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Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.

Albert Schweitzer, French philosopher, physician, and musician (Nobel 1952)

The Hardest Part About Being Vegan

October 10, 2016

Source YouTube , The Vegan Activist

The real difficulty in being Vegan doesn’t involve food. The hardest part about being Vegan is coming face to face with the darker side of humanity and trying to remain hopeful. It’s trying to understand why otherwise good and caring people continue to participate in needless violence against animals – just for the sake of their pleasure or convenience.
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100 scientific reasons to not eat meat

October 5, 2016

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Short ESSAY Contest (400 words or less): Due by October 4

September 29, 2016

Source Veganism: A Truth Whose Time Has Come

Veganism: A Truth Whose Time Has Come

Veganism: A Truth Whose Time Has Come

Being a vegan, how do you deal with most people around you being someone who pays for animals to be exploited and killed? How do you handle it? What’s your philosophy with non-vegan people, in general? How do you deal with your family and friends who think it is just fine to be non-vegan and as such; one who thinks harming animals is an okay thing to do?

The most helpful answers will be selected and compiled for a special feature on The Vegan Truth blog, and will win a gift copy of the beautifully presented and highly regarded paperback: Why I will ALWAYS be Vegan; 125 Essays from Around the World.

There will be 30 selected essays (and winners).Please share with the vegan community. Thanks so much. Send your essay (with a title) (your photo and bio – optional), by October 4th, 2016. Send to veganpoet (at sign) hotmail (dot) com

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A Plea To Feminists Who Are Vegetarian But Who Still Consume Dairy or Eggs

September 26, 2016

Source Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
By Gary L. Francione

Dairy products represent a fundamental violation of the rights of nonhumans. Dairy is not morally distinguishable from meat.

Indeed, dairy represents a violation of rights that should be of great concern to feminists:

Cows are repeatedly and forcibly impregnated using a device called the “rape rack.”

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Their babies are taken from them immediately after birth (and a day or two or three later in “happy” farms) to stop the calves from taking milk. Male calves are sold for veal. Females become part of the dairy industry. Cows are wonderful mothers who grieve the loss of their babies. Anyone who has observed the separation of cows from their calves knows that it involves horrible, prolonged suffering on the part of mother and baby.

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Cows routinely suffer mastitis (inflammation of the mammary gland and udder tissue), a very painful condition, from repeated contact with the milking machine.

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Dairy cows end up in the same slaughterhouses as their “meat” counterparts.

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Dairy represents a commodification of the reproductive process of the cow and her relationship with her baby. It represents violence that should be of concern to us all, including, and particularly, those who claim to be feminists.

Eggs raise a similar concern in that hens, who are wonderful mothers, never get to see or to interact with their chicks.


Breeders are confined in automated sheds where males and females mate although artificial insemination of poultry is also used. Eggs are collected and sent to hatcheries, where males, who cannot lay eggs and are not suitable for meat, are killed by being ground up, gassed, or suffocated as soon as they are sexed.


The females are sent at a day or two of age to grow-out farms where they are raised in cages or in a floored rearing facility. They never interact with their mothers.


Egg-laying hens spent no more than two years in the hell of a battery (conventional or “enriched”), or of a “cage-free” or “free-range” barn, until they are “spent” and slaughtered. They are periodically starved to maximize production. They are debeaked and declawed.

Again, the female’s reproductive system is commodified and manipulated, and her relationship with her chicks is destroyed.

If you are feminist vegetarian but you are still consuming dairy or eating eggs, you are drawing an arbitrary line between humans and nonhumans.

And this is precisely what speciesism is.


If you are not vegan, please go vegan. Veganism is about nonviolence. First and foremost, it’s about nonviolence to other sentient beings. But it’s also about nonviolence to the earth and nonviolence to yourself.

If animals matter morally, veganism is not an option — it is a necessity. Anything that claims to be an animal rights movement must make clear that veganism is a moral imperative.

Embracing veganism as a moral imperative and advocating for veganism as a moral imperative are, along with caring for nonhuman refugees, the most important acts of activism that you can undertake.

The World is Vegan! If you want it.

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Gary L. Francione
Board of Governors Distinguished Professor, Rutgers University

©2016 Gary L. Francione

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Stop ignoring the Be Fair, Be Vegan billboard

September 19, 2016


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For the past three weeks, in the middle of Times Square, directly above the Good Morning America studios, and just a few blocks from the New York Times, there has been a billboard overhead that few could pretend not to notice. Amongst a barrage of self-promotion by corporate interests seeking personal gain, one message of hope stands proud and powerful in its uncompromising call to the viewer to right the wrongs of a public blinded by the prejudice of speciesism.

Be Fair, Be Vegan.

For decades now, we who refuse to ignore the plight of the other animals have endeavored in earnest to engage hearts and minds on behalf of innocent beings the world over.

We have accumulated a wide body of evidence to prove that this industry is completely unnecessary, disastrously cruel and immoral, and devastating to the health and wellbeing of our human population, our global society, and the very planet upon which we depend for our survival.

In spite of our sincere attempts to expose others to a reality that we know they would rightfully abhor and reject, we find ourselves not only dismissed and ignored (even by the very journalists one might expect to be champions of social justice) but more often than not, met with callous indifference by the media in general, serving to further illustrate how hardened people’s hearts are to the individuals we are fighting for: innocent, defenseless beings whose very selves have been claimed by us as resources to exploit; declared by their oppressors to be worth more as factories for the substances we are addicted to than as the main players in their own life stories.

