Presentation on theme: "Extending Compassion to All By: Carrie Klaus"— Presentation transcript:
1Extending Compassion to All By: Carrie Klaus Living Vegan:Extending Compassion to AllBy: Carrie Klaus
2Living Vegan: Extending Compassion to All What’s the big deal about honey?Hidden Animal Ingredients.Choosing cruelty free personal care items.Animal skins: Keep them off of your body.
3What’s the big deal about honey? Why honey isn’t vegan
4Why Honey Isn’t VeganVeganism = "...a way of living that seeks to exclude, as far as possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing and any other purpose.” - The Vegan Society
5Why Honey Isn’t Vegan Honeybees are animals from the phylum arthropod. Arthropods have complex nervous systems and are capable of feeling and responding to pain.Honeybees have been found to be capable of making decisions and possessing the ability to change those decisions when conditions change. (Gould, J. & Gould, C Scientific American Library)
6Factory Farming of Bees Honeybees are enslaved and exploited.
7Factory Farming of Bees Honeybees are enslaved and exploited.Nearly 2.4 million hives are trucked all over the country exposing bees to physiological stress, disease, and pesticides.Queens come from commercial suppliers and shipping can be difficult for them.Hives are often split according to what the keeper chooses and not what the queen chooses.
8Factory Farming of Bees As in all factory farming, profits are put before animal concerns.
9Factory Farming of Bees As in all factory farming, profits are put before animal concerns.Hives are killed off, using cyanide gas, before winter because it’s cheaper than housing, feeding and providing disease prevention.Hives that aren’t killed off are left to starve to death.
10Factory Farming of Bees Inherent cruelty when animals are viewed as commodities.
11Factory Farming of Bees Inherent cruelty when animals are viewed as commodities.Queens wings are clipped to prevent swarming.In nature a queen bee can live more than 5 years. On a factory farm queens are killed in less than 2 years to keep honey production at a maximum.Hives are smoked to prevent aggression and increase honey production.
12Other Concerns With Mass Production of Honey Colony Collapse Disorder
13Other Concerns With Mass Production of Honey Colony Collapse Disorder“disorder affecting honeybee colonies that is characterized by sudden colony death, with a lack of healthy adult bees inside the hive.”Britannica.com
14Other Concerns with Mass Production of Honey Colony Collapse DisorderBegan to see large numbers of honeybee populations decreasing in 2006 world-wide.Some estimates report that between 50% and 70% of colonies have died.This is a problem because a number of our crops are dependent on pollination by bees.
15Other Concerns With Mass Production of Honey “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years left to live.” Albert Einstein
16Other Concerns with Mass Production of Honey While Einstein’s quote may have been an exaggeration, the loss of pollinators will certainly lead to rising cost of fruits and vegetables that provide our antioxidants and vitamins.
17Other Concerns with Mass Production of Honey Colony Collapse Disorder: CausesOveruse of pesticides.Selective Breeding for Industrial use.“Pesticides are one factor, working in conjunction with introduced parasites, viruses, bacteria, and fungi and quite possibly with deteriorating living conditions for bees (poor quality food, too many hours on trucks, etc.). Bees can handle one of these stressors, but not all of them.”
18Other Concerns With Mass Production of Honey Despite the dire situation with the loss of colonies, commercial beekeepers still continue to kill off their hives before winter.
41Acute Toxicity Test Problems All animals have varying degree of sensitivity to chemicals.Differences in metabolism and absorption.
42There is HOPEIn the late 1990’s the UK banned animal testing for cosmetics.A near total ban was planned for Europe in 2009 (facing opposition from L’Oreal).In 2000 CA passed a law limiting animal use in product testing , making it illegal to use animals when non-animal alternatives are available.In 2007 and NY and NJ passed similar law.
49What YOU Can DoGenerally speaking, the more natural a product, the better the chance it’s cruelty free and vegan.Look for the Leaping Bunny Logo.Look for the Certified Vegan Logo.Understand distinctions.
50What YOU Can DoGenerally speaking, the more natural a product, the better the chance it’s cruelty free and vegan.Look for the Leaping Bunny Logo.Look for the Certified Vegan Logo.Understand Distinctions.When in doubt, check it out.
51www.caringconsumer.com www.aavs.org What YOU Can Do
52My favorites: Arbonne Tom’s of Maine Seventh Generation Giovanni Jason’sNature’s Gate
54Fur Farms More than half the fur in America comes from China 85% of industry skins come from fur farms.Industry focused on maximizing profits, not animal well being.Fed meat by-products not fit for human consumption.Not protected by humane slaughter laws; often a gruesome process to keep pelts intact.
55Fur Trapping Millions of animals killed this way. Types of Traps Other animals inadvertently killed.
56Leather By-product of meat industry. Majority from developing countries.Environmental concerns.
57Other Considerations Snake Skin Alligator Skin Wool Cashmere Angora Down
59Lasting Change“Don’t do nothing because you can’t do everything. Do something. Do anything.” –Colleen Patrick- GoudreauDon’t focus on being perfect.
60Compassion for All“The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all a part of one another, and all involved in one another” Thomas Merton