Vegan Atheist 40+ Parenting

Animal Person

I was going to change Animal Person to Vegan Atheist 40+ Parenting and come back to blogging. Hal Herzog writes about how many people who say they are vegetarians will also say they ate meat within the last 24 hours.

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Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies!

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A great dessert from Vegan Nutritionista! Tags: vegan vegetarian food

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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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The Ex-Vegetarians Among Us

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were vegetarians for years before switching back to meat-eating. I recently found out that a male coworker was also a vegetarian for eight years before reverting back to meat. That's three people that I know who are ex-vegetarians. Not counting myself, I only know one other vegetarian/vegan. That's a ratio of three ex-vegetarians to one practicing vegetarian (in a very non-scientific survey.) Being a vegetarian is more than just a diet choice.

Vegan Cosmetics Are Out There

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How to Plan a Vegan Wedding

Creature Talk

The title of this post makes it sound like I actually have a clue as to how to plan a vegan wedding. Having my wedding here, as opposed to in my small hometown of 130 people, was partially because of my strong desire to make sure my wedding was vegan.

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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.

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On the Vegan "Diet"

Animal Person

My dogs eat vegan dog food. To say they are vegans is odd to me, though I have done that as the distinction is lost on most people and for the sake of a swift message it does the job. When I first saw PCRM's " Kickstart Your Health With a Vegan Diet " campaign, I let out a bit of a sigh. At least they didn't say "vegan cleanse." Also, PCRM doesn't advocate for veganism per se , as veganism does in fact involve so much more than diet.

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On Keeping "Vegan" Pure

Animal Person

Kelly wondered whether the term "vegan" is " worth fighting for " given the latest trend of seemingly oxymoronish (waiting for that one to hit Webster's) terminology from the mouths of people who want to find a way to use animals, yet make it appear that they're not. A while back I tweeted that Bittman's VB6 (Vegan Before 6) should be called CB6, or Conscience Before 6, but VB6 does describe what he's doing in a sense. Is vegan a diet ?

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On Vegan Grenades

Animal Person

Well, I think the grenade metaphor also applies to conversion to veganism. There is often lag time between the critical mass event and its accompanying decision to go vegan--and the the actual doing: being a vegan. There's intention, then the becoming, then the vegan. I don't personally know anyone who read a book or a pamphlet one day, became a vegan the next, and is still a vegan.

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Economic Conditions Make People Eat Less Steak

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PETA Commercial Makes it to "The View"

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On Vegan Devastation at PF Chang's

Animal Person

From VegCooking , courtesy of PeTA: The vegan-friendly attitude of P.F. Vegan dishes are among the bestsellers. One manager told PETA Eats that most people prefer the vegetarian lettuce wraps over those with chicken. There I was, going to lunch with newbie vegan, Cristy, who is terrified of restaurants since going vegan. Not only do they have vegan entrees, but they will substitute tofu for any meat in any dish, so you can eat just about anything on the menu!

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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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PETA's Veggie Commercial Too Sexy for NBC

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I’m Vegan, and No, I’m Not a Freak

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While my boyfriend was kind enough to call ahead and make sure they had a vegan entree prepared for me, we somehow ended up right next to the buffet line. Here were a bunch of good people gathered together, celebrating and raising money for a great cause that helps families with seriously ill or injured children, and I was the only one there who requested a vegan/vegetarian meal. Stay strong, vegans! Tags: Animal Cruelty Animal Rights Farmed Animals Veganism

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Moral Vegetarianism, Part 1 of 13

Animal Ethics

A third of a century ago, when the modern animal-liberation movement was in its infancy, Martin published an essay entitled “A Critique of Moral Vegetarianism,” Reason Papers (fall 1976): 13-43. I suspect that many readers of this blog are Christians but not vegetarians. You will, therefore, agree with Martin about moral vegetarianism but not about Christianity. I’m just the opposite; I agree with him about Christianity but not about moral vegetarianism.

Moral Vegetarianism, Part 3 of 13

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For an explanation of this feature, click on “Moral Vegetarianism” at the bottom of this post. Most moral vegetarians list fish and fowl as animals one should not eat. Vegan vegetarians who eat only vegetables, fruit, and nuts do not completely remove all microorganisms from their food, even with repeated cleaning. Has the vegetarian who eats microorganisms along with his salad sinned against his own principles? Tags: Moral Vegetarianism

On Winning Free Vegan Producst. and Twilight

Animal Person

Thanks to Adam at AbolitionistVegans.org for: Win Free Vegan Products at AbolitionistVegans.org During the next few weeks, we will be watching activity in the forum and in the comments on the front page to select users as recipients for several vegan products to be shipped out by the vendors for food, fashion, and household items. I'm at [link] , by the way, where this morning I pondered the un-veganness of the film Twilight. She is not a vegan.

