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Reblogged from iacknowledgebuttholesexist
X-ray of a meat grinder injury to the arm and hand
Reminder that baby male chicks go through meat grinders by the billions because they are considered useless to the egg industry. What happened to this person’s arm happens to the entire bodies of billions and billions of baby chicks because people don’t want to eat some goddamn tofu scramble
Also reminder that working in slaughterhouses is extremely dangerous. Meat eaters are quick to point out how abused vegetable-pickers are, forgetting that they support both their exploitation and the exploitation of slaughterhouse workers and animals
Reblogging again for above comment!
A reminder that many big meat companies exploit immigrants by having them work for barely any money for several months and then selling them out to the US government for deportation so they can continue to find cheap labor. If you’re anti-corporatist or even humanist, you should be anti-meat industry.
all this. ^
So before you nonvegans bash us about migrant workers picking vegetables, take a damn good look at what you’re supporting and causing to workers.
Reblogged from carnism-is
DEATHS CAUSED BY CAPITALISM:
(THIS VERSION CONTAINS AN UPDATED DARFUR DEATH COUNT AND DEATHS OF INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS)
- Native American Genocide, 1500s-1900s (direct killings and death from plagues; North, Central, and South Americas combined): 100 MILLION [x]
- Atlantic Slave Trade, 1500s-1900s (princessbuggie helped with this one): 4 MILLION [x]
- Genocide of Indigenous Australians, 1770-20th century: 675,000 [x]
- September Massacres, France, 1792: 1,200 [x]
- Famines in British India, 1837-1900: at least 165 MILLION [x]
- Potato Famine/Great Irish Famine, 1845-1852 (an anon helped with this one): 1 MILLION [x]
- Cholera Outbreak, Industrial London, 1849: 15,000 [x]
- United States Civil War, 1861-1865: at least 600,000 [x]
- Building First Transcontinental Railroad, United States, 1863-1869 (princessbuggie helped with this one): at least 1,200 [x]
- Belgian Occupation of the Congo, 1886-1908: 10 MILLION [x]
- Spanish-American War, 1898: 17,135 [x]
- United States 20th Century Coal Mining Industry: 100,000 [x]
- Courriéres Mine Disaster, France, 1906: 1,549 [x]
- Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, 1911 (vivianvivisection helped with this one): 146 [x]
- World War I, 1914-1918: 16 MILLION [x]
- Building the Hoover Damn, United States, 1922-1936: 112 [x]
- Shanghai Massacre of 1927: at least 5,000 presumed dead [x]
- United States Intervention in Latin America, 1929-1987 (progressivefem helped with this one): 6 MILLION [x]
- The White Terror, Spain, 1936-1975: at least 100,000 [x]
- World War II, 1939-1945: at least 60 MILLION [x]
- Benxihu Colliery Explosion, China, 1942: 1,549 [x]
- Burma Railway, Thailand-Burma, 1943-1947: 106,000 [x]
- Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 1945: at least 245,000 [x]
- Bodo League Massacre, Korea, 1950: at least 100,000 [x]
- Vietnam War, 1955-1975: 2.3 MILLION [x] [x]
- Guatemalan Civil War, 1960-1996 (an anon helped with this one): 200,000 [x]
- US Intervention in the Congo, 1964: 1,000 [x]
- Indonesian Anti-Communist Purge, 1965-1966: at least 500,000 [x]
- Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, 1965-2013: 21,500 [x], 1,000 more Palestinians have been killed in 2014.
- Iran-Iraq War, 1980-1988: at least 315,000 [x]
- Bhopal Disaster, Madhya Pradesh, 1984: 16,000+ [x]
- United States Railroad Workers Killed on the Job, 1993-2002 (princessbuggie helped with this one): 1,221 [x]
- Rwandan Genocide, 1994: 1 MILLION [x]
- United States Deaths Attributed to Cigarette Smoking, 2000-2004: ~1.7 MILLION [x]
- War in Afghanistan, 2001-present: 57,457 [x]
- Darfur Genocide, 2003-present: 500,000 [x]
- Iraq War, 2003-2011: 55,034 [x]
- Mexican Drug War, 2006-present: at least 100,000 [x]
- United States Workers Killed on the Job in 2012, as reported by OSHA: 4,628 [x]
- Hunger (un-feuilly-de-papier helped with this one): 21,000 per day [x], 16,000 of them children [x], 3,000 of them children specifically in India [x].
