src.adapt.960.high.1408132831218.jpgA recent post on Al Jazeera America highlights yet another reason to ditch factory farms: mutant fish in the Susquehanna River.

The post explains that this sick Pennsylvanian waterway has given birth to intersex smallmouth bass, who show signs of disease, including open lesions and black marks on their skin.

But what exactly is causing this mutation? It's likely a result of agricultural runoff and estrogenic compounds, as "there is a significant correlation between the percentage of land used for agriculture in a watershed and the number of intersex fish downstream in a river."

Additionally, "the proportion of estrogen in waterways that results from agricultural pollution is generally more than 90 percent, while the proportion from human waste is less than 10 percent," states Tracey Woodruff, a reproductive-science professor at the University of California, San Francisco.

According to an analysis by the USDA of the counties making up the river basin, "Pennsylvania is the nation's third largest producer of eggs. Between 2002 and 2012, total chickens in the state increased by more than one-third."

Ready to take a stand to protect freshwater, wildlife, and your health? Check out ChooseVeg.com for delicious recipes and tips on making the transition.

(photo: Geoffrey Smith / Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission)

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While most Americans believe that incidents like the "pink slime" scare are isolated, a new photo series by Peter Augustus, spotlighted in a recent Mashable article, argues that the public really doesn't ever know what makes it into their burgers, nuggets, and meat sandwiches.

NuggetsMysteryMeatPeterAugustus.jpgThe series reveals the ugly truth about "mystery meat" by showing the real ingredients in a product like chicken nuggets (which include the tendons, bones, ligaments, and other chicken parts) juxtaposed with the finished product. As the article astutely points out, "Those 'all white meat' nuggets don't seem as tasty when there are chicken feet beside them."

bltmysterymeatpeteraugustus.jpgBut whether it's feet, breasts, or "drum sticks," all of these body parts are cut from animals who were brutally slaughtered after suffering miserable lives on factory farms.

hotdogmysterymeatpeteraugustus.jpgInstead of supporting cruelty and needless death by purchasing these unhealthy meat products, why not adopt a delicious and humane vegan diet?

porkburgermysterymeatpeteraugustus.jpgCheck out ChooseVeg.com for meal ideas, tips, and tricks.

(photos: Peter Augustus)

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lake-eries-water-quality-has-been-in-a-state-of-decline.jpgAccording to a recent report by The Guardian, the spread of dangerous phosphorus algal blooms in Lake Erie has left hundreds of thousands of Ohio residents without safe drinking water.

The article explains that unsafe levels of phosphorus in the Great Lakes used to be caused by industrial waste, but after a ban on phosphorus in laundry detergent went into effect in 1988, agricultural pollution from factory farms became the main source of the contamination.

This most recent threat to surrounding communities is due to "an overload of phosphorus, which washes into lakes from commercial fertilizer used by farming operations."

Not surprisingly, factory farming practices are responsible for widespread contamination of our drinking water. In fact, animal excrement and other agricultural runoff from large-scale farms has polluted nearly one third of rivers in the U.S.

Want to withdraw your support of factory farms and protect our precious natural resources? Check out ChooseVeg.com for meal ideas, recipes, and more.

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baby-jersey-cow.jpgCTV Montreal reports sad news for animal lovers: three hundred calves died in a barn fire on Monday.

The fire started late at night, and despite efforts by Montreal firefighters, all that remained after the fire was put out was charred wreckage of the building, meaning certain death for the 300 calves inside the barn.

This heart-wrenching news serves as a poignant reminder that animals on factory farms are put in harm's way every day.

Sentient beings like these cattle are denied safety and everything natural to them during their lives on factory farms. Absent devastating barn fires, they are all still ultimately doomed to a terrifying death at the slaughterhouse.

Help protect animals by choosing not to support the cruel industry that exploits and kills them. Learn more about transitioning to a kind vegan diet by visiting ChooseVeg.com.

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james.jpgJames and Suzy Amis Cameron, the provocative power couple behind the first all-vegan school and countless successful films, are now reported by CNN to be promoting a plant-based diet as the cure for our environmental ills.

The two tout the benefits of a vegan diet as far less wasteful than the standard, meat-heavy American diet. Additionally, they say, plant-based eating contributes significantly less to the greenhouse gas emissions that are wreaking environmental havoc.

As Cameron explains: "Sixty percent or more of the crops we grow go to feed animals, which is very, very inefficient." He has hope for positive change, however, confidently asserting that if enough people adopted a plant-based diet, we could "turn down the heat on this planet very quickly."

 

Indeed, a vegan diet does go a long way in the fight against environmental degradation. Not only that, it improves human health and reduces animal suffering.

Make the world a better place! Visit ChooseVeg.com today and get started.

