“Traditions of violence and discrimination have long existed in our society, but that does not mean that they are acceptable.”
“How to help: Don’t treat people based on how they look or who they are; respect them.”
“And yet, in this mix of ‘afflictions’ is also optimism and joy in the awareness that the tide is rapidly turning worldwide — often led by the younger generations — in understanding animals and adjusting eating and living habits accordingly.”
“Being a vegan, I naturally know many vegans and vegetarians, and these people are peaceful [and] healthy, and love both animals and people.”
“Once again, we see the tendency of the far left to attack the almost far left for not being pure or strident enough.”
This fall, an international animal rights organization spearheaded a campaign to stop a small Western North Carolina permaculture school from hosting its annual home-butchering workshop.
“The local vegans have nothing to gain personally from their protest. In fact, as they pay for supplies out of their own pockets, it costs them money. I’m proud to be associated with them.”
“When humans take the lives of other human beings, we are horrified. Why is it acceptable, and even photographed as cute, when human beings take the lives of animals?”
“The only way to mitigate the horrific suffering our species now inflicts on the others is to abolish animal agriculture as such, once and for all.”
“I’d like to end on a less scholarly note … by quoting Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary in Australia: ‘If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others, why wouldn’t we?'”
While fans clamor to pet and snap photos with Gypsy Gold, Asheville’s only working carriage horse, animal activists claim carriage horse tours represent a throwback to a past we ought to move beyond. Are carriage tours inhumane, or do carriage horses enjoy the work that earns their keep on a pastoral farm in Weaverville?
“There is a difference between animal rights and animal welfare.”
From the Get It! Guide: John, a self-described “poster child for carnivores,” may seem like an odd match for Ann, a devoted vegan. But Ann’s beliefs inspired a change in John’s lifestyle — one that John says saved his life.
When Xpress asked local educators for ideas about the focus of the annual Kids Issue, two distinct ideas rose to the top: activism and a kid’s view of the world. This week we focused on activism. We received a cornucopia of submissions, including the one you see below. Since I am creating a blog about animal rights, […]
I understand that nostalgia is popular, but I have to ask, at what cost? A horse sharing the pavement with motor vehicles has never been a good mix, and the new business of offering carriage rides in downtown Asheville seems quite problematic. Besides questioning the humaneness of forcing a single horse to pull a heavy […]
Years ago, I was involved in rescuing and relocating dogs from a puppy mill, and images of that day will remain with me forever. Groups of dogs were living together in small, feces-encrusted cages that were stacked one upon another. But while physical conditions were shocking, learning about the long-term psychological effects on these animals […]
Birds on foie gras farms are gravely ill, not “happy” (see “Foie Gras Ban a Waste of Energy,” http://avl.mx/jk). Being force-fed several pounds of food every day via a pneumatic tube that is shoved down their throats causes birds’ livers to expand to more than 10 times the normal size, resulting in a disease known […]
Local bartender and food aficionado Jonathan Ammons volleys back against recent calls for a local foie gras ban, asserting that it’s a waste of time that ignores more pressing issues about what we eat.
Feathers are obviously the new fashion trend. There were multiple vendors at Bele Chere selling feather hair extensions, feather hair clips, feather earrings, etc. I encourage everyone to do a little research as to where these feathers come from. Consumer awareness is especially important when animals are involved. — Kira Poteat Clyde
I find myself very confused by a huge contradiction in our city. We in the Asheville area see ourselves as forward-thinking, yet we continue to allow the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to come and perform in our city. Ringling Bros. has been cited almost continuously by the USDA for numerous acts of […]