Me, slightly more aggressive...

>> Wednesday, February 17, 2010

In general, I try to never come off as preachy towards others about veganism. This is mainly because I'm an extremely non-confrontational person (thanks, mom). There are a billion reasons why people would choose a vegan diet including health and the environment. While those are both extremely important issues to me, animal cruelty is certainly what made me make the transition. Being overly aggressive is obviously an immediate turn off to people. However I will say, as aggressive as peta is, watching one of their videos is the reason I decided to become vegan. After watching a video about how animals are farmed for food, I felt like it should almost be mandatory for everyone to watch. Even if you still decide to eat meat afterward, I could respect that decision more if I knew you were at least completely informed. I mainly just wanted to write this post because I just watched "Earthlings" which is a documentary (available here if you're interested) that investigates animal cruelty in pets, food, entertainment, clothing and science. I decided to watch it because although I've seen videos on food before, I wasn't as familiar with the other four topics. Even though it was no doubt the most difficult thing I've ever had to watch, I walk away from it feeling even more proud of my decision to maintain this lifestyle and i will continue to find out what more i can do. If anyone who reads this blog has been flirting with the idea of becoming vegetarian or even just cutting back on meat consumption a little, I strongly urge you to please do some research or watch a video. That way, no matter what decision you make, you can make an informed one.

(p.s. Feel free to post your thoughts in the comments section and... more recipes to come!!!)


Scott February 22, 2010 at 6:24 PM  

I can’t explain how important it is to watch “Earthlings”. Viewing it last night profoundly affected me. I can’t find words that approach the impact of the images in the film. To see the effects of practices happening right now, all of the excruciating unnecessary pain, as well as the environmental disasters it touches on, left me stunned. Even if these are issues that someone feels s/he already has a grasp on, this is essential, though painful, viewing. I’ve never seen a documentary as graphic, and in that way, truthful, as this one about the subject. Thank you for the post.

Amanda March 13, 2010 at 6:39 PM  

Great blog, Sammi! I'm so glad Alicia posted posted it on The Kind Life. I don't know if I can stomach the movie (the preview was intense - more than any video I have ever seen). I have been vegetarian for 4 years (one of which is vegan), and am thinking about going back. It's so hard in Oklahoma, but I'm learning and these recipes seem so easy! Thank you!

s.m. March 14, 2010 at 1:43 AM  

Regarding Earthlings, I appreciate you even checking out the preview! Yeah, I don't imagine you would have a lot of options as far as dining out in Oklahoma. That's pretty much why cooking has become such a love of mine, out of necessity. But I've found that going vegan is probably one of the easiest decisions I've ever made. And trust me, you can definitely get by on simple recipes without skimping on flavor. Thanks for checking out the blog! :)

Anonymous,  March 14, 2010 at 11:18 AM  

A good podcast on this subject is "food for thought" she gives really good responces and ways to approach people without being preachy....
I also like her because she gives enough info to be direct with out getting too graphic.... I could never watch Earthlings.... when I am on the highway and I pass a truck with farm animals in it.... I always cry and say a prayer.. (it has become a serious makeup problem) But I am so thankful for te movies and to those who can watch a spread the word!

Bec July 14, 2010 at 6:20 PM  

I couldn't agree with you more! I started eating this way because of the animal cruelty I read about in "Skinny Bitch". Health and the Environment are additional reasons, but the cruelty to animals is simply inexcusable. And I would also have more respect for people if they actually made those educated decisions about their food...

Lexi January 31, 2011 at 1:09 PM  

I really think that more should be taught about all of the animal abuse that happens in today's world, and about what exactly goes into most of the food that people eat. It's so hard to talk to people about it though. I guess I get sad in seeing that people would rather remain oblivious to what is happening around us, with food and cruelty at least. (But turn on the news for five seconds and you get your monthly dose of stupid violence...)

Anyway! I wasn't intending to rant. I really like your blog, and I can't wait to try recipe after recipe!

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