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Glamorizing gendered violence and hyper-sexualizing women is poor vegan activism

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The video goes like this: a woman is walking down the street, towards a camera, wearing a wool sweater. From the right, a man approaches her and punches her, hard, in the head. She falls to the ground shrieking and fighting against him, as he punches her in the side of the head repetitively. He beats her unconscious, picks up her sweater, and walks on his merry way. The message “what if you were beaten up for your sweater?” flashes on the screen.   Another video plays of a fur-coated woman walking down a path in a park. A man assaults her, “kills” her, and walks off with her fur coat.  Same message, same organization. Would you be shocked if I told you it was from PETA? Likely not, because as I’ve said before, if PETA didn’t have women to hate, who else would they use in their campaigns? (As a note, larger woman probably have it the worst, as they are targets of the “beached whale” joke) 

The thing about being a woman is that we literally can never escape images of our bodies being beaten and tortured in order to make a point, whether that’s in an episode of Game of Thrones, on a New York City billboard, or within activist circles who claim to fight for the rights of all beings. We are target for both staged abuse and abuse that is very much real. Our bodies do not belong to ourselves in these instances; they exist to make a profit. I wish I could turn on the TV, look at a magazine, or walk down the street without some kind of obnoxious reminder that because of my gender, I’m an automatic target for violence. “Nobody helps her!” commenters and PETA declared in both videos mentioned above, and of course not! Violence against women is completely normalized, and they are all too happy to advance such desensitization.  

Another video shows “Jessica,” a forlorn woman in a neck brace, bruised, and clad only in a coat and underwear. In this campaign, called “boyfriend went vegan,” an injured woman wanders through a back alley, only to climb up into her apartment, and offer her boyfriend (who “accidentally” beat the shit out of her during sex, mind you) a bag of vegetables. She’s in pain, she’s stumbling, and Jessica wants more. This outright mocking of domestic violence plays out like a sick joke, but it’s a campaign made in earnest, claiming that veganism will make you such a great lay that you’ll injure your partner.  Women seem to always want more, when it comes to abuse, don’t we? We “ask for it,” and we deserve it.

The comments on all of these videos are almost always the same; “what the fuck did I just watch?” “this makes me ashamed to be vegan,” “you do realize we have a violence against women problem, right?” Yes, yes, of course PETA realizes this, which is exactly why they seek to sexualize and capitalize on it. As a woman, as a vegan woman, I am not enlightened by these videos as much as I want to vomit.

Apart from glamorizing violence against women, PETA is certainly a fan of using the female body in other ways to garner attention, such as their infamous Lettuce Ladies who, as you can imagine, have a certain “look” to them. No “fatties” here, just porn stars and playmates! During a debate I stupidly entered on twitter, a fan told me that the women are volunteers and do it on their own accord. Yes, this is true that the women in the bikinis make an active choice, but do our choices exist in a vacuum, with no outside influence from a hyper-sexualized society? Absolutely not. The fact that this idea to sell veganism with sex to begin with is the root of the issue, and no amount of “but they chose to do it!” can erase that the idea existed in the first place. I was told that this was “body positivity in action.” Is it really?

The University of Queensland is Australia ran a study that concluded that sexualizing women for the purposes of animal rights have no effect on advancing the cause. Sex might sell a product, but it doesn’t sell an ideology. The lead researcher of the study said, “There’s a negative link between dehumanization and the treatment of others, it reduces concern…If you are using images that are dehumanizing, it’s likely to backfire.” Indeed, animal rights are absolutely connected to feminism, and throwing a social movement out the window is likely to be a poor idea.

Anti-fur campaigns run by PETA are also outright misogynistic. In the “Fur Trim is Unattractive” campaign, sexy, skinny women are shown looking in to the camera with desire in their eyes, and fur sprouting from their public area. Women are regularly shamed into keeping their genitals bald for partners and the greater pop culture we live in, so of course, PETA had to jump at this chance to further express their disdain for women. “Don’t ruin your look with fur trim!” the sign reads. 

 
Even if a world existed where sex DOES sell veganism, I wouldn’t want to live in it. If folks are making a change that was set off by their own sex drive, then veganism as a movement would be fraught with more issues than it already has with so many anti-woman campaigns in existence. Go vegan because you give a damn about animals, not because it sets off sexual fantasy.

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  • Hesse

    Oh my god. have a sook, why don’t you?
    “Oh you can’t use pretty girls’ bodies in your advertising! It hurts my self esteem and body image!”
    Why would they use a “fatty” to push their campaign? That’d be like making Ronald McDonald the frontman of a raw vegan diet.
    There is a reason you don’t see many fat people in the media. Wanna know why? Because its the picture of bad health! Its ugly and it does not get peoples attention!

    You people just sit around finding things to complain about in all aspects of your clearly boring lives
    Have fun being butthurt all your life! Not literally though of course because, well, let’s face it; guys don’t want to be with women like you.

    • Racquelle

      Wow, you’re an asshole.

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Is vegan shaming like body shaming?

Where vegan advocacy helps one person see the ignorance in our society, body shaming relies on the ignorance of our society to hurt one person.

We don’t need non-vegan celebrities telling us how to treat animals

I’m looking at you, Ricky Gervais.

I lost friends when I went vegan

Since veganism isn’t about you, how people decide to treat you for being vegan isn’t about you either.

My Parents Forced Veganism on Me

If vegan parents don’t “force” their vegan values and beliefs on their children, society won’t hesitate to “force” standard American values instead.

Outdated slogans and threats of violence- could vegan activism get any worse?

If the activists who are protesting against Rankin’s restaurant were ideologically consistent they should protest when every omnivorous, vegetarian and ‘humane’ exploitation restaurant opens

Comment thread blows up when veganism & feminism is compared

This entire thing is a confused mess of men and women uncomfortable with the mirror being held up to their actions.

Vegans don’t need capes

Veganism has been inappropriately deemed a spandex-wearing vigilante that isn’t just saving animals, water, and land, but ourselves.

