The Yulin Hypocrisy 

A Chinese tradition results in the torture and slaughter of over 10000 dogs every year. 
The Japanese capture and kill thousands of  pods of Dolphins every year. 
1215 rhinos were poached in South Africa last year.
At least 10 known cases of canned hunting of lions took place in South Africa. 
A Facebook friend (now ex friend) killed a bunny for fun and smiled for a photo with blood on their hands.

The social media response to all of the above is countless petition shares, heartfelt posts from “animal lovers”, pictures that tug at the heartstrings, and information that’s enough to make you want to fly to China and rescue all the dogs.
And those reactions are 100% correct. Those animals deserve more than that, their lives should be revered and respected, and we should fight for their rights. 

13,6 million cows are killed in South Africa alone every year. Multiply that by about 5 for USA stats

Nobody bats an eyelid. 

Before the beef eaters start attacking me in defense of their daily torture, I do not condone the Yulin dog eating festival. 
I simply believe that you need to open your eyes and realize that you cannot condemn torture in one country, but be on board with torture happening in your backyard. That is simple, plain down, hypocrisy. 

The only way out of this hypocrisy is quite simple.

                                                                           Stop. Eating. Animals.  

 

If you include all animals in your compassion, you will be awakened with awareness, and trust me, that feeling is addictive, and better than any high.   

It’s very easy to click a button, sign a petition, and share a link to urge friends to do the same. That’s called clicktivism. It gives you the illusion that you are actually doing something to save animals, while not really having to make any real sacrifice, and once you’ve done that, you’ll go on with your life as you know it, and animals will continue to be senselessly tortured, abused and inevitably killed. 

Go vegan. Forget the excuses, because I know you have a million, be it health, religion, greed, or money. None of them can justify the torture and killing of innocent animals every day. Don’t do it for you or for the planet. Do it for the animals!

 Be the activist they need you to be.    

                               

Earth Day for what?!

Earth-Day-Wallpaper-of-Save-Earth-From-PollutionBla bla bla it’s Earth Day.

The one thing that is going to send me over the edge today, is a steak-eating, milk-guzzling, egg-gorging person telling me that for one lousy day of their life, they’re going to care about the environment.

There are many aspects of our daily lives that affect the planet negatively. The meat, dairy and egg industry are some of them, and these also have a moral side to them, which should make it easier to cut back on.

Animals raised for food (which is utterly reprehensible morally) also places a tremendous strain on our water supply. Cattle need to be given drinking water, their crops watered, and the disgusting slaughterhouses cleaned. It takes 2400 gallons, or 9000 litres of water to produce ONE pound, or half a kilogram of beef. That’s more than an entire family would drink in a year!

In addition, animals raised for food are fed obscene quanitites of soy, corn, oats and grain, to fatten them quicker, but do not produce anything near that as a food source when slaughtered. Any businessman knowing his cost outweighed his output, would immediately change strategies.

Do you ever consider the energy that goes into dairy, cattle and chicken farming? Growing the crop to feed the animals; transportation; slaughterhouse operations – all this consumes and uses up energy! Energy that we can’t afford to waste.

And forget all the resources we are spending to raise, feed and kill animals, what about what we are releasing back into the environment: pollution.

We use up all our food, energy, and water, just to eat a dead animal, which the making of pollutes the environment.

I’m not the most logical person around, but even that seems pretty stupid to me.

Can humans stop being selfish, greedy and downright silly! Yes, nobody is perfect, and there no-one out there who is the eptiome of green. But by cutting out meat, dairy and eggs, you can drastically reduce your carbon footprint. You can be the change you want to see in the world.

This Earth Day, make a decision that will make a lasting difference.happy earth

Go Vegan.

For the planet.

For the animals.

For the people.

For you.   =================================================================================================

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.” — Mahatma Gandhi

Sooner or later, we will have to recognize that the Earth has rights, too, to live without pollution. What mankind must know is that human beings cannot live without Mother Earth, but the planet can live without humans.” — Evo Morales

Teacher Teacher

A vegan teacher has come under investigation for educating her high school students about animal rights. Woah! Call the cops, this woman is a terrorist.

Since the consumption of meat has been linked to heart disease, cancer and obesity, why wouldn’t you want your children to make an informed decision?

I attended a non-denomination school, but in our religious classes, they taught ONLY about Christianity. I can safely re-assure you that I did not become a Christian after listening to someone speak about it. I believe religion should be taught at home. But compassion and kindness – where would you learn that but at school?

If a Christian teacher imparted her personal Christian views on a class and taught them to love Jesus, go to church, and service man-kind, she would be applauded. This teacher is sharing her personal views with her students, teaching them to love animals TOO and she is being lynched! Hypocrite much?

