1. Empathy. Now, every time I look at a cow, or a chicken, or a pig, I see the eyes of a pet. Familiar and warm, I see nothing but love. I see my cats, I see Kenya (my family’s dog who passed last year), I see a living being who just wants to experience life and love and be able to live without pain and fear and suffering. Sure, some animals have been domesticated at no fault of their own - So with that, it is our job to take care of them and not exploit them. And always adopt and not support animal breeders who keep the chain going. I have been to a sanctuary whose main mission is to take care of animals that they rescued from factory farms or other terrible conditions. These people care for the animals like pets and have relationships with them, but don’t take anything away from the animals. They literally don’t even keep the eggs the chickens lay (did you know chickens actually eat their own eggs in the wild to get some of the calcium back, obviously not the fertilized ones.). I’ve seen turkeys who just want cuddles and pigs who just want their bellies rubbed and cows who have no problems laying down right in front of you to get some love. 

    We are all here to take care of each other and I’m telling you, once you’ve realized that just because you are human, you are not the top of the food chain and you don’t own everything and everything isn’t here to be consumed by you and an animal has just as much right to live and be respected as any human… Once, you realize that- Your life is forever changed. They are all little (or big) lives that are not ours to take. Animals are not here FOR us. 

  2. Riding horses is not vegan.

    shayneelouise:

    shayneelouise:

    Veganism is the idea that non-human animals do not exist for human purposes or consumption. The practice of being vegan involves doing whatever we possibly can to reduce our contribution to animal exploitation and suffering. People need to remember that exploitation of animals does not just equal…

    I’m going to keep reblogging this because I have so many followers that ride horses and call themselves vegan, I hope that this post annoys them all and they unfollow me. That’s all.

    This might be controversial slightly because I personally know a couple of people who ride horses but after reading this, I’ve had my eyes opened (yet again) to how easy it is to forget about one form of animal injustice while seeking support for others. I am firmly against horse drawn carriages but I didn’t really fully contemplate what it means to be a horse that is ridden for (whatever reason). Of course we have to care for the horses already on this planet who are too domesticated to be in the wild, but there is a difference between caring for them and using them for our own entertainment. 

    Since being vegan, I’m constantly questioning things and I’m glad because these things need to be thought about. Most of the time we just go along with what society tells us is okay, and most of the time that stuff is actually wrong. This is true in many other forms, than just with animals (systematic sexism and racism, societal gender roles and identities, stereotyping, the way we treat the planet, just to name a few). I encourage all of my friends and followers to think critically about things going on around them and things they hear in the news and decide for themselves if they think what is happening is okay, right or fair. And if you say no to any or all of those things: START SPEAKING UP AGAINST THE INJUSTICE. 

    Reblogged from: veganismislove
  3. youngblackandvegan:

    you know patriarchy is a terrible drug

    when there’s a video of a man knocking his girlfriend out

    and the biggest defenders of a man’s right to knock a woman out

    comes from women

    how jaded do you have to be

    to not look at that and think

    this man is dangerous

    when ever i see a woman who has been abused by their partner

    i feel for her

    i weep for her

    how empty do you have to be as a woman

    to play devils advocate

    for the devil themself?

    Reblogged from: veganismislove
  4. Men still have trouble recognizing that a woman can be complex, can have ambition, good looks, sexuality, erudition and common sense. A woman can have all those facets, and yet men, in literature and in drama, seem to need to simplify women, to polarize us as either the whore or the angel. - Natalie Dormer

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  7. We’re all seeking that special person who is right for us. But if you’ve been through enough relationships, you begin to suspect there’s no right person, just different flavors of wrong. Why is this? Because you yourself are wrong in some way, and you seek out partners who are wrong in some complementary way. But it takes a lot of living to grow fully into your own wrongness. And it isn’t until you finally run up against your deepest demons, your unsolvable problems—the ones that make you truly who you are—that we’re ready to find a lifelong mate. Only then do you finally know what you’re looking for. You’re looking for the wrong person. But not just any wrong person: the right wrong person—someone you lovingly gaze upon and think, “This is the problem I want to have.”
    I will find that special person who is wrong for me in just the right way.
    Let our scars fall in love.
    Galway Kinnell (via hqlines)


    Reblogged from: thenewthrill
  8. micdotcom:

    Young British Muslims tell the Islamic State: #NotInMyName

    There’s a new trend taking over the social media pages of young British Muslims, and it’s targeted right at the Islamic State. 

    As Mic has previously reported, there’s something troubling about calling this terrorist group the “Islamic State,” since they do not accurately represent Islam or Islamic beliefs, but a twisted and perverted interpretation of the global religion. 

    So to combat this, young activists, led by Britain’s Active Change charity, are telling the terrorists to stop acting under the banner of Islam by circulating the hashtag #NotInMyName and calling out the group for “hiding behind a false Islam.”

    The message is clear | Follow micdotcom 

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  9. grrspit:

ipomoeaj:

jean-luc-gohard:

the-goddamazon:

We know why.

Don’t forget Charlie Sheen. He’s been arrested for domestic violence at least six times and shot a woman. With a gun. And he’s still got a career.

Sean Penn tied Madonna to a chair and beat her. Fuck him. Fuck all of them.

