THE documentary to watch: Maximum Tolerated Dose

WOOHOO it’s the weekend, which means it’s time to sit back and relax!!!

If the weather by you is anything like the weather by me, all you probably want to do is curl up under a blanket with some tea (and hopefully a furry friend!) and watch a movie. Well I am here to tell you that movie should be…

Maximum Tolerated Dose!

Maximum Tolerated Dose is an award-winning documentary that takes the standpoint of interviewing ex-animal experimenters. This documentary is SO credible because each of these doctors came to the conclusion on their own that not only is animal testing cruel, but it’s also extremely unreliable.  The documentary has “hauntingly honest testimony of scientists and lab technicians whose ethics demanded they choose a different path,” and has an AMAZING way of rebutting any pro-animal testing arguments.

Maximum Tolerated Dose is THE best documentary I have ever seen. Maybe I’m biased because I’m extremely against animal testing, but I love it. SO MUCH.

Anti-animal testing is a cause that has always been near and dear to my heart. Who also remembers being a kid and finding out what animal testing is and being baffled?! It’s a ridiculous concept. Ever since, it’s been a no-brainer to me that I should only buy products not tested on animals, cause who wants to support such a barbaric practice? Literally no one.

After pretty much worshiping this documentary 3 years ago, I interned for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and worked with Dr. John Pippin, one of the doctors interviewed in MTD. When I finally made the connection that the Dr. John Pippin at PCRM was the same one in MTD, I was just a littleeeee starstruck. He made such amazing points in his testimonial about why we shouldn’t test on animals that I felt honored to be interning for the same organization that he worked for. Amazing guy, all the more reason to watch the documentary!

Part of MTD can be devastating (because it’s a documentary on animal testing, after all!) but I’d call it more factual than emotional. There’s something to be said about a documentary that sways you by facts first, then followed by emotion.

Plus, are you like me and you’re feeling the horror movie vibe as Halloween approaches us? Then this is THE film for you. But instead of being left feeling helpless and scared, this is something that you can actually take a stand against and do something about! Which, let’s be real, is what this life is all about, standing up for what you believe in!

You can watch it by paying $8.50 on the website, and then you own a copy of it for life! (I personally paid the $8.50 without thinking about it because I’d rather watch this legally and give money to this documentary than watch it illegally.)

PLUS the soundtrack is strangely AMAZING. It has some gooooood jams to listen to on a rainy day!

Just wanted to throw this out there too: If after watching this documentary you’re no longer feeling so down with animal testing, use the Cruelty Cutter app to see which products of yours are cruelty free!

Seriously let me know if you watch the documentary, cause I LOVE hearing what other people have to say about it! (You’re gonna LOVE it.)

Happy Saturday! ❤ ❤ ❤

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Hi, my name is Meredith, and I have an obsession with method cleaning products

Let’s get CLEAN.

Before I went vegan, I never really knew what cleaning products were cruelty free and which were not. I have always been against animal testing since I was a kid, so in terms of buying cleaning products, I always just stuck to Rite Aid brand.

So when I went vegan for good, I had all this energy to veganize EVERYTHING in my life. That’s when I discovered….

method cleaning products

How many of you guys have used method before? For anyone who doesn’t know the brand, they are super eco-friendly, vegan, cruelty-free, and also quite creative! The packaging is very mid-century chic, and the scents aren’t just old boring cleaning scents. For how adorable and eco-friendly they are, they are super cheap and can be found in most grocery stores.

Their multi-surface cleaners are the only ones I’ll use anymore. I honestly don’t even know any other brand of multi-surface cleaner (I think Clorox makes one? They test on animals tho!) but method is the only one I’ll buy!

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LOOK how cute this bottle is. COME. ON. Plus, it smells heavenly!

Their dish soaps are NICE as well, and they bring up an interesting point. With all these other dish soaps that we’re using, what are these random chemicals in them that we can’t even pronounce? Not that I’m afraid of chemicals (everything is a chemical, water is a chemical!) but if I’m going to be putting a substance on the things I eat my food off of, I would prefer for it to be as safe as possible. (And also the fact that it comes in a cute lil pump doesn’t hurt!)

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They have a whole body line which I’ve personally never dove into, but if you have, let a girl know how it is!