Incidental harm to animals is not an excuse not to go vegan

The fact that we cannot avoid all harm to animals is no reason for us to ignore the very real moral obligation we have towards sentient nonhumans to go vegan.

WHO NEEDS FAKE MEAT?

Products are being marketed as a solution to the “meat problem” but we don’t have a meat problem; we have a human problem.

Other vegans think I’m an asshole

Am I the self-entitled, arrogant “fuckwad” that vegans make me out to be?

The Pig Trial that Changed Nothing

In short, Ms. Krajnc’s lawyer is harming pigs.

Forget Billboards and Bus Ads. Give me Grassroots.

If we want a vegan world, we need a nonviolent revolution, and money will never buy that.

Hey GQ, there’s no such thing as a weekend vegan

Another blatant hijacking of the word “vegan”

Macrobiotics & Veganism

Because being vegan doesn’t automatically mean being ‘healthy.’

Saving Some Animals by Exploiting Others

We must be perfectly clear that the lives of all animals are morally equivalent.

I’m a millennial, and I want veganism to be more than a trend

Is mainstream vegan marketing effectively leading our revolution? And what does this mean for the future of vegan millennials as the trends wane?

A Plea To Vegetarians (and other animal loving people)

I see now that I was ignorant: completely uneducated on the topic and blinded by the social paradigm of normative animal use, which was absolutely reinforced by every single person I knew.

Let’s Consider What We Can Do for Animals Instead of What Animals Can Do for Us

The first and most effective thing we can do as individuals is to go vegan.

A VICTORY FOR MISGUIDED, FEELGOOD, HIPSTER BULLSHIT-MERCHANTS

When you don’t believe in the fundamental goodness of the human spirit and the antipathy towards causing unnecessary harm that’s hardwired into most individuals, you have to produce statistical analyses, populate tables with data, and invent jargon to justify your “activism.”

What Exactly Is an Animal Abuser?

It’s a completely subjective term and is of no use whatsoever without some qualification.

Religious? You should still go vegan

Not using and consuming animals is not forbidden by religion.

A typical day for an animal in India

“Here, I’m writing specifically about animals in India. However, the problem is one that exists all over the world.”

Reflections on my Privileged Veganism

Justice for only some is inherently anti-just.

Lecture TONIGHT, Vegan Food & Drink Festival TOMORROW

It’s going to be a very vegan weekend, people.

Why you should care about ending domestication, even if you love your pets

Pets are property, and however well we treat them, and regardless of how much love and time we give them, they are still our possessions.

No, I Will Not Watch The Great British Bake Off

I cannot divorce what I know to be unrelenting exploitation, suffering and death from having fun with those products for tasty cakes and entertainment.

It’s not sticks and stones, but words can hurt your advocacy

Language can be a very important element in our advocacy toolkit.

World Vegan Summit Proves Education Is The Key To Our Vegan Future

The opportunity to learn from speakers at the World Vegan Summit changed my perspective on vegan education, and now I’m inspired to do more.

Who cares if your beef is grass-fed – is it bird-safe?

A new way to continue doing an unsustainable thing while packaging it to consumers as sustainable.

#vegan > #vegetarian

What has influenced the shift?

Buzzfeed makes veganism look hard af

The whole piece feels like a little jab of propaganda.

A Message from Your Favourite Corporate Animal Charity

We’d want to be exploited without cages.

Don’t quote ancient texts in modern veganism – you could be wrong

We must treat ancient philosophy with the same scrutiny as modern.

Stop calling vegan food “cruelty-free”

Many vegans proudly proclaim that their food is “cruelty-free” as though issues of justice and injustice begin and end with our use of nonhuman animals.

If you signed the petition to free this sad polar bear, go vegan

How many would be happy to see the bear freed, but would continue to support the enslavement, torture, and death of other animals?

Apparently donkey milk is the next fad, and it’s equally as gross as cow’s milk

So unless you’re on team vegan, you could be buying donkey milk soon.

Bleeding Veggie Burgers and Bird-Shaped Tofu: What’s the Problem?

The topic of “mock meats” tends to be quite a divisive one among vegans.

Body Count

If the current prevailing advocacy approaches are successful, we should be seeing fewer bodies.

We Need to Talk About Yulin

Campaigning against Yulin achieves a number of ends that you probably didn’t plan for and wouldn’t want.

Our Journey and Advocacy: Where The Two Roads Diverge

When we talk about “our vegan journey,” what we are really saying is that “we” are the focus of our veganism, not the animals.

A Proud Vegan’s Riposte to “the vegan cult”

Gasp! We are a cult (where is our leader, where are my robes, sandals and headgear?)!

A Vegan’s Guide to Tackling Naysayers

One of the skills required of an advocate for veganism is adaptability.

How I (Just About) Survived Five-Days as a Vegan

Without an ethical perspective that compels a person to live in a way that avoids harm to nonhuman animals, eating plants will only ever amount to eating plants.

Veganism and Poverty: Identifying the Issues

There is nothing stopping one’s mind and heart from concluding that killing someone for one’s pleasure or convenience is wrong.

No, Veganism is not a Cure-all Diet

Please, let’s refrain from saying eating only plants is going to make you disease-proof.

Why We All Ought To Be The Vegan (Self-) Police

Failing to self-police is dangerous!

Spirituality, Speciesism, and The Ethical Symmetry Gap

How many harmonize their daily behaviors with the purported ‘higher’ recognition that animals (and humans?) actually don’t matter morally?

Why Body-Shaming Has No Place in Animal Advocacy (Or Anywhere Else)

Using one form of discrimination to try to end another should never be a tactic that we employ.

Reducetarians, Welfarists, Abolitionists: Do We All Want the Same Thing?

How can we, as vegans, advocate for anything less than what our moral conviction dictates?

Vegans Don’t Need Graphic Imagery To Advocate

“The more of the graphic footage I saw the more dejected and despondent I became.”

