@Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret to Screen in #Ithaca

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 “COWSPIRACY: the Sustainability Secret,” the documentary uncovering the immense environemental impact of large-scale factory farming, to Screen in Ithaca, NY in October …

Cornell University Vegan Society and ThankTank Creative Present

[ITHACA, NY] Cornell University Vegan Society and ThankTank Creative present a limited screening of the controversial documentary “COWSPIRACY: the Sustainability Secret” on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 7:30 PM at Regal Ithaca Mall Stadium 14. Reserved seating tickets are currently available and recommended.

“COWSPIRACY: the Sustainability Secret” is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it. As eye-opening as “Blackfish” and as inspiring as “An Inconvenient Truth,” this shocking yet humorous documentary reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet.

“This is an important film for everyone to see,” said Eric C Lindstrom, President of ThankTank Creative. “Every few years a documentary comes along that everyone who cares about this planet needs to see, this is one of those documentaries.”

“COWSPIRACY: the Sustainability Secret” has been screening across the world since its release and this limited engagement screening at Regal Ithaca Mall Stadium 14 provides the Finger Lakes Region an opportunity to learn more about the environmental impact of large-scale factory farming around the world.

For more information visit and to reserve your seats, www.tugg.com.

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More Evidence that Animals Are Not Food

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We have a little vegan boy smashing his way around our apartment. At 17-months, he can pretty much pick up any piece of furniture and toss it across the room. He runs into things full-speed and eats an entire tray of food by the fistful. He is 100% vegan.

We are expecting another vegan baby at the end of next month so, hopefully, that will give Little Hulk enough of a distraction that he’ll settle down. Meanwhile, the only thing he sits still for (besides food), is a good book.

Recently, friends of ours (one of which has a vegan blog here), gave us a copy of Lois Ehltert’s wonderful board book, “Eating the Alphabet.” Lois Ehlert’s Caldecott-winning children’s books are alive with vibrant colors and her collages are just beautiful. Hailing from Wisconsin, so many of her books are a natural part of every infant’s library that they traditionally share a shelf with Eric Carle’s “Very Hungry Caterpillar.” The big, noticeable difference between Carle’s gastronomic tome and Lois’ “Eating the Alphabet” is that one book is vegan and the other … well, sorry caterpillar fans, is not.

As vegan parents, we are always prepared to replace un-vegan passages with vegan phrases: “This Little Piggy went to market … this Little Piggy stayed home … this Little Piggy had kale salad …” You get the idea.

The interesting thing about “Eating the Alphabet” that I think is worth pointing out is that it doesn’t have to be edited. Lois Ehlert takes us from A to Z without once stopping at “C’ is for chicken, or “P” is for pork, or “W” for water buffalo. And to be even more specific, the author didn’t use cheese or eggs (which also shouldn’t be consumed).

To some, this might be overlooked but to me there is a very powerful message in this book that resonates with me every time I read it: animals are not food.

They aren’t.

There is no valid reason or argument to eat animals and anyone who continues to do so, is not clearly not making the connection. Animals are our friends and we don’t eat our friends. At least I don’t.

Go vegan.

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What Meat is Actually Good For: New Data Revealed

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[New Cordell, OK] Earlier this week the National Meat and Fish Oversight Committee (NMFOC) in New Cordell, Oklahoma announced controlled findings on what “meat” is actually good for. While the study, which was partly funded by the Food and Drug Administration and Tyson Foods, was set out to explore the nutritional and dietary advantages of consuming meat, it instead revealed new, unexpected results.

In a simulated farm setting, milking cows, beef cattle, pigs, goats, ducks, and chickens were carefully observed during a two week timeframe to gain insight into their social and grazing habits, as well as their natural actions, when left to roam freely. This, combined with auxiliary scientific data, led to a new conclusion on “what meat is good for.”

“Our team at the NMFOC has solid evidence and will report out our findings in an official dossier later this year,” announced Bradford Cummings, the Director of NMFOC at a recent press conference. “We have concluded, beyond any other known evidence or fact, that for the health and well-being of our subjects, meat is best left on the animal. Uneaten. The structure of the beasts, in relation to their flesh and skin, seems to benefit from not removing the meat from their skeletal bones. The meat, along with muscle and skin, seems to actually assist in keeping the animal in one piece. Which the animals seem to enjoy.”

