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I’ve been thinking a lot about my goals lately. Since I was sick, I have made it a point that I would really enjoy to travel somewhere this year. Not related to visiting family or attending family events. My mate and I were discussing options recently, so I am a bit excited.

Northeast. Southwest. In Texas? Do y’all have suggestions for a nerdy child of the night who like coffee, tea, books, and vegan food?

Maybe Austin will hear from us this Spring or Summer?

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Because they are sentient

Sentience

feeling or sensation as distinguished from perception and thought.

of being sentient:

able to feel, see, hear, smell, or taste

-Merriam-Webster Dictionary

I’ll say it here.
Humans are omnivores. We are adapted to eat plant and animal matter. I do not bother to argue that fact with people.

Our adaptation is about survival from times where we had limited access to food.

What I do discuss is that animals are sentient beings and DESERVE compassion.

They don’t deserve to be an after-thought, and in a world that treats them as nothing more than property or food unless they are cute (then they are still more than likely viewed as property), living a life built around the principles of veganism is a must.

In America alone, we consume more meat than necessary in the “typical” American diet. There is a disconnect between knowing where your food is coming from. That hunk of meat on your plate used to be a living being, but the likelihood that the meat that you are eating came from an animal living a happy life free from terror is not likely. Most aren’t even aware of the practices that often get them dairy and eggs which has a lot of cruel behavior in itself.

We have the trait of humanity, but many times we fail to use it. We often forget to exercise humanity because we are busy making advances and enjoying being at the “top of the food chain” due to our luck with evolution.

Humans are specist in nature, yet we have the ability to think objectively to witness the pain of another living being n still turn a blind eye because “It tastes so good!”

WHY?

When I say ” living a life built around the principles of veganism is a must” I don’t mean drop meat now. I mean it would be great if everyone could do that. I mean learn to be conscious of your actions and the impact on the world around you. Take step steps to reduce and even cut the harm you cause.

Full plant-based veganism is not accessible to everyone for various reasons, the principles and finding ways to continue and promote advances that allow a vegan- based lifestyle to be available to all.

Remember the definition of veganism:

“A philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals, and the environment. In dietary terms, it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals.” ~Veganism as defined by The Vegan Society 1979

“A philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable…” That is the part that we too often forget. The foundation. The fact that we are to do as much as we CAN, to help prevent the exploitation and cruelty towards animals of all types. Some can do a lot more than others, but every little bit counts.

Every attitude change, every realization that torture and cruelty are not valid to our survival counts.

xox,

Kitty


I won’t post links and resources this time. I want you to research. I want you to learn and feel free to report back to the comments about your feelings and anything you have learned.

Posted in Kitty Whispers

Why sustainable living is important to my family.

I love science. It is the foundation of everything I support spiritually and practically. Unfortunately,  over human’s time of scientific discovery and  scientific advances so many of us forgot that these amazing things we can now do at accelerated rates are actually quite dangerous for the lovely piece of organic matter that houses us in the perfect conditions for human, ANIMAL, and PLANT life to thrive. I felt the need to emphasize the last part since so many do not even recognize life beyond humans despite biology being taught since grade school.

Continue reading “Why sustainable living is important to my family.”

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Veganism versus Plant Based

Two Sides of the Same Coin.

Veganism is Activism.


“A philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals.” ~Veganism as defined by The Vegan Society 1979

I’ve spoken a lot about what vegan is and the, “trend of veganism”. I don’t randomly go up to people and tell them that they are not what they claim, but I do feel the need to make sure people understand…

Being a person who consumes a plant-based diet does not automatically make you vegan, but being vegan means you lead a plant-diet.

One is based on trends, research, and the latest fad, one is based on learning, understanding, and taking a stand aka being a catalyst for change; an activist.

There are many types of veganism, but we can, for the most part, boil them down to Ethical veganism, that has a large focus on speciesism,  and Environmental  Veganism.

I’ve noted over the years, at least,  3 major reasons a person will become vegan:

  • 1) health reason and/or to live a healthier lifestyle
  • 2)animal rights
  • 3)to help preserve the ecosystems

We can choose any one/combination or all of these reasons based on our understanding of what is happening in the world. These personal reasons and experiences are our guiding force as a vegan. It’s all about reform whether we can easily admit that or not.

People often assume a vegan’s personal choices for choosing the lifestyle because it’s easier. They often do not realize that they are stereotyping and regurgitating  information. Like the idea that every vegan supports PETA, so people feel the need to constantly inform you of PETA’s unsavory past. Or that we all live off of Spaghetti and Salad. Or even better, that since we don’t consume animals we aren’t getting protein. I’ll be honest, however, one of the most interesting experiences that I have had, as someone who leads a primarily vegan lifestyle, is that people ( let’s be real, other activists) assume that Vegans think we are superior.

Now vegan elitism does exist and I’m going to briefly explain how that elitism is not the whole movement but in fact a segment (like most movements have their elitist segment). The folly of individuals, including other activists, laying a general claim that vegan is elitist is that they are being hypocritical in their reasoning.

Not only do they forget that in their activism they are pushing for change that recognizes the sentience of other beings, but they often forget that minorities and people without money are largely underrepresented in the media perception of many movements.

These are the same things that they constantly discuss and work to change, but because veganism is now challenging something that makes them personally uncomfortable, the idea that the entire movement is elitist is fostered, as well as the assumption that we all have exuberant amounts of disposable income. It’s an excuse to not admit what you are truly experiencing, which is confusion about your perception of the world around you. The people who make these claims forget that they must make a conscious decision to go against a belief and lifestyle they were brought up in.We do this as well.

But this is not just non-vegans fault. As a vegan, if we are not helping to guide, spread information, and educate on proper nutrition from all socioeconomic backgrounds, we are not helping our image. If anything our supposed elitism comes expecting others to choose veganism and know what to do and judge them harshly for not doing it our way.

I’ve had this experience, and I’m very open about my life experiences. One of the reasons it took me so long to transition was because I struggle with managing an eating disorder. I struggle with food guilt and body image.  Before I finally managed to make the transition, I had a person who had been vegan for quite a number of years tell me that I was being ridiculous for choosing to be a vegetarian as I learned food nutrition, and to balance my bad habits. It took me almost 3 and 1/2 years before I felt confident in my nutrition knowledge and started inching into the full transition. I know first hand, because this individual was not the only criticism that I faced, that some vegans do not try to see and help people understand what they can do for their situation. They just react.

So many don’t even try to understand the definitions of being vegan, the philosophies, the mindsets, the support, and the education that goes with it. That, however, does not turn an entire activist movement elitist, just shows us where to pick up our slack, and we have.  In the vegan blogosphere, there are student bloggers, single bloggers, bloggers who are parents, bloggers ( like me) with non-vegan others, budget vegans, and so much more. We are making strides to be better and more proactive about the needs of people interested in the ideologies encompassed by veganism.

As vegans, it is not our job to make people comfortable, but to make people think. We do not need to hide our beliefs and opinions any more than a non-vegan individual must. We should, however, be humane and compassionate. We need to learn what it means to be an activist before we make such overarching statements about activism. Activism is about uncovering the ugly truths that people strive to hide. Activism is the foundation or at least a very large part of the vegan movement.

xox,

kitty