Misdirected animal rights activism

A response to PETA’s call to abolish the wool industry. When is enough enough and when is it too much? But please don’t get me wrong, Peta is a needed to prod to the social conscience and like all ideologies it sometimes strays beyond its mandate. For sure we need to treat animals ethically and with respect so they can live pleasant pain free lives even if they are to be killed and eaten some day.

The word ethics has little meaning because different cultures see things differently. Activities like cockfighting, dogfighting, bullfighting are clearly unethical to some mindsets but are clearly acceptable and therefore ethical to those who practice and profit.

Within Hinduism and Buddhism

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The Evolution of Meat

A divergence from nature

The Belgians are known for one or two odd experiments, and this is the genetically modified, hyper-sculpted and ultra-muscular physique of the Belgian Blue.

We can only presume that humans have always eaten meat, but as we came through into the modern era, in most parts of the world meat remained a luxury and not the staple food that it is today.

Until the development of agriculture and the domestication of livestock, all meat was from animals that were hunted and trapped. This was real game meat and the quality of that meat depended on the nature of the animal and the quality of its life.

In nature there are lions and other carnivores

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The down side of meat

Strength for the body at the expense of our humanity

While animal and fish protein provides power and growth factors that make us strong, there is a cost. Meat takes longer to digest and it’s often laden with hormones and other agricultural chemicals like ractopamine that is used in beef, pork, turkeys and other food animals.

The same growth and performance can be gained from a vegetarian or semi vegetarian diet and lifestyle as documented by the famous author Michio Kushi who developed the concept of Macrobiotics.

By eating meat, the body becomes burdened by the weight of emotion the animal was carrying at the moment of its death combined along with all the toxins and environmental poisons

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The Case for Vegetarianism

A solution to many current health problems

Ideas about what we should eat have been circulating since time immemorial, but by and large what we have eaten in the past has been purely based on individual needs for survival. There was a time when there were plenty of game animals and then we moved on to farming.

Economics came to play a role in what we ate, in many countries those who were poor ate what they could grow or gather, and those who were more affluent ate meat. In some ways this scenario is little changed because meat has become such an expensive commodity.

During the period of rapid cultural shift post World War II, millions of people became

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Went Fishing, Caught 4 Deer


A wonderful story about man and animals, in this case 4 deer.

The Best Day Of Fishing Ever! Some fishing stories are a little hard to believe, but this guy has pictures to prove his story… I’ve heard of salmon jumping into boats, but never anything quite like this… Tom Satre told the Sitka Gazette that he was out with a charter group on his 62-foot fishing vessel when four juvenile black-tailed deer swam directly toward his boat.

“Once the deer reached the boat, the four began to circle the boat, looking directly at us. We could tell right away that the young bucks were distressed. I opened up my back gate and we helped the typically skittish

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Ahh; Bacon

The aroma, the sizzle..

Bacon is considered by many to be a staple of the Western diet with some people consuming it several times a week and for meat eaters it’s not hard to know why. That rich singed fatty smell makes people’s mouths water in delightful expectation. It makes the taste buds tingle, but is it actually good for us?

According to a newly published WHO report, bake in those one of the unhealthiest foods that we can eat and a major contributor to bowel cancer.

Three of the world’s religions, Judahism Christianity and Islam actually have regulations forbidding the eating of pigs although it is not clear why. Perhaps it’s because the pig is a very base animal,

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Emu Oil

From the world’s second-largest living bird

Smaller than African Ostriches, the Emu, (Dromaius novaehollandiae) is Australia’s tallest native bird which grows to more than 1.5 m (5 feet) tall and weighs over 45 kilograms (100 pounds).

Emus are a soft-feathered and travel great distances for food, and when necessary they can sprint at 50 km/h (30 mph). Their diet is made up of plants and insects, and they have can go for weeks without eating.

Emu oil

These giant flightless birds are farmed for their meat as well as their oil which has been used for thousands of years by the Australian aborigines.

Emu oils is made from the refined fat of dead emu’s and it’s used to treat burns,

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Deer Velvet

The horns of a deer

Deer antlers are the usually large, branching bony appendages which grow on the heads of males (stags) of most deer species.

The antlers fall off and re-grow completely every year and when they are re-growing, the deer are said to be ‘in velvet’. This is the stage when the growing antler is covered in velvet and the epidermis covering the inner structure of the growing bone and cartilage, then develops into hard antlers.

When the antlers are ‘in velvet’ they are removed, then frozen or dried before being manufactured into various medicinal forms of nutritional supplements including powders, extracts, teas, capsules, and tablets that are popular nutritional food supplements in Asia.

Unfortunately this de-natures the

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A toxic growth enhancer

Ractopamine hydrochloride which is also commonly known as Paylean, is a food additive that shifts energy use from fat growth to increasing muscle fibre diameter and the growth of lean muscle protein. It increases carcass leanness, dressing percent, feed efficiency and the rate of weight gain adding about $5 per hog (and much more for beef) to the producers profits.

Beta-agonist drugs have been used in US cattle production since 2003. Ractopamine is administered in the days leading up to slaughter, and as much as 20 percent of it can remain in the meat you buy from your supermarket. However due to its suspected health effects, ractopamine is banned from food production in at least 160

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Milk and Osteoporosis

We are what we eat

Russell Eaton offered controversy in his book Organic Milk Myth: Why Organic and UHT Milk are Much Worse for Health Than Regular Milk.

However in his latest book “Beat Osteoporosis Now” (only available from Amazon for kindle), author Russell Eaton says: ‘Dairy milk does increase bone density, but this comes at a terrible price.”

In an earlier book, “The Milk Imperative” (only available from Amazon), Russell broke new ground by revealing exactly how dairy milk causes osteoporosis. We know that dairy milk provides calcium, yet the latest research shows that osteoporosis and dairy milk consumption go hand in hand. In The Milk Imperative this

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