There are about a zillion reasons why turkeys are awesome—but 45 MILLION of these sensitive, playful, intelligent birds are killed for food every holiday season.
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Being an “activist” might sound like some really intense thing … but really it just means you’re fighting to change the WORLD. NBD, right? 😉 The truth is, anyone who gives a sh*t about how animals are being treated can become an animals rights activist!
And no, we didn’t just wake up like this. Here’s how it tends to happen:
1. Getting Emotional
There’s gonna come a time in most people’s lives when they find something out about the world that makes them really angry, shocked, or disgusted—or all of the above. And you’ll feel like total crap about it. Seeing stuff like this will usually do the trick:
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Seeing how badly animals are treated every single day can def make you feel overwhelmed, sad, and kind of just like you want to forget that you ever learned about this stuff.
2. Getting Schooled
Once you leave your denial behind and you’re ready to confront the f*cked up reality of the world, you start doing some research. It freaking sucks to find out that animals are having their throats slit for burgers, being skinned alive for fur, and being abused in cruel experiments. The good news? You can help change that!
Which leads you to …
3. Making Changes
Big realization: YOUR choices directly affect what’s happening to animals. Every penny you spend is basically saying, “I support this product.” So you start dabbling in the world of vegan food …
… and soon discover that you can EASILY live without meat, eggs, and dairy products and that vegan food is THE BEST THING EVER!
Can you believe that baking vegan cupcakes for your friends is actually a form of activism? When people realize how delicious vegan food can be, they’ll be more open to making a change themselves!
You’ll start buying cruelty-free makeup instead of gross crap that’s tested on animals. Thankfully, there’s plenty to choose from.
And in no time, you’ll be swapping out your leather and wool items for cruelty-free fashions instead. The skin and hair of abused animals in my wardrobe? Umm, no thanks.
4. Speaking Out … Online
Once you know that you have the power to make a difference for animals, you want to be VOCAL about it rather than keeping it to yourself! So you start sharing, re-tweeting, and re-gramming peta2’s posts like crazy. What’s Facebook for if not for speaking your mind?!
… Well, duh, it’s also for sharing your drool-worthy vegan food photos! Being vegan does NOT mean iceberg lettuce salads, y’all. #veganfoodporn
5. Reppin’ Your Cause
Soon you’re so into spreading the good word about animal rights that you want to speak your mind without having to say ANYTHING. Perfect solution? A peta2 T-shirt (or five).
Aaaand you might just go all-out crazy and decorate your locker.
And, ya know, make DIY bracelets. What?! It’s #craftivism.
6. Leaflets and Stickers: Game-Changers
If you haven’t already, you’ll probably order a butt-load of awesome free materials from peta2 and very quickly become a leaflet and sticker ninja!
You’ll be leaving leaflets wherever you possibly can …
(If you do want to go the leaflet-under-windshield wiper route, make sure it’s legal in your city before you get going!)
… and stickin’ those stickers ANYWHERE and EVERYWHERE (with permission, of course)!
You’re practically guaranteed to have a purse or pocket full of peta2 goodies at all times.
7. Getting LOUD
When you’re ready, you attend your first protest, along with other rad animal rights activists, and you learn the power of “grassroots activism” and talking to people about important issues face to face!
Soon enough, you might even lead your OWN demonstration (and remember, peta2 can help by hooking you up with signs, leaflets, stickers, and more)!
Even just grabbing a friend and leafleting on the corner of a McCruelty for an hour can make a HUGE impact on the people you talk to.
And on those days when you’re too lazy to leave the couch, you know you can still make your voice heard by taking action via online action alerts, doing peta2 missions, signing petitions, and writing letters to companies who are doing cruel sh*t to animals!
Thank GODZILLA for the new peta2 iPhone app, which makes doin’ all this stuff sooo easy. Now you can flex your activism muscles while on a walk, at the store, in class (shhh), or wherever! Plus, it’s free—get it NOW.
8. Changing the F*cking World for the Better
With every act of activism—big or small—we’re helping to change this world for animals who are being used for food, entertainment, skins, and experiments. Whether it’s by ordering the tofu scramble instead of eggs at brunch or hosting a huge demo with all your friends at a fur store, being an activist means NEVER BEING SILENT about things that are WRONG.
