and egg industry

allowing animal abuse to happen is permitting dangerous and aggressive people to test out how much harm they can inflict on another creature and still get away with.

anonymous asked:

How do you become vegan?

I guess how depends on why you’re going. Either way though go at your own speed. If you stress yourself out you’re most likely gonna fail. Can cut things out slowly or drop everything at once. Remember why you want to go vegan.

I know there’s more products outside the us, so feel free to add some. It’s like 4:30am so i’ll probably have to reread this and edit it later.

I think it’s hilarious when you bring up exploitation of animals in the meat/egg/dairy industry and people are like “I agree, the way those animals are treated is awful and inhumane. That’s why I’m going to keep paying for it and not change my actions in any way.”

  1. Meet your meat.
  2. The dairy industry in 60 seconds.
  3. Dark side to dairy
  4. The egg industries tiniest victims
  5. Earthlings (movie)
  6. The greatest speech you will ever hear. (this was the push I needed to go vegan, btw.)
  7. Vegucated. (movie)
  8. Forks over knives (movie)
  9. Cowspiracy
  10. Debunking the milk myth
  11. 57 Health Benefits of Going Vegan
  12. 5 Ways Being Vegan Saves The Planet

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luquisnf asked:

Hello! I have a simple question. Vegans don't eat eggs. I don't understand this, because isn't a chickens egg just a chickens period? It isn't a living being so why not eat it? Or is it a matter of opinion? Thanks! 😊

Hi there luquisnf !

Vegans don’t eat eggs, because veganism itself is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, as well as following an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of sentient animals.

In order to be able to cover the demand for eggs, just imagine how many chickens are needed in the US only, then picture that worldwide. The egg industry is evil as any other animal industry.

At the hatcheries that supply female chicks to factory egg farms, small farms, and backyard egg enthusiasts alike, male chicks are killed shortly after birth by being ground up alive in giant macerators, gassed, electrocuted, or left to suffocate in garbage bags and dumpsters. Because male chicks will never lay eggs and are not the breed sold for meat (meat chicken breeds have been genetically manipulated to grow much more breast muscle and flesh), they are considered worthless to the egg industry, and so are disposed of as trash. Destroying male chicks is standard practice worldwide. Every year, global hatcheries combined kill approximately 6 billion newborn chicks.

Even the most rigorous humane labeling certification programs in the U.S., Certified Humane, American Humane Certified, and Animal Welfare Approved, permit the killing of male chicks at the hatcheries which supply their egg farms with laying hens. Laying hens themselves spend 2 miserable years crammed into cages so small they cannot even spread their wings, churning out an unnaturally high rate of hundreds of eggs each year without ever getting the chance to hatch or mother a single chick.

Check out this article for every detail about eggs.

Here are some other facts to take in consideration:

  1. Chickens* do not lay eggs for humans  
  2. Naturally, hens stop producing eggs once they get a full nest.
  3. Stealing eggs from a hen will make her nest incomplete. As a result, she will lay more eggs.
  4. Over producing eggs, leads to de nourishment of calcium and other nutrients that the hen needs. Laying extra eggs also applies pressure to the egg-laying organs which cause premature death.

However, a lot of chickens that are home raised have been genetically mutated over years of farming to not stop producing eggs (without the chicken keepers knowledge)… Which causes the same problems as described in 3. With that being said, a way to replenish the right amount of nutrients that the hen needs, it is existential to teach them to eat their own eggs. You’d be surprised how much hens love their eggs once their body finds out how much nutrients that’s in them. Eggs are not vegan.

PD: Who would enjoy eating the period of other species anyway?

You’d think I’d be used to constantly being surrounded by eggs/dairy/honey by now but every time I see them being consumed I feel nauseous because I know how much pain and suffering some sweet angel had to go through just because we are too selfish to change.

I just want to hold them all and apologize on behalf of our race because it isn’t fair at all. We don’t ask, we just take whatever the fuck we want at absolutely any expense.