So, moving on, they make air fresheners…

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THIS AIR FRESHENER IS SO FUN TO USE. I can not say that enough. I LOVE spraying this spray (yes, I am that person who will spray something to excess if the spray bottle itself is fun to use! Sue me!)

They also make both foaming and gel hand soap. Gotta love options! The driftwood scent is my favorite, it’s so deep and a little earthy. And the bottle looks soooooo cute on the bathroom sink!

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Two reasons I can fully get behind method: 1. They don’t test on animals, and firmly believe in always keeping it that way and 2. their products aren’t dangerous to use around the house! You know when you get a spritz of Lysol on your skin or something and you can practically feel it tingle (not sure if that’s just in my dramatic head or if all y’all feel that…?) but this stuff is so safe to use! Plus if you have little ones around the house, both human and fur baby, it’s safe for whatever mischief they get into as well!

(BTW… say “method” 10 times fast. It actually doesn’t sound like a real word to me anymore..)

ALSO, BREAKING NEWS.

They have a pumpkin clove hand wash.

I unfortunately have never tried it, and I really got to get my hands on it before this season is over, but it was too cute both looking and smelling to not notify you guys about it!

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OKAY. THEY HAVE CANDLES, AND THEY’RE SO CUTE. COME ON!!!

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Cute, cute, cute cute cute!

Alright, last product that I’m going to boast about like a proud parent: their laundry detergents.

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Not only are their laundry pumps seriously adorable, but they’re also extremely cost-effective and make your clothes smell like heaven. Plus, it comes in a pump. I LOVE that they thought outside of the box and put laundry detergent in a pump. It makes all those other old bottles look like a drag to use (and in reality, they’re not at all, so all the more props to method!)

Do you guys seriously love method as much as I do?

Why can’t all products be as cute, vegan, eco-friendly, and cruelty-free as method? Seriously, I mean it, why isn’t everyone on the same playing field as them…?

 

 

 

How do you feel about the Burlington pig truck crash?

The past few days, the details of the Burlington truck crash have been playing over and over in my head. I am so sickened by everything I have heard regarding the tragedy. 

I shared One Green Planet’s post on the crash from the Sanctuary I work for’s social media, and after reading all about the incident and posting on it, I had to go outside and see the pigs. I feel lucky to regularly see such gorgeous beings. They are beautiful, and it baffles me to no end that people eat them. 

People eat other living beings. 

When it’s not even necessary.

These pigs were offered Sanctuary, yet officials thought it would still be better to kill them. I am sickened by this world. How can we do this to living beings, day in and day out? I know the world is changing and many more people are vegan than they ever were before, but enough is enough. I always try to be so positive about the animal exploitation in this world, in the sense where yes it’s awful but things are very slowly changing, but come on. I am fed up and disgusted. If this were a bus of children, it would be an absolute tragedy. Yet, because it’s living beings that we have conditioned ourselves to view as bacon and not as an individual, they are treated more as misplace cargo than as sentient beings.

Pardon myself if I sound angry, but quite honestly I am. Why is it 2016 and we’re still continuing to eat animals? Why?

The best way to stop this cruelty is to speak up. Let’s start talking more about the exploitation of animals and farmed animals more specifically. I no longer sympathize with the person who loves dogs so much and hates breeders, yet includes meat in every meal. Educate yourself on why we should leave all animals off of our plate, not just companion animals.

Where is our compassion? 

 

Why we should leave goat products off our plates/an ode to my best goat pal, Bartleby

Hey everyone!! Who here likes goats?

I recently have become a BIG goat fan. Like so big that when I come home from work, I can usually be found laying on my bed watching videos of the goats from the Sanctuary that I work at. They are just so FUN. And spunky! And have SO much personality. The free-range goats at the Sanctuary all travel in a herd, and get into the cutest trouble. They’re always sneaking into pastures that they’re not supposed to, and chowing down on plants that they should be leaving alone.

So it was only a matter of time before I told you guys the breaking news… I literally have fallen in love with a goat. His name is Bartleby and he is a riot. When I met him on my first day at the Sanctuary, I was told that he is always getting into trouble, and loves to headbutt little kids. Every day since, I have found this to be absolutely true.

Now if there is one thing I can really sympathize with, it is a misunderstood animal. The look in this goat’s eyes is just TOO deep for me to explain. I know he’s got so much going on in that mind of his, and I love that he has a bit of a mischievous streak.

