Posts tagged ‘go VEGAN’

13 November, 2015

Michelle Bridges – Your Best Body (Review)

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Was at my local library picking up some vegan / vegan friendly books – Dr John McDougall and Dr Caldwell Esselstyn and saw this on display. I laughed. The librarian said Bridges books were among the most stolen book items. So I picked it up to review.

I’m long time vegan, so I didn’t think I would get anything out of it.

I was right.

The first odd thing I noticed in some photos Bridges has a tattoo and in others she doesn’t (and its hard to miss, the entire book is full of Bridges posing), this makes me wonder how old some of the photos really are.

It opens with a story about deer hunting in New Zealand – just what every women wants with her starvation diet books, a cheery story about slaughtering animals.

Later on she tells the reader to ‘man up’ and lift weights – seriously its the 21st century, aren’t we sick of these gender stereotypes yet?!

She has a whole section on foods she recommends then follows that up with ‘I’m no biochemist, nor am I a dietician’ (p108) with the amount of animal products listed as heart foods, I can see that clearly.

 

In another book of hers she says that she eats a really low daily calorie intake – so I don’t think there is anything I can learn from Bridges, back to the library you go, hopefully someone steals you so nobody else can borrow you.

Michelle Bridges – Losing The Last 5 kilos: Your kick-arse guide to looking ad feeling fantastic (2011) “I keep my calories at around 1200-1300 per day” (p3)

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8 April, 2012

Happy International Chocolate Day

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image and background by @redglitterx

27 January, 2011

Cheese: The Other White Meat (why cheese eaters are problematic for vegans)

If you are a vegetarian, and would like to be vegan, my question for you is… what are you waiting for?

Vegetarians know the reality of where there food comes from – or rather WHO their food use to be, and it does not seem to bother them.

A lot of vegans, probably have at some point meet someone who says that they are “almost vegan” or “90% vegan – except for cheese”, or,

They may say something like – “oh I could Never be vegan, I love cheese too much” or maybe they do actually call themselves Vegan, yet has an occasional slip up, if they are at a party, and someone offers them some cheese, then they might “cheat” on their vegan diet

I met a “vegan” recently, who lectured me about how I was a “fake vegan” because I didn’t hate on ALF – animal liberation front – yet, this same person didn’t know that their morning protein shake made with whey wasn’t actually vegan.

Oh how I laughed!

Dairy is not benign, dairy involves huge amounts of cruelty and exploitation and DEATH.

And then these cheese-eaters pat themselves on the back, thinking that Vegan is just a different form of Vegetarian. I mean, we all love animals, right? It’s not like the animal has to DIE or anything, right?

Oh, but I never buy cheese myself! they protest. If someone offers it to me, or there is a pizza, or I’m hungry, or [insert excuse here]. That would be like someone saying “oh but I don’t smoke, I never buy cigarettes myself, I mean, if someone offers me one, or I get them off a friend when I’m at the pub after a late night, but, no, I’m not a smoker or anything”.

How is this any different? Just because you don’t buy it, does that mean it stops being cheese?

Here is my opinion… You know those old sayings “Milk – is liquid Meat” or “There is veal floating invisibly in every bottle of milk” or “Meat is murder, milk is rape” … vegans (by that I mean actual vegans, not faux cheeseatarian vegans) chose to not consume dairy in all its forms, because…

nothing could taste so good that it justifies rape and torture and slavery and murder.




That is what it comes down to:

If you consume dairy this is what you support

This PeTA video, shows the reality of the Land O’ Lakes dairy factory in Pennsylvania USA.

This is not an exception.



And don’t kid yourself – if you consume dairy products, and you haven’t personally met the cow, there is a very good chance that what you are eating came from cows just like this portrayed in the video.

And just why is that cow generously giving us her milk? Well she isn’t. Milk is meant for baby cows… it is baby food, for HER babies.

Like any mammal, she produces milk only to feed her babies.

Which means, she is forced to become pregnant against her will in order to create the baby that will get her body producing the milk.

And if people are stealing her milk (the cow doesn’t GIVE away anything), then there are babies out there, that are not drinking it.

So, what happens to those baby cows, which are surplus to requirements – if they survive the high infant mortality rate, they get sold into slavery, and become either milk cows or veal calves or pet food.

Pet food? Seriously, imagine telling that to a baby – your life is nothing, you are worth more to me dead.

or, Some may be shipped off to cosmetics companies to be turned into face creams or diet pills, because in some markets, it is illegal to use cows that are older than 30-months old in order to reduce the risk of spreading Mad Cow Disease (BSE – bovine spongiform encephalopathy).

Beauty products that are stuffed full with animal products are not beautiful. Nope, I do not want to be slapping dead calf on my face.

And this is a side effect of societies cheese-addiction.

Not much of a life, is it?

Then, what happens when the dairy cow gets too old?

After years of slavery, of being treated like a machine….

Cows that have been bred for maximum milk production, are unable to sustain the weight of their udders, which may be infected with mastitis, then what?

Is there a pension plan, and she goes off to a farm in the country to wander the hills and pastures and frolic in the clover… hell no, if she survives a couple of years of relentless torture in the dairy factory, she is shipped off to slaughter as soon as the milk production begins to slow up.

Thanks for the all milk, my dear, and don’t let the barn door hit you on the way out.




