Ep 11: “Free Range” Eggs, “Enriched Cages” and “Meatless Mondays”.

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In episode 11 (please listen here), I speak a little about “enriched cages”, “free range” eggs and “Meatless Mondays”.

I invite you to check out links to a number of excellent blogs about these issues I discuss. They can be found in the information section.

There’s many videos online displaying “enriched caged” systems, some by the industry.  I do not know where the following video was taken but it looks like an industry video. I could not see any information associated with it.

The truth is that ALL use is abuse. No amount of trying to pretty up animal exploitation will ever hide what we all know deep inside —  that using nonhuman sentient beings as “things, as resources is morally unjustifiable and needs to end.

The Egg industry claims that egg sales have skyrocketed since “Meatless Mondays” was introduced.  Please reject “Meatless Mondays”. It makes moral distinctions between animal products as if one is worse than another when they are all a result of tremendous violence.  If we make an ethical decision to reject something that is morally wrong, then we must reject it all, and not just on certain days.

Please go vegan. It’s the only morally consistent solution. It’s much easier than you think. It will be one of the best decisions you make in your life. Your only regret will be that you didn’t go vegan sooner. Here’s a good vegan resource

The music intro was an excerpt of “Carolan’s Dream“.  Turlough O’Carolan, (1670 – 25 March 1738) was a blind early Irish harper, composer and singer.

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Here’s link to “Go Vegan Radio“.
Replacing One Cage With Another
Should Vegans Endorse Meatless Monday?
What’s wrong with Backyard Eggs

Libby and Louie : A Love Story
A Betrayal of the Animals

What is Wrong with Vegetarianism : the excerpt I read about “free range” eggs is below:

“Free-range” Eggs

Consider the lives of “free-range” hens. “Free-range” egg producers generally purchase layer hens from the same hatcheries as traditional egg producers. Half of the chicks born in the hatcheries are males who are “disposed of” often in cruel ways, including being thrown live into machines that grind their bodies up or into trash bags and/or large dumpsters where they either starve or suffocate to death. Further, since “layer hens” typically are not sufficiently productive after two years, they are sent to slaughter at that time. The “free-range” egg industry relies heavily on the routine mass-slaughter of animals to be economically feasible.

The lives of “free-range” layer hens before slaughter are generally a living hell. The “free-range” egg label means only that the birds are permitted some access outdoors, even if it is only a miniscule fraction of the space of the large shed in which they live. Because of intensive overcrowding in these sheds, and because chickens are social animals who have a literal “pecking order”, their sensitive beaks are cut with a hot blade (to cauterize the blood flow) so they cannot hurt each other in trying to establish an impossible order in such crowded conditions. Also due to the crowding in a large, often poorly lit shed, the conditions of a typical “free-range” facility are filthy with excrement on the floor in which the hens live and extremely poor air quality due to the lack of ventilation. In addition to the harsh living conditions, the hens are genetically designed to be enormously productive in laying eggs, which causes them to be less healthy than traditional hens. The poor health of layers is largely due to the fact that chickens who are not exploited eat most of their eggs (in natural conditions, only a small percentage of eggs hatch), replenishing the nutrients they lose in the eggs they produce. When their eggs are taken from the hens, the hens lose the opportunity to replenish the nutrients lost in producing the egg. Genetically-designed, highly productive layers lose even more nutrients and end up even poorer in health because they lose more eggs to humans than natural hens.

The egg production of hens peaks when the hens are around seven months old and drops significantly at around 15 months old. To get an extra six months of production out of the hens, “free-range” producers will engage in a practiced called “forced molting” to imitate the conditions of the winter-spring transition. In forced molting, the hens are starved for several days up to 14 days and the lighting in the shed is dimmed. Hens can lose up to 30% of their body weight during this starvation process and some of the weaker hens – already malnourished from not being able to consume their own eggs – are killed as a result. Several weeks after the forced molt ends, production is back to normal.

After the “free-range” hens are “spent”, a condition in which they can no longer produce eggs at a commercially-viable rate and in which their health has deteriorated significantly from both the wretched living conditions and from losing nutrients from egg production/loss, the hens are transported to slaughter. Both transportation and slaughter can mean some of the most intensive cruelty the hens have yet experienced. They and their bones are very weak from giving so much nutrition for so long without replenishment from eating their own eggs. When they are handled roughly in transportation and slaughter, their bones are often broken. Also, layer hens are generally not used for human meat consumption; the meat is of very poor quality due to the poor health of the hens. “Free-range” hens end up at the same slaughterhouses as any other chicken where they are often intentionally tortured – hurled against the wall and stomped upon – by frustrated workers in poor working conditions with low pay. Even if the “ free-range” chickens are not intentionally tortured, some miss the electric “stunning” bath and neck blade (from struggling upside-down in their leg shackles) and instead are boiled alive in the de-feathering (scalding) tank.

Commercially-viable egg production, regardless of the label (“free-range”, “cage-free”, or “organic”), is extremely cruel to chickens. As mentioned above, hens who are not exploited eat most of their eggs as a natural way to replenish many of the nutrients they lose in producing eggs. Even in the best conditions imaginable, such as in a sanctuary or in the wild, it is unhealthy and exploitative to the hens to take their eggs from them. When we add the extremely cruel living conditions that “free-range” hens endure along with the mass-slaughtering that is required to keep egg production economically feasible, consuming eggs simply makes no sense at all for anyone concerned about the treatment or slaughter of animals.

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Vegan Trove Podcast Ep 10: Some Thoughts on the So-Called “Animal Rights” Movement

which wayMy latest Vegan Trove podcast Episode 10 — Listen here –> “Some Thoughts on the So-Called “Animal Rights” Movement” |

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I share some thoughts on the current so-called current “animal rights” movement and I share some thoughts by others about the movement. I talk specifically about certain organisations.

Please note when I mentioned human exploitation, I really meant to say human oppression. I probably could have been clearer when explaining the connection between nonhuman animal rights and human rights.

I touch on how nonhuman animals rights and human rights are linked. I emphasise the need for a strong and morally consistent movement that must have veganism as its moral baseline. I think you will find some excerpts of other abolitionists speaking interesting.

Here’s the link to recommended animal ethics books 

Here’s a link to Go Vegan Radio

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Unfortunately a few audio excerpts included in the podcast are lacking in clarity. My apologies.

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