Wednesday Aug 17, 2022

On leather

Leather is not vegan Leather is probably one of the easiest things for a vegan to give up. It’s probably the proof that just refusing to eat animals doesn’t cover all the bases, and is part of a wider view. It’s often the first rationale for someone (vegetarian or omnivore) to consider being vegan. Leather […]

culture v. ethics

Culture seems extraordinarily malleable, to me. It changes. I don’t think it can do anything but change. The exposure of two cultures to one another impacts both of them, and some bits rub off on each. Trying to prevent this is analogous to trying to stop a human being from learning. I don’t think it […]

testing animalia

I have a gripe with testing medications on non-humans. In those cases where it might remotely be useful, the animals are most like us. They’re the animals who think most like us. Those who say they aren’t conscious or sentient or sapient (they’re all of the above, it’s considered standard knowledge) are ignoring the fact […]

Turkey Billboard from MFA

An animal rights (or at least vegetarian) group has put up a billboard near the small town where butterball turkeys mostly come from. It sounds like a noble effort, and given that it’s only one billboard on a highway, relatively inexpensive. And seriously, it’s a billboard that is getting national press. Mission accomplished. As far […]

On Pigs

part of a series exploring the specific harm presented by exploiting particular animals or by particular animal products Pigs are cool. They’re more intelligent than dogs, for starters. They also dominate animal agriculture. Many parts are used for animal products. Not just meat for eating but also fat for lard, soap, fertilizer, testing of animal […]

wining

laxatives in wine?: “Do consumers need to be told about the substances that go into wine production?” Lee [the Wine Institute’s general counsel] asked. “I’m not sure there’s a lot of useful information in that.” Winemakers are notorious for failing to disclose enough information for vegetarians to know whether they’re willing to drink a particular […]

compromises

“The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off.” — Margaret Mead I think some may not understand that “vegan” describes the general concept of life without exploitation of animals. Without reliance on animal agriculture. Most vegan groups describe being vegan as attempting to realize an ideal thru practical actions. The […]

veganwasm

From time to time, vegans decide that they’re going to pick back up the habit of eating meat. While I don’t condone or personally understand the reason, I understand that someone else has them. Trust me, I’ve heard a lot of them. So, yeah I used to be vegetarian, too. I was pescetarian during parts […]

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