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GRAY: Learn to eat humanely, even if not a vegetarian | Opinion | dailynebraskan.com

… consuming meat compelled me to completely stop eating it about eight years ago. For some people, that’s simply not a lifestyle choice they’re willing to make. Enjoying the taste of meat doesn’t make you a bad person. However, there are ways to consume animal products that are more humane and will alleviate a lot of that internalized guilt that comes with eating a once-living thing. The number one reason I don’t eat meat is because of factory farms. These are places where animals such as …

7 ways to make family dinners work when your child is a vegetarian – The Washington Post

… her own love of animals. When she was 11, she swore off meat and fish completely.  This was a pretty big surprise to us considering how much she enjoyed meat when she was younger. Now 16, Celia hasn’t eaten a bite of meat in 5 years. When a child decides to become a vegetarian, many parents react with dismay. Two of my friends at first told their daughters that they could not give up meat because it would be too hard to cook for them. It doesn’t surprise me that both of those girls are …

American Vegetarianism Has a Religious Past | Smart News | Smithsonian

… the founding fathers of vegetarianism in the United States and while their diets were partly driven by a desire for good health, it wasn’t necessarily out of respect for animals that they left meat off the menu. Rather, Graham and Kellogg were concerned that rich, meaty diets were making people sex-crazed and destroying their moral fiber. In the 1830’s, Sylvester Graham became one of America’s first diet gurus. An evangelical minister from Massachusetts, Graham believed that …

Competition encourages sustainability and healthy choices | Scoop News

… encouraging vegetarians and vegans since 1943. Its goal is to create a kinder, healthier world through reducing cruelty to animals, improving human health, protecting the environment and preserving world food resources. The NZ Vegetarian Society also runs the an Approved accreditation programme, which accredits products that meet strict criteria; free from meat and slaughter by-products, animal testing and any form of cross contamination. To continue reading this article, please click on this …

Charles Krauthammer: A vegetarian future – Fayetteville Observer: National Columns

… believed in African inferiority? While retrospective judgment tends to make us feel superior to our ancestors, it should really evoke humility. Surely some contemporary practices will be deemed equally abominable by succeeding generations. The only question is: Which ones? I’ve long thought it will be our treatment of animals. I’m convinced that our great-grandchildren will find it difficult to believe that we actually raised, herded and slaughtered them on an industrial scale …

Being vegan’s about ‘making positive changes’ | Stuff.co.nz

By Jonathan Allen | April 4, 2015 Being vegetarian or vegan is about making positive changes. Huge ones. For the animals, for your health, for future generations and for the environment. It is choosing to not contribute to the industries that we know are exploitative, cruel and damaging. When I was 16, I worked in a supermarket butchery for a few months. At the same time I was considering going vegetarian and had already cut my meat consumption down to just chicken. When I left that job, I …

7 Types of Vegetarianism and Their Environmental and Health Benefits | Care2 Causes

… the early stages of humankind, there are all sorts of interpretations of what a vegetarian is, as well as assorted names and categories for each type of plant-based eater. Some people believe that vegans, those who do not consume or use animal products whatsoever, are showing the ultimate kindness to animals and the environment. While others feel that pollotarians and even flexitarians, which are both newer terms for two different classes of semi-vegetarians, are doing a great service to …

Other views: Know how that chicken got to your table?

… Still conscious, they’re hung and shackled upside down, at times breaking wings or legs. They go through an electrified “stun” bath, but some scientists say the shock might not render them unconscious. A saw slits their throats at a clip of about two birds per second. And when things go wrong — a bird raises its head above the stun bath or jerks and evades the saw — they could end up scalded alive in a vat. An undercover investigator’s video released this month by Mercy for animals, …

Matt Ball: Changing the world by example, advocacy

By Justin Sayers, Special to the Arizona Daily Star, Posted March 21st 2015 As someone who’s been a vegan for nearly 25 years and is well involved in the local animals rights community, Peggy Raisglid admits she was nervous when prominent activist Matt Ball showed up at her vegetarian eatery. “He was kind of like a hero long before I ever met him,” said Raisglid, who owns the Lovin’ Spoonfuls Restaurant, 2990 N. Campbell Ave. “The name was well known to me.” Ball co-founded Vegan …

