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Get off your high horse

I’m doing this not to shame people, but to raise awareness. I don’t believe anyone truly wants to exploit anyone, but there may be some who are not aware of it yet, or some who don’t know how to easily transition from it. I’m on your side. Honest :)

 

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Yesterday, in the comment section on someones post (I very rarely read them because I find them really deflating and not helpful to me) I saw the usual trolling. One lady really got me thinking.

She was saying how some of the other Vegans need to get off their high horses, stop feeling so superior and see that people can choose what they do and don’t want to eat. That we should stop feeling so superior to others.

Right, the thing is though, it is not just your choice to eat animal products. Your choice to eat animal products affects others.

It affects the animal that has been bred purely to be killed.

The animal that has been taken away from it’s family.

The animal that has been living a (far more often than not) shit life purely to be consumed.

The animal that doesn’t understand why it’s being shoved in a cramped metal waggon, freezing in the winter, boiling in the summer.

The animal that is shoved on a boat for days on end with no food or water.

The animal that is pumped full of hormones to make it grow at a ridiculously quick rate so we can kill it and eat it sooner.

The animal that has to queue up in a slaughter house hearing or watching all the other animals screaming and being killed.

The animal that gets prodded with an electric rod to move it along to its death.

The animal that gets hung upside down and its throat slit.

The animal that is feeling so much fear at the end of its life and not shown any ounce of love or compassion by the person killing it.

The animal that WANTS TO LIVE.

It WANTS to live.

But you are choosing to have that animal killed so you can eat it. Your choice is very much affecting many animals.

It also affects the world we live in. It affects the climate of our world.

Animal produce accounts for 32 MILLION tons of carbon dioxide per year.

Animal produce also accounts for 51% OF ALL WORLDWIDE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS.

Cows produce 150 billion gallons of methane per day.

The water consumption of the animals we breed for food is up to 76 trillion gallons annually.

It is responsible for 80-90% of u.s water consumption (you know the west coast of america is currently enduring a major drought?).

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Growing the food to feed the animals consumes 56% of u.s water consumption.

2500 Gallons of water are used to produce 1 POUND OF BEEF.

477 Gallons of water are needed to produce 1 Pound of eggs.

900 Gallons are needed for 1 pound of cheese.

1000 Gallons are needed for 1 Gallon of milk.

Livestock covers 45% of the earth total land. 45% OF THE EARTHS TOTAL LAND!

Animal Agriculture is the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution and habitat destruction.

2-5 acres of land are used per cow.

Every minute 7 MILLION POUNDS of excrement are produced by animals raised for food in the u.s alone.

A farm with 2500 Dairy Cows produces the same amount of waste as a city of 411,000 people.

3/4 of the worlds fisheries are exploited or depleted.

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We could well be seeing ‘fishless’ oceans by 2048.

90 – 100 MILLION tons of fish are pulled from our oceans each year.

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2.7 TRILLION animals are pulled from our oceans each year. TRILLION.

For every 1 POUND of fish caught, up to 5 POUNDS of unintended marine species are caught and discarded as by-kill.

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Up to 63 BILLION (40%) of fish caught every year are discarded.

650,000 whales, dolphins and seals are killed every year by fishing vessels.

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Loose fishing nets are constantly trapping ocean wild life

40-50 MILLION sharks are killed in fishing nets.

Animal Agriculture is responsible for up to 91% of the amazon rainforest destruction.

1-2 acres of rainforest are cleared EVERY SECOND.

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Up to 137 animal, plant and insect species are lost daily due to rain forest destruction.

80% of antibiotics sold in the u.s are for livestock.

6 MILLION animals are killed for food every hour.

We are currently growing enough food to feed 10 BILLION people (yet people are starving?!)

50% of grain is fed to livestock.

82% of starving children live in countries where food is fed to animals that are eaten by the western world.

Thanks to Cowspiracy for the help there. There is far more info on their website and also, the film, if you want to look it all up further. But please, give the film a watch! Please!!

So no, it’s not just your choice to eat whatever you want. Your choice affects everyone.

Also, the land required to feed a vegan, for one year? 1/6th of an acre.

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The land required to feed a meat eater? 18 times as much!!!

1.5 acres can produce 37,000 pounds of Plant based food.

1.5 acres can produce 375 pounds of meat.

Each day a vegan will save 1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 sq ft of forested land, 20 pounds co2 equivalent and one animals life. Everyday.