Deliciously Vegan!

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Meat eaters (and even some lacto-ovo-vegetarians) think this way because they mistakenly think that vegans eat an austere, bland diet consisting mostly of twigs and seeds with occasionally some plain tasteless tofu thrown in. Vegan food can be every bit as succulent as your favorite meat-based or cheese-based dish, only the vegan dish won't be loaded with artery-clogging saturated fat and cholesterol.

Moral Vegetarianism, Part 4 of 13

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For an explanation of this feature, click on “Moral Vegetarianism” at the bottom of this post. If so, the lactovo vegetarian should have no qualms about someone’s eating such legs. But keep in mind that many lactovo vegetarians care about how animal products are produced, not just the fact that they are animal products. Would the blood drinker be sinning against the principles of lactovo moral vegetarianism or just the principles of vegan moral vegetarianism?

On The Goode Family and Infiltration

Animal Person

Image via Wikipedia I found The Goode Family disappointing on the vegan side. Another opportunity for infiltration (heh, heh, heh) has presented itself on Intent.com , which has a " Food and Nutrition " page that already has posts about mindful eating and vegetarianism.

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Philip E. Devine on Vegetarianism

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There are two approaches a vegetarian might take in arguing that rearing and killing animals for food is morally offensive. A vegetarian of the first sort has no grounds for objecting to the eating of animals—molluscs for example—too rudimentary in their development to feel pain. Such a vegetarian will, however, object to the drinking of milk, since the production of milk requires a painful separation between cow and calf.

Moral Vegetarianism, Part 2 of 13

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For an explanation of this feature, click on “Moral Vegetarianism” at the bottom of this post. SOME PROBLEMS OF MORAL VEGETARIANISM With respect to traditional moral vegetarianism some problems immediately come to the fore. Depending on the answer to this question, moral arguments for vegetarianism could be undercut by technology. Who Should Not Eat Meat, or What Does a Vegetarian Feed His Dog? It is at best a side issue in the debate about moral vegetarianism.

Moral Vegetarianism, Part 8 of 13

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For an explanation of this feature, click on “Moral Vegetarianism” at the bottom of this post. Becoming a vegetarian is not merely a symbolic gesture. Becoming a vegetarian is the most practical and effective step one can take towards [sic; kbj] ending both the killing of non-human [sic; kbj] animals and the infliction of suffering upon them. First, it is dubious that becoming a vegetarian would have much effect on present practice. Tags: Moral Vegetarianism

Growing Meat vs. Going Vegetarian

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Every day, some people switch from meat-based diets to vegetarian diets. Every day, some people make the switch to entirely plant-based vegan diets. Consider, e.g., the traditional low animal-protein diets in rural China and the vegetarian diets of 15 million Jains.) How many people know, e.g., that University of Chicago researchers have reported that by switching to a vegan diet, a person can reduce her/his carbon footprint by 1.5

A Plant-Based Diet is Good for Your Heart

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In the past month, however, he and my mother have been eating almost exclusively vegetarian, and have even switched from using butter (a staple for them) to using Earth Balance. My mom asked me for healthy vegan recipes, and has been cooking completely differently than she had been. Usually I say that when people start eating healthy vegetarian food, they WON’T miss meat, but my dad was just such a meat lover that I didn’t know if that would be the case.

Lessons Learned From 4 Years of Animal Person, Part 2

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And how, for the love of God, people have got so stop saying things like Vegan Before 6! See Vegan Between Meals for more). From the vegan equals vegetarian discussion, to the nonviolence does or doesn't include property damage, to certain abolitionists deciding that they are in fact the only real abolitionists, it has gotten comical. Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics Language abolition animal rights blogging veganism vegetarianism writing

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Hal Herzog's "Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat"

Animal Person

Hal Herzog’s “ Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat ” (Harper 2011), though fascinating, is ultimately depressing for vegans and animal rights activists. Well, as it turns out neither a trip to a slaughterhouse nor killing an animal yourself is powerful enough to make people go vegan.

