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We crucified the Lamb of God — Why do we still slaughter sheep?


By Dan Paden

As I read Exodus and Leviticus this Lent, the ritual sacrifices of lambs, oxen and other animals strike me. Imagining how the offerings of these slaughtered animals looked, sounded and smelled fuels powerful meditations on the death of Jesus, the “Lamb of God.” It also makes me wonder: Why do the faithful still have countless lambs and sheep — among other species — killed so violently for us?

Christ’s death, after all, made animal sacrifices obsolete. According to Saint Paul, because of Jesus’ sacrifice, no one else — including lambs and other sheep — need die for our sins. But need they die for us at all? God put animals’ fate into our hands only after He lamented our ancestors’ wickedness and flooded the Earth. This likely left Noah’s family with little to eat and wear but animals. That’s a bleak position to be in: Kill, eat and cover oneself with God’s creations — or perish.

I don’t face such desperation. Very few readers do. We don’t need to eat lamb — hundreds of healthy, happy Trappist monks and nuns across the U.S. can attest to that — or wear wool.

And yet, in a nation where more than 70 percent of the population self-identifies as Christian, around 37,000 lambs and older sheep are slaughtered every week at federally inspected plants. Nearly 190,000 lambs and sheep were killed on U.S. farms from 2014 to 2015.

In Colorado, my friend documented a shearer who twisted one such victim’s neck, breaking it, and then kicked her headfirst down a chute, where she died.

That horrible treatment cannot be considered an isolated incident. In 2014, another colleague of mine documented that workers in Argentina cut the throats of conscious lambs and started to skin some of them while they were still kicking. Months earlier, PETA had revealed that in Australia, workers beat sheep while shearing them.

All that pain and agony was inflicted on God’s creations here and elsewhere simply so that someone could buy a lamb chop or a pair of socks made of wool. The U.S. produced more than 25 million pounds of wool — and imported millions of pounds more — in 2015.

So we must ask ourselves: Are the sheep and lambs who are slaughtered today dying because of our sins?

Sin “is an offense against … right conscience … caused by a perverse attachment to certain goods” (Catechism of the Catholic Church). If we wouldn’t slit a conscious lamb’s throat or break a sheep’s neck ourselves, can our conscience rightly accept having others do so on our behalf?

Isn’t it only our stubborn attachment to mere taste preferences — whether for a particular dish or a certain sweater—that keeps us buying lambs’ flesh or wool in the face of such endemic cruelty?

I confess that I once cherished the wool sweaters that my grandparents gave me each Christmas. But when I learned of the agony woven in with that yarn and the blood washed out of it, I could no longer in good conscience wear them or any wool. To do so would be to support all the terror and suffering that exist in the interconnected wool and sheep-flesh industries.

This Lent, as we strive especially hard to turn away from sin, may we also take up Christ’s instruction to “proclaim the gospel to every creature.” We can start to bring His good news to all creation by leaving lambs and sheep off our plates and their skin and fleece off our backs.

For the faithful — and indeed, for all kind people — our choice is simple but stark: We can work toward God’s peaceable kingdom to come, in which no animal will be harmed or destroyed — or pay others to harm and stab these docile, fellow living beings on our behalf.

Which will you choose?


This Valentine’s Day, show some serious love to animals! Pledge to go vegetarian – or eat way less meat! Drop the fur – forever! Bannish wool from your closet! Fight for ALL animals (even the ones you don’t think are cute)!💙

From PETA.ORG. Some sweet – and arresting – images. – R.T.









Tired of being a fatty?

Sick of feeling helpless in the face of global warming? Need a new wardrobe? Love animals and want to see them respected – not abused?


– R.T.



It’s a new year, and that means New Year’s resolutions may be on your mind. Perhaps you’ve decided to drop a few pounds to fit back into those favorite jeans that are hiding in the back of your closet, or maybe you’d like to do your part to save the planet. No matter what your goals are, follow through this year by going vegan, and you’ll be well on your way to a healthier, happier 2016!

You won’t believe how easy it is.

You can accomplish all of the following New Year’s resolutions simultaneously—just by going vegan:

1. Be More Adventurous


If you’re bored with your daily routine and eating the same foods, there’s a whole new world of vegan food for you to explore. Seitan, tempeh, and tofu can all be prepared in a number of delicious ways.

2. Be Kinder


What could be more kind than saving animals? This new year, give up animal flesh and other animal-derived foods and switch to a compassionate plant-based diet.

3. Lose Weight

Following a vegan diet that’s full of fruits and veggies has helped many people lose weight. Of course, tons of junk food options are vegan, too, so be sure to steer clear of processed foods if you really want to kick your weight loss to the next level!

4. Reduce Your Carbon Footprint


A staggering 51 percent or more of global greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture, according to a report published by the Worldwatch Institute.

