April 22, 2014 7:26 pm
"What a great cover! This was the cover of the Inlander last week (based out of Spokane, WA -the most widely read media in the Inland Northwest, USA).  Progress is happening!”

"What a great cover! This was the cover of the Inlander last week (based out of Spokane, WA -the most widely read media in the Inland Northwest, USA).  Progress is happening!”

(Source: facebook.com)

2:24 pm
"I won’t compromise my principles just to please others."
1:52 pm
"Being bullied for being a vegan?"

Vegan Problems #3
April 21, 2014 8:53 am

A Facebook Conversation by Eddie Mah

Remember the gentleman who wrote me this note:

"hi eddie i respect your choice to be vegetarian but why do you have to show it off on facebook?"

—-Here is the rest of our conversation:

Conversation started April 4
John 4/4, 4:08pm
“hi eddie i respect your choice to be vegetarian but why do you have to show it off on facebook?”

Eddie Mah 4/4, 4:19pm
Hello dear John. How are you today brother?

John 4/4, 4:27pm
I am good today how about you eddie? you seem very happy all the time

Eddie Mah 4/4, 4:28pm
I am glad that you are good.
And thank you for the question.
But most Earthlings are not doing good today.

John 4/4, 4:29pm
i think you should put your energy into helping african kids instead maybe you have good energy. animals cant feel pain

Eddie Mah 4/4, 4:30pm
Are you interested in ending starvation dear John?

John 4/4, 4:30pm
Yes of course i donate money to charities for that

Eddie Mah 4/4, 4:31pm
You are so kind dear friend. Thank you!
There is another way which I help too John.

John 4/4, 4:32pm
yes but you save the animals not the people

Eddie Mah 4/4, 4:32pm
Each lb. of meat uses 1800 gallons of water.

John 4/4, 4:32pm
is that true?

Eddie Mah 4/4, 4:32pm
Yes, indeed.

John 4/4, 4:32pm
oh wow but vegetables probably use more since they grow in the ground

Eddie Mah 4/4, 4:32pm
It takes 13 lbs of grain to create 1 lb. of meat.
It is very efficient to feed off the ground sir.
We can end starvation only if a few more percentages of people went vegan.

John 4/4, 4:33pm
but what does those facts have to do with starvation
i dont get how those issues are connected

Eddie Mah 4/4, 4:34pm
We are feeding grains that is suppose to go to people to cows, pigs and chickens

John 4/4, 4:34pm
omg. that is awful

Eddie Mah 4/4, 4:34pm
We can feed them directly to children and help them stop the starvation

John: ya i guess thats a lot of animals to feed

Eddie Mah 4/4, 4:34pm
100 Billion animals a year!

see i have thought of going vegetarian but i need the protein

Eddie Mah
There is a myth about protein dear John.
In reality we need Amino Acids which form into proteins in our bodies. All fruits and veggies contain complete amounts and variations of Amino Acids.

so i could be vegeterian and not die?

Eddie Mah
Animal protein causes many diseases like cancer, heart disease, liver and kidney disease.

i had a heart attack a few months back
my blood pressure is very high

Veganism will heal you my good friend
You are putting the wrong fuel in your body.

i can understand vegeterian but vegan is xtreme
you dont need to kill a cow to get milk
if you dont get the milk from the cow then it will die!@

Which one is more extreme? Open heart surgery or eating a banana?

well milk and eggs is good for you
i know meat isnt even though it has protein

Kidney dialysis or eating a fruit smoothie?

but we need strong bones
i am going to try and eat no meat because i need to but i need cheese or i would die lol

Eggs, milk and meat is the reason of your heart attack and your high blood pressure.

even milk? wow

Strong bones come from the sun and eating greens

John : oh

Eddie Mah
Cows get their calcium from eating plants.

but i think buying all those vegetables would be too expansive

Banana is 20 cents a piece.
veggies are mostly less than $1.50 a lb.
Meat is more that $4 a lb.
Your life is at risk.

John: how do i go vegan? just eat lots of plants?
can i eat fish?

You can eat anything that is made for you.
Which includes all fruits and veggies
Rice, legumes, nuts
Nothing derived from animals.
They will kill you John.

Fast forward to April 7 
John 4/7, 9:49am
hi eddie i havent eaten any animal products all weekend still going strong
ive lost 2 pounds so far

Eddie Mah 4/7, 9:51am

Fastforward to April 20, Today:
John 4:20pm
Hi eddie i have been mostly vegan since we talked
I found a support group in my city
I have lost 6 pounds and feel a lot healthier!

