Tag: farm animals

I Can’t Be Vegan. I’m Mexican…I’m French…I’m Irish…

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We often hear that being vegan is incongruent with being…well, name it. I can’t be vegan, because…I’m Mexican, I’m French . . . My family is Puerto Rican. I have Italian blood . . .I come from Irish stock. You get the idea.

MOST cultures have a history of heavy meat- and/or dairy-consumption, particularly as they became wealthier and more industrialized. (Although if you go back far enough, plant foods played a more significant role than they do now).

Food IS a unique expression of culture, but we have to ask:

“Is my cultural heritage reason enough to not make some changes that are in alignment with my current values?”

and

“Are there other ways I can celebrate my cultural heritage while still honoring my desire to be vegan?”

After all, despite meat, dairy, and eggs being prevalent in many cuisines, so are plant foods.

With a vegan’s-eye view of the world, we can just as easily and legitimately celebrate our family history and cultural traditions through the vegetables, fruits, grains, beans, lentils, fungi, herbs, and spices that characterize the cuisine of our heritage—whatever that heritage might be.

(Tired of Excuses? Take The 30-Day Vegan Challenge today!) 

Cows Aren’t Killed for Milk, So What’s Wrong with Drinking It?

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?Cows are absolutely killed for their milk. I can’t say this enough: There is no such thing as a slaughter-free animal agriculture system. ⁣

A cow’s life is only as valuable as the amount of milk she is able to “produce”; when she is no longer “profitable,” she is killed. ⁣

It is simply not economically viable to feed, shelter, treat, and house animals for the rest of their lives and generate no profit in return. ⁣ ⁣

Whether she is used on a small farm, an organic farm, a “humane” farm, a “family-owned” farm, an artisan farm, a whatever-it’s-called-farm, she is killed. ⁣ ⁣

Cattle have a natural life expectancy of 15 or 20 years, but dairy cows are sent to slaughter at about 4 to 5 years young. ⁣ ⁣

We have no physiological need to consume the milk of another animal. But don’t we have a moral obligation to not cause suffering when we can avoid doing so? ⁣ ⁣

We can still enjoy creamy, delicious milks made from plants — that don’t come with inevitable suffering, slaughter, and environmental degradation.

(Tired of Excuses? Take The 30-Day Vegan Challenge today!) 

If People Stopped Eating Animals, We’d Be Overrun with Them

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If we stopped eating animals, we’d be overrun with them, and THAT would be a disaster for the environment! It’s a disaster for the environment now. We don’t have to imagine some future where there is an overpopulation of these animals. We already have an overpopulation crisis — now!

We’re already overrun with chickens and pigs and turkeys and cattle. The only difference is that in this real scenario, all of the animals are hidden in cages, windowless buildings, transport trucks, and slaughterhouses. In the hypothetical scenario, they’re running around on the streets.

And the ONLY reason this hypothetical scenario is as frightening as it is — billions of terrified animals running around — is because there are BILLIONS of terrified animals are confined at this very moment. THAT’s scary enough.

The concern about them “ESCAPING” wouldn’t be a concern if we weren’t imprisoning BILLIONS OF THEM now. Once we stop artificially inseminating these domesticated animals (i.e. stop eating them day in and day out!), there will be fewer of them.

We shouldn’t be afraid of a hypothetical dystopian future! We should be afraid of our very real dystopian present. Sooo…for everyone contributing to that…you know what you need to do!

(Tired of Excuses? Take The 30-Day Vegan Challenge today!) 

Why I Love Voting (and Why You Should, Too)!

Did you know that the U.S. trails most developed countries in voter turnout? Only about 50% of Americans show up to vote during presidential elections, which means even less during the midterms. That’s appalling to me. 

I’ve been lucky enough to not have to fight for the privilege to vote, but I still don’t take it for granted. Citizens who are eligible to vote but don’t because they complain the system is broken are squandering one of the most precious features of democracy: the peaceful exchange of power determined by the will of the people. People. Citizens. Politics. You can’t have one without the other. 

The word “politics” comes from the Greek word politikos, meaning “of citizens, pertaining to public life.”

If we’re not actively engaged in making sure the outcome is in our favor, we have no right to complain about how politics affects us—or the animals. (And by the way reading news headlines, arguing with people on Facebook, or getting depressed while you scroll through your Twitter feed does not an engaged citizen make. In fact, the more I avoid these things, the more effective and productive I am!) 

You don’t get more votes the more outraged you are. You still get just one. So step away from the headlines. Step away from social media. Take a deep breath. And vote. The animals — the least privileged, the most vulnerable citizens of our world — need us to show up for them!

[Tweet “Reading headlines and arguing with people on social media doesn’t mean you’re engaged. VOTE!”]

If you can do more than that, great! 

  • Encourage friends, family, and followers to vote! Encourage them to vote for animal-friendly candidates and ballot initiatives.
  • Phone bank! A number of us get together each week to call voting citizens of California to ensure the passage of Proposition 12.
  • Canvass door-to-door. Get involved with organizations like Democracy Action.
  • Volunteer to drive people to the polls on election day.
  • Check out my Political Guide for Animal Issues for more ways to get involved and STAY involved even after elections! 

PHONE BANKING PARTY! MAKING CALLS TO VOTERS FOR THE ANIMALS
It took no time at all to connect with the Prop 12 leaders to get set up to phone bank from the comfort of our home. We can do it any time throughout the day now, but we like to make a party of it! We each bring food, we have our laptops and phones, and we sit in different parts of the house making calls for animals. Couldn’t be easier! (Contact me if you would like to do the same!)

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