I don’t want to make anybody feel bad about themselves but I’m constantly on the verge of tears because it’s all so cruel.

The dairy cow’s male calf will become meat. The females will too after years of being artificially inseminated and collapsing from exhaustion years before their time. 50% of chickens bred for the egg industry will be killed as soon as they hatch and are found to be male. The females suffer a fate far worse than that.

It isn’t yours to take and you don’t need it. They do. Even if you don’t understand why, it doesn’t matter. It. Isn’t. Yours.

“I could never give up cheese though.”

Do you know how ignorant you are? How selfish? That is the absolute weakest fucking excuse. How dare you. How DARE you.

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Our Father’s Day picks are unabashedly inspired by yesterday’s Warriors victory. We’re feeling the Bay Area pride! Congrats, Golden State!

Clockwise from top left: Yellow Owl Workshop Indigo Textile Kit / House Industries dopp kits (at Heath SF in the Object Shop) / Heath tile in Opal Blue, Horizon Blue, Stone Gold, and Lemon / Heath Rim dinner plate in Moonstone / Heath Kids’ bowl in Zest / Monarch Playing Cards / Egg Press Happy Father’s Day Card / Public Supply Notebook

This week’s Rescue Ranch snap comes from animal caregiver Darren, “Rescued from the egg-laying industry, this sweet hen is badly de-beaked. Luckily she is now safe and happy at Animal Place’s rescue and adoption center hoping that a compassionate adopter will give her the forever home she deserves!”

Apply to adopt: http://animalplace.org/adoptable-chickens/

Who says stopping the consumption of meat, dairy and eggs will not make a difference in the world? These industries have had a decline over the past few years. Recently, numbers are drastically declining. Why? Because when people stop funding these businesses they’ll lose revenue. What happens to businesses when they don’t have customers? They’re forced to shut down. Down with the #meat industry. Down with the #dairy industry. Down with the #egg industry. Down with #mcdonalds, down with #burgerking, down with #kfc. Any business that makes profit from the slaughter and commodification of animals. All of them are going DOWN👎🏻 Remember: they only exist because we wanted them to be. We can easily erase them as well💪🏻 #vegansofig #veganism #vegan #compassion #animalrights #truth #business #success #801010 #rawvegan #plantbased #nutrition

sungazing99 asked:

Hey! I'm a 15 year old vegetarian and I'd love to be vegan soon but, I was curious, is there anything bad about cage free eggs?

Hooray! Yay for going vegan!

Many consumers believe that labels such as free-range, free-roaming, or cage-free mean that chickens spend their days in natural outdoor settings, but the label means something entirely different to the egg industry.

Hens on large-scale commercial cage-free farms are not kept in cages as the birds on standard egg factory farms are, but the difference usually stops there. Most still have their sensitive beaks cut off with a hot blade and are crammed together in filthy sheds. They never go outside, breathe fresh air, feel the sun on their backs, or do anything else that is natural or important to them.

They suffer from the same lung lesions and ammonia burns as hens in cages, as well as breast blisters from sitting on urine- and feces-covered floors. Male chicks are often ground up alive or left to suffocate because they don’t lay eggs and are considered too small a breed to be profitably used for meat.

While free-range and organic egg farms are technically supposed to give birds outdoor access, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has decided that “they may be temporarily confined” for “reasons of health, safety, the animal’s stage of production or to protect soil or water quality.” Many free-range egg farms take full advantage of this loophole by almost never allowing the birds outside.

According to Scott Akom, formerly the general manager of a Horizon Foods farm, “Free-roaming and cage-free mean the same thing. The chickens are free to go wherever they want. Inside the chicken house.” When birds are given outdoor access, it’s often for very short periods of time, and the outdoor area often just consists of a hole cut in the shed wall leading to a small, muddy enclosure.

