Vegans don’t care about people who pick crops!

Said the carnist who probably

  1. doesn’t give a shit about the lives of slaughterhouse workers: how they are usually on shitty contracts, are usually poor and people of color (PoC), how they don’t have basic working rights, and how often times they are undocumented.
  2. doesn’t give a shit about how big, rich, Western, white countries go into other countries: usually (again) poor, underprivileged, native areas that are (again) usually inhabited by PoC. This takes land away from the people in that region or country and gives it to a) the livestock and/or b) the crops raised for that livestock.
  3. doesn’t give a shit about the fact that animal product consumption is causing deforestation: there are undiscovered plants and other things in these areas that could help with medicine, not to mention that rain forests and other land contributes to 20% or so of the Earth’s oxygen. This effects not only non-human animals, but human animals as well.
  4. doesn’t give a shit about the people back in their homes: in rich, white countries like the United States who live next to these factory farms. How their water quality is shit, the air quality is shit, the soil turns to shit and how they have higher rates of ailments that don’t effect people who don’t live near factory farms. This also leads to the areas being more poverty stricken.
  5. doesn’t realize that they too (unless they fancy themselves to only live on meat, dairy, milk, honey and other animal products) eat the same exact fruits, vegetables and other plant-based foods that those same farm workers pick for a plant-based diet.

Author’s note here.

(via thatvegancosplayer)

And they don’t ever talk about how animal agriculture is one of the leading causes of human disease outbreaks, which sicken and kill thousands of people, mostly in poorer nations (via veganresources)

garden-of-vegan:

Sprouted grain toast with mashed avocado, salt, and pepper. Scrambled tofu with mushrooms and green pepper (extra-firm tofu, mushrooms, green pepper, garlic, onion, nutritional yeast, turmeric, cumin, and coconut oil) and halved strawberries.

fightingforanimals:

trans-vegan:

nionkitty:

birdehhhbird:

It’s crazy that so many people don’t make this connection. All animals should be respected, not just cats and dogs.

Humans are animals with incisor teeth, we are designed to eat meat, and have done so for thousands of years. Don’t make meat eaters feel less human for eating food their mouth and digestive system is designed for. If you decide to go vegan or vegetarian, don’t shove it down people’s throats please, and thank you. But at the same time, the meat industry does need to step up their game a bit and not torture animals on their farms.

Taylor, you have no clue what you’re talking about. You are the hundred thousandth person to try and say that our incisor’s are for consuming meat or that we’ve “always done it.” So, here’s why that’s bullshit:

Now just because we can doesn’t mean we should. We don’t need meat to live, so why would we even continue using it? Aside from the animal abuse, there is a plethora over other reasons why (most listed below, just in case the links don’t work). 

First off, animal products are not only killing animals, but its people. 

Need more reasons that veganism is important?

Meat eating is destroying the environment, a huge waste of food and  the LARGEST contributor to global warming (which I know you don’t believe in, but thats another rant)

Now… in ht event you need any more reason to go vegan…

Meat, Dairy, Etc. Is Bad For You

Consuming Animal Products is Cruel

Now… if you’re willing to dispute, with reputable sources, even a few of these links I have given you, I gladly will. This is something I will “shove down your throat.” The world is in peril, people are starving and animals are dying needlessly so that you can have one tasty meal. In the event you’re just scanning over all of these, overgrazing is blamed for 35% of soil degradation, deforestation for 30%, and agriculture for 27%. These main causes are directly or indirectly related to the consumption of animal products, we currently produce enough food to feed the world, but feed it to animals we later kill instead, and overgrazing is blamed for 35% of soil degradation, deforestation for 30%, and agriculture for 27%. These main causes are directly or indirectly related to the consumption of animal products.

If you’re willing to still use animal products after reading all of this, then please by all means come up with something that will prevent the destruction of this habitat. 

Before you try to say lab grown meat, it won’t work either. Taken from here.

It still contains animal products.

Although the number of animals affected would be greatly reduced, laboratory-grown meat would still require the use of animals. When scientists created the first laboratory-grown meat, they started with muscle cells from a live pig. However, cell cultures and tissue cultures typically do not live and reproduce forever. To mass-produce laboratory-grown meat on an ongoing basis, scientists would need a constant supply of live pigs, cows, chickens and other animals from which to take cells.

According to The Telegraph, “Prof Post said the most efficient way of taking the process forward would still involve slaughter. He said: ‘Eventually my vision is that you have a limited herd of donor animals in the world that you keep in stock and that you get your cells from there.’”

Furthermore, these early experiments involved growing the cells “in a broth of other animal products,” which means that animals were used and perhaps killed in order to create the broth. This broth is either the food for the tissue culture, the matrix upon which the cells were grown, or both. Although the types of animal products used were not specified, the product could not be called vegan if the tissue culture was grown in animal products.

