Thanksgiving Reflection

November 27, 2008 at 12:57 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

Dear Friends,
 
     I’m spending thanksgiving alone in Ohio this year, so I’ve had some time to reflect. Thanksgiving is such a beautiful tradition of appreication, family, and delicious food. It breaks my heart to know that some people in this world can’t afford a thanksgiving meal or can’t be with their families on this day. For that reason I’ve started making a point of donating a thanksgiving meal to the hungry every year. But just as heartwrenching is the knowledge that at the center of most thanksgiving tables lies the body of an individual who suffered a life of continual discomfort, pain, and misery just so we can eat her at in the course of one meal. It strikes me as a contradiction to the spirit of Thanksgiving that we take the lives of others in order to celebrate our own, especially when it is possible to have healthful and delicious meals without doing so.

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     Having a turkey at Thanksgiving is a tradition that we’ve all grown up with, and that we’ve all participated in for a long time, but that few people really think about. We look upon some behaviors and traditions of the past (such as slavery, the treatment of women, the persecution of jews, etc.) with disgust, and wish that people had stopped participating in them. But it is important to notice that injustice is not a thing of the past–it is very much a part of our present day society. We are participants in some of the most intense, widespread, systematic and socially sanctioned suffering ever inflicted by humans on this planet, and that is the production and slaughter of animals for food. It is a horror hidden behind closed doors, and one that will not end until we stop supporting it.
 
I hope that you take a moment this thanksgiving to reflect, to open your heart to the feelings of others, and to embrace the sense of compassion that I know lies within all of us.
 
With love,
 
Michelle

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The Ultimate Vegan Guide

November 21, 2008 at 5:16 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , )

A new book hit the Amazon marketplace today–The Ultimate Vegan Guide is the third published masterpiece of vegan guru Erik Marcus. You may know him from his previous books, Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating, or Meat Market: Animals, Ethics, and Money, but most likely you know him from his blog: www.vegan.com.

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This book is the perfect guide to living a compassionate vegan life. Covering subjects ranging from home cooking to dining out to advanced activism, this book may soon become every compassionate person’s survival guide. Erik Marcus explains, “I wrote this book because it’s almost 2009 and our literature still didn’t have a breezy, fun, yet thorough introduction to how to go vegan.” According to the Amazon.com product description,

“YOU could be the world’s next vegan. It’s easy if you know how, and this uniquely helpful book tells you everything you need to know. Every topic related to vegan living is covered, including cooking, nutrition, food shopping, dining out, and much more. You’ll get clear and straight-forward guidance from one of the world’s most respected vegan authors. Going vegan is something you can easily accomplish; let The Ultimate Vegan Guide show you the way.”

I don’t know about you, but I’m sold! Two copies (one for myself and one to keep on hand for the next time someone asks me where I get my protein) should be arriving at my door any day now. I can’t wait!

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A Moment for the Cows

November 1, 2008 at 1:04 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , )

A couple months ago I posted a blog entry called “A Moment for the Pigs.”  It was so popular that I decided to do a similar post focusing on a different animal that is treated as a commodity in our society today.

Meet: The Cow

The question we all need to be asking ourselves is:  

Are the more than just a number and an item our plate?

Make the connection.  Is it worth it?

They want to live. But it’s not up to them. It’s up to us.

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