Farm Sanctuary works to prevent farm animals from cruelty, inspire change in the way people view and treat farm animals, and promotes vegan living. What I think is cool about this website is the vast amount of information, and they also have this really cool virtual tour of their sanctuaries (located in New York and California) as well as a virtual tour of the typical slaughter houses. I recommend you try it out. It’s a great way to meet your meat. Click here to take a virtual tour.
Find out where some of the biggest factory farms are in the U.S.! I learned that my state of Massachusetts has the least amount of livestock and no Meat Plants (Woo!). I like that you can view each state’s statistics and you can even use filters to show the density level of a certain type of factory farm animal in a specific region of a state. I learned that the state of Iowa is responsible mostly for the slaughter of hogs. The amount of hogs they have there is REDICULOUS! I know which state I won’t be visiting in the future!
“Earthlings” is all about animals rights. Joaquin Phoenix (who was in famous movies such as “Walk the Line”, “Gladiator”, and “Ladder 49”) narrates this documentary as it looks into the the largest industries in the world. The idea of this film is that there are three major life forms on this earth: nature, animals and human beings. The fate of most animals is a painful one. The purpose of their pain? To bring in more profit for us. There are five different categories in“Earthlings”; they all discuss different animals and how the human race abuses them. The suffering of animals for FOOD, FASHION, PETS, ENTERTAINMENT, and MEDICAL RESEARCH. Of course, this would naturally be the greatest movie that could represent everything this website stands for; to change the cruel treatment of animals across the United States and even across the world! However, I must warn you; this movie was the most graphic and REAL movie I’ve ever seen. Even for someone like me, who has seen more videos of animal abuse than the average human, this movie was quite a challenge to watch. In fact, I had to take a break after the first part of the movie, nearly 20 minutes into it! If you have a heart, you’ll have a rough time watching this whole movie. But I highly suggest you toughen it out. You’ll gain SO much more knowledge and you’ll get a better understanding about life. PLUS, this movie is free and available online for watching! Just click on the link above and give it a chance!
The nation’s largest and most effective animal protection organization. I use this website as a source of information a lot of the time because most of their information is accurate. They have great videos on the issues that I talk about.
Stands for The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. It was the first humane society to be established in North America. The ASPCA specializes in rescuing animals from abuse, pass humane laws, and shares resources with animal shelters across the nation. I donate $10 a month to this organization (I really couldn’t afford more than that, seeing as I haven’t even graduated from high school yet) because I really wanted to help out homeless animals in some way. Plus their commercials on TV always make me sad and make me want to cry. I used to want to work for the ASPCA and bring animal abusers to court and have the satisfaction of sending them to prison. But the problem was there was no way I would be living in a city. Another reason is because I would love to have a family some day and being an animal cop pays less than say, a people cop. Which I think is lame. But anyways, check the ASPCA’s website out. It is also very informative.
Mercy For Animals believes each and every animal should have the right to live a free life, one without cruelty and unnecessary exploitation. They also believe something I hold very dear to my heart: that every animal is an individual. The absolute BEST PART about this organization is their dedication to being the voice of every animal. The people of Mercy for Animals are willing to risk their freedom and risk maybe even their own lives to go undercover in factory farms and catch animals being abused on tape. Doing this is a crucial factor when you want people to know the truth about the way a certain company treats animals. I have the most respect for this organization and I hope I’ll be able to help them in some way one of these days.
Pet Pardons is an application on Facebook that allows you to help homeless animals find a home with just a click of your mouse! A lot of these animals need to find a permanent home in a certain amount of days or they will be euthanized. The reason for this is because the shelter just doesn’t have enough room to keep all of these animals. This is how you can help: Click on the link above. When you get to the site, click on the pet you wish to help and it will give you all the information on that pet. If you want to adopt the animal, then contact the person whose email is listed on the pet’s contact information. For those of you who can’t adopt but wish to help, at the top of the page there’s a button that has a heart on it that says “Advocate”. Click that to share the animal’s information and photo on your wall on Facebook. This allows your Facebook friends to find the information and will give them a chance to either adopt the pet themselves or advocate (or ignore if they really are that ignorant). Please, if you have a Facebook account, help find these animals a home!
…More to come.