Cage-free farms are an improvement over the unmitigated hell of the regular egg industry (just imagine a cat or dog living in a tiny cage for two years with five to six other cats or dogs and never leaving that cage until it’s time for slaughter). But buying cage-free eggs from virtually any company still supports massive suffering and death.

anonymous asked:

Just out of curiosity, why have you chosen to be vegan, not just vegetarian? I don't mean to sound rude at all, I actually admire your will power to be able to live such a lifestyle (:

Hello :) Oh you don’t sound rude! I enjoy answering questions like this cause it makes people think! Well I actually first went vegetarian. Then after a year I decided that I could no longer eat cheese. I already didn’t drink milk and I avoided eggs but cheese was something that I really enjoyed eating until the harsh reality sinks in. I realized that the dairy and egg industry are almost worse than the meat industry. I’ll give you some of my reasons that have fueled my will power to be vegan. One of them is..baby male chicks are thrown into grinders ALIVE after only being HOURS old because they are no use to the egg industry since they cannot conceive and produce eggs. This is where your hot dogs and bologna comes from. Then the dairy industry is just as tragic and horrifying. Cows are injected (raped) to conceive babies to produce milk. Once the baby is born it is ripped apart from it’s mother then shortly after becomes “veal” while the momma cows are used for milk until they are no use and are also killed for meat. So you see, my will power comes from having compassion and a heart. It comes from knowing that these innocent sentient creatures who have as much right as you and me to live freely. In the end, I don’t think it’s a lifestyle. It’s the way of life. Personally from a spiritual point of view I cannot partake in the slaughter of billions of animals every year simply for my appetite. Not when  we live in a era where a vegan diet is easily obtained and gives us enough vitamins and proteins your body needs to survive. A lot of people will say that we need animal protein but that’s not true :) Vegans are just if not a lot more healthy than meat eaters. And if you do the research and dig deep you will find a lot of truth about the meat, dairy and egg industry as well as what it actually does to your body! 

One year vegan

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After about six months of not eating meat, last summer I decided to try and ditch animal products altogether. Though the initial period was a challenge, mostly due to the total lack of research I did before taking the plunge, I feel nearly a year later I’m getting a pretty good grip on things. It’s genuinely one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, and I only wish I’d made it sooner. While this post isn’t intended as an exhaustive beginner’s guide if you’re considering veganism, I hope I can pass on some tips from my personal experience.

If you’re getting into veganism for ethical reasons, however strong your personal views on animal rights become, remain sensitive in what you say around others and what you post online. Yes, the meat, dairy and egg industries inflict horrible abuses on unimaginable numbers of animals during their artificially accelerated and cruelly curtailed lives - often in ways not immediately apparent or partially obscured by labels such as free-range or organic - but going on the offensive without provocation will simply undermine your cause and make you look like a judgemental jerk.

If you’re going to be outspoken about your choices, in my opinion, your ‘goal’ should never be to challenge (or deliberately shame) individuals into giving up animal products, but instead to promote veganism as a viable, healthy, balanced, affordable and accessible lifestyle. Income, social inequality, location, information, product availability, time constraints, peer pressure, food intolerance and complex personal situations are all factors which can dissuade or prevent interested parties from adopting an entirely plant-based lifestyle, and you should remain aware that circumstances can effectively bar others from properly contemplating a switch even if they wish to. When I switched to veganism I lived in a capital city, I had a full-time job, I had been cooking vegetarian food at home with my vegetarian girlfriend for years, and I had a health food shop and a vegan café within 20 seconds’ walk of my front door. Not everyone’s circumstances are so fortuitous.

