Children will usually get all of their 20 primary teeth by around the age of 3. The menu is a virtual gore fest: leaves, flowers, grasses, mosses and lichens. I also explained to you in my last email that Free from Harm does not attempt to offer solutions to all of the issues and conflicts between humans and non human animals, such as the invasive species question you have or wildlife management or animal testing. However, they will have a different number of adult teeth compared to a puppy. See our essay, Eating Animals and the Illusion of Personal Choice at http://freefromharm.org/animal-products-and-psychology/five-reasons-why-meat-eating-cannot-be-considered-a-personal-choice/. Bovidae also fall into the category of Artiodactylas. If we continue to breed animals for economic gain, regardless of their breed, we will force them into a perpetual cycle of suffering and premature and violent death at a fraction of their natural lifespan. In response, we’ve published several articles, including this editorial on an educational video promoting heritage breed chickens and pastured chickens raised for their eggs at http://freefromharm.org/animal-products-and-ethics/the-story-of-an-egg-documentary-is-without-a-yolk/. When animals kill other animals for food, they do as they must, in order to survive; they have no choice in the matter. Temporary canine teeth erupt around 16-23 months, and adult canine teeth replace them between 9-12 years old. By this standard, killing ‘humanely’ treated animals could be a much greater act of betrayal.” from Hope Bohanec’s recent book, “The Ultimate Betrayal: Is There Happy Meat? Primary canine teeth generally appear after the incisors and first molar teeth. Should man have no role? The human canine tooth has an oversized root, a remnant of the large canine of the nonhuman primates. Herbivores. B12 and other fat soluble vitamins are also another big issue. In summary, unless you can disprove evolution, this point remains factually correct and the technicalities you point to do not negate the main point of the article. One extraction of a lower molar was especially memorable because one of the roots curled inward into the lower jawbone and had to be surgically extracted in pieces. So, what makes a hominin a hominin? The problem is breeding. They see much of themselves in these animals. Where we have another choice—indeed a more healthful choice—for which our anatomy and physiology amply equip us, we cannot simply invoke nature to justify what we do. These consumers have become washed into believing that a little improvement in egg, meat, and dairy production has stopped the harm. All this to me raises the fundamental question I think we must ask ourselves: With as fas as we have removed the chicken from her natural habitat and as far as we have biologically manipulated her body to produce eggs, can “pasture-raised” or any new label the egg industry can fabricate ever hope to normalize what is fundamentally nether normal or natural for hens? And it is consistent with our values of reciprocity and kindness and compassion and mercy toward others. My second point is that there is a fundamental moral difference between exploiting animals for food, breeding them artificially into this world by the billions only to slaughter them at weeks or moths old for a food source we have no biological need for AND the other scenario you ask about, that is Should we not take advantage of Asian carp and other species who are invasive” and use them for food? As I have stated before, there is a very important difference between harming animals unintentionally, as is the case when we drive on roads, use cell phones, grow plant crops etc, from harming animals with the clear intention of some profiting from their suffering and slaughtered bodies and others simply satisfying a food fetish. Yet, each animal is a self-aware individual with a unique personality — a complex of experiences, interests, emotions, thoughts, memories, likes, dislikes, desires, joys, fears, loves, families, friends, losses and pains. The Javelina, or peccary, is a furry cousin of the pig, found in the deserts of southwestern U.S., and in Central and South America. Whales don’t have teeth but they live on krill (animal protein). And while cravings— and the discomfort they produce— are real, it’s important to recognize that a craving is not a need. They recognize that these individuals are vastly more expressive, more sophisticated than their repressed counterparts on farms. The first set consists of 28 baby teeth with the adult set consisting of 42 teeth. Culture (technology / toolmaking) made us killers, not “nature”. However, some people have … Children will usually get all of their 20 primary teeth by around the age of 3. In mammalian oral anatomy, the canine teeth, also called cuspids, dog teeth, or (in the context of the upper jaw) fangs, eye teeth, vampire teeth, or vampire fangs, are the relatively long, pointed teeth. Teeth are “the hardest substance in the human body.” –Picture of the Teeth, WebMD. But with the rare exception of someone who suffers from multiple serious plant-food allergies, science now recognizes that a healthy vegan diet is a safe option for everyone. Here’s an example of the type of farm I’m talking about that supplies Whole Foods, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5l0N9ryJmbQ. Oh, one other quick comment regarding heritage animals on small farms, since you’ve never obviously ever operated a small farm and have no clue how much it costs to raise livestock or