How I convinced my family to go vegan

Make your focus the animals, change the way your family views them, and you’ll have a vegan for life.

Talking to children about animals: how society sends mixed messages about respect

We cannot expect children to grow into respectful, compassionate adults, if what we actually teach them is this confused and selective philosophy.

The Lesser Spotted Abolitionist: Myth and Reality

Who’s Afraid of The Moral Imperative?

Privilege and the Hierarchy of Oppression within the Animal Rights Movement

To directly state or tacitly imply that some members of that community are oppressive or bullies, simply by virtue of their expressing a different point of view, and based only on a superficial and essentialist perception of their identity, is detrimental to the animal rights movement.

Domestic Animals and Us: What We Can Learn About Veganism From the Animals We Love

The only solution, of course, is to extend our moral concern for one or a few outwards to all of those who are, in all relevant ways, equivalent in moral value, and to be vegan.

Guest Essay: A Response to Mercy for Animals

A guest essay response to MFA calling those who promote veganism as a moral baseline as “mean.”

Doomie’s Toronto to have world’s first Vegan Selfie Room

Just when you thought the anticipation surrounding the opening of Doomie’s Toronto couldn’t get any bigger…

Is your vocabulary vegan?

If non-violence is what we’re after, we should consider the weight of our words.

why non-vegans need to stop saying being vegan is hard

When we say or agree that the lifestyle change is tough, we propagate that it’s not worth taking on, that vegans should be put on a pedestal, and that it’s okay to remain non-vegan.

If you cry when animals die on screen, go vegan

From Bambi to Marlee, movies and tv shows can help us reconsider how we feel about the suffering of real life animals.

Ecorazzi announces dates and locations for Toronto and Chicago Vegan Food and Drink Festival

Vegan Food and Drink Festival is gearing up to take over Chicago and Toronto this year. It’s time to mark your calendars and save the dates for these incredible events! Comfort food and craft brews are in your near future….

How a vegan subscription box helped manage my vegan shopping obsession

For the first time since going vegan, I let someone else do the shopping.

The veal comeback: proof that animal welfare activism doesn’t work

Eating veal is as cruel today as it’s ever been, and the boycott veal movement should leave a bitter taste in the mouths of welfarist activists.

Expert says that eating vegan can improve your chance of alien contact

I really hope that we’ll be sharing a plate of tempeh wings with space invaders soon.

What type of vegan are you?

Bacon THO!

The future of dairy looks “bleak,” but animal slaughter is at a record high

A poor global market won’t be enough to bring down the dairy and slaughter industries.

It’s a very vegan Easter, according to Google

Vegan Easter Eggs are taking the world by storm.

ECORAZZI IS BRINGING THE VEGAN FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVAL TO CHICAGO

We’re going to blow you away, windy city!

A handy guide to being friends with vegans

We don’t bite- we promise.

The two sides to calling a vegan a hipster

Have you noticed how difficult it is to be vegan today without being labelled as a hipster?

Mya calls herself a hardcore vegan

I can’t help but imagine her singing “What’cha gonna do When you can’t say no” to veganism?!

Vegan Big Macs to Make a Permanent Home in Toronto

One of LA’s best vegan restaurants is bringing vegan comfort food to Canada.

Lone vegan student works to get vegan options on campus- and it pays off!

Hard work pays off when you’re talking ethics!

Why aren’t more veterinarians vegan?

In a perfect world, those who take care of our companion animals would be more compassionate.

Vegan Tattoos: There are Pigments without Pig

As if choosing a design, artist, and shop weren’t enough, it’s a good idea to include the pigment in your conversations before booking an appointment

Being Vegan Doesn’t Make You Sick And It Doesn’t Make You Healthy

Vegans aren’t malnourished, and they’re not superhuman.

National Academy of Sciences estimates that veganism can save the world

“Prevent several million deaths, cut planet-warming emissions, and save billions of dollars annually in healthcare costs and climate damage.”

“Pig flesh” vs “pork”: changing the way we talk about animals

Words carry weight, and are our most important tool in the fight for animal liberation.

Hayao Miyazaki is an Eco-warrior, but why not an animal liberationist?

“Kill the humans, save the forest,” but not the farm animals.

Uh oh. You’ve been given a non-vegan gift.

It’s one of the most awkward things a vegan can experience.

Philadelphia gets on the vegan donut bandwagon

Further proof that vegan donuts shops are taking over the world.

No, I don’t eat eggs- even backyard eggs.

Eggs are not ours for the taking.

So, you didn’t watch Earthlings.

What does it say about us that we *need* to watch violent footage in order to care?

eliminating orca breeding is a step forward for Seaworld’s business, a step backwards for animals

Rather than claiming this as a “win” for animal rights, we should recognize this move as one that’s positioning SeaWorld to be inappropriately seen as humane.

Your leather may have come from an dog, not the cow you willingly exploited

But it’s cool to kill cows, right?

Myths that people tell vegan parents

Raising a kid is hard enough without silly judgements.

To all the former vegans out there- You did great work, and you can do it again

You did great work, and you can do it again.

The Best Vegan St.Patrick’s Day Recipes

We don’t need to use animals to celebrate the Irish! There’s even a vegan lucky charms recipe in here.

If Veganism is a moral choice, why do vegans date non-vegans?

Asking someone to lose the fedora is not quite as easy as asking someone to go against societal norms.

Veganism is sustainable living in action, so let’s take it a few steps further

Here’s a few changes I strive to make myself that go beyond just turning off the water when I brush my teeth.

Direct Action Everywhere’s campaign against Sanders ignores human rights in favor of publicity

There is too much at stake for this kind of childishness.

No, vegan food is not more expensive

Often lumped in with shopping at Whole Foods, eating organic, and dining at popular vegan restaurants, the assumption that it takes more income to avoid animal products is simply incorrect.

Animal rights protestor is shut down at Ted Cruz rally, but nobody was punched!

Trump has set a pretty low bar.

