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John Sanbonmatsu: Why ‘fake’ meat isn’t

January 21, 2020
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Source Wikimedia Commons, Vegan Ripple Milk



 

Source St. Louis Post Dispatch
By John Sanbonmatu



Is it fraud to sell “veggie burgers”, “chickenless nuggets”, or “tofu dogs”? What about to call a beverage made from soy beans “soy milk”?

According to the meat and dairy lobbies, it is. Alarmed by declining sales of dairy and beef and by growing interest in veganism, agribusiness has been pushing legislation to outlaw the use of “meaty” and “milky” words in the marketing of plant-based foods. Last year, Missouri enacted a “real meat” law, making it illegal to sell plant-based products using meat-like words. Louisiana and Mississippi passed virtually identical bills last summer, and similar legislation is pending in half of the nation’s states.
Backers of the new bills claim that referring to plant-based foods as “meat” or “milk” is unprecedented, and therefore deceptive. However, it is they who are deceiving the public — by ignoring a thousand years of past English usage.

Only in recent decades, in fact, have we come to associate the word “meat” exclusively with the flesh of animals. The word derives from the Old English mete, for food, nourishment or sustenance. As late as the 1970s, the Oxford English Dictionary still gave the primary definition of meat as “food in general: anything used as nourishment for man or animals; usually solid food, in contradistinction to drink.” Meat was therefore synonymous with “meal, repast, or feast.”

Once common, now archaic terms listed in that dictionary include “meat-giver” (one who provides food), “meat-while” (“the time of taking food, meal-time”), and even “meat-lust” (signifying not an erotic attachment to bacon, but merely “an appetite for food”). Even “meatless” (a word we now associate only with vegetarianism) for centuries merely meant to be “without food.”

Potatoes, too, were considered meat, as were “crumbled bread and oatmeal.” A child sent to “collect meat for the cattle” would have been asked to gather provender, not carcasses. “Green-meat,” as it was termed, referred to any “grass or green vegetables used for food or fodder,” whether consumed by humans or domesticated animals. Similar usages of plant meat remained common into the early 20th century.

“Meat” has also long been used in its more restrictive sense, to refer to animal flesh. But again, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, it was more common for “meat” to refer to “the edible parts of fruit, nuts, eggs, etc.; the pulp, kernel, yoke, and white, etc., in contradistinction to the rind, peel, or shell.” Hence the still common expression, “getting to the meat of the matter.”

Why this broader usage? Because for most of human existence, flesh has played only a supporting role in the human diet. Vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts and legumes have oftentimes provided the bulk of our nourishment. It was bread that our ancestors called “the staff of life,” not chicken or pork.

A similar falsification of the history of English usage is now occurring too with “fake milk” bills. In April, the Louisiana Legislature, under urging by the Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association, passed a bill making it illegal to sell as “milk” anything that doesn’t come from a “hooved mammal”.

The Food and Drug Association proposes that milk be defined as the “lacteal secretion … obtained by the complete milking of one or more healthy cows.” Chris Galen, vice president of the National Milk Producers Federation, has similarly stated: “You don’t got milk if it comes from a nut or a seed or a grain or a weed.”

In fact, referring to the secretions of nuts, seeds and grains as “milk” has been common since at least the 15th century. The Oxford English Dictionary cites “the milk of cocoa nuts,” the milk of figs, and the “milks of wild-poppies, garden-poppies, dandelions, hawk-weed, and sow-thistle.” “Milk” need not even refer to a foodstuff. At your local pharmacy you’ll still find a suspension of magnesium hydroxide used for upset stomachs, called Phillip’s Milk of Magnesia. (And where would we be without “the milk of human kindness”?)

If we have forgotten these once-common usages, it is only because the animal industry wants us to believe that only foods derived from animals can be truly nourishing. Amid growing public awareness of the ecological and ethical problems associated with raising and killing billions of animals for food, the industry now hopes to obliterate the last cultural traces of these earlier meanings, wiping clean our collective memory. But we should be allowed to have our plant meats and milks — and eat and drink them, too.



