Bill Gates is Talking about Veganism

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Here is what Bill Gates is saying:

http://www.iflip4.com/video/bill-gates-is-going-vegan.-heres-why-you-should-go-meat-free-too#.U9EXd9Ig9wU

And he’s investing in a vegan start-up:

http://www.organicauthority.com/foodie-buzz/bill-gates-is-investing-in-a-vegan-meat-start-up.html

He talks about the sustainability issue – as good a reason to go vegan as any I think. He also talks about fake meat (meat and dairy created by scientists to mimic the real thing) which I don’t go for – who knows how food made in a laboratory environment will hurt us in the long run? But the sustainability issue is a big one.

More and more countries that historically did not eat meat and dairy are starting to. Studies show that the consumption of meat and dairy in developing countries is rising to an astonishing level and in conjunction with rising income levels:

http://jn.nutrition.org/content/133/11/3907S.long

Depleting the land of the earth in the way that we do for food consumption cannot continue forever even if we want it to and even if more and more of us can afford to.  Using up the land hurts the animals and plants that live on it, but it hurts us ultimately too.

Animal agriculture is causing huge amounts of greenhouse gas emissions which is hurting our planet.

If we cannot live without the earth, we’d better think about making some changes.

Animals need so much food to grow to the sizes we want them to be before we slaughter them for food. Doesn’t it make more sense for us to simply eat the plants and grains they eat in the first place and also save them from the suffering they have to go through for us?

The UN is recommending global dietary changes as a means to our survival:

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/jun/02/un-report-meat-free-diet

Some people are looking at a vegetarian diet-a good place to start in reducing humankind’s reliance on animals.

‘Meatless Mondays’ have been around for a while encouraging people to try a day a week without meat.

http://meatlessmonday.ca/

Bill Gates is talking about ‘fake meat’.

Whatever small steps we can take will be a huge help in healing our planet and our lives.

I prefer a plant-based diet with vegetables balanced with legumes, nuts and grains. It’s surprisingly easy once you let go of your pre-conceived notions of what you need to be healthy and happy.

Veganism – the way of the future!

Changes I’ve Noticed Since Becoming Vegan

Here are three changes I’ve noticed about myself since becoming vegan:

1. Better skin

2. My face looks younger

3. No more 3 o’clock slump

I didn’t go vegan for any of these reasons but they are certainly nice side effects!

I’ve always had nice skin but lately it seems to be glowing!  And it looks younger.

I often felt tired around 2 or 3 pm and had to have an afternoon coffee to make it through the day-no more!

Mostly though, I feel great about my actions better matching my values.

I’ve still lots to learn about living a truly vegan lifestyle but I am definitely on the right path.

Veganism and Feminism Intertwined

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You may not know this, but in order for us to have dairy, and for dairy farmers to have a lucrative business, cows must be pregnant as often as possible, and for them to become pregnant, they are impregnated on what the industry itself terms, ‘rape racks’.

Furthermore, when they have their babies, the calves are taken away within hours so that the milk can come to us instead of to them.

The calves are then fed ‘waste milk’ – milk that is unsaleable to humans  – rather than their own mother’s healthful milk that was made for them.

What a violation of such a natural and beautiful thing: a mother giving new life to her babies.

Being pregnant all the time results in many problems to these cows including mastitis – a painful inflammation of the mammary glands.

After years of being constantly pregnant, cows become exhausted, and without the normal levels of energy and health for their ages, they are slaughtered for meat at around 5 or 6 years old, whereas cows otherwise can live to be 25 years old.

Feminists have fought for years against the objectification of the female body. Against women being used for others’ gain. Against women being treated unfairly. Against women being unheard.

There are many blogs out there as to why feminism and veganism are intertwined-here is one:

http://veganfeminist.blogspot.ca/2012/10/what-is-rape-rack-why-feminism-applies.html

Be a feminist!  Stand up for and protect all females.

Become vegan!!

How Animals are Treated Every Day in our Culture **Warning** Graphic Video

‘Mercy for Animals’, an animal welfare organization, recommended as a strong charity by ‘Animal Charity Evaluators’ for their methods in trying to help animals (http://www.animalcharityevaluators.org/recommendations/top-charities/mercy-for-animals/?gclid=COnZvZq_6L8CFQQSMwodXm4A8w), put together a very disturbing video that will make you all want to become vegan:

Loving, caring creatures like ourselves need to know what is happening to animals.

Not every animal on a farm or in a slaughterhouse goes through this but far too many do.  And we support it every time we eat chicken at a restaurant, make a BLT, or buy eggs in the store.

We can live as vegans-many of us are proving that. We just don’t know how to if we haven’t tried.

It isn’t a special or a secret diet-it’s not elitist or expensive – it’s just no meat, no fish, and no animal products of any kind.

And, it’s not hard to do.

People will think it strange perhaps if you go vegan, but it’s far stranger to me for us to know that this goes on and ignore it, and worse-support it.

Want to know more?

http://www.mercyforanimals.org/

The Wool Truth

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Just as with dairy, we often don’t think about the animals we use who aren’t killed for our use as having particularly terrible lives when in reality, they very often have it worse off for not being killed.