April 20, 2014 10:29 am
"Today is International Day in Honour of Britches."
10:27 am

(Source: facebook.com)

9:02 am

Do you remember the day you became a vegan? What is your story?

Marie G Cassandra: I was watching a documentary on tv from a tv show called la semaine verte. It was about how pigs were so brutally hurt. That was the first time. I lasted 3 months, then later that year I watched From Farm to Fridge, I cried so much seeing all the atrocity. I went vegan august 16th and still am. My family is verry accepting!

Melanie Johnston: I was on Pink’s website, and there was a petition against KFC cruelty. I clicked on that link, and then I saw Meet your Meat from PETA, I cried for 2 days! Never again! Ever!

Kristin Monahan: I actually wanted to go vegan when I went vegetarian when I was 13 back in 2005 (like I wanted to skip over vegetarianism and go straight to the good stuff) but my mother told me I couldn’t because I had to do all this research first and find out how to properly eat, so I had to humor her, but then 8 months ago I kept thinking about how weird and creepy it is that we eat dairy and eggs, and I couldn’t take it any more, so I asked my mom if she would buy the stuff for me if I went vegan, and having changed since those days, she said yes.

Sarah Jean Prokop: I watched Vegucated and my bf and I went vegan that day! I struggled a bit with dairy though (slipped up and gave into urges) then I saw Earthlings while sitting on a leather couch and at the end of it I was on the floor clutching a pillow and sobbing. Have been vegan ever since.

Angela Larkin Crosher: Watched Forks over Knives, that was part one (the vegan for health part.) Then I saw Vegucated and a dairy cow video. Realized I could never go back after that. So if my health side ever falters, my ethics side kicks in and vice versa. Husband joined me (he’s trying to be vegan, I know he slips sometimes at work) and son is 100% vegan toddler. Even my skeptical mom is now vegan.

Rachèll-Marie Couch: My 22 year old cousin was going through a battle with cancer and my partners cousin was 35 and going through his 2nd triple bypass surgery. I told myself I wasn’t going to follow either one of their paths and decided to start living a healthy and compassionate lifestyle. 2 years later and 120 lbs shed off me I will never go back to that lifestyle EVER again! So thankful I have a partner who’s just as caring, compassionate and supportive of this change as I am it wouldn’t have been easy without him being vegan as well.

Debra June Powell: After seeing my brother in laws health improve. it has been a total transformation for me. I called myself an animal lover, but i never lived like one. I see now how brainwashed i was into thinking it was not only fine but necessary to eat meat. i weep for my younger self.

Marianne Meyer Nielssen: Long story, a bit back and forth, fell into the low carb craze, couldn’t close my eyes to the horrors of factory farming anymore. (Norway is not the US, but we’re getting there! ) Well, Jonathan Safran Foer also had a long a winding road towards becoming vegan:)

Ksenia Shor: I’ve been vegetarian since I was 16 (“after watching Meet Your Meat”), then one morning when I was 20, while cooking breakfast, I broke an egg to make an omelette, and was like “ew that is so gross, how could I ever eat this before”.

Allysa Rostin: I was always interested in becoming vegetarian, but was one of those ‘but meat tastes so good! What would I even eat?!’ People, then I was taking a taxi and the driver was talking about how he was vegetarian, so the next day I found Vegucated on netflix, cried, and immediately became vegetarian, and took a little less then a month to fully transition to veganism.

Sarah O’Toole: My teen son told me he wanted to be a vegetarian and asked me to help him look for recipes and cruelty free toiletries. Whilst looking at the leaping bunny site I noticed some products were labelled vegan and something clicked in my mind: “vegans must have real reasons for what they do - so maybe I should find out what’s so wrong with dairy etc”. As soon as I found out that answer I instantly lost all desire for any animal products whatsoever. Stopped right there and then. Best thing I’ve ever done apart from getting married and having my children (all 3 kids are now vegan too).

Manon Desjardins: I was sitting on the sofa with my dog and I just asked me “why do I love a dog?” and eat an animal at dinner!

Jade Doe: I have been vegetarian for over 7 years now and started to red more about eggs and figured that I was a hypocrite with saying I care about animal rights and loving animals. So I step by step became vegan and it has helped me so much with my ED. Everyone thinks it is a type of restriction but to me it opened a door into a life in which I feel so much less guilty about eating.. and eating reeeeeaaaally good food.

Alexander Peppe: When I was 14, I read on Wikipedia what meat was, and thought it was the saddest, cruelest thing. I never touched it again.