Please don’t be the kind of vegan who spouts off shaming rhetoric and reinforces stereotypes, giving vegans a bad name and actively pushing people away from the lifestyle, please don’t parrot PETA factsheets (in fact, you’d be best to dismiss PETA altogether, its campaigning tactics are gross), and please don’t jump to condemn those who choose to make or are forced to make different consumer choices to you. Although it is theoretically possible to eat cheaply as a vegan, it remains hard while maintaining variety and ensuring you meet all of your nutritional needs. Remember too that no one is born vegan, and if you realised early on that this was a lifestyle you wished to adopt, then good for you I guess - but many people grow up in omnivorous households and lead large portions of their adult lives as omnivores. It took me 30 years to seriously contemplate what I was eating and why, and though I’d felt a sense of guilt for years every time I ordered a 3am lamb shish or ate a McDonald’s Extra Value Meal, that guilt did not outweigh my desire to eat meat until recently. Essentially: big-up what you’re eating rather than bully others for what they eat.

In an ideal world, once you make a big change in your life, unwanted traces of old traits would vanish. Sadly, that’s almost never the case - residue of past lives lingers on and you’re typically forced to tolerate it for an indeterminable time, perhaps permanently. I see my decision to go vegan as a slow cross-dissolve between scenes, not an abrupt cut. I’ve always been frugal with clothes, and I’ve worn the same leather belt pretty much every day for the past decade, still wearing it as I type this. I will almost certainly never buy another leather belt again, but I’m not going to rush and replace this one until the day I feel uncomfortable wearing it, or I come across an alternative I like. I’ve still got plenty of wear left in my few pairs of leather-swooshed Nikes, and while my next trainers will be an eye-wateringly expensive, eco-friendly, ethically-produced animal-derived-glue-free pair, I can’t presently justify or afford to bin stuff I bought when I held different views.

Although many vegans would argue that ownership of animal products is unforgivable, it’s worth remembering as a new vegan there’s a fundamental difference in continuing to buy animal products and using things you already own. My flat is still filled with non-vegan items accumulated in my teens and twenties - leather watch and guitar straps, holdalls, old wallets, feather pillows, woollen jumpers and so on. I still wear woollen clothes, although again, I will not buy any more. Likewise, I still have the dregs of old animal-unfriendly cosmetics to use up, and old gelatine-shelled drugs kicking around at the back of drawers. While I’m slowly erasing these traces, personally I felt that once I identified as vegan I had to stop wearing my leather jacket, simply because it seemed to me to represent such an in-your-face contradictory statement: covering my body in the literal skin of an animal while refusing to eat animal products. Of course, the ethics of buying second-hand leather products, as my jacket was, is another argument altogether, but I have decided to abstain from now on. I loved that jacket, and genuinely miss wearing it more than I miss eating meat. Its denim replacement is pretty sweet, though.

I know many vegans take a very binary view on rights and wrongs and would disagree with this slow ‘weaning off’ of animal products, but veganism can be a big step and maintaining self-care is also vital. Overhauling every aspect of your diet and life as a consumer can be overwhelming, especially if you’re juggling any combination of finances, work, study, relationships, family, care duties, illnesses or medical conditions. If you focus on positive steps you’re making in your decision to lead a vegan life, be kind to yourself, don’t beat yourself up if you unwittingly buy a ‘tainted’ product (discrepancies in M&S’ recipes for different sized falafels have caught me out on a rushed lunch break before) then you’re potentially more likely to stick with your choice in the long run if you decide it’s for you.

You may be bombarded by questions when you switch to veganism, by family, friends, colleagues and strangers. Remember, you are never required to be a spokesperson for vegans if you do not wish to be. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, pescetarian or omnivorous, no one has the right to demand you explain your dietary choices (well, unless you’re a cannibal and the cops come calling, perhaps). My go-to line when I’m faced with the question “Why?” and I don’t feel like a discussion is, “I watched a couple of documentaries and read a couple of books and decided I could not justify eating or buying animal products anymore,” which is a brief but fair summarisation. It also sidesteps the aforementioned difference between buying new and using old animal products, if someone alludes to hypocrisy or attempts to trip you up on a triviality. Regarding the documentaries I watched, I’m intrigued as to whether the explosion of streaming services and the on-demand availability of related films which at one time would have been tricky to seek out will prompt a sea change in consumer habits, as they helped influence my decision.    