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But that’s the thing about him, he doesn’t look particularly mean or menacing, he just looks like a cute messy haired goat with a stocky body who enjoys (slow!) walks around the Sanctuary. ❤

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The thing that (unnecessarily) breaks my heart is that he is such a loner. While all the other free-rangers will be in a pasture together, he’ll be alone eating in a separate area. I’ve been told that he likes to be alone, and you can tell because even when he is in a group, he always breaks off to do his own thing.

I, being someone who loves alone time, should understand him, but I think I’ve portrayed this persona on him so much that I now feel so bad whenever he’s alone! I shouldn’t because he’s probably having the time of his life, but I do love to keep him company ❤ So, to make myself feel better, I make sure to spend some time with him everyday, and give him a face massage. (He loves to rub his face all over your hands when you put them on his cheeks, it’s SO DARN CUTE.)

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So my love for Bartleby really got me thinking, and I (stupidly) realized that people exploit goats for their bodies and that they are included in the species that us humans eat. I forgot that goat’s milk and cheese are super trendy right now, and realized that I knew literally nothing about goats in regards to animal agriculture.

ALSO – people eat goats. Who knew! I am someone who doesn’t get appalled when discussing eating dogs or other companion animals because, to me, all animals are equal. I am equally as disgusted when someone eats a chicken as when the dog meat festival occurs, eating a chicken is just waaaay more socially acceptable. So eating any type of animal literally baffles me, and eating goats is no exception! They are such lovely animals. Really, they’re full of fun and personality and they are so obviously amazing companions that I don’t know why anyone would eat them.

Anyway, I decided to do a little research about goats in the animal agriculture industry. Like dairy farming, in the goat farming industry, baby goats (kids) are removed from their mother usually within 24-48 hours and sold off/ “discarded of.” The girl kids are usually used for dairy production, and the boy kids are deemed useless for the dairy industry and sold off to slaughter.

When my dad visited the Sanctuary recently, he asked if we ever milk the goats. I completely understand why he asked, because I too used to think that all animals need to be milked, whether they recently have given birth or not. But this is not the case! I told him that an animal will only produce milk if they’ve recently had babies, and sadly, in the animal agriculture industry, they almost never get to keep their babies and are milked far beyond the amount of time that babies would be feeding off of them.

Plus, in order to get animals pregnant, they almost always are artificially inseminated, which is done using something called a rape rack. I kid you not, I did not make up this term! Aka, “artificial insemination” is a polite way of saying they are forcefully impregnated against their will.

A good way to remember this is to think of us humans. Women only produce breast milk after they’ve had a baby, and animals are the same way! When I was a vegetarian (which was for 8 years of my life) I genuinely thought that cows always produce milk, and that it was fine for me to drink their milk because they “had to be milked.” I am a PERFECT example of someone who should have done her research looooong ago. Maybe now I’m a little too heavy on the “I gotta learn my stuff and research as much as possible!” but a girl’s gotta stay informed!

There are a million and a half other disgusting things wrong with exploiting goats for food production, but you can look all that up on your own. I want to keep this post light and positive because it’s about GOATS for crying out loud!

So back to the happy stuff tho, more on Mr. Bartleby!

He’s such a wide guy because he can always be found eating. Come to think of it, it seems like all goats can always be found eating, but this guy especially.

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He is also always doing the strangest things. I see him in this position many, many times a day:

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Such a little crazypants!

Like me, everyone who meets him falls in love with him. There’s something about him that is just so sweet, hilarious, and enchanting. If ANY of you live near upstate NY, I really recommend visiting the Sanctuary, and you can see sweet little Bartleby free-ranging around!

If you at all think that Bartleby is a little character in his own, I hope y’all recognize that he is a character and he does have a personality, and that we should leave goats and goat byproducts off of our plates.

And while you’re at it, if you feel sympathy towards goats, research veganism because if your heart is so big that you feel compassion towards goats, there is no telling how much room you have in your heart for other species as well! ❤ I feel that all of us as humans have the capacity to love animals so much that we shouldn’t eat them, so spread the love and educate others on why animals are here on this earth with us, not for us. ❤

 

We could all use a little banana bread in our lives!

For as long as I can remember, my mom has always made AMAZING banana bread. Like different from any banana bread I’ve ever had before kind of banana bread.

