Just a side note about that last post: I often talk about how vegetarianism/veganism are not accessible to the poor, disabled, chronically ill, PoC, etc. I think this needs to be brought up more within animal rights circles because often they are extremely militant and exclusionary to marginalized people. However, I do believe in going vegetarian/vegan if it is possible for you, or at the very least cutting out what you can. I think even the smallest steps can contribute to change and applaud anyone who is able to make an effort not to support the meat, egg, and dairy industries. (But I would never hold it against anyone who is unable to so–don’t worry, I totally got you!) 

Anyway, I sometimes struggle to balance being pro-veganism/vegetarianism but also intersectional. Whenever I post about how not everyone can be vegan, animal rights supporters tell me I’m not supporting the cause. And when I reblog pro-vegan posts, I get other folks telling me that not everyone can be vegan (which I understand, trust me.) I don’t really know what I’m trying to say here–I’m just not sure how I can reblog animal rights stuff without having to explain my complicated relationship with the topic in full detail every single time?

What Fantastic Beasts Can Teach Us About Being Kind to Animals

Last month, the much-anticipated new fantasy spin-off from J.K. Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, debuted on the big screen.

Starring Eddie Redmayne and Katherine Waterson, the film takes place in New York City the 1920s (seventy years before Harry Potter’s adventures) and tells the story of Newt Scamander, a young wizard visiting America.

It’s clear from the beginning that Newt, armed with a mysterious expanding suitcase, is passionate about protecting endangered magical creatures, whom he considers misunderstood.

In fact, he is only in New York on his way to Arizona, where he wants to release a thunderbird named Frank (rescued by Newt from traffickers in Egypt) into his native habitat.

Unfortunately, many of these magical creatures escape his suitcase, leading Newt on a quest to find all of them in an effort to protect them from wizards who fear magical creatures and seek to destroy them.

“We’re going to recapture my creatures before they get hurt. They’re currently in alien terrain surrounded by millions of the most vicious creatures on the planet: humans,” Newt tells Queenie, one of his allies in the film.

Did we mention that Newt Scamander is a Hufflepuff, from the Hogwarts house known for kindness?

While far from perfect (it’s not clear whether Newt’s character is vegan), this film demonstrates what so many of us already know: Animals are worthy of consideration.

And much like the fantastic beasts in this film, farmed animals in our world are also misunderstood. Rather than see them as meat-producing machines, humans should do their best to respect animals and let them live their lives in peace.

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Why are you vegan?

The fact that I feel obligated to lie and say “because it’s healthier” other than my real answer “because I care about animals” shows how negative people can be to animal compassion.

Today’s brunch!! Egg and dairy-free vegan pancakes topped with lots of berries, banana, kiwifruit, desiccated coconut, maple syrup, melted dark and dairy free chocolate and crushed cashews! Was incredibly delicious, you can ‘veganise’ anything when you put your mind to it, it’s so effortless! Instead of using egg and dairy milk in the batter I just used 1 ½ cups of soy milk and made a chia seed ‘egg’ by mixing some boiling water with 2 tbsp of chia seeds to make the batter sticky. If anyone is considering switching to a vegan lifestyle and adopting a cruelty-free diet for their New Year’s resolution feel free to inbox me, I’m always here for support and help xx -Zoe

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Compassionate Vegan Saves 23-Pound Lobster From Becoming Someone’s Dinner

According to CTV, a huge 23-pound lobster dubbed “King Louie” was saved from becoming someone’s dinner when a vegan returned him to the sea.

Catherine MacDonald, co-owner of the Alma Lobster Shop in southern New Brunswick, said King Louie was possibly a century old.

She told the Canadian news outlet:

It’s beautiful for a lobster to be 23 pounds and to be that large, there was nothing else that was going to be a predator — except man.

MacDonald claims the lobster is about four feet long and very healthy. A fisherman in St. Martins, New Brunswick, caught him.

A vegan animal rights activist from Nova Scotia bought the gentle creature for $230 and requested he be released back into the ocean. He was released in the Bay of Fundy on Tuesday.

Although King Louie’s story ended happily, the same cannot be said for the stories of billions of other animals who are needlessly killed for human consumption every year.

Often boiled alive, lobsters experience immense suffering. Many believe lobsters and other marine life are incapable of feeling pain, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. A study published in the Journal of Experimental Biology reveals that crabs, lobsters, and fish do in fact all feel pain.

While this was a great expression of this vegan’s compassion, the best thing we can do is boycott the cruel meat, egg, and dairy industries. By not purchasing live animals or animal products, you are taking a strong stand against animal abuse.

Please visit ChooseVeg.com for more information on switching to a compassionate vegan diet.