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"Ignorance has prevailed so long only because people do not want to find out the truth."

“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” — Edward Everett Hale

Anonymous :  You do realise that humans are genetically, biologically, naturally omnivores, right? Humans are supposed to eat meat.

the-vegan-elves:

havocados:

naughtylittlevegan:

veganvibez:

johneville:

the-evil-conservative:

Where is individual choice involved here? The arguments above are essentially worthless if a person still makes the individual choice to consume animal products. For some people (myself included) eating meat is very enjoyable. Then it comes down to the availability of consumable animal products, which no reasonable person can assume will cease in not just our society but any society. There isn’t much of an incentive not to consume animal products. 

Dick you i will continue to eat the fuck outta animal meat, you know why? It’s called the fucking food chain. Get over it and kick rocks while you lay in a corner and cry over it….

I love how me (nicely and respectfully) answering questions on my own blog has the power to make people like you guys defensive about your diet enough to reblog the post, and publicly defend why you eat meat, and that you won’t stop! If you’re doing nothing wrong, no reason do get defensive right? :) 

PS. Eating meat is not a personal choice. You can’t pay for the inhumane exploitation, abuse and slaughter of another sentient being and call it “personal choice”.

This is not personal choice (nor is it the “food chain”):

WATCH WHAT YOU PAY FOR

WATCH WHAT YOU PAY FOR

Truth behind dairy

Truth behind eggs/chicken

Truth behind beef

Truth behind pork

Truth behind animal testing

Truth behind fur for fashion

Eating meat affects more than just you, it affects the planet, which is my home too, and I want it to be around for a long time. 

Veganism and the environment

Dairy plays a major role in creating climate change

Eating Vegan Is Efficient, Both Costly & Environmentally (Alternatively: Why Meat ISN’T Efficient)

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Why is raising animals for food so inefficient?

  • 70% of grain and cereals grown in U.S. are fed to farmed animals
  • it requires 16 pounds of grain to produce 1 pound of meat

What does eating meat have to do with people starving in other countries?

  • every ounce of water, grain and resources that goes towards an animal who will ultimately be slaughtered is an ounce of water or grain that could have gone to those who so desperately need it. a study published earlier this year in the journal Environmental Research Letters analyzed the world’s agriculture resource data and found that humans cutting meat from their diets could play a significant role in combating world hunger. According to the researchers, 36 percent of the total calories that come from crops are allocated to farm animal feed, but only 12 percent of those calories actually make it to people’s dinner plates. The researchers concluded that if all of the world’s crops were directly consumed by humans, there would be approximately 70 percent more food available, providing sustenance for an additional 4 billion additional people.

Check out this article, in which the UN is urging a global shift towards a vegan diet -

veganvibez:

We’re not meant to eat meat, or even technically grains/starches. We as a human species are meant to thrive on a raw vegan diet, of fruits, veggies, and rarely nuts/seeds (specifically, on an 801010 ratio with 80% of our calories or more coming from carbohydrates, and 10% or less from fat and protein). Grains and starches cut up our intestinal tract like glass shards. However, it has been proven to still have beneficial properties to our health and can be eaten in a healthy diet. In general, whether it be cooked or raw, a low fat vegan diet is the healthiest and most natural on the planet. Meat however isn’t. Any amount of meat or animal product is too much. 

If we were designed to eat meat like society tells us we are, we would be eating it raw. The whole “it’s what we’d eat in nature” debate goes down the toilet when we buy our pre-cut and cured meat at the supermarket, season it and cook it. Animals in nature who are meant to eat meat eat it raw, catch it themselves, kill it with their own claws/teeth, eat the blood and guts and fat, etc. We as humans don’t have any “claws”, nor can we bite into flesh with our teeny tiny teeth. 