My boyfriend Jon and I were both recently talking about how all we’ve been wanting lately is banana bread, so I was determined to veganize my mom’s old recipe. So I’ve always had a bit of a problem with baking without eggs. I’ve tried all the replacement tricks, applesauce, smashed up bananas, you name it, but my cake/bread always comes out flat. I did a little Googling around, and realized that I was missing a key ingredient in my egg substitution, baking powder!

How many of you are aware of this necessary ingredient for egg substitutions? It’s a real game changer.

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The second key ingredient in this recipe? Tofutti sour cream! Instead of a nut milk in this recipe, it’s all sour cream which makes this banana bread DENSE.

This is the mother of all banana bread recipes. Everything about it is perfection. Also, both a warning and an FYI: the batter is ADDICTIVE. Plus, it’s vegan so you don’t have to worry about eating it!

A quick note, this recipe is written up as if the 6 TB mashed banana and 1 ½ tsp baking powder are the 2 eggs that are in the original recipe. As in, I add part of the banana and baking powder first, like you would with the eggs in the original recipe. Not too sure if it makes any difference to treat the 6TB of banana and baking powder as eggs, but hey, baking is a science so I’ll stick to the original recipe as much as possible!

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So let’s get to it!

Ingredients:
½ C vegan butter
1 C vegan sugar
6 TB mashed very ripe banana
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 ½ C flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 C mashed banana
½ C Tofutti sour cream
1 tsp vanilla
½ C chopped walnuts

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°, and grease your pan. For this particular batch of banana bread, I used a 9x9x2 pan because I didn’t have a loaf pan, but a loaf pan is what my mom always uses to make this recipe.
  2. Melt the butter (I do it in the microwave) in a large bowl, and combine with sugar.
  3. Add the 6 TB mashed banana and baking powder, and stir well.
  4. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt, and stir well.
  5. Add 1 C mashed bananas, sour cream, and vanilla, and stir.
  6. Fold in chopped walnuts, and pour into greased pan.
  7. Bake for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Here’s a little way to spruce up your walnuts, I use cinnamon maple walnuts from my local health food store instead of just regular ones! They’re a delicious mix between plain walnuts and candied walnuts cause they’re not tooooo sweet but they are AMAZING.

I love this recipe cause the inside stays super moist, and the outside gets dark and a little crisp around the edges. Just how I love my banana bread!

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Banana bread is so fun cause you get to use super ripe and old bananas that probably wouldn’t have been eaten otherwise, and the fun part is the riper the banana, the better! I like to freeze bananas when they’re almost too ripe, and then defrost them when I’m ready to make banana bread. Quick, easy, and almost feels like the ingredients were free cause you’re using bananas that would have gone bad otherwise!

Disclaimer about the photos: sorry for the strange settings that these photographs are taken in, I’m aware that a piece of banana bread doesn’t really look its best next to wood chips. My apartment gets awful lighting, so I’ve gotta resort to the great outdoors!

Do you guys have a go-to banana bread recipe that you swear by? Recipe swap anyone?!

Goodnight y’all! ❤

 

To all the meat eaters out there: I get you

To all the meat eaters out there, I get that you think meat tastes good.

I used to be a huge meat eater myself, and one who would proudly state that I was a carnivore (yes, I was that uneducated asshole, but I was only 11 so give me a break! 😉 ) I used to say that I would never stop eating meat, and then one day I did the proper research on my own and realized that maybe it was time to change my beliefs, even though my family was pretty against me giving up animal products at first, and almost all of my friends didn’t understand why I was doing it. (Again, we were kids.)

To all the meat eaters out there, I get that you think it’s going to be really hard to go vegan, and that it will alienate you from the rest of your friends.

Maybe they won’t understand for a little bit, but as long as you come from a kind and polite place and explain why leaving animal exploitation out of your diet is the lifestyle for you, chances are they’ll understand. And if they don’t, do you really want someone in your life who is bothered by your diet and wants to control what you eat? Especially when your diet has been scientifically proven to be healthier in thousands of ways, not to mention good for the environment, and obviously optimal for the animals.

To all the meat eaters out there, I get that you think animal agriculture is sad, but that it’s going to go on whether we stop supporting it or not.

I used to feel very helpless about this. I used to watch videos on my family’s first computer and cry my eyes out because I couldn’t stand to watch animals be hurt in the ways that we hurt them. What made me even more sad was that I felt like there was absolutely nothing I could do to help.

