#veganuary#veganheroes Day 15: Joey Carbstrong
Joey is an animal liberation activist from Adelaide, Australia, determined to use his second chance at life to pave the way for a more compassionate future. Growing up in Northern superb of Salisbury, things were destined to be tough for Joey. “A lot of people will never make it out of that area - it becomes them”. Forced to adapt in an environment which fosters fear, paranoia and violence, Joey began using alcohol and drugs at age 14/15 to fit in with groups of friends. After starting to deal drugs himself, he began using meth daily, and this led to him developing severe anxiety, paranoia, and “serious mental illness”. His decade-long substance abuse saw him involved in gang violence and crime, and culminated in a stint in prison for firearm possession.
Prison was ultimately Joey’s saviour, acting as both rehab and an opportunity to reflect on the realities of what his life had become. “It was being sober.. I was sober, having this massive realization about all of the things that I’d done.” Having previously thought about the hypocrisy of eating animals, his newfound mental clarity led him to be inspired by the words of a raw food enthusiast: “He was always preaching about eating death and how it manifests in your body as disease. What he was saying made a lot of sense.” What began as a way to lose weight and prevent disease, has turned into one of the most inspiring redemption stories you will ever witness.
These days Joey focuses most of his time spreading the message of animal liberation to the masses. He encourages others to face up to the horrifying realities of what they are putting in their bodies, and consider veganism as the only option for the welfare of animals, and for the health of themselves and the planet. He uses his social media platform to share his experiences of engaging and debating with the public, attending slaughterhouse vigils, and also sharing helpful information on veganism and activism. He travels the world supporting groups of activists and speaking at events to inspire others to spread a positive message of love for animals and our fellow man.
Back tomorrow for Day 16 ✌🏻🌱
We send one species to the butcher and give our love and kindness to another apparently for no reason other than because it's the way things are. When our attitudes and behaviors toward animals are so inconsistent, and this inconsistency is so unexamined, we can safely say we have been fed absurdities.
Violent ideologies follow their own logic, the logic that sustains the system. As with any violent ideology, the populace must be shielded from direct exposure to the victims of the system, lest they begin questioning the system or their participation in it. This truth speaks for itself: why else would the meat industry go to such lengths to keep its practices invisible? ~ Melanie Joy
It's so sad that because of the way they look, some dogs can be victims of the Breed Specific Legislation here in the UK.
Despite the fact there is NO evidence to support that certain breeds are more aggressive and the number of dog bite victims continue to rise in the UK, some poor beautiful dogs are "euthanised" aka murdered, purely because of the way they look.
Please sign the petition so hopefully this act will be revised and lives will be saved. Link in bio
The world is a dangerous place. Not only because those that do evil, but those that sit back and watch without doing anything. Help me in fighting against animal cruelty with animal testing, and the disposing of innocent creatures that die during testing that don’t make the cut. Animals are suffocated in zip lock bags, permanently blinded by harsh chemicals in beauty products; scarred emotionally, mentally and physically from shock; punctured and being sliced open just for you to look good every day. Know where your products really come from by paying attention to the bunny on the bottle/box stating “peta approved” or “not tested on animals.” Huge signs to knowing you’re not supporting the cruelty and inhumane torture behind the closed doors of these labs. BAG THE CRUELTY: Help stop animal testing for makeup and beauty products. Help fight against animal cruelty for fashion. 🚨🔪👜👝👞 Do your research and start buying products that are @peta approved, animal cruelty free and vegan/organic. Understand the backstory of how these products were brought to the shelves through intense suffering of the forgotten innocent. Please don't support this cruelty with your purchases. 📸Credit: @broken_arrow_images. 👉🏽 Visit www.crueltyfreekitty.com and www.ethicalelephant.com, to find all the brands and designers that are and are NOT animal cruelty free. Compassion is the new fashion.
