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May 23, 2009

The vegan ideal, as a philosophy which embraces the highest of ethics - non-violence, justice and empathy with the innocent - continues to be marginalized by our society.

But those who recognize the far-reaching effects of this paradigm shift know how powerful the rewards can be.

No matter how strong the current opposition is, it will soon have to be accepted that vegan is the way of the future. Only by living the vegan ideal can we address all at once the many, seemingly different issues that are crippling our civilization and the planet. 

It is becoming increasingly clear that the survival of our species, and perhaps even life as we know it, is dependent upon our learning the very lessons of empathy, responsibility and self-control that the vegan ideal embodies, that our society seems so reluctant to embrace.

The vegan solution contains within it the power to solve the biggest problems we are facing, on every level from personal to planetary.

The vegan ideal is nothing less than the next evolutionary step for humankind.

We must embrace the ethic of non-violence if we are to evolve…

And we must evolve, if we are to survive.

The current cultural paradigm that considers animals to be the property of humans is a fundamental flaw in the fabric of our society. This fallacy is at the root of all animal abuse.

The industries that use animals will have no place in a peaceful future, no matter how 'humanely' the animals are treated.

Animals, whether human or otherwise, are entitled to live their lives in peace. 

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Posted: May 23, 2009 8:46pm
May 23, 2009

Killing animals, in factory farms or otherwise, is an affront to the sensitive nature of the human conscience.

Imagine the impact it has when a killing is witnessed by a child (or someone of any age, for that matter) who is not desensitized to it, as those who kill have to be.

We are not blood-thirsty predators who salivate at the sight or smell of blood. We are sensitive beings with the ability to reason and to empathize with others. These attributes are what make us love and be loved by each other, yet they are repressed by a society that wants to harden us, so that we are even willing to kill each other, if the politics of the day deem it necessary.

Underneath it all, we are caring, kind people who don’t want to see others suffer.

Over the course of centuries, we have altered our body’s chemistry by consuming flesh and blood, instead of the goodness of plant foods, creating a society of people who are de-sensitized to the suffering of other creatures, who feel pain just as our dogs and cats do.

We are just as capable of altering our body’s chemistry the other way, by making actions that are motivated by humanity’s higher qualities: compassion, kindness, and mercy toward those who are powerless in our hands.

I believe that the time is now for us to make choices that will help us evolve into a community of more ethically-driven people. What that will require is a willingness to depart from our old ways of thinking and behaving towards others, including animals.

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Posted: May 23, 2009 8:45pm
May 19, 2009

The animal holocaust is a horrific global crime that will eventually have to come to an end. When this happens, it will be because of the efforts of those who speak out about it and raise public awareness of the situation.

All over the world, animals are imprisoned, enslaved, tortured and killed violently, and all over the world, people go on as if this is just fine with them. Everyone is complicit in this crime, except for those who reject the products of the animal holocaust, embrace the vegan ideal, and choose a life where harming others is not an option.

While we are waiting for the vegan ideal to be accepted for what it really is – the answer to so many of our world’s biggest problems – everyone who consumes and uses the products of this industry ought to truly learn the facts, honestly examine their personal conscience and act accordingly.

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Posted: May 19, 2009 12:22pm
May 19, 2009

I am quite confident that humans are capable of evolving into a vegan species within a very short time.

There is evidence that quantum evolutionary leaps occur in times of crisis such as our global population is experiencing.

If our species became herbivorous (which could end up happening soon, due to necessity, if nothing else), it would indicate such a major advancement in our collective mentality that the future would suddenly appear amazingly hopeful, in ways that we can not yet imagine.

I think the evolution of the population towards a herbivorous diet is already occurring. The growth of the vegan population, and the increasing occurrences of animal-based diseases are signs of the change that is coming.

The vegan ideal contains within it the power to solve a multitude of human problems (perhaps all of them, if you think about it honestly enough), as I explained in a previous article, The Vegan Solution.

I also believe that the time is approaching where we will have no choice but to embrace the vegan way of life. It won’t happen all at once, but it might happen a lot sooner than we can currently imagine. This is how evolutionary leaps occur.

As John Stuart Mill articulated so eloquently:

“It often happens that the universal belief of one age, a belief from which no one was free, or could be free without an extraordinary effort of genius or courage, becomes to a subsequent age, so palpable an absurdity that the only difficulty is to imagine how such an idea could ever have appeared credible.”

