Angora Wool

Many people love the look and feel of angora wool. Most people however would be appalled to find out how their lovely angora sweaters, scarves, hats and gloves were made.

Most animals used in our society for human consumption – be that in the meat, fashion or entertainment industries – are neglected,  ignored – treated as property.  Often they are unnecessarily abused as well. They rarely, if ever, receive veterinary treatment when they need it. They often go without food and even without water.

And these are just the basics that all creatures need.  Animals need enrichment and to socialize. Farm animals rarely are treated humanely even on so called ‘humane farms’.

Are you ready to see how angora rabbits are treated?  People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals recently did an investigation in the UK and here is what they found:

If this upsets you, you can do something! Stop buying angora wool! Stop buying any wool.

Tell people about it!  Share this blog!

Get involved to support animals:

Let companies know that you do  not support this by taking action!

No animal should be treated in this way.  No animal should be left in a cage by itself. No animal’s injuries should ever be ignored.

Not every angora rabbit in this industry has it this bad, but they all suffer.  Ask yourself is it worth it for a piece of clothing?




Plant Strong


If big, strong men do it (, and big, strong animals do it (, why don’t you do it?

Be Plant Strong today!!!

It’s (surprisingly) easy, delicious and when you need it, totally decadent!!

With a few simple changes to what you have in your fridge and pantry, you can do it!

Do it for yourself. Do it for the planet. Do it for the animals.



The Pledge to Be Vegan

After almost 14 months of being vegan, I ate salmon. I didn’t even like it. And afterward, I felt like a failure.  I wondered how someone so devoted to animals and to veganism as a way of life could have stumbled.

I wanted to be stronger than that–and I wanted to show others that it is really possible to be vegan.

I reached out to friends and it helped a little, but I still felt bad.

I went online to look for support and I came across this blog:

Here are some excerpts:

“Pledging to be vegan doesn’t mean that you’re pledging to be perfect; it means you’re pledging to try. Intentions matter. Whenever I write about the choice to be vegan, I return to the Vegan Society’s definition of veganism, which has always rung true to me. Veganism is:

A way of living which excludes all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, the animal kingdom, and includes a reverence for life. It applies to the practice of living on the products of the plant kingdom to the exclusion of flesh, fish, fowl, eggs, honey, animal milk and its derivatives, and encourages the use of alternatives for all commodities derived wholly or in part from animals.

Another iteration of this pledge is this:

[Vegan lifestyles are] ways of living that seek to exclude, as far as is possible and practical, all forms of exploitation of animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.

What I like about these definitions are their clarity and their inherent gentleness. The Vegan Society makes clear that veganism is a pledge not only to eat non-animal foods, but also to avoid commodities like leather, which are often a by-product and support the continuation of factory farming. At the same time, the language used here—“encourages,” “possible and practical”—indicates something important, which is that even the most passionate proponents of veganism are merely asking people to do their very best. Effort and intention is the point: results matter too, but in my opinion, they take second place to the ongoing intention of make vegan choices, day in and day out. Sooner or later, most vegans accidentally consume non-vegan food, or they encounter some sort of temptation, whether food or commodity. Whether or not these temptations get the better of us is less important than how we react to the experience: does one non-vegan choice beget more, undermining the lifestyle altogether, or do we simply recognize that we struggled, forgive ourselves, and remain committed to making vegan choices as we go forward?”

I realized after reading that even though I had not been perfect, I could still be vegan if I decided to commit to it again.

Which I did.

For anybody else out there who may be feeling badly for not being a perfect vegan, read Gena’s blog. It will help you see that nobody is perfect and your blunder may just make you even more committed to the lifestyle as it did for Gena and as it did for me!

New Vegan No More

As it happens, I wrote my very first blog post one year ago today!!

I don’t remember the exact day I become vegan but it was definitely before I started this blog. So I am not longer a ‘New Vegan’! I may just have to change the name of my site now.

I am a proud vegan, healthy and strong and content knowing I am doing my part to help animals.

I have had some challenges in my first year of veganism.

But, learning about what veganism is in terms of an ethical stance as well as about what food I consumed, finding awesomely delicious recipes (basically learning how to cook again!), searching websites for common health issues that some vegans face and solutions to address them, have all helped me so much!

My sister became vegan when I did, and having her as my confidante, my already best friend to share vegan recipes and websites with….helped a lot too. She’s also been there for me to share the pain with. The pain of what animals go through for us. And so unnecessarily.

Having people to talk to and share with is so important for both the good and the bad .

Joining vegan communities and hearing from fellow vegan bloggers here also has kept me on the good path for over a year now. Thank you.

Some challenges I faced:

  • Learning how to make vegan café lattes!  Turned out it was no issue at all with soy, rice, cashew and all the other vegan ‘milks’ out there and you can make your own  – even better!!
  • Learning how to make vegan ‘butter’!  For me, simply coconut oil and salt has done the trick nicely! I occasionally buy Earth Balance for baking but rarely.
  • Making sure I’m getting enough complete protein: I wrote a blog about that.
  • Realizing I can no longer buy leather, down, or other materials that hurt animals.
  •  At one point, I became omega deficient. I now take flax oil daily with chia seeds on my salads and my symptoms have all but gone away.
  • Realizing that wine and sugar are not all vegan!  I wrote a blog about vegan wines and recently found out that when making sugar, bone char from cows is used in the filtering and refining processes. The countless and invisible ways that we use animals is just shocking to me. Organic cane sugar is always vegan.
  • Telling friends and colleagues about my veganism wasn’t always easy. Occasionally I was teased or just not taken seriously. Some have listened hard though and remain my staunch supporters-though not vegan, they read my blog, ‘Like’ my Facebook posts about veganism, and always eat vegan when they are dining with me (though I’ve never asked them to), and occasionally enter in painful conversations about the issues with me. I am grateful.

Though there have been challenges, there have been ever more wondrous and joyful moments, knowing that I am living according to my values and beliefs that humans should no more ever use animals for food, for clothing, for entertainment or for testing of our cosmetic, household and health products.

Vegan food is divine, and I don’t miss my old life very often. Occasionally I will miss eating cheese or having a salmon steak or just living the simple life of eating what everyone else is.

Being vegan is a daily decision that requires daily action. No laziness here. If I don’t have vegan milk, I don’t have coffee – it’s that simple. And for those who know me, coffee is the most special thing to me-my ritual, my alone time, the thing I will never give up…unless I don’t have vegan milk that is!

I hope that my lifestyle change is having an impact on the lives of animals in the world. After all, this is why I became vegan a year ago. According to PETA, vegans save 198 animals per year!!! Definitely not the case for me as I’ve never been a big meat eater. I might have saved 30 animals though and hopefully saved more from torture and abuse by no longer supporting the dairy industry.

I hope that me being vegan is making others think more about their choices as well.

For the love of animals, how can it not?