Michael Fassbender
Matthew Fox
John Lennon
Paul McCartney
Ringo too I’m pretty sure
Phil Spector, although he’s now in jail for killing a lady he beat on Ronnie Spector for years and still got into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Axl Rose
Vince Neil
Sean Penn
Charlie Sheen
Jim Morrison tried to set fire to his girlfriend
Stephen Segal
Tommy Lee
Ozzy Osbourne
Mickey Rourke
Bill Murray
Gary Busey
Tom Sizemore
Christian Slater
James Caan
Josh Brolin
Edward Furlong
I could go on.
The point isn’t that the men on the left don’t deserve everything bad they have coming to them.  The point is where the fuck is all the outrage when the men on the right do it.  So many of our pop culture heroes are abusers and nobody seems to care.
Like, even if we’re gonna stick to the NFL, Ben Roethlisberger patiently sat out his six game suspension for rape and continued on with his career with little outrage. 
If we’re really going to care now about ostracizing perpetrators of domestic violence, we got a lotta slack to pick up.

    grrspit:

    ipomoeaj:

    jean-luc-gohard:

    the-goddamazon:

    We know why.

    Don’t forget Charlie Sheen. He’s been arrested for domestic violence at least six times and shot a woman. With a gun. And he’s still got a career.

    Sean Penn tied Madonna to a chair and beat her. Fuck him. Fuck all of them.

    Michael Fassbender

    Matthew Fox

    John Lennon

    Paul McCartney

    Ringo too I’m pretty sure

    Phil Spector, although he’s now in jail for killing a lady he beat on Ronnie Spector for years and still got into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    Axl Rose

    Vince Neil

    Sean Penn

    Charlie Sheen

    Jim Morrison tried to set fire to his girlfriend

    Stephen Segal

    Tommy Lee

    Ozzy Osbourne

    Mickey Rourke

    Bill Murray

    Gary Busey

    Tom Sizemore

    Christian Slater

    James Caan

    Josh Brolin

    Edward Furlong

    I could go on.

    The point isn’t that the men on the left don’t deserve everything bad they have coming to them.  The point is where the fuck is all the outrage when the men on the right do it.  So many of our pop culture heroes are abusers and nobody seems to care.

    Like, even if we’re gonna stick to the NFL, Ben Roethlisberger patiently sat out his six game suspension for rape and continued on with his career with little outrage. 

    If we’re really going to care now about ostracizing perpetrators of domestic violence, we got a lotta slack to pick up.

    Reblogged from: pinupqueen
  10. vegan-yums:

    Oh no, there’s tons and this one being the most obvious -

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    It’s natural and logical to drink breast milk when we’re babies yes, from our human mothers. To drink another mammals breast milk all throughout our lives? Especially when calves can’t, so we can? 100% natural. I think you forgot that most bodies cannot handle dairy. It’s abnormal if you can digest lactose. I’m not even gonna get into the health risks with dairy. Googles there c: Some photos for you - (x)(x)(x)(x)(x)

    I even learned in my health class (a non partial place) that a lot of people get straight up sick from drinking ANY milk… 

    It seems logical that if there’s a good amount of people who can’t process it, then we probably weren’t supposed to drink it in the first place. And if your body has to BUILD UP A TOLERANCE in order to drink it, there’s something wrong there. 

    I’ve never considered myself lactose intolerant before going vegan and now if I have too much dairy (even cheese, which is supposedly gentler to digest), I feel sick. Clearly I had built up my tolerance over many years, and now a year without it has made me completely intolerant. I’m very much okay with it because I know we are NOT supposed to drink another animal’s milk. Get nut milk to put in your cereal and coffee. We have other milks. And they’re better for you too. 

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  11. transmisogynykills:

    "Some men feel that too much responsibility for preventing sexual assault has been put on their shoulders"

    We’re telling you not to rape people and you think the bar’s never been higher

    Reblogged from: followmymap
  12. katuriankaturiankaturian:

Yes! If you have not seen Emma Watson’s speech to the UN introducing the #heforshe movement, reclaiming “feminism” as an inclusive and supportive term that is beneficial for BOTH men and women and the extension of the formal invitation to all men to get involved in the conversation that can and will change the way all human beings relate to each other… Do not wait another second. Watch it now. There are too many painful truths to ignore. Gender inequality hurts MEN AND WOMEN and the slow but necessary March towards equality is the only way to truly evolve in our humanity.

Here’s the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-iFl4qhBsE#t=25
It’s amazing. 
If not now, then when? 

    katuriankaturiankaturian:

    Yes! If you have not seen Emma Watson’s speech to the UN introducing the #heforshe movement, reclaiming “feminism” as an inclusive and supportive term that is beneficial for BOTH men and women and the extension of the formal invitation to all men to get involved in the conversation that can and will change the way all human beings relate to each other… Do not wait another second. Watch it now. There are too many painful truths to ignore. Gender inequality hurts MEN AND WOMEN and the slow but necessary March towards equality is the only way to truly evolve in our humanity.

    Here’s the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-iFl4qhBsE#t=25

    It’s amazing. 

    If not now, then when? 

    Reblogged from: katuriankaturiankaturian
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  14. If someone were to die at the age of 63 after a lifelong battle with MS or Sickle Cell, we’d all say they were a “fighter” or an “inspiration.” But when someone dies after a lifelong battle with severe mental illness and drug addiction, we say it was a tragedy and tell everyone “don’t be like him, please seek help.” That’s bullshit. Robin Williams sought help his entire life. He saw a psychiatrist. He quit drinking. He went to rehab. He did this for decades. That’s HOW he made it to 63. For some people, 63 is a fucking miracle. I know several people who didn’t make it past 23 and I’d do anything to have 40 more years with them.

    anonymous reader on The Dish

    One of the more helpful and insightful things I’ve seen about depression/suicide in the last couple of days.

    (via mysweetetc)

    Reblogged from: theonetruenidoking
  15. namastetoyoutoo:

This is by far my favorite tweet ever.

    namastetoyoutoo:

    This is by far my favorite tweet ever.

    Reblogged from: followmymap
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