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Twelve years. Twelve.

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With the latest reputable science predicting a maximum of 12 years before climate change becomes completely unstoppable no matter what we do, there is literally no time left to mince words.

The use of sentient individuals for ‘meat’ (their dead flesh), ‘dairy’ (their breast milk products), their eggs and other body parts, is not some community-spirited labour of love which should be propped up and subsidised by governments using the public purse.

Bringing defenceless creatures into the world for the sole purpose of making money from using them to death, an activity euphemistically known as ‘farming’, is a business; it exists to make money, wields breathtaking political and financial influence and is unscrupulous in its advertising and self-promotion.  Despite this, at its heart it is driven by consumer demand as all supply businesses are.

Science has clearly shown that we have no need to consume other individuals and…

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Believe in the Beyond Burger

I’ve not tried this yet, because I’ve not found it anywhere I have gone. When I do, I’m ordering it. For now, I consider Iceland’s No Bull burgers to be as near to beef texture and taste as I’ve encountered so far since going vegan nearly 6 years ago. I do not miss the flavour of cooked animal flesh one little bit.

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I decided the other day to share my experience with the Beyond Burger – the famous vegan burger that famously tastes like beef. I say “famous” twice, to highlight how strange my next experience was.

Two of my meat-eating Facebook friends appeared and immediately questioned my judgement that the Beyond Burger does, indeed, taste like beef. They did not do so having tried it themselves.

Imagine if you were eating a sandwich with tomato, and said “This is a good tomato sandwich. It tastes very tomatoey,” and your friend – who isn’t currently eating your sandwich, so can’t comment on its tomatoiness one way or the other – leaned over and asked, “Are you sure it’s tomato?”

I think you’d say: “Yes, I’m sure it’s tomato. You must think I’m an absolute nincompoop who doesn’t know a tomato when he eats one.”

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We’re not isolating ourselves; we’re being alienated

A blog from my youngest son. Of whom I am very proud and with whom I am well pleased.

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For all the years I’ve been vegan, I’ve always accepted dinner invitations to dine with omnivores. I’ve always accepted that the world I see isn’t the same one as the one everyone else sees, and while I patiently wait for it to change, I should not impoverish my social life by refusing dinner invites from friends or colleagues who are not ready to meet me where I’m at.

I used to think that there was Another Kind of Vegan, that purposefully separated themselves off, by refusing – wherever possible – to be in the company of others while they eat meat. My mother is one of them. The emotional heft of her decision to be vegan far outstrips my own. I can accept, grudgingly, that it’s not in my power to alter how others around me behave, and that you can risk alienating them if you make a strong stand…

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A Mass Hypnotic Trance

Wake up, people.Join with those who are working to make this world kinder to all kind.

Mercy for all Animals

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When reflecting on how genuinely and sincerely kind and loving human beings often completely dismiss or choose to ignore the suffering of other creatures for the food on their plates, I am reminded of the power of socialization, upbringing, and the deeply ingrained conditioning that told us that eating animals is “necessary and normal.”

In short, most of us are under a kind of mass hypnotic trance, which began when we were very young and caused us to disassociate from any “bad” feelings about eating the products of animal suffering and brutal, gory slaughter.

To be sure there are some people who have no problem with animal slaughter: they would be the workers at slaughter plants (obviously) hunters and farmers. Others are just simply not concerned in the least about animal cruelty and killing.

But those who don’t object to the brutality shown to other creatures by man are in…

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Translations of common expressions: ‘Grass-fed lamb, half price!’

We didn’t even need to do it. This is the most heart-wrenching truth of all.

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This was a promotion by a supermarket, heard recently in a TV ad break. With a great deal encapsulated in very few words, it’s a cynical bit of mind-bending although there was a time I wouldn’t have realised; that’s the art of the media advertisers whose brainwashing expertise is relied upon to normalise practices that, by rights, should make us retch. Let’s take a closer look.

‘Grass-fed’

Well what else would we expect? Any phrase that seeks to make a virtue out of what we all – and particularly those who actively promote harming other animals – would regard as ‘normal’ and ‘natural’, tends to make me curious. We see it used about so many different species; ‘grass fed beef’, ‘corn fed chicken’, ‘pasture raised’ this, and ‘free range’ that. The cynic in me decided to look further, quite frankly not because I have the slightest interest in how this affects…

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If Love is Truly the Law

I resonate totally with this. Not written by me but expresses my exact intuition about Jesus. I am completely and utterly at a loss to understand the Christian reluctance to see the truth that veganism is the only truly compassionate, loving way to live on this earth – the only way to practise good stewardship of God’s creation.

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When I was a young girl I was only taken to my mother’s Greek Orthodox Church a few times a year, mostly at Easter.

The intoxicating smell of incense and the hushed, mysterious environment of the church was interesting to me, but what really intrigued me was the story of Jesus, which, since the service was in Greek and I didn’t understand the language, was not found in my occasional visits there.

The story of Jesus was really taught to me through the 1961 movie, “King of Kings”.

This man-god, this Holy and loving Being who healed the sick and challenged the status quo on their cruel and arrogant ways was of great interest to me and I always felt a sense of awe in watching his mission unfold on the screen, “Hollywood” though it might have been.

Although I don’t go to church I do consider Jesus to be…

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Speciesism

I think all human beings are naturally speciesist. When we feed our pets bits of other animals we are making a speciesist choice. As vegans we could, instead, make the choice that animals who need feeding with the flesh of other animals are not the right pets for us. In a majorly vegan world where animal slaughter would be legal no more, we will have to give up carnivorous pets or find a way to produce meat without killing, or make the decision that keeping pets is, itself, the action of a speciesist who thinks it’s ok to confine and control the lives of other creatures for the pleasure of being around them.

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Speciesism is a pervasive form of prejudice, taught to us all in our earliest years, that blinkers members of our species into the unfounded belief that we are so much more important than, or so superior to all other beings on the planet that we may harm and kill them for whatever trivial reasons we devise, without conscience and without any moral justification whatsoever.  A form of oppression directed at other living individuals, speciesism is the practice of according or withholding the rights that belong to others by virtue of their birth, based solely upon their species. Much is written about the term, however we may easily gain awareness of it by examining our own attitudes and looking at the world about us.

How do we see speciesism in action?

Speciesism is happening when we needlessly slaughter and…

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