- Worldwide Occupational Deaths: 6,000 per day [x]
- Poor shelter, polluted water, inadequate sanitation, often from homelessness (sideeffectsincludenausea helped with this one): 50,000 per day [x]
- Occupational Asbestos Exposure: 107,000 per year [x]
- International Sex Trafficking: 30,000 per year [x]
"Communist Death Toll," according to The Black Book of Communism: 94 million
Capitalism Death Toll: 370 million (370,955,731), according only to the statistics I could get sources for. This number doesn’t even scratch the surface.
But, guess what? Tomorrow, we know for sure that capitalism will kill at least 77,000 more people.
I think if they decided to be a little more honest and rename Daiya “cheese” to something like “Daiya starch & fat slices/wedges/shreds,” I still wouldn’t be able to keep myself from eating their provolone style right out of the package.
Reblogged from iacknowledgebuttholesexist
People will stop watching shows & buying merch when the actors do something they disagree with.
People will stop going to restaurants when the owners are shown to be intolerant.
People boycott stores when they see ads that they don’t agree with.
People will make the connection that their money equals their support
until a vegan tells them buying meat supports the torture of animals.
Getting real frustrated with 99% of the images I see in the fitness blogs I follow being exclusively white people.
Are there any good ones out there that have more diversity than this bullshit?
Reblogged from adviceforvegans
I know that I’m not the only vegan who has ever had to deal with social anxiety. I see posts about it on the daily, and occasionally I’ll hear people talking about wanting to go vegan but having the fear of social interactions limiting them from taking that crucial step. Part of it may be because we know the stereotypical image of veganism: to announce you’re vegan in public is to be the punch line of the “How can you tell if someone is vegan?” joke (which isn’t a very good joke in the first place, but it still has an effect on us). With social anxiety, calling attention to your veganism can often feel like an invitation for others to see you as an elitist, a wuss, a snob, picky, over-emotional, or any of the other derogatory associations that those who dislike veganism might make. People with social anxiety make it through the day by flying as low on the social radar as possible. Having a set of moral beliefs that change your lifestyle does place you just a little higher on the “necessary social interaction” ladder. But veganism and social anxiety do not have to violently clash, and in fact the social interactions we have to make to sustain veganism could actually build a bridge towards further success in overcoming social anxiety. Here’s a list of tips for those trying to juggle a motivation to live ethically with a fear of social situations:
- When ordering food, it may not be necessary to use the word “vegan” to make sure you’re getting animal-free food: asking your servers different questions, like “is this dairy free?” (when the only possible animal product in what you are ordering is dairy, such as some smoothies) or “does this have animal products?” or “What are the allergens in this?” can sometimes do the job equally well, or better. Your server may have never heard of the term “vegan”, your server may have strong sympathies for people trying to eat-out with allergies, it may stress to them the stronger importance of ordering animal-free food. This way, you don’t have to worry that they started freaking out or judging you for being “vegan”, and you still get your plant-based meal. This tip is for those with especially strong social anxiety, or those who live in areas where veganism is extremely unpopular.
- When at a social gathering and someone offers you non-vegan food, a quick smile and a no thanks are enough: a “thanks, but I can’t eat that”, or “thanks, but I’m vegan” is the easiest way out of a sticky situation. This time it might be necessary to mention that you won’t eat it (on ethical grounds), otherwise they may further prod you to try it, leaving you scrambling to try and subtly explain why you’re not interested. People appreciate short and to-the-point, and if you’re among good friends just remember that even though they may not understand veganism fully, they likely respect you enough not to make open judgements or immediately tease you. Offering to bring your own snacks can help avoid these situations. Some party hosts may react negatively knowing that they didn’t bring anything you can eat or you can’t seem to eat anything at their party. Be open with them: let them know it doesn’t bother you, or let them know the onus to bring vegan food was your responsibility, not theirs.
- Keep in mind that you may have a social encounter with a vegan, vegetarian, or sympathizer without even knowing it: I used to dance around the subject of veganism, trying to be as coy and indirect about it as possible, until I stopped by a smoothie bar and meekly asked, “Does this, um… have… milk… in it?” to which the woman working there smiled and informed me of the wide range of animal-free options on the menu. She further asked whether I was vegan or not and was beaming at my response of “yes”, sharing similar sentiments herself. Here I was, trying not to offend a vegan by asking if they had anything vegan on the menu. Even if not everyone you meet will be a vegan, the image of veganism and its popularity is changing and increasing each year. People everywhere are becoming more knowledgeable and open to the idea of animal-free living.