And then there is RENNET
Unless the label states “non animal rennet” – that cheese the vegan is eating, it isn’t even vegetarian.

Rennet is an enzyme used in cheese making, that is naturally present in the stomach of calves in order to digest the milk they are drinking.

Animal Rennet is taken from the lining of calves stomachs, and is often a by-product of the veal industry.

So when Vegetarians justify their continued animal consumption because “the animal doesn’t have to die”, What exactly do they mean? The baby cows that don’t survive to adulthood, the veal calves, the petfood calves or the cosmetics calves, the sick and dying milk cows, the retired cows who are sent to slaughter at 4 or 5 years old instead of well into their 20s which is the natural life expectancy of a cow.

Yummy.

This isn’t even going to go near the substances actually in the milk – pus, blood, leukemia cells, bovine growth hormone, anti-biotics, pesticides, herbicides, possibility of BSE prions, excessive amounts of protein and lots and lots of saturated fat.

Cheese eaters – what is the difference between that and eating meat for all the misery the production of milk entails.



And don’t get me started on vegans who eat HONEY……

Further reading
IVU: What’s wrong with dairy products?
Describing Some of the things wrong with dairy.

Vegina >> dairy is a feminist issue.
A look at dairy from a feminist perspective

NEGOTIATION IS OVER – Conklin’s Sadism
Yet another example of what is standard business practice for dairy, at an Ohio dairy factory.

“Jack LaLanne Said We Don’t Need Meat And Dairy” (vegetarianstar.com)




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EDITTED TO ADD: There had been a MFA (Mercy for Animals) video in this piece, somehow it has been removed, and the link has been removed, without my knowledge. Even the text surrounding the video.

Is wordpress censoring vegan blogs now?

24 August, 2010

Vegan Starter Kit

Thinking about going vegan, or thinking about helping someone else go vegan?

A starter kit is a great way to kick off a new life journey, for you or someone you care about.

ACT NOW FOR ANIMALS
Free Vegan Starter Pack
The pack includes information on how animals suffer for meat, dairy, eggs, and seafood, how meat eating affects the environment, the myth of “free-range,” what’s wrong with leather and wool, vegan recipes, and even some free stickers.

You can either get one by visiting major animal groups, and providing a mailing address:
for example
ACTION FOR ANIMALS
Request a Free Vegan Starter Pack
The pack includes information on how animals suffer for meat, dairy, eggs, and seafood, how meat eating affects the environment, the myth of “free-range,” what’s wrong with leather and wool, vegan recipes, and even some free stickers. You may also request a free copy of Meet Your Meat. We only ship Vegan Starter Packs to the United States, Australia, and Canada.

COMPASSION OVER KILLING
vegetarian starter guide
Says vegetarian but has a huge slant towards vegan diet, issues include factory farms, animals raised for food, nutrition, and recipes.

MERCY FOR ANIMALS
Vegetarian Starter Kit
Strict vegetarian with information on reasons to make the change, health, recipes, factory farms and use of animals for food.

PETA
Meet Your Meat, free download
yes, it’s Peta, and everyone seems to hate Peta, yet, this can be a very powerful video for people needing inspiration to make the change, and it is free and it’s downloadable
Pam Anderson Takes on KFC
also for download

PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine)
21-Day vegan kickstart
Sign up online for emailed inspiration, recipes and support.

Vegetarian Starter Kit
Downloadable Brochure
Presented by Vegetarian Times and PCRM (the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine)

VEGAN OUTREACH
has a large collection of resources available: booklets, translations of booklets,
for order or download, 10 letter size enlargements in a zip file, tabbed flyers (bulletin board size page with tear off strips), videos

brochures for download
the popular Why Vegan
Compassionate Choices: making a difference for animals
Even if you like Meat: you can end this cruelty
Guide to Cruelty Free eating
A Meaningful Life: make a real difference in today’s world

videos include
* Meet Your Meat
* 45 Days: The Life and Death of a Broiler Chicken
* Hope for the Hopeless: An Investigation and Rescue at a Battery Egg Facility
* Fowl Play
* The Auction Block: An Inside Look at Farmed Animal Sales

Or make your own Vegan Starter Kit: (for minimal cost)
be inspired by any of the Resources listed here, and make your own

find videos that have no copyright, and the makers encourage distribution, collect brochures from your favourite organisations and make your own using online tools and software, write PDFs,

21 August, 2010

Meaning Of Life

sayings for the meaning of life, rainbow hearts


The meaning of life…
why is this here, on a pro-vegan blog? – the meaning of life is LIFE, life is sacred, the mere fact of a person or an animal being born and having life, it deserves respect, life should be cherished and revered. When life is gone, there is no getting it back, it is not our right to take the life of another person or animal. There is no such things as “just an animal”, if an animal has a life, they deserve as much right to keep that life as any person.


Being vegan is the highest value a person can hold, it makes the statement that from the “lowliest” bug to the “highest” mammal, all life is precious. A vegan is seen to be saying, that I don’t think I am any more important because I am human, than you because you’re not.


and one more…

♥ Smile: Happiness and health, not money and possessions, should be our goal


The meaning of life? That’s easy. The meaning of life is: to be happy, try not to hurt people and hope that you fall in love.” – Mallory Keaton


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