We like to think we are incapable of cruelty to animals. We would never dream of harming a dog or cat. The only time many of us could imagine ever realistically having the need to kill an animal ourselves is if we happened to be camping and were about to be eaten by a bear … Continue reading I Hope This Post Makes You Uncomfortable
We admire superheroes for their unwavering belief in the power of compassion and the inherent goodness of humanity. We look up to them, idolize them, and champion them as role models for youth to emulate and aspire to. In the face of adversity, superheroes never give up, they never give in, and they never compromise their ideals. Superheroes have taught us that “with great power comes great responsibility” among many other valuable lessons for treating each other with kindness. But have we actually learned anything from them? Continue reading “Go Vegan, Save the World: 8 Similarities Between Animal Rights Activists and Superheroes”
Whether you’re a vegan who has been called a “plant murderer” by a non-vegan, a non-vegan who is trying (and failing) to be funny, or just someone with an affinity for plants, this is information you need to read. The issue of plant sentience is being brought up more and more as a reason to justify the continued consumption and use of animal products. There are, however, a few things wrong with this argument. Here are four reasons the “plant sentience” argument doesn’t work: Continue reading “People For the Ethical Treatment of Plants: 4 Reasons Why the “Plant Sentience” Argument Doesn’t Work”
I am an animal lover; always have been, always will be. The thing is, I didn’t actually start loving animals until just a few years ago. Allow me to explain…
I’ve had pets all my life, but it wasn’t until recently that I began having companions. To put this simply, anyone can love a pet. We love them for all they do for us: they make us feel comforted, understood and supported when times get tough; they make us laugh and smile with their silly antics; and they can even make us cry when they fall ill and pass away. But when does an animal stop being a pet and start being a companion? The answer: when we stop focusing on how they make us feel and start focusing on how we make them feel. Continue reading “What is Love?: How Going Vegan Showed Me What Love Really Is”
Veganism is everywhere. It’s all over the news, grocery store aisles — even your friends and family are talking about it. Whether people choose a plant-based diet to save animals, manage cholesterol, get in shape, save the environment, or just to know what they’re putting in their body, the word “vegan” is making the shift from marginal to mainstream. But the one thing no one talks about is the #1 reason many vegan diets ultimately fail. To find out whether you’re heading for a cliff, you’ll need to ask yourself a simple question, the answer to which can spell victory or defeat in your quest to go vegan.
First, you need to understand that veganism isn’t a diet — it is a lifestyle. A diet is something you can go on and off for any given amount of time to achieve a short term result. A lifestyle incorporates diet with other aspects of your life into an ongoing, long-term solution. Continue reading “The 1 Reason Your Vegan Diet Will Fail Every Time”
Well, it’s finally here: December 21st, 2012, the so-called “end of the world”. I can’t help but wonder, what if it was true? What if today really is the last day of your life? Looking back, do you have any regrets? Is there anything in your life left unfinished? Anything you wish you’d said to someone, but didn’t? Any act of kindness or generosity you could have done to make someone’s life a little brighter but never had the time? Do you wish you could have lived a life of purpose? If we survive the day, what will you resolve to do with the rest of your life? What changes will you make to make sure that your children and grandchildren will be able to live a long, healthy life? Continue reading “The End of the World May Soon Become a Reality”
I know it might be difficult for some non-vegans to believe, but although I am a vegan I do enjoy doing things “normal” people enjoy from time to time including hosting parties and get-togethers at my home. Even just having a couple of friends over for a casual dinner is something I enjoy. Normally, when people are invited to other people’s homes it is considered extremely rude to tell the host what to cook or to complain about the food served. However, because I am vegan and because the food served at my home is vegan, this courtesy is often denied to me. It seems as though showing good manners has become a privilege exclusively reserved for non-vegans. Continue reading “Catering to Fussy Non-Vegans”
Let’s LOVE animals.
A contest called Put Your Ethics Where Your Mouth Is by The New York Times, has recently tried to figure out who can write the best argument supporting the idea that meat is ethical. Panelled by Mark Bittman, Jonathan Safran Foer, Andrew Light, Michael Pollan, and Peter Singer, I was eager to read what their picks would be. Continue reading “My Take on New York Times ‘Ethical Meat’ Contest”
The term “vegan” has been loosely thrown around to mean ‘someone who doesn’t use or consume animal products or by-products’. This is in fact true; however, it is much more than just that. Veganism does not start on your plate or your body — it starts in the heart and mind. Vegans are just people who believe that we should respect all living beings, ourselves and our environment. Veganism is simply these beliefs put into action — we boycott industries that conflict with our beliefs. These beliefs are the foundation of veganism. Without them failure is inevitable. Continue reading “Vegans Never Say Die!”