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World Day for Farmed Animals


Since 1983, World Day for Farmed Animals calls out the pain and suffering they endure, urging humans to take action and end the use of animals for good.

Led by FARM (Farm Animal Rights Movement), World Day for Farmed Animals takes place on October 2 each year (Gandhi's birthday.) You can read about this important day here


The focus of World Farmed Animals Day is to raise awareness of the cruelty of the animal agriculture business, mourn the lives of the billions of innocent beings who suffer within this industry, and to inspire those who participate in this industry to adopt a vegan lifestyle.


What first brought me to vegetarianism was an issue of PETA's Animal Times Magazine, in particular, a story about a downed cow. A downed cow or "downer" is an other-than human animal who cannot stand on their own and is often dragged off the truck on which they have been transported and killed. What brought me to veganism was the understanding of the cruelty involved in the dairy industry. Check out my blog Vegan for the Animals for more of my story.


So, what can you do to honor World Day for Farmed Animals? There are many suggestions on the FARM website, I encourage you to check them out. I also encourage you to look at your own life, how can you embrace a new way of thinking?


One suggestion I have is to look at the language you use. You may have noticed that I used the term "other-than human animal" and did not refer to the cows as "it" but as they. We do not "own" those other-than human animals with whom we share our homes, we are their parents/guardians/care-takers. Think about the cliches you may use, "there's more than one way to skin a cat" how incredibly violent and cruel, why not "there's more than one way to peel a potato"? Instead of "Kill two birds with one stone" why not "cut two carrots with one knife"?


Are you inspired to start making some changes? Check out my blog Tiny Steps to start small. Ready to go all in? Schedule a free call with me to map out your path.


What are you doing for World Day for Farmed Animals? Tell me in the comments below.


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Interesting blog. While some may slaughter inhumanly, this is an act from I think 1952 for Humane Methods of Slaughter Act. When I was young, my aunt and uncle owned a dairy and beef farm and all we're treated well even on the way to the slaughter house. As always there are those that never take care of whatever they are doing. Same with hunters and killing for pleasure or killing for food.

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Kimberly Winters
Kimberly Winters
Oct 03, 2022
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Thank you sharing your experience and noting the Humane Methods for Slaughter Act. Yes, this Act exists and is expected to be followed by all slaughterhouses. The first issue is that all birds are excluded from this act. Another is that even those who come from small farms and whose farmers have noted they have lived well all wind up in the same slaughterhouses. Those beings brought to slaughter are nothing more than a commodity, a production number to these slaughterhouse operators. The focus is on rendering as many animals as possible every day to ensure profits. This also speaks to how those who work in the slaughterhouses suffer as well, but, that's for another blog. Animals trucked to slaughter…


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Thanks for sharing your story. I, too, was once an animal lover who didn't realize the cruelty behind meat and dairy production. But after doing some research and seeing first-hand what happens on factory farms, I couldn't unsee the atrocity of it all and made the compassionate decision to go stop eating red meat. I know it is not a 100% solution, but it is a start. I am cutting down on the amount of chicken since I have known you.


There is so much suffering in this industry that most people simply don't know about. By raising awareness on World Farmed Animals Day, we can help to change that and inspire others to make the kindest choice possible -…

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Kimberly Winters
Kimberly Winters
Oct 03, 2022
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We're all on a journey, some make sweeping overnight changes that stick and others go bit by bit. I think more impact can be done by someone who follows what works for them and makes life-long changes than someone who goes vegan quickly but gives up on it a few months later because they never really made it a meaningful part of their lives.


You're absolutely right that there is so much suffering that people are unaware of. The industry has so much money and power they can readily advertise for "happy cows" and they also know that most people would be absolutely horrified by what goes on and are willing to remain blind to it simply because it is…


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Unknown member
Oct 02, 2022

I saw this on my PETA calendar- it's Gandhi's Birthday and world farm animals day....no literally it's on my calendar right in front of me...what time is your Zoom vigil?

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Kimberly Winters
Kimberly Winters
Oct 02, 2022
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That's awesome, Pamela! The vigil is at 7:30pm ET tonight. Here's the link to sign up: https://www.didyoubringthehummus.com/service-page/world-day-for-farmed-animals-vigil

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Guest
Oct 02, 2022

Thank you for this information. I had no idea this something that was done each year.

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Kimberly Winters
Kimberly Winters
Oct 02, 2022
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Thank you for reading!

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Guest
Oct 02, 2022

Wow! I love your site! I recently moved to Portugal, and in the area I am in it can be really tough to avoid some animal products. I'm doing my best though and learning where to find things that work! Thanks for what you do. I'm going to be checking out some of your recipes! - Patricia Selmo

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Kimberly Winters
Kimberly Winters
Oct 02, 2022
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Hi Patricia, thank you for the kind words! That definitely makes sense, we don't (yet) live in a vegan world, there will be some situations where we make the best choice we can.


I can't wait to hear what you think about the recipes!

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