Friday, September 29, 2017

October 1st is World Vegetarian Day!

If you truly care about animals, then you already believe in the principles of vegetarianism/veganism. It's as simple as that!

With that in mind, let me introduce you all to World Vegetarian Day, which is on October 1st. Actually, the entire month of October is World Vegetarian Month, so if you're reading this a little later than October 1st, there's still time to mark the occasion (and if you're reading this after October has already passed, mark your calendar for next October)!

World Vegetarian Day takes place annually. It was created by the North American Vegetarian Society (NAVS) in 1977, and in 1978, the day was endorsed by the International Vegetarian Union (IVU).

Image from https://worldvegetarianday.navs-online.org/

Here are some things that you can do to make a difference for World Vegetarian Day and Month:

1) If you haven't gone vegetarian yet, please do so now! You can take the Veg Pledge on the North American Vegetarian Society's website.

2) Spread the word about World Vegetarian Day and World Vegetarian Month on your social media accounts with friends and family. You could post a link to the Veg Pledge, as well as vegan recipes, pictures of vegan food, and your personal story of going vegetarian/vegan.

3) Wish people in your life a Happy World Vegetarian Day and World Vegetarian Month! Whether you're at work, at school, or somewhere else, it can be a good conversation starter.

4) Try leafleting, blogging, protesting, or another activity to promote veganism.

5) Host a World Vegetarian Day meal for family and friends (or co-workers, or classmates), or hold a potluck! (Just make sure everyone knows that the food that they bring has to be free from animal products.)

We can all make a difference to create a better world for animals. I hope you find these ideas useful!

World Vegan Day is going to take place in November, so that's another month to get particularly excited about! In upcoming posts, I will be writing about World Vegan Day and World Vegan Month.

Have a nice day!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Guardian's Editorial About Veganism

Recently an editorial entitled “The Guardian view on veganism: high in moral fibre” was published on The Guardian’s website. The editorial piece pointed out that vegans often are unfairly mocked by meat-eaters, and it said that “the diet does do the world good and if vegans provoke their friends into going vegan too, so much the better.” The writer began the piece by commenting on the recent statements of UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (who is already a vegetarian) about how he is shifting towards eating more vegan food (although it is unclear whether or not he is actually going to go vegan).

Some environmental and health benefits of veganism were mentioned in the editorial, but animal ethics were not. Although it would have been nice to hear more about the animal-ethics reasons to go vegan, it was overall very encouraging to see the editor of a major news outlet writing in defense of veganism. Our movement is clearly doing something right!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Ethics and Pets on CBC Radio One

This morning on a radio show called The Current on CBC Radio One, Anna Maria Tremonti interviewed Gary Francione, Stanley Coren, and Jessica Pierce about their differing views on the ethical issues surrounding pet ownership. It was a very interesting discussion-- you can listen to it and/or read the accompanying article here.

Have a nice day!