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Food for thought
As we all know
Only eat that which
From the ground,
Grows

Karen Lyons Kalmenson




In the inferno – thoughts about selective empathy

January 13, 2020
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Source There’s an Elephant in the Room Blog



As Australia burns, the media shows harrowing scenes of indigenous species like koalas and kangaroos, injured, burned and dying. We see so many human interest stories, individual koala mothers with infants clutching at their fur being rescued and cared for; we are invited to feel the personal tragedy of a single kangaroo joey tangled in the fence where he was incinerated.  Whether mourned or rescued, they are viewed as individuals, and we are united in hope for their survival, watching with bated breath as we are shown desperate creatures under an orange sky, fleeing through the smoke with the inferno roaring at their heels. The estimated number of 500,000,000 deaths has remained static for well over a week and has no doubt been wildly exceeded by now – possibly by several orders of magnitude – and will continue to climb.

I see occasional comments that wonder why no count is being publicised of those individuals who, as the defenceless victims of nonveganism, were always destined to be slaughtered; those innocent creatures whose lives and bodies were being ‘farmed’. Their plight is consistently downplayed and they are referred to sweepingly, only as ‘livestock‘. Live. Stock.

There are no human interest stories about them, no pitiful images of burned and desperate mothers seeking water from passers-by, no heroic bystanders pouring water on their burned fur and bleeding feet. No heartwarming tales of rescue and medical care.

We are not being shown videos of their desperate flight from the cracking, howling flames. Because they can’t flee. They are sitting targets. They are dying en masse. We see the occasional distance shot of cooked, bloated and unrecognisable bodies fallen in the paddocks where they were burned alive; the occasional image of sheep with their coats frizzled by flames. But even the ‘personal interest’ stories that I’ve seen, notably one where a heatbroken animal farmer was shooting cows individually in his fields, are focussed on his tragedy, his loss of livelihood. It was not a story about the tragedy of those unique individuals who were looking down the barrel of his gun, those sentient creatures who had faced hell and terror and were now injured and suffering unbearably.

There is no mention of the fact that the hell and terror of a slaughterhouse was the only route out of their situation in any case. The real tragedy from the perspective of their exploiter was that as damaged resources, they had no monetary value, and the fire-ravaged land may be unable to support the continuation of his profitable trade. Because before any individual can be exploited as a resource for our species, we must first disregard their every entitlement to consideration as living, feeling, autonomous beings. They become resources, livestock, property. They are then discussed in terms of property loss and damage.

The unfolding catastrophe is referred to a ‘humanitarian crisis’. This focus on the human exploiters and the disregarding of the torment of the individuals they exploit on behalf of nonvegan consumers, is a perfect illustration of the mindset with which we are all indoctrinated from childhood. Almost every single one of us will claim to care about members of other animal species to some extent or another. Few of us will openly claim that causing needless harm to the defenceless, the innocent, and the vulnerable is in any way acceptable. None of us would ever admit to being the sort of person that would do that.

And yet here we are, glancing impassively over anonymous corpse-littered farmland and feeling for those whose trade trapped them there, while pouring out concern and sympathy for the wild creatures with whose suffering we allow ourselves to empathise.

Here is our species, continuing to globally slaughter over 1.5 BILLION land based individuals per WEEK to indulge an unnecessary dietary preference, while watching the results of the planetary destruction this is causing, lay waste to a land that may never recover. Surely the irony can’t be lost on everyone?

Be vegan.




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Empathy that is real,
For ALL
One should feel.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson




DxE vs. Big Ag: Help us win the Right to Rescue in 2020

January 6, 2020
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Source Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) Facebook



In 2019, we promised that we would spark a worldwide revolution for animal rights and we did. We executed our largest mass action yet, with over 600 people converging at a massive duck farm where we rescued 32 ducklings and continued our campaign for the #RightToRescue. Our actions inspired people around the world, leading to a coordinated, global lockdown for animal rights. From Toronto to Mexico City, Paris to Seoul, activists locked down at farms, slaughterhouses, and government buildings demanding protection for animals under the law. And in 2019, our movement won a major legislative victory for animals: the first statewide fur ban in the nation. DxE investigations showed the world the cruelty of fur farming, and our press team exposed the fur industry’s corruption when they paid people hundreds to thousands of dollars to speak in opposition of the California fur ban.