- If someone asks you questions about why you are vegan: 1. take a deep breath, straighten up your posture, and smile. Slouching, frowning, shallow breathing, these are bodily signs that psychologically force us further and further into anxious, defensive, uncomfortable and undesirable mindsets. In essence: fake confidence about being asked about veganism, and eventually you’ll have that confidence. 2. Be totally honest. Even if you think they’ll think it’s dumb to be vegan “for the animals”, “for ethics”, “for the environment”, say it anyway - if you lie (like saying it’s about health or just a fad because you think they’ll be okay with that) and they ask further about the lie, you’ll be stuck again scrambling for some way out of the conversation. If you stick to what you know, you’ll have more control over the flow of conversation than you otherwise would have. Stick to easy-to-explain concepts and try not to imagine that your conversational partner is automatically rejecting everything you say. Social anxiety has a nasty habit of making the individual believe everything they say is being ridiculed, and with veganism so widely ridiculed in popular culture we can feel doubly so.
- Don’t feel like you have to be the “perfect vegan spokesperson” whenever someone brings up the topic: it’s stressful knowing that you are probably the only vegan a lot of your acquaintances might ever meet, and as such you sort of embody what veganism is in their eyes. You are the vegan emissary, and it’s a tough job. But you don’t always have to be on the job - if someone asks you about veganism and you don’t feel like you can be the top notch educational ethical guru, just talk about how veganism makes you feel, how veganism changed your life. Talk about why veganism makes you happy rather than why others should follow suit. This doesn’t make you a “bad vegan emissary” because it might turn out that they’ll hear why veganism makes you happy and want to try it out themselves.
- Even if you screw up, nobody will remember it forever: if your voice goes all high pitched and sniffly when you talk about slaughterhouses, if you have to send back a meal because they put cheese all over it, if you stutter when someone asks about veganism, it’s easy to feel like, “Well, I fucked up, I have cursed veganism for a thousand years. I have brought a plague unto our tofu fields and a pox on our plant-based pizzas. I have made myself and veganism look silly and now everyone will laugh at me whenever they see me”. But social anxiety has a hand in making us feel that way. When the fact is, most people, if they don’t forgive mistakes, easily forget mistakes. The person most likely to dwell on our mistakes… is us. Not them. Even if this rational thought doesn’t automatically get us out of the thick of social anxiety, it can help us calm down in our worst moments.
- It’s okay to have social anxiety, and it’s great to be vegan. Never blame yourself for having anxiety and never give up fighting for veganism. We can’t change the world in one day, we can’t change ourselves in one day. But every day we put in a little more effort, with a little more support, and we do see results.
Asked by Anonymous
An infant human drinking the milk of its mother is the most natural thing it could do. That milk was made for that child, whereas the milk from a cow or goat or whatever was made for the baby cow, etc.
I just learned that Dolores Huerta is a vegetarian (not sure if vegan). She co-founded the National Farm Worker’s Association with César Chávez (who was vegan).
More proof that a veg philosophy and farm workers’ rights go hand in hand, no matter what the anti-veg crowd tries to say.
¡Sí, se puede!
Reblogged from fatassvegan
for kroganheadbutt—I was going to publish your ask and I accidentally deleted it! Michelle wants to know if I know of any DIY recipes for homemade deodorant. Fuck-yeah-poor-vegans—I know I saw a good one on your blog a while back but I couldn’t find it! Something about coconut oil and baking soda… do you still have the link for that? I am thinking of making some myself!
Here is an ask I answered about DIY vegan body care products. It has two types of vegan deodorant, or you could just do what I do and rub pure baking soda on your pits daily.
Asked by Anonymous
"yeah well one person can’t make a difference so fuck it i won’t bother"
or meat eaters/vegetarians who say “i can’t give up beef/cheese/bacon/milk chocolate” etc.
Both things make me want to stuff celery up their nose.
"But plants are alive too!"
Reblogged from yeti-detective
Tom Philpott, "Are Quinoa, Chia Seeds, and other ‘Superfoods’ a Scam?" (from Mother Jones)
Also worth highlighting is this section:
“Worse than superfoods’ origin myths, though, are their effects on the people in their native regions. In 2009, at the height of the açaí berry hype, Bloomberg News reported that the fruit’s wholesale price had jumped 60-fold since the early 2000s, pricing the Amazonian villagers who rely on it out of the market. In the Andes, where quinoa has been cultivated since the time of the Incas, price spikes have turned a one-time staple into a luxury, and quinoa monocrops are crowding out the more sustainable traditional methods.” (emphasis mine)
So not only are the markets for “superfoods” putting the foods out of reach of the people who relied on them as a dietary staple, but there are foods easily accessible to us that deliver all the nutrition at a fraction of the cost, both to our grocery bill and to the social/environmental toll.
A very nice boy bought me the ingredients to make a vegan pizza. :3