This morning, Walmart, one of the world’s biggest companies – and the nation’s biggest food seller by a long shot – announced it has adopted the “five freedoms” principles for farm animals, effectively renouncing the use of extreme confinement and other abusive practices in animal agriculture, and signaling an extraordinary change in agriculture in America. Precisely because it’s Walmart, this is the most definitive statement yet that the era of confining farm animals in cages will come to an end. We applaud the company for adopting a comprehensive animal welfare policy, which comes on the heels of dozens of other declarations and pledges from other major food retailers against gestation crates, battery cages, and tail docking of dairy cows.
Walmart is calling on its suppliers to, among other actions, work toward ensuring that animals: 1) are raised in ways that allow them to engage in natural behaviors, including having sufficient space and socialization with other members of their species, 2) be provided more comfortable living conditions, 3) are free from painful mutilations 4) be spared mental discomfort or distress, and 5) be given ready access to water and feed. These changes, so grounded in common sense, would nonetheless herald major improvements over how much of agribusiness currently treats animals.
With these principles in mind, Walmart singles out the confinement of hens in battery cages, sows in gestation crates, and calves in veal crates as practices that must end. Walmart is also working with its suppliers to address the welfare issues surrounding painful mutilations like tail docking, dehorning, castration, and to move to slaughter systems that don’t cause as much pain.
This policy applies for all of Walmart’s U.S. operations and includes its subsidiary Sam’s Club. With the company capturing a staggering 25 percent of the grocery market, there’s no greater agent of change within our country’s food system.
As Walmart says, this announcement is part of its pledge to continually improve farm animal welfare. In other words: it’s a first step—and like all first steps, there’s room for more. For example, Walmart doesn’t yet have timelines for getting animals out of cages, or for achieving its commitments on other welfare issues—something we hope to solve with the company.
Timelines aside, this announcement helps create an economy where no agribusiness company—for business reasons alone—should ever again install a new battery cage, gestation crate, or veal crate. Walmart is helping drive the transition away from immobilizing cages and other inhumane practices, and toward a more humane, more sustainable approach to production agriculture.
This is an unstoppable trend, and that was the trajectory even before Walmart made the announcement. The company’s embrace of a more ethical framework for the treatment of all farm animals serves as perhaps the most powerful catalyst for change throughout animal agriculture.
We still have a long way to go – not just working with Walmart during the implementation of this policy. There’s also convincing states to put basic standards in the law, the few corporations that have made no commitments to catch up, and consumers to eat more consciously. But this will be a day long remembered – a remarkable inflection point in our movement and a marker in the demise of an industrial system of production that treats living creatures as little more than meat-, milk-, and egg-producing machines. We appreciate the relationship we’ve built with Walmart and we’re eager to lend our voice as the company continues down this journey of creating a better, more humane food system.
Rosalie Parker, QHHT
The illusion of limitation. That is a premise of the Law of Attraction (LOA): the Universe is of unlimited abundance and possibility. However, our false belief in lack does prevent or free flight! The Eagle represents Freedom, so naturally it wants to see us follow the LOA.
The hawk is also a guide and a messenger.
I was walking this morning and a hawk with food in his mouth flew down on the fence right beside me and looked right at me for a minute or two. Cool!
My friend consciously works with the Law of Attraction, with the intent to keep herself in the Vortex of Creation. A vortex is a creative motion in nature. The Vortex of Creation is a vibrational state of having the right high frequency swirl of energy about you, to create your desires, that which you choose in life. It’s a vibration or a feeling of already having everything you desire. I experience it as a happy state, a lighthearted mood, a higher level of energy and high motivation, confidence and expectation. It is the opposite of wanting, hoping, fear, or depression. My step is lighter and more graceful. If I feel sick, I get into the Vortex of Creation and feel healthy again.
What happens is that in the Vortex, your creations are swarming around you, coming into your life. Oh, but when you are out of the Vortex, your down mood and negativity create a momentum toward a life that will perpetuate those feelings. You’ll have to get back into the Vortex of Creation to pull everything you have desired into your life.
Corollary to the Law of Attraction: Don’t do anything until you get into the Vortex of Creation. It won’t go well or it won’t go quickly, when you act outside the Vortex. It’s best to get into the Vortex before you get out of bed, and stay there.
Though a bit of a misnomer,
Law of Attraction is a Law of the Physics of Consciousness.
Okay, so I get the coach calls. My friend had phoned me yesterday, with a business situation that wasn’t really a big problem, yet she felt a little out of the Vortex. The real issue was watching her savings account balance take a temporary downturn. I reminded her to stop giving such focus to the manifested real world evidence. That is irrelevant. What is important is what she has just next to her in her vortex, coming into her life. I suggested that instead of looking at the savings balance online, imagine an indicator, like a bar graph, ex., that would indicate the balance going up. She could make it green and watch it rise. Imaging is a creative act. Whatever works for you is what you should image. And I told her, though I know she does it every day, to keep imaging having what she desires for herself and her family, in detail, including all senses. Exaggerated images work very well, if you can “see” it that way.
Now, I don’t mean imagining how those things are going to come about. It’s the personality self doing the imagining, usually, especially when not in meditation, and it simply is not designed with a capacity to know how something can happen. Unlike the Higher Self, it doesn’t have the full view of all possibilities. So don’t even worry about HOW, just WHAT.
Your main work is to keep that feeling, remaining in the Vortex.
Your friends may laugh at LOA, saying it won’t work, or what do think it is, magic? Well, yes, it IS magic, defined as utilization of natural laws with which the mainstream are unfamiliar.
My friend had likely been doing her usual practice of imaging and feeling appreciation on her morning walk, when Mr. Hawk showed up with his meal. Realizing that the hawk and the eagle, like the Higher Self, share that high level perspective of a person’s life, and that, to a hawk, food is abundance,
I texted back:
Message to be confident that your universe is supplying what you need.
Knowing what you don’t want, choose what you do want, and remain in your happy Vortex. Not only will it manifest your desires, it brings a state of Awareness. Like the hawk, you will have a higher point of view, and being aware, you will notice your totems and all the messages your self-created personal universe constantly gives you.
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