Welfarist vegans sound a lot like non-vegans when talking to Abolitionists

Tell us if you can see the parallels between a non-vegan argument and a welfarist one.

Rebuttal: Veganism makes sense, as the lesser of two evils

Forgive me, Mr. Gelernter, for deciding that the bugs and animals that die to create produce are not reason enough to add countless more to the pile.

Tax breaks for vegans? A nice idea, but it’s never going to happen.

An old idea is making a comeback, but is it even possible?

Harry Potter and the Absence of Animal Rights

Perhaps the Wizarding World isn’t all that safe for animals.

Vegans don’t have to be chefs, but it’s a good idea to learn to cook

You see, deciding to go vegan is not the challenge, but living in a place without easily accessible vegan take-out is.

Why Vox’s Guide to ‘Ethical Meat’ is just an attempt to comfort liberals

Ethical meat is my favourite oxymoron.

Being an introverted vegan activist

A quiet message can be powerful.

Dealing with the sadness and frustration of being a vegan

You can do it- trust me.

How you too can go vegan- overnight.

It may seem tough, but diving in headfirst is the way to go.

“Bro Veganism” and “Dude Veganism” are trying too hard to be masculine

Stop trying to make “hegan” happen. It’s not going to happen.

Hockey Night in Canada’s Don Cherry praised for tweeting about Pit Bulls

Imagine if such a hard hitter stood up not only for pit bulls, but all animals!

I’ve never met a person who is a vegan for environmental reasons

I know many vegan people who are happy to rhyme off the Earthly benefits of taking on a vegan mission, but none that do it purely for the planet.

If You Eat Honey, You’re Not A Vegan

Often, when my veganism is discussed, people will ask me if I still eat honey; it’s my vegan pet peeve. Donald Watson’s original definition of veganism (from 1944) excluded honey aptly, as a form of exploitation of, or cruelty to…

Will going vegan make you mentally ill? Probably not.

Causation and correlation are different things, folks.

Ben and Jerry’s vegan ice cream is delicious, but are we forgoing our ethics by purchasing it?

The new flavors are tasty, but are they ethical?

Why do so many teenage vegans eventually renounce animal rights?

Being in high school is hard enough without having a supportive community.

How being straight edge prepared me for veganism

Living a life of non-violence starts with me, and extends out to all sentient beings.

Vegans aren’t better athletes, but Diaz proves they can be just as good

For everyone who thinks animal protein is the only way to the belt, podium, or medal, Diaz can be an example that it’s not.

Vegan food for all: Meet the Canadian food bank that helps ethical eaters in need

Fighting poverty one vegan meal at a time.

Do you care if your vegan food comes in contact with meat?

The two sides of the spectrum will have opposing knee-jerk reactions.

Republican nominees sold their souls to Donald Trump at last night’s debate

Every nominee onstage pledged to support Trump if he is to be the nominee.

Even if you dislike animals, you have an obligation not to harm them

Think dogs are too smelly? Cats are rude? That’s fine, but they still deserve to live free from being harmed.

Hey meat-eaters, “hormone free” doesn’t mean bullshit free

It’s not even legal to add hormones to most animals.

Texas attorney speaks about ways you can protect yourself as an abusive dairy farmer

What’s an exposed farmer to do?

Daiya Announces Vegan Dressing and Foray in to Faux Meat

Let the salivating begin.

Harry Potter’s Evanna Lynch gives speech on being vegan

Luna Lovegood keeps it awesome.

It’s not selfish to want a vegan wedding

Go ahead, have a vegan cheese fondue fountain if that’s what you’re after.

How was a young black woman attacked at a Donald Trump rally in 2016?

The answer is right in front of us, as has been, for decades.

Oklahoma legislators discriminate against animal activists

The bill could extend far beyond the reach of just animal activism.

Maurice the “seeing eye goat”, and his best buddy Marcia

Sweetness exists in so many different forms.

Study suggests that politics destroys people’s ability to use logic and recognize facts

Our brains might be wired to reject logic, so what do we do now?

I’m a vegan. You’re a vegan. We don’t always have to agree.

Disagreement is imperative to growth.

Happy National Pig Day!

It only comes but once a year.

Cheagan, flexitarian, freegan, and veggan – aka carnivores

Challenging some labels that are skewing the vegan one, once again.

This new vegan recipe app is making us hungry

The foodporn quota is high, with photos that’ll inspire you to skip take out and do more cooking

What does Vegan bodybuilder Torre Washington eat for mad gains?

Torre proves you can get jacked without whey powder, eggs, or chicken breasts.

These guys are responsible for the first vegan, hydroponic, vertical farm

They’re saving the world one crop at a time, in a space where agriculture would have typically been seen as impossible.

Maynard James Keenan of Tool owns a winery- and it’s vegan friendly!

Keenan uses paper as opposed to fish bladder as a method of filtration.

This website has the world’s largest curated collection of vegan products

From clothing to cookbooks, Unicorn Goods features all the best vegan items available from retailers across the web.

Chef Michael Symon Isn’t Scared of Vegan Food Anymore

Chef Symon had some strong, positive things to say about vegan eating after visiting By Chloe in NYC.

The Washington Post has harsh words for Republican leaders who won’t criticize Trump

Donald Trump is the frontrunner for a GOP establishment that doesn’t at all support him.

What I Ate Today – Vegan Food Diary #2

Another example of easy eating, and entertaining, for vegans.

Desensitizing children to animal exploitation is all too common, but vegan education can help

Picture this: there’s a petting zoo in a parking lot on a cool fall day, with all the baby animals to snuggle a child could ever want. There are ducklings to hold, sheep who want to sniff at your hand,…

Ten years after the Clooney Coffee Craze, Hamburg bans coffee pods in city council buildings

Whether you find it stale or delicious, K-Cups are risky for the environment.

SeaWorld admits workers were sent into PETA

SeaWorld has been accused of corporate spying.

Farm profits off of “Wheelz the Bunny”

The story is cute at first, but something sketchy is below the surface.