I am not on a high horse, I don’t feel superior to anyone. I am trying to spread awareness. I am simply living my life based on the facts above and knowing that for me to be a part of that is terrible.

Someone who feels superior, is someone who, regardless of knowing all the above, still continues to consume the products from it. I believe all living beings are all on the same level. Even if I didn’t believe that, who am I to decide to take another life when there is absolutely no need for me to? Is that not someone feeling superior? I am of the same importance to any other living being.

We don’t need to eat meat, dairy and fish. We have all the alternatives readily available. We are not lions in the wild. We are not living on a desert island with only animals for company. We will not die without eating animal products. Millions of humans are now living a vegan lifestyle and are doing absolutely fine with it.

So, go vegan, don’t feel superior to other souls and live along side the animals πŸ˜‰

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I used to eat meat… I used to love eating meat. I had no idea about all of the above! I know its very easy to eat it because I’ve done so! We are so well protected from all the money making gory details of the agricultural industries… but there’s so much info out here now. There’s no excuses.

Make the right choices. The right choices for you, your family, your children and everyone else’s.

Love xxx

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‘It’s too hard’

‘I think it’s great but I couldn’t do it, it’s seems far too hard!’

Without doubt the main reason for me making this site is to help the people who think it’s too hard. I can’t say enough how it’s really not too hard.

I wish I could show you how much meat and dairy I used to eat before doing this and how much I’d enjoy doing so.

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It’s not that I didn’t enjoy eating it! Until slaughterhouse clip day,Β I was eating far too much meat. Every meal would contain it. It wouldn’t feel like a meal if I didn’t have meat on the plate. It’d be missing something if I didn’t have meat. I could never see how people could not eat it. It’d be too hard to not it eat…. Wouldn’t it?

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I’d say one of the hardest things at the beginning is learning that some products have sneaky ingredients in them. The really frustrating thing is they don’t need to! Why make crisps Β with Milk Powder in them when you can make them perfectly well, without it?!

Gotta create that ‘need’ right? :/

So things like crisps, they often have milk powder or animal flavourings in them. Lot’s of sweets have gelatine in them. It’s an inconvenience yes. But, it has stopped me eating so much junk.

You feel good, metaphorically sticking your fingers up to companies that use animal ingredients when they don’t need to. Plus there are plenty of other sweets and crisps etc that you can buy that are easily available by the way… So you can still happily eat junk food πŸ˜‰

As an example, here’s a list of sweets that are in my local shop that I can eat…

Starburst (UK)
Jelly tots
Fry’s peppermint/chocolate cream
Strawberry laces
Fizzy laces
Sour rainbow strips
Sweet and Salty popcorn
Love hearts
Sherbet fountain
Skittles
Green and blacks chocolate
Lindt excellence

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All of these are in a tesco express next to where I live, that’s without having to find a supermarket, which obviously stocks a much larger range. Not that hard.

Instead of including detailed info on replacement dairy products/take Aways/meals out etc here I’ll do a separate post for each one so I can add to them over time and keep the posts fairly short :)

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The jist of it is though, I can pretty much eat everything a meat, fish and dairy eater, eats! There are all kinds of alternative meat products that are easily available! You can also make your own out of far healthier ingredients which are SO cheap to make and full of goodness.

Cooking also seems a lot easier and more varied. I definitely eat more veg than I used to! I try things I’d never have even heard of, like sosmix (meat substitute that tastes a bit like the meat you get inside a sausage roll), Seitan (there’ll be a post explaining what this is… But it’s great for ‘proper dirty’ burgers πŸ˜‰ ) and jack fruit. Jack fruit is gorgeous! It can be used in lots of dishes instead of meat like curries, stews or pulled ‘pig’.

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After not too long, I noticed my skin seemed to look better, more fresher and softer. I got a lot more energy and woke up far less tired than I used to! All of these positives kind of spurred me on to keep going and made it all seem even more worth while…. not that there was any other option really.

There’s not really any cons to eating this way. It’s good for the body, the planet, the animals and the mind! There’s a definite level of connectedness that comes with it. I see the world differently than I used to. I feel I’m a lot more kinder and caring. This could just be with age of course πŸ˜‰ but I don’t think it is. I’ve seen it in other ‘like minded’ eaters too.

If you think you want to do it but don’t think you can… Then that’s pretty lame.

If you really want to do it, then you will! If you need ANY help… Just ask :)

Love xxx

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But it’s really expensive…

No it’s not :)

It’s cheaper! I’m telling you it’s cheaper.

