Happy birthday to the late, great César Chávez: a labor rights and environmental justice activist, and a vegan. He said,
I became a vegetarian after realizing that animals feel afraid, cold, hungry and unhappy like we do. I feel very deeply about vegetarianism and the animal kingdom. It was my dog Boycott who led me to question the right of humans to eat other sentient beings.
Did you know that Easter Peeps are made out of boiled skin and other byproducts of the farming industry? Please find out where gelatin comes from if you’re supporting its production – it involves animals suffering and losing their lives.
Never fear, vegan Easter is sweet! You can get vegan marshmallows and easter candy. You can make Devilish Potatoes (via Mercy for Animals) instead of deviled eggs, dye and hunt for vegan eggs, or make a vegan Easter basket. Start some seedlings for a spring garden or plant a tree or flower bulbs.
Easter is supposed to be a celebration of renewal and new life, and is often celebrated in a very child-centered way. Rather than objectifying and exploiting rabbits, chickens, cows, pigs, and other animals, why not set an example for children that demonstrates our respect for others of all species, and for the earth that we all call home? In the words of William Blake, “For Everything that lives is holy, life delights in life.”
These look amazing!
“fat peanut butter patties with a shortbread crust and thick chocolate coating.”
Healthy Girl Scout Cookies: Tagalongs (Healthy Dessert Blog)
Check out Anjali Sareen’s This Is What Vegans Eat article and slideshow on Huffington Post. She does a great job of showing a wide variety of foods that vegans enjoy and that are also really accessible to non-vegans. Get ready for some more photos of chocolate chip cookies, lasagne, tacos, and ice cream that will get your tummy rumbling.
A turkey helped me stay vegan when I was doubting my decision.
I grew up eating animals and loved the flavors and textures. It was a big part of my life – my dad’s southern cooking, my mom’s midwestern deliciousness: Pork chops, BBQ ribs, scrambled eggs, cheesy casseroles, I loved all of it.
So going vegan at 18 was really hard. It was a phase at first, an experiment, and at a certain point I was feeling like I had to decide if I was going to keep going or if I was going to give it up.
I went to Farm Sanctuary to check in with the animals, since that was who I was doing it all for anyway. There was this rescued turkey there, who ran up to me and let me pet him. He closed his eyes and purred, pushing his head up into my hand, like a cat. After that moment, I never doubted my decision to go vegan, ever again.
Thank you, dear turkey. Here’s to a future where Thanksgiving is about gratitude for a good harvest, not about hurting sweet little people like you and all the other animals we humans tend to forget love peace and good food just as much as we do.
Photo: Rhonda, a rescued turkey
After I made my Vegan Evolution video, I realized I had left out an important story – the moment I stopped eating meat! Watch this short video to learn about the pivotal moment in my life when I went from being a meat lover, to never eating meat again.
I would love to hear from you – what do you think about this video? Have you had similar experiences? Are you still struggling with your relationship with animals? Leave me a comment or email me!
Thanks to Julia Felice and Amber Gilewski for inspiring me to finally, finally boycott palm oil. If you’re vegan and you’re not yet avoiding it, now is a good time to start. If you don’t know why, please read this factsheet from Rainforest Action Network.
Harvest Award makes a buttery corn oil spread that’s vegan and palm-oil free, that we could use as an alternative to Earth Balance. But it’s not available yet in Ithaca – we have to ask GreenStar Natural Foods Market and other shops to carry it.
If you have ideas for other buttery spread alternatives, please post a comment – thanks!
Source: “Hey vegans! We’ve had some talk here about palm oil…” (Ithaca Vegans)