Okay, so onto food. Of course, this all depends on what sort of thing you like to eat, but don’t for a second believe myths that a vegan diet cannot provide enough protein. I’ve read up more on nutrition in the past 12 months than I did in my 30 years as an omnivore, and I’m 100% confident I get enough: a few sensible steps are all it takes. When ditching dairy and eggs, I found it helped not to focus on how restrictive I was making my diet, but rather feel like I was opening myself up to a world of foods I’d previously only dabbled in or had never tried before. Many incredible dishes from Southeast Asian and African countries can be vegan-friendly with little or no alteration to recipes, while meze platters easily offer enough variation and nutrition to move from starter to main course status. Stews and curries based on beans, chickpeas or lentils can serve as a quick, cheap, protein-rich main component for meals, while health food shops and many supermarkets sell an ever-increasing range of meat replacements made of soya or wheat gluten. Sadly, widely-available Quorn products are not suitable for vegan diets (at least not in the UK). Be aware your portion sizes may have to be increased to make up for the calorific shortfall of dropping cream, cheese, eggs etc. The biggest hassle I’ve had with veganism is when grabbing convenience food out of city centres late at night. The vast majority of supermarket/corner shop/petrol station sandwiches are unsuitable, although vegetable samosas have been a lifesaver. Without sufficient forward-planning, you might find yourself falling back on the same staples time and again - I swapped post-gig takeaway kebabs for a big stack of cashew butter sandwiches long ago. Still, I’m the most disorganised person I know, and I’m easily capable of keeping myself well-fed on this diet.

If you’re eating out, many chains such as Pizza Express, Wagamama, Wahaca and Las Iguanas offer vegan options (or even separate vegan menus) while sites including Happy Cow provide invaluable info and reviews on local vegan or vegan-friendly restaurants and shops. If you’re going to be dining out somewhere and you’re unsure they will be able to cater for you, ring ahead if possible - I’ve done this a few times and the chef has been happy to provide an option. If you’re popping into an omnivorous restaurant without booking, the vegetarian option/s on the menu can often be veganised with a little creativity. Though at first it can feel like you’re hassling staff, being exhaustive about your requests can avoid confusion, or disappointment and embarrassment when your food arrives - if in doubt, specify no butter, no cream, no yogurt etc. Be aware the term ‘vegan’ can still be misinterpreted or conflated with vegetarianism, so if you’re in any doubt over your order, just explain you’re vegetarian but also you don’t eat anything made with milk, eggs or honey.

At home, raise your condiment, garnish and seasoning game up to the best level your budget and time allows. If you’re not a confident cook, simply chucking a shitload of fresh herbs into something can elevate a basic dish. Freshly chopped coriander in a tomato and chickpea stew or torn basil leaves in pasta sauce are amazing. Increasingly, a huge proportion of my enjoyment of meals hinges on smaller elements, sundries and dressings. I’ve always loved burgers, for example, but I’ve come to realise what I enjoy most isn’t the patty itself, but all the accompaniments - partner a soft bun, fried onions, gherkins, spicy relish and French’s squeezy mustard with a good soya alternative and I’m still just as happy. Fake meats can be a bit hit and miss, and only by trial and error will you find your favourites. I like Fry’s frozen hotdogs for an all-out junk food splurge, while Paul’s organic burgers are the most authentically textured shop-bought alternative I’ve tried to date. I tend to share photos of a lot of the fake meat I buy on Twitter to pique people’s curiosity and inform other vegans of tasty products, but to be honest the majority of stuff I cook on a day-to-day basis is basic soya/seitan-free pulses-and-rice dishes, curries, stews and salads. Be aware the diet does not automatically equal consumption of healthy foods or vast quantities of bland salad - I have days of greens and brown rice and days of instant noodles and whole packs of Oreos, depending on my mood - the same dietary fluctuations and inconsistencies I always had, just newly veganised.