And our work is getting attention well beyond the animal rights movement. We had some of the most prominent journalists in the world — including Ezra Klein, Amy Goodman, and Glenn Greenwald — applaud our actions as heroic. DxE’s investigation at a Smithfield pig farm exposed the industry’s antibiotic-resistant diseases and was covered in-depth in The New York Times. This year, we had the first-ever victory for the legal #RightToRescue when one of DxE’s investigators facing criminal charges in Canada had the charges against her dropped and the ag industry responded in shock. Since then, we’ve gotten support for the #RightToRescue from Berkeley’s peace and justice commission and the full City Council will be voting on the resolution in December. While I am confident about these victories and what they mean for our movement, I know our work is just getting started.

In 2020, we are putting Big Ag on trial. I am facing 16 felony charges in 3 states for exposing criminal animal abuse at some of the most violent places on this planet. This year for the first time ever, DxE will have the opportunity to challenge animal abusing companies like Smithfield and Petaluma Poultry in front of a judge, jury, and the entire world. What’s our goal? To enshrine groundbreaking Right to Rescue legislation in the letter of the law. And you can help us make that dream a reality.

In the new year, I might be going to prison. I’m preparing myself for that possibility, and my only wish is to see DxE cultivate leaders who will continue mobilizing the masses to the frontlines, training dozens of people in doing more groundbreaking investigatory work, and sharing more stories in mainstream media about Open Rescue. But most importantly, I want to see DxE win against Big Ag. Our cases will be testing animal cruelty laws and forcing the industry to respond to the crimes they’ve committed against animals — and when the truth comes out in court, I believe we will win the #RightToRescue.

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or all those who dare to care:

in love
in love we stand
in love we can
be grand
in love arm to arm
in love
hand in hand
in love for the better
the

greater good
in love we have power
and in love,
we should!

and thank you!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson




Earthling Ed E-Book

December 30, 2019
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Source Earthling Ed



FREE E-Book 30 Non-Vegan Excuses & How to Respond to Them:

Over 50,000 + downloads & 122 pages designed to equip you with the knowledge and communication tips that you need to positively and confidently advocate for veganism.

“I made this e-book with the goal of creating a resource that vegans can use to help them learn how to debunk and argue against the most common excuses that people use to try and justify not going vegan and continuing to harm animals.

Knowledge is power – and there really is not one single argument against veganism whatsoever. So once you have the knowledge, which I hope this e-book provides, the power is in your hands and nothing is stopping you from planting seeds in the minds of your family, friends and anyone else you discuss veganism with.”

This e-book is entirely free to download, however if you’d like to donate towards the time it took to create, that would be hugely appreciated.”

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2020

2020 a clear vision
perhaps to make
the right decisions.
2020 a place to see
perhaps the goodness
in humanity
2020 a time to reflect
that the best has not
happened yet.
2020 clarity
love, peace for all
and harmony.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson




“I Feel So Badly For Those Turkeys Hauled on Freezing Nights”

December 23, 2019
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… has so many churches and so many Christmas decorations and so many people that claim to be Christians, and yet so much unnecessary horrific animal cruelty and no complaint of it, or effort to do anything to stop it …


Source United Poultry Concerns (UPC)



The Letter to the Editor that follows this Introduction was written by Shane Zoglman and published Nov. 20, 2019, by The Dubois County Herald in Indiana, a mid-Western state with a large poultry and egg industry. In granting permission to UPC to share his letter with our readers, Shane added some information about his own evolution:



Howdy, sure, post away. For some history, back when I was a teenager, and didn’t have any good examples or guidance in the form of grownups, I worked for about 4 years on a chicken farm, that is, an egg farm, gathering eggs from the mega-sized houses, taking out the dead and crippled chickens and also taking out the old ones, loading them on semis and putting the new young birds in the cages.

Photo courtesy of Animals Angels.

I also did a few part-time jobs of working for a farm where I helped load turkeys into the semis. I have to say I didn’t think about the animals’ suffering, it just didn’t enter my mind. So I am someone who has seen both sides and has changed a lot over the years. The thing I do not understand is people that never wake up. I think a big help in my waking up to animal cruelty was stumbling onto the Shark Online YouTube channel years ago. I had been to a couple rodeos as a kid, but again, never was aware of the cruelty as I see it now after seeing their videos of rodeo cruelty.

