anonymous asked:

Is it unvegan to spay or neuter your pets? I feel like it might be since your removing the genitals that produce hormones and removing animal nature from their bodies, but I'm also greatly concerned about the amount of animals that end up on the street or in pounds and have to be put to sleep cause there aren't enough homes for them all... what's the stance in the vegan community on this?

The mainstream stance, and one I share, is that spaying and neutering pets is the responsible thing to do. Yes there is some pain and discomfort involved, but as their caretakers it’s up to us to weight that against what is achieved and decide what is in their best interests. Given all the problems caused and the millions of animals being killed every year because there is no room for them, it is unjustifiable to allow dogs or cats to breed. As vegans we should be adopting rather than buying and never allowing our animals to breed.

what’s absolutely beautiful about tamika flynn is that night vale is so ass-backwards because it believes that the books the librarians guard, and thus prevent the people of the town from reading, are more dangerous than the librarians themselves, right?

right. except, wrong. because somewhere in that library little tamika found books on guerilla warfare. she found che and machiavelli and sun tzu. she learnt that the people liberate themselves. she read malcolm x and paulo freire and maya angelou. tamika learnt rebellion by living it, and she learnt resistance by reading about it. she came out of that library with the head of her vanquished foe in one hand, and a book in the other.

the city council is right to fear reading. reading grants knowledge, and pedagogy liberates, and all dictatorial regimes hate, above all else, when people realise that they’re in chains. tamika flynn has seen the bars of her cage, and she’s mad as hell. directly by trying to prevent her becoming such a person, she became such a person. the leader of the resistance is a little girl who just wanted a book to read. (because every revolutionary was, once, just a child who didn’t understand why they were afraid.)

night vale is so smart that it makes me swoon

the first rule of the 1d fandom 

Tribute to my best friend. You were always there for me, through sunshine and rain. When my dysfunctional family was crumbling down, when I was bullied in school, when the entire world seemed so bleak, you wagged your tail and smiled at me. And suddenly everything was going to be okay.

We dug giant holes in the backyard, filled it with water, jumped in and covered ourselves in mud. The best days were when we got to go to your favorite lake. You really loved to roll in duck poop and dead fish. I held you in my lap even when you smelled like rotten fish. I had to shampoo you twice and it was all so much fun.

With each divorce and remarriage, we had to move and give you away when the new place didn’t allow dogs. But somehow you always made it back to me. When emotional trauma gave me amnesia for one year, I couldn’t remember the people in my life but I remember you. If my mom had gone through with the suicide, I would have been okay because I had you.

I grew up and you grew old. Now I’m old enough to be okay on my own, and it was thanks to you. I’ll always miss you. Thank you for the 17 years of unconditional love.

Amnesty International just sent human rights observers to North Dakota to protect water protectors

[IMAGE: Amnesty International in North Dakota watching #NoDAPL.]

Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) has sent a team of human rights observers to monitor law enforcement response to those protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The decision to send the team came in response to reports of militarized police deploying pepper spray, bean bags, and strip searches, as well as a case where improperly trained mercenaries allowed guard dogs to bite multiple protesters. The protesters – who prefer to be referred to as water protectors – have so far emphasized the importance of peaceful protesting tactics. Members of the media have also been arrested for covering the confrontations.

“Our observers are here to ensure that everyone’s human rights are protected,” said Eric Ferrero, director of communications for AIUSA. “We’re deeply concerned about what we heard during our previous visit to Standing Rock and what has been reported to us since.

“People here just want to stand up for the rights of Indigenous people and protect their natural resources. These people should not be treated like the enemy. Police must keep the peace using minimal force appropriate to the situation. Confronting men, women, and children while outfitted in gear more suited for the battlefield is a disproportionate response.”

As recently as October 27th, 2016, hundreds of officers in full riot gear deployed sonic weaponry capable of inflicting long term ear damage against the protesters before arresting them by the dozens.

AIUSA sent a delegation of observers to the area in August and has stayed in contact both with the Indigenous community and those policing the protests since then. Letters had previously been sent to the North Dakota Highway Patrol and the Morton County Sheriff’s office calling for law enforcement officers to respect international human rights standards on the policing of protests.

AIUSA has been in close contact with both the water protectors and police forces and plans to call on the Department of Justice to investigate the methods that police use to handle peaceful protesters.

Amnesty International has also monitored police action in relation to protesters in Ferguson, MO and Baltimore, MD, after the communities erupted in response to police shootings. They were also on the ground to observe protests outside the Republican and Democratic Conventions earlier this summer.

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Interesting dog facts that you might not know.

Dogs don’t feel guilt. Your pet pooch may get jealous, but researchers found those puppy dog eyes are not a sign of guilt. In fact they are just the way we interpret a dog’s reaction to being scolded.

Dog urine can corrode metal. Apparently allowing your dog to wee on a lamp-post could be more dangerous than you think - because the acids in the urine can corrode the metal.

Dogs can smell disease.  Research at the Schillerhohe Hospital in Germany found dogs have an incredible ability to recognise the smell of a range of organic compounds that show the human body isn’t working as it should.

A wagging tail doesn’t always mean they are happy. Tail wagging has its own language. Apparently dogs wag their tail to the right when they’re happy and to the left when they are frightened. Wagging low means they are insecure and rapid movements accompanied by tense muscles or dilated pupils can signal agression.

Dogs have their own fingerprint. A dog’s paw print may look pretty generic but their nose print is actually as unique as a human fingerprint. Their combination of ridges and creases is so distinct it can actually be used to identify them.

Dogs can fall in love.  It may sound far fetched but Paul Zak, a professor at Claremont Graduate University in California, found that a dog’s brain releases oxytocin - the love hormone - when it interacts with humans and dogs, just the same as a human brain does when we hug or kiss.

When dogs kick after going to the bathroom.  Why do they do that?  they are using the scent glands on their paws to further mark their territory.

No night vision goggles needed! Dogs’ eyes contain a special membrane, called the tapetum lucidum, which allows them to see in the dark.

Headcanon over here

McGonagall made it so that dogs were allowed at Hogwarts after the war. She herself was known to keep a dog by her side. Most didn’t understand why though – the large black dog was possibly the most playful and unruly one around. And for Merlin’s sake, what kind of a name was Marauder?