Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Without vegan ism or even being a vegetarian, I have to admit, my life would be DULL. I wouldn't have that feeling of being "re-energized" after talking to an intelligent vegan. I wouldn't have the feeling of being free, free from the torture and murder of innocent animals just for me to eat. If I wasn't vegan, my daily life would include the following: Wake up, enjoy cooking some scrambled chicken periods, or what they call "eggs", dead pig, or "bacon", and maybe some toast, preferably that junky white bread. I would slab some cow rape goo, or "butter" on there also, delicious..NOT.
Now, for the non-vegan readers I have, this post is really not meant to upset you, it's meant to inform you. What does it take? Meaning, what does it take for you to become vegan? I sound very desperate, but I listed all of these breakfast items as the truth. Are you thinking about these animals when you're eating away their lives? What's the magic potion for people to become vegan?
When I look back at it, I made the decision to become vegan because of encouragement from family and a photo of a scared cow going to slaughter (the one above), and I felt, even being a vegetarian, I was supporting that.
Most people aren't just going to become vegan because they want to, most everyone has an important reason, usually ethical. Without these reasons, we wouldn't know that we were actually doing the right things. There are also health excuses that people come up with..." Where do you get you're protein and calcium?" By no means is that an annoying question, I mean if you're raised in America looking at all of these Got Milk? adds and California Happy Cows of course no one's going to question these campaigns unless you research the backrounds of these "happy" cows. There defintely aren't ads for greens, like kale, saying I'm a great source of calcium AND protein! That's what gets me irritated, that there are so many things besides animal derived crap that have all the nutrients you need.
Every vegan has some non vegan friends who they'll educate when asked about veganism. Some will tell them the horrid facts (me, for example) and then they'll nod and not say anything and then just have an animal carcass meal (not all,but most). In my opinion,I think you need to see the truthful photos, and the big meat/dairy consumers need to see the videos. Yes, giving a friend a passionate speech will help, but not as much. For all you know, this person could just be nodding and thinking about a completely different topic. Most Americans don't see the graphics of what their eating, you know, ignorance is bliss. I don't think its very blissful to be eating the one thing an animal had, its life. You just can't hide that.
If you truly love animals, its simple, don't eat them. You may not have killed them, but you're supporting the heartless people and corporations who did. The number one excuse not to become a vegetarian, let alone vegan is that it's "too hard". Think about it,just so you can enjoy your sour cream a dairy cow is impregnated on a rape rack just to have her baby dragged away from her right after birth. (The baby will probably become somebody's veal meal.) Just so you can eat your meat, innocent animals are slaughtered by the minute. When you're biting into your egg period omelette, is it nice knowing that that chicken who was supposedly "free range". Last time I checked, free range wasn't being crowded into a 1 window shed, or being in a tiny cage with 10 other hens. Oh and "vegetarian eggs"...are they really vegetarian? Male chicks are thrown into a grinder alive, or just thrown in a trash bag and left to suffocate(because they can't produce eggs). I hope you can answer my question now: WHAT DOES IT TAKE? Get over yourself, you'll feel much better.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
I've been waiting for a film like Bold Native for a while now. And let me tell ya, its everything and more than I expected! It'll change a meat eater into a vegetarian,even vegan! This movie made me passionate about animal rights and I feel like I just want to get up and protest, and Joaquin, who played Charlie, wasn't so hard to look at :). Bold Native was just a great movie, period. Then on top of that, it was a great animal liberation movie. The actors were all fenominal and shined in their own ways. I loved the humor in this film that balanced out the dramatic videos of animal cruelty. Oh, and the music.... Amazing!! Each song fit the scenes perfectly! Everyone needs to see this film because it'll change the way you look at your eggs, meat, and dairy and animal activists. (No,believe it or not, their not terroists! :)) So get out there and support this amazing film made by these wonderful people!
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Today, is a VERY exciting day for me! One of the nicest vegans I know, Sunny, interviewed about why I'm vegan,and my baking and put it on Peta2 since she's the blog coordinater. She did a wonderful job and I absolutely loved the questions she asked. I love the website, Peta2, and to be on it is such an honor! Check it out, all you out there!
Friday, June 11, 2010
Last night, I had the wonderful opportunity to go to the Skin Trade premiere. I have to admit, I didn't watch the movie. My Mom thinks some of the scenes, although important, are too brutal for me to watch. I know exactly what's on it, I think I'll watch it within the next year, I might be able to handle it more and not let it get to me so emotionally. I love movies and documentaries like this because they make you more angry and passionate about animal rights. We're so fortunate to have a documentary like this. It doesn't sugar coat anything! It gives you the bloody details (literally). If you know someone who wears fur or even fake fur you NEED to have them watch this and they'll get rid of the dead animal 'fashion' right away!
The highlight of my night HAD to be meeting and talking to Peter Young who is just amazing and inspirational. He is an animal rights activist , who saved AT LEAST 8,000minks from 6 various fur farms. Not only did he do that, but he shut down 2 fur farms. Young was charged with "Extortion by Interfering with Interstate Commerce", and two charges of "Animal Enterprise Terrorism." (Oh please, he's as much as a terroist as Anna Wintour is an animal lover) He was in jail for two years, until FINALLY being released. To this day the FBI is still following him. Peter was really nice to talk to, he had a ton of people around him but he made time to talk to me which meant alot!
Also, I loved talking to my mom and I's friend, Casey Suchan, the Bold Native producer/editor. She's one of the nicest people I know and she really pays attention to what you have to say. I'm SO excited to see Bold Native! We are going to the premiere next week and can't wait to tell you all how awesome it is!
P.S. Be on the look out for Bold Native t-shirt and other goodies givaways!
About a week ago I did a vegan bake off/sale which was a blast! Everyone there was super friendly, but what vegans aren't? I made three things: Lemon Pow, Pimpin' Neapolitans,and Mint Chocolate cupcakes. The lemon pows were acting up, I made 3 batches until they FINALLY came out of the bundt pan without breaking. The Mint Chocolates were just simple and easy, as usual! And the Pimpin' Neapolitans were a complete last-minute idea and they turned out wonderful and original. I met some great people at this Bake Sale/Off and all the proceeds went to Compassion Over Killing. I put each of my baked goods aside and soon enough some of my stuff sold out which made me really happy! So later on, it was time for the judges to test out all the baked goods that were brought. After they were done we waited about an hour and I was so anxious! Then, about 15 minutes before we left they finally announced who won... on camera! I must say I wasn't exactly prepared for being on camera as my hair wasn't done and I just threw on some eh clothes! But they announced the 3rd and 2nd place winners ( who happended to be friends of mine) and then the final winner.... Pimpin' Neapolitans! By that time I was so energized my mind was going a mile and minute! I got some awesome prizes, and met some amazing people. What made me feel even better was that they didn't just give me 1st place because I'm thirteen and all, but they gave it to me because of my idea and the result! That was a great day!