http://www.veganoutreach.org/guide/free_guide.html – vo’s vegan starter guide (us and canada only)
http://www.tryveg.com/request/ – cok’s vegetarian starter guide (us and canada only)
http://www.livevegan.org/vegguide/index.php – farm’s vegan starter guide (us and canada only)
http://www.peta.org/living/vegetarian-living/free-vegetarian-starter-kit.aspx – peta’s veg*n starter guide (us, canada)
http://www.mercyforanimals.org/vegan-starter-kit.aspx – mfa’s vegetarian starter guide (us)
http://order.cok.net/easy-vegan-recipes/ – cok’s easy vegan recipes (us and canada only)
http://order.cok.net/tryvegbumper/ – cok’s tryveg.com bumper sticker (us and canada only)
http://www.vegdc.com/guide/ – cok’s vegetarian guide to washington d.c. and surrounding areas (us and canada only)
http://order.cok.net/veg-los-angeles/ – cok’s vegetarian guide to los angeles, california (us and canada only)
http://www.vegaustin.com/guide/ – cok’s vegetarian guide to austin, texas (us and canada only)
http://www.vegbaltimore.com/guide/ – cok’s vegetarian guide to baltimore, maryland (us and canada only)
http://order.cok.net/restaurant_cards/ – cok’s vegan option restaurant manager cards (us and canada only)
http://www.mercyforanimals.org/veg_chicago_guide.asp – mfa’s vegetarian guide to chicago, illinois (us, canada, mexico only)
http://www.mercyforanimals.org/veg_ohio_guide.asp – mfa’s vegetarian guide to ohio (currently being updated and reprinted) (us, canada, mexico only)
http://www.afa-online.org/starterpack.html – afa’s vegan starter pack (us, canada, austrailia only)
http://www.exploreveg.org/resources/vsk.html – caa’s veg starter kit (us only)
http://www.tofurky.com/whyeatveg/tofurky_tuesdays_signup.asp – tofurky tuesdays care package (us, canada)
http://www.humanesociety.org/forms/guide_to_vegetarian_eating.html – hsus guide to meat-free meals (us, canada only)
http://www.loveusnoteatus.com/RequestForm.htm – love us not eat us decals and stickers (almost worldwide)
https://secure2.convio.net/fsi/site/SSurvey – farm sanctuary’s guide to veg living (us, canada)
http://timetogoveggie.com/orderpack.php?i=12 – viva’s time to go veggie pack (uk only)
http://www.mercyforanimals.org/order-farm-to-fridge-dvd.aspx – mfa’s farm to fridge dvd (us only)
Animal Welfare, Animal Rights, & Animal Liberation
http://www.aspca.org/about-us/free-aspca-stuff/free-pet-safety-pack.aspx – aspca’s pet safety pack (us)
http://www.peta2.com/actions/free-stickers/ – peta2 stickers (us, canada)
http://www.petakids.com/freeHelpingAnimalsMagazine.asp – petakids kids guide to helping animals magazine (us, canada)
http://www.petakids.com/free_stickers.asp – petakids stickers (us, canada)
http://features.peta2.com/Animals-Dont-Smoke/combo-pack.aspx – peta2’s animals don’t smoke action pack (us, canada)
http://www.animalaid.org.uk/h/n/ACTIVE/action/ALL/// – animal aid’s action packs (uk only)
http://milkmyths.org.uk/order-materials – viva’s death by chocolate materials (uk)
http://www.gocrueltyfree.org/consumer/get-involved/lbcf-request – cruelty free international’s little book of cruelty free (uk only)
http://www.humanesociety.org/forms/order_fur_free_campaign.html – hsus fur-free campaign brochures (worldwide?)