#veganuary#veganheroes Day 13: Stefanie Moir aka Naturally Stefanie
Glaswegian Stefanie has been vegetarian since the age of 10, and became vegan in 2013 out of a desire to live a healthy, cruelty-free life. ‘I went vegan to be able to live the healthiest and fittest life, whilst also reducing cruelty to animals and my negative impact on the environment'. She promotes vegan health and fitness to her huge following on YouTube and Instagram, with content ranging from taste-tests and recipe videos, to workouts, to daily vlogs. Her food swap “eat this, not that” and “accidentally vegan” videos are particularly popular, showing that making healthy choices doesn’t have to have to mean sacrificing on taste and convenience.
She is a great example to young women (and men) when it comes to promoting a healthy appetite, and is living proof that being vegan isn’t all salads and juices. Stefanie promotes weight training as a way to keep fit, and is very relatable for a generation that are putting wanting to become stronger and healthier through diet and exercise. Her positive experiences as a vegan also help to draw some of these people away from the animal-protein-focused fitness industry that they find themselves in. 'Since going vegan, I'm never bloated, I feel more energised, my skin is clearer and I find I recover quicker after working-out. It's also easier to maintain a healthy body weight. I wasn’t looking to lose weight but I wanted to build muscle and lean out. A plant-based diet has definitely helped me to do that.” I can’t remember exactly how I came across Stefanie’s content (probably her accidentally vegan series), but I remember thinking that it was hilarious, and that she was probably the least pretentious fitness person I had ever seen, and was just the right amount of zany to keep you interested in what she was talking about. I have heard people criticise her as not being “properly vegan” because she promotes brands like MyProtein (not fully vegan), but it’s athletes like Stefanie that are changing the mentally of an industry, and making brands take notice and produce alternatives, until eventually the demand for vegan becomes the majority. ⬇️⬇️⬇️
#veganuary#veganheroes Day 12: Dr. Melanie Joy
If you’ve ever wondered why you want to cuddle your dog, but the thought of slow-roasting them completely disgusts you - Dr. Joy has your answer. She also knows why if little Rex had been unlucky enough to be born a cow or pig, he would already be dead and on the way to someone’s stomach. The psychology and sociology professor coined the term carnism to describe the invisible ideology that has conditioned humans to believe that it is acceptable to eat certain animals, and unthinkable to eat others - no matter how similar they are. Her research shows that people that consume animal products (including vegetarians) use a defence mechanism she calls the “3 Ns of Justification” - normal, natural and necessary - to explain behaviour which is in direct conflict with what is in their hearts. “It's totally arbitrary. Horses are eaten in France, and dogs in some parts of Asia, but they would never be seen on a menu in the UK.” Dr Joy became vegan in 1989, after being hospitalised with food poisoning from eating a hamburger. This led to a huge shift in how she viewed animal consumption, and she could not support it any longer. “People looked at me like I had two heads. My mother thought I wouldn’t live to see my 30th birthday. Now she’s 74 and become a vegan herself”
Her work focuses on the psychology of oppression, and how dominant belief systems concentrate power at the expense of others. She believes the ethical imbalance of carnism also feeds into the injustices of race, gender and sexuality. “If you can oppress living creatures, soon enough those feelings of superiority will be forced onto other humans.” Melanie’s work is fascinating, and her methods of changing people are quite unique. “Veganism has always been ‘you’re the problem or the solution’, but most people don’t go vegan overnight. ‘Vegan allies’ support the cause but aren’t yet vegan themselves for whatever reason. Some of those who have done most for the cause are journalists whose stories get millions of views. I recommend that people who want to reduce their guilt move towards living as vegan as possible.” Links ⬇️ Back tomorrow for Day 13 ✌🏻🌱
💜💜 #smoothiebowlsaturdays (even though I eat them nearly everyday) go to this beauty 😍 so happy my campus has this delicious smoothie place called ShakeSmart where they have tons of smoothies & smoothie bowls ! 🍌🍓🥜 Here I'm eating a PB&A Bowl, a blend of peanut butter, acai, soymilk and I ask for soy chocolate protein ! It's topped with granola, cocoa nibs, & bananas! •School starts in 4 shorts days I'm in mostly excited to eat these again 😭😍 •
So this weekend marks a couple of firsts for me. First time traveling with a baby and first time traveling as a vegan. Best way to prepare for both? Bring everything! In all seriousness though, I did decide to pack enough food to keep me fed since the family I'm staying with probably doesn't have anything vegan friendly. I adapted this lasagna from the eggplant lasagna recipe I made in the past from @minimalistbaker, using lasagna noodles instead of eggplant and adding 2 layers of spinach. I also made a vegan chili (2 cans diced tomato, 1 can crushed tomato, 1 can black beans, 2 cans kidney beans, celery, carrots, mushrooms, peppers, onion, yellow squash, salt, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, crock pot on high for 6 hours), and premade some salads. I was able to put it all together the day before we left and there's still leftovers waiting in the fridge when we get back. I also brought my vegan ranch so I have something to dip my fries in because fast food fries are still the best part of road trips. I also did a little research and picked a few fast food options I'm down with for the drive. Subway is my first choice. The veggie delite with oil and vinegar is yum. Taco bell is also a good one. And surprisingly, chik fil a is my third pick. Their side salad and fries is the perfect size lunch. They also have fruit cups. What are some of your favorite vegan travel foods?
