Why Wouldn’t You?

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Vegetarianism or Veganism is good for our hearts in more ways than one! It’s a great feeling to care about others, including animals.

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What If It Was Me In There?

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Would you mind please and take less than two minutes to watch the video footage below of pigs at a factory farm? It doesn’t show any killing whatsoever. I believe it is appropriate even for a child of middle school age. Research has said that pigs are smarter than even dogs. They are very social. Because of this, they do not do well confined. In factory farms they are ‘always’ confined in cages with no room to even turn around. They never see the sky nor grass. They don’t leave the shed where they are kept. The results of being confined drives them mad. That is the reason when they are born on the factory farm, workers cut out their teeth, tails, and testicles to keep them from hurting each other through the cages. And still they go mad. It breaks my heart.

So I ask that you watch the video and ask “what if itย was me in there?” All they want is….out. It’s pitifully sad. Please don’t support factory farms. Eating less meat means producing less animals in these kinds of conditions. Going meatless on Mondays is a great way to start.

Pigs Video by Humane Society of the United States

 

From Feathers To Fluffy Cotton!

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It may seem odd for me to be posting about a ‘pillow’ instead of animal welfare, but bear with me and you’ll understand.

I just ordered two of these. Here’s the description from the website:

“All cotton sleeping pillow. Constructed with 100% American-grown and American-made cotton. Hypoallergenic with no synthetic irritants as other pillows.
We start (and finish) by using only the softest, most luxurious American Upland Cotton โ€“ inside and out — in all of our products. Unsurpassed quality standards are used in our state-of-the-art fabrication houses in Dallas, TX and Charlotte, NC. We are strictly American in all of our processes, including the cotton we use, our machinery, our supply chain, our packaging, and of course our most valuable asset: our people. Our clean, simple promise to you is that we will always bring you products made from only the very finest materials available at the best price possible.”

You can find this pillow here, although I bought mine from JC Penney : Lula Mae Pillow On Etsy

This pillow is made from a PLANT source: cotton to be precise! I spent many, many years buying down pillows. It’s the only kind that is comfortable to me. But here’s what I found out about down: “According to the International Down and Feather Testing Laboratory (IDFL) “Down and feathers have the lowest carbon footprint of any other fill material, both natural and synthetic.” But high quality down is the plumage of ducks and geese, normally plucked from their chest region, in some instances whilst they are alive. Not something that is appreciated by vegans or animal welfare proponents. But there are options for saying ethically warm. Down Alternatives” Can Down Be Ethical?

Some time back when I learned about the sad side of down I ordered a pillow with wool inside. It wasn’t quite right and too much filling. So I returned it. The other thing I dislike is that most down ‘alternatives’ are synthetic. And that’s why I’m so thrilled to find a cruelty-free, NATURAL COTTON alternative!

Here we come to the funny part: the two negative reviews about this cotton pillow is the very reason I ordered them! They said it went flat. Anyone who loves down pillows knows that their head just sinks right ‘down’ into them! So I have high hopes that I will like them. I paid the same price for two that I used to pay for just one down pillow. We have an RV, so one of the pillows will be for it.

I’ll update you in the comments on how I like or dislike them. Please leave any thoughts or experiences you’ve had as well. In the meantime, please buy kind products, not animal based. I am looking forward to sleeping and dreaming with a much clearer conscience on my new plant-based pillows!

For those who may have never heard: cotton has been quoted as ‘Southern snow’! If I love these pillows as much as the South, it will be love from here on out. ๐Ÿ™‚

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