Why am I so bothered by those using/promoting honey and other assorted bee ‘products’ as “vegan”? Please take a look at this image & consider the following:
- Bees are sentient beings who work tirelessly to gather food & supplies for their colonies.
- Bees already do plenty of service for us by helping to pollinate trees and plants so that we may reap the benefits in the form of fruit and vegetable nutrients when time comes for harvest. If it weren’t for bees, we would find little (or nothing) to eat on this planet.
- The population of bees is also now on the very precipice of massive extinction. Exploitation ≠ conservation.
Stealing bees’ food & killing them for thoughtless, self-indulgent purposes is not okay. Fellow Earthlings neither share nor benefit from popular human systems of (monetary) trade, which leads to mass suffering and unimaginable confusion for non-humans. Please consider these beings and their perspectives before making decisions which can only perpetuate their exploitation.
PSA: by Wildlife hotline.I’m going thru this with Deer right now! Reblog to save Squirrels:)
I always make dan slow down to a crawl wherever possible when there are animals/animal habitat near by. This has actually saved many lives.
A gluten free baking conversion chart, from the Pinterest of Udi’s Gluten Free Foods
you go lisa.
(Source: worstsimpsonspageever, via veganomalous)
When I am in the kitchen all day cooking up new shit my dog just fucking stares at me. She lays that guilt on thick. So when I’ve got a minute, I throw something together just for her. Sweet potato jerky is some easy shit to make, the fiber helps regulate her digestive system, and it’s not fucking expensive. You know I’m all about that simple-healthy-cheap living.
SWEET POTATO JERKY DOG TREATS
1 sweet potato (about ½ pound)
Heat the oven to 300 degrees.
Cut the sweet potato into slices lengthwise about 1/8 inch to ¼ inch thick. Don’t get out a fucking ruler, just cut that shit so it is half as thick as a slice of bread. If the pieces are really wide, slice them up the middle so that they cook faster. Bake on a cookie sheet for 25 minutes, flip them over, and bake for about 25 minutes more. They should look all shriveled and some pieces should look crispy. Let them cool and then show your dog you fucking love them.
Makes about 20 treats. Store them in the fridge and they keep for about 2 weeks
Do Chickens Mourn the Loss of Their Eggs? -
Do chickens mind if we take their eggs? This question and more is answered by a clever and passionate mother hen.Although today’s egg-laying hens are the descendants of the Red Jungle Fowl (Gallus gallus) which laid around 60 small eggs a year, most modern domestic hens have been bred to lay over 300 large eggs a year.
free to behave “naturally,” most chickens will lay the number of eggs they desire for a proper nest and then stop producing more eggs until her chicks are old enough to fend for themselves. The time before her eggs hatch, while she sits on her nest warming and protecting her eggs, is called the “brooding” stage.
If a chicken’s eggs are removed on a regular basis, she will continue to lay, in a futile attempt to follow her instincts and form a proper brood. In fact, a chicken’s nesting instincts are so strong that they will continue to try to build a brood whether or not there is a rooster present to fertilize their eggs.*
Full article is worth a read, but I’ve highlighted my main point above: another reason why “eggs from my happy neighbour” are not okay. A stressed and frantic hen is not a source of “vegan-friendly eggs”.
(thanks to pureveganimagination for the article link)
Tom Regan, professor emeritus of philosophy at North Carolina State University, is a rights theorist who argues that animals possess inherent value as “subjects-of-a-life” – because they have beliefs and desires, an emotional life, memory, and the ability to initiate action in pursuit of goals – and must therefore be viewed as ends in themselves, not as a means to an end. He argues that the right of subjects-of-a-life not to be harmed can be overridden only when outweighed by other valid moral principles, but that the reasons cited for eating animal products – pleasure, convenience and the economic interests of farmers – are not weighty enough to override the animals’ moral rights.
Gary L. Francione, professor of law at Rutgers School of Law-Newark, is also a rights theorist. He argues that “all sentient beings should have at least one right – the right not to be treated as property,” and that adopting veganism must be the unequivocal baseline for anyone who sees nonhuman animals as having intrinsic moral value. To fail to do so is like arguing for human rights while continuing to own human slaves, he writes. Francione sees no coherent difference between eating meat and eating dairy or eggs: animals used in the dairy and egg industries live longer, are treated worse and end up in the same slaughterhouses.
(Source: soycrates, via lettingoff-thehappiness)