because i'm a vegan

lifeandthoughtsandtravel  asked:

I know that you are a reptile tumblr but I was wondering if you knew if it were healthy for dogs to be vegans? I'm just curious because of some vegans that have animals and they make them vegans... is it harmful towards the animal or is it completely safe? thank you :)

It’s an absolutely horrible idea. Dogs cannot be vegans and thrive. They’re not vegetarians and they’re not even really omnivores in the same way we are- while dogs will eat everything we do (and more), feeding them a vegan diet is terrible for their health. A lot of vegans who make this decision will blather on about supplements in the vegan food or about how you can make artificial amino acids or how dogs can survive on it so therefore it’s safe, but dogs can also survive eating Ol’ Roy, the worst dog food in the world. Surviving isn’t the same thing as thriving! A dog’s biological structure means that eating plants and only plants isn’t going to work well in the long run- so let’s look at some of the reasons why dogs need to be fed a diet based in animal protein. 

1. The canine digestive tract is not good at digesting plant matter.

Plant matter is really tough to break down! Meat, on the other hand, digests quickly. Carnivores and herbivores have differently structured digestive tracts that work with their diets. Let’s look at a rabbit’s digestive tract and a dog’s.

See how a rabbit has a functional cecum, while the dog’s is just a little snub of a thing? The cecum is an organ that plays a really important role in non-ruminant herbivore digestion. It’s a large pouch where cellulose and tough fibers in plant-based food get broken down. Dogs, like humans, don’t have one that’s functional for digestion. 

In addition, herbivores like rabbits have very long, complicated digestive tracts. Their food sits in there and breaks down over a long period of time. An average adult rabbit (with a body of about 40 centimeters long, we’re not talking the giant breeds or the dwarf breeds here) has about three meters of small intestine. In American units, that’s a 15 inch animal with almost 10 feet of intestines. A dog, on the other hand, has a small intestine that’s about two and a half times the length of its body- so for instance, a dog that’s two feet long would have about five feet of small intestine. There’s neither enough time nor space in the canine alimentary canal for dogs to fully extract the nutrients they need to survive. 

2. Dog drool doesn’t have amylase.

Amylase an enzyme that converts plant starch and glycogen into simple sugars. Herbivores and omnivores typically have amylase in the saliva, which starts to break down those starches immediately. This means by the time the starches hit the intestine, they’ve already started to convert into something that’s actually useful. Dogs, however, only produce it in the pancreas. There’s no salivary amylase in dogs or any other carnivore. This means that digesting plants and converting their energy into something that’s actually useful is really inefficient for dogs; they can only get something like half of the energy and nutrients they’d get from a comparable amount of meat. It also means that to digest plant material, dogs’ pancreases have to go into overtime to make enough amylase, which can lead to severe pancreatic strain.

3. Dogs can’t digest cellulose.

While the dog pancreas makes amylase, something it doesn’t make is cellulase. Granted, herbivores don’t make it either- in fact, very few animals do. Termites are one of the only animals that make their own cellulase. Herbivore digestive tracts have a reservoir of symbiotic bacteria that produce plenty of cellulase. We’ve actually talked about it- it’s what goes on in the cecum! The bacteria in carnivore ceca, however, is linked to the lymphatic system, not the digestive system. 

There’s also the issue of their teeth not being adapted for a plant-based diet or even the way they eat being good at taking in plants- but the same is true for anything that’s not animal carcasses, including kibble and wet dog food. That’s just evidence that defines them as opportunistic carnivores; what makes a vegan diet so bad for dogs is their digestive biology.

There is one exception to this rule, and that is when a vet prescribes a vegan diet for an animal with significant food allergies or other dietary issues. This is not something vets do unless it’s the best course of treatment for the animal. 

Veganism isn’t the same thing as being an herbivore. Herbivores don’t have a choice; their bodies aren’t built for eating meat. While they might take in animal protein on occasion (deer, for instance, will eat birds sometimes), their teeth, their digestive systems, and their metabolisms all work together to make eating plants the best way for them to survive. A rabbit’s not a vegan- it’s an herbivore. Only humans can be vegans. To be a vegan is to make a choice; it’s to evaluate your place in the world around you and to renegotiate your relationship with all sorts of things- your own body, the food industry, the people around you, and of course the animals you don’t eat. Responsible vegans understand that humans can thrive on an all-vegetable diet; they know that we evolved to be really, really flexible when it comes to the source of our nutrition. While humans are biologically omnivores, we can make that choice.

A dog can’t, and it’s not humanity’s place to force that on them. There are some pets that thrive on an all-vegetable diet. Rabbits, tortoises, finches, hamsters, snails- but not dogs. 