http://www.peta.org/living/beauty-and-personal-care/order-cruelty-free-shopping-guide.aspx – peta’s cruelty-free shopping guide (us, canada)
http://www.unleashed.org.au/features/free-stickers.php – unleashed’s stickers (not sure if everyone who fills out the form gets them) (australia)
http://www.animalaid.org.uk/h/n/YOUTH/get_active//1946// – animal aid’s activist pack (uk,
http://www.mccruelty.com/ActionPackP2.aspx – peta2’s mccruelty action pack
http://www.peta2.com/actions/college-leaflets/ – peta2’s college leafleting pack (us, canada)
http://order.cok.net/dunkin-cruelty/ – cok’s dunkin cruelty exposed flyers (us, canada only)
http://www.vivaactivists.org.uk/campaigns/resources.php – viva’s resources (uk only)
https://www.charity-pay.com/mfa/walmartbumpersticker.asp – mfa’s walmart pork: cruelty on your fork bumper sticker
http://www.furkills.org/lit.html – ida’s fur kills cards, pamphlets, posters, and stickers
http://www.conservingnow.com/content/get-free-static-window-cling-your-car – conserving now window cling (us, canada, mexico only)
https://secure.sierraclub.org/site/SPageServer?pagename=LB_Ack_Choice&JServSessionIdr005=li37f2bg61.app24a – sierra club decal, button or postcards (us only)
The short answer is ‘no’, and this is just assuming they use all cruelty free products (tested on puppies, rabbits, mice, cats, monkeys, ect) and wear no animal skin.
You would think, then, that someone who felt attachment, tenderness and fondness towards something would do the best they could to make sure that the animal was safe, health and alive. Right? Especially since they could easily eat something else (rice, beans, veggies, fruit, pasta ect.)
If you truly loved animals you would want to be on the side that is saving them instead of who is funding their mass slaughter and abuse. Vegans easily save 100+ animals directly a year, and If that isn’t something you’re interested in participating in; its safe to say that you do not in fact love animals.
I made all these yesterday in response to ye ol’ “it’s not my fault animals are dying just because I eat meat” yes the fuck it is. And not only is it your fault livestock is dying, its also your fault that wild animals are dying because the meat industry is responsible for 91% of deforestation which includes animal habitat!
Easy math or at least the most basic concept of supply and demand will tell you that the more people eating animals the more have to die. As demand for meat goes down so will the supply and vice versa. So if you truly care about animals. Prove it. Please go vegan, last year so many people went vegan that 400million animals didn’t have to die and the number continues to grow. Thats why it’s important that everyone who can go vegan does and spreads the word to everyone they know, because the animals can’t do it themselves.
The video above isn’t from the same city, but the same concept as the one I wrote about below.
You’ve most likely been to a county fair. You’ve most likely seen dog racing, goat petting, and mini horseback riding. All of these are examples of animal abuse, and in Petitcodiac, New Brunswick the “Pig Scramble” is a favorite among youngsters and adults alike, and just recently it’s been brought back after being taken off the activities list for the fair. Most fairly ignorant people would call this “entertainment” and find nothing wrong with it.
The “Pig Scramble” if you aren’t already aware is an event where children enter a raffle to be able to run around a small pen, chase and catch small two-month-old piglets. Only twelve children are chosen, meaning twelve young pigs are put through emotional stress and discomfort for however long it takes for the children to catch them. The article even states that some cry out and scream from pain (which isn’t a surprise). After being caught, the children have the decision to take the pig home or have it be sold back to the fair and then auctioned off.
In previous years, the pigs when caught were put in bags and dragged along the hot dusty floors. The NB SPCA asked the fair to stop using the bags, and they agreed. And even though the bags aren’t used anymore, they are still used almost like toys and seen as only objects instead of actually living, breathing animals that have souls and can feel both physical and emotional pain.
The President of the fair Phillip MacLeod states, “A lot of our complaints come from overseas and all the foreign countries to me that really don’t know what’s going on.” When watching the news report, I can clearly see what’s going. I don’t believe living overseas or in ANY different country would purely mean that I wouldn’t understand what was going on. I personally believe this comment is very racist. The only thing that’s going on that I see is entertainment for the people, and sorrow and sadness for the pigs.
It angers me to see these small, innocent pigs used as entertainment and put through this much emotional pain. If you feel the same, please email or contact the President of the Westmorland County Agricultural Fair, Phillip MacLeod.
phone: (506) 756-8149
The Fairs Website: http://www.wcafair.com/
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is by far the most thorough, large, and well known animal rights organization in the world. Most meat eaters, Vegetarians, and even Vegans either hate or don’t know how to feel about PETA for a majority of reasons including but not limited to:
• Their militant stance on meat consumption
• Their use of female bodies to promote animal rights
• Their fatphobic and misogynistic ads
• Their comparison between human and animal rights movements
And probably the most talked about offense-
• The overwhelming evidence that PETA kills more than 90% of shelter animals in their care.
