Vegetarian brand MorningStar Farms—a subsidiary of the Kellogg Company—will transition to becoming a fully vegan company by 2021. According to the brand, the move will spare 300 million egg whites annually and its fully vegan line will be available to 25,000 restaurants and eating establishments within K-12 schools, universities, and hospitals nationwide. To celebrate its transformation, the brand will unveil a vegan Cheezeburger (its vegan Meat Lovers quarter-pound burger topped with plant-based cheddar cheese) during the upcoming trade show Natural Products Expo West. “This is a very exciting opportunity for us. By making this change, MorningStar Farms favorites can be enjoyed by even more people at home and on-the-go who strive to add plant-based proteins to their plate,” Mel Cash, Head of Global Marketing, Plant Based Protein at Kellogg Company, said. “This will also help us further our commitment to a greener world by helping to reduce the water waste, land usage, and carbon emissions associated with egg production.” Last year, MorningStar Farms removed all animal products from its “Chik’N” line—which includes Buffalo Wings, Chik’N Nuggets, Buffalo Chik Patties, and Original Chik Patties. Currently, the brand’s portfolio is 50-percent vegan with plans to increase its vegan offerings to comprise 65 percent of its product line by the end of 2019.
As people are deciding daily, there are countless good reasons to go vegan, but the core motive for me hasn’t changed since I finally saw the light 20+ years ago. I don’t eat animals because of the mindless atrocities and injustices that so many millions and billions of non-humans are subjected to each and every day of the year.
It’s true, going vegan is healthier for us and the planet, and we wouldn’t be in this runaway climate change predicament if humans weren’t such a successful, over-crowded carnivore. But even as things seem dire for the future of humans’ survival, thoughts of eating the flesh of others is as repugnant and repulsive as ever for this thinking, feeling human being.
It may not save the planet or end all suffering if I bow out of hedonistic carnivism, but it makes my conscience that much clearer each time my hunger is assuaged without resorting to causing unnecessary suffering.
Hope of saving the planet aside, part of the reason I wish our species would wake up from their self-inflicted universal nightmare and decide to stop killing and eating animals is simply the respect I could have for my fellow humans if they could collectively realize there was no future in this race to prove we are the worst blight the Earth has ever seen. No plague of locusts or termites has ever been so destructive as to cause their own ultimate demise; and no team of Tyrannosaurus could ever match runaway humans’ impact on all other life.
Whether we want to keep living or just be able to live with ourselves, it’s time for humans to lay down their arms and proclaim their love for Mother Earth and all her inhabitants. The time for proving we can be the worst tyrant is over—now we should try to prove we deserve to live yet another glorious day.
To be brutally honest with you, I don’t really care what you do to yourselves. That’s not the point. On my skis is a sticker modeled after an anti-smoking slogan that reads: “Go Vegan or Die.” It’s not so much of a warning to spoil your fun as a plea for the sake of others…
A low-carbon diet consists of less red meat and dairy, and more beans, whole grains and plant-based proteins.(ENRIQUE DÍAZ/7CERO/GETTY IMAGES)
PEOPLE WHO FOLLOW A planet-friendly, diet eat healthier than those who don’t.
Food production is a major contributor to climate change, and a study published Thursday in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that people who adhere to a climate-friendly diet, one that has a lower carbon footprint, eat healthier than those who don’t.
Diego Rose, lead author and a professor of nutrition and food security at Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, said in a press release that people who follow a diet that has a low carbon footprint “were eating less red meat and dairy, which contribute to a larger share of greenhouse gas emissions and are high in saturated fat, and consuming more healthful foods like poultry, whole grains and plant-based proteins.”
Researchers examined the diets of 16,000 Americans and ranked them by the amount of greenhouse gas emissions per 1,000 calories consumed. They also rated the nutritional value of the diets using the U.S. Healthy Eating Index.
The study discovered that people following diets that had a low carbon footprint ate an overall healthier diet. However, these diets did contain some low-emission foods that aren’t healthy, such as sugars and refined grains, the press release states. Additionally, the climate-friendly diets also contained lower amounts of important nutrients, such as iron, calcium and vitamin D.
Diets that had the most impact on the planet accounted for five times the emissions of those in the lowest-impact group. The diets consisted of more beef, veal, pork, game, dairy and solid fats per 1,000 calories than the diets with low carbon footprint.