I wish I could go back and tell my 12 year old self that there is something each and every one of us can do to help, no matter how young we are, or what background we come from, or what our gender is, or what our cultural background is.

If nobody stood up for what they believed in, especially when what we’re standing up for isn’t exactly the most accepted opinion at that time, then what kind of a world would we currently live in? Exploitation goes on in so many different forms, and it’s our responsibility to stop it. Especially when it comes to animals, because they do not have voices of their own.

If something is so horrible that we can stand to even be looking at it, we shouldn’t be tolerating it.

To all the meat eaters out there, I get that you think your diet will consist of only salads.

If there is one thing I can promise you though, it is that your diet will almost certainly blossom into the most diverse plethora of foods you could ever imagine . I know SO many vegans who were minimalist eaters when they ate meat, and then after going vegan and exploring new options, are now these worldly eaters who will try (and love!) anything. (I am one of them!)

Maybe it’s because I gave up meat at a young age and didn’t really have a chance to branch out yet, but the foods that I used to eat compared to the foods I eat now aren’t even on the same playing field.

My dad always tells me “Meredith, if you want someone to go vegan, all you have to do is cook for them,” and while not to toot my own chef-horn, he is right. He is right about any of us! I always love to show people who eat meat that I don’t eat just salads, (I actually hate salads so none of that is in my diet!) and that my diet is JAM PACKED with the most delicious foods.

To all the meat eaters out there, I get that you think you won’t get enough protein.

BUT YOU WILL! My boyfriend Jon and I always have this joke that as vegans, we get too much protein. It’s true though, protein has NEVER been an issue. Ever.

So I am someone who needs to be eating every few hours in order to feel like my healthy, functioning self. I’m a very hungry girl, and I like my food to be hearty and filling. Green smoothies and raw veggies for every meal? Noooo thank you. The reason Jon and I think it’s hilarious that non-vegans think we get no protein is because ALL we eat is protein. (I eat my veggies too, don’t worry mom!) What’s in my diet that is also jam-packed with protein? Quinoa, pecans, dark leafy greens, tempeh, seitan, tofu, dark chocolate, beans, chia seeds, edamame, almonds, broccoli, chickpeas, peanut butter, the list literally goes on and on. Not to mention all of the delicious meat replacement products that I adore that are literally packed to the brim with protein!

To all the meat eaters out there, I get that you think  you will never eat a fun, delicious meal again.

I really do get it, considering the fact that typing in “vegan sources of protein” on google gives you some of the most boring looking recipes known to man. When I ate meat as a kid, I never ate plain, unseasoned chicken, so why would I do that with my tofu, tempeh, and seitan? The vegan diet is the lesser known compared to the American omnivore diet, so of course there aren’t as many recipes out there. And I hesitate to say that, because there are BILLIONS of vegan recipes out there. The internet is a crazy place, kids 😉 . And like recipes that contain meat, some can be real stinkers. It’s all relative, and you adapt to it and learn the ins and outs just like we adapted to an omnivorous diet as babies.

To all the meat eaters out there, I get that you want to live in blissful ignorance.

I really, really do. When I had first learned all of the devastating information about animal agriculture, I so badly wanted to turn a blind eye and forget what I had seen, what I had read, what I had heard. But I couldn’t, and you shouldn’t either. As consumers, it is our responsibility to know this stuff. Whether it’s hard to stomach or not, we need to know the facts. Stating “I didn’t know!” isn’t a good enough reason for why we are blindly supporting and giving money to cruelty, every day of our lives. That reason just doesn’t cut it. Especially in this day and age, almost all of us have access to the internet. Get on the internet and educate yourself, learn about what you personally are contributing to and learn about the mark you are making. And I don’t just mean in terms of animal agriculture, I mean in all aspects of our lives. There is no excuse to be uneducated.

So to all the meat eaters out there, get out there and at least learn about the millions of benefits of veganism and try to understand why so many people are currently vowing to never consume animal products again.

Because what’s the worst thing that could happen? You may just change your mind on a few things and in the process of it all, help make the world a little bit more of a better place.

I love all of you, goodnight ❤

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Stressful week? Watch Sister Mary Frances rub her belly on the fence!

WOW it’s been a hectic week! How have you guys been??