Emma Maeuser: I’m an avid Tumblr user, and one girl that I followed was (probably still is, but I’m not sure because she got rid of her blog) a vegan. She would reblog tons of posts about veganism and the meat, dairy, and egg industries, and it always made me feel slightly guilty because ever since I was young, I have admired vegetarians and wished that I could do it myself but just never tried. I sent her a message and she sent me links to Gary Yourofsky’s speech and Earthlings and after watching those I went vegetarian for one week, then basically said “screw it” and went full-out vegan.

Sierra Hannan: I became vegetarian when I was 8 after watching the episode of Braceface where Sharon (voiced by Alicia Silverstone) went veggie. When I was 13 I started visiting peta’s website and learned about the horror that happens inside of egg and dairy farms, so I went vegan. I’m not a huge peta fan now, but I owe them a lot.

Alex McKee: I was on mushrooms in Chicago …….

Stacie Leppky: 10 years ago I was working night shift at a women’s shelter and had lots of time to kill during the day when everyone else was working. So I was on the computer a lot…I just happened to come across a PETA site about factory farming. I watched heartbreaking videos and read endless articles for 4 straight days. I realized I had been living a lie my whole life and couldn’t believe what I was seeing. At the end of the 4th day, after crying so hard for 4 days that I actually vomited, I threw out all my animal products from the kitchen and my closet and became vegan literally overnight.

Jagannātha Priya: was the second day in my new farm (where right now I have a animal sanctuary).. I’m vegetarian many years ago, many…, my farm is exactly next to the farm of one of the biggers dairy industry in my country, then i saw all.. all. the cows were literally crying, then a guy hit one and.. he hit her so hard that her eye jump.. she lost her eye in front of me!!!! In that moment I fainted.. then I was in my farm, crying, and I said to my friend: NEVER AGAIN! this its not any peta video.. peta videos are nice compared with what I see.

Mauro Júnior: very weird, but very funny at the same time, i was in a trance party, with a vegan friend…i took lsd in that party, he talked to me about how bad it was to eat meat, the truth behind it…
i tripped so much about what they do to the animals, was feeling so bad, but a bad feeling for a good reason, that feeling never gone away…
after that party i never ate meat again, 1 week later i became vegan, now i need this world Vegan!!

Joselito Vinluan: I was curious about the circle of life, that u are born, grow up to enjoy a kids life, u become a man get a degree get a job have a family of ur own or grow old with a partner , then u start having hypertension, high cholesterol, overweight,all medical problems of all sort then I ask that question:”why is it so ? I always thought that its just part of growing old and some arejust unlucky that they get cancer, it has bothered me all those years, when I watched videos, read books of dr neal barnard, dr michael klaper, dr alan goldhamer, collin t campbell, dr esselstyn and other significant stuffs about veganism it all made sense , proud vegan since May2013.

David Escobar: My wife showed me a Facebook post about veal. Fuckin’ done. It’s been a little over a year now.

Suzie Reamy Joiner: Mine was actually spiritual. I was a vegetarian, and I wanted to give up something meaningful for Lent. I had been thinking of trying to go vegan and drew parallels in my spiritual life with my understandings of suffering and sacrifice. I thought I would be the one sacrificing something for Lent. That lasted about 5 days. I began to see the true suffering and sacrifice animals make unwillingly from films and websites. It has been an eye opening journey. I no longer feel as if I am sacrificing anything, simply following a more pure and spirit filled life. I will remain vegan because it is the right thing to do. AND, it’s pretty easy, I think. I have to read a few more labels, but there are so many options out there that are cruelty free.

Julie Wagner: I met a vegan family and saw that it was possible and not only that it was easy to take the step from being veggie to being vegan but we could even easily do it as a family. We became vegan that day.

Kun Kang: I was watching Korean news through internet. They were talking about some disease wide spread among domestic animals in this small town. They had to either euthanize 4 millions of animals or bury them. It was lightly snowing, very cold day, the hundreds of pigs were herded out of the shed. All of them gathered, this guy with tractor was pushing them into the giant hole to bury them alive. They were oinking and tried to get out of the hole realizing they were being killed ALIVE. And then this farmer was interviewed who had to euthanize cows. He cried the whole time and said “don’t come back as animals, be in good place, forgive us”. He cried out loud as he had to kill all of his cows. I screamed in terror and shock. I buried my face in my both palm, wept hours and hours. I said to myself, “I am so truly sorry, I did not know, I was blind, I was dumb, please forgive me. I will never ever be part of this” I had NO ONE told me this cruelty. I wish someone did sooner. Why the fuck other people can’t get it when I tell them. Why can’t they say “I want to know what really happened”, but most of them turn their heads away and say “I don’t want to know because I love my steak, cheese and ice cream”. The world is doomed.

