When I read articles about animal rights by non-vegans I’m like, dude, this is an awesome effort and all, but there are lots of books written about this that would be helpful background here. (Sorry y’all, but seriously!)
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I’m still caught up in the world of new parenthood, but I had to share these few things that have been sitting in my in-box. Hope you’re all having a beautiful spring!
- Read this: Guest Viewpoint: Criticism of Tompkins SPCA is unwarranted: PETA has its own issues to solve (Ithaca Journal, Apr 19, 2013) I side with the SPCA on this one!
- Animal Rights 2013 National Conference is slated for June 27-30, in Washington, DC.
- Vegetarian Summerfest is happening in Johnstown, PA, July 3-7.
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- A Washington Post food critic has come out as a vegetarian (not vegan, mind you, heavens no!), with lots of excuses and worries, making me aware of how biased food writers apparently are toward animal products. I’d been ignoring them for so long I hadn’t thought much about it. How weird, that a food critic should be so afraid to openly reduce the suffering that he or she is causing. It’s a good thing. You don’t have to be ashamed to eat fewer dead things.
- Avoiding chemicals is hard, but eating a lot of relatively unprocessed vegetables is probably a smart move.
- Processed Meat Raises Risk Of Dying From Cancer And Heart Disease, Study Finds, recalling earlier studies finding the same conclusion
- The Partnership for a Healthier America, Let’s Move!, and USDA’s MyPlate came together to offer “healthy” recipes to folks on Pinterest. Disappointingly, they focus mostly on meat and put vegetarian food last. Because who needs science!
- Check Happy Cow to find good vegan food near you – you can search by ZIP code or town. It’s really useful for roadtrips, too. (They recently redesigned their site, so check it out if you haven’t been there in a while!)
Erin McNellis went veggie while living in Ithaca – and now she’s our first guest author! “Being in such a progressive place definitely influenced my decision,” she told me, when she sent this piece in for the site.
It Ain’t Easy Being Green: Memoirs of a Veggie Cowgirl
(Note: names have been changed to protect the innocent!)
I became a vegetarian reluctantly. My two best friends in high school were vegetarians, so for years I had no choice but to champion the life of the carnivore. While Kate and Jessica wrinkled their pretty noses, I was the girl going out with the boys for all-you-can-eat ribs at Big Ed’s Barbecue. I believed in the food chain, meat was delicious, but also – and not unimportantly – eating meat marked me as a different kind of girl, one who made dirty jokes and drank hard liquor and just might be talked into a ride on the mechanical bull in the back of Big Ed’s.