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Let the Invasion Begin!

Just a chronic lurker/ she/her / College student / Mixed Black / Bisexual / Icon is from the Nanbaka manga.

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2022-10-03 04:57:40
    katelyn-danger

    Unironically, vegans need to be advocating for more and better sheep, llama, and alpaca farms. Wool is one of the best fabrics we have in terms of versatility, longevity and most importantly, insulation. Even wet, it retains 80% of it's insulation potential.

    AND IT DOESN'T SHED MICROPLASTICS

    katelyn-danger

    Like, there's literally nothing you can do to a sheep that's as morally reprehensible as dumping plastic down the gullet of literally every other living thing. You wanna talk about animal welfare? Talk about reducing the amount of microplastics produced by rayon, polyester, and spandex.

    prismatic-bell

    You are brave as FUCK for saying this, and it’s 100% true.

    Wool farming, if done with an eye on animal welfare*, does absolutely nothing to harm a sheep or alpaca. It’s no different than a haircut. And just like a haircut, it’ll grow right back. If your argument is that sheep may be cut in this process—very occasionally a sheep may be nicked. To be clear, I say NICKED, not cut. Think about shaving your legs or face and hitting a bump, and ow, you bleed a couple drops. That is what may, rarely, happen. But RARELY, because farmers are going to take damn good care of the animals who keep them in funds. Should it happen, it’s as much an accident as you finding that bump while shaving.

    Likewise y’all should be promoting ethical beekeeping and honey farming. Bees are unique among livestock in that if they don’t like their keeper, if they think the hive is shitty, they can, and will, just…leave. You can’t put a collar or ear tag on a bee. Bee populations are declining and they’re incredibly important in our biodiversity (as pollinators, yes, but also in other ways). And bees do, indeed, make too much honey for themselves. That’s why they swarm. A nest gets too full of comb, or they outgrow it, and they just dip. Swarming is dangerous because it leaves the bees vulnerable—the queen is mostly unprotected, they have only as much food as they could carry with them so if it’s late in the season they’re dead meat, humans spot swarms and freak out and send exterminators because they don’t realize swarms aren’t dangerous as long as you’re calm….it is, BY FAR, better to have bees in a hive that never overfills, where they can be checked for parasites and diseases that would destroy the colony or even an entire apiary and can receive honey substitute rather than starving to death if winter should be particularly harsh or long, and where an excess of their natural product and instincts can be siphoned off for the benefit of humans with no detriment to the bees.

    Honey is less harmful to us and to the planet we live on than agave syrup, stevia, or cane sugar. It does not rely on any kind of slave labor (again: if the bees weren’t happy, they’d leave). It does not upset entire economies. And by its nature there are more independent keepers than there are giant conglomerates, which is better all the way around! (Although the conglomerates are trying to change that, so like. Support your local beekeepers.) Plus, old no-longer-needed honeycomb is made of beeswax, which can be used in all manner of things in lieu of more harmful chemicals like phthalates. There is no downside here!

    “Never do anything involving an animal ever” should not be the goal. That completely ignores that we are animals that grew up in a complete ecosystem. “Do the least amount of harm and be good stewards, because this planet doesn’t belong to only us” should be the goal.

    Wool and honey. We can argue another time about eggs. For right now let’s agree that sheep, goats, alpacas, and bees make far more of these products than they will ever need, that in some cases an excess can even be detrimental to them, and that it is a GOOD THING to find a way to live in balance rather than poisoning our world with “vegan leather.”

    *to wit: animals should have plenty of space, shelter, food, and clean water. I love meat and I fucking hate factory farming.

    toskarin

    remember when I jokingly called that witch from mercury might be the foot in the door we need for yuri gundam down the line?

    let's fucking go

    toskarin

    I'm not gonna harp on the same old song and dance about The Importance of Representation that serves only to pin down movements into moments and inflate the importance of something that happened in a cartoon, but I like it

    tsukinoinaba

    something that got pointed out to me in a discord server I’m in:

    mmm-asbestos

    thinking about hospital and university underground tunnels....

    there is something about them....

    mmm-asbestos

    like literally your doctor tells you to go to another building and to take the tunnel cause its faster and you end up in a literal backroom and depending on how new the construction is you will encounter all three pictured above in order

    mmm-asbestos

    my favorite part of this post is most people in the notes are like yeah yeah scary underground tunnels under hospitals and universities we've all seen them but also there is a small group of people who never heard of these in their life and are very confused rn

    toskarin

    remember when I jokingly called that witch from mercury might be the foot in the door we need for yuri gundam down the line?

    let's fucking go

    toskarin

    I'm not gonna harp on the same old song and dance about The Importance of Representation that serves only to pin down movements into moments and inflate the importance of something that happened in a cartoon, but I like it