Why I decided to stop harming animals in less than 60 seconds:
Why I decided to stop harming animals in less than 60 seconds:
So you want to live a compassionate lifestyle but need some vegan recipe ideas?
Here are some amazing vegan recipes that are both delicious and simple to make.
These recipes were fabulously put together by the great One Green Planet. To see their full page with many links to amazing vegan dishes please check out: 10 Easy Vegan Recipes or click on any of the tasty vegan dishes below.
1. CURRIED TOFU SCRAMBLE:
2. CRISPY, TENDER BAKED TOFU:
3. PERFECTLY ROASTED VEGGIES:
4. LUXURIOUS GRILLED CHEESE:
5. WARM, COMFORTING SOUP:
6. DECADENT MAC & CHEESE:
7. PERFECT PASTA:
8. FAST AND FLAVORFUL STIR-FRY:
9. AWESOME VEGGIE BURGERS:
10. HEARTY CHILLY & STEWS:
Since so many of you have asked me how I got ready for my recent fitness contest, I thought I’d write down my “secrets” and share them with you. This is just my humble opinion, I’m not an expert by any means. Just an average person with a desire to help human and nonhuman animals.
If you don’t feel like reading through What Motivates Me to do what I do, you can just skip down to the section called Strategy for Success. But motivation is just as important as the steps required to accomplish your goals so I encourage you to glance through the motivation section.
I have attempted to compete before, many years ago, before I was vegan. And I always failed.
This time was different. Not only did a properly formulated vegan diet make it easier for me to achieve my goals, but veganism also gave me the motivation to persist during that dreaded dieting period.
Why did veganism do that for me?
Because I was finally doing this for others and not for myself. I wanted to show that one could achieve their fitness goals without harming other human and nonhuman animals. This was the same drive that got me through a 100 km run for charity in 2013 despite not being a naturally talented endurance athlete or growing up running.
When we do things for others, we can accomplish so much more!
So align yourself with something that matters to you so deeply that it drives you despite the difficulty and enormity of persistence it requires.
For me, the need to end the suffering of other human and nonhuman animals is so great that it drives me beyond anything I’ve ever known. I believe that everyone has the right to live a life free from being exploited, tormented and being used for someone else’s means.
Many poor humans around the world suffer as economic slaves as well as starve to death because of our current system. In many countries where people don’t have access to clean water and are starving to death, we grow crops that are that are then sold to wealthier countries as feed for farmed animals. It takes 16 lbs of plant food to produce just 1 lb of animal flesh making animal agriculture, an enormously inefficient system of food production. The Earth could grow enough plant food to support 7 billion humans. But the Earth cannot grow enough plant food to support 7 billion humans AND 70 billion animals slaughtered every year to be eaten by the wealthy while the poor are starving. In a world where 1 billion people are starving and 6 million children die every year from malnutrition, the least we can do is eat a plant based diet and encourage others to do the same.
To do my part, I am not only eating a plant based diet but have committed to running a minimum 100 miles per month every month in 2015 to raise awareness and funds for A Well Fed World.
But even if we are not fundraising or doing some large feat to raise awareness for various social justice causes, at the very least we can ensure we make informed choices so that we do not cause more harm.
The environmental impacts of animal agriculture are enormous too. If you haven’t seen the documentary Cowspiracy yet, it’s well worth it.
Furthermore, when we buy food, clothing and other goods, we must ensure we buy only Fair Trade as this is an important step to preventing economic slavery of some of the most oppressed and exploited people around the world. If you would like to learn more about this, please watch this amazing documentary: Slavery, A Global Investigation
Nonhuman animals are also exploited in unprecedented numbers in the name of profit. The cruelties and injustices present in animal agriculture are beyond what words can describe.We also need to understand that whenever we exploit animals for profit, there is always cruelty involved. To learn more, please watch this 12 min video: Meet Your Meat
Of course, the issue is not HOW we use animals and how we treat them but THAT we use animals, period. We do not need to eat animals in order to have optimal health, for example. We also don’t need to use animals for clothing and other purposes since there are so many alternatives available.
In fact, most people agree that it’s wrong to inflict unnecessary pain and death on animals. And yet, all of animal agriculture is causing unnecessary pain and death. It’s great to see though that once people make this connection, they go vegan. That is why veganism is one of the fastest growing social justice movements today.
This is why, at our most recent contest in Miami, FL, we had 10 amazing athletes competing together in our team called the Vegan Beef Team. Our passion for inspiring others to make this world a better place got the Vegan Beef Team our First Place Team Award at the Miami Night of Champions bodybuilding contest. We were thrilled!