While biking to work is a great way to cut down on emissions, nothing compares to the impact you’ll make when you go vegan.

5. Save Water

While skipping showers is one way to conserve water, the very best way is by going vegan. More than half of the water used in the United States today goes to animal agriculture, and since farmed animals produce 130 times more excrement than the human population, the run-off from farm waste is fouling our waterways.

6. Be Healthier

Vegans are approximately one-ninth as likely to be obese as meat-eaters and have a cancer rate that is only 40 percent that of meat-eaters. People who consume animal-derived foods are also at increased risk for many other illnesses, including strokes, obesity, osteoporosis, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, multiple allergies, diabetes, and food poisoning. Learn more about the health benefits of vegetarian eating.

7. Reduce Your Cholesterol

Did you know that cholesterol is only found in animal-derived foods? For a healthier 2016, go vegan to cut out all cholesterol from your diet.

8. Update Your Wardrobe

Being vegan isn’t just about food choices—animals suffer and are killed for fur, leather, and wool. If your New Year’s resolution is to update your wardrobe, be sure to make compassionate choices like buying fashionable vegan leather and other synthetic options.

9. Donate to Charity

Consider donating old fur items to the homeless to help keep them warm this winter.

10. Save Money

Not only does eating veggies keep you healthier, it also helps you save money! Compared to the prices of animal flesh, plant-based staples—like beans, rice, pasta, and tofu—are much cheaper than meat.

11. Travel More

Put aside any savings you have from not purchasing meat or expensive animal skins, and use the money for a trip to a place you’ve always wanted to explore.

If any of these New Year’s resolutions are on your list, make sure you follow through with them by going vegan—you’ll accomplish your goals and so much more!

Pledge to go vegan!

Why I’ll have a wool-free winter

By Jennifer Bates
‘Tis the season for cozy fires, warm cocoa and playing in the snow. One thing that’s never in season, though, is wool.
I used to love wool—I mean, really love it. As soon as the temperature dipped, out came my wool skirts and scarves, mittens and sweaters. It made my eyes water and my skin itch, but I still bundled up in the stuff every winter and lamented packing it away again in the spring. On a trip to Tibet years ago, I even searched for hours for a wool cap, the only souvenir I really wanted. But these days, wool is no longer welcome in my closet. Why? Because I now see wool for what it actually is: environmentally destructive and heartbreakingly cruel.
Sheep require lots of land for grazing, and our voracious demand for wool requires lots and lots of sheep—so many, in fact, that they have outstripped the Earth’s ability to sustain them. In Patagonia, Argentina—once second only to Australia in wool production—too many sheep on the land led to soil deterioration, desertification and, eventually, irrevocable damage to the area. In a region of South Africa, sheep and other farmed animals created badlands when they ate their way through all the vegetation. And of course, cutting down trees to make room for grazing leads to decreased biodiversity. Any way you look at it, wool production is stripping parts of the planet bare.  
And the sheep fare even worse than the environment. Since shearers are paid by volume, it’s in their financial interests to work as quickly as possible, with no consideration for the sheep’s welfare. On three continents, PETA has exposed shearers who punched and stomped on sheep, throwing them against the hard wooden floor and gouging them with clippers as they raced to shear as many sheep as possible. Often, workers starve sheep and deprive them of water for 24 hours before shearing begins because weak animals are easier to control. Some sheep die from all this abuse.
And “responsibly sourced” wool is just as bad. A recent PETA video exposé of some of these sheep farms in Argentina showed hideous mutilations without any pain relief. One worker hacked off lambs’ tails, leaving bloody stumps as the babies bleated in pain. Another cut notches out of the lambs’ sensitive ears using a tool resembling pliers and neutered a male lamb by putting a tight ring around his scrotum so that his testicles would shrivel up and fall off. Even as a woman, the thought makes me cross my legs and grimace at the agony they endure.
That Tibetan cap turned out to be the last wool purchase I ever made. After learning about all the cruelty and environmental destruction caused by wool production, I said goodbye to wool clothing forever. And in so doing, I learned something else: It is so easy not to wear wool. The variety of sustainable, plant-based materials available is astounding, and they can be found everywhere, from national chains to Fifth Avenue boutiques. Clothing and accessories made out of these vegan fabrics are comfortable, warm and stylish. And, since compassion looks good on everyone, they also make the perfect holiday gift.
Let’s make this a joyous season for all beings. Choose cruelty-free clothing and accessories, and leave wool where it belongs — on animals.

“Taking animals out of the fashion equation”


Written by Christina Sewell

Vegan wool means high-tech, eco-friendly, cruelty-free construction – a model set to take over the fashion industry.

Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart of VAUTE took the time to introduce us to her chic wool-free coats and chunky knit sweaters, which encourage positive change by taking animals out of the fashion equation.

To create VAUTE’s version of vegan wool, Hilgart turned to U.S.-based high-tech mills at the cutting edge of sustainability, using eco-conscious fabrics made from a blend of organics and recycled fibers.