run a farm…or understand what integrated farming is….Moreover I don’t see PETA rushing to set up sanctuaries or contributing to small farmers who have very small margins. I cite the AAND as follows: In 2009, the American Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, the U.S.’s oldest, largest and foremost authority on diet and nutrition, also recognized that humans have no inherent biological or nutritional need for animals products: “It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. The only way out is VEGAN.”, “Animal agriculturalists, chefs, and consumers desperately want to believe the myth that animal products labeled organic, humane, and sustainable are morally and ecologically defensible. One of the most common justifications for eating animals that vegans encounter is, “If I wasn’t meant to eat meat, then I wouldn’t have these canine teeth!” It’s a knee-jerk defense that’s often made after a meat-eater has been confronted with information about the routine cruelties of animal farming, or with the fact that humans have no biological need to consume meat, milk or eggs. For our collection of article on the subject, see http://freefromharm.org/tag/humane-farming/. Lowland gorillas also eat leaves and pith, but they eat more fruits, and, occasionally, tiny ants or termites. (15) The herbivore’s stomach also has a higher pH (which means that it is less acidic) than the carnivore’s or omnivore’s, perhaps in part because plants ordinarily do not carry the dangerous bacteria associated with rotting flesh. Thanks, little fur pig, for demonstrating once again that plenty of primary plant-eaters have canine teeth; even huge, fierce stabby ones. Leading government and public health organizations worldwide now acknowledge that a vegan diet is not only a viable option for people of any age, but that eating plant foods instead of animal-based foods can confer significant health benefits, including reduction in incidence of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart attack, stroke, and some types of cancer. We also know that cheese cravings aren’t indicative of an actual biological need, because cow’s milk is made for baby cows. Yet, the evidence from mainstream science on the benefits of a plant based diet are quite overwhelming. Look at people who own exotic birds, for example. They don’t get this opportunity on farms that regard them as mere commodities. They’re around 2 feet tall, weigh between 15 and 37 pounds, and the males’ elongated canine teeth form saber-like tusks which they use in territorial disputes, or when competing for mates. of course, THAT would be ridiculous and inhumane. They feel affection, they form deep friendships, they long to be safe and happy, and to be free from fear and pain. Instead, much like our close relative the gorilla, scientists think they exist because they once played a role in mating in our primitive ancestors. You read that right — it’s not photoshop, it’s just a tiny deer with giant fangs! While some other animals — like wild boars and walrus — have exaggerated canines, humans’ are only slightly pronounced. Mine can barely pierce a piece of paper. Cows, pigs, sheep and goats on pastured sustainable farms live in environments very similar to their natural environments that they’ve been in for thousands of years. You claim that conscious consumers who care about animals can consume their flesh and bodily secretions with a clear conscience if they are raised “humanely.” This is perhaps the most widespread myth that we have challenged on this site through investigative reporting that we have often conducted ourselves to show how animal agricultures has systematically used humanewashing in their language and branding. Pastured meats are also high in Omega 3’s, minerals and fat soluble vitamins that are difficult to get from vegetables alone especially in harsher climates. Many cancers conduct "normal" metabolism Because the bacteria in a dog’s mouth are different from … and anyway apes don't eat meat they are herbivores not carnivores.. kc0fst 1 … Human canines are blunt and wider; carnivorous canines … Paleoanthropologists (scientists that study hominin fossils) have made several important discoveries about how our canines have changed through time. What sense does it make to harm animals if we believe that it is wrong to harm animals for profit and pleasure? From sanctuaries and from science. Then we blame them for being stupid because we made them that way. Humans have no biological need to consume meat or any animal products to be healthy. Hence, molars are mostly affected by caries. Feeling Unmotivated? All humans have the same kinds of teeth, whereas animal teeth can vary depending on the animal’s classification (above) and its diet. L As shown in Fig. I think you are again misrepresenting my words and the mission of FFH as I presented it to you in previous messages which makes me question whether continuing this discussion is really worthwhile. Some people prefer to take supplements such as Steel Bite Pro to help with dental and oral health.Nevertheless, men generally have longer and sharper canine teeth than women, which offers strong evidence for the proposed theory. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes.”