This statistic goes against the commonly-held belief that meat is intended for human consumption, requiring the slaughter and butchering of each animal and the subsequent packaging and promotion of their flesh.

Cummings later went on to comment that not only do the animals thrive when their meat is left in tact, but they seem to become less afraid of humans and become more sociable and, as he continued, “… are actually quite adorable when you get to know them.”

Go vegan.

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Mommy, Where Does Baby Corn Come From?

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BabyCornRecently, I posted this beautiful image of two carrots making love to illustrate where baby carrots come from. When a daddy carrot loves a mommy carrot so much that he … well, you know where baby carrots come from.

If only the story were the same for baby corn.

What you’re about to read may seem shocking and cruel and unbelievable but, I assure you, this is what’s considered “standard practice” in the industry and the FDA has no regulations against this.

Baby corn, popular in salads and Asian foods and made famous in the Tom Hanks’ movie “Big,” is actually regular corn that is stripped from the stalk at a very young, helpless age before it has time to flourish.

While full size corn is allowed to grow sometimes up to twelve or more inches in length and can be enjoyed steamed or grilled and slathered in vegan butter, this baby corn is torn from the stalk before it even reaches a few inches. Its life cut tragically short.

Baby. Corn. Brutally taken before it has time to fully mature. Young and tender, the cob is still so soft that you can eat the entire thing whole. In one terrifying bite.

This must stop.

Stop taking baby corn from the fields. Stop the cruelty of not allowing this corn to mature. Stop ordering Chinese takeout. Please, let the corn grow. And …

Go vegan.

45,000,000 Planned Killings in November!

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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, now is a great time to explore what this holiday means to the unfortunate centerpiece of the traditional omnivore’s table: the American turkey. Turkeys are actually intelligent, social, beautiful wild animals that, at one point in U.S. history, was on the brink of extinction. Today, wild turkeys still roam forests around the country and can live long, peaceful lives in farm sanctuaries. This holiday, please consider being extra creative with your dinner planning and avoid all meat, dairy and eggs and celebrate “Thanksliving.”

Interesting turkey facts (you can share around your turkey-free table):

  • 45,000,000 years of evolution actually separates the turkey from a chicken.
  • Turkeys can run at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour and fly as fast as 55 miles per hour.
  • In the wild, turkeys can live up to 10 years (as opposed to less than a year on a turkey farm).
  • Turkeys have between 5,000 and 6,000 feathers on their bodies.
  • Benjamin Franklin never proposed the turkey as a symbol for America, but he did once praise it as being “a much more respectable bird” than the bald eagle.
  • Turkeys are very athletic and are known to sleep in trees.
  • Turkeys actually see in color.
  • Turkeys are social, playful birds who enjoy the company of others. They relish having their feathers stroked and like to chirp, cluck, and gobble along to their favorite tunes.
  • There will be 45,000,000 turkeys killed this November in observance of Thanksgiving.
  • There are 300,000,000 turkeys unnecessarily killed each year for food. Want to see what a “humane” killing looks like? Click here.

This Thanksgiving, try something new and Go Vegan.

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?”

Go vegan.

How to Shut Up a Vegan

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This post is dedicated to all the omnivores who think vegans are judgmental and to the vegetarians who, for reasons I still cannot comprehend, continue to consume dairy and eggs. As you all know, vegans are notorious for letting you know they’re vegan. Hand us an appetizer and, even if it’s vegan, we’re going to tell you we’re vegan. We wear shirts that let you know we’re vegan. Wind us up about the meat, dairy, and egg industries and watch us go! It’s really pretty annoying. But, I have a solution.

As a service to all the vegetarians who cannot commit and the omnivores who don’t see why eating meat (or cheese … or eggs benedict) is cruel, I submit: “How to Shut Up a Vegan.” Patent pending.

I know this will work on me, so I assume it will work on other vegans, as well. To get us to stop talking about being vegan and to stop us from reminding you that what you eat is directly tied to animal rape, torture and murder … I ask the following:

Come with me on a farm visit. Two actually.

Let’s start our day at the Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen. Come meet the animals you so willingly consume or consume their excretions and hatchings. Watch them as they frolic and socialize. Get to know their names. Get a tour, wipe the poop off your boots, and stop in to the gift shop. I will buy you a souvenir t-shirt that you can wear to our next stop. A working farm. I’ll drive.

Now … choose your animal! Chicken, pig, or cow?