You’re Still A Vegan If Your Job Isn’t

What about the vegans that put their heads down, do a job, and a collect a paycheque from companies they don’t ethically mesh with?

Something’s Cooking Toronto! Coming Spring 2016

Get excited.

While French consumers fall for “humane meat,” slaughterhouses continue to torture

Surprise! Or not- this “humane” slaughterhouse was caught doing “inhumane” acts.

I ate fermented vegan cheese so you don’t have to – but you’re going to want to

How does a raw, artisan vegan cheese brand stack up to the processed brands we’ve come to love?

One small step for Rat-kind: Adventures in rodent rescue and adoption

I hope, and I hope often, that testing programs realize the weight of the pain they are inflicting upon non-human animals, and reconsider the use of them at all.

South Beach Food & Wine Festival Features A Vegan Dinner

The notably not vegan food show will feature a plant-based dinner by Chefs Matthew Kennedy, Scott Winegard, and Jamie Bissonnette.

Californians Go Crazy for A New Vegan Deli

The Butcher’s Son in Berkley is selling out of food, despite not having a proper menu yet.

Totally Batty: Tel Aviv woman opens up her home to wounded fruit bats

Fruit bats aren’t a protected species in Israel, but this woman wants to help them.

Get an animal tattoo for an animal sanctuary in Brooklyn this week

A Brooklyn tattoo shop is fundraising for a New Jersey animal sanctuary.

New poll shows support for Apple is slipping in their fight for privacy

The ongoing battle between The FBI and Apple is yielding mixed results. You’ve probably seen the news recently and learned that Apple was approached by the FBI to ask them to unlock the cellphone of a terrorism suspect, and Apple…

Why do humans insist on dressing like animals?

I think I’m missing something here, because without a motive, I see no reason to continue subjecting ourselves to this public humiliation

Vegan Race Car Driver Leilani Münter Argues Veganism Is More Important Than Solar Cars

The self proclaimed “vegan hippie chick” talks about how emissions don’t have as big an impact as what we eat.

Families in Ireland are going vegan

Despite some resistance from both the medical establishment and the dominant culture, some families in Ireland are living ethical, healthy, lives on a vegan diet.

Prisons go vegetarian to save money, but why are there so many prisoners in the first place?

Prisoners may be offered vegan meals soon, and it comes with a whole host of ethical questions.

This is like Making a Murderer, But With Pit Bulls

Several lawyers are trying to intervene in a dogfighting case to save the canine participants from further injustice.

There’s vegan edible cannabis medication and it’s a chocolate peanut butter bar

New users should limit themselves to small bites – something that might seem challenging when these treats are involved.

Dairy farm prosecution delayed in BC because government simply doesn’t care

Government officials are delaying the prosecution of a dairy farm, but their slow work isn’t surprising.

Easy Vegan Chocolate Coconut Donuts

Whip up a triple batch of this incredible recipe by Emily Von Euw of This Rawsome Vegan Life.

Some good, others better: Why we’re outraged over dolphins and whales, but torture cows

Why is it that we’re so picky with the animals we choose to care about? Here’s some basics on speciesism.

Non-Vegan thinks vegans are on a “Jihad” against her

Fionola Meredith recently took to the Belfast Telegraph to beg us all to stop tugging at her conscious.

A Dead Animal for Food is No Different Than A Dead Animal for a Selfie

It’s downright absurd to mourn the loss of a dolphin with one Facebook like, and then celebrate the loss of another animal moments after by liking a photo of someone’s steak dinner.

London Beer Week Has Lots Of Vegan Options

Check out this great list of speciality and unusual vegan beers available.

What I Ate Today – A Vegan Food Diary

What do vegans eat? You better believe there’s ice cream.

Pope Francis throws shade at Donald Trump, condemns immigration policy

In comments made while literally hurtling through the air at hundreds of miles an hour, Pope Francis criticized GOP frontrunner Donald Trump.

I’m Losing My Nerdy Mind For This Vegan Shepherd’s Pie with Jabba The Hutt on It

Seriously, it’s a mashed potato Jabba and it has stolen my heart.

How PETA Generated $43.5 Million Dollars By Promoting Ineffective Single Issue Campaigns

They’re far from being the only welfarist organization making a living on empathy, though.

Documentary to air about animal activists being labeled at “terrorists”

A new documentary in the “Truth or Power” series is set to air tomorrow night, exploring governmental wrongs committed against animal rights activists.

We Need More Groups Like The Silver City Vegan Support Group

We vegans have got to stick together.

Guest Essay: I went vegan because I survived rape.

Being a vegan, a feminist, and a rape survivor is a complicated headspace to be in when mainstream movements don’t care to hear your story.

Rock Band Atlas Genius Samples LA Vegan Food Scene

This alt-rock band is full of vegans, and they’re taking on the LA scene.

Genital-obsessed Republicans in South Dakota attempt anti-transgender legislation

Republican lawmakers in South Dakota have taken their bigotry to the next level, this time, targeting transgender youth.

A cow truck overturned in Virginia, and folks were concerned about traffic

When accidents occur with livestock, why do people worry about the inconvenience over the loss of innocent life?

Canadian meat packing shortage could lead to refugee exploitation

With a worker shortage crisis underway for the Canadian meat industry, desperate packing plant owners have turned towards the Liberal party to help them bring in more foreign work.

Portland Gets 100% Vegan Supermarket

The world’s first and largest vegan grocery store chain, Veganz, has announced that it’s going to be popping up in the US city later this year.

Vegan Leather Is Not Worse For The Environment Than Real Leather

Veganism is a necessary component of being an environmentalist.

Coffees Carbon Footprint Is In Milk

Milk represents 60 to 70 percent of the carbon footprint of a cup of coffee that contains a few tablespoons of milk.

Finger food? OSHA reports huge amount of human amputation in slaughterhouses

What’s in your meat? OSHA reports huge amounts of amputation occurring in meat packing plants, yet carnist consumers don’t seem to care what atrocities happen behind slaughterhouse walls, human or nonhuman.

