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Honey's main interests are online dating, long distance dating, and long term relationships. She met her boyfriend on MySpace and they have been exclusive since their first date over three years ago. Currently they live in Tempe, Arizona. Honey graduated with her PhD in Composition and Rhetoric in May 2009. You can contact Honey via email here or online here.

National Justice for Animals Week

A second brief tangent from sex and relationships, though I promise to post on my Valentine’s Day as well!

February 22-28 marks the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s first-ever National Justice for Animals Week, to raise awareness for those who are abused and neglected but can’t speak for themselves.  Check out ALDF’s website for more information and activities being held around the country on this issue as well as updates on the good work that ALDF does on behalf of abused and neglected animals.

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Companion Animals

With the exception of one of my cats, which was a gift from my sister, all of the animals I’ve had as an adult have been rescued in one sense or another.  In college, I rescued and kept a neutered stray (who unfortunately died of a heart defect 3 years later) and just this year I rescued and found a home for a neutered, declawed stray we found in our neighborhood (the height of cruelty, as we live in an area of the country where coyotes are common and declawed cats are at a severe disadvantage when defending themselves).

My kitty who just died, and whose sister I still have, were abandoned at the Humane Society because their owners decided that they wanted a child and couldn’t be bothered to relocate their cats of six and a half years to a friend or family member.  We found our dog in a parking lot and the vet we took her to said she was so neglected that we shouldn’t even bother to try and find the owner.

Farm Animals

The BF and I are both vegetarians because of the cruelty involved in factory farms including inhumane living conditions, unnecessarily brutal methods of killing, and abuse at the hands of factory farm and slaughterhouse workers.   Those who are into yoga are generally vegetarian/vegan because that belief system takes the idea “you are what you eat” to mean that when you eat the flesh of an animal who has been raised specifically to be slaughtered, you are ingesting the pain, fear, confusion, and cruelty that led to the meat’s arrival to your plate. 

Not only is this food a product of cruelty, much of it is unsafe to eat.  The presence of bovine growth hormone, bacteria, and pus in dairy products, for example, has been linked to Crohn’s disease.  Mad cow disease is spread in part by cows eating infected meat and bone meal (i.e., eating other infected cows) which are then eaten by humans.  And the other industries are just as bad.

As if compassion and health reasons weren’t enough, cutting back on your meat and dairy consumption is the number one way to go green.  The meat industry is responsible for 18% of humankind’s carbon footprint – more than the entire transportation industry.

Learn more.  Take action.  Participate in National Justice for Animals Week.

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  • http://honeyandlance.com Lance

    Honey, thanks for blogging about this, your passion for the subject is evident.

    I listened to a speaker over the weekend who is an elite athlete training to make the US national team. Coincidentally, he echoed many of the things you stated when he started talking about nutrition and why he eats (or doesn’t) eat what he eats. It was pretty hardcore.

    Because of these two items, I’ve decided to add another personal project to my list. I’m going to go vegetarian for the month of March. I don’t think this will be particularly difficult, as my GF is a vegetarian and an expert at nutrition, and I’ve done it before as an undergrad. I’ll blog a bit about it.

    BTW, 7 weeks now and I haven’t drank!

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  • http://honeyandlance.com Honey

    Lance, congrats on your not drinking and on your decision to go veggie for a month! I have some awesome recipes if you want them. FYI, though – whoever said it was cheaper to be veggie was LYING :-)

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  • Musika

    Yet again, more vegitarians…

    Look, i myself have worked (practicum) in a meat processing plant, where the animals are slaughtered and then prepared for delivery.

    You guys make a really bad generalization of what goes on in a factory. If you’ve actually worked in such conditions, you can see that you are wrong.

    As for the method of slaughter. Most of the animals (mind you it was a small private shop) were killed while they weren’t even awake. Most of the time, the animal which is going to be processed is put into a stall alone, and after it has fallen asleep a knife was used, to not even disturb the other animals. This is done, because if the animal at hand or others in the area realise this, a chemical is released into the blood which ruins the meat…

  • http://honeyandlance.com Honey

    Well since society isn’t going to reduce its dependence on meat overnight (much like our dependence on foreign oil, which is also detrimental to our environment), small humane factories like the one you describe are a first step. Unfortunately, this is not the environment in which the majority of animals are slaughtered.

    And really, compassion aside (since we as a society seem to have no interest in compassion), the fact that the meat industry contributes more greenhouse gasses than the ENTIRE TRANSPORTATION INDUSTRY is really what’s going to get us to change. I noticed you didn’t have a response for that…

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