It should come as no surprise that diet and training are both crucial parts of getting in shape. But one thing people often forget is that rest is just as important. I won’t get into the science of it as I wanted to finally write this article without trying to allocate many hours to including properly cited research. If you would like to learn more, there are numerous resources you can find. Just always make sure to look up properly conducted, peer review research.
I decided to incorporate a version of German Volume Training as my prep for this contest. Please click on the link for more detailed instructions but for simplicity sake, GVT involves doing 10 sets of 10 reps of two exercises per workout with each rep being done very slowly (4 seconds down, 2 seconds up). For example, a leg workout would include 10 sets of 10 squats and then 10 sets of 10 deadlifts. A back & chest workout would include 10 sets of 10 chin ups and 10 sets of 10 dips. Arms, shoulders & calves would include 10 sets of 10 reps of bicep curls, 10 sets of 10 reps of tricep extensions and 10 sets of 10 reps of calf raises. Abs are done after every weight workout.
Here’s my training program:
|1 hour run||Back & Chest & Abs|
|1 hour run|
|1 hour run||Legs & Abs|
|1 hour run||Arms, Shoulders, Calves & Abs|
|6-7 hour hike/run|
|2-3 hour run|
A quick note on the running mileage. I don’t think it’s necessary to run as much as I did. However, my body is very used to running so such long runs don’t have as much of an impact on my body. You need to do a bit more cardio than you’re used to in order to get the results you’re striving for when you’re dieting.
Not only is what you eat important but when you eat may be just as important. For example, I tried to incorporate two fasting days per week. Also, on days I was eating, I only ate for 5-6 hours and the rest of the day I was fasting. Once per week I had a “cheat” day where I would eat lots and all day. I would eat anything and everything I wanted – and of course, always vegan.
Here’s an example of the eating schedule:
|Eat from 2 pm – 8 pm||1,500 calories|
|Fast all day||0 calories|
|Cheat day||3,000 calories|
|Eat from 2 pm – 8 pm||1,500 calories|
|Fast all day||0 calories|
|Eat from 2 pm – 8 pm||2,000 calories|
|Eat from 2 pm – 8 pm||2,000 calories|
Approximate average daily calories: 1,430 calories.
Number of weeks I followed this regimen: 10
My team: Vegan Beef Team
I didn’t stress too much about macronutrient ratios except that I tried to eat lower in fat. No added oils since they don’t really help us accomplish much. My typical macronutrient ratio was approximately:
Here’s an example of a day of eating (keep in mind that I typically ate all this within a 6 hour window):
Meal 1: 2 cups frozen berries, various green leafy veggies, 1/2 cup cooked mixed beans
Snack: Matcha latte with soy milk
Meal 2: Rice, veggies and tofu
Meal 3: Vegan chili with mixed beans and veggies
Snack: Peanut butter sandwich
Meal 4: Edamame beans
Those are just some of my tips and tricks for getting in shape. If you have any specific questions, please ask in the comments below and I will try my best to answer.
Best of luck to all of you, my dear friends!
To health and happiness for all!
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‘How To Argue Against Vegans‘
– By Benny Malone, UK
1. Make equivalences – This means to equate various things with exploiting and killing animals. Say killing plants and animals is the same or that as everything must die or dies through accidents so intentionally breeding, exploiting and slaughtering animals is no different. This is basic stuff I don’t need to say more.
2. Concentrate on grey areas. ”Of all the non human animals exploited by humans, Animal Charity Navigators estimates that 99.7% are animals used as resources by animal agriculture. The remaining .3% consists of all of the others, such as those hunted, tested on, abandoned to shelters, and used for fashion and entertainment. – See more at:http://freefromharm.org/animalagriculture/…” Avoid these ‘black and white’ areas! These are the areas that can be avoided. You’ll want to talk about animal by-products and things that are harder to avoid like medicines etc. Similarly when arguing you want to avoid the animals that are clearly sentient and are clearly exploited. Concentrate on where the line is drawn so the focus isn’t on farmed animals that are exploited. So while you are eating lambs and pigs you want to be talking about whether certain types of worms are sentient etc.
3. Basically you want to distract from veganism as a step that can be taken. Though you may not make any positive moves in the direction of veganism yourself you should say the vegans should be doing more. This will annoy them greatly! Say that if they were really serious about reducing harm that they would live in a hut in the woods. Never mind that they have taken the first step of being vegan and have other interests in life like anyone else. Berate them for not doing more.