Some are accusing the teacher of turning her students against Christianity because they do not want to eat meat anymore. Huh? I fail to see the link.

Christian does not equal Meat Eater

Vegan does not equal Atheist

Stop using your religion to absolve yourself from guilt or justify your feasting on the bodies of animals who have spent their lives being tortured, raped and abused by humans.

Where in ANY religious book is torture OK? Yeah, thought so.

There are 16 year olds out there with tattooed butt-cracks, puffing on cancer causing cigarettes, with a baby in their arms from a man they are not married to, and you’re worried about your teenager experimenting with vegetarianism?

**Disclaimer – I am not an atheist, or agnostic. I am simply a human being who loves animals and refuses to condone their torture. I hold NO judgment towards people who choose to follow religion. But I firmly believe the baseline for all religions is at the very least, compassion**

albert

Eat & Shop Vegan

I don’t know about you, but I love reading up on healthy and compassionate living and eating. I can spend hours browsing through delicious looking recipes, which I don’t have half the ingredients to, or free time to make. But it’s a guilty pleasure.

One of the most common articles I come across are those accidentally vegan foods, which mostly pertain to junk foods, like Oreos.

It made me realise that while some of my aspiring vegan readers might now know what junk foods to go for when out shopping, you might not know which items to avoid at supermarkets.

  1. Any chips (crisps for my American readers) that are cheesy or sour cream in nature. Yes, they used dried milk powder in them. Ick.

Opt for plain salted, salt and vinegar or my personal favourite – Simba Mexican Chilli!

  1. Hot chocolate pre mix. Or those little sticks of pre made cuppacino that you have to just add water to. Because they’ve already loaded it with dairy. 

Stick with plain cocoa powder, like Bourneville.

  1. Cracker Bread. I know, what a travesty! Some have whey powder in them. Provita Crisps are a no go as well.

I use Ryvita, which is whole wheat and free from all animal derived products. And yummy!

  1.    Granola, cereals, cereal bars. They might seem innocent enough, but are often sweetened with honey, or have milk powder in them.

Dark Chocolate Jungle Oats Bars are vegan! And Woolworths SA sells a range of vegan granola and breakfast bars.

  1.    Salad dressings. Some contain yoghurt. 

You know what my advice is .. Make. Your. Own.

  1.   Soy Meat. Some brands use cheese in their faux feat products. Shocking, right? The very same product trying to combat the meat industry is simply condoning the dairy industry, which actually works hand in hand with the meat industry. Who else sees the sad irony? 

The brand Quorn is the culprit who uses egg and cheese in their products. I stick with Fry’s.

Unless you live in San Francisco, all-vegan eateries are hard to find, and especially those that are open for dinner. We have all of ONE here in Cape Town now, called Plant, and a few in JHB, one of which is run by my vegan master chef sister, called Conscious 108 ..

But since we all don’t run in vegan only circles, we are sometimes invited to restaurants without our eating preferences being considered.

I’ll try to give you a few ideas so you aren’t stuck eating a Greek salad without the feta or dressing, or some bland steamed vegetables.

  1. Thai. It’s one of my favourites! But a lot of the dishes are made with fish oil, oyster sauce and other stuff we don’t want to imbibe.  

It’s safest to opt for a stir fry, and request that it be made in soy sauce. Even though the green curry sounds amazing, the paste might contain fish oil. Unless it’s an all-vegan thai place..In which case, when are we going? 🙂

  1. Italian. It’s another one of my favourites. But contains loads of cream, butter and cheese.

Your best bet is an olive oil based pasta with vegetables, or a napoletana. If you’re brave enough, take along your favourite vegan cheese, and ask them to melt it on your pizza, instead of the usual mozzarella. Buon appetito!

  1. Mexican. Ooh. Another one of my favourites. OK, I like food, you get it. But also, tons of queso and cream!

You can opt for any of their veggie burritos, but ask them to hold the cheese. A black bean quesadilla sans cheese still tastes great. Vamos!

  1. Sushi. I loooove sushi too. But obviously, without the raw fish 😉

You can pretty much have any of the vegetarian sushi, depending on your preference. Just remember to ask them to lose the mayo and cream cheese.

  1. Indian. Unfortunately tons of Indian food is made with ghee, which is clarified butter.

You’ll need to ask your waiter if the curries contain ghee. Or else opt for a simple Aloo Mutter with rice, or choose something and ask for it without cream.

  1. Steak house. Errrrm …

You’re screwed and have horrible friends.

Have a happy cruelty free week!

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