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Want a really good reason to be a vegan? Meat and dairy production today is incredibly cruel. Animals have to be pumped full of antibiotics and chemicals just to be kept barely alive, due to horrific living conditions. Actually half of all chicken died before making it to slaughter houses. How can we continue to eat the diseased chemical-laden meat/diary on our plate, knowing so much suffering is behind it? Have mercy. Watch the short clip ‘Farms to Fridge’ on YouTube.
The green house effect was a lie and has been disproven in the 1990′s, and so is global warming. Guess what, climate science has proven that the earth is cooling not warming, but people are still on the climate change train. If we were to cut out all CO2 from this planet all plant life would die, because they actually breath in CO2 and release O2 into the atmosphere. Meat is actually good for the body in moderation just like grains in moderation. Jenny Craig has one of the best weight loss programs in the world, and you know what it is about? Portion control is how you lose weight effectively, because it teaches you to eat LESS. Also, all the God haters out there need to know that he created certain animals to be received with thanks giving. Read 1Timothy chapter 4. All through the bible it talks about moderation, and Jenny Craig is a good tool to teach how to be moderate with your eating.
God did not intend for billions of animals to be slaughtered every year after living an awful life where they aren’t even let outside. They stand in their own fecal matter their entire lives, and don’t get to raise their own young. Broiler chickens live in cages the size of a laptop and have their beaks and claws seared off without anesthetic after hatching to keep them from attacking each other in close quarters. Veal calves are removed from their dairy producing mothers hours, HOURS, after they give birth to provide milk for their OWN OFFSPRING, not our own human species. If you can honestly say that you buy all of your animal products from local, free range, ‘humane’ (in quotes, because it’s hypocritical to think that killing a living creature is humane) farmers that you know personally and have seen them care for the animals, than more power to you, you’re better than most non-vegans. However, seeing as Jenny Craig does not locally source their products and creates them in a factory setting, I doubt that can be true, seeing as you are such a strong proponent of their company. P.s. Not a god hater, was raised Catholic, consider myself a Christian, go to church every sunday and sing as a cantor. I know for a fact that my god, the merciful loving god I was raised to follow, would never want to see his earth and it’s creatures desecrated.
So what about “Thou shall not kill” then? Pretty clear to me. It doesn’t say thou shall not kill humans. Plus whatever your faith, we evolved (or are all those fossil & bones fake), & we evolved alongside our mammal brothers & sisters. You enslaved take courage, you meat-eaters take care for this Earth was made a common treasury for all to share.
B12 is NOT from animal sources. GET IT RIGHT PLEASE, make a correction.
Like AJ said, it’s in soil from bacteria.
Just to clarify, if someone wears leather or fur, or uses health and beauty products which contain animal by-products or tests on animals, they are not vegan. Vegan isn’t just a dietary lifestyle, it’s everything in your life. The Readers Digest description is better suited to a Total Vegetarian, meaning they omit all animal products in food, but not necessarily in any other aspect of their lives.
The term vegan has evolved, as words often do.
It is now appropriate to use the word vegan to indicate food that contains no animal products or a person who ingests no animal products.
Technically, they are dietary vegans but they are often called vegan for short and that’s not a problem. Virtually all dietary vegans end up learning about the pain & suffering they’re causing via the use of various other products and they end up eliminating their use of those products.
The term vegan has not evolved, as you put it, it has been misappropriated — and there is an enormous difference!
The foundational cornerstone of veganism is that it is an ethical and compassionate lifestyle that is fully and completely devoid of any animal exploitation.
If that is not the single, underlying core of your behavior, moral compass, lifestyle choices, and belief system — then you are simply not a vegan.
A vegan strictly eats a plant-based diet. That is correct. Others who eat nothing but a plant-based diet but lack the ethical and compassionate commitment to non-exploitation of any other animals, are NOT vegan.
Very interesting article. I will be sharing this with my family, and a couple friends too.
