Vegan Atheist 40+ Parenting

Animal Person

I was going to change Animal Person to Vegan Atheist 40+ Parenting and come back to blogging. The unnecessary killing of a terrified animal who was likely fighting for his life, becomes he lined up to be slaughtered so you may dine on his flesh.

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On Going Vegan

Animal Person

First I have to say that my husband and I were in our courtyard last night, with wine, vegan pizza with shiitakes, portobellos and chanterelles (still working through that five-pound bag of Daiya cheese), and Diana Krall playing. But today's post is about World Vegan Day, so onward.

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Veganism in the Workplace

Creature Talk

At any rate, I wanted to discuss veganism in the work place a bit. I wish I were lucky enough to be able to work somewhere where being vegan was the norm. years, during which I made the transition from meat-loving omnivore to vegetarian to vegan. Are you the only vegan?

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The Best in Vegan Education

Animal Person

Encourage others to go vegan by educating them about the issues, and particularly about why we should not accept alternatives to eating animals that include eating animals (i.e., if they are "farmed" or slaughtered in a certain way).

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On Talking With Veterinarians About Vegan Food

Animal Person

We have a request, and it's an issue I've written about a handful of times but never had this particular question answered by readers: How do you talk with your vet--who is against feeding your dog vegan food--about your choice to do so? I'm fortunate to have a regular (non-specialist) vet who has no problem at all with a vegan diet for dogs. I've never discussed that Emily the kitty eats one meal of Ami vegan kibble on most days (and one of canned, animal-based food).

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"Educate, Investigate, Liberate"

Animal Person

Nothing like this has ever done here and we are showing the first images of Spanish farms -we have previously done an investigation on Spanish slaughterhouses www.mataderos.info ), so we want to get media & society attention about it and give them a vegan message. We don't advocate "happy meat" but veganism. Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics Abolition Animal Rights Pig slaughter Spain Veganism

On The Respectful Emperor

Animal Person

Farmers were bragging about how much they "loved" the animals they would soon betray and slaughter, and many omnivores who had discovered how animals are treated wanted to assuage their consciences a bit by "at least" giving the animals a better life prior to their untimely slaughter.

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To My Friends at Thanksgiving

Animal Person

The two objections to a vegan Thanksgiving that I hear most often are: It's our tradition and Because it tastes good. Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics Food and Drink Greyhound Matters Language Thanksgiving veganism

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What Matters to Animals…

Creature Talk

As I sit here writing this, animals across the world are being slaughtered by the thousands every second. Being vegan is vital…but it’s not enough. But it’s not enough if you’re a cow awaiting imminent death in the slaughter line.

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“You Want Farm Animals to Go Extinct!”

Creature Talk

Yes, that is why I’m vegan - because I’d like all the farm animals to DIE! First of all, people aren’t going to go vegan over night - at least not the entire population. If an animal never existed, s/he would never know s/he never existed, but when an animal lives in pain and fear every day of his/her short life, and then is brutally slaughtered at the hands of humans, s/he knows it.

On What the Animal Ag Alliance Thinks of Us

Animal Person

Through all of the damage control and message-neutralizing I have to do due to PeTA campaigns or someone lumping me with PeTA--or the HSUS, for that matter--I always remember that the real enemy of my cause is someone who wants to convince the world that there is nothing wrong with using animals when we have no need to and who profits from the "production" and slaughter of sentient nonhumans. Are we pinning people down and force-feeding them vegan burritos? .

On Jeff Corwin's 100 HEARTBEATS

Animal Person

Corwin tells the story of the Maasai of Kenya, whose culture involved disdain for and slaughter of lions. Tags: Activism Books Current Affairs Ethics Language 100 Heartbeats animal rights Jeff Corwin veganism

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On the Eating of Seafood

Animal Person

We are overfishing, over-trawling, and mutilating and slaughtering bycatch by the millions of tons (17-39 million tons/year, not including marine mammals, sea bids and some invertebrates). Go vegan. "We are fighting a war against fish, and we are. winning."

On Responding to Jokes that Feature Animal Abuse

Animal Person

Here's the problem: A friend doesn't respect my veganism. Though I don't ever equate veganism with religion, let's just say I were a practicing Orthodox Jew (is practicing Orthodox redundant?). Why is veganism. Why is the torture and slaughter of sentient nonhumans to satisfy one's taste buds so easily made into a joke by some people? Tags: Activism Current Affairs Language animal rights humor Veganism My evidence? She jokes about it.

