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Mum baked two cakes today. Cause she gave birth to my sis and me on the same day (different years) ^^

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annaliseklowss asked: Hey gal, I think it's fantastic the choices you make with the food you eat however, you shouldn't criticise others for the choices they make with food. Some people eat meat and some eat plant based food but that is their choice. You shouldn't be so tunnel visioned with your opinion.

vegan-yums:

When your “food choices” greatly impact other things (humans, non-human animals and the planet) it’s no longer a personal choice. Animals aren’t grazing happily in beautiful pastures then walk their way onto your plate. You literally have to unlearn everything you hear growing up, most of it is utter bullshit, we’re absolutely brainwashed by these money hungry industries -

  • Over 56 billion animals are killed a year for food. Meat we don’t need.
  • In the US 70% of grain grown and 85% of soy grown is for cattle and other farm animals. Could feed a lot of starving people with that. 
  • It takes 13 pounds of grain to make one pound of animal flesh..again could be using that to feed hungry people.
  • 260 million acres of US forest has been leveled to grow grain and house livestock for meat.
  • 80% of deforestation of the Amazon rain forest is due to cattle farms, and growing crops to feed them.
  • Half the water in the US is used to raising ”food animals”
  • US fisheries kill thousands of protected and engendered sea animals. Cetaceans (dolphins, whales, porpoises) and sharks are tremendously affected by trawl nets.
  • Meat is often contaminated with feces. Campylobacter (usually on chicken) alone is responsible for 2.4 cases of food poisoning a year. (96% of Tyson chicken tested positive for this bacteria)
  • Every year a shit ton of meat is contaminated with E. coli. The USDA reported that 70% food poisoning is caused by contaminated animal flesh
  • Yes plant food can be contaminated with e.coli and other bacteria but that’s due to runoff from cattle farms spraying/leaking into fields growing fresh vegetables.
  • Meat and dairy are loaded with antibiotics and hormones (even milk labeled as hormone free)
  • People talk about vegans ignoring exploited workers when according to Humans Right Watch slaughterhouse work is the most dangerous factory job in america. The work is filthy and they’re underpaid, in constant danger and crazily overworked. 
  • Dairy and meat have been linked to Heart Disease, High blood pressure, Many forms of cancer, diabetes and more. Animal protein, cholesterol and saturated animal fats are horrible for us. My doctor told me he had to worry about me less once I told him I was vegan.
  • Farm animals are just as smart as the pets we having in our homes. Pigs even smarter than dogs. These are sentient animals. These animals don’t die happy for your 5 minute meal, they struggle until their last breath.
  • Veganism doesn’t just help animals. Helps the planet and humans too. It’s unselfish, it’s important

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cotton-and-canvases asked: Do you criticize the carnivorous animals that eat meat to survive too? Lol because it's not their personal choice either. They could easily just climb up a tree and eat leaves instead right

vegan-yums:

It’s actually really worrisome that some people think this way. Lions don’t go to the grocery store for their meat. We’re not wild carnivorous animals. Lions and other carnivores need meat to survive, They’re equipped with the jaws, teeth, claws, instincts and intestines for it. We don’t run on instincts, you don’t see roadkill and get hungry, or prey on a moving squirrel. We have choices, we don’t need meat. We’re lazy, entitled and selfish humans, that’s all. We move our cart about the meat section of the grocery store and mumble about being at the top of the food chain, what a joke lol

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westeastsouthnorth:

Yerevan, Armenia

Missed my country. Missed the forests. The amazing nature, the fresh air, the four seasons (which I still have difficulty in deciding which I like the most. Winter maybe? But the autumn colours! Oh and the spring flowers! Summer’s long hours!)

westeastsouthnorth:

Yerevan, Armenia

Missed my country. Missed the forests. The amazing nature, the fresh air, the four seasons (which I still have difficulty in deciding which I like the most. Winter maybe? But the autumn colours! Oh and the spring flowers! Summer’s long hours!)