The big annual event for the Sanctuary that I work at, Catskill Animal Sanctuary, is on this Saturday and this week has been a whirlwind preparing for it!

For any of you in the NY/NJ/tri-state area in general, you should come to the event! It’s called Shindig and it is going to BE. A. BLAST.

Seriously, I went 2 years ago with my boyfriend Jon and I actually think it was the happiest day of my life…

Working to prepare for Shindig has been quite a lot, as to be expected, so I wanted to share a video with any of my fellow stressed out friends that will ABSOLUTELY put a smile on your face and make you forget about all the work you have!

The video features Sister Mary Frances who is one of the free-rangers at the Sanctuary. She is a gem and a half, and is a SUCKER for belly rubs. Seriously, I have never seen anyone love a belly rub more. Which is why she also loves a fence rub!

(Yes I did create a YouTube channel just to post this… It’s the price I was willing to pay to share this darling video with y’all!)

There is something about the pure joy that Sister Mary Frances gets out of scratching her side on a fence, and watching her precious belly swing side to side that really takes all of the stress out of me!

Sister Mary Frances is a pot bellied pig, the same breed as “mini-pigs.” As we can alllll see, there is nothing mini about her! She’s quite a big one, and a beauty at that!

So good luck with the end of your week everyone, and I’ll talk to you all soon! 🙂

“You don’t LOOK like a vegan!”

Hey everyone!! Happy Monday!

So last Friday night I was out with my friend Bianca, and had a semi-strange encounter with someone that I wanted to share with you guys for a few reasons. One reason is that I think what happened was pretty funny, but another is because I want to see if this has ever happened to any of you before…

SO!

Bianca and I were at a bar chatting with some people, and I mentioned how earlier that day, a goat had made his way into my office. (Pictured below!)

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(The photo is a little blurry cause he was on the prowl! Trying to eat paper bags and such, so I could only snap a quick one of him!)

After I mentioned that this sweet goat made an appearance in my office, everyone asked where exactly it was that I worked, and I told them the whole spiel and that I worked at an animal sanctuary.

Okay, so next part of the story…

A few hours later on in the night, a guy who was in this initial group of people who I told about my goat pal, we’ll call him “Bar Guy 1,” asked me how exactly I got to work at an animal sanctuary. I explained to him that my last 3 jobs have been in animal rights/for vegan organizations/companies, and that it’s the only movement/field I want to work in.

Okay, so he knows that I work for an animal sanctuary that rescues farm animals, and that I have worked in the animal rights field before and that it’s the only area I want to work in for the rest of my life. Wouldn’t you at least be a little clued into the fact that I’m vegan? Even if not so, open to the idea that I could be vegan?

So a little bit later, my blog got mentioned. He asked the name of my blog, so I (obviously) replied “Conveniently Vegan!”

So here’s the kicker.

The look on his face after I told him my blog’s name was pure shock. He then said to me, “Oh, you’re a VEGAN?!” like I had just told him that I was a murderer or something.

So when people say this to me, it’s so easy to get defensive, but I prefer to view this as a lil educational opportunity! (Plus, it usually is pretty funny!) One of my favorite things to say to someone is to casually mention that I’m vegan, because it shows them that most vegans aren’t super IN YOUR FACE about the lifestyle, like the stereotype paints us as. So after I explained super nonchalantly that I am, in fact, vegan, and that since I want to devote my life to the animal rights movement, I don’t contribute to the injustices I’m against, he said one of my FAVORITE things anyone can say to me.

“You don’t LOOK like a vegan!”

First off, what exactly does a vegan look like?

I couldn’t tell ya, cause all of the folks that I know who live a vegan lifestyle look so different! Second off, this always comes as a bit of a shock to me. It’s a shock because as bad as the world is, it still genuinely surprises me that some people literally have no clue what a vegan diet is or that it is actually possible to be vegan.

And that’s not their fault in the least bit!

They just don’t know! And it’s our job to politely inform people and show them that it’s soooo easy, heathy, fun, all that good stuff, to be vegan.

So when I meet someone who has never encountered a person who lives a vegan lifestyle before, I love to do a little bit of “research.” I asked Bar Guy 1, “Did you think I’d be pushy and all in your face?” and he very quickly replied, “Yes!”

And that was the golden ticket.

