The moment I stopped eating meat

After I made my Vegan Evolution video, I realized I had left out an important story – the moment I stopped eating meat! Watch this short video to learn about the pivotal moment in my life when I went from being a meat lover, to never eating meat again.

The moment I stopped eating meat

I would love to hear from you – what do you think about this video? Have you had similar experiences? Are you still struggling with your relationship with animals? Leave me a comment or email me!


Vegans oppressing vegans

I know I’m oppressive at times, in my language and in my actions: I have white privilege though I’m of mixed race, I went to an ivy league school so I have academic privilege, I have acquired American and economic privilege that makes a lot of my vegan choices easier and more plentiful than they would be otherwise. And where there’s privilege there’s oppression, whether we intend it or not.

On that note, especially if you’re white and/or unaware of the concept of intersectionality, please check out this incredibly honest and insightful video from Breeze Harper (via Vegans of Color): Black Vegan Mammy-ism: Sacrificing My Emotional Health for the White Vegan Status Quo

An incredibly useful video

Dear vegans, please watch this! It’s so helpful. I can’t wait to read Dr. Joy’s books. Have you? What did you think? And what do you think of this video?

VIDEO: My Vegan Evolution

This video is about my vegan evolution, so you get to hear how obnoxious I was as an early vegan (and what happened to make me, I hope, less obnoxious), how my friends helped me on my way, what happened when I worked for PETA for two ill-fated weeks, and some tips for other people embarking on this journey.

Click here to watch the video, and please leave me comments – I’d love to hear what you think. Thanks for watching!

VIDEO: I have a confession

Want to see a vegan cry? Here you go. This is the first time I’ve ever made a video like this. Yesterday I did something I deeply regret; this is me repenting. I’ve never been this honest and open before, about how I feel about animals, so it’s a little scary, but I think it’s something I have to do to be true to myself and my ideals.

Click here to watch and comment on the video. Thank you!

No Kill Day

Today is No Kill Day, a day during which we ask each other to imagine a world where no healthy animals are killed simply because they don’t yet have an adoptive home. Click here to read the headlines on Google News – sounds like a lot of shelters who have pledged not to kill any animals today are having record adoptions. Via No Kill Nation on Facebook:

Some shelters are reporting that they’ve run out of animals. Some have done more adoptions today than they normally do in a week. And still others have reported staff being brought to tears as animals that normally would have been killed are leaving the shelter alive in the loving arms of their new families in record numbers.

Today I’m feeling very fortunate and grateful that we have a no-kill shelter here in Tompkins County: Tompkins County SPCA. And I’m feeling very fortunate and grateful for the love of Sid, Zora, and Snow, our three cat friends. We adopted them off the streets of Brooklyn, and my only regret is that we didn’t let them in sooner.

Photo: Politics, by Shira Evergreen

Today is International Respect for Chickens Day!

Today is International Respect for Chickens Day, and I would like to voice my respect, love, and admiration for chickens. I am so happy I went vegan, because I went from feeling guilty and confused about these birds, to feeling like they’re my sisters, who I should get to know. And you know, they’re pretty awesome.

Click here for eggless, meatless recipes, or click here for articles and other information about this holiday.

Peace and love to everyone of all species! Here’s to a peaceful future.

April 14: Meet Gene Baur at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine

Hear Farm Sanctuary President and Co-Founder Gene Baur speak at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. This event, which is sponsored by the Animal Welfare Club of the Cornell Vet School, will take place on April 14, 2011 from noon to 1 p.m. in Schurman Hall, Lecture Hall I (located at 602 Tower Road; Ithaca, NY 14850). This talk is free and open to the public. Gene will also be on hand to sign copies of his national best-seller, Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food. More info

Stand up for our deer neighbors on March 14th

This just in from Cayuga Deer:

On Monday, March 14th at 7 PM (Marcham Hall, 836 Hanshaw Rd), we will all have another opportunity to tell the mayor and trustees why their deer-killing plan must be stopped. Join the growing numbers of informed citizens who are showing up and speaking out for the Ithaca we know and love. Don’t let this tragically misguided administration destroy the culture of non-violence our community has enjoyed for generations.


“Heights deer plan hearing draws a herd”

Heights deer plan hearing draws a herd by Rachel Stern for the Ithaca Journal:

Among possible techniques is catching deer in nets or livestock corrals, then killing them with a specialized device called a captive bolt gun applied to the animal’s head.

“This is an overreaction by people to control a small part of nature. The damage caused by deer is insignificant compared to storms. This is the most arrogant thing I have ever seen,” said [Ralph] Bishop, who has lived in the village for 37 years.

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