Meat with No Feet!?

Creature Talk

A while back PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) offered $1 million to any company or person who could come up with a cost effective way to produce cloned meat on a large scale, the goal being that people could still satisfy their meat cravings, but that animals wouldn’t have to be slaughtered for that purpose. More importantly, those animals suffer greatly during their short lives, only to end up at a slaughter house where they will be killed for food.

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On "EATING ANIMALS" by Jonathan Safran Foer

Animal Person

I say "if you know someone" because this isn't a book I'd recommend to vegans for their vegan education efforts. The vegans I know would probably find it a bit maddening, and here's why: We aren't sure whether Foer is a vegan.

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An Affront to the Idea of Family

Animal Person

Their goal is to make a profit from the breeding and slaughter of animals. Just ask former cattle rancher Howard Lyman , who is now a vegan and animal rights activist. I'm not one of those people who thinks family is composed of only humans or humans who are biologically related.

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Everything in Moderation?

Animal Person

I recall one day when his sister-in-law was speaking with him about what she was feeding her children, and it wasn't a vegan-centered conversation. Slaughter in moderation. You may have guessed that someone who has expressed interest in becoming vegan recently clearly wasn't eating like a vegan and commented (in defense, though I hadn't said a word).

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Preparing for the Onslaught

Animal Person

My husband has two friends (a male/female couple) who are transitioning from vegetarian to vegan and I also have two friends (both women) who are transitioning from omnivore and all are dreading Thanksgiving. So I might say, "I fail to find humor in the enslavement, rape, torture and slaughter of anyone. I doubt anyone has gone vegan due to my response at dinner parties, but I do know that I don't get mocked as often as I used to (except by family members.

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Deconstructing Spencer's Comment

Animal Person

Spencer R writes: Vegans sound exactly like religious fundamentalists. Trying to convince people to go vegan is like trying to convince people to only reproduce once. It's an especially ridiculous concept because the vegans in modern western society would not be able to maintain their living standards without the exploitation of dirt-poor humans in third world countries across the globe. As for a world of vegans being improbable, I wouldn't disagree with that.

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On "The Wild"

Animal Person

The problem with that statement is it's not as if farmers are searching "the wild" for cows, pigs, chicken and fish, plucking them from their homes, and plopping them on a farm to live out their (shortened) lives prior to slaughter. They are created to be slaughtered. And their lives of exploitation, torment, torture and slaughter cannot be compared to an animal's life in the wild.

On "Knockout Animals"

Animal Person

Like when they're about to be, say, slaughtered? Not to mention the reality that there is so much more involved in being bred for slaughter than pain, and none of that is addressed. That action is to opt out and go vegan.

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On Radical Abolitionism and Guilt

Animal Person

I do not believe that our war can be won by vegan education alone and that some day, the oppressors of humans, nonhuman animals and the planet are going to see the error of their ways and transition to a nonviolent, non-exploiting way of life. And I don't think that converting one person at a time to veganism via my spectacular baking or my blogging is going to make up for the people of China and India rapidly increasing their consumption of animals.

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Ways to Promote Alliance Politics

Animal Person

Meanwhile, I'm sure that writers whose style I have a problem with will say, "I don't have the time or the inclination to write the sort of dispassionate, tepid prose you prefer while tens of billions of sentient nonhumans are being enslaved and slaughtered for no good reason."

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On "Animal Activism"

Animal Person

I want to talk about why we shouldn't be using animals and that it's infinitely easier to be a vegan than it was 20 years ago. If you believe your dog has a right to a life free of torture and slaughter for no reason, then you really ought to think about extending that right to mice, rats, chickens and fish. So there are more vegans and fewer animals used by humans, right? I've used the term "animal activism" lately as an experiment.

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On Letting Your Emotions Rule the Day

Animal Person

Lack of knowledge about agriculture" might be irrelevant, but it's also untrue, as most vegans I know know far more than non-vegans about animal agriculture, and it's that knowledge that makes them want to be vegans. All we do as vegans is take a reality--the reality of the sentience of cats, dogs, horses, chickens, sheep, cows, etc. Bea directed me to the Animal Welfare Special Report at TheHill.com , in which Rep.

On Coping Mechanisms

Animal Person

I long for the realistic hope that one second will pass without torture and slaughter and enslavement, and I know perfectly well that that second, despite Earth Days and Earth Hours and Meat-Free Days, isn't going to happen. I don't need to "remind myself" of how bad it is to bolster my commitment to veganism. So I do what I can do, beginning of course with being vegan.