Ready to dive into being a kick-ass, full-fledged superstar animal rights activist?! YOU CAN DO IT! Join peta2’s Street Team:
Hey! How does a nice steamin’ plate of dead babies sound to you right now?
Hmmm, maybe shoved in a bun? Barbecued? Would that make it better? No, still gross?
Well, did you know that many animals used for food are only babies when they’re slaughtered? Yep, babies are dying by the BILLIONS so that they can be used for meat. They’re routinely fed drugs and hormones to make them grow much larger and faster than they would naturally, and many are selectively bred to be abnormally large at a young age.
When you eat meat, you’re actually eating the flesh of tortured babies who suffered and were killed before they ever had a chance to live. Face the facts:
Average life span: 25 years
Average age at which they’re slaughtered: Under 3 years
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Baby cows are torn away from their moms within days, hours, or even minutes of being born. And soon after, they are subjected to all kinds of f*cked-up torture: They’re branded with burning-hot irons and dehorned, and the males have their testicles ripped out—all WITHOUT painkillers. Calves used for veal are confined to tiny, dark crates designed to prohibit exercise and normal muscle growth so that their flesh will remain tender. They’re then slaughtered when they are just a few months old.
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Average life span: 10 to 15 years
Average age at which they’re slaughtered: 6 months
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Baby pigs on factory farms begin their lives nursing from mommas who are trapped in gestation crates. After a few weeks, they’re torn away to have their tails clipped off and the ends of their teeth cut off with pliers. The males are also castrated. As you may have guessed, this is all done without ANY painkillers. Living conditions are SO bad on many factory farms that some pigs die before they can be transported to slaughter. At the slaughterhouse, many pigs aren’t stunned correctly and therefore are still conscious when their throats are slit and when they reach the scalding tank, which is intended to soften their skin and remove their hair.
Average life span: 10 to 15 years
Average age at which they’re slaughtered: 7 weeks
Chicks are hatched by the THOUSANDS in giant incubators. Days later, they are crammed into shipping crates and sent to factory farms. At 6 weeks old, 90 percent of broiler chickens on today’s factory farms are already so obese that they can’t walk. At the slaughterhouse, many chickens are still conscious when their throats are cut.
Average life span: 10 years
Average age at which they’re slaughtered: 6 months
When baby turkeys are just a few weeks old, they’re confined with thousands of other birds to windowless sheds, where they’ll spend the rest of their miserable and short lives. Parts of their toes and beaks are cut off without painkillers, as are the flaps of skin under the males’ chins, called “snoods.” Many turkeys die when they are only a few weeks old from “starve-out,” a stress-induced condition that causes young birds to stop eating.
And just because you’re not eating babies, that doesn’t mean you’re not being a huge asshole to them. The dairy and egg industries are also directly responsible for the routine abuse and slaughter of animals, including babies.
The Dairy Industry
The milk you buy at the grocery store didn’t just appear there, darlings. It came from a mother cow, who produced that milk for one reason and one reason only: to feed her baby calf. But instead of drinking their mothers’ milk, calves are given an artificial formula, and HUMANS drink the milk that was meant for them. Pretty twisted when you really think about it, right? Cow’s milk drinkers = baby milk stealers.
Once the baby calves are torn away from their moms, they face a fate way worse than artificial formula. Just like their mothers, the females will be hooked up to milk machines, shot up with antibiotics and hormones, and separated from baby after baby. The males? They are shipped off to feedlots to await slaughter or end up in veal crates, where they are confined in darkness before being killed at only a few months old.
The Egg Industry
In hatcheries, baby chicks are separated out shortly after birth. Females are sentenced to a life of misery on a factory farm, where they’ll lay eggs until their bodies are exhausted and their egg production drops. Then they’ll be slaughtered. When they’re still babies, a hot blade is used to cut off the tip of their sensitive beaks in a process called “debeaking”—which prevents them from pecking at each other out of stress.
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Since males can’t lay eggs, they are simply tossed into trash bags to suffocate or thrown into high-speed grinders while they’re still alive. This happens to 100 million male chicks every year. Egg eaters = baby chick killers.
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No matter how you slice it, eating meat means eating babies. So quit that sh*t and go vegan already!
If you want to do more to help ALL animals—babies and adults alike—check out peta2’s new iPhone and iPad app so that you can kick ass for animals on the go!
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