We are animals too, and just like us, those who are not human are not inanimate objects to be bought and sold like produce by the pound, by the kilo, or (in the case of the fishes of the ocean) by the ton. Like us, each one of these individuals is an embodiment of life, and a vessel for feelings that we can only try to understand the depth of. Like us, they too deserve at least the hope of a future that will somehow deliver some kind of peace and safety in a world that is unimaginably cruel to them for no more reason than what it is that comes from their bodies: meat, milk, eggs, leather, wool, fur, down, honey, silk, and everything else we can possibly take from them.

Since its inception in 1944, the movement for nonviolence against the other species of this planet has been slowly but steadily growing: climbing from almost complete obscurity to take its well-deserved position as the most attainable hope the world has for real, life-affirming change.

United in solidarity for a common cause that we believe exposes the most widespread and socially-acceptable injustice in the world today, we now have the power of numbers, and our influence will continue to multiply exponentially.

We already have the solution to the biggest problems we face, from personal to planetary. There is but one thing we must do:

Be Fair.

Be Vegan.


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Be Fair Be Vegan Billboard Campaign in Times Square NYC

September 12, 2016

Source Vegan Trove
By Trisha Roberts

Hi, Friends ~

I wanted to share with you a media advisory about a high-profile moving billboard and poster campaign. It will be the largest abolitionist vegan campaign of its kind in the United States and it starts Monday August 8th and runs till September 4th and it will be shown in in New York City, NY, in Times Square, Javits Center, and around the NYC city.


BeFairBeVegan (based in Colorado) is a non-profit organization on the cutting edge of social justice for animals.

So look out for this campaign. I’ve seen previews of the billboard, and I think it’s great, and the website is great as well. It has been created by Joanna Lucas who as some of you may know is an excellent writer and has done many blog posts about residents of Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary. So Joanna has been working very hard on creating the artwork for these excellent moving billboards which will be displayed around NYC and she’s created the website that goes with it. There will be a Facebook page and Twitter account that will accompany this campaign, so feel free to join it when it the campaign goes live at Monday 8th (that’s tomorrow) August at 5am Denver Colorado time, or 7am NYC time or 9pm if you live in Sydney on the east cost of Australia. So if you are in Times Square NYC tomorrow or Javits Centre, look up and see if you can take some photos and if you manage to, please feel free to send them to:

info  (at ) VeganTrove (dot) com

and I’ll share them on the social media page (Be Fair Be Vegan on Facebook) associated with the campaign. I’ll post the link to the Facebook page in the information section of this podcast episode.

Here’s part of the media advisory composed by Angel Flinn from Gentle World. Angel Flinn and myself will be admins on the social media page just in case anyone has any questions about the campaign or questions about veganism.

“Be Fair Be Vegan is a campaign featuring moving billboards as well as static street posters, aimed at introducing viewers to the faces and feelings of the animals we use for food, clothing, research and entertainment.

For four weeks, these provocative slideshows will be displayed in two of the most high profile billboard locations in the country (Times Square and the Javits Center), accompanied by a series of street posters inviting passers-by to consider the circumstances of the victims of the animal industry while seeing them for who they are: sentient beings who value their lives.

The movement for the emancipation of nonhuman animals is now the biggest social justice movement since the abolition of slavery. Not only is the animal industry holding hostage the natural world and its inhabitants as well as sabotaging the health of our society, its practices are a violation of the most basic rights of the individuals it enslaves.

These billions upon billions of sentient beings are considered, by today’s ‘civilized’ society, to be nothing more than chattel property, and their owners are legally entitled to subject them to many forms of barbaric cruelty in the name of profit, convenience or pleasure.

As consumers, we have the power to take back control, and demand an end to the use of animals as commodities and resources. When we advocate for the widespread adoption of vegan values, we speak for the entire population of humanity’s victims – from wild animals who are hunted and exterminated to make way for the ravages of human excess, to domesticated animals who are bred and confined (whether in crates or pastures), and ultimately killed so that people can make use of the products of their misery.

The pandemic of violence in the world calls to us to re-evaluate our relationship with non-human animals – who are victims of the most extreme forms of our collective violence – and to recognize that they are no more meant to be our possessions than are people with different colored skin, women, children, or any other living beings. They too, are individuals, who value their lives, feel pain, fear death, and have a right to live free from oppression.

Angel Flinn, Media Coordinator

outreach (at) BeFairBeVegan (dot) com

So if you know anyone who might like to interview Joanna Lucas or Angel Flinn about this campaign, please get in touch with them at the contact details provided in this media release. I will put it details in the information section of this episode.

Let’s have good thoughts, that anyone who sees any of these prominent moving billboards and associated material with think about what they are participating in and seriously consider going vegan. Every billboard has a strong vegan message, and there is an associated vegan resource website where they can go to find out more about how to be vegan and more about veganism. So let’s support this Be Fair Be Vegan moving billboard campaign as much as possible and try and spread the word to media outlets, to bloggers and so forth, so that they might consider doing a piece on it. That’s how we can help spread the message far and wide. I’m certain there’s going to be some amazed people standing in Times Square and Javits Center tomorrow and for the next few weeks, who have never had the opportunity, which is a really precious opportunity, to think about veganism before and who have never had a clear message about sentient animals and their right not to be used as resources.

So this is a really wonderful opportunity for a lot of people, it’s a wonderful gift for them to have access to this most important message. So let’s do our best to spread this message far and wide about this campaign and this will reach other people who are not lucky enough to live in these particular cities to see these campaigns.

Thanks for listening. Till next time. Bye for now. 🙂

We shout from the mountains
the earth and the sea.
let us put the humane
in humanity!!!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


Two Morality Tests…

September 6, 2016

Source YouTube, Kerry McCarpet

Are we the victims of social conditioning in more ways than we believe? How do we find out what we really think?

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