I learned more about the practice of sheep shearing and also of mulesing shortly after I purchased a large woolen rug for my home last fall.

I knew wool came from shearing sheep of course, but I thought that getting that wool was a simple and painless process for the animal. I thought it might even be a good thing in that it would keep them cooler in hotter climes, when in reality, I learned that sheep in a natural setting do not grow more wool than they need.

When I learned how these sweet animals are treated in order for us to get wool, I vowed not to buy it anymore.

Mulesing, for those of you who don’t know, is a process done to remove the wool and cut off skin from the buttock areas of the sheep to prevent a disease called flystrike.  It is often, if not usually, done without anaesthesia. The resulting pain can last for days.

Read more here about mulesing:

http://www.animalsaustralia.org/issues/mulesing.php

Though it continues to be practiced, it is not recommended by the RSPCA of Australia, who produce much of the wool we use. They recommend alternatives in this article:

http://kb.rspca.org.au/What-is-mulesing-and-what-are-the-alternatives_113.html

I have also read horrific stories about sheep genitals or faces being shorn right off during shearing, stories which haunt me.

No clothing is worth that kind of suffering.

Challenges Being a New Vegan

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Living this new lifestyle now for about 2 months, some challenges I face are the occasional desire for milk, butter, cheese and sometimes, even meat!!

Being with a carnivore doesn’t help but the cravings come even when Don’s not there with me.

And, he’s great to always make me the vegan version of what he’s eating (he’s the cook in our couple) but sometimes when I smell his food, I want it!

These thoughts and cravings are few and far between however, they don’t last long and I doubt I’ll give into them, but if I do I’ll forgive myself because it’s not an easy task to go completely against the culture you live in.

Some days, I just want to stop and pick up a regular old pizza for dinner.

How easy it would be to just eat what everybody else does.

But the knowledge I now have of how meat, eggs and dairy get to our plates is likely going to keep me from giving in to my occasional cravings.

And I’m discovering so many new and exciting recipes and ways of eating.

I’m going to be making a vegan pizza soon!!

Mouthwatering Vegan has a good looking one:

http://mouthwateringvegan.com/2011/02/20/moroccan-inspired-spicy-pizza-2/

Veganism is hardly a new way of life and I’m thankful for the community out there who supports it and who support me.

For most of the time, I am a very Happy New Vegan!!!

And, looking at those beautiful and innocent animals is the best motivator to keep on going!!

Don’t they deserve our love, our care and our respect!!

The Loving Bond of Cows and their Calves

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I read an article today about the bond between cow and newborn calf and how it is severed so quickly after the calf’s birth so humans can have milk and meat.

We need to stop and think about where our food comes from and if we really want to continue to support these practices.

As the writer says, we just accept what our families and culture tell us as the way it is. We need to ask more questions.

Here is the article:

http://freefromharm.org/animal-cruelty-investigation/breaking-the-mother-calf-bond-the-untold-story-of-milk/

Look at the video-it is sad.

If a female, the calf will have the same destiny as her mother and if male, the calf will become meat for humans. Veal is a particularly sad fate for a male calf.

Let’s stop this cycle. Being vegetarian isn’t enough-become vegan!

A Vegan’s Latte

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One of my favorite things is a big and delicious bowl of latte in the morning.

Now as a vegan I can’t use milk, but I find that mixing soy and rice milks together and adding a dash of cocoa seems to make it taste quite a lot like milk.

After less than a week of making them this way, I was converted.

I also find that soy and rice milks together on cereal tastes very much like regular milk.

When using soy products, always make sure they are organic or they may be genetically modified.

Let’s Stop Using Animals

“Animal rights, to me, is quite simply respecting animals as the sentient beings that they are. This means that they are on this Earth for their own reasons, not ours. That they have their own self-interests just as humans do and in so much as they do they should be respected for that and left alone.
But this is also the proverbial uphill battle animals face. They are the legal property of humans and this dynamic puts them at a grave disadvantage, in particularly in a free-market capitalist system where animals are owned and traded openly as commodities, as economic units.
Until we question this entangled relationship, which has existed for some 10,000 years we will have some difficultly seeing animals with new eyes.”
–Harold Brown

Harold Brown is a former farmer who has since changed his ways and is now vegan and founder of farmkind.org:

http://www.farmkind.org/

It’s amazing how we live our lives without really thinking about what we are doing.

Most of us dearly love animals yet continue to support their suffering and destruction with the food we put on our plates, with the clothes we buy, and with many other ways in which we live our lives.

We love animals so much that we bring our kids to see them in zoos, theme parks, and circuses (places that often abuse animals and have to break their spirits to train them).

I was reading the story about Raju the 50 year old elephant who was abused, and chained up 24 hours a day by his captors:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/07/raju-elephant-cries-rescue_n_5564543.html

We love animals so much-we feel sad about the stories in the news such as the one about Raju yet we will ride him when we travel to the country he lives in (to be trained to do that, he has to be abused and kept captive).

How sad it is that we humans believe we have dominion over other animals and even over each other when it benefits us.

We need to start thinking about how animals are treated and stop supporting the enterprises that hurt them.

All any animal wants is to live it’s life in peace and freedom, just like we do.