Archive | August 2014

Forks Over Knives | Slaying the Protein Myth

A nicely written and very accurate (from a vegan perspective) discussion about protein and exercise.

http://www.forksoverknives.com/slaying-protein-myth/

If you are pagan, should you also be vegan?

As a pagan, and as a vegan, I find the two very much in harmony with each other. Indeed, I’m quite sure my spiritual beliefs and motivations are closely linked to my ethical stance on the destruction of 180 billion innocent lives every year, directly attributable to the actions of humans for purely selfish reasons. Yes, I said selfish. No, eating food isn’t selfish. Yes, eating food that came from a life that died needlessly and suffered in the process is selfish. If you can live a happy, healthy life without causing harm to another, why wouldn’t you? You can.

And, so…

My thinking tonight is, simply, this:

If being pagan equals striving to be ethical in all things, then why aren’t all pagans vegan, recycling, non-consumerist, donating to sanctuaries/ethical orgs, adopting rescue animals instead of buying from breeders, using non-coercive training methods on their pets, becoming self-sustaining, etc? And if being Wiccan (part of the pagan umbrella) equals living by the Wiccan Rede, which includes “An it harm none, do what you will”, why aren’t all Wiccans vegan, too?

One of my on-going questions for all of those who claim that they are ethical pagans who cherish and respect all life, yet still feast on the utterly unethical, unjustified deaths of billions of their fellow animals and/or claim to need to consume the direct result of systematic cruelty and misery of animals (dairy), is why? And how? The answers are always entertaining, and usually expose how much ignorance we all happily nurture to satisfy our perverse appetites, regarding the number one destroyer of precious life – us.

Rape, torture and murder are a daily occurrence inside factory farms and slaughterhouses worldwide. As a pagan, I’d like to see more of my fellow pagans pry open their eyes just a little bit wider to see the violent and brutal truth, each time they open their mouths to eat the flesh or drink the milk of another.

In my opinion, there is no such thing as ethical murder where humans are concerned. We are able to make a choice, and to create alternatives that allow us to be happy and healthy without taking life. To choose the path of taking life where it does not need to be taken is unethical and ‘wrong’. Right?

This is what happened to SeaWorld shares since Blackfish came out

http://i100.independent.co.uk/article/this-is-what-happened-to-seaworld-shares-since-blackfish-came-out–xyXQ2wGlXg

A company that refuses to adapt, and refuses to accept and apologise for its abusive ideology and past crimes against cetaceans, deserves the financial fallout now. They’ve attacked anti-caps consistently and aggressively, rather than accept that captivity for entertainment is outdated and unacceptable. They could have gracefully and intelligently adapted and progressed, but they chose not to. You get what you deserve $eaworld.

Review: ‘Moo free’ crunchy banana bar

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Moo-Free Chocolate Banana Bar

Having turned vegan five years ago, after over twenty years as a vegetarian, and as a definite chocolate addict, I’m pleased to see more vegan choc options becoming more readily available. It was getting a bit desperate at times. I was doubly pleased to find this one – ‘Moo free’ Crunchy Banana Bar – available at my place of work. Mainly because, if it’s good, I won’t have to do the otherwise usual exhaustive trek to find some vegan chocolate.

I have tried various other dairy-free chocolate bars and treats. Some are good, some are very good, and some are downright disappointing. Like, spit-it-out-and-wash-that-vile-taste-away-quick level of disappointing. Bleh. That variance in quality and taste can apply to any chocolate, however. I mean, American chocolate…that’s not chocolate! American chocolate is barely edible. (Only half joking.)

So, to this delightfully cheery-looking yellow packaging. I like the fact the front of the bar shows clearly that it is dairy-free, gluten-free AND vegan. Nice. Thank you. It makes life so much easier when stuff that is vegan is actually labeled as vegan. It’s surprising how much food isn’t labeled, when in fact it would be suitable. The back of the wrapper states it’s made in the UK. A bit of digging reveals they’re a company based in Reading, England. Their website is http://www.moofreechocolates.com. They’re on Facebook, etc. The back of the packaging also has the same dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan logos, along with an organic farmers & growers logo. Wow, these guys are impressive.

Hmm, whilst writing this, I’ve almost eaten the entire bar. Must be good?

The chocolate is rich, but surprisingly not that bitter for a dark chocolate. Quite sweet, but helped by the fact that the banana chips attached to one side of the bar are evidently unsweetened. Otherwise, this bar might have been too sweet. As it is, the sweet taste isn’t overwhelming, and feels nicely balanced between the chocolate and dried banana.

The crunch of banana chips against the smooth of choc works very well indeed. Texture is good. Not gritty, like some cheap dark chocolate can be. Smooth, not too smooth. The segments are about the right size, perhaps a little small; but I could just be a greedy pig who wants bigger chunks (obviously so I can share more with friends…).

I’d give this vegan choc bar an 8/10. Nice one!

Andrea Marshall – Queen of the Mantas

This is an amazing documentary about an amazing person who has undertaken years of study into Manta Rays. She has uncovered previously unknown behaviours and characteristics, information relevant to the conservation of Mantas, and even revealed an entirely new species.