Smart Balance Now Tortures Sheep for Their Non-Dairy Butter
A Meat and Dairy Industries Article from All-Creatures.org

All of God's creatures have rights, a fact that most people don't seem to recognize. This includes both human and non-human animals, but not all of them can speak for themselves. As we continue to disregard the value of the lives of the billions of animals we eat, we also are destroying our air, land and water.

FROM

NotMilk.com
April 2015

The commercial extraction of Vitamin D-3 from the skins of slaughtered animals is a relatively inexpensive process which first isolates, and then purifies 7-Dehydrocholesterol into a crystal-like substance....There are now vegan alternatives (such as lichen) used by animal-friendly food companies, and the use of animal products by so-called alternative producers such as Smart Balance is irresponsible.

"Vegan just means that you don't use animal products, so you don't wear leather, you don't wear wool, and you don't eat animal products..."
- Emily Deschanel

Notmilk is astonished by Smart Balance’s continued deception. As a matter of courtesy, NotMilk has designed a new customer letter for them to distribute.

Dear Consumer,

Notmilk claims that we kill animals for an ingredient in
our replacement butter product. The truth is, we only
torture animals and let them live after we extract an
additive that we really do not need which makes our
product just a little bit unhealthier than it need be.

Sincerely,
Your friends at Smart Balance

The commercial extraction of Vitamin D-3 from the skins of slaughtered animals is a relatively inexpensive process which first isolates, and then purifies 7-Dehydrocholesterol into a crystal-like substance. To extract lanolin from wool and then D-3 from lanolin is a lengthy and expensive process and is possible, but rarely done because of its extreme cost to food manufacturers. There are now vegan alternatives (such as lichen) used by animal-friendly food companies, and the use of animal products by so-called alternative producers such as Smart Balance is irresponsible.

Smart Balance - Ref #: 538200 - March 31, 2015

Dear Mr. Cohen,

The following products are dairy-free, but are not vegan, because they contain vitamin D3 derived from lanolin from the wool of healthy, live sheep.

Smart Balance Original
Smart Balance with Omega 3
Smart Balance with Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Smart Balance Whipped Low Sodium

Please ask Smart Balance executives to cease defending and abusing sentient animals regarding the origin of Smart Balance ingredients.

cbuyers@boulderbrands.com 
720-550-5010
cell: 303-495-0991

Sheep sheared for their wool exist as a part of the meat industry and the process of shearing that wool weakens an animal. Sheep sheared for their wool never die of old age, as all living creatures deserve to do.

Watch Australian sheep punched, stamped on and thrown.

Some sheep are specially bred by animal agriculture scientists so that the ribs of their offspring grow attached to deliciously well-marbled prime cuts of loins and meat. Other sheep have been selectively bred so that their bodies contain multiple-folds of skin, These adult creatures grow a maximum amount of wool to be harvested from their bodies. Shearing such creatures is not as simple an act as giving a marine recruit a bald-headed haircut.

Because of the multiple folds of skin, these wool-bearing sheep become infested with insects laying eggs causing pain and a lifetime of discomfort.

One such condition commonly occurs to sheep after the fly larva hatch and feed on the living creature's decaying skin. That condition is called "flystrike", and sheep become carriers of living thriving maggots while growing wool for humans to wear as sweaters and to knit into Christmas presents of infant booties and mittens.

In 1830, an awkward Australian sheep herder was shearing a sheep and
his clippers slipped and cut off large areas of skin from the upper thighs and anus area of one unlucky creature. The clumsy act was committed by John Mules, and his poor performance became a blessing for the wool-gathering industry. This method of slicing off chunks of skin from the rear regions of wool-producing sheep is referred to as "mulesing", and today it is commonly done to millions of animals each year. Such practice might have appropriately been named after the Frenchman, Marquis de Sade of the 18th century whose name became synonymous for the word "sadism".

It was decided among sensitive sheep-shearers, after observing the widespread suffering of older animals, that only creatures under the age of 12 months would fairly tolerate such man-given pain. Therefore, compassionate sheering laws were then enacted to eliminate mulesing for any animal over the age of one-year.

Mulesing is a practice kept secret from America's sweater-buying public which incorrectly reasons that clothing from sheered sheep is compassionately gathered. The fact of this matter is far from this truth, as you have witnessed from the above video.

Now, another video. I began to shake and nearly became physically ill after watching less than half of this two minute video. You are warned that it is graphic.

Watch Mulesing.

It would not be entirely just of me to leave you with that series of nightmare images. This is the beloved sheep of my youth; the singular, sensational ovine that actually replaced Howdy Doody in prime time kid's television way back when, And you can look this one up:

Watch Shari Lewis and Lambchop

Smart Balance is attempting to convince consumers that their Vitamin D-3 is compassionately extracted from sheep. This is a method manufacturers experimented with in the twentieth century and abandoned due to inefficiency and excessive cost. The average sheep offers a one-word response to Smart Balance: ."Bah.”

"The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same."
- Stendhal

"When you are new at sheep-raising and your ewe has a lamb, your impulse is to stay there and help it nurse and see to it and all. After a while, you know that the best thing you can do is walk out of the barn."
- Wendell Berry

Worries over vitamin D, once known as 'the sunshine vitamin,' have turned hundreds of millions of people into patients with worse, not better, health. The latest, and likely the final, analyses of the studies performed on treating people with vitamin D supplements has shown that this multiple billion-dollar business does not work. The authors, after thoroughly examining the results of nearly a quarter-million people from 46 major randomized trials, conclude: 'Our findings suggest that vitamin D supplementation with or without calcium does not reduce skeletal or non-skeletal outcomes in unselected community-dwelling individuals by more than 15%. Future trials with similar designs are unlikely to alter these conclusions. '"
- Dr. John McDougall, April 3, 2015


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