Vegan educator does empathy workshops in Florida schools

Having empathy for animal populations goes hand in hand with anti bullying and examining ways to help marginalized populations.

BrewDog Craft Beer Has Some Of Their Brews Certified Vegan

Hopefully, the response to their vegan certification will help the team transition to 100% vegan offerings.

“Esther the Wonder Pig” is having a great recovery!

Esther the Wonder Pig looks like she’ll be making a full recovery! Following a week-long stint in a hospital that is coming to a close, the popular Facebook pig is on her way to healthier days. Esther is a full…

“Eco Friendly” Meat Guides are just plain silly

It’s time for your mid-morning eye roll, readers. The Guardian represents the groups of liberal meat eaters who pretend to care about hot button issues but just really want their steaks this week as they published the “Eco Guide to…

I’m calling it now: Stem Cell Burgers are bad news

The minute news dropped about the new stem cell meat products that will be coming to shelves sooner than we possibly thought, I had a ton of non-vegan and vegan friends alike asking me if this was something I would…

Vegans hugely represented at Tenth Moral March in Raleigh

This year, organizers from the NAACP in Raleigh, NC held their tenth anniversary Moral March, an event that originally vegan over the rights of Black Americans, and has extended in the last decade to include contingents from Planned Parenthood, North…

Today in useless campaigns: Foie gras pulled from UK menu over death threats

Amid internet death threats and online harassment from animal rights activists (more bad apples, folks) a United Kingdom chef has removed foie gras from the menu for Valentine’s day weekend. While foie gras is an incredibly cruel practice, what I…

‘En Ruta Por Los Animales’ has activist cycling for 18-24 months

Hate the pain of sitting on a bike for too long? Well, Antonio Moreno hates animal exploitation more than that.

Use Lent to kick off a lifelong vegan lifestyle – Fish NOT included!

As a raised cultural Catholic, token religious leftist among my friends, and a Good Irish Girl, I still practice Lent every year as it’s an important part of my cultural identity. The serious meditations and thought put into Lenten commitments…

Weirdos Are Milking Cows at Night to Make Sleep Promoting “Night Milk”

Producing milk in the cover of darkness doesn’t hide the fact that humans continue to find new ways to use animals selfishly.

Activists are fighting for Oatmeal the Blind Steer

Children raise a young farm animal from birth, show them at fair, and have them auctioned off, and the photos are always soul-crushing.

Animal welfare activists only seek to ban snares after a pet cat is hurt

How are a cats injuries more insulting to people than the one’s inflicted on the foxes, rabbits, and wild animals we deem fair game?

Pig Meat Hits Eight Year Low And Pig Farmers Are Sad

Scottish pig farmers are worried about their future, something that pigs would surely have a good laugh at.

A few bad apples: Stop telling farmers to commit suicide

Take a deep breath before typing out a death threat, because it reflects poorly on the movement, and more importantly, it’s a shitty, shitty thing to do.

NYC Restauranteur Changes 15 Bars & Restaurants To Be Vegan

Ravi DeRossi is making his fifteen bars and restaurants as animal free as possible. Talk about a vegan empire!

(SFW) Pornhub jumps on the single issue Pro-Whale Bandwagon

The website took the route of sexualizing the situation, because, duh.

Vegan In-N-Out Burger Knockoff Is Making Dreams Come True

There’s no denying that each and every rip-off recipe makes it just a little bit easier for people to go vegan, and stay vegan.

The Dodo Promotes Egg Consumption

A move that really shouldn’t be much of a shocker to anyone paying attention.

Fruit Milk!?

Have I spiked your curiosity? It’s a cost effective, healthy, and easy to make alternative to the current dairy-free scene.

Plant Based Butcher Gets Funding From The Dragons’ Den

Yamchops has gone from big idea to even bigger name, appearing on an episode of Dragons’ Den.

City of Cleveland demands $500 from family of Tamir Rice

Given the way the City of Cleveland has handled this case so far, I’m hardly shocked, yet continue to be disappointed, with the lows they are hitting.

Wild Bull Elephant Loose in Indian Town, Runs Towards Freedom

Today in Siliguru, India, a wild bull elephant found himself in the middle of a chaotic city. The terrified creature, clearly trying to find his way back to the freedom of the forest, was pictured with blood running down his…

Dairy farmer defends the sexual exploitation of cows and bulls

What Treur calls a misrepresentation is really just the exposure of some harsh truths that milk drinkers might find don’t go down too easily.

Campaigns Against Fur Don’t Work And They Promote The Use of Other Animal Products Like Wool

If the idea of slinging a fox around our shoulders evokes feelings of sadness or disgust, so should stepping in to leather boots or throwing on a wool scarf.

Verbally abusing your vegan friends isn’t edgy, it’s just being a bully

If you’re a vegan who has had to deal with this, and especially if you come from a background of being abused in other ways, you are absolutely not alone

Blogger Eats Vegan for 7 Days, Gets a Tummy Ache and Argues She’s Not Morally Against Meat

There was a serious amount of facepalm action.

Chef leaves the meat world to host vegan pop-ups

Thankfully for chef Jeremy Miller, the conflict between being vegan and cooking non-vegan is no more!

This Vegan Sushi Spot Has More Than Just Cucumber Rolls!

We’re hoping this fish-free trend catches on and spreads as quickly as regular sushi shops have.

Can Meat Rub Make Your Valentine Horny?

Butchers have decided that mixing all the stereotypical Hallmark holiday ingredients and adding it to pulled pork is the only way to get in to the pants of daters.

Is Anxiety Affecting your Veganism? I’ve Been There Too.

I found that my own experiences with mental health served as my most intense challenge before fully leaping into the vegan lifestyle.

Ex-Vegetarian Hates That Son Eats Pork

Dear Vexed Ex-Vegetarian, pardon my hijacking of Harriet’s forum.