While I don’t support fatphobia or misogyny, the facts remain that PETA is the most effective rights group in this day and age. That being said there are many rights animals would not have if it had not been for PETA. We would still been using live animals as crash dummies if it were not for PETA and many vegans today (including myself) wouldn’t be if it would have not been for them. Ringling Bros wouldn’t be releasing their elephants.
The group “PETA Kills” was founded and now is ran by meat lobbyists. They have accused PETA with killing almost all of the shelter animals they obtain (which isn’t saying a lot, though, because PETA takes in death row animals and animals normal shelters won’t). Backlash is a given when you’re protesting against a trillion+ $ company such as the meat industry, so while I’m not 100% sure whether PETA is doing what they’re saying they are; I just know I won’t support them financially. However his has nothing to do with me using their resources and information as this isn’t supporting them but the animals that they’re trying to save.
PETA has many petitions that will help animals who have nothing to do with what the organization does or doesn’t do behind closed doors. When they email and ask me to sign petitions to stop the seal hunt, my signature goes to Canadian officials who can do something about it, PETA doesn’t benefit from this at all; same as when I send in text petitions or order their free stickers/vegan starter kits.
So while I don’t support some of their methods and their stance on euthanisia, I support the awareness they bring to our movement.
Speaking of awareness, Peta2 has a program where you’ll complete some missions in the name of animals and you’ll earn points for the ones completed. You can then use these points to redeem t-shirts, chapstick, books, and a lot of other stuff! So I know a lot of you don’t support PETA but if you want a way to get involved and get rewards for it, here’s one!
My Peta Street Team profile
Ways to take action on Peta2
Okay so someone on twitter was a little worried about their DRI and asked me to make a little guide and its really simple but I think it works, here it is 🌸
Four key nutrients:
• Fat & Saturated Fat: 20-30% of daily calorie intake:
A list of high fat vegan foods
+ Vegetarian complete protein
Vitamins & Minerals*
High Fat Plant Foods and Oils Tables
Note: The numbers in the following tables are rounded. The n-6:n-3 (omega-6 to omega-3) ratio is calculated using the non-rounded numbers.
Calculations are based on the USDA Nutrient Database unless otherwise noted.
|Table 1. High Fat Plant Foods|
(dry-roasted; 22 kernels)
(dried; 6-8 kernels)
|Hazelnuts / Filberts
(dry-roasted, 10-12 kernels)
(raw, firm, prepared w/Ca sulfate)
|SFA – saturated fat | MUFA – monounsaturated fat | PUFA – polyunsaturated fat | n-6 – omega-6 | n-3 – omega-3 | T – tablespoon | C – cup
aRDA for vitamin E is 15 mg for adults
bALA and LA amounts are estimated from the USDA’s database categories 18:3 and 18:2 “undifferentiated”, most of which is ALA and LA.
Just go for it!
I was actually vegetarian for many many years because I didn’t understand the enviornmental impact nor the cruel reality of the dairy/egg/honey industry. Once I realized the truth I went Vegan overnight and I wish I would have been more educated when I did but I moreso just wish I would have realized way sooner than I did.
Being Vegan may be difficult for some people but when you look at the consequences of not being Vegan for yourself and others; you’ll realize that the decision to continue to pay for the mass slaughter and abuse of animals along with the enviornmental devastation that accompanies the Industry including the death of humans should be a much harder decision for you.
It will be a bit more challenging to go vegan overnight, but much more rewarding for your health and for the planet, although it’s better to slowly transition into veganism and stay vegan than take on something you can’t handle and end up not being able to do it. That being said an immediate change is much more preferable if possible!
Here are some tips to transition to your new lifestyle:
• Watch Earthlings/Cowspiracy/Food Inc. or another animal rights movie
• Replace your meat with beans and legumes
• Cut out your favorite non vegan foods first so its easier to transition in the long run and learn how to make them vegan
• Replace your milks with plant based ones
• Make sure you’re always motivated
• Read up on plant based protein/calcium
• Get involved with the Vegan community
• If you’re strapped for cash- make rice/legumes/frozen veggies/& pasta the staples of your diet
• Make sure all your makeup/household products are cruelty free
• Also check out this amazing starter kit!
