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Old MacDonald’s farm is a fanciful myth. Cows used in the dairy industry are continually impregnated so their milk can be stolen for human consumption. Their babies are taken away shortly after birth. The male calves are sold for "veal" or cheap “beef,” while the female calves are isolated in plastic hutches like these. There is no comfort for these animals, who will themselves be impregnated and have their babies taken. This is why I am vegan. This is why I love plant-based milk.⠀
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#WorldPlantMilkDay #vegansofig #notyourmomnotyourmilk #dumpdairy #soymilk #almondmilk #hempmilk #dairyfree ⠀
Old MacDonald’s farm is a fanciful myth. Cows used in the dairy industry are continually impregnated so their milk can be stolen for human consumption. Their babies are taken away shortly after birth. The male calves are sold for "veal" or cheap “beef,” while the female calves are isolated in plastic hutches like these. There is no comfort for these animals, who will themselves be impregnated and have their babies taken. This is why I am vegan. This is why I love plant-based milk.⠀ ⠀ #WorldPlantMilkDay  #vegansofig  #notyourmomnotyourmilk  #dumpdairy  #soymilk  #almondmilk  #hempmilk  #dairyfree  ⠀
Remembering the elephant Tyke, who was gunned down after escaping from a circus on this day in 1994. (Netflix is currently streaming a 2015 documentary about this tragedy; it's called "Tyke: Elephant Outlaw.")⠀
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#TykeTheElephant #circuscruelty #emptythecages #tykeelephantoutlaw
I'm so thankful we have an Ethiopian restaurant nearby.

#ethiopianfood #vegansofig #eatyourveggies
I seem to have amassed a nice collection of stickers, courtesy of @foodempowermentproject, @herbivoreclothing, @compassionco, and @ffgrocery. I definitely have more stickers than water bottles or cars to put them on.⠀
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#stickermania #veganstickers #animalrights #spreadcompassion #stickwithveganism #eatyourethics
Last weekend I attended the @farmsanctuary Hoe Down in Watkins Glen, NY. As much as I enjoyed the speakers, the surrounding beauty, and the delicious vegan meals, what I appreciated most was spending time with many of the animals rescued from the meat, egg, and dairy industries—animals like Faith, whose body is no longer exploited for milk. With the current state of the world, I believe it's more important than ever that we do all we can to de-stress. If you're able to, please take time to visit a reputable farmed animal sanctuary and experience the affection, acceptance, and trust of animals whose early lives were spent only in misery. You may even want to bring a non-vegan friend.⠀
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#cowsofig #friendsnotfood #animalrescue #farmsanctuarylife #veganfortheanimals #eatplants #aveganethic #compassionfatigue #selfcare #watkinsglen ⠀
Last weekend I attended the @farmsanctuary Hoe Down in Watkins Glen, NY. As much as I enjoyed the speakers, the surrounding beauty, and the delicious vegan meals, what I appreciated most was spending time with many of the animals rescued from the meat, egg, and dairy industries—animals like Faith, whose body is no longer exploited for milk. With the current state of the world, I believe it's more important than ever that we do all we can to de-stress. If you're able to, please take time to visit a reputable farmed animal sanctuary and experience the affection, acceptance, and trust of animals whose early lives were spent only in misery. You may even want to bring a non-vegan friend.⠀ ⠀ #cowsofig  #friendsnotfood  #animalrescue  #farmsanctuarylife  #veganfortheanimals  #eatplants  #aveganethic  #compassionfatigue  #selfcare  #watkinsglen  ⠀
For staff, volunteers, and visitors to New York's @farmsanctuary, the sheep and goat barn is a place to relax and feel rejuvenated. These gentle, affectionate animals nudge you for attention (though one or two might try to eat your shirt). Unlike their relatives bred, raised, and killed in industrial animal factories, the sheep and goats at Farm Sanctuary are loved and enjoy the freedom of wandering a landscape of lush green hills. Spending time with them is an unforgettable experience.⠀
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#sheepofinstagram #goatsofinstagram #friendsnotfood #animalrescue #farmsanctuarylife #vegantravel #veganfortheanimals #eatplants
For staff, volunteers, and visitors to New York's @farmsanctuary, the sheep and goat barn is a place to relax and feel rejuvenated. These gentle, affectionate animals nudge you for attention (though one or two might try to eat your shirt). Unlike their relatives bred, raised, and killed in industrial animal factories, the sheep and goats at Farm Sanctuary are loved and enjoy the freedom of wandering a landscape of lush green hills. Spending time with them is an unforgettable experience.⠀ ⠀ #sheepofinstagram  #goatsofinstagram  #friendsnotfood  #animalrescue  #farmsanctuarylife  #vegantravel  #veganfortheanimals  #eatplants 
Like most of the animals at @farmsanctuary in New York, Gidget was rescued from the animal ag industry. ⠀
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#friendsnotfood #animalrescue #farmsanctuary #watkinsglen
It does my heart and soul good to be at the beautiful @farmsanctuary in New York and meet so many rescued animals. My sincere thanks to @susiecoston for a very special tour. ⠀
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#farmsanctuary #friendsnotfood #vegantravel #cowsofig
It's always a good day when I can sit and relax with my friend Emmeline.⠀
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#rabbitsofinstagram #friendsnotfood #rabbitrescue #vegansofig
Happy International Cat Day. Today and every day, please adopt, don't shop.⠀
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#InternationalCatDay #MarkTwain #adoptdontshop #catsofig #catrescue #catquotes
Remembering Lolita, taken from her pod in the violent Penn Cove capture on this day in 1970, now in misery at @MiamiSeaquarium_.⠀
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#freelolita #captivitykills #miamiseaquarium #orca #animalliberation
Anything you can eat, I can vegan—like this mouthwatering homemade carrot cake topped with pecans.⠀
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#carrotcake #vegansofinstagram #vegandessert #yesihadseconds
Only in Silicon Valley would this be considered art.

#hotellife #SanJose #LaQuinta #smartphoneart
One of my very favorite things about summer.⠀
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#berries #strawberries #raspberries #blackberries #farmersmarket #freshproduce #freshfruit #supportfarmers
These two called out to us as we drove by, so we had to stop and say hello. They have a very large piece of land to explore and are just about the friendliest goats I've ever met.⠀
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#goatsofinstagram #friendsnotfood #vegansofinstagram #goatsarecool