. How plants are grown makes a huge difference too. Our nature is quite different from that of lions, and our choices about what we eat are accordingly far more flexible and correspondingly susceptible to moral scrutiny. By Ashley Capps | September 17, 2013 | Categories Featured Articles, Photo Galleries. See our collection of articles, some from leading environmental and climate experts (who do not have a vested interest in promoting the livestock industry) on this subject at http://freefromharm.org/agriculture-environment/. In this article, I addressed this idea of the farmer “conservationist” as follows: “The pastured folks in this film would probably argue that the breeding of heritage chicken breeds is actually a species-conservation effort. While a well-balanced vegan diet can easily provide all of the nutrients we need to thrive, that doesn’t mean that all vegans are healthy. So ketogenic diets help to ameliorate symptoms of people with these neurological conditions. Regardless, we agree that breeding is an issue for population, though so is predation without sterilization.Being against CAFO’s I’m against that over-breeding especially artificial insemination. Scroll down for more compelling reasons why our canine teeth don’t make us meat-eaters, and check out these surprising images of some stunningly fang-tastic herbivores. Plus many of the comments cited in the rebuttals below my comment are grossly mistaken particularly about small farms with pastured animals being no different than CAFO’s. As for Gorillas, up to 10% of their diet is insects, so they’re not exactly vegetarians. We call it moral realism, that is, living by the principle of the Golden Rule which we say we all believe in, and actually acting on it in our daily lives, instead of trying to pitch pseudo-ethical, pseudo-sustainable solutions that are too little too late. Individuals of most sp… having been vegetarian, vegan for a large part of my life, if I don’t know the farmer or how an animal has been raised or treated, I will choose a healthy (not overly processed) vegan option . You wrote, “… Finally, you make the claim that chronic diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease is attributed to a vegan or vegetarian diet….”. Pigs though are very prolific. (14) These qualities are well-adapted to the eating of plants, which provide nutrients when their cell walls are broken, a process that requires crushing food with side-to-side motion rather than simply swallowing it in large chunks the way that a carnivore or omnivore swallows flesh. All my wisdom teeth also had 3 roots, as I still have all 4 of them as momentos. Buy from small farmers that don’t feed their livestock gmo’s or inappropriate grains. Moreover there is much we can’t reasonably control in the daily decisions we make, but making food choices that does not gratuitously necessitate that an animal be sent to a slaughterhouse to die violently and prematurely so some farmer or corporation can make a living IS one of the major decisions we make daily that we certainly CAN control. So farming can’t be a form of conservation. The use of an artificially-bred animal as a commodity that will be intentionally slaughtered at a fraction of her natural lifespan for profit sabotages the spirit of species-conservation on a very fundamental ethical level. in creative writing from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. You characterize humans as the victims here but it is actually the animals that have had their habitats altered to the extent that they became disproportionately overpopulous and damaging to their new environments. The Four Types of Teeth. Herbivores also generally lack sharp claws. On sustainable farms where chickens are allowed to roam outside and foraged, they still do so within the confines of electrified fences often with guard dogs or other protective measures. You present the options of being omnivorous or vegan or vegetarian as simply a “personal” choice. Moreover, chimps to whom humans are most genetically similar, have diets that range from 10 to 35% meat including fresh killed meat from hunted animals when available. Granted they are opportunistic about it, and you’ll never catch them hunting. Same for those for our fierce “claws” of ours. (2) The mammalian carnivores and omnivores additionally have huge stomachs that enable gorging, an important capacity in animals who tend to average only about one kill per week. – See more at: http://freefromharm.org/health-nutrition/catching-up-with-science-burying-the-humans-need-meat-argument/#sthash.gPvUmqG1.dpuf. This compost is nutrient dense and thus makes great fertilizer for plants making plants more nutritious. Agricultural impacts the environment often in harmful ways hurting other living creatures. On the contrary, most people simply walk away from a farm reaffirming what they have been taught: animals don’t object to being used as “resources.” It’s natural and sanctified by ancient traditions. (17) Like herbivores and unlike carnivores and omnivores as well, we have long small intestines, enabling the digestion of complex carbohydrates, a process that begins in our mouths, where we, like the committed herbivores, have carbohydrate-digesting enzymes as well. But have you ever wondered why these teeth are the way they are? In total, you have four canine teeth: two in your upper jaw and two in your lower jaw. Pet owners on the other hand bond with their pets for their own selfish reasons. The author’s POV then is simply one that parses data to support her view point. They have one bad day in their lives unlike CAFO animals that are tortured every day of their lives. Most exotic birds live in flocks, but pet owners often own solitary birds so pet owners deprive these creatures from being natural for the greater sake of the pet owners. Canines are the most stable teeth, and are specially modified to tear food easily. Researchers found that attacking a cell’s mitochondria can starve cancer cells. Farms can’t teach us what sanctuaries can about animals. Generally, all male equines also have four canine teeth (called tushes) between the molars and incisors. Somehow I don’t think they’d be much use tearing any hide or flesh out in the wild. Factory farms are completely different, as Joel Salatin notes “CAFO’s take animals, plants & manure that are suppose to be in a symbiotic dance and separate the partners into toxic antagonists.”