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Meat-eaters: don’t have skin pores and perspire through the tongue

Herbivores: perspire through skin pores

Humans: perspire through skin pores

Meat-eaters: have sharp front teeth for tearing, with no flat molar teeth for grinding

Herbivores: no sharp front teeth, but flat rear molars for grinding

Humans: no sharp front teeth, but flat rear molars for grinding

Meat-eaters: have intestinal tract that is only 3 times their body length so that rapidly decaying meat can pass through quickly

Herbivores: have intestinal tract 10-12 times their body length.

Humans: have intestinal tract 10-12 times their body length.

Meat-eaters: have strong hydrochloric acid in stomach to digest meat

Herbivores: have stomach acid that is 20 times weaker than that of a meat-eater

Humans: have stomach acid that is 20 times weaker than that of a meat-eater

Meat-eaters: salivary glands in mouth not needed to pre-digest grains and fruits.

Herbivores: well-developed salivary glands which are necessary to pre-digest grains and fruits

Humans: well-developed salivary glands, which are necessary to pre-digest, grains and fruits

Meat-eaters: have acid saliva with no enzyme ptyalin to pre-digest grains

Herbivores: have alkaline saliva with ptyalin to pre-digest grains

Humans: have alkaline saliva with ptyalin to pre-digest grains

Based on a chart by A.D. Andrews, Fit Food for Men, (Chicago: American Hygiene Society, 1970)

Meat-eaters also synthesize vitamin c, while herbivores and humans do not and need to get it externally from their food.

If We Were Meant to Eat Meat, Why Is It Killing Us?

Carnivorous animals in the wild virtually never suffer from heart diseasecancerdiabetes, strokes, or obesity, ailments that are caused in humans in large part by the consumption of the saturated fat and cholesterol in meat.

Read more: http://www.peta.org/living/food/natural-human-diet/#ixzz2qyp6Prlj 

Excess Protein

We consume twice as much protein as we need when we eat a meat-based diet, and this contributes to osteoporosis and kidney stones. Animal protein raises the acid level in our blood, causing calcium to be excreted from the bones to restore the blood’s natural pH balance. This calcium depletion leads to osteoporosis, and the excreted calcium ends up in the kidneys, where it can form kidney stones or even trigger kidney disease.

Consuming animal protein has also been linked to cancer of the colon, breast, prostate, and pancreas. According to Dr. T. Colin Campbell, the director of the Cornell-China-Oxford Project on Nutrition, Health, and the Environment, “In the next ten years, one of the things you’re bound to hear is that animal protein … is one of the most toxic nutrients of all that can be considered.”

Eating meat can also have negative consequences for stamina and sexual potency. One Danish study indicated that “Men peddling on a stationary bicycle until muscle failure lasted an average of 114 minutes on a mixed meat and vegetable diet, 57 minutes on a high-meat diet, and a whopping 167 minutes on a strict vegetarian diet.”9Besides having increased physical endurance, vegan men are also less likely to suffer from impotence.

Food Poisoning

Since we don’t have strong stomach acids like carnivores to kill all the bacteria in meat, dining on animal flesh can also give us food poisoning. According to the USDA, meat is the cause of 70 percent of foodborne illnesses in the United States because it’s often contaminated with dangerous bacteria like E. coli, listeria, and campylobacter. Every year in the United States alone, food poisoning sickens over 75 million people and kills more than 5,000.

Dr. William C. Roberts, M.D., editor of the authoritative American Journal of Cardiology, sums it up this way: “[A]lthough we think we are one and we act as if we are one, human beings are not natural carnivores. When we kill animals to eat them, they end up killing us because their flesh, which contains cholesterol and saturated fat, was never intended for human beings, who are natural herbivores.” Learn more about how meat damages human health.

Human Evolution and the Rise of Meat-Heavy Diets

If it’s so unhealthy and unnatural for humans to eat meat, why did our ancestors sometimes turn to flesh for sustenance?

