I’ve Joined the FARMily!

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As 2016 comes to a close and I reflect back on my own vegan journey over the past few years (more on this available this Fall in graphic detail in my forthcoming book, The Skeptical Vegan), I’m amazed at how many doors have been opened for me as I dig deeper and deeper into the animal rights movement.

Having gone from unapologetic meat eater, to herbivore, to vegan, to ethical vegan and then evolving my business interests in the same direction, I’m excited to announce that since mid-October, I’ve been on board as full-time Marketing Director for Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM).

Who is FARM? I’ll explain that in a bit but for now, watch this video (it’s well-worth the 7 minutes):

This 40th Anniversary video, that premiered at a New York City event this past October, says more than I could ever say about this amazing organization that was founded by Alex Hershaft. Since 1976 (started as the Vegetarian Information Service), FARM has been committed to saving farm animals through a wide-array of programs: 10 Billion Lives, Vegan Support, Fast Against Slaughter, Seasonal Days of Action, and the Animal Rights National Conference to name just a few.

Started in 1981, the Animal Rights National Conference is the world’s largest and longest-running animal rights event. With 100 speakers and 60 organizations represented, the conference is open to a diverse array of viewpoints on animal liberation. Conferences are held each year, alternating between the East and West coasts and bring together over 1,500 caring people each year to network, share wisdom and learn new skills. It will be held in Alexandria in 2017 and I’m looking forward to finally attending.

This opportunity working with FARM has allowed me to take my over twenty years experience in marketing and communications, and further apply it to my personal mantra: Animals are not food.

As 2016 comes to an end, I would like to encourage you to support FARM moving forward. Each donation this year will be matched by a very generous donor so every dollar you give is given again toward saving more animals. Click here to give.

Finally, someone asked me the other day what I’ve been up to and I replied with two meaningful words: “Saving Animals.”

One vegan at a time.

I am now at the forefront of a world that respects and recognizes animals as sentient beings, a world that fully understands that our own environment is at risk, and a world that understands that nearly every major disease can be controlled, reversed, or cured with a plant-based diet.

Being a part of the FARMily has opened more doors for me to help more animals to be free.

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Gene Baur on The Daily Show: April 6, 2015

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Last night’s episode of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show featured this interview with Gene Baur, of The Farm Sanctuary (it also happened to be my birthday). This is one segment you must watch.

The massive audience (2.5 million viewers nightly) that watched this and was able to learn from Gene is the arguably the single most important step toward a vegan future I’ve witnessed since going vegan. Please share widely. Gene’s composure and posture and calming way of answering Jon Stewart’s questions opens so many doors for transitioning vegetarians or curious omnivores.

He is such an asset to our movement.

For more about Gene and his new book Living the Farm Sanctuary Life, read my own review here.

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Edible Finger Lakes’ Not So Palatable Cover

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As you read this, keep one thing in mind: I’m an ethical vegan. Yes, my diet is vegan (no meat, dairy, eggs, or honey) but being an ethical vegan goes a few steps further. Not only have I replaced all my animal-sourced clothing and personal care products with cruelty-free versions, but I have “made the connection.” I not only recognize where meat comes from but I also have deep, emotional feelings attached to the animals that are purposefully (and needlessly) bred and raised to be raped, tortured, and killed for food.

So, as you read this blog post, please keep this in mind.

I was at the grocery store this week when something caught my eye. In fact, I had this feeling I was being watched. There on the shelf, among other travel and food magazines, was the new issue of Edible Finger Lakes, the regional culinary and travel publication for the area where I live in New York State. Staring at me, with an undeniable sadness in its eyes was a sweet piglet. Captured at a moment in time that now acts as a memorial to its life. This young piglet (former front cover magazine model) is now, surely, dead.

For no good reason. None.

To make matters worse, this piglet stood under the magazine’s masthead: “Edible Finger Lakes.” As if its only food and not a sentient being. As if it’s not an animal with a mother and a family and friends and a spirit attached to a will to live.

And this young piglet, with the unforgettable look in its eyes, stood alongside the words “Good Meat,” presumably a lead-in to an article about how wonderfully these animals are raised, and fed, and treated so that the consumer (animal eaters) are guaranteed the highest quality pork anywhere. And of course, like all good meat, I’m sure this piglet was humanely killed. Humanely killed good meat.

Good meat?

Is that all it is? We won’t know its name? Or where it lived? Or anything else about its short life. Just the fact that it’s existence is considered good meat?

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What struck me the most, though, as I was leaving the store was that this innocent and trusting beast was most likely killed by the time I saw the magazine in the rack. Throat slit, skinned, bled, butchered, packaged and sold. Its life never mattered to anyone who crossed its path. Or looked it in the eyes. Or, took its photograph and decided to put it on the cover of a magazine.

When did humankind become so callous and uncaring and cold?

Is this really what we’ve become?

When did an intelligent and social animal, like a pig, become the “mascot” for bacon? Pigs aren’t made of bacon.

Hipsters, in your flannel shirts and thick-glasses and shaggy beards, please find another food to worship. Please. And Edible Finger Lakes, please try to be more compassionate in the future when choosing a front cover image.