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Screen Shot 2014-08-12 at 10.36.02 AM.pngAccording to an article by Mic.com, a recent study published in Climatic Magazine found that vegetarians contribute significantly less to climate change than their meat-eating peers, and vegans have an even smaller environmental footprint.

The article explains the reason for these differences: "Meat tends to produce much more emissions than growing plants. That's thanks in large part to livestock methane emissions and the inefficiency inherent in raising animals. (You need to grow, transport and store food for the animals and then raise, transport and store the meat from the animals themselves.)"

Clearly, there is no such thing as "sustainable" meat, and plant-based alternatives to meat, dairy, and eggs take a mere fraction of the resources to produce as their animal-based counterparts.

Looking to do your part for the environment? Check out ChooseVeg.com for recipes, tricks, and tips for eating veg!

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CutePigletWhiteBackground_dreamstime_5353702[1] copy.jpgThe highly anticipated 13th annual Veggie Awards have arrived, which means it's time to get the word out about your favorite vegan websites, organizations, products, and blogs.

The Awards, sponsored by VegNews magazine, are one of the publication's most successful features, and MFA is honored to be in the running for Favorite Nonprofit Animal Organization.

If you love MFA, don't miss this opportunity to show your support for all that we do. Consider voting for:

  • Mercy For Animals for Favorite Nonprofit Animal Organization
  • ChooseVeg.com for Favorite Website

All voters will be entered to win incredible prizes, including:

  • Five-night stay at the Stanford Inn Eco Resort
  • 12-day tour of India with Veg Voyages
  • Opportunity to meet and dine with the VegNews staff in San Francisco (includes tickets to a Giants baseball game)
  • $100 gift certificate for Vtopian Artisan Cheeses
  • Box from Vegan Cuts full of snacks and fun vegan goodies

Don't wait; the polls close August 31 at midnight. Winners will be announced in the November-December edition of VegNews.

Click here to cast your votes!

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tuna.jpgDespite the pervasive stereotype that fish are stupid creatures, fish are no less intelligent than their terrestrial fellows. A recent article by Vox.com highlights yet more scientific findings, this time from biologist Culum Brown, to support this truth.

While the belief that fish possess only a three-second memory and don't feel pain is still ingrained in popular thought, evidence to the contrary is growing stronger all the time.

The article details a multitude of fish abilities, including their ability to "learn from each other, recognize other fish they've spent time with previously, know their place within fish social hierarchies, and remember complex spatial maps of their surroundings." As Brown has written, there is even some evidence that "they use tools."

This cognitive ability means that far from being oblivious to the abuses inflicted on them by cruel factory farming systems, fish undoubtedly experience their victimization as much as any other animal raised for consumption. It's time we started giving consideration to fish, and left them off our plates.

Looking to find compassionate alternatives to fish? Head over to ChooseVeg.com for meat-free alternatives to all of your favorite flavors.

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Screen Shot 2014-08-08 at 11.38.01 AM.pngAccording to a recent article by Indian Country Today Media Network, the diet of traditional indigenous Americans is healthier than the contemporary American diet, due to the fact that the diet is rich in plant-based foods, and low in animal products.

Researchers presenting at the International Conference on Diabetes found that a low-fat, plant-based diet was the most effective at reducing, and in some cases reversing, type II diabetes in Navajo populations.

Dr. Neal Barnard, noted advocate of a vegan diet as the key to long-lasting health, stated at the conference, "It's remarkable to see the health difference between traditional populations and those who no longer practice a traditional life. Well-meaning but ill-informed government programs took away the ability to independently grow healthy food and instead dumped surplus cans of luncheon meats, cheeses, and processed foods of all kinds on these populations."

The ever-growing body of evidence proves that a meatless diet has incredible potential to reduce some of the most serious health issues that plague Americans today.

Interested in reaping the benefits of a vegan lifestyle, both in terms of ethics and your health? Check out ChooseVeg.com for meal ideas and tips to get you started.

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August 7, 2014

Meatless Millennials

Screen Shot 2014-08-07 at 3.25.35 PM.pngAccording to a recent report by The Tennessean, the current young adult generation seems to be paving the way to a more compassionate future.

Saritha Prabhu, author of the article and mother of a vegan college-aged son, posits that millennials are actually leading the vegetarian and vegan movement, in some cases inspiring their older peers and relatives to make the transition as well.

This marks a fundamental shift in the public mindset toward a more empathetic and compassionate way of life. As Prabhu optimistically concludes, "something heartening is happening: Millennials, many of whom care about animal rights and the environment, are making different food choices. And they, who are generally seen as social media-obsessed narcissists, are showing older generations the way in this area."

It's inspiring to see the plant-based movement gaining such momentum from those who have years ahead of them to stop animal suffering. Interested in getting in on the veg movement? Check out ChooseVeg.com, which has plenty of tips, tricks, and meal ideas to get you started on a meatless diet.

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