4. Demand perfection and absolute standards of proof – much higher standards than you demand for anything else in life or other areas.
PRO TIP – remember – you do not have to provide your own position for analysis. In fact it is better if you provide the least amount of information or criteria. If you provide your position this can be criticised too. It is much better to snipe from as many angles as possible. Leave yourself options! You might want to argue for plants being sentient one minute then that animals don’t have subjective experiences the next. Don’t get pinned down by questions about your own criteria for moral consideration to animals or about what qualities animals possess which qualify them for moral consideration.
5. Adopt a habit of arguing the opposite of what they say. If they are arguing from an emotions say they should be logical and vice versa. This also works for if they are activists. Say they are extreme for not wanting to participate in animal exploitation and killing. Then if they are not active in the movement say that if they really believed in the cause they would be throwing themselves in front of slaughter trucks. Then you should call them extremists for doing that.
6. If all else fails you can always attack the vegan for hypocrisy or tone. They probably haven’t always been vegan so dig up something from their past or something they can’t change. This isn’t an argument against veganism but the vegan themselves. Make it personal! Say they are being shrill or superior. If they aren’t this may succeed in provoking their ire anyway, so result!
7. If they say animal use is unnecessary say that bananas are unnecessary too.
8. The vegan may say you are using fallacious arguments. Don’t concern yourself with this. The principle is to sow seeds of doubt and confusion and generally obfuscate matters. If you make ten stupid comments but one sticks in an observer’s mind then the observer is probably grateful for any argument even if it is weak. You don’t even need an argument! Animal exploitation is supported by most people so even weak arguments from taste, tradition and convenience can be proffered and eagerly seized upon by the audience to quiet their conscience.
9. The vegans will want to talk about the animal victims. Avoid this! Make it about yourself and how you can’t be vegan. Don’t concentrate on animals as individuals with interests, this can lead down a dangerous path of morally relevant criteria being shared by animals.
PRO TIP – Avoid talking about yourself and what you can do if they start arguing in that area. Talk about how *other people can’t be vegan – such as remote tribes. You want to distract from any steps you yourself could take. Talk about how other people can’t be vegan (snake bite victims etc) and how the vegans should be *more vegan. Combine these arguments for added effect.
10. Lions tho.
Would you like to show the world that vegans can be athletic? If so, join tons of other vegans from around the world for a global run on April 4, 2015 to show the world that eating animal products is completely unnecessary – we can have optimal health living vegan!
Here is the official registration page: Vegan Global Run
Will you run in your city? Will you organize an event in your local area?
Vegan Global Run
Here’s an example of what we are doing in Calgary, Canada:
While each vegan can run on his/her own wherever they happen to be on April 4, 2015, Calgary is organizing a run to make it easier for Calgarians to make this amazing Vegan Global Run happen!
Here are the details for Calgary:
When: April 4, 2015, starting at 9 am
Where: Nose Hill Park, parking lot at 64 Ave and 14 St NW
Each vegan around the world will run in their local area. To make it easier for Calgary vegans, Calgary Vegan Runners group is organizing a run at Nose Hill Park (parking lot at 64 Ave and 14 St NW).
What: Run any distance from 5 to 50 km.
You can run any distance from 5 km, 10 km, half or full marathon, or any ultra distance of your choice. Calgary Vegan Runners will run up to 50 km that day. You can choose whatever distance you want to run.
Details: You have two choices of registration
1. You can register with the official Vegan Global Run page here: Vegan Global Run. By registering there, you will get a Vegan Global Run shirt and a finisher medal. You will need to record your run via Strava or Map My Run apps to qualify as a finisher. A portion of your entry fee goes to one of the charities you choose at sign up. (after registering with the official Vegan Global Run, please also let us know that you will join this Meetup event as well at: Vegan Global Run – Calgary Vegan Runners)
2. You can just RSVP to this Meetup event without being officially registered with the Vegan Global Run page and join us for a run on April 4, 2015: Vegan Global Run – Calgary Vegan Runners. There is no entry fee for this option and you will not get a Vegan Global Run shirt or finisher medal. But you will join us for a great run that day. Even with this option you will show your support of the Vegan Global Run none the less.
Please bring appropriate levels of food and water to last you during the entire run. Please check the weather report that day and dress for the conditions.
“Let’s make vegan global running history!”
