Friday, January 30, 2015

dairy cows

Haunting words & photography from
Tamara Kenneally
on Dairy Cows
(yes, milk, cheese, butter)
With their engorged udders and empty stomachs, they ambled towards us in hope. In hope of food. In hope of help.

With their engorged udders and empty stomachs,
they ambled towards us in hope.
In hope of food.
In hope of help.
Once an animal gets to an abattoir,
as these dairy cows were,
there is very rarely a way out.

This is the furthest paddock away from
the actually abattoir building.

Over 700 dairy cows and unwanted cattle
are slaughtered daily here.
They are turned into hamburger meat.
If you are in America and ate a Burger King burger today,
these are the girls you probably ate.

Cows are not magic milk machines.
They must be impregnated to produce milk.
The thought of an entire industry based on
the lactation of females makes me shudder.

It's not just wrong, it's just plain creepy.
There was no way out for these beautiful girls.
Their cries of helplessness and fear were palpable.
They waited surrounded by a sense of doom.
As we walked away in tears,
all we could hope for was that their deaths be quick
and soon.
The unwanted. The unprofitable. Here is where they stand at the end of the line. After they've produced milk for human consumption and offspring for the meat industry, they are no longer profitable.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

U.S. Research Lab Lets Livestock Suffer in Quest for Profit

Today's article in the New York Times
U.S. Research Lab Lets Livestock Suffer in Quest for Profit
Animal Welfare at Risk in Experiments for Meat Industry...

After reading I feel so hopeless, the poor animals!
The humans and the species that we have become.
I started questioning my food choices
because of health reasons and very quickly realized
where our meat comes from, long story short;
I am a healthy vegan now,
easily done if you get the proper information.
70% of the crops in the USA go to feed animals,
if we use those crops to eat the grains directly,
we could actually feed the entire planet,
and save water and other natural resources.

Check the painful graphic

I am glad people are getting educated and
realizing that producing 'cheap' meat
is NOT the answer to feed the planet,
the UN has been saying this for years
I truly hope that people reading this article in NYT
start paying more attention to what they eat,
the amount of suffering that implies trying
to feed a planet on ‘cheap meat’,
tax payers shouldn’t be supporting this nor
the immense cost of medical bills for a sick population.

Lambs in the “easy care” experiment are tagged so they can be traced to mothers that often abandon them after being left to give birth in open fields. The ones here died during a weekend last May. Credit Michael Moss/The New York Times
Go Vegan, is easy, delicious, and you will uplift your soul.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Los Angeles and Griffith Observatory

On the first days of January my mom and I
decided to visit the Griffith Observatory
spent a day in Los Feliz neighborhood Los Angeles
we encountered some lovely places & views
I don't have many night pictures, but at night is
when you can see the stars, is a place worth the visit!

Griffith Observatory

The sky is the limit!

View while climbing to the Observatory
View of Los Angeles city from the Observatory
My mom at a little French restaurant in Los Feliz
Los Feliz theater showing art and independent films!
Skylight books is a great neighborhood bookstore

Me at Skylight Books

The Punchbowl, a raw vegan milkshake place

Thursday, January 01, 2015

First sunset of 2015

Went for a nice walk this afternoon with my mom
a bad picture of a lovely canyon during sunset
in the neighborhood of Mission Hills, San Diego
Mission Hills canyon