It’s chickpeas – 20p a tin

Its carrots – 60p for a huge bag

It’s Bread – 80p a loaf?

It’s potatoes – Β£1.20 a bag?

Its pulses, grains, veg, fruit, potatoes, seeds, cheap chocolate, teas, coffees, nuts, all sorts!

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I don’t understand why people think its more expensive? Well actually, yes I do… the media.

I can make a huge batch of healthy vegan burgers, that taste Β ace, for under Β£2!!

I am spending less money on food than I ever did! It really is cheaper!

If you think it is more expensive, maybe be you are looking at organic prices? But then are you also comparing that to Organic meat? As that will of course be more pricey!

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The food lasts longer too… sell by dates don’t really matter if there is no animal product in your food! Its fruit and veg etc… if it looks ok, you eat it! Bread, is it stale? Don’t eat it. Nuts? don’t really go off. Potatoes? Usually eaten to soon to go off πŸ˜‰

The Violife cheese lasts bloody ages!!

If you are comparing the price of fresh fruit and veg to 3,000 ‘chicken’ nuggets for Β£1 from one of the discount shops… then yes, the ‘chicken’ nuggets may be cheaper.

But I’m pretty certain that ain’t Chicken in those nuggets and do you really want to be feeding yourself or other loved ones that kind of food? The ‘meat’ in these will be horrendous for your bodies. I don’t mean that in a condescending way… I eat crap at times too!

But, my point is surely you can find something far healthier and less harmful (in all senses) for the same price. I’ll be posting some recipes that I use to replace meat and they are lots better for you.

mmmmm the insides of a ‘chicken’ nugget…

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You can’t really put a price on health, it sounds cliche but it’s true. When I see people saying how they can’t afford to eat healthy, knowing how little I can spend on food, it just saddens me. You might feel fine eating cheaper foodsΒ now… but think about the future. Your body is a machine, and it’s the only body you have. If you constantly feed it bad foods, it won’t be able to function that well in years to come. You may end up paying a far higher price at a later date.

So, why not set yourself a challenge? Give it a try for a few weeks! Set yourself a goal of 8 weeks. See how much you spend compared to usual. More importantly, see how you feel at the end of the 8 weeks and thank me with a vegan cake or something πŸ˜‰

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And stop using expense as an excuse for your ‘want’…

Love xxx

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You’re making me feel guilty…

I have been accused of ‘trying to make people feel guilty’ about eating animal products. Albeit not very often, or maybe people just can’t be arsed to get into a debate with me, haha.

I’m not a big fan of arguing, never have been. It’s not fun for me and I don’t like to be a dick to others, being a dick, breeds more people being a dick. However, since I’ve gone down this route, I will not back down on this subject. I KNOW what I am saying is right, I KNOW we can change things and I KNOW the devastation eating meat and dairy can course. I allowed myself to see it. I no longer turned away.

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I do see the guilt card being used a lot and aimed at other vegans who really are just stating the truth. The thing is.. when you do look into what happens and what it is causing.. it’s incredibly hard to not want to show everyone else! To make them see!
I share posts of real pictures, videos from slaughterhouses or where the animals are kept before going to those ‘lovely’ places. I share information on what it is doing to our environment and home. I share the truth.

I’m not actively making someone feel guilty, I’m sharing the truth of what happens. If you feel guilty when watching it then you are agreeing that it is wrong to contribute to it. If you feel guilty when watching it, then don’t contribute to the industry and you won’t have to feel guilty.

The day I became vegetarian for good was a day where I was at work, working really hard (ahem) and scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed. I’d ‘liked’ a group called ‘cctvs in slaughterhouses’ and a video came on of a cow being slaughtered. I’m sure I don’t have to go in to detail (don’t want people feeling guilty now πŸ˜‰ ) but the cow was PETRIFIED, she had tears running from her eyes, the White of her eyes were so vivid and she was being ‘forced’ (you can imagine) in to a room where she had heard the other cows screaming, seen the blood, from her friends, yes, cows have best friends. It was sickening to watch. Sickening to watch other humans treating these cows in this way. You want to scream at them to stop. You want to make them see what they are doing and to connect to the living being that they are treating in this way. You just want it to stop.

I felt sick, I wanted to go and save her, to tell her how sorry I am that this is what we think is acceptable and to let her know that she was loved. The poor girl was so scared and so confused and all of this didn’t need to happen.

I just sat there in disgust, I sat and was like… What the fuck am I doing. What the fuck are we all doing.

