EVERYTHING VEGAN

April 18, 2014 9:51 pm
VIDEO: B.C. families try to eliminate plastic for new documentary - "From The Waste Up"

"Chances are, if you look around your home, most things you see contain plastic.

Now imagine cutting all of those things out of your life.

That’s exactly what seven B.C. families have done for a new documentary. They’ve found it’s impossible to completely eliminate plastic, but dramatically cutting down is doable.

They have been forced to stop using many consumer items however, from clothing to food, but they have discovered they don’t miss what most of us take for granted.

“We had started to learn a little bit about what was going on in our oceans especially,” said Tania Uitto who is part of From the Waste Up. “And the oceans especially are something that I just hold so close to my heart and to find out that our oceans are turning into plastic soup, like literally from top to bottom, just loaded with plastics. That to me really hit hard and I just couldn’t bear the thought of being a part of that problem any more.””

 
9:37 pm
standavis:

Budding Koi While visiting the koi pond at Selby Gardens Billy placed this tiny orchid in the pond and the next thing we knew this koi swallowed it and later spit it out.
Fun shot and totally unexpected… by kennyandleah

standavis:

Budding Koi While visiting the koi pond at Selby Gardens Billy placed this
tiny orchid in the pond and the next thing we knew this koi swallowed it and later spit it out.

Fun shot and totally unexpected… by kennyandleah

(via fightingforanimals)

 
9:34 pm
marinemammalblog:

Gray whales feed by filtering out sediment from the ocean floor

marinemammalblog:

Gray whales feed by filtering out sediment from the ocean floor

(via freedomforwhales)

 
9:33 pm
"I have learned silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind."

Kahlil Gibran
 
9:11 pm

(Source: bottleroom, via wolffeeder)

 
9:09 pm

birdandmoon:

Here’s new comic about a deeply complicated issue. Let me know how you think I did! So much research went into this one. There’s a story behind every critter.

On my site, in case it’s too small on tumblr.

(via fightingforanimals)

 
9:03 pm
"I understand that we are all on a journey in life. We all have different likes and dislikes, different nationalities and religions too, but there is one thing that we need to have in common with each other, and that’s peace! Genuine compassion and genuine peace for our planetary companions!"

Gary Yourofsky

(via vegan-nature)

 
9:01 pm 8:50 pm
"I learned that people can easily forget that others are human."

"Prisoner" from the Stanford Prison Experiment (1971)

(Source: eolithandbone, via the-plants-have-spoken)

 
8:50 pm
old-hopes-and-boots:

by Adam Jahiel

old-hopes-and-boots:

by Adam Jahiel

(via goodmemory)

 
8:49 pm 8:48 pm
"Violent crimes are committed by violent people, those who do not have the skills to manage their anger. Violence is a product of compromised anger management skills. We are a culture awash in anger."
 
8:37 pm 8:35 pm
"Eventually you will come to understand that love heals everything, and love is all there is."

Gary Zukav

(Source: emotional-algebra, via lily-cats)

 
8:16 pm

askerquestioner

Anonymous: To what extent might lack of knowledge be an excuse for unethical conduct?

fightingforanimals:

To what extent does the possession of knowledge carry a moral obligation of sharing it?

I think these are really good questions anon. 

WIth regards to your second question, I believe that it is not necessarily the knowledge that somebody has that brings up an issue of morals, but what they do with it. For example, if somebody becomes aware of something that will save lives, help the environment, etc, then I believe they do have an ethical responsibility to share this knowledge. I’m not sure if this is the spin you wanted on your questions, but this is a blog about veganism and animal rights, so I’ll try to apply it to that. 

For example, your first question: a lack of knowledge can be seen as an excuse for unethical conduct - in the way that all of us, each one of us, grew up as decent people but who may do problematic things - either holding problematic views and beliefs, or doing problematic things, or I guess if we’re strictly talking from an animal rights view, one example could be that almost every vegan first grew up and got used to eating meat/wearing leather/ going to the zoo. Before we gained knowledge about how harmful these practices actually are, or in some cases weren’t aware in the slightest that these things were harmful, we carried on doing them. So I’d say, for many things that are ingrained into society, such as the activities I mentioned above, a lack of knowledge, our ignorance, really sucked. Did it make us unethical, bad people? I don’t believe so. I believe that partaking in the activities is obviously wrong, but I believe that using new-found knowledge, such as researching by ourselves or learning from others that such industries/practices are harmful, in order to change for the better - well I see that as a result. However if after knowing the truth we did not change… yes, that is unethical. 

I feel that anyone who knows about these industries, has the moral obligation to do something about it. Even if, for example, someone can’t go vegan, then I believe that they still have the obligation to do other actions, such as reducing their harm in the non-food industries.

I hope this was the sort of answer you were looking for, anyway. That’s my take on these questions.