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Posted: May 19, 2009 12:04pm
May 12, 2009

I’d like to see an end to the complaints about what animal advocates are saying to others. What’s much more important, in my opinion, is what meat-eaters are doing, to innocent animals, every time they sit down to eat.

Unfortunately, as with most (if not all) other atrocities in the world, advocating for an end to animal slavery requires us to suggest that others change their lifestyle.

Animal slavery exists because people eat animals and their products. Period. The only way it will end is if people are willing to change their habits. The only way that will happen is if they are properly educated about the sources of their ‘food’.

Isn’t advocacy for any cause an attempt to persuade others to adopt your ideals?

Wasn’t it the tireless advocacy for equality and basic rights for all people that put an end to widespread human slavery? It too, was violently opposed by those who had a personal stake in its continuation.

If the message is one of compassion, kindness and non-violence, then sharing that belief with others, and yes, even advocating for others to adopt the same belief is not something to be angrily opposed.

The animal industry, aside from inflicting horrific suffering on vast numbers of innocent creatures, is a major contributor to many of the worst problems our planet is facing, from global warming to species extinction. It also takes food out of the mouths of starving people all over the third-world.

Those who speak out about the vegan cause with the intention of abolishing animal exploitation are making a stand that is noble. The fact that we want everyone to do as we do is completely understandable. Meat eating is destroying the planet that we all share.

For more information, read another of my posts,
The Vegan Solution – An Ideal Whose Time Has Come

It is obscene that vegans and even vegetarians have to fear the catastrophic fate that meat-eaters are forcing on us all.

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Posted: May 12, 2009 12:55am
May 11, 2009

Cesar Milan, animal behavior expert, has teamed up with LA-based organization Last Chance For Animals, to put an end to puppy mills.

I'm so happy that Milan is using his reputation to back this important campaign.

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Posted: May 11, 2009 12:55am
May 8, 2009

It's true that the human body is omnivorous, in the sense that it is capable of digesting not just meat, dairy and eggs, but all sorts of disgusting things - including cotton candy, Coke and Twinkies.

From everything I have read, and from my own experience and that of many others, our bodies are designed to thrive on a herbivorous diet, which is in perfect alignment with the sense of horror we have at seeing an animal die.

I was wondering recently if it could really be possible that human bodies are SO different in their physiology that they actually have such different dietary requirements?

To me, it seemed as bizarre as a zebra or a giraffe saying, 'I just need to eat at least SOME meat. I can't survive on plants alone.'

But since there are a number of people who say that they 'need meat' for health, I asked a doctor the question.

His response was that it is possible that years of eating meat (and centuries of evolving on an animal-based diet) could generate an unnatural condition where one's body can not easily make the transition back to our natural, plant-based diet.

What he suggested was for the individual to seek the help of a good physician, to formulate an eating plan that is mostly vegan, and only includes the smallest possible amount of animal products.

For the majority of people though, this is not an issue, and the vegan diet is far healthier than an animal-based one.

Or, as I recently read in an essay by Professor Gary Francione:

"We have evolved to be omnivores. We can eat animal products. But that means merely that we have evolved to be beings who can choose what to eat and who have the choice to live exclusively on plant foods. The fact that we can eat animal products is no more support for the conclusion that eating these products is morally justified as our ability to engage in violence is support for the conclusion that war (or any other sort of violence) is morally justified. The fact that we can do something is not relevant to whether we should do it.

It is clear that it is not necessary for us to eat any animal products. And the evidence mounts daily that animal products ingested in the quantities that characterize the diets of those in wealthier nations is detrimental to health."

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Posted: May 8, 2009 12:17pm
Feb 24, 2009
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Hi everyone,

There is a horrendous practice where elephants are legally hunted and their body parts are legally imported into the US as trophies. Now their ears are being used as canvas for artwork.

Elephants are so endangered that researchers predict that by 2020, there could be none left in the wild.

It is despicable that they are still hunted in parts of Africa, and it is particularly disturbing that it is totally legal. It is also totally legal to import their hides and ears into the US.

Please visit my blog entry on this subject, vote on the poll and join in the discussion.

For the Elephants,

Angel Flinn

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