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Humans Not Natural Milk Drinkers

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Celebrities who Disappoint

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Angelina Jolie used to be a vegan. She went back to red meat because she said the vegan diet almost killed her and was aging her hands. (I She could have just become vegetarian if she had to do so.) **Carrie Underwood, a vegetarian, is a spokesperson for Olay Skin Care, owned by Proctor and Gamble which perform animal testing. Hugh Jackman promised to become a vegan and still has not done so. Tags: vegan entertainment

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Want a Career in Animal Rights?

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Compassionate Action for Animals is a nationally-recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Minneapolis, MN focused on eliminating cruelty to animals through vegetarian outreach, education, and community building. Tags: Farmed Animals Veganism Now might be your chance!

Ezra Klein Discusses Meals Without Meat

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I know some people won't read this piece simply because Ezra Klein is not vegan or even vegetarian, but I think he makes some excellent points. It's not about cooking "vegetarian," but cooking food you like that doesn't have meat. Tags: meat meat alternatives restaurants vegetarian meatless A lot of the meat-based meals in restaurants are due to chefs schooled in the French tradition. And, as one chef put it, cooks use meat to "express themselves."

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Meat, Cancer, and the Cumulative Case for Ethical Vegetarianism

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Ethical vegetarianism is the thesis that killing and eating animals is morally wrong whenever equally nutritious plant-based alternatives are available. The case for ethical vegetarianism starts with several uncontroversial premises. 748) This same ADA position paper points out that: Well-planned vegan, lacto-vegetarian, and lacto-ovo-vegetarian diets are appropriate for all stages of the life cycle, including during pregnancy and lactation.

On What the Animal Ag Alliance Thinks of Us

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The industry calls us all "animal rights activists" and of course uses the ridiculous "extremists" (read: a person with a principle manifested in her actions) and the Communications Director of the AAA, Philip Lobo, says of extremists, "many of whom are vegans, who are willing to use drastic measures in their attempts to impose their dietary choices onto others." Are we pinning people down and force-feeding them vegan burritos? .

On "Pets" and "Its"

Animal Person

Nobody stopped me" brings me to the parents, who were all omnivores (though there were two ex-vegetarians) and who were all thoroughly unaware of the language the children were using to refer to animals. Therefore, one of the many things we need, aside from the obvious of more vegan parents, is a line of nonspeciesist books for each age/stage. Tags: Books Ethics Language parenting publishing speciesism veganism

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. But why does he say "vegetarian?"

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On Scheduling Epiphanies. and Coral Snakes

Animal Person

I have a column on my Tweetdeck (an application for ease of Twitter use on my desktop) called "vegan," where all tweets from all tweeple who mention "vegan" are listed in somewhat real time.

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Meat with No Feet!?

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Would other vegans and vegetarians? If you are vegan or vegetarian, would you want to eat this meat? 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.

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On "The Age of Stupid"

Animal Person

And in the pre and post show (that I saw), even in the interviews with the celebrities who are known vegetarians (I know, I know, they're not vegans.), Tags: Activism Current Affairs Film climate change film review The Age of Stupid veganism Did you ever wonder why people become subjects in a documentary when they know that they're going to look like fools? Or maybe they don't know that, and that's why they participate.

Followup: Witherspoon Will Stop Carrying Python Purse

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She's supposedly a vegetarian and is friends with Walk the Line co-star Joaquin Phoenix who is a huge animal rights activist and vegan. I don't know what she's going to do with it, but at least she'll stop carrying it. I still don't understand what she was doing. She knew it was an animal skin.and she spent $4,000 on it? CRAZY! PETA is very happy. california python entertainment exotic skins snakes

On Being a Minority Within a Minority

Animal Person

I'm a vegan who thinks we shouldn't be using animals even if we change the conditions of their use. Of course there are oodles of vegetarians who mention veganism and how difficult and restricting it is, and overall I'm having a fairly disheartening experience. After all, who I am doesn't stop at vegan. That's been fun as there are a lot of vegan runners and a couple of atheist vegans.

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The Book That Saved Derrick Jensen's Life

Animal Person

The book, which I have not read, that saved Derrick Jensen 's life is called The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability by Lierre Keith, who was a vegan for 20 years, suffered serious medical problems, and started feeling better when she recommenced eating animals. Here' s a review by vegetarian Mark Hand, who still eschewed "meat" even after reading the book. Vegetarianism was the obvious path, with veganism the high road alongside it.

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