. It is a fact that hippos, musk deer, and camels are all officially classified as true herbivores. There are two on the top teeth and another two on the bottom. The only way to control natural breeding is through sterilization of sows. I know this is a tangent, but from a philosophical perspective I’m interested in this site’s opinion on these issue. Studies like the China Study have a lot of critics. Our focus is farmed animals since they represent at least 99% of all animals UNNECESSARILY harmed at human hands. During human evolution, the canine has become much smal… In nature chickens and rabbits, rarely live their life expectancies. Although the timing varies between animals as much as it does among humans, the average kitten will have lost all her baby teeth by between 6 and 9 months old. When we have access to plant-based foods, and understand that we have no need to consume animal products, then the question of eating animals really comes down to this basic question: when able to freely choose, would you rather cause needless harm and suffering, or refrain from doing so? It is true that we could not reasonably accuse lions of acting immorally in consuming animals. We challenge this defense since the issue of animals cannot be seriously considered when animal interests can be so easily discarded on a whim when we have a taste for bacon-flavored ice cream. By the time a dog is 7 or 8 months old, they should have all of their permanent teeth—a total of 42 adult teeth in all. Here’s an article, that isn’t simply an (not fully informed) opinion piece like the links you provided, for your edification on this topic: The Ketogenic Diet as a Treatment Paradigm for Diverse Neurological Disorders http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3321471/. In general, whether people are paleo or vegan or somewhere in-between, they always can cite a litany of sources and experts to validate their view point, so what they choose to belief has as much to do with their beliefs and faith rather than indisputable facts. That’s 14 in their upper jaw and 14 in their lower jaw. Toads eat insects but don’t have teeth. The metabolism of cancer has interested scientists in recent decades. Sanctuaries can provide these animals with some semblance of a normal life, at least enough to allow them to exhibit who they really are. While we do have canine teeth, human canines are nothing compared to the canine teeth exhibited by carnivores. Patrick McGannon, Surprise, Arizona All primate species have them, says Sabrina Sholts, a curator of physical anthropology at the Museum of Natural History. Temporary canine teeth erupt around 16-23 months, and adult canine teeth replace them between 9-12 years old. Cannabis Users Don't Understand Health Risks of Smoking, Study Finds. Yet domesticated breeds would never have existed had it not been for human intervention and manipulation of the original wild red jungle fowl. Usually these teeth are four in number in every individual – combination of two in upper jaw and the rest two in lower complete them. The small farms I support instead raise heritage breeds of livestock. The basic concept of teeth – to break down food for consumption – is the same for all humans. Total raw food diets and diets composed of only very-low-fat foods can also make it harder for some people to get all the necessary nutrients. Please learn more about the harmful impacts of animal agriculture to farmed animals, wildlife animals, human health, global hunger, and the environment at our Why Vegan? Somehow, we rationalize, animals have passively accepted their lot in life. This argument is so widespread, but has always seemed incredibly nonsensical. Is Clean Meat Easy Prey for Meat Industry Elites? Farmed animals are individuals with distinct personalities and emotions, just like our own cats and dogs. They eat corn and soy becuase it’s cheap since these crops are heavily subsidize by the Fedral government. humans don't have canine teeth. The Case of Danita the Chicken, Harvard’s Healthy Eating Plate Almost Kicks Dairy to the Curb. Agricultural impacts the environment often in harmful ways hurting other living creatures. I rarely if ever buy any produce from grocery stores especially since the term organic has been largely reduced to a marketing term”. On small integrated farms, livestock especially ruminants are composters and when holistically managed, that is rotated through paddocks, naturally fertilize fields building soil and sequestering carbon. Teeth are “the hardest substance in the human body.” –Picture of the Teeth, WebMD. Without these small farms many of these breeds like the kuni kuni or mangalista pig would have gone extinct. And in doing so they assert that these breeds are comparable to saving endangered species in their natural habitat. Pups will usually have a total of 28 teeth when all of their milk teeth have grown. There are two on the top teeth and another two on the bottom. If man does intervene to restore ecological balance, if any of these species are edible (the ones I mentioned are), should man just eradicate these species and let the food aspect of these animals goes to waste? They avoid true and effective personal change.”