BREAKING NEWS: The voting restriction has been lifted!

Mmk, so you still have to wait till you’re 18 to vote for the prez, but every single day, you’re casting votes that shape the world!

Vote with your dollar

Our society is based on a capitalist economy, which means that if there’s a demand, someone will supply that demand (barring the environmental crisis). Every time you buy that soy latte, that coffee shop will buy more soy milk and less cow’s milk.

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That’s what being vegan is all about! Voting with your dollar means voting for or against a cruelty-free world any time you’ve got a dollar! La-di-da.

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On the flippity-flop, you should BOYCOTT evil companies that profit off cruelty to animals until they change their nasty ways. We’ve got some fugly companies in mind …

Ringling Bros.

When it comes to abusing animals, Ringling is thee absolute WORST circus in town.

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What elephants at Ringling have to look forward to for their entire miserable lives:

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No elephant is a yogi.

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Photo: Eli Christman | Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Train | CC by 2.0 

Think you could live without these guys?

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Pig | By: Thomas Wanhoff | CC By-SA 2.0 

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We’re not the only ones flipping our sh*t about this. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) slapped Ringling with the largest penalty in circus history—$270,000—for cruelty to animals!

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Are you with the animals or against them? Boycott any circus that uses animals for entertainment. There are some mind-blowing animal-free circuses around that employ hoomans who actually enjoy standing on their heads. 🙂

SeaWorld

Would you rather float in a dank-ass bathtub for your entire life or go on a lifelong family adventure around the world, probably Finding Dory before the rest of us ever do?

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If you’ve seen Blackfish, then you know that Tilikum has had enough of his prison. Orcas are extremely intelligent, which compounds the horror of their situation because they know what’s happening to them.

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Aside from being kidnapped from the wild as babies and never seeing their families again—or being bred in captivity and never getting to swim free in the ocean—orcas at SeaWorld are forced to perform tricks. SeaWorld’s tools of torture don’t include the bullhook, though. Whew, for these sonar communicators, just the torture of screaming crowds, fireworks, and loud noises will do.

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Wild orcas are not violent toward humans (or pups).

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The captive orca Tilikum alone has killed three people. Why? In the wild, orcas swim up to 100 miles a day. Captive orcas would have to swim around their concrete “oasis” 1,900 times in one day to swim that same distance. How about no?

McDonald’s

Every order of McNuggets is served up with a heap of cruelty that includes broken wings and severely mishandled and bruised chickens. What did chickens do to deserve this?

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McDonald’s chicken suppliers currently use archaic slaughter methods—birds are dumped out of their transport crates and hung upside down before having their throats slit, often while they’re still conscious.

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The suffering doesn’t end there. Some birds are still alive and sensitive to pain when they’re dropped into the scalding-hot water of the defeathering tanks. This fast-paced slaughter process often results in broken wings, extreme bruising, and even defecation. I would more than shit my pants if that happened to me. What would you do?

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Death is one thing, but McDonald’s chooses to allow its suppliers to slaughter these gentle birds using cruel methods when less cruel options exist.

McDonald’s suppliers in Europe are already choosing the lesser evil. This method allows chickens to stay in their crates while the oxygen is removed from their environment and is slowly replaced with a nonpoisonous gas that puts the birdies to sleep.

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As one of the largest buyers of chicken meat, McDonald’s has the ability to make the slaughter process a way less traumatic for birds. Until McDonald’s stops selling McCruelty, I will not go near that crazy clown.

Revlon

You never want your makeup to be shady. PETA and Revlon had a pretty nasty breakup. After more than 20 years in a happy, cruelty-free romance, PETA discovered in 2012 that Revlon was selling its products in China, where cruel and archaic tests on animals are required for all imported cosmetics.
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Revlon calls itself a cruelty-free company, but it has misled consumers and betrayed our trust by continuing to market and sell its products in China, where cosmetic companies are required to pay for their products to be tested on animals.

Don’t let Revlon cheapen your values. Vote no with that dollar, and vote yes for cruelty-free brands!

Air France

When you’re six miles in the air, you’d like to imagine that everyone on board is either flying home or going on vacation. But if you’re flying Air France, some of your fellow passengers may be prisoners—captured for use in cruel experiments.
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Unlike every other major airline in the world, Air France treats primates like cargo, shipping them to labs to be caged, cut into, poisoned and killed in experiments.

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Air France passengers may not know that just below their feet may be crates full of monkeys who were kidnapped from the wild and put on a one-way flight to be tortured and killed—but you know.

Boycott Air France, and let the airline know that it won’t be pocketing your dollar until it joins every other major airline and refuses to take part in this cruelty.

PetSmart

Maybe we should start calling it PetSmelly for reeking of cruelty to animals. PetSmart buys thousands of small animals—including hamsters, guinea pigs, chinchillas, birds, and reptiles—every year and sells them for pocket change. The real money rolls in when impulse buyers need supplies for their adorable new orphaned animals. That’s the roses you’re smelling.

Here comes the bullsh*t: Many of those cute animals die slow deaths in the back rooms of the company’s stores. A PETA undercover investigation revealed that more than 100 small animals were deprived of adequate veterinary care and slowly dying behind closed doorsout of customers’ sight.

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Boycott PetSmart and tell the company why you oppose its business practices. In the meantime, buy your animal companions’ goodies elsewhere.

Congrats on harnessing your power to vote! You own it, and you can change this crazy world! No regrets.

 

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