If you’d like more information, this is a fantastic write-up, complete with sources! This is a good, short article written by a vet. This is a blog post that talks about some of the other nutritional deficiencies, particularly involving D3. This is another great writeup with diagrams!

Lena the vegan putting Kara on a diet because “honestly kara just because you’re an alien doesn’t mean you can just eat all this junk” and Kara tries to be healthy for like three days but there’s only so much kale she can eat. On the fourth day Lena comes home with a quinoa salad and she opens the door to kara shoving her seventh happy meal down her throat; Lena just bursts into tears on the spot.

Kobra Paige & Tommy Karevik

Why is tumblr so reluctant to discuss animal rights?

Seriously? We’re well-read on subjects like feminism, racism, transphobia, etc. but as soon as someone mentions animal rights it’s all “HEY SPOT THE VEGAN HAHAHA!!”

Animals live through AWFUL conditions in slaughter factories and likewise, not only so that we can have meat, but milk and cheese and cream as well.

I’m not saying we should all stop eating meat or dairy products, nor am I saying ALL meat/dairy-factories are the source of all evil, but can we at least acknowledge the problem and discuss it?

anonymous asked:

Hello! I feel like you're the kind of person to help handle an issue I'm having. I've decided to go vegan because of many many reasons I'm sure you know. I feel like everywhere I go people are saying "drink your milk and eat your meat to grow stronger!!11!" and sometimes I try to meekly explain to my friends why that is actually bad, but they just blow me off, make jokes and say "wellllllll not ALL cows are treated like that." I really want advice on what to do to help them see my point of view.

Hi anon! You’re awesome and I want to thank you for reaching out to me. I was once like you, a brand new shiny vegan. At first, everyone was pretty terrible to me too. Or at least, they mocked me for deciding not to eat animals. I tried to give them the facts, how the animals are treated, and how they’re basically just babies when they’re slaughtered (days to months old, depending on the species). But they just laughed it off.

Eventually, after a looong time, they saw it wasn’t just a phase, or a fad, and that it was something I truly stood by. And they stopped being shitheads about it. Even my ex, who was an avid meat-eater, told me I was right and that going vegan was probably the best way to live. He didn’t want to do it himself, but he said he knew I was right.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t really help the animals, does it?

Sometimes the best way is to show them is through a different lens, one that doesn’t come directly from you. Another voice. There are some really amazing documentaries out there about how animals are treated on farms, labs, zoos, and slaughterhouses. I admit, I didn’t have any interest in vegetarianism (I didn’t even know what veganism was at the time) until I had to witness what happened to these animals with my own two eyes. And I feel that most people are the same way. No one wants animals to be hurt or killed, especially if their money helps pay for it, and showing them actual footage of what happens in these places is honestly, in my opinion, something everyone needs to experience.

Here are some of my favorite documentaries I pulled from this post and I hope they help!

  • Earthlings - narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, details the human use of animals in five specific areas: for food, clothing, entertainment, science, and as pets. It’s graphic but YOU HAVE TO SEE what are you contributing to.
  • Lucent -  explores the darker side of Australia’s pig farming industry, highlighting the day-to-day tremendous cruelty accepted by the industry as standard practice.
  • Cowspiracy  : The Sustainability Secret - explores the impact of animal agriculture on the environment, and investigates the policies of environmental organizations on this issue. The movie has made such an impact that it motivated at least two restaurants to go vegan.  
  • What the Health -  the groundbreaking follow-up film from the creators of the award-winning documentary Cowspiracy. The film exposes the collusion and corruption in government and big business that is costing  trillions of healthcare dollars, and keeping people sick.
  • Before The Flood -  a look at how climate change affects our environment and what society can do prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities across the planet.
  • Peaceble Kingdom : The Journey Home -  the awakening conscience of several people who grew up in traditional farming culture and who have now come to question the basic assumptions of their way of life.
  • Meat The Truth -  presented by Marianne Thieme the documentary is drawing public attention to the issue of global warming, that has been repeatedly ignored, one of the most important causes of climate change, namely: intensive livestock production.
  • Forks Over Knives - advocates a low-fat, whole-food, plant-based diet as a way to avoid or reverse several chronic diseases.
  • Blackfish -  a documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales and its dangers for both humans and whales.
  • Live & Let Live -  is a feature documentary examining our relationship with animals, the history of veganism and the ethical, environmental and health reasons that move people to go vegan.
  • The Cove - analyzes and questions dolphin hunting practices.  the film is a call to action to halt mass dolphin kills, change fishing practices, and to inform and educate the public about the risks, and increasing hazard, of mercury poisoning from dolphin meat.
  • Speciesism: The Movie -  The documentary takes viewers on a sometimes funny, sometimes frightening adventure, crawling through the bushes that hide factory farm, flying in airplanes above their toxic “manure lagoons,” and coming face-to-face with their owners.
  • Vegucated -  story about 3 omnivore New York guys who plan to go vegan for six weeks for weight loss and other health benefits, but during their vegan journey, they uncover the dark side of animal agriculture, and all of a sudden find themselves against the very industry they patronized a few weeks before.