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

22): PETA is proud to see that its hard work behind the scenes with Bell & Evans and other companies to encourage implementation of this new, less cruel form of slaughter is finally coming to fruition. By carrying out a slaughter system that greatly reduces the suffering of chickens, Bell & Evans and Mary’s Chickens show that animal welfare and good business go hand in hand. To the Editor: Re “ New Way to Help Chickens Cross to Other Side ” (front page, Oct.

Reasons Consistently Applied

Animal Ethics

According to the American Dietetics Association's Position Paper on Vegetarian Diets : It is the position of The American Dietetic Association that appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, are nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. And, as noted above, the original divinely-prescribed diet was a vegan diet.

Animal Welfare Act Inadequate for Farm Animals

Critter News

While a nationwide vegan or vegetarian lifestyle change is highly unlikely, the abuse can be maintained through increased government regulation. Baur believes that slaughterhouse cruelty can be reduced by simple operational changes, such as slowing down the slaughter lines. This is really interesting. How many people know this about the Animal Welfare Act? I certainly didn't. No wonder there is so much "farm" animal abuse out there.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

22): Mr. Steiner might feel less lonely as an ethical vegan—he says he has just five vegan friends—if he recognized that he has allies in mere vegetarians (like me), ethical omnivores and even carnivores. Go vegan, go vegetarian, go humane or just eat less meat.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

Would we say these people were slaughtered in a “people friendly” manner? Confinement is confinement, mutilation is mutilation, and slaughter is slaughter. My doctor says my tremendous health and strength are due to my being a vegan. To the Editor: Re “ Humanity Even for Nonhumans ,” by Nicholas D. Kristof (column, April 9): Thank you for this inspiring and enlightening article. Animals raised for food suffer miserably.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

Though chickens can live for 5 to 11 years, after two years, they are hauled away to slaughter just like battery-caged hens. Let chickens be chickens, and avoid the whole moral dilemma by going vegan. To the Editor: Re “ Suddenly, the Hunt Is On for Cage-Free Eggs ” (front page, Aug. 12): While this is a step in the right direction toward reducing the animal abuse inherent in all factory farming (from the chicken’s point of view), it’s still a long way from what nature intended.

Philip E. Devine on Vegetarianism

Animal Ethics

Nor could he object to meat-eating if the slaughter were completely painless and the raising of animals at least as comfortable as life in the wild. To that extent, he will be not only a vegetarian, but also a vegan, one who abstains not only from meat but also from animal products. There are two approaches a vegetarian might take in arguing that rearing and killing animals for food is morally offensive.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

Dave Warner Director of Communications National Pork Producers Council Washington, March 28, 2007 To the Editor: Regardless of how “humanely” an animal is raised, it still has to be slaughtered to be eaten. The next logical step for those who eat in restaurants is to demand more vegetarian-vegan options on their menus.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

Going vegan is the best way to combat this environmental nightmare, improve your health and stand up against the animal cruelty so prevalent in factory farms today. The number of chickens, turkeys, pigs, cattle and other animals raised and slaughtered in the United States has been growing steadily for decades. To the Editor: Re “ The Protein Pyramid ” (editorial, Nov. 10): Thank you for pointing out the unsustainability of the so-called protein pyramid.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

Niman obscures the well-evidenced connection between veganism and environmentalism. Can anyone in good conscience be complicit with the unnecessary suffering and slaughter of another sentient being? To the Editor: Re “ The Carnivore’s Dilemma ,” by Nicolette Hahn Niman (Op-Ed, Oct. 31): Living “green” is not easy. Yes, every decision we make results in more or less of an impact on our environment.

Meat, Cancer, and the Cumulative Case for Ethical Vegetarianism

Animal Ethics

At the time of slaughter, these frightened animals are inhumanely loaded onto trucks and shipped long distances to the slaughterhouse without food or water or protection from the elements. If you do view the documentary, I suspect that you will agree that "raising," transporting and slaughtering animals in this way is, indeed, prima facie wrong and ought not be supported, absent a very compelling reason for doing so.]

Prima Facie vs. Ultima Facie Wrongness

Animal Ethics

And it certainly doesn't follow that it is permissible to eat meat that comes from animals who were forced to endure horribly inhumane factory farm conditions and who were then slaughtered inhumanely. Rather, the question is: "Is it morally permissible to eat this meat—the meat you are about to purchase—which did come from an inhumanely raised and cruelly slaughtered animal?"

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