That’s when I really lay on the cool girl attitude just to reallyyyyy show people that you can be vegan and not contribute to the typical stereotypes that everyone seems to have in their head.

Bar Guy 1 actually ended up being quite lovely and even referred to my lifestyle as “compassionate,” all on his own too, I must add. He seemed to really get the gist of it, and that’s sometimes all I can ask for.

So this post is NOT meant to be mean or to make fun of this Bar Guy 1. He was very lovely and receptive about a vegan lifestyle, though we didn’t talk about it much cause I don’t particularly love preaching to strangers at bars about why they should be vegan. I just wanted to share this with you guys to see if it’s ever happened to you before, people being shocked that you’re vegan and all!

As crazy/funny as I find these instances, they happen less and less to me as the years go on! (LOL I just sounded SO old.) Of course we are going to encounter people who have never even heard of what the word vegan means, but there are SO many people who understand that the lifestyle is super accommodating and easy to follow, even if they themselves are not vegan.

HOW COOL is it that people are getting to know more and more that vegan simply means compassionate?

So I wanna hear your stories about when someone told you that you didn’t “look like a vegan,” cause those stories can sometimes, quite frankly, be the best.

Now let’s just hope Bar Guy 1 didn’t miraculously remember the name of my blog and is reading this as we speak 😉

In the rare event that this is happening, hi Bar Guy 1!

Goodnight all you lovely bunnies ❤ xo

Anita Krajnc and the Pig Trial

Hello all!

A few months back I did a post on Toronto Pig Save, and today I wanted to circle back to that topic because of the “pig trial” that is currently going on. Have you guys been hearing all about the trial lately?!

It’s all I’ve been seeing on my social media feeds! There’s a lot of organizations posting about “Stand with Anita” and “Pig Trial,” and I think it’s great that TPS, specifically Anita Krajnc, is getting so much attention.

Basically, the very short story of the deal is that back in 2015, a truck driver got mad at TPS for giving the pigs water. The whole ordeal was caught on tape, and it’s been an ongoing trial of Anita being charged with criminal mischief.

I feel like we’re fighting logistics and ignoring the bigger problem, that problem being that society is totally fine with the enslavement of living beings. Just because they don’t speak our language doesn’t mean they don’t have languages of their own (scientifically proven!) and are intelligent beings that we should be exploiting.

Actually, I don’t even care how intelligent they are. Whether they are smarter than us or not, we should not be exploiting living, sentient beings for profit. Imagine if the status of our lives, whether we got eaten or not, depended on our intelligence? It would be a barbaric world to say the least.

So Anita is not only one of the most compassionate people I’ve heard of, but she’s also a totalllll badass.

“The activist has said her only crime was compassion and that she would do it again.”

Seriously, go Anita, girl!

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I admire the work that Anita and all of TPS does. They are all EXTREMELY brave and I don’t know if I would have the courage to do what they do.

That being said, we all have our strengths and weaknesses. I feel that my strength does not lie in my activism in terms of protesting and live demonstrations and vigils, but in my communication skills, for instance, writing this blog. I think that if I did what Anita did every day, I would constantly be getting caught up in my emotions and not portray myself professionally. Do you feel me on that? Maybe I’m just an emotional mess over animals all the time tho…. HA.

Anyway, that’s one thing that I love about the animal rights movement, there is virtually a million different ways to help. No matter what you’re good at, chances are you can morph that into your own form of activism. When I started my first year of college, I remember not having a clue what I wanted to do, other than help animals. I remember googling “what to major in if you want to help animals” and learning about public relations, and realizing that it was a perfect fit for me and the field I was interested in. At first, it can feel discouraging, as if there are no jobs in animal rights, but I assure you that there are! The last 4 jobs I have had all have been in the field, so keep looking to any of you who want to work to help the animals! (Also always feel free to contact me for job advice, this girl has done her fair share of searching around for jobs!)

Back to the trial tho!

One thing that really gives me a gross feeling is a statement from an article that the Chicago Tribune posted. The article states “Eric Van Boekel, the farmer who owned the pigs in Veldjesgraaf’s truck…” and then goes on to talk about what this man thinks of animal rights activism. The part of this statement that irks me SO much is “the farmer who owned the pigs,”part.

This is our problem. Society views living, sentient, intelligent being, as property.

We can do all we want to try to get people to see animals as more than just property, but it all comes down to the fact that the law views these animal as property. Property! We have all learned from history that considering a living being as “property” can be quite controversial.

