Well it’s now 2012 and the times they are a changing.
Veganism is more and more popular than it was 10-20 years ago. This trend looks like it’s not going to slow down any time soon.
Just look at these recent newsworthy bites of vegan goodness…
Celebrity Veganism: Seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams decided to eat a raw, vegan diet recently in order to manage her symptoms of Sjogren’s syndrome. Read more >>
Smart Animals: “Increasing evidence supports the notion that humans and dogs share some social skills, with dogs’ social-cognitive functioning resembling that of a 6-month to 2-year-old child in many respects,” more here >>
Vegan Bodybuilding: “As the popularity of veganism has spread in recent years — fueled in part by a flurry of food-focused documentaries like ‘Super Size Me,’ ‘Food, Inc.’ and ‘Forks Over Knives’ — its imprint can be seen in industries like publishing (VegNews) and fashion (hemp tote bags). It has even entered bodybuilding, perceived by many as a population of vein-popping men and women thriving off meat and artificial enhancements. Competitors like Sitko are forging a distinctive subculture of antibeef beefcakes who hope to change more of their competitors’ eating habits.” read more from the NY Times >>
Truth in Advertising: “We have labels on cigarettes saying you will die I don’t know why we can’t have labels on packages of meat saying these 60,000 of these animals were raised in a windowless shed and fed antibiotics from birth to death. It’s the truth so why shouldn’t we have access to it?” JSF in an interview with the Ecologist >>
Activism: Erik Marcus offers 5 ways to spread veganism >>
Education and Entertainment: Delicious TV is fundraising for a six episode season of fun and lively new 1/2 hour vegan cooking show to be distributed to U.S. public television stations. The show will be called Vegan Mashup. You can donate here >>
On Humane Meat: “Raising happy animals just so that they can be killed is really an egregious double cross. The “raise them, love them, and then kill them” line of reasoning doesn’t have a meaningful ring of compassion. And this isn’t mercy killing (euthanasia) performed because these animals need to be put out of their pain. No, these healthy and happy animals are slaughtered, and if you dare to look into their eyes, you know that they’re suffering. If you wouldn’t treat a dog like this, then you shouldn’t treat a cow, a pig, or any other animal in this way.” more here >>
Travel: “The number of airport restaurants offering healthy foods has increased sharply from 2001, when PCRM’s inaugural airport food review found just 57 percent of airport eateries offering at least one healthful option.” more >>
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