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If You Love Animals, Don't Eat Them.

Updated on November 9, 2014

What Is the Best Thing You Can Do for Animals?

When I was younger, my Mom had a pair of rabbit fur slippers. I asked her how she could wear slippers made out of the skins of murdered rabbits and she said to me, "What about the dead chickens and cows on your plate?" (We keep kosher, so those are the most common animals I ate -- and I never liked fish.) I had never thought of things in quite that way before. I decided she was right and I should stop eating animals. That was about 33 years ago.

About 12 years later, I read that it takes a lot less land to grow food for a vegan than it does for an omnivore (one who eats meat and vegetation) but it takes less land to grow food for a vegan than it does even for a vegetarian. I decided right then and there to go vegan.

I still think the best thing people can do for themselves (I've lost close to 100 pounds since my omnivorous days), the animals and the earth.

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Vegetarian? Vegan?

Vegetarianism is popularly defined as eating "nothing with a face". That means that vegetarians (also known as "lacto-ovo" or "ovo-lacto" vegetarian -- though, in popular parlance the "lacto-ovo" or "ovo-lacto" is usually dropped and only "vegetarian" is used) eat no meat, poultry of seafood. They do eat eggs and/or dairy.

Veganism is usually defined as eating no animal foods. Many vegetarians and vegans use non-animal source cosmetics, clothing (as in no leather or fur, and for vegans, no wool or silk, etc.) and other items.

I have other lenses with advice on how to get started:

Why Be Vegetarian

Vegetarianism: Getting Started

Vegan Cholent

Quick [Vegan] Cooking

Vegan Pumpkin Pudding

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Vegetables On Parade Cutting Board
Vegetables On Parade Cutting Board

Compugraph Designs' Printfection Store

In addition to our Cafe Press and Zazzle sites (see modules above), we also have a store on "Printfection" which includes cutting boards (good wedding or housewarming gifts), mugs and cups, tees, etc.

This cutting board is only one of several Veg themed items at our store:

Compugraphd Printfection site

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A number of years ago, not long after I became a vegan, I found a wonderful soy yogurt that didn't have any added sugar. I sort of took the yogurt for granted. But then another brand of soy yogurt came out and even their plain, unflavored yogurt has sugar in it. This brand drove my brand off the market.

I just recently finally found a soy yogurt with live cultures that has no added sugar! I was thrilled and I keep several containers on hand. This recipe is for a blueberry mix to add to your unflavored yogurt.

Ingredients

  • 1 bag frozen blueberries (organic if possible)
  • stevia to taste

Instructions

  1. Put the blueberries into a pot with a well fitting cover. Add stevia to taste (if desires). Cover the pot and put it on a very low flame (it's best to even put a metal simmer ring underneath). Check back every few minutes. When it's cooked through (there will be some liquid), let it cool and keep it in a container in the refrigerator.
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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      This is interesting and funny! Love your mom story! You sound just like my son!!! I actually eat probably only meat and fat (most of the time) with a few veggies, and that is what makes my health good :) Different strokes for different folks! :) Blessed!!!

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      compugraphd 5 years ago

      @malena10: B"H

      Most people do. But if you cut down, it's better for you, the animals and the planet.

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      malena10 5 years ago

      I love animals, but I eat meat too

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      fireauthor 5 years ago

      very funny

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      sunworld lm 5 years ago

      Great lens. I feel that going vegan is keeping kosher at it's highest level.

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      Reminds me of a shirt my brother used to have when he was little, it said, "If you love me, don't feed me junk". Love the simple way you've framed the question of going vegan or not, and I love the extra bits about which way is best (vegan or vegetarian) in terms of amount of land that gets used to produce food. Many thanks, angel blessed and featured on blessed pets.