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I remember where I was when I saw it, I was sat with people eating their lunch, ham sandwiches (they were my favourite) and I was just sat looking at them. I knew then I could never eat them again. I didn’t give a shit that I couldn’t. I didn’t want to.

A lady was sat eating her sandwich and reading a magazine… Not thinking at all about what she was eating and I was just sat thinking this is so wrong. Stop reading your magazine and look at what happens to what’s in your food, please! Please think… It’s not ham… It’s a pig. It’s a dead pig, that didn’t want to be dead. That suffered horribly for you to eat that sandwich that you aren’t even that bothered about. And you’re no doubt a really nice person that hasn’t wanted any pain to come to that pig, and not realised what has happened to it for it to be in your lunch but please, stop and think! But alas, her magazine containing Katie Prices 32nd boob job hell, or something like that, was more important.

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I don’t share stuff or say things thinking I’m better than anyone or that they are heartless… It’s more a case of I made this connection… After years of eating so so so many pigs… I made a link and thought oh my god what am I doing!! And I know that others could to!

So when some tells me ‘the way to get people is to… Blah blah blah…’ (This normally always comes from a meat and dairy eater with very little intention of stopping eating meat and dairy) I am sat there thinking…. This is how I changed my ways. So you’re telling someone that saw a video, and never paid in to that industry again, that seeing those videos won’t work? No, you’re wrong.

It’s also how some very close friends made the change. I showed them what happened. They saw the hypocrisy, then made the change. It’s a fairly normal human reaction, see something that is horrific, decide not to be a part of it anymore.

I also don’t spend all my days showing people clips believe it or not. It’s just that to be honest, they seem the ones that really get people thinking, get the conversations going, get people seeing what is actually going on!

It’s as if some people only hone in on those videos. I actually don’t share a hell of a lot of videos that I want to as I don’t want to annoy people (which is madness! annoy people with the truth!) I share plenty of other things, as you’ll hopefully see from this site, and they are not gory (truthful) or an attempt at making you any feel guilt.

I don’t want you to feel guilt… I want you to make the connection and see the truth. We are so well hidden from the hell of what goes on to produce our food thats its very easy to be ignorant to it.

I also don’t want my page to be like that… Yes I will be sharing the truth as MOST people don’t know the truth of where their meat comes from or how it’s treat! But I am not here to ‘guilt’ people in to cutting out animal products… I’m here to help you see all the benefits of cutting it out and how unbelievably easy it is. The positives from doing so are unarguable.

As I say, if you feel guilty, it’s because you know it’s wrong.

Love xxx

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We’re threatening the industries…

Propaganda

‘Information, especially a biased misleading nature, used to promote a political cause or point of view’.Β 

It’s used everywhere, the TV, Newspapers, News, Social media, Radio, Advertising. All of these forms of communication are incredibly powerful, and rightly so. They are where we get our information from, the information which helps form and shape our views, our stance on topics, our opinions on choices we need to make. It helps us decide which political party we would be best voting for. Which of the ‘World leaders’ are ‘goodies or baddies’. Which companies are performing most ethically. Where the best place to spend or save our money would be. All of this info is passed to us through people communicating it.

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Now every single person on this world has an agenda. By this, I don’t mean everyone has a master plan, is out to get us or only out for themselves. Some peoples agenda can purely be to spread peace. Having an agenda is not necessarily a bad thing. But, everyone has an opinion on most things and a way that they would like things to be. So when someone is telling you their views, it is coming from a place in them, that they truly believe, or that they think is the right or wrong way.

Sadly not everyones views are for the good of the world, or for the good of the person listening to them. That’s when the person listening needs to be objective, to form their own opinion and decide what they think is true. ‘What could be in it for the person telling me this?’, ‘I don’t think I agree with that?’

To put this very bluntly… Money talks and power is very important to a lot of people. Having more money, means having more power. Having more power, means having more control. Having more control means having more money.

This, turns in to a vicious cycle, breeding more greed from usually (not always) the wrong kinds of people. These people can very easily lose sight of the damage they can cause. As all they see is power, money, control, repeat. Living like they are ‘here for a good time, not a long time’. I’m sure you’ve heard that being said before.

Thats great for them, but living like that, how will that serve the world as a whole? Where will that get the majority of us? The people that are becoming poorer and poorer with less power, less control? We are all here on this planet. Every single living soul on this planet is here, trying to get along. The more the imbalance of rich and poor increases, the worse it is for one side, the poor side.