Later, The Telegraph reported that pig stem cells were grown “using a serum taken from a horse foetus,” although it is unclear whether this serum is the same as the broth of animal products used in the earlier experiments.

Post’s final experiments involved shoulder muscle cells taken from two organically raised calves and grown ”in a broth containing vital nutrients and serum from a cow foetus.”

Still Wasteful

Scientists are hopeful that laboratory-grown meat will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but growing animal cells in a laboratory would still be a waste of resources, even if the cells were grown in a vegan medium. Traditional animal agriculture is wasteful because feeding grain to animals so that we can eat the animals is an inefficient use of resources. It takes 10 to 16 pounds of grain to produce one pound of feedlot beef. Similarly, feeding plant foods to a muscle tissue culture would be wasteful compared to feeding plant foods to people directly.

Energy would also be required to “exercise” the muscle tissue, to create a texture similar to meat.

Growing meat in a laboratory may be more efficient than feedlot beef because only the desired tissues would be fed and produced, but it cannot be more efficient than feeding plant foods directly to people.However, Pamela Martin, an associate professor in geophysical sciences at the University of Chicago, co-authored a paper on the increased greenhouse gas emissions of a meat-based diet over a plant-based diet, and questions whether laboratory-grown meat would be more efficient than traditional meat. Martin stated“It sounds like an energy-intensive process to me.”

As reported in the New York Times, Post replied to a question about whether vegetarians would like lab-grown meat, “Vegetarians should remain vegetarian. That’s even better for the environment.”

Animal Use and Suffering

Assuming that immortal cell lines from cows, pigs and chickens could be developed and no new animals would have to be killed to produce certain types of meat, the use of animals to develop new types of meat would still continue. Even today, with thousands of years of traditional animal agriculture behind us, scientists still try to breed new varieties of animals who grow larger and faster, whose flesh has certain health benefits, or who have certain disease resistance. In the future, if laboratory-grown meat becomes a commercially viable product,scientists will continue to breed new varieties of animals. They will continue to experiment with cells from different types and species of animals, and those animals will be bred, kept, confined, used and killed in the never-ending search for a better product.

Also, because current research into laboratory-grown meat is using animals, it cannot be called cruelty-free, andpurchasing the product would support animal suffering.

While laboratory-grown meat would probably reduce animal suffering, it’s important to keep in mind that it is not vegan, it is not cruelty-free, it’s still wasteful, and animals will suffer for laboratory-grown meat.

Last, but not least, we are not shoving our views down your throat. We inform you of the evil you’re contributing to, but instead of doing something about it, a vast majority of people complain. I cannot go a day without seeing meat on the TV, driving, at a restaurant, at school, at home or even at the store. I cannot go a day without some ass hole making me the butt ends of jokes. If anything, all of you shove your views down out throats.

tl;dr: You should read everything I just gave you, even if you don’t click on the links, watch these videos below and then reconsider what you’re doing. Also, if you’re pissed at me for this, then oh well. This is one of a few subjects I am well versed on and will not budge about.

Earthlings

Gary Yourofsky’s Speech

From Farm to Fridge

Vegucated (on Netflix)

Food Inc (Not that great because it still supports “humane slaughter” but it shows the reality in factory farms) (Also on Netflix)

Food Matters (focuses on the health related benefits of veganism) (On Netflix) 

Forks Over Knives (also focuses on health aspects of veganism)

Peter Singer: “The Ethics of What we Eat”

Death on a Factory Farm

I love you Ian.

Vegan Jared Leto flaunts ripped abs: Says vegan diet and yoga keep him young

(Source: lovefrommars)

tinykitchenvegan:

Spiced Cauliflower Couscous

foody-goody:

Gluten Free Funfetti Cupcakes (Em The Baker)

Easy Vegan Cheesecake | Minimalist Baker Recipes

(Source: 100gonein365)

Great News! India Looks to Replace Animal Drug Testing with Humane Alternatives!

soycrates:

India’s Drug Controller General and head of the Central Drug Standard Control Organization (CDSCO), Dr. G.N. Singh, recently stated that he is seriously considering “modernizing India’s pharmaceutical safety assessment by replacing old-fashioned animal testing with modern non-animal alternatives,” as Humane Society International reports.

Medical and drug testing can be done exceedingly well without the exploitation of animals. India may be the first to make such a tremendous step towards the future of society’s medical ethics.


mayakern:

cute underwear is the best cure all for low self esteem

chibinoms:

Gluten and dairy free pan grilled double cheese sandwiches. Made with Udi’s multigrain bread, Daiya cheddar slices and mozzarella style shreds, and Smart Balance Light vegan margarine brushed onto the outer bread for a golden toasted crust.