During most of our evolutionary history, we were largely vegetarian. Plant foods like potatoes made up the bulk of our ancestors’ diet. The more frequent addition of modest amounts of meat to the early human diet came with the discovery of fire, which allowed us to lower the risk of being sickened or killed by parasites in meat. This practice did not turn our ancestors into carnivores but rather allowed early humans to survive in periods when plant foods were unavailable.


Read more: http://www.peta.org/living/food/natural-human-diet/#ixzz2qypSBPF4

All nutrients needed for humans can and should be gotten from a plant-based diet, as it is not only a better source, but is pure. When you get your nutrients through a rotting animal carcus you have put these essential nutrients through a filter of an animals body and digestive tract. 

For the protein argument, our protein needs as humans are very low. We only need 2.5% of our daily calories from protein, and with sufficient plant-based calories, this is easily attainable. There is no such thing as protein deficiency, only calorie deficiency which obviously lacks many things (protein being one of them, but not the only thing that’s lacking). 

As for dairy, since it’s so acidic in the body (and your body is an efficient machine at trying to keep you in an alkaline state) it leeches calcium from your bones to neutralize the acidity, giving you problems like osteoporosis  It’s a terrible source of calcium, and is filled with puss. 

As for eggs, it’s high in cholesterol and leads to many health problems, health isn’t another species period! 

Honey: bee vomit, acidic in the body. 

I hope this helps you understand better! xx

"A global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and the worst impacts of climate changea UN report said today.

As the global population surges towards a predicted 9.1 billion people by 2050, western tastes for diets rich in meat and dairy products are unsustainable, says the report fromUnited Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP)international panel of sustainable resource management.”

So, in short, if the planet begins to move towards a vegan diet, our planet would last much longer, there would be better food opportunities for people who don’t get enough, there would be less damage done to the environment, there would be less disease, and maybe the other sentient beings on this planet will finally be treated with the respect they deserve.

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Being vegan is also very cheap and affordable:

Vegan for $2 a day

Vegan for $5 a day

Vegan for $10 a day

Jess laying the fucking smackdown on these suckas

Dang
veganvibez
taking the gloves off and slaying

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Holy shit.

nitazaara:

If this doesn’t open the worlds eyes then I wonder what else it needs…

mediamattersforamerica:

"Ebola is not actually that contagious: since transmission only happens through direct contact with the body fluids of an infected person, it can be contained with simple precautionary measures and good sanitation.”

Vox: The Ebola outbreak in 5 sentences. 

Meanwhile, right-wing media just can’t seem to stop the fear-mongering.

❝ 1 out of 812 applicants tested positive for drugs. ❞

— Tennessee’s plan to prove everyone on welfare is addicted to drugs just blew up in their face  (via micdotcom)

amymylove:

“When animals express their feelings they pour out like water from a spout. Animals’ emotions are raw, unfiltered, and uncontrolled. Their joy is the purest and most contagious of joys and their grief the deepest and most devastating. Their passions bring us to our knees in delight and sorrow.”

-Marc Bekoff

thinksquad:

Sky observers in the Northern Hemisphere will get a special treat this Sunday as a “super moon” and meteor showers are expected to happen at the same time.

The annual meteor shower, Perseid, will light up the night sky with as many as 100 shooting stars an hour. The prolific Perseid will be joined by a “super moon,” which occurs when the Earth is at its closest distance to the moon.

The meteor shower will peak between Aug. 10 and Aug. 13, and is expected to last for a week after its peak.

“The best time to see the showers will be at around 2 a.m. in the morning,” Tony Berendsen, an outreach astronomer and founder of Tahoe Star Tours told ABC News today.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/supermoon-meteor-shower-light-sky-sunday/story?id=24879237

tastefullyoffensive:

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mindblowingscience:

Deep-sea octopus broods eggs for over 4 years—longer than any known animal

Researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) have observed a deep-sea octopus brooding its eggs for four and one half years—longer than any other known animal. Throughout this time, the female kept the eggs clean and guarded them from predators. This amazing feat represents an evolutionary balancing act between the benefits to the young octopuses of having plenty of time to develop within their eggs, and their mother’s ability to survive for years with little or no food.

