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There are animal welfare vegans and animal only-fight-against-other-vegans abolitionist vegans. V-EGANISM is neither. Just as there are positive things and negative things about conservatives and liberals, there are positive things and negative things about welfarists and abolitionists. V-EGANISM avoids all 4 "political parties", and remains as an independent in thoughts and actions, only choosing what is right and just for animals, humans, and the environment. V-EGANISM however does have a mission statement which is how the founder of veganism, Donald Watson, originally coined the word's definition. It was a perfect definition then and it still is a perfect definition now! So the following paragraph is V-EGANISM's official Mission Statement--and nothing more, nothing less, we are simply called, "Vegan Activists", with no additives:

"V-EGANISM educates people and helps people and animals regarding the political and social justice cause, Veganism, which is a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude--as far as is possible and practical--all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing, cosmetics, household products, entertainment, service or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals, and the environment."

Healthy Body, Mind & Spirit Maneki Neko Cat

Healthy Body, Mind & Spirit Maneki Neko Cat

Love & Peace Maneki Neko Cat

Love & Peace Maneki Neko Cat

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Fierce Food and Fierce Animals

I went downtown today, having lunch at one of my favorite vegan restaurants, Veggie Grill. This was my "fierce food": Vegan cheesburger with yam fries and carrot cake. This is my favorite order at Veggie Grill. Drink is H20.

After having a fabulous fierce meal at Veggie Grill, I went to Portland Art Musuem. Since I hadn't been there in a few years, I wanted to go, so I chose this day for no special reason. As I was going to pay the $12.00 to get in, the lady at the desk said I can put my money back as it's a free day today! The museum was having a Free Family Community Day with music, merchandise, face painting and all sorts of other stuff going on outside. I had no idea about this special day, and apparently not many did as there was no line at all..no crowds. What a fierce day!

I spent several hours--as usual--there, but especially came to see the Fierce: Animal Life from the Collection exhibit.


Animal Life from the Collection

MAY 4 – AUG 25, 2013

Animals have held a significant place throughout the history of art, from the painted horses and cattle on the cave walls in Lascaux, France, to the Internet Cat Video Film Festival held at the Walker Art Center in 2012. FIERCE: Animal Life from the Collection, an installation of more than 70 photographs, celebrates the many distinguished animals—both domesticated and wild—that have enlivened the history of photography. From 19th-century documentary views to richly conceptual photographs created since the mid-20th century, the animals of FIERCE are presented as perceptive, spirited, dignified, and predatory beings existing in respectful but sometimes tenuous proximity to humans. Each photograph invites us to revel in the striking complexity of the furry and feathered beings that surround us, relate to us, and enhance our lives.

Here are my favorite photos from the Collection.

The following 4 works of art was not from the Fierce collection as the Fierce exhibit is only of photos, but I think it's apropos in adding them with my favorites from the exhibit (below is Owl Family).

By the way, today in general is a fierce day as it's Friendship Day, so I took this photo to honor this day.

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