Martin Heller, co-author and researcher with the University of Michigan’s Sustainable Systems Center at the School for Environment and Sustainability, tells U.S. News that adopting a diet with a low carbon footprint is “beneficial for health and the environment” and that it doesn’t take drastic measures to make a difference.
Scientists Push Vegetarian Diet to Save the…
Heller says that one of the biggest changes people can make is to replace beef with plant-based alternatives, such as beans, peas and lentils, as well as meat alternatives, even choosing chicken over beef “is a significant benefit.”
The reason is that the production of red meat has one of the largest effects on the environment due to the amount of work it takes to produce it. A cow requires a lot more resources than a chicken, or plants, to produce the same amount of calories. Cows require much more feed, and they produce methane, mostly in the form of burps, which is a powerful greenhouse gas.
Rose echoed this sentiment in the press release, saying that Americans can have both “healthier diets and reduce our food-related emissions,” and doing so “doesn’t require the extreme of eliminating food entirely.” Just a small shift from red meat to chicken “could reduce our carbon footprint and improve our health at the same time.”
by Jim Robertson
Just as the abolitionists had an agenda to see an end to human slavery or the suffragettes had an agenda to see that women get the right to vote and are treated as equals, there is a vegan/animal rights agenda to see that non-humans are free from exploitation and abuse.
It’s not that we expect to give animals “human rights” or the literal right to vote (people seem to have a hard enough time with those hanging chads), but their interests should be considered whenever our actions affect them. At the very least our fellow animals deserve to be free from forced insemination, mutilation, and concentration-camp-like confinement throughout life and in the cattle-cars on their way to an early, horrific death at the slaughterhouse.
To those who say “I respect your decision to eat vegan. Now it’s time for you to respect the rest of our rights to eat what we want!!!” This situation is similar to an abolitionist being told by a slave owner that he respects the right not to have slaves, so the abolitionist should respect the right to keep people enslaved.
Veganism is in no way comparable to a religion, any more than abolitionism or the women‘s rights movement were religions.
In both of those cases, as with veganism/animal rights, the proponents of those progressive causes were desperately trying to convince people that it is wrong to consider others as mere property. And as with those other movements, people involved with wanting to end the property status of animals adhere to many different religions or none at all.
Most vegans are keenly aware that we all evolved from the same animal origins and realize that we have more similarities than differences. And as far as the idea that vegans want to see everyone convert to veganism–well, ultimately that’s true, in the same way that abolitionists wanted everyone to free their slaves or suffragettes wanted everyone to see that women deserved equal rights.
Some say that we should have tolerance for those who choose to eat meat in the same way that they have tolerance for us choosing not to eat meat. But it should be obvious that there is a major difference between tolerating the consumption of food that is the result of animal suffering, and tolerating the food choices of those who do not consume sentient beings.
Intolerant is what the Japanese accused non-whaling nations of being towards them and their “right” to harpoon, butcher and eat whales and dolphins. The Koreans who literally torture dogs to death and boil cats alive in the belief that doing so makes them taste better and/or improves their medicinal value, call you intolerant when you oppose their cruel customs. Some Europeans have accused animal advocates of intolerance for working to end their practice of force-feeding geese and ducks for fois grais, or to ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption.
In this country people like to think that the animals they buy in restaurants or in cellophane packaging have been treated well and killed humanely, because after all, this is a civilized country. Unfortunately, animals forced to live on factory farms would not think of our culture as civilized any more than dogs and cats would in Korea, or dolphins off the coast of Japan, or ducks, geese and horses in France.
The fact is you can’t house and slaughter 350,000,000 turkeys and 9,000.000.000 pigs, cows, chickens, sheep and other animals per year in a manner that would even remotely pass for humane.
No one should be expected to tolerate cruelty to animals who are capable of suffering any more than they should be expected to tolerate cruelty to humans.
By Karen Davis, PhD, President of United Poultry Concerns
This article was originally published on Independent Media Institute’s
EcoWatch, November 19, 2018
We adopted Amelia as a young turkey into our sanctuary from a local farmer.
lived with us for five years until her legs gave out and we had to call our
veterinarian to put her to rest surrounded by her friends in the yard. Until
then she hung out happily with the chickens and ducks, and when people
she’d fan out her white tail feathers and stroll amiably beside them.
