Along my journey to veganism, I have been moved by number of animal teachers… One of the dearest of these friends was a goat named Mariolana.
We were driving down a long dusty highway, just after crossing from Texas into New Mexico. There wasn’t much to see at first; it was an expansive brown and sporadically industrialized desert speckled with patches of irrigated green… But then, in amongst the industrial buildings, contrasting figures of black and white came into view. A [...]
“Each animal is an individual who brings to the world the mystery of a mind, a heart, a language, a memory, a unique personality, a biography.” Many of the animals at Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary were rescued from ‘cage-free’ and ‘free-range’ facilities, small family farms, and other food production situations that are typically considered ‘humane’. The stories of [...]
The following is an abridged version of vegan pioneer Donald Watson‘s writing in the very first newsletter of the UK Vegan Society in 1944, long before factory farming became commonplace. Watson, who passed away at age 95 in 2005, would have celebrated his 103rd birthday on September 2nd. The recent articles and letters in “The [...]
“Backyard chickens dumped at shelters when hipsters can‘t cope, critics say.” While this headline and the story that accompanies it may sound like an article out of the satirical newspaper “The Onion,” they are in fact from the NBC News site and writer JoNel Aleccia. Aleccia writes: “Hundreds of chickens, sometimes dozens at a time, [...]
written by Jay Dinshah, Out Of The Jungle “As I have implied, veganism involves no animal-source foods or products. We do not use animal flesh, of course, because of the killing, but also because of the terrible cruelties and abnormal conditions involved in all the stages of the life of the animal in captivity, from the moment [...]
“[At Green Mountain College] the idea of sustainability runs so deep that instead of machines fueled by diesel, a pair of working oxen have tilled the fields for the better part of a decade… Their names are Bill and Lou, and by the end of the month, they are to be slaughtered and turned into hamburger [...]
Do these labels really indicate an improvement in ethical standards, or are they simply a way for the animal industry to regain consumer confidence in their products?
As we look more closely at the reality of the backyard chicken trend, it becomes increasingly clear that it is the same commodification of animals, packaged in niche marketing to appeal to the modern “conscious consumer”.
Wool often tends to be overlooked by animal advocates because its cultivation does not necessitate the death of the animal. However, the cultivation of wool is far from the pastoral idyll one might imagine.
Donald Watson’s legacy extends beyond providing a name for our movement, but creating the term ‘vegan’ is certainly one of the most salient and perhaps widest reaching of his contributions. The vegans of today and tomorrow can look to Watson as a major catalyst for the formation and proliferation of our principles.
It somehow appears that the light of veganism is so bright that people are afraid to open their eyes to it, even individuals whose eyes are open to the truth behind other social causes. What is it that makes us cling so stubbornly to a practice that is clearly unnecessary, devastatingly cruel, and, if left unchecked, will almost certainly end up destroying us?