Every few months for the last 25 years, a team of MBARI researchers led by Bruce Robison has performed surveys of deep-sea animals at a research site in the depths of Monterey Canyon that they call “Midwater 1.” In May 2007, during one of these surveys, the researchers discovered a femaleclinging to a rocky ledge just above the floor of the canyon, about 1,400 meters (4,600 feet) below the ocean surface. The octopus, a species known asGraneledone boreopacifica, had not been in this location during their previous dive at this site in April.

Over the next four and one-half years, the researchers dove at this same site 18 times. Each time, they found the same octopus, which they could identify by her distinctive scars, in the same place. As the years passed, her translucentgrew larger and the researchers could see young octopuses developing inside. Over the same period, the female gradually lost weight and her skin became loose and pale.

The researchers never saw the female leave her eggs or eat anything. She did not even show interest in small crabs and shrimp that crawled or swam by, as long as they did not bother her eggs.

The last time the researchers saw the brooding octopus was in September 2011. When they returned one month later, they found that the female was gone. As the researchers wrote in a recent paper in the PLOS ONE, “the rock face she had occupied held the tattered remnants of empty egg capsules.”

After counting the remnants of the egg capsules, the researchers estimated that the female octopus had been brooding about 160 eggs.

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❝ With Veganism you give nothing up. You just stop taking that which is not yours. ❞

— Jamison Scala (via cleanbodyfreshstart)

huffingtonpost:

SUPERMOON ON AUGUST 10 WILL BE BIGGEST OF 2014

There’s going to be an extra-special moon this weekend. Find out all the details including what time you can see it here.

Anecdotes by medical practitioners

"A woman came in for a baby check with her 6-month-old and she had what looked like chocolate milk in the baby’s bottle. So he started explaining to her as kindly as he could that she shouldn’t be giving her baby chocolate milk. At which point she interrupts him and says, ‘Oh that isn’t chocolate milk. It’s coffee! He just loves it!”

"I had a patient come in for an STD check. She was very upset and continued to tell me that she only had one partner. Progressing through my assessment, she further divulged that even if he was sleeping with other people it shouldn’t matter ‘because he uses a condom every time and he makes sure to wash it thoroughly after every use’.”

"Had a lady who measured her baby’s temperature by pre-heating the oven and putting one hand in front of it while the other hand was on the baby’s forehead. She told the nurse her baby’s fever was about 250 degrees.”

"Lady has to have foot amputated and is given waiver forms to sign pre-op. Buddy asks if she needs time to think about it. She’s very nonchalant and doesn’t seem to care much what they do. He gets suspicious and probes a bit as to why she’s not more concerned. She says she gets that they have to operate and it’s OK because the foot will grow back.”

"I had a couple who had been trying to conceive for over two years. I asked all the usual questions, how often do you have sex, any previous pregnancy, etc etc. Something seemed off to me during the consult, so I continued to ask questions. Finally I asked if he ejaculated while inserted into the vagina. Both parties looked confused.Turns out the couple was not having insertional sex at all. I had to awkwardly explain to them how insertional sex works. Diagrams were required.”

"Patient comes in, she’s upset. She’s pregnant, and she doesn’t understand why. She’s on the pill. Upon talking to her at great length, I find out that she only takes the pills on the days that she is sexually active – no other time.”

"Patient comes in with her bf. They are indignant, as if somehow I could’ve prevented [the pregnancy]. The problem? Well, the pills were bothering the girl’s stomach, so, being a gallant bf, he decided to start taking them instead.”

“I was explaining the treatment to the husband of a patient about to be discharged. He kept nodding and agreeing with me, but I knew it was flying over his head. Turned out a fundamental problem was that I was describing the drugs as ‘tablets’ and he had no clue what those were.”

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