Once upon a time Ruby the pig was barely taller than a blade of grass.
Ruby is no different in her capacity to experience joy or sadness than a dog. She enjoys her life as the Sassy Pig. It’s heartbreaking to think so many pigs - just like Ruby - have their lives needlessly snuffed out of existence. Ruby is one of the many reasons we promote veganism.
From ancient times, the Western traditions have assumed that a hard line divides humans from other animals, a line that does not exist between other species.By definition, every species is unique. Cows are different from rabbits. But there is no line between cows and rabbits similar to the line that is purported to separate humans from both cows and rabbits. We humans stand alone on our side of the line, while everyone else is lumped together on theirs.Every species may be unique, but we are exceptional. And we believe that our exceptional nature entitles us to use animals however we wish.
Human exceptionalism is a conclusion eternally in search of a rationale.
Valid beliefs arise out of evidence and logic. The rationale precedes the belief. But human exceptionalism, like white exceptionalism and male exceptionalism, reverses this process. The belief in human exceptionalism came first, and only later, when it had been challenged, did philosophers begin to seek a rationale that they could use to defend it.
Over the centuries one after another such rationale has been proposed—and discredited. But in every case, the majority response has not been to abandon the belief, but to ignore the evidence and double down on it while looking for a new justification. We know we are exceptional, and if we have never been able to support this “knowledge” with evidence and logic, then the evidence and logic must be wrong.
"Children who drink non-cow’s milk such as rice, almond, soy or goat’s milk, have lower levels of vitamin D in their blood than those who drink cow’s milk, according to a new study."
In the article you can also read:
Vitamin D is an essential nutrient produced through sun exposure OR found in fortified cow’s milk, AND other foods.
In North America, every 100 millilitres of cow’s milk is required to be fortified with 40 units of vitamin D. Adding vitamin D to non-cow’s milk, however, is voluntary.
Eighty-seven per cent (87%) of children involved in the study drank predominantly cow’s milk and 13 per cent drank non-cow’s milk. The study involved 3,821 healthy children ages one to six.
The children were recruited from seven Toronto pediatric or family medicine practices that are part of a research network called TARGet Kids!.
I feel like the study is a bit misleading. At first it could very well make people think that cow’s milk naturally contains vitamin D, so plant milks should be avoided. But vitamin D is added in cow’s milk in the process. Why not add vitamin D to all vegetable ‘milks’ and problem solved.
Most of the body’s vitamin D stores arise from exposure to sunlight, which converts cholesterol in the skin to vitamin D3. Places where there is not enough sunlight for the body to make vitamin D need to fortify foods to optimize health.
Earth’s Own soy and almond milks contain 45 per cent of the recommended daily intake (RDI) of vitamin D per 250 millilitres, the same amount contained in cow’s milk.
“And if they call you militant, so what? If your lungs ached from screaming in protest of the slaughter and exploitation of millions of Jews, of billions of mentally disabled people for the crime of being supposedly less intelligent, would you be a “militant”, or would you be a hero? Why does this change when we talk about the rights of animals?”—Unknown
Vegans have absolutely no reason to lie to you about conditions of meat, dairy, egg farms, fur farms, zoos, aquariums, animal experimentation, and all other animal uses for food, clothing, and entertainment.
By exposing those industries, they do not personally gain anything. But the government has billions of dollars riding on animal agriculture. Think about all the businesses that earn money from exploiting the vulnerable.
Think long and hard about that before you accuse vegans of propaganda and brainwashing.
“During my medical education - I found vivisection horrible, barbarous and above all unnecessary.”—Carl Jung, MD (1875 -1961), the founder of analytical psychology. His break with Freud is an important event in the history of psychoanalytic thought. Jung stressed the human psyche’s quest for spiritual and archetypal meaning vs. Freud’s emphasis on sex and aggression.
“If you reject violence, you reject all forms of discrimination.
All discrimination is violence.
Speciesism is morally wrong because, like racism, sexism, heterosexism, and other forms of discrimination, it excludes beings from the moral community and treats them as things.”—Gary L. Francione
"If you think that mock meats are problematic, what are your feelings about soy "ice cream"?"
Gary Francione’s reply:
As I have said many times, I am not saying that there is anything inherently immoral about consuming any of these foods. What I have said is that “mock” animal foods perpetuate the idea that animal flesh and animal products *are* food. We need to move away from that thinking. I have stated that all foods that seek to imitate the taste and texture of “animal foods” are problematic in this regard, particularly when they are marketed with animal-food names.
Let me say again—because many “animal people” appear either to not understand what I say or to misrepresent it intentionally—I am *not* saying that there is anything inherently immoral about consuming any of these foods. I am raising a question about perpetuating a speciesist paradigm.
“We can all agree that animal cruelty is both horrifying, unnecessary and wrong. And yet most people sit down to a meal three times a day consisting of the bodies or secretions of animals violently brutalized, wear shoes or coats from the skin or hair of brutalized animals, purchase tickets to zoos, circuses and other forms of entertainment formed by animal cruelty or purchase household cleaners and cosmetics that are the result of years of the brutalization of other animals in cages. If one is truly against animal cruelty, one is compelled to veganism.”—The Thinking Vegan