Beyonce and her Dancers Rock an Explicitly Political Message

We’re thankful Beyonce and her dancers are amplifying one of the most important conversations about race the United States has had in recent history

Goats Slaughtered En Masse with Guns, Spanish Activists Protest

No matter the method used for slaughter, the killing of animals is very much wrong.

Beef Magazine Is Afraid of Christians Relating to Vegans

I’m not religious, but more people understanding and adopting veganism gets a hallelujah from me!

Milk Makes Kids Sick

There’s been another kerfuffle with dirty milk, and this time children are sick.

Canada Dropping Dairy with the First Vegan Ice Cream Storefront

With summer just around the corner, we see a sweet future for this cow-loving company.

Environmental Activists hold “Open Day” in Belarus for Ecological Education and Awareness

Minsk, the capital city of Belarus, isn’t what we typically think of when we think about the next eco and vegan friendly hotspot, but one young group of activists seeks to change that.

The Only Honey You’ll Ever Need: An Interview With Honey LaBronx, Vegan Drag Queen

Honey Labronx in the first vegan drag queen we’ve ever heard of, and probably the only drag queen who brings animal rights to the forefront of her performances.

Rancher Thinks Beef ≠ Death

After animal activists showed up to protest the 2016 Cattle Industry and Convention in San Diego, she decided to contest their “beef = death” argument with a “beef = PROTEIN” (and therefore health and happiness) theory.

This Guy Justified Commodifying Animals by Talking About The Circle Of Life

By his logic, death in a cage is as natural as death in the wild.

Year of the Monkey: How Celebrating Animals Leads to Commodifying Them

The Year of the Monkey is finally upon us, and China is at a crossroads in how it wants to pursue celebrating.

Jon Stewart’s Pigs Don’t Really Care About The Super Bowl

It may have been their first foray in to sports broadcasting, but I’m betting this pair would be more interested in talking ‘pigskins’ or super bowl snacks, if given the microphone.

Nestle to Empower Cow Exploiters in UK

Nestle is proud to announce their Future Cow Harassers program in the UK.

Weekly Roundup: Your Week in “Humane” Exploitation

By this point, I’ve started to expect these stories to drop on the daily, so here is your weekly roundup of what’s been called “happy exploitation,” and where it can be purchased!

Animal Shelter Uses Guns To Kill Dogs

Oklahoma law allows humane methods to put animals down, but doesn’t define “humane.”

Rodeo Attendees Cool With Exploiting Animals, As Long as It’s Not A Monkey

A monkey that has been heralded as a “cowboy hero” steals the spotlight from his rodeo co-stars.

Everything You Want to Know About B12

It’s become the new “how do you get your protein” defense, so read on and bulk up your nutritional knowledge.

Identity Crisis: Why Vegetarian Organizations Promoting Veganism Should Change Their Names

Everywhere I look, organizations and festivals are calling themselves vegetarian or simply “veg,” when they’re 100% vegan.

Another Tale Of Pooh Tainted Food; E Coli Outbreak in Calgary

People’s gut flora is out of whack in Calgary.

Deliciously Ella Isn’t Vegan, Neither Is the Animal Clothing She Endorses

What I hope upset vegans understand is that this sort of label confusion is common.

Canadian Approved Vegan Poutine

Canadian vegan food bloggers, Lauren and John of Hot For Food, have perfected this messy plate of patriotism.

Bernie Sanders isn’t Vegan, and I’m Heartbroken

Bern-in-ator eats a ton of meat and shows no signs of going vegan.

All The Vegan Super Bowl Recipes You Need

I recommend choosing one recipe from each category to ensure a bounty of perfect game day options.

Why Should Vegans Care About Slaughterhouse Workers?

Vegans must continue to openly discuss the rampant abuse of slaughterhouse workers as they fight for worldwide justice.

Libby: An Argument For Rescuing Animals Over Breeding Them

When we consider the lives of our pets as companionship and not ownership, it’s easy to move away from the pet store and breeding models, and towards adoption.

Remembering Jim Morris, Vegan Bodybuilder

Mr. Morris was a wonderful example of how we vegans DO get enough protein, and served as an important voice for fitness enthusiasts who love animals.

Ben & Jerry’s Goes Vegan

The famous cold confection makers say that the cries of vegans everywhere convinced them to get to work on a line that excluded dairy, eggs, and honey.

DxE, PETA, and Whole Foods: What Went Wrong, and how Francione and Abolitionists Predicted It

On January 24th, 2005, seventeen animal rights groups wrote a letter praising Whole Foods. Eleven years later, what could possibly have gone wrong?

Another Milk Scare – Not Poop, Just Chemicals

It’s enough to make you shudder at the site of a milk moustache.

Hellmann’s Is The Devil

Hellmann’s parent company, Unilever, is launching a “Carefully Crafted Dressing and Sandwich Spread.”

Why Do We Still Celebrate Groundhog Day?

In a tradition dating back to the 1800s, confused humans have been looking to the meteorology skills of groundhogs to predict how long our long-johns will be necessary.

Women Thinks Quorn is Gross, Files Lawsuit

They say that in the United States, you can sue for anything.

21 Vegan Chocolates for Valentine’s Day

While some vegans might love a jar of nooch for Valentine’s Day, I’d still garner a guess that the majority are chocolate hungry fiends.

Vegan Travel Bloggers ‘Mindful Wanderlust’ Find a Gem in Cancun

Vegan activist couple, travel bloggers, and overall adorable people Giselle and Cody know an awesome destination when they find one.

Tim Hortons, Burger King to Go “Cage-Free,” But how “Free” is it?

Restaurant Brands International plans to implement a cage-free egg goal by the year 2025, but who cares.

What Happens When You Launch A Vegan Blog

Here’s a taste of what happened to us over our first seven days.

Cow Mistreatment Only Relevant When Viral

A transport truck carrying 82 cows flipped over on Interstate 15 in Utah, and caused a lot of chaos.

Will You Take the Vegan Chalk Challenge?

A new project has come into the public, and it’s just as creative as you want it to be.