Let’s start with chickens. Watch as the chickens are cooped up in cages just barely big enough for them to breath. See how their beaks were cut off? Or how they’ve been so fattened that they can’t stand up? Now, walk with me as we see the male chicks being ground up alive. Alive. Peeping as their little skulls are crushed. Fun, huh?

Our next stop is the pig pen. Did you know most bacon comes from a pig that is not even a year old? Ever watch the movie “Babe”? Now, watch as they dunk the pig alive, hung by its hind leg, into a vat of boiling water as it squirms, squeals, and eventually dies. Or, witness the innocent pigs trying to avoid a bolt being driven into their brain. Notice how they all move into the corner? Terrified? This is as humane as it gets, people.

Now, onto the dairy farm. Dairy industry = meat industry. There is no difference. Want to help rape the cow? Or, would you rather be the assistant who attaches a chain to the newborn calf as the mother cries out in agony over her baby being dragged away? Not to worry! You can help get her pregnant again so she will continue to make milk for you (so you can enjoy that gooey grilled cheese sandwich). It’s even more fun when the newborn calf is male. He can be locked into a small plastic box and later killed for veal.

Don’t eat veal? Well, good for you … look how compassionate you are.

So, do you want to shut me up? I will stop preaching. I won’t even talk about the health advantages of being vegan. Nor will I write about cruelty to animals or animal rights. I will stop. I will turn off this blog. Forever.

If, after you witness this horrific treatment of helpless animals, you still decide to support the meat, dairy, and egg industries. If you can continue going about your life, unaffected and unchanged … then, I will stop. You will have shut up a vegan (warning: there are plenty more behind me).

Go vegan.

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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.

Go vegan.

Man kills predators to save livestock he plans on killing … (go #vegan)

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“Man kills predators to save livestock he plans on killing. Then, after killing his livestock, he consumes their corpses, which leads to killing man. The circle of (omnivore) life.”

~ Meaty Vegan

View to a Kill

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Or, “If Slaughterhouses Had Glass Walls, Everyone Would be Vegetarian.”

By now, nearly everyone has heard the quote by Sir Paul McCartney about slaughterhouses and glass walls. I’ll go out on a limb and say Paul meant “vegan.” There is a video on YouTube titled “Glass Walls” that he narrates. I dare you to watch it.

Few of us could deny the fact that if we had to witness the killing and bleeding of every animal we were going to consume firsthand, most of us could not eat them. Let alone enjoy eating them.

If your chicken is “free range,” it’s getting its head cut off — while still alive. One moment it’s pecking around, reading magazines, checking Twitter, minding its own business and the next, it’s shoved upside down into an aluminum funnel where it meets its maker through, hopefully, a sharp knife.

Or, those “grass fed cows” who may enjoy a few years of grazing the hills of Vermont, raising a family and enjoying the view. Standing around until their name is called, led to slaughter and ultimately death with a bullet to the head. Considering this ending, it seems just as cruel, to me, to provide a comfortable life in advance of this demise.

Everyone has their own reasons for going vegan. I was challenged, as an omnivore, to give it a try. In the first few months I started feeling different, better. Through books and films, I became educated to the health benefits of being vegan and it only took a few more months before I began thinking about the animals.

I’ll never forget the day that I looked at a herd of cattle grazing the Pennsylvania hillside and saw them as sentient beings. Cute. Happy. Cows. I was looking at the emotion of the animals as they watched me drive by. Before going vegan, I used to see a field of steaks. That day I saw a group of cows hanging out enjoying the fresh air, mooing to each other, shooting the shit, and munching on the tall grass.

In some countries they eat dog. Actual dog. They raise them to be slaughtered and eaten. Just like pigs. Pigs, who are oftentimes considered smarter than dogs, somehow are the chosen ones for us to eat. This is bacon’s fault.

These dogs are raised, fed, and murdered for their meat. It’s a rather bizarre image. A fenced in dog farm. I’m fairly confident that if alongside the chicken, pig, cow, duck, turkey, and goose frozen at your favorite Whole Foods you could also choose dog … you probably wouldn’t choose dog. So, why choose any of the others?

The arguments against the egg and dairy industries are just as compelling.

Start your vegan journey for whatever reason you like. I personally guarantee your health will improve. You’ll lose weight and your cholesterol and blood pressure numbers will head in the right direction. Medical science has proven that a vegan diet is better for your health.

It’s also better for the health of every animal.