Good luck! For motivation you can also remember:
This may make it easier for me to quickly and easily find posts or advice to help myself or others educate people who want to go vegan.
Then there are arguments like: “Lions eat meat, we were built to eat meat!” Which are easily debunked
“If no one eats animals, they’ll take over and overpopulate!” Well actually the only reason why their are so many livestock animals is because we mass breed them to be able to meat the demand of about 500+ animals a year for probably 6 billion people in the world. If we stopped breeding them we’d have less animals.
“What about plants? No one cares about plants?” Well it takes about 16x the vegetation to produce one pound of flesh than for me to just eat it myself:
“Meat is good for you” not really and you can read more about it on the ‘About’ page:
“Farmers would lose jobs!” Farmers wouldn’t lose jobs, farmers would switch jobs. In any case, jobs in factory farms are dangerous, diseased, and often underpaid. It’s also usually poor people of colour who has to do them.
So I was invited by my friend (who is an editor for a zine in the UK) to write about how meat consumption is hurting POC and I think that is just so cool
They suggested that I not try to appeal to the animal rights aspect and I completely agree because people are less inclined to go vegan because of animals (cognitive dissonance and all that) THANKFULLY I have a very compelling argument for why humans- esp poc -need veganism!
The only thing i cant decide is whether I want to take the nice approach (How you could help POC by going vegan!) or the blunt approach (Here’s how you’re hurting POC by not being vegan!). Or I could just list some unbiased facts and go with the neutral approach, but, I don’t know. I can’t decide. BUT here are the unbiased facts:
- Meat consumption funds environmental racism:
- According to the United Nations and many other reliable sources; animal products, both meat and dairy, in general require many more resources and cause higher emissions than plant-based alternatives
- Meat consumption takes your daily carbon footprint-just for food-from 6.5(vegans) to 16(meat eaters). That’s 3,532.5 extra tonnes of co2 (greenhouse gas) released per year just by eating meat and 35,325 for 10 years.
- The meat industry is also responsible for 91% of deforestation specifically in the amazon that amplifies the negative affects of climate change. Also the parts of the amazon they’re destroying are the homes of many indigenous tribes who will lose their homes and/or be murdered.
- The NAACP has stated that climate change is one of the biggest killers of black/brown people
- Thousands of people died in Pakistan last month due to heat waves caused by climate change
- 60% of Africans say Climate change is the biggest threat to their lives (even more than terrorism.
- Animal agriculture is the #1 cause of climate change hands down
We don’t have to fund the murder of our people
There is no such thing as going vegetarian for animals, there just isn’t. The meat industry is the dairy industry and the’ye just as bad if dairy isn’t worse. I support vegetarianism as a transition into veganism if it is medically or socially necessary, but other than that because of what’s in animal by-products and how they’re produced- vegetarianism barely exists as a health movement and doesn’t exist as an animal rights movement.
What you support when you buy each product as a vegetarian:
The de-beaking of chicks
Male chicks being ground up alive
Chickens being in cages smaller than the average iPad
The emotional distress chickens go through when being stripped of their hatch-lings
The slaughter of hens too old to give eggs (after 300 eggs or so)
Male calves being kidnapped from their mothers
Male calves being slaughtered for veal
Cows being sent to factory farms to retire
Cows being kept in small, dirty and dangerous conditions
Male calves stomach lining being used to make cheese (rending it not vegetarian)
Bees being robbed of all of their honey and being force fed corn syrup
Bees having their queens wings torn off
Bees having their queen raped (bee sized rape rack) and killed
Entire hives being blown up with cyanide so beekeepers don’t have to pay to keep them warm in the winter
-And there’s probably a lot more to this that I have yet to learn. Considering how cancerous and unhealthy animal products are for you to start with, you really don’t need to go through a vegetarian stage. Especially considering that many vegetarians may compensate for meat with more dairy and egg products. Veganism may be a little difficult for you at first, but no amount of convenience can make up for the suffering these products cause.