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I am awake at 2.30am Monday, last week of school holiday. I slept at 8.30pm yesterday with the hope that I will wake up around 5am to do some homework before going for CCA (not hardworking, it’s been only 2 days since I started because I had been enjoying my freedom). Yesterday, I went to cycle alone (I don’t usually cycle alone) because I really cannot stay at home for 24 hours. Now looking at the map, I really went to the end of Singapore and came back! I am also not sure if 16km is long enough for cycling but I did it for fun and not as a form of training/exercise. The speed is also not accurate because I stopped for traffic lights and had forgotten to stop it after reaching home. I noted in the app (MapMyRide) that both my knees hurt a bit, now they feel fine but it kinda worries me. Maybe I am just afraid of injuries and something small can appear big to me.

I can’t sleep. I want to swim, but it’s so late. Just gonna do homework now, there is a lot…

I am awake at 2.30am Monday, last week of school holiday. I slept at 8.30pm yesterday with the hope that I will wake up around 5am to do some homework before going for CCA (not hardworking, it’s been only 2 days since I started because I had been enjoying my freedom). Yesterday, I went to cycle alone (I don’t usually cycle alone) because I really cannot stay at home for 24 hours. Now looking at the map, I really went to the end of Singapore and came back! I am also not sure if 16km is long enough for cycling but I did it for fun and not as a form of training/exercise. The speed is also not accurate because I stopped for traffic lights and had forgotten to stop it after reaching home. I noted in the app (MapMyRide) that both my knees hurt a bit, now they feel fine but it kinda worries me. Maybe I am just afraid of injuries and something small can appear big to me.

I can’t sleep. I want to swim, but it’s so late. Just gonna do homework now, there is a lot…

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Do I regret becoming vegetarian?

There are times when people ask me if I have regretted becoming vegetarian since it’s troublesome to find vegetarian food (or maybe they just like the taste of meat too much and there is no way they will sacrifice meat to become vegetarian). Besides that, even in places where vegetarian food is offered, not many options are available.

When I get asked why I am vegetarian, my answer would be “I never liked the idea of eating meat”. That is the shortest answer I can think of.

I never liked the idea of eating meat from young. I remember how surprised I was when I found out that meat comes from animals (it seems common sense but I was really young so I didn’t know). Of course, I still continued eating meat because I did not know that it was possible without meat; everyone I knew ate meat. I started eating meat which does not look like meat (for example sausages, burgers). It was a nice way of lying myself which worked for many years.

As I grew older, I found out that there are vegetarians, vegans and even macrobiotics. I thought that it’s very strange and would have never thought of becoming vegetarian (ovo-lacto vegetarian to be specific). I also thought how much vegetarians are missing out not eating BBQ meat or pepperoni but I never thought how much I am missing out not eating the things that I eat now because I used to be REALLY picky when it came to food and as a result I ate a lot of processed food just because they tasted nice. Now, I realise that it was not because “they tasted nice”, but because they were addictive! (all those msg) I have started drinking soya milk which I used to describe as ‘disgusting’ but now ‘disgustingly nice’. (Haha I am quite stubborn). I eat many veggies & fruits which I did not use to eat as well (olives, avocado, zucchini etc).

The first time that the thought of becoming vegetarian hit me was when I watched a documentary of global warming that was given to me by a stranger. I don’t remember the title of the documentary. However, it was not very effective for me because I felt that even if I became vegetarian, it would not make much difference. I still believe that I do not make much difference because no one really goes around finding the number of vegetarians, meat-eaters etc and produces food based on the finding. In fact, I think manufacturers get so much profit that they would not care if they produce more than required because the loss would not be much. The only way this would have worked is if everyone passed the message and became vegetarian but that is not realistic (I got passed the message and did not choose to be vegetarian). I am sure almost everyone knows that being vegetarian is eco-friendly and I am certain there are people who know more details than I do about how being vegetarian can save the world but they still choose not to be vegetarian. It may be ignorant of me to think this way but this is just my opinion.