Rhiannon Avaneen: I have been vegetarian my entire life, except for a rare indulgence in cod or shrimp, because I have always known that I loved animals and didn’t want to eat them….especially cows and pigs….when I watched Babe it actually meant something to me. However, I was oblivious about dairy and eggs for a long time. I wanted to believe the wholesome tale of happy cows and chickens on organic farms at least. Then, about May 23 of last year, I watched Forks Over Knives, which turned me instantly plant-based for health reasons. Overnight, I cut out, not only all dairy, eggs, but also almost all processed foods…especially those with corn syrups, bleached/white flour, additives, hydrogenated oils, GMO’s. In my researching the following days, I came across several videos on youtube that brought me to tears. I had not made the connections….veal, ripping mother from child, slaughtered dairy cows, etc. Then, I got the guts to watch Earthlings….that was it…I was done….with dairy, eggs, meat of course, fish, wool, leather, down, circuses, zoos…some of which I regrettably did not give much thought to before. There is no going back. Now I will spend the rest of my life trying to convince other people of what they desperately wish to deny.

Minna Takala: I was on my way to work, it was about 6,45 am and my day starts 7 am.. So i was moving fast i was walking thru train station and there was this one little sticker among many, which did show a factory pig and writing on it “in what right ?” I don’t know why i did notice it but i did. And in that second i became a vegan. I have been vegan now little over a year, and every day i realize how happy i am about it then my sister became a vegan (well she had been vegetarian whole her life) and our mother too. And yesterday i was on my cousins 30 yrs birthday partys, and they had made search on internet to check about what vegan can eat, so i have also something to eat at those partys. And they always listen when i talk about being a ethical reason vegan about animal rights etc. And vegan seeds have been planned in their mind.

Ciara Commerford: I was about 10 and on vacation in Mexico and we were at a “restaurant” which was outside pretty much.. and sand below us. There were chickens running around everywhere.. and then just a few. I had ordered a pollo quesadilla. My sister then pointed down at the lil chicken feet prints in the sand and said remember those chickens you thought were cute? You are eating them now. I forever quit eating meat.. then it took quite a few years before I started realizing dairy, eggs, honey etc is also torturing animals.

Victoria Mae: I use to think it was a diet choice because people just didn’t want to eat meat for whatever their reasons were. I actually had never met any vegans until maybe 2011/12ish (at least none told me they were prior to this, being the lonerish kind for most my early life, any kind of friend was hard to come by) I knew maybe one vegetarian a bit earlier, but she never really gave reasons. I’m fine to admit I was ignorant with a lot of it. Though after meeting a couple, and having a discussion that opened up my mind a lot more, I did some research and found out the horrid truths and did not want to be a part of any of that cruelty, so I stopped eating meat. Not even few months later I stumbled upon things of the dairy industry and it shocked me, so I gave up dairy/eggs, It was a little overwhelming at first, so much to remember! A lot of others helped me with this, and I was fine. It took me a couple months after this for me to call myself vegan as I still indulged in honey prior. This all happened in 2012.

Kathleen Sullivan: Occupy made me realize justice, equality and freedom don’t exist unless they include everyone.

Angie Seddon-Ellis: We had the Horsemeat scandal here. I saw a documentary on ” humane slaughter in England” there was nothing humane about it. I went vegetarian then and there and vegan 2 weeks later.

Isabelle Gélinas: Last year, in March, I read Eating Animals. The night I finished, right before going to sleep, I turned to my drowsing husband and told him: “That’s it. I’m going vegan.” He said: “Yeah, yeah. I give you three months.”
The whole family has been vegan for over a year now.

Doc Franklinstein: WE HAD NO GOOGLE THEN. August 16, 1973. I was at a camp with 10 V-People. by the end of camp there were 11. I don’t know if they stayed with it. but it was important enough to me. A question one asked me “When you eat a sloppy joe, do you wonder which end of the cow they stick in the grinder first?” And “At least I don’t have to think about what my food may have died from.” yep that did it for me.

Janet Marie Chotia: A discussion with a friend made me realize I had no excuse to continue eating meat or any other animal product. I am forever grateful that he made me see the light.

(Source: facebook.com)

April 17, 2014 10:25 pm

Shit vegans have to deal with - Part 1

Oh humans, you never cease to amaze me. Why would anyone write me a message telling me how they love ‘their’ meat? I mean.. WHY?! The internet is so vast, so amazing, so many interesting things to look for, read, watch, and you decide to contact me and let me know how much you like eating meat :*Do I *YAWN* *SCREAM* *CRY* and/ or LAUGH?