These days I do not buy guns and ammo to kill animals with. I buy binoculars to enjoy watching them with, and instead of putting effort into killing, I put effort and money into taking in animals (who) need a home as well as trying to spread some of the message in my own way that things need to change.
Shane Zoglman

 

The following is Shane’s letter in The Dubois County Herald, Nov. 20, 2019:

Protect turkeys in trucks from frigid temps

Dubois County Herald

November 20, 2019

To the editor:

Well, it is wintertime in Dubois County again, and once again the turkey manufacturing industry has done nothing to alleviate the suffering of turkeys being trucked down the highways at night in open cages, going 60-mph with no protection from the horrific freezing cold.

The profiteers of the turkey manufacturing industry cannot be bothered to spend a few bucks to lessen the cruelty they inflict on their product. After all, a healthy profit margin is what life is all about, right?

After their freezing cold, 18-wheeled torture trip, many of the turkeys are thrown still alive into boiling hot water. Then they are sold and shipped to China, where most turkeys “manufactured” in America end up. It’s so great that China gets the food and people in Dubois County get the pollution, the stink and the humanity-degrading, low-paying jobs of inflicting cruelty on animals while a few rich people at the top get the money.

What does it say that Dubois County has so many churches and so many Christmas decorations and so many people that claim to be Christians and yet so much unnecessary horrific animal cruelty and no complaint of it, or effort to do anything to stop it?

You cannot look at humans in middle America and convince me that monsters do not exist. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

Shane Zoglman, Jasper




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once upon a peaceful night
a dream was finally achieved
kindness ruled where cruelty
once reigned
and in compassion all
believed.
the animals in their own way
gleefully rejoiced
at last the world
had heard their
voice.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson




Dismantle Dairy

December 16, 2019
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Source Surge Activism , Dismantle Dairy


Surge have launched a brand new campaign Dismantle Dairy, featuring 18 months of undercover footage obtained from inside UK dairy farms. Independent investigators placed hidden cameras in dairy farms around the UK, as well as obtaining HD footage during visits. The footage revealed widespread incidences of physical and emotional abuse of mothers and calves.

Surge found repeated incidences of punching, kicking, excessive tail twisting, swearing/shouting, beating with sticks, separation of calves from their mothers, force-feeding of calves and the disposal of calves. Investigators also recorded HD footage during visits, capturing harrowing scenes such as dead cows and calves left to rot outside for days.

However, rather than draw attention to individual farms and create the impression that these are isolated cases or “bad eggs”, the campaign seeks to expose the dairy industry as a whole, revealing how even standard practices such as separation at birth and removal of calves is abuse. Violence on dairy farms is ubiquitous and occurs in all farms, including those associated with high ranking officials within the industry.


This is not about one “bad farm”, or one “bad farmer”, Dismantle Dairy is about the foundations the dairy industry is built upon. Standard, legal dairy industry practice involves (but is not limited to):

Artificially inseminating dairy cows.
Separating babies from their mothers (usually within 24 – 72 hours of birth).
Killing ‘useless’ male calves soon after they are born (this is known as the “dirty secret” within the industry).
Keeping newborn calves in solitary confinement pens.
Sending dairy cows to slaughter when they can no longer produce milk for the farmer.

Prior to the campaign release, the authorities including the RSPCA and APHA have been notified of the farms and footage where necessary.

See more in the The Independent:

Cows sexually abused, hit and punched at company owned by NFU deputy president, footage shows

This particular farm is owned by Guy Smith, Deputy President of The National Farmers’ Union, the largest organisation representing farmers in the UK. What we found on the farm was so horrific, so brutal, that The Independent couldn’t show all of it in their press video; however, it is available to watch below:








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Animal’s are here with us,
Not for us
So says the humane world
In resounding chorus

Karen Lyons Kalmenson




VEGAN 2019 – The Film

December 9, 2019
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Source YouTube , Plant Based News

 

VEGAN 2019 – The Film is sponsored by abillionveg – where you can find reviews and recommendations for vegan-friendly food, restaurants and products near you:

http://bit.ly/2019vegan

Subtitles in English, Spanish, and Chinese.

Narrated by Helen Millar: https://www.helenmillar.co.uk/



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how easy to see
the simplicity
of kindness
as we leave
all cruelties
behind us

Karen Lyons Kalmenson




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