So a lot of people will say things with the intention of gaining money, control or power. This happens in all walks of life. Think about being back at school, or sadly even in to adult life. The bullies, the people with ulterior motives who think that they only way they can’t get harmed, is to be the one doing the harming… ‘Have you heard about so and so? She does this, she does that, I’d stay away from her if I was you’. Sadly, and so often, because at the the time the ‘bullies’ have the power, people listen. Even if there is that niggling doubt of ‘hang on… she actually seems alright, I bet she hasn’t done any of that’ eats away at them. More often than not, people will just stick with the bully, as they have the power, they have the control, so what they say goes. It’s just easier to live that way right? Wrong.

If you don’t speak up with those niggling doubts… then you aren’t being true to yourself. You will be living a lie, thinking you are making life easier for yourself, but you aren’t. When you really believe in yourself and your beliefs, you can’t help but stand up for whats right. You can’t help but see through all the bullshit and the lies.

Luckily we have a lot of information around now. Information that we can use and come to our own decisions, which is brilliant! Think back to not that long ago when the internet wasn’t around the way it is now. All of our sources of information came from someone else. Everything we heard came from someone else’s views on it. We got no facts, we just got told what was happening and who was doing what, and why they were doing it. We got one side of a numerous sided story.

If some one died, we got told how they had died. If something terrible happened, we got told why it was terrible. Likewise, if something good happened, we got told why it was good!

Now though, now if something happens, WE can look into why WE think it happened. Yes, of course anything we find is still written by someone with their views being the drive behind it. But, we can now look at lots of different peoples views on it, we can look at lots of versions of ‘facts’ around it and what may be in it for the person who is airing these views.

With knowledge, there’s power. We can gain a lot of power back.

So how does this have anything to do with the Animal and Dairy industries? I think you can probably work that one out πŸ˜‰

When you read articles slamming vegan diets, saying they are unhealthy (ALL diets are unhealthy if you don’t eat correctly) then who do you think are behind these articles? What’s in it for them?

Money! Power! Control!

These industries will pay certain media outlets to spread their propaganda for them. There is SO MUCH MONEY in the Meat, Dairy and Fishing industries. The owners aren’t wanting people to stop buying into it. If people stop buying into it, the industries will diminish , they will lose their millions of pounds/dollars etc. They will lose all their power. What will they do then? So they will do anything they can to keep them booming.

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I watched a programme a few nights ago, it was called ‘trust me i’m a doctor’ and on this they discussed the affects of eating meat on the body. They had one professor from California who was saying how we shouldn’t be eating meat and the effects that doing so has on our body. Then they had another professor, an older guy who was advocating eating meat. After all the tests and talking to them both, the presenter (Dr Michael Mosely) asked the ‘meat advocator’ if he was being backed by anyone that may sway what his ‘views’ are. He responded with ‘no these are my views and I stand by them etc’ even when he said it you could sense he was a billy bullshitter…. that niggling doubt rose up in me πŸ˜‰ Anyway, who was he funded by? Thats right, the agricultural businesses.

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Every time I see any article ‘bashing’ a vegan diet I know what to expect. They say things like ‘FACT – eating a vegan diet may be bad for you‘ MAY?! If it MAY be bad for me then thats not a fact is it you Tosspot. It’s not a fact! It’s an assumption! And we all know what an assumption makes…

(It’s an ass out of you and me in case you didn’t know… I didn’t want to assume you knew that ;))

Now as for people like me, writing these posts, trying to get people to change their lifestyle… What is in it for me?

Think bout it… What do I get out of doing this? This blog/site/whatever it is, is taking me a shit load of time, its actually cost me money and I’m also well aware I’m opening myself up to a world of troll-y abuse. So what do I get from it?

I don’t make any money if you stop buying into that god awful industry? I won’t even necessarily know about it if you don’t let me know (which you don’t have too but a little nod to know this thing is working every now and then may be decent ha).

But SERIOUSLY the ONLY thing that can come of you making a switch is that YOUR health will be better, YOUR world will be better and animals will no longer have to suffer so dreadfully!! So why would I, or anyone else have any other reason for doing this?

Because we care about you, our world and our planet? Well bloody hell sue me πŸ˜‰ (Don’t you’ll get no money from me I’m skint)

So, if you read an article slamming the vegan lifestyle… or slamming anything… or hear someone talking negatively about someone else… use your own initiative, your own heart and think why might they be saying that? Whats in it for them?

Please look in to everything you read and when you read it… read it with your intuition… with your heart… with your common sense…you know whats right and whats wrong.

 

Love xxx

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