I’m not going to delve too deeply into supplements, as I’m still working this stuff out for myself (for disclosure, I take an amino acid complex, prescribed thiamine AKA vitamin B1 for alcoholism, zinc, and vitamin B12 daily) but I would strongly recommend taking regular doses of B12. Though plenty of foods are fortified with it, it’s easier to just take a tablet every day and forget about making sure you eat enough of them. To my knowledge, it’s the only vitamin that’s hard to obtain from a plant-based diet (fortified foods aside), and it’s absolutely essential to wellbeing. Some devout meat-eaters you come across will probably use the fact you’re taking a supplement as proof your diet is flawed and ‘unnatural,’ but fuck them tbh, all food consumption in the industrialised Western world is so far removed from any semblance of natural order it’s a spurious argument.        

Be aware that many alcoholic drinks are not vegan - Guinness, for example, is produced using isinglass, a by-product of fish, while many wines use animal-based products as fining agents. I quit drinking for health reasons before turning vegan (in fact, I credit realising I could stop drinking for giving me the impetus to alter my lifestyle in this way) so I’ve not had cause to do much research, but it seems like Barnivore could be a good resource for finding vegan-friendly alcohol brands. Soft drinks, too, can effectively be vegan-unfriendly, with some cane sugars processed using animal bone char. Although ingredients and sugars vary from country to country, I wasn’t even aware of this process until fairly recently. No matter how careful you are with your brand choices, there will always be something waiting to trip you up, or a company will change a recipe on the down-low, so get used to getting caught out, checking and rechecking. Pressuring manufacturers to better-label goods is something I feel increasingly strongly about, as it benefits everyone, vegans and non-vegans alike. While supermarkets are taking steps to broaden to their ranges and more clearly mark products, there’s still a long way to go - I waste a lot of time scrutinising ingredient labels, time which could be saved if more companies simply put a ‘suitable for vegans’ note on the front next to the commonplace ‘suitable for vegetarians’ one.

It’s a myth you can’t train on a vegan diet. Sure, you may have to pay closer attention to your food and drink protein supplements (a word of warning: they can be pretty nasty) if you want to bulk up, but the idea perpetuated by some that muscle mass can only be gained through meat eating is bullshit - meat is merely more effective. I go through phases of going to the gym and feeling super good about myself, then slacking because I’m inherently lazy and would much rather sit on my ass playing video games, not because I can’t handle the physical exertion.

I’ve gone on long enough already, so here’s a quick checklist of tips to sum up:

-        Be aware that health food shops may offer discounts if you’re a card-carrying member of a vegan/vegetarian/animal rights organisation or society.

-        If you’re lucky enough to have a Mediterranean supermarket nearby, check out the hummus they stock, it’s likely better and cheaper than the big chains’ own-brands.

-        Carry some nuts or nut bars for a quick energy boost or when you find yourself unable to be catered for. I’ve taken to eating a heaped spoonful of cashew butter straight from the jar for a pick-me-up.

-        Don’t get your hopes up about vegan cheese. Every brand I’ve tried so far has ranged from merely tolerable to outright vile. You may feel differently, of course - I’m not saying decent vegan cheese doesn’t exist, but I certainly haven’t found any yet. HOWEVER, recipes substituting cheese with stuff like blended butternut squash and coconut milk can be incredible in their own right, while also offering a cheese-like comfort food quality.

-        If at first you try a milk alternative you dislike, don’t give up. I drank soya milk on my cereal for my first fortnight vegan, and had stomach cramps the likes of which I’d never experienced. Switching to rice milk, this was instantly resolved. Almond milk is incredible in fruit smoothies, and coupled with bananas creates a lovely creamy consistency.

-        Speaking of smoothies, a blender or NutriBullet is a good investment if you can afford one. Lots of fruits and vegetables are tough for anyone to eat, but chugging them is way easier.