-Wil Anderson. (19), However much people may enjoy eating animal products, then, nature does not unambiguously commit us to, or reward us with good health for, consuming them. There is nothing about what I have written that is factually inaccurate. Industrial pigs (largely modified yorkshires) in contrast now can barely survive outside. I often cite this quote on those who promote “happy” meat: “…the more humanely an animal is treated, the greater is the bond of trust, and the greater the bond of trust, the more severe the crime of betrayal. Copyright © | Free From Harm | All Rights Reserved. Everything eats chickens including squirrels, ravens, hawks, coyote, bobcats, weesels, pigs and sometimes other chickens. http://gentleworld.org/beginners-guide-to-veganic-gardening/. These are large sized teeth whose role cannot be negated. Buy from small farmers that don’t use antibiotics or hormones. Taking care of your dog's oral health is similar to taking care of … They choose not to see the abusive and unsustainable nature of meat, dairy, and eggs. Is it your or this site’s opinion that people should do “no harm” to any of these creatures even though all of these invasive species do immense harm to the respective environments that they’ve invaded especially in regards to harming other animals? As Ginny Messina, R.D., observes: “Nutrient needs vary among individuals, so some people may need to work a little bit harder to obtain everything they need. In virtually every respect, the human anatomy resembles that of herbivorous animals (such as the gorilla and the elephant) more than that of carnivorous and omnivorous species. Plus every one’s dietary needs are different, there is not one size fits all solution that works for every one. We run a sanctuary and have adopted and rehomed many heritage breed animals from horrific conditions and circumstances on so-called “humane” farms. As for “no need to eat meat”, that more your bias and the gospel you choose to believe rather than “fact”. Cattle when transfered to confinement lots don’t live in anything close to the natural environments. Sharp canine teeth in both the upper and lower jaws enable them to crush woody plants for food. They don’t eat their natural diets. On the contrary, domesticated chickens show many sigs that they would prefer to return to their natural rain forest habitat with all of the varied and rich sensory experiences that entails. Overall functioning of canine teeth in humans is similar to that of animals. In humans there are four canines, one in each half of each jaw. And it’s cheap. Well I've had people call me a freak all my life and I hate it.I'm normal and many people have teeth like mine. From your response, I’d have to assume that you don’t. I still frequent building that were built by sexist architects and builders, but I am not a sexist. And that’s an important distinction. We’ve shown how pasture raised livestock is not at all a viable alternative to CAFOs and is even more ecologically problematic in certain respects than CAFO-raised animals. For a good contrast and compare video please watch this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrRqi8-Y8ak. Just like humans, dogs have baby teeth and adult teeth. COVID Patients Can't Stop and Smell the Roses, Connecting Gut Microbes, Diet, and Health, A Repurposed Drug Can Treat a Genetic Disorder. It could be that all primate males have strong teeth because of a significant risk to reproductive success for any male who breaks a canine tooth. The hippo’s diet consists of grass, on which it grazes at dusk. So with so much variation especially with omnivores, deducing one way or another that species should or shouldn’t eat other animals because of their teeth isn’t exactly sound reasoning. Cats begin losing their baby teeth at around 12 weeks or 3 months. Though aside from dogs, cats and other livestock, no wild animals eat other animals raised on/in CAFO’s. Your linked OPINION piece though seems to entail two precepts, first heritage breeds really aren’t endangered because they were domesticated, therefore it’s fine if they go extinct and the loss of genetic diversity isn’t a concern, so genocide for these species is an okay option. Here’s just one. But it’s important to recognize that, with a few exceptions, when humans kill other animals for food, we’re not doing what animals do in nature. this is very true however 70-90% of crops (depending on the grain) grown are fed to farmed animals so it is yet again animal agriculture doing the vast amount of harm. That is indeed an important role with an enormous responsibility which does not include breeding, enslaving and slaughtering billions of animals for profit and palate pleasure when other options are widely available. I don’t pretend to have a no harm life or advocate this as a realistic goal for others. Another problem with the “canine teeth” argument is the idea that, just because we have a physical attribute that enables us to do something harmful, we are morally justified to perform that activity unnecessarily and whenever we want. We’ve rescued chickens and have known other sanctuaries that have rescued battery hens who have known nothing but the life of a tiny cage return to tree branches to roost as their ancestral cousins in the wild have done.