This is why I love being vegetarian | Stuff.co.nz

… chickens, so I do not give money to the egg/poultry industry at all. The way I look at it is that an egg is an unfertilised thing that would otherwise go to waste, so I have no problems with eating them so long as they are from my parents and not the poultry industry. I do drink milk, which I am not overly comfortable with, and I love ice cream and cheese. I’m not perfect, and I know that my money goes to an industry that also kills animals. I do plan on becoming vegan soon. It’s …

Meet the Butcher—and Former Vegetarian—Who Now Specializes in Humane Slaughter | TakePart

By Sarah McColl, published March 18 2015 If you want a burger made from what the USDA considers humanely slaughtered beef, you don’t have to look far. Any Big Mac from McDonald’s will do. Surprised? Like the vague catch-all term “natural,” humane slaughter evokes more idyllic, blue-sky principles than it usually deserves. Although its enforcement has historically been hit or miss, the Humane Slaughter Act has been on the books since 1958 to prevent the “needless suffering” of animals …

Let your children make their own eating choices – Parentdish UK

… has been made for her by her parents. Granted, all children have their food chosen for them by adults, but should we really restrict such a significant food group based solely on our own beliefs? Generally speaking, there are two types of vegetarians: those who eschew meat on health grounds, and those who believe it’s unethical to eat animals. Regardless of your own views, is it right to foist them on your children? No three-year-old is going to tug on mum’s apron strings and ask for …

Crunch Numbers, Not Dead Animals, and See How Many Lives You Can Save | TakePart

… all the health benefits in one digital display. What if there were a similar device that measured the environmental benefits you created by ordering a quinoa burger instead of its meaty counterpart—or every time you opted for the crudité over the shrimp cocktail? Meet the Vegetarian Calculator. The new website allows users to simply enter the amount of time it’s been since you’ve last eaten meat, and the calculator will show how many animals’ lives have been saved, how many pounds of …

Empowerment of a vegetarian lifestyle — Sonoma State Star – The university’s student-run newspaper

… are able to show the audience exactly the type of process happening in order to deliver America their food. An example of this is the mass production that takes place as well as the inducement animals go through to satisfy humans stomach. Luckily, I watched the films after already choosing the vegetarian lifestyle or else the films would have definitely changed my mind before the next time I decided to bite into a hamburger. The documentaries are able to go behind the scenes of the type of work …

You will eat more than 7,000 animals in your lifetime – that’s a lot of steak – Mirror Online

By Stian Alexander, Posted 8 March 2015 The Vegetarian Calculator page on Facebook says humans eat 11 cows, 27 pigs and an amazing 2,400 chickens. Human carnivores devour more than 7,000 animals in their life – including 11 cows, 27 pigs and 2,400 chickens. A meat eater who lives to 80 will also average 4,500 fish, 80 turkeys and 30 sheep, according to the Vegetarian Calculator page on Facebook. It says that if rabbits, ducks, geese, goats, prawns and squid are included, the total rises to …

Avoid cruelty, go vegetarian | The Border Mail

… employee was also shown twisting the necks of animals. In recent years undercover footage shot in foreign abattoirs has revealed that the Australian live animal export trade has been responsible for sending many cattle and sheep to a grisly and prolonged death full of suffering. When this story broke in the media in 2011 an uproar ensued. Yet here we are in Wangaratta with an abattoir in which animals have recently met painful and botched deaths. What penalty ensues? None. Primesafe did not fine …

Luxemburger Wort – Weekday vegetarian – an act of love!

… trucks, airplanes, ships – you name it. And here we are, feeling bad about booking that flight ticket to Thailand. Throw in the cruelty factor of all the factory farmed animals produced only for our pleasure and the waste of lives counting all the animals killed and dumped right after birth because they have the wrong sex. And guys – we are talking males here, especially baby chicks and baby goats. Every now and then you find yourself watching a secretly filmed clip, showing the awful …

Telling your kids they just ate Babe: Observations from a meat-phobic mom

By Heather Hale, Feb 27th 2015 My parents started calling me a “bleeding heart” before I can remember. I love animals. I love insects. I love the green grass that grows between my feet. I’m also kind of a sissy, if you missed that. Forever, I fought my family on eating meat, not that it did me any good. I’m a Montana girl, born and raised, and we eat meat around here – dang good meat, by most people’s standards. Finally, when I left for college, I cut meat out …