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Founder of the 100 FOR 100 Movement – running 100 km to save 100 animals
When you go to bed and when you wake up affects your athletic performance, a study found.
“The most extreme example involves people who naturally go to bed late and wake up late. Even trying as hard as they can, they are as much as 26 percent slower when they sprint in the morning as in the evening. Individuals, like runners or cyclists, and people playing team sports, like soccer or football, would be affected.”
People who wake up early perform best mid-day, where as people who naturally stay up late and wake up late, tend to do best in the evenings.
But you can trick your body into performing better at different times a day (for example, if you happen to have a morning race you need to prepare for) by controlling your circadian rhythm.
Read more about it in this New York Times article:
In the excellent article “Eating Animals: Addressing Our Most Common Justifications“, Free From Harm discusses our society’s most common justifications for eating animals.
“We’ve heard them all before — the justifications people give for continuing to consume animal products even when faced with an abundance of plant-based food options. Here are some of the most common justifications for eating animals that vegans encounter from those confronted with the facts about animal farming and the opportunity to make more compassionate choices. Each objection is followed by a counter argument, which may include links to supporting sources.
If I wasn’t meant to eat meat, I wouldn’t have these canine teeth!
There are several serious problems with the “canine teeth” argument, the most glaring one being the idea that the presence of canine teeth means we are “meant to eat meat.” The truth is that nearly all mammals have canine teeth. Many herbivores and primary plant-eaters have ferocious canine teeth; in fact, the largest canine teeth of any land animal belong to a true herbivore. Check out our photo gallery and accompanying nine reasons why your canine teeth don’t make you a meat-eater.
Humans were designed to eat meat; we are omnivores.
The term omnivorous doesn’t mean must eat some animal products. It means capable of subsisting on both plant and animal matter. Of the two, we are able to thrive without eating animals; however, if we eat no plants, we die. In fact, decades of scientific evidence have demonstrated that humans have no biological need to consume flesh, eggs or dairy products. We can get all the nutrients we need on a plant-based diet, without the unhealthy animal protein and cholesterol, and without inflicting needless suffering and death on billions of animals.
To continue reading, please click on any of the following links to refer to the original article:
Animals eat other animals, so why shouldn’t we?
Animals can’t reason like us. They don’t deserve the same treatment.
What About Hunting? Wildlife Populations Have to Be Controlled
We have been eating meat since the dawn of humankind.
Our brains developed from meat eating.
We are apex predators at the top of the food chain.
Farm animals have a much better life than they would in nature. In the wild they would be eaten alive!
Meat eating is as instinctual to us as procreation.
Eating animals is part of the cycle of life
I only buy cage-free eggs and grass-fed beef!
If farm animals were not treated well, they would not produce for farmers.
Just because I eat meat doesn’t mean I support animal abuse or cruelty.
We can honor animals by showing respect and gratitude for their “sacrifice”
Plants are alive too. Don’t vegans believe plants should not be harmed also?
If the world went vegan, farmers & slaughterhouse workers would be out of a job!
Where do you draw the line between what gets harmed for our food choices?
The Bible says we have dominion over animals.
Everyone eats animal products. It’s just the way things are. You’re never going to change that.
Vitamin B12 is absent from a vegan diet, which means it is not the diet intended for us.
Some people fail to thrive, or become ill, when they don’t eat animal products.
Vegans kill more animals than meat eaters.
That’s what animals are here for!
Animals don’t know what’s happening to them when they are raised and slaughtered.
Humans are more important than animals.
If we didn’t raise and eat farm animals, they would go extinct.
If the world went vegan, farmed animals would overrun the earth…
Animals are ferocious and would think nothing of attacking us.
Raw milk is very nutritious!
What I eat is a personal choice!
But you feed your cats and dogs meat; that’s not vegan!
Why should we care about animals when there is so much human suffering in the world?
A vegan diet is elitist, a luxury that only some can afford.
Certain populations and regions rely on animal products since they can’t grow food crops.
Vegans push their beliefs on others and turn others off.
Vegans are hypocrites; it’s impossible to be 100% vegan.”
Many vegetarians and vegans are confounded and frustrated by the ability of rational, caring people to participate in the irrational, uncaring practice of eating animals. But perhaps most exasperating is the meat-eating “animal lover.” How is it possible for people to both love and eat animals? And how can concerned vegetarians and vegans address this paradox?