#veganheroes Day 11: The Filmmakers (PT1)
Land Of Hope And Glory -
Arguably one of the most shocking exposés of our time, the team at Surge set out to bring to light the horror and devastation caused by UK land animal farming. A direct response to the “that kind of thing doesn’t happen here” attitude to the documentary Earthlings, LOHAG showcases mind-blowing and heartbreaking footage from around 100 UK facilities. I promise you that within the first 5 minutes your eyes will be opened, and in just 48 minutes your life will be changed forever. Experience life as a “farmed” animal in the UK, and see the world through the eyes of pigs, cows, birds, and sheep - from the beginning of their lives, to the all-too-premature end. You will see mothers that would give anything for their babies to escape this life, and the babies that just never had a chance. I would be lying if I said that this film will not will take you to the darkest parts of your conscience, but the hope is that that darkness will help you to see the light. Land of Hope and Glory will show you the true cost of what you’re eating, it’s up to you to decide if it’s a cost worth paying.
Carnage: Swallowing the Past -
Set in 2067, Simon Amstell’s Sci-Fi vegan mockumentary takes place in future Britain - where meat, eggs and dairy are outlawed, and older generations try to cope with the guilt of their pasts. Satire and humour are in large supply, as we are taken on a journey through the previous 125 years, from the height of animal consumption, right up until its complete disappearance.
Carnage is a great starting point for “go vegan” documentaries, as it is funny and entertaining (even making fun of vegans) but also delivers a strong message to the viewer. It briefly intertwines real footage of slaughterhouse abuse and cooking shows with the fictional narrative, to show just how easy it is to become desensitised to something, and how advertising has shaped all of our lives. It's not about shame, or statistics. Instead, the film asks one simple question: When we look back on our treatment of animals, will we really be able to live with how we have treated them?
Links ⬇️ Back tomorrow for Day 12 ✌🏻🌱
Today is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day- millions of children are STILL being trafficked for sex, and women are being forced to endure torturous lives of working in horrific conditions- these women and children are disposable. It's time to rescue and END this once and for all. NO MORE HUMAN TRAFFICKING. We are all human. Men, women, and children. One in the same. There is no reason for such cruelty. Follow @uheroes to get involved! This is our mission in 2018 and going forward until this slavery has been vanquished! #humanrights#humantrafficking#children#fairtrade#endslaverynow#donate#empowerfamilies#protect#rescue#awareness#endcruelty
She's like a Rose from the Garden Of Paradise. Delicate, her fragrance raises senses & her presence lights up any room. She's always the first to smile.
She examples her deen with her kindness. God is conscious within her, so much that her ways influence those around her. She is closer than most to God. Her soul is met by the purest of intentions that her heart, and mind have to offer. She has a prayer, a dream & a yearning for changes that would benefit us ALL in this world.