Amelia chose a leafy spot to lay her eggs in, and there she would sit
the spring and early summer. Evenings, she loved being outside with the
poking around until the last glimmer of sinking sunlight. At last, she and
would amble into their house and join the chickens who were perched for the
I believe Amelia would have made a wonderful mother, but our sanctuary
does not allow bringing new birds into the world from which ours is a
That said, it helps to know that turkeys are excellent mothers and that in
nature, the young birds, known as poults, stay close to her for nearly half
year. In nature, when the maternal family is on the move and one of her
peeps his or her distress, the mother bird clucks reassuringly, and if the
peeping persists, she rushes to comfort her little one.
When her poults grow tired and cold, they tell her so, and she crouches to
and comfort them under her great, enveloping wings. If, when traveling as a
through the woods and fields, a youngster happens to stray, intent on his
pursuit, on discovering that he is alone, the poult straightens up, looks
about, listens intently, and calls anxiously to his mother. Biologists call
a “lost call” – the call of the frightened young turkey upon perceiving
is alone. When the mother bird answers her errant youngster’s searching
calls back to her in relief, opens up his wings, flaps them joyfully, and
to rejoin his family.
In nature, baby turkeys start talking to their mother while they are still
inside their eggs nestled with their brothers and sisters in the deep
her feathers. They know her and her voice and each other long before they
Whenever I think of turkeys in the mechanical incubators and the
“servicing” rooms, and all the horrors that follow, I imagine the lost
all the turkeys that will never be answered. For them, there will never be a
joyous flapping of wings or a family reunited and on the move in the wooded
places they so love to explore.
Sanctuary workers like myself who’ve come to know turkeys bred for the meat
industry know that these birds have not lost their ancestral desire to
mate, walk, run, and be sociable – and even to swim. We know that their
inability to mate properly does not result from a loss of desire to do so,
from human-caused disabilities, including the fact that their claws and
their beaks were cut off or burned off at the hatchery, making it hard for
to hold on to anything. Like Amelia, they’re susceptible to painful
leg disorders that limit their spontaneous activity and cause them to age
before their natural 15-year lifespan.
Turkeys are emotional birds whose moods can be seen in their demeanor and
pulsing colors of their faces, which turn blue, purple or red depending on
they are feeling. An emotional behavior in turkeys is the “great wake” a
will hold over a fallen companion in the natural world and on factory farms.
When, as frequently happens on factory farms, a bird has a convulsive heart
attack, several others will surround their dead companion and suddenly die
themselves, suggesting a sensibility toward one another that should awaken
how terribly we treat them, and make us stop.
Observers have marveled at the great speed of sound transplantation from one
bird to another within a flock at a moment’s danger, and the pronounced
of simultaneous gobbling of adult male turkeys in proximity to one another.
bird having begun, the others follow him so quickly that the human ear
figure which bird launched the chorus or caused it to cease.
Turkeys love to play and have fun. In *Illumination in the Flatwoods: A
*with the Wild Turkey*, naturalist Joe Hutto describes how on August
three-month-old turkeys, on seeing him, would drop down from their roosting
limbs where they had sat ‘softly chattering” in the dawn, “stretch their
and do their strange little dance, a joyful happy dance, expressing an
A witness who chanced upon an evening dance of adult turkeys wrote of
them calling. No, he said, they were not calling strayed members of their
They were just having “a twilight frolic before going to roost. They kept
dashing at one another in mock anger, stridently calling all the while. . .
Their notes were bold and clear.”
For about five minutes, according to this witness, the turkeys “played on
brown pine-straw floor of the forest, then as if at a signal, they assumed a
sudden stealth and stole off in the glimmering shadows.”
We once had two female turkeys in our sanctuary, Mila and Priscilla. Though
same age of a few months old, they were very different from each other.
gentle and pacific, whereas Priscilla was moody with emotional burdens
anger. When Priscilla got into her angry mood, her head pulsed purple
her yelps sounded a warning as she glared at my husband and me with combat
her demeanor, ready to charge and perhaps bite us.
What stopped her was Mila, Perking up her head at the signals, Mila would
directly into the path between Priscilla and us, and block her. She would
back and forth in front of Priscilla, uttering soft pleading yelps as if
beseeching her not to charge. Sure enough, Priscilla would gradually calm
in response to the peacemaker’s inhibiting signals.