Why I’m going vegetarian after seeing shocking Animal Aid film of UK abbatoir cruelty

19 February 2015 by Kate Morris  I’m going vegetarian after eating meat for 50 years, since seeing shocking film of UK abbatoir cruelty One in eight Brits are now vegetarian. Kate Morris explains why, after eating meat all her life, the recent undercover footage of animal cruelty has made her become one too Going veggie: Kate is going to be eating a lot more of these I have always had a strong empathy with animals. I once spent three days of a seven-day holiday finding a home for a tiny …

Vegetarian Kitchen: Long-term vegetarians say a lot has changed for the better, but that’s only half the story – The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

… memory,” Hunnewell told me. “That’s a vegan-vegetarian diet that has done that for me.” Hunnewell, a native of Maine, adopted a vegetarian diet in the 1960s when she was in her late 20s and living in Pennsylvania. In recent years, she moved toward a vegan diet. “I decided one day that no animals should die so I could eat,” said Hunnewell, who lives in Brunswick. “I never ate meat again.” Based on my interviews with more than a dozen Mainers who have been vegetarian for at least …

Sweets fit for a vegetarian – Sentinel-Tribune: Cooks

… take him to the Detroit airport. We talked a long time in the car. Everything he was saying to me, he just surprised me in a lot of ways.” At his urging, Karches said she read about the dairy and egg industry and discovered that its treatment of animals was worse than the meat industry. “For dairy you have to have this production line of female cows and you have to keep them continually pregnant.” The “girls,” Karches said, go right back into the system, while the “boys” get locked …

The 7 Types of Vegetarians, Because There’s More Than One Way Not To Fry a Fish | Bustle

… and, you know, a casual life purpose. Vegetarianism promised me a sense of self I was desperately craving, and a set of principles I could believe in and share with others. Also, I really love my dog, so I was pretty on board with the idea of not killing and eating cute animals. Since then, I have been by turns a full-blown vegetarian, pescatarian, vegan, and bloodthirsty carnivore, only to wind up somewhere in the middle. My years of confused and ever-changing eating habits have made me …

Be a vegetarian to stop cruelty (From Worcester News)

I am a vegetarian (most of the time), but I do not feel that my choice makes me superior to others who choose to eat meat. However, I do feel that animals that are farmed and eaten for our benefit, should at least be treated humanely. It is vital that we remember that animals do feel pain – to assume they don’t is to kid ourselves. So, I’m not against eating meat (though I prefer not to) but I am against cruel practices that are often allowed in the pursuit of higher profits. …

Eating insects is better than eating meat, but is it any more ethical? | MNN – Mother Nature Network

Not all vegans refuse to eat honey, but many do. They see interfering with the lives of insects (in this case, bees) to be as problematic as eating other animals or animal products. (And just so there’s no confusion, insects are animals.  Those who work for animal rights and advocate for insects are correctly including them in their definitions.) So, many vegans are starting to question the heavily hyped — and seemingly growing — act of consuming insects as food. Plenty of people …

GRAY: Vegetarian lifestyle provides many health benefits, saves animals – Daily Nebraskan: Opinion

… believe that all animals are innocent and sentient beings, therefore I can’t bring myself to participate in or support any cruelty or harm toward them. I have never been one to shove my ideals or lifestyle choices down anyone else’s throat. However, I do happen to be a fan of providing information to people who might be interested in my choice or are thinking about making a lifestyle change themselves. There are many reasons why adopting a meatless lifestyle is beneficial. The one that sits …

When There’s a Vegetarian Child in the Family – NYTimes.com

This is an interesting article with cute images. Check it out. When a friend mentioned last year that her 7-year-old daughter had gone vegan, I stifled a sigh of relief. “Thank God I’m not raising children in Brooklyn,” was my smug little thought. What a fool I was. This summer, my 9-year-old returned from sleep-away camp a vegetarian. I felt her eyes on me as I frantically chopped up a defrosted chicken before dinner one evening. “How is it O.K. to eat other animals?” she murmured. …

Being a teen vegetarian doesn’t limit options – Entertainment & Life – The State Journal-Register – Springfield, IL