The answer applies to all meat eaters, animal lovers notwithstanding. While there are many reasons for people’s contradictory attitudes and behaviors toward animals, most important is the invisible belief system, or ideology, called carnism. Carnism conditions people to eat animals by “numbing” them, psychologically and emotionally, to the truth of their experience—by blocking their awareness of the discrepancy between their values and practices. Whenever a group of people make exception to what they would normally consider ethical (and especially when they are unaware of such an exception), it is indicative that an underlying ideology is at work.
Ideologies such as carnism, which require people to act against their core values, use a set of social and psychological defense mechanisms so that humane people participate in inhumane practices without realizing what they are doing. The primary defense of carnism is invisibility. The invisibility of carnism as an ideology is why eating animals is seen as a given, rather than a choice; and the invisibility of the practices of carnism (the breeding and slaughtering of animals for food) is why people are able to deny and avoid the horrific truths about animal agriculture. However, due in large part to the advent of the Internet and the success of dedicated vegan activists, invisibility—though still a powerful defense—has been sufficiently weakened, so that other defenses have taken on a more important role in maintaining the system. Understanding these secondary defenses is essential to transforming the system that enables animal lovers to be animal eaters.
The Mythology of Meat: The Three Ns of Justification
Exploitative systems such as carnism teach people to justify their actions, by presenting ideological myths as though they were universal truths. There is a vast mythology surrounding eating animals but all myths fall in one way or another under the Three Ns of Justification: eating animals is normal,natural, and necessary. (Not surprisingly, these same arguments have been used to support the ideologies that have enabled slavery, male dominance, heterosexual supremacy, etc.) Such myths are institutionalized—they are embraced and maintained by all major social institutions, from the family to the state—and they are deeply embedded in the consciousness of anyone born into carnistic culture.
The impact of the Three Ns on meat consumers should not be underestimated. If people truly believe in the Ns (which most do), then by default they perceive not eating animals as abnormal, unnatural, and unnecessary, and so becoming vegan feels threatening (and also needless). For instance, to deviate from the carnistic norm is to take the risk of being socially marginalized (Consider, for instance, how your veganism is received among those who eat animals. Are your choices celebrated and met with curiosity and enthusiasm? Or do you encounter resistance and hostility? Are your dietary needs readily and cheerfully accommodated when you eat with others or travel? Or are you seen as annoying and “high maintenance”?). Deviating from the norm also means eating an “unnatural” and thus unhealthful diet, as natural is considered synonymous with healthful (an irony, given the health benefits of a natural vegan diet!). And if veganism is abnormal and unnatural, then it’s pointless to consider making the change.
The Mentality of Meat: Cognitive Distortions and Emotional Distancing
Carnism uses another set of defenses which support and are supported by the Three Ns: cognitive distortions. These distortions are the psychological component of carnism; they are automatic, unconscious mental processes that distort our perceptions of meat and the animals we learn to eat so that we can feel comfortable enough to consume them. In short, when we’re born into an entrenched system, we learn to look at the world through the lens of that system; we internalize carnism.
Cognitive distortions cause people, to, for instance, view farmed animals as objects (e.g., people refer to a chicken as something, rather than someone) and as abstractions, lacking in any individuality or personality (e.g., a pig is a pig and all pigs are the same). These distortions also cause people to create rigid categories in their minds so that they can harbor very different feelings and behaviors toward different species (e.g., beef is delicious and dog meat is disgusting; cows are for eating and dogs are our friends). Essentially, cognitive distortions act as a distancing mechanism, distancing people from their natural empathy toward other sentient beings.
Petting the Dog While Eating the Hog
The vast majority of people – including animal lovers – eat animals not because they’re selfish, or evil, but because they’re a part of a system that has shaped their beliefs, preferences, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in profound and powerful ways. And because most people do care about animals, they are threatened by – and are therefore defended against – information that reveals the discrepancy between their values and practices. In fact, animal lovers are likely even more defended against learning how they’ve participated in atrocities against animals, since they are more sensitive to animal suffering.
Moving Beyond the Animal-Eating Animal Lover Paradox
Once we understand carnism, we can recognize that eating animals is not simply a matter of personal ethics, but the inevitable end result of a deeply entrenched belief system. We can therefore dramatically reframe the way we think and talk about the issue of eating animals.