In the same period of time, I had interest in religions. I had changed from being Christian to free thinker (I actually consider myself as someone with no religion and the closest thing to describe my belief is agnostic atheist, not gonna talk about religion if not this would be really long). I was unsure if I had made a right decision so I read the Bible a lot; thinking that I would magically connect with God and become Christian again because it’s very hard to believe that you are something for your entire life and then BOOOOOOOM you think you are not. I would also share the things I read on the Bible and my interpretations of those with my sister who is a believer. I told her that “thou shalt not kill” should mean that animals cannot be killed so every Christian should be vegetarian because they indirectly kill animals by eating meat (many Christians will disagree with me saying it refers to humans only but it’s not important, believe whatever you want and feel happy about). I would have never thought that it would impact her so much and the next thing I knew… SHE BECAME VEGETARIAN. But she still ate fish because Jesus ate fish. Now, I have found out that some Bible scholars contend that the Greek word for “fish weed” (a dried seaweed) has been mistranslated in the story as “fish”. I shared that with her. Now, she does not eat fish too but mostly because of animal cruelty and not my findings. (But I still think I have influenced her.)

After my sister became vegetarian, I gradually reduced the amount of meat I ate because I realised that becoming vegetarian is possible and that is what I wanted to do. However, I was reluctant to change because I was still growing and I thought that i need the meat for protein (now I realise that it is possible to be vegetarian and get enough protein). I always had that thought of becoming vegetarian and researched a lot about becoming vegetarian. I would search things like “why should i become vegetarian”, “why i should NOT become vegetarian” and a lot of similar things around those lines so that I would get the whole picture and not just one side of the point. I also started talking about how it is good to be a vegetarian and realised that I was a hypocrite because I was not vegetarian. What made me become vegetarian, to finally decide that was what I wanted to do was finding out about ANIMAL CRUELTY.

I realised that I would never treat animals the way they are being treated and kill them for their meat. So why was it okay for someone else to do it for me?

I love animals especially dogs and I would never accept the idea of eating dogs, so why is it okay to eat other animals? (Discrimination)

There are those who think that vegetarians miss out and I used to be one of them. The truth is that it does not matter at all. In the end, the body treats food as nutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, fats) so why not eat food without being responsible for the sufferings and deaths of animals?

I also came to the conclusion that one does not need to become vegetarian to be healthy if right choices of food are made. It really depends what you eat and I don’t think becoming vegetarian just to be healthy is necessary. The key to stay healthy is to have nutritious meals, exercise regularly and get enough rest!

A few years back, I would not have even thought that I will stop eating meat and I have no regrets, not even a bit (to answer if I have regretted becoming vegetarian in the first sentence).

Feel free to share your opinions about this with me :)

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essenaoneill:

Flash back to about 5 months ago when I just started realizing the power of discrimination. All my life I was told that some animals (horses, cats, dogs) were my friends.. Precious creatures that I could own, love, feed and cry over. While other animals like pigs, cows and chickens were not equal. They could be slaughtered by the masses, and I shouldn’t question why. It was hard to understand that horses feel the same we cows… I didn’t want to leave the comforts of cultural tradition and mass media. But I did. I know my opinion isn’t “better” than yours, but this realization has changed my life like nothing before. I listened to my heart and am doing what makes rational sense to me. I encourage anyone reading this to make any decision based on passion and love. I can’t explain how freeing it is to realize all sentiment beings experience pain, comfort in companionship and love for their families just like us humans. Cow, pig, whale, kitten, child, bird…we all bleed and we all love this crazy universal feeling called life. 💛 #onelove

essenaoneill:

Flash back to about 5 months ago when I just started realizing the power of discrimination. All my life I was told that some animals (horses, cats, dogs) were my friends.. Precious creatures that I could own, love, feed and cry over. While other animals like pigs, cows and chickens were not equal. They could be slaughtered by the masses, and I shouldn’t question why. It was hard to understand that horses feel the same we cows… I didn’t want to leave the comforts of cultural tradition and mass media. But I did. I know my opinion isn’t “better” than yours, but this realization has changed my life like nothing before. I listened to my heart and am doing what makes rational sense to me. I encourage anyone reading this to make any decision based on passion and love. I can’t explain how freeing it is to realize all sentiment beings experience pain, comfort in companionship and love for their families just like us humans. Cow, pig, whale, kitten, child, bird…we all bleed and we all love this crazy universal feeling called life. 💛 #onelove