A comic about animals.

Please, make your own choices. Whatever you choose, I respect your right to those decisions. But sometimes, I might invite you to think about them.

anonymous asked:

One of the weirder things I've learned since going vegan is that everyone is suddenly super invested in my future children. "Are you going to MAKE them be vegan? What if they don't want to be?" Like, kids naturally know that animal cruelty is wrong. Go on YouTube and search "kid doesn't want to eat meat"; there are around a dozen videos of children crying because they don't want to eat animals anymore. But somehow, because I'm vegan, MY children will be born totally devoid of empathy? Sure...

You may have read this before, but this is one of my favorite responses to when people say that children are “forced” to be vegan- 

Imagine that you put your young toddler in a crib. In the crib with them you put a small rabbit, and a pile of berries. If the child is hungry, they’re going to reach for the berries, and pet the rabbit if they bother with it at all. This child does not want to eat the living creature with which they share their space, and if fruits or vegetables are available, they will naturally gravitate them towards sustenance. The only person that would give this young child the flesh of an animal is their caregivers- now who is really ‘forcing’ this child to eat something? 

Children must be introduced to meat at a young age, and this is usually done by blending it with fruit or vegetable purees so that the child adjusts to the taste and texture. The fruits and vegetables are eaten first and foremost, and are usually taken without contest, whereas meat must be introduced gradually. Some parents report difficulty with getting their infants to accept meat in their diets, even with gradual changes. 

Now, those instances apply to very young children. Your point stands- there are many, many videos on YouTube and the like of children saying that they don’t want to eat meat, crying when it comes to having to slaughter a family cow or chicken, or sobbing because they found out that the flesh on their plate came from a living, breathing creature, one that they would have loved to see as a friend. Children are naturally more empathetic, and they can see the hypocrisy of eating animals they claim to love more than the hardened hearts of many adults. 

Children will eat plant-based diets naturally, while meat has to be forcibly introduced to them by their caregivers. The adults in this case are definitely forcing the children into their dietary lifestyles. This is not applicable to veganism alone- most parents ‘force’ their diet onto their children, carnists included. It’s cruel to see children that would happily eat plant-based growing up knowing no different, and to see the unfair persecution that vegan parents face in raising their children to live a more compassionate and ethical lifestyle. 

-Admin Samantha

anonymous asked:

I grew up in a vegan family and EVERYTIME I say that most people assume that my parents starved me and/or abused me. One time I got told I was "brainwashed" because I'm still vegan despite the fact I don't live with them anymore. It's the most annoying thing in the world TBH

That sounds beyond annoying and frustrating. I’m so sorry smh

anonymous asked:

food is so much more exciting as a vegan because i know i'm doing much less harm and when things happen like ben & jerry's coming out with dairy free ice cream my life suddenly has meaning again and i love finding and trying out new vegan places to eat out at

I absolutely agree. I think being vegan forces you to be a lot more creative with your food, since you’re not just sticking to the “meat with something else” formula so many of my meat eating friends diet’s seem to consist of. I used to eat so much beige food before I went vegan, now my plates are much more interesting. The fact that so many people cannot even fathom how a dish would taste good without animal products is honestly pretty sad. 

Someone: Wow, you’re vegan? I never would have guessed haha

Me: Yeah I know turns out I’m just really not into blatant animal abuse haha who would’ve guessed

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I'm raising my daughter vegan because I care about her best interests
I’m the father of a child who has been vegan since birth. If recent news stories are to be believed that should have you recoiling in horror, but you need not – she’s thriving, along with millions of other vegan children around the world. That’s because a plant-based vegan contains everything we need nutritionally and, in my experience, gives children the very best start in life, for their physical health and emotional wellbeing.

anonymous asked:

How- how did you lose 20 pounds in 4 weeks???? Because I'm on week 3 and I've only lost5 and I'm vegan, I eat less than 500 cals a day, no oils no refined sugar???

Hey,

I’ve kept my calorie intake below 800cals a day, fasting once a week and one day a week allowing around 1200 cals to keep my metabolism high. I’m working out everyday for 30 minutes and walking as often as possible. I’ve just cut out a lot of junk I avoid sugar at all costs and avoid high fat foods. I don’t eat before midday and I don’t eat after 7pm so that way it’s like a 17 hour fast each day? I also take green tea pills and drink loads of green tea, my diet is pretty much tea.

Hope this helps a little ♡