Why do Vegans eat fake meat? First of all, it’s not fake. The word ‘meat’ has been appropriated by the animal-meat industry, and has become associated with animal flesh by the means of promotional saturation. But that’s only one use of the word ‘meat’, and appropriated customary usage does not automatically bestow entitlement. As mentioned … Continue reading Why do Vegans eat Fake Meat?
Somewhere along the way, maybe around 7,500 to 10,000 years ago, humans decided that they quite liked the taste of breast milk from certain other animals. Who knows why a person all-growed-up wanted to try breast milk from another animal in the first place? Maybe it was a desperate attempt to stave off hunger or … Continue reading Cows’ Milk is just a Drink Alternative
Who watched TVNZ1’s Q+A on Monday 29th July? If you did, you would have heard the very charming Professor Frederic Leroy charmingly deny that he receives money from the meat industry for speaking up for meat. Currently in New Zealand as a guest of Beef+Lamb NZ, and as a speaker at the red meat conference … Continue reading The Very Charming Anti-Vegan Professor
Dear Mainstream Media, Call off the dogs. That whistle you send out to get the dogs howling and lunging at vegans is pathetic at best, toxic at worst. Look, we get it – your masters are crapping themselves. They’ve got investments in the animal agriculture industry. They’ve got advertisers who have investments in the animal … Continue reading How the Media ‘Dog Whistles’ to Vegan Haters
The recent vegan sticker-activism in NZ supermarkets created the usual furore amongst both vegans and non-vegans. Disruptive action tends to do that. Vegans who hate it cringe at it and condemn it, and non-vegans who hate it get apoplectic and condemn it. For once, both are almost on the same page - they think it’s … Continue reading Vegan Activism – some thoughts
Wouldn’t it be nice, sometimes, not to be that person? That person who knows the ugly back story of how the piece of animal meat got onto the plate. That person who knows the ugly back story of how the milk got into the coffee. That person who knows that the words ‘free-range’ and ‘organic’ … Continue reading Being THAT Person
If numbers count for anything, women are leading the vegan vanguard. With 70% to 80% of vegans being women, it’s packed with mighty XX chromosomes. Men are far fewer in number, but far many more of them are out in front publicly leading that vanguard. Whilst plenty of women are doing some pretty spectacular things, … Continue reading Where are the Women Vegan Leaders?