Go vegan.

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New Farm Concept: Choose Your Very Own Pig (Slaughtering Instructions Included)!

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[ANADARKO, OK] The Happy Pig Petting Zoo and Farm in Anadarko, Oklahoma announced this week a new concept in “farm to fork.” By allowing children visiting the farm to choose a piglet to take home, and providing “fattening” and slaughtering instructions, families in Caddo County are “bringing home the bacon.”

“This is the newest trend in sustainable farming,” said Trevor O’Hara, Director of the Happy Pig Petting Zoo and Farm. “Kids love playing with their food and this is just taking that concept one step further. Their little faces light up when they realize that the same pig they just named will become pork chops later that night.”

The zoo is arranged in sections labeled for each cut of pig and visitors are provided a colorful map to help navigate the 340-acre farm. Once the family finds their way into a pen, they can spend the day getting to know the exact pig they will be taking home to slaughter. There is also a concession stand that sells spare ribs, bacon cheeseburgers, and the signature menu item, The John Hamm sandwich.

“Freshness guaranteed!” said one zoo attendee, as he helped his 7-year-old lift a 9-month-old piglet into the backseat of their mini-van. “It don’t get no fresher. We’ll be eating this little feller tonight and again tomorrow morning. I can smell the bacon already.”

Every pig sold comes complete with easy-to-follow, full-color, slaughtering instructions.

Oklahoma State officials denied an interview but did write “Oklahoma state laws allow for livestock to be sold when the intended use of the animal is consumption. As if there is any other reason for pigs to exist. Knowwhaddamean?”

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Early Twinkle Records Release Goes to Auction

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Early Twinkle Records Release Reveals Old MacDonald Had a Cow - [Go #Vegan]

[TULSA, OK] A rare 1930’s Twinkle Records release that was pulled from national distribution in 1932 has resurfaced this week at auction. Twinkle Records was a product of Premier Albums, Inc. and many of their titles were focused on education and children’s songs. This early recording featured what the songwriter’s referred to as “the truth about farming” and specifically what takes place at a dairy farm. The song titled “Old Mac Donald Raped a Cow” was included on the original pressing and was later removed after numerous parent complaints.

“This is a rare recording,” said Melvin O’Malley, of O’Malley’s Auctionhouse in Tulsa, Oklahoma. “The original 33 1/3 record included a read-along songbook that showed drawings of a happy farmer with his arm up to his shoulder inside a cow. That’s how cow babies are made.” The lyrics continue to mention how “Old Mac Donald lubed his arm,” and “Old Mac Donald knocked her up,” and other references to the practice of artificially inseminating a dairy cow in order to keep her continually pregnant so she will lactate endlessly. The original color songbook is not included in the auction lot.

The long-playing record, which is being sold with no reserve, has an estimated auction value of around $300 but the message is priceless.

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Murder Farm – An Animated Children’s Book Not Suitable for Children [#Vegan #GoVegan #Crueltyfree]

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#Murder Farm - Another Children's Book Not Suitable for Children [Go #Vegan]

Gather ’round kiddies and let’s take a look inside this fun-filled farm!

“Murder Farm” brings all the excitement and horror of a real working farm to life through animated tortures, killings, and furry-animal murder! This colorful book puts the “laughter” back into slaughter. Delight in all the steps it takes to turn a pig into bacon … a cow into a burger … and, the most fun, a chicken into a nugget!

Available now wherever fake books are sold. Brought to you by the USDA and FDA and the EIEIO.

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There’s a Story Behind this Rooster

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Stay tuned for an upcoming story about this rooster, friends with that sheep, and her friends, who are living a rather nice life in rural New York. Scroll to the bottom of this page and enter your email address to get notified when something meaty gets posted.


PHOTO: Anna Llewellyn

There’s a Story Behind this Sheep

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Stay tuned for an upcoming story about this sheep and her friends, living a rather nice life in New York. Scroll to the bottom of this page and enter your email address to get notified when something meaty gets posted.


PHOTO: Anna Llewellyn

A Day on the (Real) Farm – A Children’s Story Not Suitable for Children [Go Vegan]

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A Day on the Farm

The cow says “moo”
The cow says “moo” even louder when the farmer shoves his entire arm up into the cow’s uterus to impregnate her so she can begin lactating so he can milk her so you can have ice cream!

The baby chicks go “cheep cheep”
That is, unless they are male chicks and then they are useless on the farm and are ground up alive in a grinder! That’s called chick culling!

The baby pig goes “oink oink”
And squeals even louder when taken away from its mother and slaughtered at 6 months old so you can eat bacon!

The duck goes “quack quack”
Until it is violently force fed corn mash through a tube until its liver explodes so you can enjoy a delicious helping of foie gras! That’s French for “torture and abuse a duck to death!”

The lamb says “baaaa baaaa”
Since within weeks of birth, its ears are hole-punched, their tails are chopped off, and the males are castrated without anesthetics! All so you can wear wool socks!

And the happy farmer goes “yeehaw!”
As he rubs the blood off his boots, climbs on his tractor and rides home from another day on the farm! It’s rodeo night!