Indian villages relocate so Nature can move in

Up until recently, the village of Ramdegi was a bustling farming community in central India’s Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve. Today, the village’s human population stands at exactly zero, though its streets and fields are now teeming with a different kind of life.

As part of an ongoing effort to reduce human conflict with wildlife, the Indian government has been encouraging communities living in and around nature reserves to relocate for the sake of peaceful coexistence — and last month, everyone in Ramdegi did just that. Around 200 families agreed to accept incentive packages to move beyond the reserve’s borders, freeing the land to be reclaimed by the surrounding biodiversity.

It didn’t take long before the village, now completely void of people, to be filled anew. A little over four weeks after the last human departed, Ramdegi is now home to herds of bisons, deer, antelope, and boars — grazing on the budding meadows that were once cropland and cattle farms.

Predators too, once reviled by villagers for killing their livestock, are returning to Ramdegi. According to the Times of India, even a tiger has been spotted prowling the grounds of the empty village, free from dangerous and often deadly conflicts with humans that have driven the species to ‘endangered’ status.

This is not the first time an entire village has moved out so nature could move in. Across India, nearly a hundred communities have already voluntarily relocated to widen tiger reserves, and dozens more are expected to follow suit in the years to come.

Human ingenuity may be unmatched in its ability to tame wild landscapes for our own ends — but as Earth’s other inhabitants struggle in the resulting wake, human capacity for compassion in making room for nature just might prove to be the greatest quality of all.

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Have Humans Adapted to Eating Meat and Does it Even Matter?

Have Humans Adapted to Eating Meat and Does it Even Matter?

It is a question I’ve answered many times on this blog, so I decided it deserved its own post.

From Huffington Post article, Shattering the Meat Myth:

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine President Dr. Neal Barnard says in his book, The Power of Your Plate, in which he explains that “early humans had diets very much like other great apes, which is to say a largely plant-based diet, drawing on foods we can pick with our hands. Research suggests that meat-eating probably began by scavenging—eating the leftovers that carnivores had left behind. However, our bodies have never adapted to it. To this day, meat-eaters have a higher incidence of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other problems.”

There is no more authoritative source on anthropological issues than paleontologist Dr. Richard Leakey, who explains what anyone who has taken an introductory physiology course might have discerned intuitively—that humans are herbivores. Leakey notes that “[y]ou can’t tear flesh by hand, you can’t tear hide by hand…. We wouldn’t have been able to deal with food source that required those large canines” (although we have teeth that are called “canines,” they bear little resemblance to the canines of carnivores).

In fact, our hands are perfect for grabbing and picking fruits and vegetables. Similarly, like the intestines of other herbivores, ours are very long (carnivores have short intestines so they can quickly get rid of all that rotting flesh they eat). We don’t have sharp claws to seize and hold down prey. And most of us (hopefully) lack the instinct that would drive us to chase and then kill animals and devour their raw carcasses. Dr. Milton Mills builds on these points and offers dozens more in his essay, “A Comparative Anatomy of Eating.”

The point is this: Thousands of years ago when we were hunter-gatherers, we may have needed a bit of meat in our diets in times of scarcity, but we don’t need it now. Says Dr. William C. Roberts, editor of the American Journal of Cardiology, “Although we think we are, and we act as if we are, human beings are not natural carnivores. When we kill animals to eat them, they end up killing us, because their flesh, which contains cholesterol and saturated fat, was never intended for human beings, who are natural herbivores.”

If humans were “designed” to eat meat, why is it that most of our leading causes of death are directly linked to the ingestion of animal proteins (yes, even when it’s organic, boiled and skinless)? Why are vegans generally healthier and live longer lives? Doesn’t sound like our bodies have adapted too well to these products yet, if they’re still killing us. I’ve never heard of a lion with high cholesterol, after all.

Here’s a chart of our anatomy, compared to other animals:

Noting the similarities, I think it’s safe to conclude that we have indeed developed to be herbivores (specifically, frugivores).

But does any of our evolutionary background even matter in terms of modern-day veganism? I would say no. Since it is apparent that humans can thrive on a plant-based diet, it seems entirely irrelevant what we may have adapted to eating in the past.