The combination makes for a super-warm, water-resistant, and windproof garment that gives back to the planet and spares sheep from painful mutilations on farms.

These are coats and sweaters that people who may not yet know about how cruelly animals are treated will adore, because they’re created with the warmth and protection of a coat from Patagonia but with the look and feel of a trendy, sleek dress coat.

With this fashion-forward clothing, VAUTE proves that rules were made to be broken and that what we choose to wear is extremely impactful. Everyone can make positive changes with simple everyday choices.

Animals shouldn’t be exploited and abused, and it’s time to make sure that there’s no need for them to be by creating animal-free apparel that looks, performs, and feels better.

Check out VAUTE’s coat collection!

“Fall” head over heels for vegan (read: cruelty-free!) fashion!


ICT editor/boss lady Rosalie (pic taken a few weeks ago – she’s cut and dyed her hair since then) NEVER buys leather, wool, angora ANYTHING! The animals on these “farms” suffer horrible deaths, often bleeding to death for what??? for a jacket? A pair of boots?

Check out this interactive Fashion Look Book from PETA.ORG (their first ever!!) to see how attractive cruelty-fashion can be! (Click on blue highlighted text!):

Hey trendsetter…

We know you value feeling as good as you look. We also know there’s no better way to get dressed than by wearing your values on your sleeve. Supporting companies that are moving fashion into the future with sustainable production, high ethics, and cutting-edge innovation allows you to do just that.

That’s why we’ve compiled the season’s flyest cruelty-free styles in this interactive lookbook, shot in Downtown Los Angeleswith the winners of this year’s Vegan Fashion Awards, “Most Influential Designer” Joshua Katcher (of Brave GentleMan) and “Most Innovative Designer” Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart (of Vaute). From cork handbags and vegan wool blend sweaters to faux fur stoles and the vegan leather “It” platform of the season, we’ve got you covered. Because nothing makes us happier than helping you live your most beautiful, honest life. Now go do your heart (and closet) a favor, and get clicking!


Blue jean boppin’!!

From PETA.ORG. Cruelty-free fashion! No animals were  killed/harmed to make these adorable denim pieces…

Click on the UNDERLINED names, following the numerals, to order the clothing and to see more fall fashion!

– R. Tirella

Denim is a true-blue, all-American classic. It became popular in the 1840s among people mining for gold, who depended on the sturdy cotton weave to withstand all types of weather. Since then, it’s made appearances in major fashion trends, from bell-bottoms to acid wash denim to skinny jeans.

Denim is always in style, and it’s always vegan. That’s our favorite part. Here are some ideas for how to wear it this fall, as the weather cools down:

1. MOTO Authentic Denim Borg Western Jacket by Topshop

Denim Jacket

This jacket is 100 percent cotton, with a plush lining that can stand up to brisk fall weather.

2. Life in Progress Buttoned A-Line Denim Skirt by Forever 21

Denim skirt F21

This A-line miniskirt would look perfect with a pair of thick tights.

3. Skinny High Ankle Jeans by H&M

Jeans H&M

The 1 percent spandex gives these jeans the flexibility to make them super-comfortable.

4. Denim A-Line Pinafore Dress by ASOS

asos pinafore denim dress

How cute is this pinafore dress? It comes in washed black, has adjustable straps, and would look fabulous if worn with a long-sleeve fitted shirt.

5. Pet Perceives Top by ModCloth

pet perceives denim shirt modcloth

Keep kittens close to your heart with this loose-fitting, button-up shirt.

6. MOTO Tie-Waist Jumpsuit by Topshop

denim jumpsuit

This looks so comfortable, we want it now. Whoever invented mechanic-chic deserves a genius award.

7. Pieces Denim Skirt by ASOS

white skirt ASOS

A white skirt may remind you of the ’80s but just a touch—after all, it’s not acid wash.

8. Boxy Denim Shirt by Forever 21

Denim shirt F21

This light-colored utility-inspired shirt reminds us of those bright summer days as we fade into fall.

9. Denim Shirt in Dark Wash by ASOS

Asos shirt

If you’re looking for a classic button-up denim shirt for fall, this is it.

10. Light Wash Denim Trucker Jacket by Calvin Klein

light jean jacket calvin klein

This trucker jacket is great for layering and has a nice fade at the shoulders. It also comes in a darker shade.

11. Women’s Denim Overall by Mossimo


Did you get the memo? Women’s denim overalls are back in style. Grab yourself a cute, affordable pair by Mossimo, available at Target stores.

12. High-Rise Skinny Jeans in Black by Forever 21

black skinny jeans

Why not invest in some black denim, too?

Now that you’ve chosen your favorite denim look for fall, add an outer layer to the mix with our recommendations forthe season’s cutest vegan coats. Happy shopping!