But it gets ‘funnier’, this person had the urge to tell me how open she is to try new food, but the moment I sugget that he tries some vegan food she goes like: “I SAID I LIKE MEAT! Meat analogues are so disgusting, they make my sensible, precious little tummy ache. But Haggis tastes nutty.”

Oh vegans, the shit we have to put up with.

Oh dear animals, the SHIT you have to put up with because of our ignorance.

12:53 pm 12:43 pm
"The greatest destructive force in the Amazon rainforest is clearing land for “cattle” ranching.

Every one who is against violence and injustice should consider becoming vegan because ANIMAL USE is great violence and most animal use is for trivial reasons of palate PLEASURE and we can easily meet our nutrition needs from plants (and non-animal sources).

Every ENVIRONMENTALIST should be vegan because animal agriculture and the capture and killing of “wild” animals for various reasons including killing animals to “protect livestock”, would not exist if there were no demand for animal products and no demand for animal use. Environmentalists should be vegan because a huge percentage of GHG are from animal use industry. Worldwatch Institute suggests 51% GHG are from the animal use sector.

Also we should be vegan because if we claim to want to PROTECT THE PLANET, we should naturally include the 99.99% of the planet’s population who are nonhuman.

We — humans - do not own the planet. The bottom line is ALL other animals (including domesticated animals) deserve at least one basic right — the right not to be used as property and veganism is THE step to taking that right seriously.

If we are against violence and injustice, then we need to be vegan.

12:31 pm 12:27 pm

When talking about animals, do you say “who,” or do you say, “that” —i.e., “this sweet cat *who* kept meowing,” or “sweet cat *that* kept meowing”?

Do you talk about someONE or someTHING?


"Here’s a really great article on using language in ways that doesn’t turn animals into objects. And if you’ve ever wondered what to say instead of “kill two birds with one stone,” there’s a great list of animal friendly alternatives for tons of common sayings, included!”
April 16, 2014 1:00 pm
Report: Large-Scale Survey of Vegans, Vegetarians, and Meat Reducers

"In the summer of 2013, Humane League Labs carried out a large-scale survey of vegans, vegetarians, semi-vegetarians, and omnivores to learn the demographic and diet change patterns of each group. With over 3,000 respondents, including over 1,500 vegans and vegetarians, the survey was the largest of its kind ever carried out. The goal of the survey was to enable vegan advocacy organizations to create more effective materials and messaging by learning more about each group and its eating patterns.

A total of 57 questions were posed to respondents. Statistical analysis was performed by Amit Steinberg, Gary Shapiro, and Shelley Hurwitz from Statistics Without Borders, to which we would like to extend our sincerest appreciation.


Because the study is wide-ranging, the results are too extensive to summarize here. Instead, they have been compiled into a downloadable 57-page PDF report:  Diet Change and Demographic Characteristics of Vegans, Vegetarians, Semi-Vegetarians, and Omnivores.

Implications For Vegan Advocates

The results have important implications for groups carrying out vegan advocacy and meat reduction efforts. While specific implications are not detailed in the report, they are fairly straightforward upon reading.”

April 15, 2014 4:01 pm
"Very important. General rule for English speakers - if you don’t do it in the human context, don’t do it in the nonhuman context.
Just make a little effort to say “she or he” or “her or him” if you don’t know the sex. It’s a little effort with a very important social message.
Nonhuman animals are *persons*, not *things*. Therefore, we should refer to a nonhuman animal as a “she” or “he,” never as an “it.””

"Very important. General rule for English speakers - if you don’t do it in the human context, don’t do it in the nonhuman context.

Just make a little effort to say “she or he” or “her or him” if you don’t know the sex. It’s a little effort with a very important social message.

Nonhuman animals are *persons*, not *things*. Therefore, we should refer to a nonhuman animal as a “she” or “he,” never as an “it.””

(Source: facebook.com)

March 29, 2014 9:10 am

The term omnivorous doesn’t mean must eat some animal products. It means capable of subsisting on both plant and animal matter.

Of the two, we are able to thrive without eating any animal products; however, if we eat no plants, we die.

In fact, decades of scientific evidence have demonstrated that humans have no biological need to consume flesh, eggs or dairy products.

We can get all the nutrients we need from plant foods, without the unhealthy animal protein and cholesterol, and without inflicting needless suffering and death on billions of animals.


Free From Harm Staff Writers