So the question isn’t ‘is meat healthy’? (it isn’t) or ‘did our ancestors eat meat’? (they didn’t) or ‘do our bodies align with meat-eaters’? (they don’t). The question is ‘if we can live long, healthy lives without animal products (we can), why do we continue to exploit and abuse sentient, feeling beings?’ The answer is in the hands of carnists because I can’t see any way to justify it. Maybe they think “humane” meat is better, but if the whole process of breeding, enslaving, and killing animals is unnecessary (and actually, very unhealthy) how can we defend it at all?

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What We Must Do While Waiting For Revolution

Originally posted on Species and Class:

by Roland Windsor Vincent

There are not yet enough animal activists and revolutionaries to burn down the slaughterhouses and storm the halls of government.

Not enough of us to take over the corporate offices of the animal slaughter industries and arrest the boards of directors.

Not enough revolutionaries to occupy Wall Street and arrest the criminals who control the US economy.

We aren’t strong enough to bring down the government, the courts, and the thugs who protect them.

One day we may be.
I hope I live to see it.
An end to capitalism.
And end to the fascist state.
An end to those who run Big Agriculture, an end to slaughterhouses, feed lots, packing plants, and factory farms.

Until that day comes we must protect those animals we can. Rescue all we can possibly save. Recruit animal activists wherever possible.

And plan for the Revolution.

I am frequently asked…

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Meat Is Murder? We Don’t Act Like It Is

by Roland Windsor Vincent

As animal activists, everything we believe in and stand for militates for us to rise up in revolt against the horrors of the Animal Holocaust.

The torture and murders of 150 million animals each day in slaughterhouses amply justifies armed insurrection, the storming of the halls of government, the burning down of slaughterhouses, packing plants, meat wholesalers, chain markets, restaurants, and the arrest of everyone involved in the atrocities, from the members of the boards of directors of the major Big Ag companies to the grunts who wield the knives.

If we truly believe that every life is precious, that animals have as much right to live as do we, that meat is murder, we would take to the streets. We would shoot the enemies as we found them. We would sabotage the trucks, take the killers by force, track down their bosses, exact justice for all the lives taken, all the pain and terror inflicted. For all of the horrors.

Of course, were we to do so now, we would fail.

But that is no excuse for failing to plan on making revolution a success.

How can we go on like nothing is wrong? How can we watch TV, go to movies, take vacations, celebrate Christmas, birthday, anniversaries, while a BILLION animals a week are being murdered? If they were a billion children having their throats cut would we ct differently? I fear we would.

For every animal we try to save we should be planning on taking out a capitalist responsible for animal misery and death.

For every day that goes by our resolve and militancy should increase by orders of magnitude.

One hundred thousand animals were murdered while you were reading this. 100,000!

To end the Animal Holocaust will require direct action. It will require bringing down our current political and economic systems.

It will require revolution.

The revolution may be years or decades away. But we can work toward that day when we bring the killing of innocent animals to an end.

Working toward that end means recruiting, educating, training and organizing revolutionaries.

With enough revolutionaries, we can topple the government, and bring an end to the Animal Holocaust.

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Unconditional Anti-Oppression: The Rise of Anti-Speciesism in the Anarchist Movement [EXCERPT]

Originally posted on Species and Class:

Originally published January 8, 2015 by anonymous on Infoshop News.


Anthropocentrism and Speciesism

Anthropocentrism is the belief that humans are superior and therefore entitled to dominate other animals and the earth. This form of discrimination and privilege exists in the anarchist movement, and has played a key role in the perceiving of non-human animal and earth liberation as secondary movements. As any other supremacist ideology, anthropocentrism perpetuates discrimination, enslavement, and murder in general, and towards non-human animals in particular. It embodies an interlocking combination of oppressions which manifest in the dominating social relationship humans have towards each other, the earth and other animals. Similar to white supremacy with the discrimination of non-white people, and male supremacy with the discrimination of non-male identifying people, human supremacy refuses equal consideration and opportunity for non-human animals to pursue a life free of human control.

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Burned by the fire we make

And when Man gained dominion
over land and the oceans
he began to harm the planet
with his asphalt and his toxins
and to lay the forest bare
and to poison even the air
and he killed every beast
and taught the seas how to bleed

Burned by the fire we make,
what a shame

Then the winds gave in
and the rain knew no season
and the sun came to beat
on a land of sand and diseases
and when God looked down
on the earth and saw it was broken
then the tears of God fell down
through a hole in the ozone

Burned by the fire we make
what a shame

This is the nature of the human race
to kill off anything that gets in our way
poor Mother Earth we disfigured her face
Man is the maker of his own disgrace

Burned by the fire we make
what a shame