THE REASON I WENT VEGAN WAS BECAUSE OF THE CRUELTY TO THE COW AND THE BABY COW ALSO THE PIG I LOVE ALL ANIMALS I HAVE A CAT SHELTER AND 2 DOGS I DID NOT KNOW THE CRUELTY WITH THE ANIMALS. I SAW A TEXT ON FB ON THE COW AND I STARTED INVESTIGATING IT TOOK ME 2 WEEKS EVERYDAY AND I WAS IN SHOCK WOW IS ALL OUT THERE . CHECK IT OUT FOR YOURSELF THE CRUELTY WITH ALL ANIMALS IS TERRIBLE…. I HAVE FAME ON MY COOKING I HAVE GIVING UP AT LEAST 100 DISHES THAT I WILL NEVER EAT AGAIN……OR COOK…AGAIN…….I AM VEGAN AND PROUD OF IT I CAN HONESTLY SAY I LOVE THE ANIMALS…….BUT I WILL NOT CONTRIBUTE TO THE SLAUGHTER THAT IS GOIN ON EVERYDAY……..THANK YOU …GO VEGAN.
Vegan and plant-based diets are DIFFERENT. If you don’t want someone to think you’re vegan for animal rights (which is stupid; you’re ashamed for being confused for someone who’s compassionate?), then you eat a plant-based diet. You probably wear leather and wool, don’t feel a moral dilemma about zoos and aquariums, and may on occasion ‘cheat’ by eating a favorite ‘luxury’ food such as cheese, eggs, or meat. You went ‘vegan’ for your health, and nothing more. Think Dr. Ornish and Dr. Barnard (both wonderful men and pioneers in nutritional science who are doing great things spreading wellness information but not really on the forefront of the vegan culinary/animal rights movement).
If you chose to pursue a more compassionate lifestyle, if you looked at your dog or cat and thought “why don’t I eat or wear them?”, if you could no longer live with the thought of contributing to the suffering of millions of animals every day, then you would consider yourself vegan. The term vegan came about in the 1940′s in England and was created by a man, Donald Watson, who thought vegetarians were hypocritical for excluding certain animals from their circle of compassion. Watson’s British Vegan Society, the origin of veganism, states explicitly that a vegan is someone who does not exploit animals of any kind, for any reason. It is a moral and ethical dilemma. Think Isa Chandra, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, and Christine Pirello.
Either way, good for you. You’re doing what’s right for your body, what’s right for the earth, and what’s right for animals (even if that’s not a direct intention of yours). But please realize the difference; it confuses the heck out of people when you say you’re vegan but eat a steak every once in a while and wear leather, and quite frankly, it’s annoying.
P.S. Yes, I have heard the ‘how do you know there’s a vegan in the room” and every other joke directed at Vegans and vegetarians. SO, please don’t feel too funny when that’s your only response to this post.
I just spoke to someone the other day that said, “I’m vegan, but I still take Salmon oil supplements. It’s important. T. Colin Campbell does it too.” Yeah, well guess who’s not vegan then?! I clarified the same thing about this article– I don’t understand how people keep missing this VERY crucial point.
It drives me bonkers! Especially when people say “I’m vegan now, but not for the animals, it’s for my health” Than guess what, you’re not vegan. Vegans don’t go on drunk fried chicken binges every weekend.
Oreos are in no way vegan. Yes, they have no animal products in them, but that’s only part of the spirit of being vegan. Avoiding processed foods is central to veganism. Oreos and twinkies hardly count as “whole foods.”
For vegans who want to eat junk food, Oreos are vegan junk food.
Not all vegans eliminate junk food from their diet.
Being vegan isn’t a quest for personal purity. It’s striving to refrain from inflicting avoidable harm on others. A vegan chocolate chip cookie every now and then isn’t going to kill you, but it is fun.
I like the title but think some of the points are ridiculous, in the literal sense meaning worth ridicule. Case in point, “identify what popular supermarket foods are vegan, including dark chocolate, Oreos (reformulated from a lard-based recipe), Twizzlers, Betty Crocker Bac-o’s Bacon Flavor Bits and Kraft Taco Bell Taco Dinner” Just because there is no dairy or meat in the stuff doesn’t make it “food” let alone “vegan food”. The garbage listed is still garbage shown as food. Shards of glass, Poison ivy, and antifreeze are free from animal products too. That doesn’t mean you should ingest them just because they are vegan. Nutrient rich + life affirming + healing + disease reducing + building or cleansing + vegan =food. NO EXCEPTIONS