Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Animal flesh

Some animal activists are pushing the unfounded notion that animal flesh is the worst animal product there is. That’s discouraging because those people are vegans. And I wonder what compel those activists to spread out that. There is no moral difference between animal products. All animal products demand suffering and death. I cannot understand why you need to tell people who want to help nonhuman animals that they should promote what you are, veganism. Why is that so hard with animal activist. And it’s expected to compromise otherwise you are painted as purist, divisive, you are not helping nonhuman animals, and you want them to suffer.  Promotion of bigger cages, different way of killing sentient beings, giving award to slaughterhouse designer cannot be considered a advocating for rights of sentient beings. Those actions are detrimental and not in the interest of nonhuman animals, but in the interest of exploiters.

Most famous campaign is meat-free Mondays. This is one of worst campaigns there is, because it sends a message that consuming other animal products is ok. Better name for that campaign is senseless Mondays. Its goal is that people not consume only one animal product for a day. And it seems that it doesn’t matter that people are consuming other animal products. Don’t tell me this campaign is a step to veganism, due to the fact that veganism isn’t mentions. I don’t consider one day things as something positive, because it gives people an impression by not doing one thing for a day, that they are done with good deeds and that entitles that to do whatever they want on other days.

If you are thinking, by promoting veganism you will scare off some people and that you should promote vegetarianism or "happy" animal products, don’t compromise, we are here to change things, to help those who cannot. But we aren’t here to aide exploiters of other sentient beings. Only vegans are making a real difference for the nonhuman animals. So how promotion of anything less will help them. 

Monday, July 11, 2011

Doing something for the nonhuman animals now

By being vegan and advocating for veganism and adoption of companion nonhuman animals, you are saving sentient beings now. Domestication of nonhuman animal is one of sickest things that humankind ever done. And we have a strong moral obligation to take care of them. So if you can, adopt nonhuman animals, they will make your life wonderful and livable in this sick world.

Veganism isn’t just a diet, its more than a lifestyle, it’s a commitment to nonviolence. Some claim that vegan diet is hard, it’s usually not, it can be, but it’s usually very easy.  Reading labels on food isn’t hard when you think what’s at stake, life of a sentient being who as you, wants to live and not suffer.  It’s interesting that people who complain the most that vegan diet is hard are from the West, were you have so many alternatives to regular, violent "food" to people to adjust not eating animal products. And people, who are in the West, have plants, right? Where I live there aren’t so many vegan cheeses and I haven’t found any vegan ice-creams. I would like to try those foods, but it’s not about me or my pleasure, it’s about them, nonhuman animals. I don’t mind making my own buckwheat pate, tofu(you can buy tofu, but it’s cheaper to make) or ice-cream(I only made ice-cream from frozen bananas, so if anybody have good recipe for vegan ice-cream, please let me know) etc.

People sometimes say you can’t be a 100% vegan. What that suppose the mean? Does that mean if I cannot be perfect at something, I shouldn’t do that at all? If I cannot be 100% vegan, I will strive to avoid all animal products. Veganism isn’t about perfection; it’s about what we can at least do. We aren’t saints or martyrs, we are regular people who care about sentient beings.

Non-vegans say nonhuman animals are killed during harvest. That’s interesting, because those people don’t care about other sentient beings, otherwise they would be vegans. Large amount of crops are used to feed billions of nonhuman animals. We do our best not to participate in violence and we cannot influence what happens during harvest. Once vegan population is significantly higher, we can demand that people don’t kill sentient beings during harvest.

It’s said that some people won’t go vegan and we need to promote vegetarianism or "happy" animal products. Promotion of anything but veganism is promotion of violence. Vegetarianism isn’t morally defensible position, because all animal products involve suffering. Can someone find a single thing that all people on this planet agree? I claim that you can’t. People don’t need to be feed teaspoons of truth, most of them can understand and their hearts and minds need to be open to inherent immorality of use of nonhuman animals.

Do we need to promote steps to veganism? No, promotions of steps are bad and detrimental idea. But that doesn’t mean that you must go vegan at once. If someone hear the vegan message and can’t go vegan at once, he will make plans to do that. Most important thing is that person heard the vegan message and he will choice steps to veganism. When you tell somebody not to eat and wear some animal products and they agree, how are you going to tell them after that they shouldn’t eat/wear all other animal products? You just told them not to eat/wear some animal products. And some wonder why general public thinks that animal activist have a hidden agenda. If promotion of steps leads to veganism, why there are more vegetarians than vegans? Evidences are against promotion of steps.

You have a power to decide not to directly participate in exploitation of other sentient beings. Do the right thing, go vegan.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Buckwheat pate


300 grams of buckwheat
3 stalks of leeks or garlic
150 grams of mustard
2 or 3 tablespoons of parsley
2 or 3 tablespoons of oregano
2 tablespoons of onion powder

What you do:

First you have to do is to wash buckwheat. Then drain water from buckwheat. Add washed buckwheat with water in the pot. The ratio of buckwheat and water is one part per 3. Cook the buckwheat in the water on low heat until softened. And cook leeks in the pan until softened. Leave cooked buckwheat and leeks to cool. I discovered it’s better not to cool it too much, because then it’s harder to blend. Mix the buckwheat with leeks and use blender to blend it. If it’s too hard to blend, add little water. Put that mixture in the pot and add mustard and other spices. Use mixer to mix it all. Put buckwheat pate in container and cover it with little sunflower oil to last longer.

It’s delicious and cheap to make