8 Annoying Things Vegans Hear Over the Holidays… And How to Respond

1. But don’t you miss eating turkey?

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I didn’t stop eating animals because I suddenly didn’t like the taste of meat. I stopped because billions of animals suffer unimaginable cruelty at the hands of the factory farming industry. Not only that, meat is the number one cause of climate change. Oh, and it also causes heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.

2. It’s tradition to eat turkey on Thanksgiving.

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Many appalling practices throughout history have been defended as “tradition,” from slavery to sister-wives. Just because something has always been done doesn’t mean we should continue to do it.

3. Are you sure there will be enough for you to eat?

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There will if you don’t insist on putting dead animals in every dish. Why don’t you try my vegan stuffing recipe? It’s amazing!

4. But the turkey we bought is local, organic, free-range, grass-fed, non-GMO, and they said they sang to him before he was killed.

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Sadly, all turkeys, no matter how they’re raised, meet the same violent, bloody, and unnecessary death: having their throats slit. Would it make you feel better if someone were singing to you while they cut your throat open? Didn’t think so.

5. Why do you have to be difficult?

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Difficult? There’s actually nothing easier than preparing delicious and festive vegan dishes for the holidays. Let me show you some awesome recipes.

6. You’re just one person, you’re not going to make a difference by not eating turkey.

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Maybe not to this particular turkey who’s already been gruesomely slaughtered, but millions of vegans and vegetarians all over the world are making a difference. In fact, one person who goes vegan saves the lives of over 30 animals per year.

7. You’re going to offend Grandma if you don’t eat her mashed potatoes.

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It’s not my intention to offend anyone. I was actually planning on bringing over almond milk and vegan butter to show her how to make cruelty-free mashed potatoes. I can’t wait to cook and spend time with her!

8. The world doesn’t revolve around you.

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Being vegan isn’t about me. It’s about the billions of farmed animals who are needlessly tortured and killed just so we can eat them.

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Flash-fried Brussels sprouts with garlic and lime

The most flavorful Brussels sprouts you’ve ever had! A perfect finger food for Thanksgiving.

If I hear about this absurd theory that vegetarians/ vegans are responsible for more animal deaths than meat eaters I will lose my shit. I mean seriously it completely defies all logic.

First of all there is no denying that with any agriculture there is inevitably going to be some animal deaths involved, not only to do you have to consider the deaths that occur as a result of harvesting (as you can see from the graph above this is minimal) but also the animals that have been killed or lost their homes as a result of clearing land to make room to plant crops. Even as vegans our lifestyles still have some impact on the lives of animals and most of that is out of our control but the point of veganism is not absolute perfection, it is simply to do the best we can to minimise animal suffering and not to deliberately cause it.

But lets say for a moment that this ridiculous theory is true, that harvesting plant crops, such as wheat, causes more animal deaths than producing meat. It takes up to 16 pounds of grain to produce just 1 pound of meat, which means that a significant amount more plants are being used to produce meat than if we were to simply eat the plants directly. This means that producing meat still causes significantly more animal deaths. 

Now how about habitat loss? 30% of the world’s land mass, an area the size of the moon, is currently being used to raise animals for food and animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation worldwide (it is also the driving force of the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest). Think about how much less land we would need to use if we were to just eat plants, about how much land we would be able to turn back into wildlife habitat if we just stopped eating animal products.

And then of course there’s the fact that animal agriculture is one of the leading causes of climate change and pollution. Think about all the animals that are facing habitat loss and extinction as a result of the warming climate. 

And all of this because we’re too selfish to give up animal products? You can look at it any way you want but the simple fact is animal agriculture is devastating to all animals and causes more unnecessary animal suffering than a vegan lifestyle. There is no way around it, if you care about animals then go vegan.

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Ingredients

  • 1 bag Gardein Beefless Tips
  • 1 Tbsp. paprika powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. chili powder, garlic powder, onion powdder, and black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. dried rosemary
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • Cooking spray
  • 3-4 pieces flatbread or pita bread
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 small red onion, sliced
  • Vegan tzatziki to taste (try the recipe here: http://minimaleats.com/vegan-tzatziki/)

Instructions

1. Defrost the beefless tips in a large bowl or container for about 30 minutes.
2. Combine all the spices in a separate bowl. (I know this might seem like a lot of spices, but your parents probably have all these essentials in your cupboards. If you don’t have ‘em, you need to get ‘em! Dollar stores usually sell these, so stock up!)
3. Combine the beefless tips, spices, and 1/2 cup of the lemon juice and mix until all the tips are well coated. Add the remaining lemon juice and let marinate for 30 to 60 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
4. Spray a pan with cooking spray and cook the beefless tips over medium heat, flipping every 2 minutes, until browned. (You might want to taste the tips while cooking and adjust the amount of spices or lemon juice, as needed.)
5. Top each piece of flatbread with some of the seasoned beefless tips, some sliced tomatoes, and some onions, then drizzle with the tzatziki. (Pro tip: Warm the flatbread over an open flame, such as on your stovetop burner, or in the microwave before using.)