Well I wanted to keep this post short and sweet because I have a LOT of opinions on this trial, and quite frankly, I don’t know if anyone actually wants to hear them! LOL but what are your opinions on Toronto Pig Save and the trial in general? I encourage everyone to read up on the issue as much as possible because even though not directly, this affects us all as activists.

Have a great night everyone and never be afraid to speak up for what you believe in! ❤

Let’s get some positivity up in here and give ourselves a HUGE pat on the back!

Hey everyone!

I have been feeling SO happy lately, and I really think it has to do with the fact that I’m realizing that the world is changing. 

In such a beautiful way.

People now seem to care more than they ever did before, and that’s all we can really ask for.

While we can look at the world and point out every horrific thing that is happening, we can also point out every amazing change that has been made. Compared to other generations, we are making so much progress!

Lately, I have been feeling more than ever that animals soon will see justice and will no longer be exploited by humans for money, for entertainment, for food, for our benefit.

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Think about 100 years ago. SO many people didn’t even know what the word vegan meant. Yeah, there’s plenty of people like that today too, but still. Today is so different! The amount of progress that this movement has made is HUGE, and I couldn’t be happier to be a part of it.

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Recently, two of my friends (hey Cait and Bianca!) both separately told me that they wanted to try out a vegan lifestyle, and that, to me, is huge. I know that we all care so much about different things, and most of us do care about animals, but to decide to move towards a plant based life is such an amazing choice to make!

The amount of vegan friends I have is really encouraging to me as well. I am so so so lucky to have so many gorgeous friends who also have the same set of morals in regards to the treatment of animals as I do. When I first went vegan, I thought I would constantly feel alone, but I feel more comforted as a vegan than ever before. 

Today at work, I was talking to one of my coworkers about how long she’s been vegan for. When I asked her how long it has been, she so nonchalantly went “over 40 years.” 40 YEARS!!!! That’s insane, guys!! She was saying that she’s noticed such a change in the movement since she’s gone vegan. She said 40 years ago no one was vegan, and now it so amazing how accepted it is.

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Which leads me to my next point, which is people being accepting of a vegan diet. So what I’m about to say is not meant to be harsh or judgmental in any way, I’m just saying how I feel. I hate how many people don’t accept others for being vegan, when it simply means a compassionate lifestyle. A lifestyle that doesn’t hurt others. A lifestyle that doesn’t take the lives of living beings just for our pleasure. You would think it would almost be the other way around, that it would be more typical for vegans to not accept an omnivore’s diet. It bums me out that I have met SO many vegans who feel the need to silence themselves about their veganism just to please others who don’t accept it.

So to sum up that little paragraph of negativity, I hate that I even have to say that “so many people are accepting of a vegan lifestyle nowadays,” because people already should be accepting of it. That’s like being like “hey, that person is just too considerate of others, and therefore I don’t accept their lifestyle choices.”

BUT! People are changing and the world is getting more and more beautiful each day.

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For instance, the amount of positivity I receive in my life just from being vegan is so wonderful to me. Being vegan makes me so incredibly happy. It makes me feel SO healthy, so positive, so pure, so whole. If there is one thing in my life that I could absolutely never give up, it is being vegan, because it is so very much a part of who I am.

Don’t we want to be better than past generations? Don’t we want to be kind? I know few people who are actually cruel at heart, and I think that’s such a sign in itself. I personally believe the reason we still exploit animals for food as a society is because it’s the way it has always been. People remember their mom’s meatballs and their dad’s hamburgers and think that going vegan would make them abandon everything about who they used to be. There are (in my opinion, MORE) delicious food options out there than most would expect.

There’s nothing holding us back from making a positive change but ourselves.

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One thing that blows my mind is that 400 million fewer animals were killed in 2014 because people are eating less meat. Wow. Just wow. ❤ ❤ ❤

I know it can seem like the world is full of horrible things, but I think it’s crazy that so many of us are vegan/care about animals. IT’S AMAZING!!!! Seriously, I know the numbers aren’t as great as we’d all like them to be, but there is still an ASTOUNDING amount of us who care and want to make a difference.

Do you guys think that things are changing for the better? I would love to hear any stories of when you realized that veganism is actually changing the world.

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All of this makes me so incredibly happy. I love you all.