-        Don’t kick off if you get served something which accidentally contains milk or eggs. Remember that your dietary choices are still pretty unusual in most people’s eyes, and well-meaning mistakes can be made. Obviously don’t feel obliged to eat anything you disagree with, but being cool about passing on it rather than making someone feel bad is a good idea in my opinion. Unless you’re preparing food yourself, there’s always a risk you’ll accidentally consume animal products, and there’s only so many measures you can realistically take against it happening.

-        Have a sense of humour about your veganism. Yes, unless a considerable number of people switch to a vegan or vegetarian diet soon we’re possibly facing catastrophic global food shortages, but that doesn’t mean the lifestyle isn’t a bit weird compared to the ‘norm’ of a-meal-isn’t-a-meal-without-meat I grew up with. And try not to be too insufferably smug about your choices: being vegan doesn’t give you some kind of magic free pass to being a good person.

-        Get used to hearing bullshit arguments which attempt to play down the fact that eating animals and animal products is just all-round not very good for animals or for the Earth. “Cows need to be milked. It hurts them not to be milked.” / “Well if everyone becomes vegan then we’re all fighting the animals for the same food, what then?” / “Yeah, but plants are alive too.” / “I read that Guardian investigation into quinoa production and quinoa is actually bad and therefore you’re actually worse for eating it than eating processed meat and cheese every day,” etc.

-        Follow not only dedicated vegan info accounts on social media, but also the personal accounts of those who just happen to be vegan, those considering veganism, and those who are former vegans. Listening to a broader, nuanced and relatable range of opinions without such defined agendas can help you build a more comprehensive understanding and opinion on the lifestyle. Note that, contrary to stereotypes, a lot of vegans don’t talk about being vegan, and a lot of non-vegans talk about veganism all of the time.

-        Get used to feeling increasingly mixed about non-vegans sharing their food on social media. I’m at the stage now where I’ve almost entirely stopped craving meat and have instead started to find the idea of eating it repulsive, all the while still enjoying the visual appeal of a good-looking burger or a fried breakfast. So every time some meat pops up on my feeds (which, once you ditch it, you’ll realise is constantly) I’m hit with a bizarre conflict of comforting pre-vegan memories, abject horror, and compositional appreciation. Sometimes, I really want to like or fav a meat-eater’s meal photo, but I guess it would be a distinctly off-brand move for me in 2015.      

-        I really, really wish I didn’t have to say this, but keep the hugely inappropriate misogynistic and racist ‘animal discrimination’ parallels out of your pro-vegan arguments (looking at you again, PETA). Likewise, avoid using ableist slurs to describe non-vegans. Though to my knowledge I’ve never met a vegan with dubious opinions in real life, so many sentiments I read online are a total embarrassment, loaded with extremely problematic comparisons. Don’t forget to care about the rights, struggles and feelings of your fellow humans as you care about the rights, struggles and feelings of animals.  

So, that’s about it. As my first year draws to a close and I look forward to (hopefully) many more, I’m aware I’ll always be a relative latecomer to veganism, and I’m not going to pretend otherwise. I can’t retcon all those years of eating meat, as much as I might like to. But now, aside from feeling like I’m doing the right thing, I’m enjoying what I eat more than ever before. Remember that I jumped from eating everything to being vegan in about six months, and it’s as if having to restart from scratch, rework my staples and seek out new favourites reignited my interest in food and cooking. Meanwhile, it’s encouraged me to become more aware of issues surrounding animal rights, sustainability and the environment, and in turn societal issues surrounding food production, marketing and consumption. Without trying to sound too contemptible, veganism seems to be a perfect fit for a lifestyle I didn’t even know I wanted a year ago. If you’re considering taking the plunge, I absolutely recommend it.

