Mercy for animals
...The presenter showed a brief video clip that haunts me still to this day..a clip of his experiment in which he had crushed a cat's spinal cord and was recording the cat's movement on a treadmill..forcibly implanted electrodes into the cat's brain & she was struggling to keep upright, dragging her paralyzed legs on the treadmill. She repeatedly fell off the machine. At one point, the experimenter lifted her up to reposition her...and She rubbed her head against the experimenter's hand.
"I became a vegan the day I watched a video of a calf being born on a factory farm. The baby was dragged away from his mother. The helpless calf strained its head to find his mother. She wailed the saddest noise I’d ever heard an animal make, and then thrashed and dug into the ground, burying her face in the mud. I knew that this was deeply wrong,that such suffering could never be worth the taste of milk. I empathized with the cow and the calf and, in so doing, my life changed." James McWilliams