She is everything a woman is supposed to be. Ambitious, family orientated, loyal, helpful, clean, caring, fragile, strong. She is home. She is whole. She is scared. She is always prepared. Life has taught her that much to say the least. She sleeps with no fear. She dreams of waking to sounds that fill her with hapiness. She wants to share herself wholly with no fear. She heeds advice from her counsel. Knows which direction. She needs trust not inspection. She needs faith not deception. She lived out a curse, May God guide her to and provide her with the most ultimate blessing.
She... She is beautiful. She is honest. She is loud. She is quiet. She is happy. She is sad. She is sunshine. She is rain. She is joy. She needs no more pain. She is calm. She is suffering on it's path to retribution. She is struggle. She is strength. She has the will of an army of a million men. She is passion. She is a lesson. She is perfection. She is a blessing. She is my bredren.
😶😳🤥 Written by my #bredren#youtalkinboutme ?? #cuteaf 👊💯 I am what God made me... Human 😂 I just can't pretend to be anything or any way else.
I know alot of people are trying out Veganuary for health/diet reasons but it is so much more important than that ! Please educate yourselves and watch Cowspiracy, What the Health or Earthlings and learn all about this wonderful lifestyle 💚
We just received our petition packet from @preventcrueltyca 🐷🐮 🐔
We'll have the forms to sign at our booth when we're at events and when we're out and about.
More volunteers are needed in this effort to reduce the cruelty suffered by farm animals. This measure will have a powerful impact beyond California, too, as compassionate people continue to chip away at the cruel norms by which animals are treated and affect the distorted, callous lens by which they are viewed.
To volunteer, please check out @preventcrueltyca. Let's keep this wave rolling.
Compassion Looks Good On You
#veganuary#veganheroes Day 10: James Aspey
Australian James led a fairly average life until he was, at age 17, faced with a gruelling battle against a rare combination of cancers that threatened to end his life within 6 weeks. “This was the first time that I’d ever experienced what it was like to suffer”. After 3 years of aggressive treatment (fighting multiple diseases, and a 25kg weight gain) he beat cancer, and became a personal trainer - inspired to help people by the trainer that had helped him crawl out of his own suffering. 8 years later, after working on a cruise ship where he ate and partied hard, he was inspired to try vegetarianism by a wise old Indian man, who opened his eyes to the health benefits and that "eating animals is bad karma." After feeling the huge benefits after just 3 days, his initial 1 week “selfish experiment” was followed by extensive research which led him to discover that other people had very different reason for being vegetarian - not wanting to contribute to animal suffering. He discovered the horrors of the animal industry and learned that animal products were not essential for health, and came to the conclusion the only moral, ethical, and healthy decision to make was to remove animal products from his life completely. “If we aren’t eating animals for health, and we don’t need them to survive and be healthy, what are we doing this to them for? I didn’t care about animals, but I know injustice when I see it, I know unnecessary violence when I see it, and I know oppression when I see it.. and they are not the kind of qualities that I want to be”. In 2014 he took a year-long vow of silence, travelling Australia and raising awareness about animal cruelty without speaking. He also wrote a blog during this time, and cycled 5000km to Sydney, to prove people could still be healthy and athletic on a vegan diet. He ended his vow of silence on Australian morning TV, with the words "The reason I took the vow of silence was to raise awareness for the voiceless victims of this planet. So much cruelty happens because of us and at the same time with a few small changes we can fix it." Continued in comments ⬇️⬇️⬇️
So the next step in my journey to living a life as free from cruelty as possible is to begin the process of finding products I love that don't test on animals. For me, this is the most overwhelming aspect of a vegan lifestyle. In order to make this change easier, I'm taking it slow. Instead of throwing all my stuff out and starting all over, I'll be replacing things one at a time. Starting with just MY products. My husband, although open to my vegan diet, is not happy about switching all of our household products. I recently ran out of body lotion. Yesterday I went to Target with the intention of getting Seventh Generation body lotion because I know they're natural and cruelty free, and I already use their products for my daughter. But as I stood in the body care aisle with no Seventh Generation to be seen, I didn't have to panic. I simply pulled out the cruelty-free bunny app on my phone to find a different brand. Alba Botanicals is cruelty-free (the bunny logo is right on the bottle) and has a decent selection at Target. I even grabbed their face wash because I have had issues with breakouts for years. I'll share before and after pictures if it makes a noticeable difference. So, my point is, switching to cruelty-free products doesn't have to be overwhelming. Take it slow and use the cruelty-free bunny app to make finding vegan brands a snap!