Specifically, understanding carnism can help vegans: have more understanding and thus more compassion for those who are not vegan; communicate more effectively about veganism, as we understand the psychology of those we’re communicating with; avoid the frustration that comes with the expectation that the facts will sell the ideology (they don’t; and it helps to expect some defensiveness when discussing eating animals); and better work toward the abolition of animal agriculture, as we challenge structural, or systemic carnism and not simply reach out to one meat eater at a time. Perhaps most importantly, understanding carnism can help us appreciate that asking someone to stop eating animals – even someone who loves animals – is not simply asking for a change of behavior, but for a profound shift of consciousness. Such a shift will only occur when the individual is ready; as vegans, our job is to help create a state of readiness, by modeling the same understanding and compassion we are asking for.
As I embark on my next 100 FOR 100 challenge of running 100 miles (160 km) for charity every month of 2015, here is a review of my running in 2014 (click to see the 30 second video).
Many of you have already joined me in the 100 FOR 100 Movement as you took on your own challenge via The 100 FOR 100 Movement – running 100 km to save 100 animals and the results are showing.
You’re getting in great shape while raising funds for charity in the process! Win-win is a beautiful thing!
If you’re not a member yet, click the 100 FOR 100 link and get your own fundraising page for animals!! Hurry, next wave starts on February 1, 2015!!
Make sure to join us on Strava as well for some extra encouragement by clicking here: 100 FOR 100 Movement on Strava.
See you on the healthy, fit and humane side! 🙂
Founder of the 100 FOR 100 Movement
Can’t wait to try this!
I love a good, dense, soft, sweet, banana bread (can I get an amen?). The entire process of making it is therapeutic to me! We had 6 big bushels of super ripe spotty bananas sitting on our counter, so I froze half for banana ice cream, saved a couple bushels to much on, and used the rest to bake up some goods for the week. I love all the different ways you can manipulate a simple banana to create so many wonderful, delicious treats!
I wanted to come up with a recipe that was very low fat, no oil, no eggs/dairy of course, no refined sugars, but still FULL of flavor. I wanted something that tasted like dessert, that could also be eaten for breakfast. We finished the last of these off this morning and my husband is already begging me to make it again, which is always…
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I grew up on a farm for a big part of my childhood and was somewhat desensitized to the idea of death.
Actually, I believed that since we all have to die some day, it really doesn’t matter when we die – if we die earlier or we die later really doesn’t matter to us (as long as we don’t know we are going to die). Once I’m dead, I won’t know I’m dead. And the only thing that matters then is how I lived. If I lived a good life and I could die a quick and painless death, that’s the only thing we can all hope for. This applies to both humans and non-humans.
Therefore, if animals could live a good life and be killed quickly and painlessly, then this fits within the above theory. (well there was one unanswered piece I had as a meat eater and that was the fact that all farm animals are social creatures and killing their friends and family was surely causing pain and suffering to those friends and family; but then again, nobody lives forever so they’re going to experience death of friends and family at some point so this is a sad but inevitable fact of life). I realized that this same theory could be applied to humans as well though and I realized that most people did not share the same viewpoint on this.
It’s interesting how we rationalize our behaviors as carnists. Ironically, I was extremely repulsed by seeing the killing on the farm even as a meat eater and I never wanted to kill the animal myself. Even as a little kid, the adults would have to lock me up in the house when they were slaughtering animals. They would often have me catch a chicken in the yard (I was the only person the chickens trusted so it was very easy for me to catch one while the adults would have to run around for a long time trying to catch a chicken) and give it to them. They would then put me in the house so that I wouldn’t see what was going to happen to the chicken (I did, of course, eventually see what happened to them as I watched my friend on the chopping block, head and body separated). I would do everything I could to spare my animal friends from death.
There were two main problems with my thinking however, and recognizing these two issues is what made me go vegan overnight:
1. We do not need animal products to have optimal health. So if I didn’t have to kill an animal, how could I possibly rationalize killing her/him? Same goes for exploiting an animal for milk or eggs – all of which results in the animal being killed anyway.
2. There is no such thing as humane meat. Even thinking in retrospect to the farm I grew up on which was one of the most “humane” farms you could have, none of it was “humane”. And what is humane anyway? Not only is “humane meat” full of cruelty but the thought of **owning** another live being is perverse and immoral. We all (humans and non-humans) feel pain, suffer and desire to live. If I wouldn’t do something to a human, how could I justify doing it to a non-human? I couldn’t.
“To examine whether something is humane, first determine if you wold want it done to you” – AK
Yes, I had always thought that killing was wrong (though I still have some level of peace and similar views in regards to death itself – death from natural causes of course).
I first realized that we don’t need animal products to have optimal health. From there I was able to make other conclusions.