… farmers overfeed their chickens or pump steroids into them so the breasts have more meat. They grow so fat that they can no longer walk. Most of us never think about that while chowing down on a pack of McNuggets. For some vegetarians, giving up meat doesn’t have to be about loving animals. Choosing alternative protein sources could be about just trying to eat healthier or lose weight. Ryley Roesch, a 15-year-old sophomore at Sacred Heart-Griffin High School, has been a vegetarian for seven …

Talking to kids about vegetarianism – IOL Lifestyle | IOL.co.za

… name for this type of eating and was excited when I told her she would be considered a flexitarian. The kids then begged for labels describing each of their eating habits. Although I don’t believe we need to brand the way we eat, I shared a list of the different types of vegetarianism with them because they were so engaged. The conversation got really interesting when the kids debated their favourite meats, their passion for animals and how cows should be treated. They wondered: If they …

Vegetarian lifestyle good for environment – The Morning Call

… don’t respect. Roughly 45 percent of all land surface worldwide is devoted to raising livestock for food. This includes growing crops that feed animals. Amazingly, some 80 percent of corn grown in the U.S. goes to feed cows, pigs and chickens, while 90 percent of soybeans go for the same purpose. That’s a lot of cropland that could be used much more efficiently to feed people directly, rather than through the wasteful process of growing animals. We need forests to produce oxygen and …

Quit meat, save dough

A simple act pays off for our wallets, our bodies, our planet and the animals we share it with BOB FILA/KRTMoney to burn Beef prices are now at their highest level since Reagan sat in the Oval Office. Many pork cuts have doubled in price. The last time egg prices were this high, President Obama was still Senator Obama. There are many causes — including severe drought and a fatal diarrheal epidemic sweeping through the nation’s pork industry — but the bottom line couldn’t be clearer: …

National Vegetarian Week: Supermarkets are super for veggies

… reasons that may make you consider either trying veggie this week, becoming veggie or including more veggie items in your diet. 1. It’s better for animals. Around two million land animals are slaughtered every day in the UK alone, just so people can eat their flesh. 2. It’s more sustainable. Growing grains and pulses to feed to animals is much less efficient than eating them ourselves. The livestock industry uses huge amounts of land, water and fossil fuels, while producing 18% of the …

National Vegetarian Week: Time to stop and think about food choices

Leonardo Da Vinci once said: “The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.” Mohandas Gandhi put his name to the veggie cause when he said: “I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man.” We’re mentioning this because it’s National Vegetarian Week this week, so there will be many of us who stop and think about their food choices in the coming days. …

EarthTalk: Meatless substitutes expand as more people go vegetarian

Aside from its brutal treatment of livestock animals, the meat industry is no doubt one of the worst offenders when it comes to the environment. Producing one kilogram of beef requires 150 square meters of land and 15,000 liters of water, most of which is used to grow feed for the animal. That same kilogram generates 27 kilograms of climate-altering carbon dioxide, the equivalent of driving a car more than 100 miles. Indeed, beef has 13 times the carbon emissions of an equivalent amount of …

Try Vegan Nut Butter to Support a Vegan or Vegetarian Diet

One of the healthier life choices people can make, at least when it comes to food, is to go vegan. Although a vegan diet may not appeal to everyone, it can be a path to healthier living. Once Again Nut Butter’s selection of delicious and healthy vegan nut butters can add vitamins, minerals, and rich, decadent flavor to a vegan diet. Like vegetarians, vegans don’t eat meat, but they also don’t consume other products that come from animals, like eggs or dairy products. A vegan diet consists …

Halal row has little to do with animals

… week’s halal meat fuss, I’m going vegan. Consumers, it emerged, have been fed halal meat by stealth. Supermarket chains admitted selling halal meat without labelling it as such. It also transpired KFC outlets around the country serve halal chicken, as do Nando’s restaurants and Pizza Express. Subway is also in on the swizz, having gone halal in 2007. Suddenly carnivores everywhere are concerned about animal welfare. Halal or haram, slaughter isn’t pleasant. animals …

What Did Ancient Egyptians Really Eat?

… out the relative amounts of the different foods they ate. Was their daily bread really daily? Did they binge on eggplants and garlic? Why didn’t someone spear a fish? A French research team figured out that by looking at the carbon atoms in mummies that had lived in Egypt between 3500 B.C. and 600 A.D. you could find out what they ate. All carbon atoms are taken in by plants from carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by the process of photosynthesis. By eating plants, and the animals that had …

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