Mercy For Animals Canada – upcoming events

Mercy For Animals Canada has upcoming events you could take part in:

http://www.mercyforanimals.ca/events.php

Speak up for animals! Hand out leaflets at David Suzuki’s speaking tour!

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Animal Rights

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I read an article about animal rights and thought I’d share it:

http://www.cultureandanimals.org/pop1.html

Dr. Regan says about animals, “They are not only in the world, they are aware of it. What happens to them matters to them.”

Yesterday I spotted a dog in a truck waiting for his ‘owner’ for lack of a better word to come back from the grocery store. He looked at me, then as I went in the store myself, I saw he was looking out the window at his surroundings…just looking around and taking in the world just as we would. He had a powerful, though serene expression about him – solemnly and quietly, he waited for his friend to return.

I see animals in a different way than most people (seemingly) do. I have an empathy for them that is very strong. I see in them a life force, an interest in the world, a desire to love and be part of something. Just like us.

Dr. Regan says that ethically, we should not see each other in terms of one’s utility to the other, and that animals rights philosophy demands that the same should apply to animals.

Each person, and animal should be seen as valuable in and of itself, independent of us.

He argues that the use of animals in any way is immoral and only the complete abolition of this use of them will result in true morality for humans.

I entirely agree.

Getting used to Being Vegan!

It’s been over three months now and I’m really getting used to being vegan. I can’t believe how many delicious things I’ve discovered to eat! There are so many great recipes out there from the ever and ever larger vegan community.

My vegan butter recipe is a simple mixture of coconut oil and sea salt (I use a coconut oil that doesn’t taste like coconut for this).

I create cheesy dishes when I want them using nutritional yeast.

I bought some vanilla soy ice cream this week and it tastes so delicious – I could never miss ice cream!

I use a mixture of soy and rice milk in coffee – it’s so yummy I will never miss milk!

I eat coconut milk ‘yogurt’ instead of one made with animal milk.

And my friends are helping too! I had a potluck at my house this week and one of my good friends (who is not vegan) brought over a 100% vegan dish for us all to enjoy! I fed my friends vegan chocolate for dessert and they loved it. I don’t think they could have really noticed a difference had I not told them anyway 🙂

My biggest test to date though was last week when a colleague brought in a homemade sugar pie – those who know me know that this is my absolute favorit-est treat in the world. It wasn’t too difficult to resist though. And I know there are vegan sugar pie recipes out there anyway for when I want to indulge.

I have read that it only takes 2 weeks to give up a habit or get used to a new one. Three months in – I’m definitely well into my new lifestyle and loving it!!

New Vegan Culture Shock

Culture shock is a big issue for travellers in destinations abroad and also for when they return home (reverse culture shock-after taking in and accepting a new culture, finding it hard to re-immerse yourself in your own once you return).

As a new vegan I feel as if I am experiencing culture shock myself.

I have embarked on an exciting and important new adventure while the world around me remains the same.

People in my circle (even close friends) don’t (seem to) want to hear much about my new path or read my blog even though I’m so excited and I’ve lots to share with them about my new experiences! I want to tell them how easy it is to go vegan! I want to tell them about the new recipes I am finding and creating!! I want to tell them the bad stuff too – how animals suffer for us so much and on such a huge scale it’s almost unimaginable. I feel as if they should want to know just as a traveller feels his friends and family should want to hear about his adventures and even go there to experience it themselves.

But the truth is that they don’t.

It really hurts when this happens – it’s shocking to share such an enormous change in your life and feel that it’s not really being heard or appreciated.

I watched ‘The Ghosts in Our Machine” last week-end. I was talking to my sister the next day about it-and she said, “People don’t want to know.”

It appalls me this. It really shocks me on some level and on another level, I know it’s true and it even makes sense. People don’t want to know and even can’t handle that much information and in fairness I suppose everyone has their own lot to deal with. Why should everyone want to go to Africa just because I do?

Me – on the other hand, I want to know….about veganism and about animal rights. And I want to know the bad stuff too so that I can educate others and try to make changes.

Sitting around the lunch room last week at work watching everyone eat pizza while I ate my vegan lunch made me feel as if I really don’t belong anymore. Being vegan can be a lonely choice – not hard to be vegan in the sense of what I eat, but it’s hard watching everyone else blindly putting suffering into their mouths. They don’t know what I know, feel what I feel, value what I value and for that reason I feel a strong sense of culture shock at times.

It’s lonely.

Like moving to a new country by myself.