For a while I bought into the “humane myth” thinking that factory farms had somehow made improvements to the way animals were killed to make the killing quick and painless unlike what I had witnessed on the farm I grew up on. Bizarre yes, but the marketing of the animal exploiting industry is just that powerful.
After learning more about factory farming I realized that not only is factory farming not quick and not painless but it made the farm I grew up on look like a “humane farm”.
After much research and deliberation it became apparent that nothing other than veganism is an acceptable moral baseline. It finally all made sense and I no longer had to do mental gymnastics to justify my way of life that was hurting others.
From that point on I became vegan for the animals, the people and the planet.
#MyVeganStory #NewYearsResolution #VeganEasyChallenge
This weekend we did 8 hours of snowshoe adventures. There’s nothing better than putting fresh tracks in the snow and knowing that nobody else had been through there for a while (ok, maybe there are a couple of things better than that but this was pretty darn amazing). It feels like getting a head start on the world.
As some of you know I’m training for a 100 mile run for charity on June 13, 2015 and this was part of my training for that endeavor (by the way, have you signed up for the 100 FOR 100 Movement yet? If not, go to www.100for100.me now).
“Today is important, you’re exchanging a day of your life for it”
What are you going to do today that will get you closer to your passion?
If you care to share your thoughts, please let me know what motivates you in the comments below. Thanks. ☺
In the picture: Driz, female furry non-human, Big, male furry non-human and Andrea, female non-furry human.
Welcome to the 100 FOR 100 Movement!!
100 FOR 100 – running 100 km to save 100 animals. Go to http://www.100for100.me now!
And please share this 10 second video. Thank you so much my dear friends!
Founder of the 100 FOR 100 Movement
“Last Sunday I was in New York City for the People’s Climate March, one of 400,000 people who took to the streets in a show of strength for worldwide action against climate change.
We were marching to demonstrate to world leaders that climate change is too important an issue to be shuffled aside in favor of vested interests and shortsighted policies that benefit a few now to the detriment of all in the future. Climate change effects the entire planet, and as one marcher’s sign stated, “There is no Planet B”.
It was inspiring to be part of such a massive demonstration, physical proof that after far too long spent holding on to denial, the US and much of the world is waking up to the enormous emergency we’ve got on our hands.
We still have a lot of work to do to so that every environmentalist understands the impact of animal agriculture on our environment. But this is a start and with your help, the movement will only continue to grow.
Please help me to share this video with everyone you know and use the hashtag #cowspiracy while doing so.
Thank you so much for all your support”
~ Posted by Kip Andersen, Cowspiracy Co-Director, on Sept 25, 2014
|COWSPIRACY by A.U.M. Films & First Spark Media|
|Animals United Movement A.U.M. POB 883663 San Francisco, CA 94188 USA|
An illustrated account of the truth behind eggs from the point-of-view of a chick, maturing to a hen on a free range farm.
~ by PeacefulAbolitionist (Nov 13, 2012)
An illustrated account of the truth behind dairy from the point-of-view of a calf on a dairy farm.
~ by PeacefulAbolitionist (Aug 11, 2012)
This past weekend, 2,000 cities around the world protested climate change. The good news is that people care.
Live your values. Change the world. It’s that simple.
“People everywhere are making choices more connected with their values.
We are simplifying our lives, buying less and living more because we know that the Earth provides enough to satisfy everyone’s need, but not everyone’s greed.
But there is one connected choice that sometimes gets overlooked. It’s one of the most far-reaching personal, practical and ethical choices you can make. With this choice we can help…
… feed ourselves and every hungry person on the planet.
… end deforestation — replenish the deep woods of the North and save our disappearing rainforests.
… revitalize our rural landscapes and save family farms.
… stop the number one polluter of water and the number one waster of water.
… return our oceans to thriving underwater worlds teeming with life and wonder.
… make cancer and heart disease a rarity instead of a common occurrence.
… stop the unnecessary suffering of billions and billions of animals.
… and return wild lands to their rightful owners.
This powerful choice can be done by everyone every day… by you… right now.
Every day you are invited to make choices. Live your values. Change the world.
It’s that simple.
Live your values – change the world. It’s that simple.”
~ by rkaufmann (Aug 8, 2008)
Dear friends, especially those of you who love dogs, please watch this worthwhile TEDx Talk. It’s a beautiful talk that will leave you inspired to make this world a better place.
Please let me know your thoughts.
