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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."

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

New Vegan-Friendly Cafe: The Ark

A new church-run restaurant offers mostly vegan fare as a healthy alternative in a low-income neighborhood.
Seventh-day Adventists opened The Ark in a former Pizza Hut earlier this year. Adventists established meatless restaurants as early as the late 19th century in a bid to encourage healthy living.
For Adventists, who believe discipleship involves care for the body as well as the soul, meatless restaurants provide vehicles to bless the world. They also enable new friendships to take root as diners, wait staff and cooks share common passions. 
The Ark’s main purpose is to promote good health and the happiness that comes from feeling healthy. The Ark offers midday meals six days a week and dinner two nights a week.
After lunch on weekdays, tables are routinely folded up and chairs reconfigured for free workshops on health-related topics such as therapeutic massage, hydrotherapy, smoking cessation and vegan cooking. Eating meat taxes the environment far more than a plant-based diet does.
Some patrons of The Ark are now rethinking how they relate to the natural world and other creatures--even if they are not signing on to Adventism, which encourages but does not require a meatless diet. For those seeking spiritual connections, Adventists are glad to share about their faith, but only if restaurant customers ask about it.
Outside of lunch hours, tables are sometimes cleared to make room for worship, Bible study or a prophecy seminar. But if all people do at The Ark is eat lunch, that’s quite alright.
Click The Ark to get to their website.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Mind If I Order The Cheeseburger?

Great episode from podcast, ARZone:

Episode 75 features Professor of Law and author Sherry Colb.

Sherry Colb is professor of Law at Cornell University and is the author of the book, Mind If I Order the Cheeseburger? and Other Questions People Ask Vegans (2013). 

Sherry visits ARZone to talk about that book, in which she offers practical and well-reasoned advice to all of us who may encounter some of the most common questions put to vegans by non-vegans. She also talks with us about the importance of empathy and understanding in advocacy and how feminism intersects with animal rights.


Tuesday, January 7, 2014