Ohio’s law to make sex with animals illegal is not about the animals

So once again, we’re faced with whether or not well-meaning vegans should join this mob.

Captive Shark Hailed as Feminist Hero

Last week in a Seoul, South Korea aquarium, a female sand tiger shark ate her male aquarium-mate, a bounded hound shark, after what aquarium officials are calling a “turf war.”

There are 99 Reasons to Go Vegan But You Only Need One

I don’t have to scroll my Facebook feed for long to find a repost of an article advocating reasons to go vegan. Usually accompanied by a picture of a mouth watering veggie burger, or a forty-year old with the body…

Co-Founder of Microsoft’s Yacht Botches Up Coral Reef

Paul Allen, uber-rich billionaire and co-founder of Microsoft, damaged a shit ton of coral reef (14,000 feet to be exact) earlier this month with his 300-foot luxury yacht off the Cayman Islands coast.

Burgers Served Straight from the Petri Dish

How far will science go to make sure people can eat flesh over lentil burgers?

Russell Simmons is a pro at defending veganism

Watch this video – he’s quick to shut down vegan critics!

Peppa Pig: Vegan Extremist

Indeed, between her human-esque interactions, she snorts what can only be translated as “go vegan, piss off your parents.”

Hog Farmers in Hysterics over Vegan Butchers

Vegan butchers are here, and carnivores are pretty damn afraid of them.

The Ultimate Vegan Valentines Guide

So you’re dating a vegan – congrats! Don’t be too scared, it’s 2016 which means ample access to vegan heart-shaped paraphernalia.

Cheese and Heroin: Totally Different

Cheese addiction is not at all the same as serious drug addiction.

Vegan Kids Encourage Others to Change Their Lives

Vegan kids are taking over the world, and they’re bright, compassionate, and kind!

If you are on a plant based diet, stop calling yourself Vegan!

How the Green Health Movement has hijacked the Ethical Vegan Movement.

The Myth of Humane Weaning

Learning about the treatment of farmed cows and their babies was perhaps one of the most disturbing moments I have ever experienced.

The Real Life Struggles of a Vegan

No matter how much we vegans tell you that veganism is easy, there are still aspects of daily life we struggle with.

Activist 11 Year Old Starts National Book Drive

Marley, who calls her project #1000BlackGirlBooks, told her mother that she was tired of only reading about white male protagonists.

Terrorist Cattle Ranchers in Police Custody

The Oregon standoff between the federal government and terrorist cattle ranchers looks like it is soon coming to an intense conclusion as of Tuesday night.

There’s a Recall on Milk Containing Too Much Poo

“Routine internal testing detected microbial bacteria in excess of quality standards. Contaminated products could cause illness if consumed.”

Talking to Children About Veganism

I have a strong passion for animal rights, and it’s time we have a realistic conversation about what it means to teach that topic to children.

Robots killing more animals is apparently good for the animals

Slate writer talks about what’s good for the animals while simultaneously endorsing killing more of them.

Two Anti-Choice Rabble-Rousers Indicted in the Planned Parenthood Case

Here’s a little bit of justice to kick off your week: two anti-choice activists behind the “Planned Parenthood Sells Baby Parts” scam video have been indicted by a Houston grand jury.

Freddie The Steer Escapes, But What About Other Cattle?

Freddie the steer has taken social media and news outlets by storm.

Quick, Eat These Before They’re Too Popular

Posing as a nonchalant food cart in St.Catharine’s, Ontario, Rescue Dogs is making vegan food accessible, affordable, and better than ever.

The Pork Industry is thrilled to have legislators at their expo

A perfect example of why Animal Rights Activists should not aim to change laws but rather promote veganism.

The Dumbest Things People Say to Vegans

If you’re a vegan, you’ve probably face palmed one too many times after talking to non–vegans.

If You’re A Yoga Educator, You Should Be Vegan

As the average North American studio model for teaching has shifted from just exercise to education (yay!), the practice of nonviolence is being ignored by non-vegan yoga educators.

How I Went Vegan and Gained Ten Pounds Because I Like To Fucking Eat

If you had told me when I went vegan a few years ago that I wouldn’t magically turn into a tan blonde with bulging abs, slender arms, and perky boobs, I probably would have screamed “fuck you, liar!” and thrown a block of Treeline cheese at you.

Newsflash: Go Vegan, Don’t Get Bird Flu

Avian influenza is no laughing matter, but using it as a scare tactic to get people to eat vegan turkey is.

How Peta and Lush Promote Animal Exploitation

With staggering lists of upwards of 50 ingredients in common beauty products, it can be easy to direct our attention to the smiling bunny label that promises an item is “cruelty free” or “not tested on animals.”

“March For Life” Ignores Innocent Lives

On Friday, January 22nd, pro-life activists descended by the thousands on Washington D.C. for their annual Block-Up-Traffic Festival, or as they’ve been known to call it, the “March For Life.”

“Gigi the Diva Cow” is Producing a LOT of Milk, and is Probably Tired of our Shit

You guys, Northern Colorado’s public radio station is really excited about their newly crowned Queen Dairy Cow.

Slow Burn: The Internal Implosion of Direct Action Everywhere

This is the way that Direct Action ends, not with a bang, but with a social media disaster.

The Dodo isn’t Advancing Animal Rights, it’s Hindering Them

Animals Rights Movement, and maybe even dragging it back.

Being Called a “Nice” Vegan in a Cruel World

If there’s one thing that really grills my Daiya, it’s the phrase “Nice Vegan,” especially when someone throws the label my way.

Animal Agriculture ≠ The Holocaust

Each time I am confronted by this comparison, I feel a crucial piece of the puzzle is missing: hate.

WATCH: Kaley Cuoco Speaks Out Against Horse Slaughter

Actress and animal lover Kaley Cuoco is speaking out against horse slaughter and is urging her fans to do the same. “The Big Bang Theory” actress took to her Instagram and posted a photo of herself hugging a horse along…