For more recipes: http://peta2.me/2q


anonymous asked:

Hello! Can you tell me what is wrong with eggs?

  • Being Born in the Egg Industry

Chickens usually start out their life being born inside drawers of huge incubators at a hatchery.

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  • Male Chicks

After being born, they are sorted. Male chicks are considered useless in the egg industry, since they come from selective egg-laying strains, which are not suitable for meat production. They are discarded by being gassed, ground up alive or thrown into plastic bags or dumpsters.

One research scientist observed chicks being ground up and said that “even after twenty seconds, there were only partly damaged animals with whole skulls”. With their skulls still intact, they were fully conscious and left to die a slow and agonizing death. Other eyewitnesses have told similar stories of chicks being slowly dismembered by machinery blades.

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  • Battery Cage Hens

The great majority of all “layers” are kept in battery cages. Usually 5 hens have to share a cage measuring 18 by 20 inches. Their living conditions are so stressful that their laying span lasts only about 1-2 years instead of the normal 15-20 years.

When her egg laying rate drops, she is considered “spent”. “Spent” hens are either killed or force molted. Force molting involves being kept in complete darkness without food or water to shock their systems into another egg laying cycle.

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  • "Debeaking"

Being confined to an overcrowded cage also causes excessive pecking. To avoid the hens from injuring each other, they are “debeaked”, which means that part of their beaks are cut off.

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  • Bone Fractures

Hens in battery cages are unable to exercise. Since laying eggs also takes a lot of calcium out of their bodies, they have weak and brittle bones and often suffer fractures. This causes them a lot of additional pain and distress.

Bone fractures also occur frequently when the hens are removed from their cages and transported for slaughter.

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  • "Free-Range" Eggs

Some people switch to “free-range” eggs when they find out about battery cages and don’t want to support that industry. “Free-range” however, does not mean at all that the chickens are treated well. Generally “free-range” means that the animals are not kept in cages. However, they are commonly confined indoors, sometimes in very crowded conditions. Practices like “debeaking” and force molting can also be found on “free-range” farms.

Just like any other industry, “free-range” farms have to make a profit. Male chicks are still useless and discarded. Another problem chicken farmers deal with is the transportation of eggs. Since eggs are usually transported by trucks, egg farmers need their eggs to have a certain firmness. Chickens start to lay less less firm eggs after about one year, causing the eggs to break sooner during transport. For this reason, egg-laying chickens are slaughtered at about one year of age, sometimes two. “Free-Range” chickens are transported and slaughtered the same way non-“free-range” chickens are.

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  • Spent Hens at the Slaughterhouse

When the layer hens reach the slaughterhouse, they are removed from their crates and hung upside down by their feet while fully conscious.  First their heads will be dragged through a bath of electrically charged water, rendering most of them unconscious. They are then taken to an automatic neck cutter, where they are bled. After that they go to a scalding tank, which makes it easier to pluck them.

Some chickens are still fully conscious after the electrical bath, especially when the slaughterhouse doesn’t use a sufficient stunning current. When their necks are cut, they don’t always cut both carotid arteries, which are the major blood supplies to the brain. This means that there are still chickens who are fully conscious when they enter the scalding tank.

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When you buy eggs - “free-range” or not - you support an industry that exploits and abuses chickens in an absolutely horrifying way.

So I’d say pretty much everything is wrong with eggs, and I didn’t even mentioned the health factor. Please consider quitting animal products! :)

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Fur Trade- Origin Assured

Please watch Paloma Faith uncover the truth about the fur industry’s “Origin Assured" label- here. Origin Assured is a brand which seeks to guarantee that the animals who are killed to make products are treated humanely.

In “Origin Assured" countries animals on fur farms suffer from neglect, starvation and thirst and often have untreated wounds. Many animals go insane as a result of their confinement, and some are driven to self-mutilation and cannibalism. Dead animals are left to rot in cages next to their family members. The animals are killed in the most gruesome ways, most common of all via anal or vaginal electrocution.

Fur produced on farms in twenty-nine countries can be labeled “Origin-Assured” simply because those countries have environmental standards, animal welfare laws and the best practice guidelines on paper. Whether or not those standards are robust or enforced isn’t taken into consideration.

In reality, the label means nothing.

Please help and avoid all fur. Help uncover this brand’s appalling dishonestly and put pressure on retailers to stop selling fur.