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Category Archives: Vegan Viewpoint

Doomed Cows (Don’t) Escape Killing Floor

Having seen a few Facebook posts today about cows escaping from a St. Louis-area slaughterhouse, I asked myself how many news stories I’d have to look at before coming across a stupid and thoughtless headline.  One, as it turned out. I typed “cows St. Louis” into a Google News search and clicked on the first […]

One Murderer Kills Another’s Would-Be Victim

A greedy murderer in northeastern England is whining that one of her would-be victims was mortally wounded by a sadistic interloper. According to The Press, “Joe Beckett, who farms near Marton, discovered one of her sheep with gunshots [sic] wounds early on Tuesday morning. … Its injuries were so severe it had to be euthanised.” “As farmers […]

The Dairy Industry’s “Udder Truth” is Utter Nonsense

While no one’s life is adversely affected by what’s depicted or not depicted on Starbucks’ cups, countless lives are destroyed so that the indifferent masses can add milk to coffee. Starbucks is just one company whose bottom lines can be measured in stolen lives. The dairy industry, needless to say, works very hard to portray the […]

Exploitation on Display in New York Art Gallery

In recreating Jannis Kounellis’ 1969 “art” installation Untitled (12 Horses), New York art dealer and gallery owner Gavin Brown is celebrating that which is most ugly about our culture. The sickening exhibit, on view through tomorrow at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, is nothing more than 12 horses tethered to the gallery’s walls. “I’ve always wanted to show this piece,” […]

Actor, Not Fish, Should Have Been Used for Asthma Ad

Perhaps you’ve seen the 30-second television commercial included above. In it, a child’s voice, describing what it’s like to experience an asthma attack, says, “I feel like a fish with no water.” The voice-over plays while an actual fish out of water struggles to breathe. The ad was produced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which insists that […]

Two Jewish Vegans Walk Into a Bar

That headline isn’t the beginning of a joke. It’s the start of a story about statistical improbability — a story that just happens to be true. However many months ago it was, a friend asked me to play drums in her band. And though she didn’t need to, she sweetened her pitch by telling me […]

Koch Brothers vs. Jack Hanna: Animals Lose

The votes are in and the animals had already lost, although that’s not how it’s being widely reported. On Tuesday, May 6, voters in Franklin County, Ohio, were asked to approve an increase in public funding for the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, and to make that increase permanent. Franklin County voters overwhelmingly rejected the ballot proposition. […]

U.S. Navy to Exploit Sea Lions, Dolphins in Black Sea Exercises

U.S. military officials are planning to send 30 animals to the Black Sea this summer to test various equipment and undergo training. The Wire is reporting that “according to a report from the Russian newspaper Izvestia, the United States Navy’s marine mammal unit will be deployed to the Black Sea,” where “dolphins will be testing a new anti-radar […]

“Chicken Boxing,” Cockfighting, and the Promise of a Fighting Chicken in Every Pot

On April 7, the Louisiana Senate passed legislation designed to close loopholes in the state’s 2008 cockfighting ban. If passed by the state House of Representatives and signed by the governor, the law would broaden the definition of “chicken” to include “any … gamefowl, rooster, or other bird.” It would also allow law-enforcement officials to use […]

Joni Ernst: Castrating Pigs and Selling Savagery in Iowa

Joni Ernst would like us to believe that she’s qualified to serve in the U.S. Senate because she has a lot of experience mutilating animals. Ernst is one of five Republican candidates vying to run for the seat Iowa Democrat Tom Harkin will vacate when he retires at the end of his current term. And […]