Published on Mar 4, 2014 by TEDx Talks
Zoe Weil is the co-founder and president of the Institute for Humane Education (www.HumaneEducation.org) and is considered a pioneer in the comprehensive humane education movement, which provides people with the knowledge, tools, and motivation to be conscientious choicemakers and engaged changemakers for a better world. Zoe created the first Master of Education and Certificate Program in Humane Education in the U.S. covering the interconnected issues of human rights, environmental preservation, and animal protection. She has also created acclaimed online programs and leads workshops and speaks at universities, conferences, and events across the U.S. and Canada. She has taught tens of thousands students through her innovative school presentations, and has trained several thousand teachers through her workshops and programs. Zoe’s most recent book, Most Good, Least Harm: A Simple Principle for a Better World and Meaningful Life, won the 2010 Nautilus silver medal in sustainability and green values. She is the author of several other books including Above All, Be Kind: Raising a Humane Child in Challenging Times for parents; The Power and Promise of Humane Education for educators; and Claude and Medea: The Hellburn Dogs, winner of the Moonbeam gold medal in juvenile fiction, which follows the exploits of two seventh graders who become clandestine activists in New York City, righting wrongs where they find them. Zoe received a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and a Master of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania. Her portrait was painted for the Americans Who Tell the Truth series and she was honored with the Women in Environmental Leadership Award from Unity College.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
Well, the secret is out! This delicious vegan appetizer with just 3 ingredients has a secret that you’re about to discover. The idea came from my friend Mary who posted this incredible 2 minute video on how to make the most delicious vegan cream cheese!
Watch the video now, put the almonds to soak and then come back to this simple recipe and the rest of the story.
By the way, I would HIGHLY recommend subscribing to Mary’s YouTube channel and website. All of Mary’s videos are entertaining, very straight forward and her recipes are insanely yummy! To check out Mary’s videos and recipes please click here: Mary’s Test Kitchen.
As Mary suggests, you can add whatever spices or herbs you would like to your cultured almonds. I decided to add white truffle oil and salt. The result: a to-die-for vegan cream cheese which I put on squares of BC Smoked Tofu and then topped with the most delicious little cherry tomatoes.
As a “domestically challenged” person I need to keep things very simple. Hence, this recipe has only 3 ingredients:
1. BC Smoked Tofu
2. Vegan Cream Cheese
3. Cherry Tomatoes
Cut the tofu into 2 inch cubes, put a tsp of vegan cream cheese on each cube and top with a cherry tomato and there you have it! Let the flavor burst in your mouth at a speed of hundred million endorphins per second (what the heck does that mean?).
Please let me know your ideas on recipes for vegan dishes that contain just 3 ingredients.
Have a fantabulous (yup, it’s a word) day!
Founder of the 100 FOR 100 Movement
Want to know how to use your weekends in a way that would make you happier?
Many people look forward to the weekend so they can literally do nothing. But doing so may actually make you depressed and frustrated with your life.
One of the way to do that is to use your weekends well.
Studies have shown that doing unproductive, unplanned activities on the weekend does not make you happy. Watching unplanned movie marathons, mind numbing TV shows, unplanned time on the internet, social media sites, sitting on the couch eating mindlessly etc. is likely going to leave you feeling unfulfilled by the end of the weekend. Many people THINK that’s what they want to be doing but when it’s all said and done, they feel like all they are doing is saving their time and energy for their work week and not necessarily something they truly care about. If you’re one of those people whose job is their life’s passion, fantastic. But for the majority of people that’s just not the case.
Find what you’re passionate about and resolve to do it. One lesson I learned through some of the most difficult challenges of my life was that happiness does not come from focusing on oneself. Happiness comes from helping others.
Have you ever heard the phrase: “If you feel helpless, help someone”?
For me, happiness is helping the helpless. That is what 100 FOR 100 Movement is all about. Helping those who need our help the most. And this is what veganism is all about – helping the animals, the people and the planet.
Weekends are a perfect opportunity to focus on your life’s passion. Make a plan and start early in the morning. Tackle your priorities first. There’s nothing better than accomplishing the one or two things that you set out to do first thing in the morning.
So think about how you would like to help and what you’re passionate about. And then make a plan and set out to accomplish the most important one or two things first thing in the morning.
And if you’re like me and want to help animals, the people and the planet you will resolve to take on the 100 FOR 100 challenge if you haven’t already.
To sign up for the 100 FOR 100 Movement go to http://www.100for100.me
Let’s do this!!
Have an inspired weekend – every weekend!
Founder of the 100 FOR 100 Movement