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setbabiesonfire: Killing dogs for the purpose of…

#look.#i am against the unnecessary cruelty of animals before slaughter#i am NOT against the sustenance they provide us that we ultimately nees#need#not all of us can become vegetarians to save the feelings of animals#many have health problems that prevent it#the road to hell is paved with good intentions? maybe

humans actually don’t need meat, or any animal products, to live a healthy life. consumption of these, in fact, was proven to be linked to many diseases like many kinds of cancer, heart diseases, diabetes and many more. and there are very, VERY few conditions that may make going vegan harder but not impossible for these definitely not many people who have them. i don’t want to start anything but it’s just obvious you know very little to nothing about the topic and should educate yourself before spreading untrue “facts”. if you’re interested in any articles and stuff i’d be happy to provide you with links :)

you see, if you really care about animals, environment or your own health (or all three) going vegan turns out to be very easy the moment you stop trying to find an excuse not to do it.

also if you really think animals are treated well before they get killed in any country around the world you obviously have no idea how factory farms and slaughterhouses work

anonymous asked:

Do you think everyone can thrive on a vegan lifestyle?

YES! I am absolutely sure that humans are herbivores by nature (there are many scientific facts that support this opinion). We may have different genes but biologically we are all the same. Our bodies literally run on carbohydrates (and there are no carbs in animal products)! Plant-based diet is optimal for health, it has been proven that animal products cause hearth disease, obesity, cancer and other health problems. It makes me sad that the majority of the people still overlook actual facts and believe the propaganda from dairy/egg/meat industries. 

6 Ways to Raise a Child Who Doesn’t Eat Animals

PHOTO: With our friends -  Esther The Wonder Pig and dog Shelby

“If you don’t encourage children to eat dogs, why encourage them to eat pigs?”

My son Noah and I live a vegan lifestyle. That’s different from following a vegan diet – although both are great! In fact, whatever you do that helps the environment, animals, humans or the earth is pretty awesome. For us, veganism extends past the plant-based food on our plate.

Last year I wrote an article for xoJane about Noah choosing to become vegan on his own when he was five years old. I shared his passionate decision to switch from being vegetarian to vegan when he learned the truth about the dairy and egg industries.

He didn’t want to eat animals or contribute to their suffering. Noah continues to be my inspiration to stick with the diet part of veganism even if it’s challenging. We recently celebrated our four-year vegan anniversary! We do our best to be kind and compassionate to all creatures, both human and non-human. We don’t participate in activities that exploit or oppress another species like the zoo, circus or marine parks. We don’t wear fur, leather, or wool. But still the most common questions I receive surrounding veganism are food based. So although ethical veganism is all encompassing, this article is about food choices. Here are a few things I have learned from raising a child that does not eat meat, fish, dairy, eggs or anything containing animal ingredients.

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anonymous asked:

What are your thoughts on vegetarians?

Vegetarians still fund dairy and egg industries that are full of animal cruelty (how I wish it was this easy) HOWEVER it is definitely better than being non vegetarian (all health and ethics and environment wise) and can also be a good way to transition to vegan lifestyle :)

I’ve recently gone vegan after watching several videos on the issue on YouTube. (This picture almost has nothing to do with it but it’s me with a plant so I was like wow plants = vegan).
The amount of cruelty that goes behind meat, egg and dairy industry is unbelievable. I’ve never really been aware of the issue till recently; I mean I knew animals were killed but I thought it was “humane.” But what happens inside slaughterhouses is absolutely horrifying: They don’t ‘simply’ behead the animals (still cruel), they practically tortue them. And everytime you drink a glass a milk or eat a drumstick, you are supporting this. Ignorance is not bliss. If you are compassionate, as all humans are, you would know this is wrong and it’s not fair.
We do not need meat to survive.
I know going vegan sounds like an impossible task but I urge you to please spare a bit of your time and watch these videos:
Tedtalk - Carnism
Best Speech You’ll Ever Hear - Gary Yourofsky
101 - Reasons to go vegan
Earthlings - Full Documentary : This is what goes on behind those doors. If you can’t watch this, then why are you putting it in your body
I highly recommend you all to watch it whether you want to go vegan or not.