the industries that exploit animals want you to believe that labels like “free-range” and “organic” means something. they want you to believe these labels are true and that they mean the animals are kept in humane conditions and raised for slaughter without the cruelty. (you can't raise someone and slaughter it, that in itself is cruelty)
the package may have happy chickens, it may have colorful drawings and conciousness easing labels but keep in mind that hens raised for their eggs are subjected to cramped, filthy conditions until their egg production begins to decrease when they’re about 2 years old and then they’re typically slaughtered because less eggs = less profit. more than 100 million “spent” hens are killed in slaughterhouses every year. every year, millions of male chicks are killed usually in a high speed grinder called a “macerator because they’re worthless to the egg industry no eggs = no profit. .
in a natural setting, a hen will cluck to her chicks before they even hatch while sitting on the eggs in her nest. they peep back to her and to each other through their shells. on factory farms, eggs are taken from the mother as soon as they are laid and placed in large incubators a chick will never meet his or her parents. .
chickens experience REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, which indicates that they dream, just like we do. chicken are not ‘stupid’ or ‘robotic’, they can distinguish more than 80 members of their own species and they can learn to do puzzles and play games and are good with solving problems.
the industries try to manipulate you and will continue to try but please realise the truth and stop exploiting them.
be vegan. 📸 @letallbejust
Back in the day, calves were allowed to drink as much as they wanted and the left overs (if any) would be consumed by family members to avoid formation of rotten milk in the udder. Humans never needed milk from another species but this was never understood. While the oxes were used in agriculture, the cows were used for milk. As population expanded, things changed. Cattle are materialistic entities these days. Fact: Apart from injecting the cow with high dosage of oxytocin (which is harmful to the cow and the human consuming the milk) prior to milking, they let the calf close to its mother to ensure she lactates. But immediately, drag the child away and take away its milk. If this is not the coldest form of manipulation. We don't know what is.
When you see a calf, lamb, puppy or kitten. Does anyone realise they're the baby of that species? Would you throw a rock at a baby? Would you poison a baby? Would you steal the baby's milk from its mother?
#veganuary#veganheroes Day 9: Michael Dearborn aka Mic the Vegan
Mic ( 🎤 ) the Vegan is a vegan science writer and YouTuber whose content covers a wide variety of topics, centred around challenging and debunking the myths of veganism, with the goal of spreading truthful information. This includes everything from discussing the health effects of a vegan diet (truths about deficiencies, myths about certain foods such as soy etc), to the environmental impact of animal products, and the “sociological phenomenon of casual animal exploitation.” Chicago-based Mic has made it his mission to “break carnism” and debunk the myths, reports, and studies whose only purpose is to further fuel the dietary and lifestyle choices that are destroying countless lives every day. Mic’s unique sense of humour and satire blends incredibly well with his undeniably logical and fact-based approach. He uses humour to plant the seeds of truth in your head, and you can guarantee you will go away from every video having learned something. “My goal is to bust myths about veganism and make going vegan easier through videos. This is for the animals, your health, and the health of the planet.” Videos like “Soy and Manboobs: A Busty Myth", "5 Reasons Vegans are Better at Sex”, and “Waking Up at 4am to Milk the Almonds” draw you in with humour before delivering a very important message. Other videos offer research-based insight into the impact of animal products on health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, MS, Alzheimer’s, and even acne and back pain, as well as debunking false information that is is wide circulation.
While I believe that activism is very important, Mic’s content is activism in its on right, and in addition to the audience he reaches, his content also arms others with the facts and knowledge required to spread the this message in the best way possible.
Please visit https://micthevegan.com and https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGJq0eQZoFSwgcqgxIE9MHw for Mic’s fantastic content!
Back tomorrow for Day 10 ✌🏻🌱