Turkeys come into the nation’s consciousness as caricatures and corpses at
Thanksgiving, and then they’re forgotten until the next year rolls around.
turkeys are being slaughtered every single day of the year, much more often
for Thanksgiving alone, for which 45 million birds die. For thousands of
– 242.5 thousand were slaughtered in 2017 in the United States, according
National Turkey Federation – every single day is “Thanksgiving,” a
harvest of horror.
Instead of calling Thanksgiving “Turkey Day,” let’s make it a turkey-free
and show our thanks by making peace with our feathered friends.
*Karen Davis, Ph.D <https://www.upc-online.org/karenbio.htm>. is the
president and founder of United Poultry Concerns, a*
*nonprofit organization and sanctuary for chickens in Virginia that
*compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl. Karen is the
*More Than A Meal: The Turkey in History, Myth, Ritual, and Reality
*Chickens, Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry Industry
*Holocaust and the Henmaid’s Tale: A Case for Comparing Atrocities
She has been*
*inducted into the National Animal Rights Hall of Fame for Outstanding*
*Contributions to Animal Liberation.*
United Poultry Concerns is a nonprofit organization that promotes
the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl.
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To coincide with World Vegan Month, the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics has published a new book exploring why people give up meat and dairy.
The protest against meat eating may turn out to be one of the most significant movements of our age. In terms of our relations with animals, it is difficult to think of a more urgent moral problem than the fate of billions of animals killed for human consumption.
Ethical Vegetarianism and Veganism outlines three principal considerations that lead people to modify their diet. The first concerns the morality of killing sentient beings when it isn’t strictly necessary, the second concerns the abuse and cruelty that animals often endure during farming, and the third explores the human and environmental costs, including animal agriculture and climate change.
The book argues that vegetarians and vegans are not only protesters, but also moral pioneers. It provides 25 chapters which stimulate further thought, exchange, and reflection on the morality of eating meat.
A rich array of philosophical, religious, historical, cultural, and practical challenge our assumptions about animals, and how we should relate to them.
Published by Routledge, the book provides global perspectives and insights from 11 countries: US, UK, Germany, France, Belgium, Israel, Austria, the Netherlands, Canada, South Africa, and Sweden.
The volume is edited by the directors of the Centre, Andrew Linzey and Clair Linzey. They comment: “The aim of the Centre has always been to pioneer ethical perspectives on animals through academic research, teaching, and publication, and this is our contribution to what has now become a world-wide movement for moral change.”
Please recommend the book to your university or college library.
Further information (including special discounts on hardback, paperback, and eBook versions) is available <https://oxfordanimalethics.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e8078cc8a96065221b73d9ab6&id=8df0755a87&e=8cb4ff7382> here.
To request a review copy, see <https://oxfordanimalethics.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e8078cc8a96065221b73d9ab6&id=93b34642e0&e=8cb4ff7382> here.
Andrew Linzey is the director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. He has written or edited twenty books, including Animal Theology and Why Animal Suffering Matters.
Clair Linzey is the deputy director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics and co-editor of the Palgrave Handbook of Practical Animal Ethics and The Routledge Handbook of Religion and Animal Ethics.
Copyright Â© 2018 Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, All rights reserved.
*The Sheds Were Already Empty*
Thanksgiving Tragedy: A Visit to a Turkey Farm
A group of UPC activists in Northern California wanted to go to a turkey
few days before Thanksgiving to pay their respects to the birds destined for
slaughter. When they arrived, they were heartbroken to find they were too
the sheds were empty, and there was nothing but a sprinkling of white
and silence. Please watch and share this important video and witness the
of this heart wrenching holiday:
*UPC Hosts Happy Thanksgiving for Turkeys: CBS Channel 9 Eyewitness News
UPC Thanksgiving Dinner for Turkeys
Forty people attended a festive Thanksgiving celebration at UPC in honor of
Wanda and Willow, two rescued factory farm turkey hens adopted from Farm
Sanctuary. Washington, DC’s CBS channel 9 provided excellent coverage of our
dinner as did local radio stations and The Potomac Almanac newspaper. Allan
read aloud to an entranced audience including Wanda, *’Twas the Night
*THANKSGIVING*, by Dav Pilkey, giving thousands of TV viewers a chance to
turkey enjoying herself in friendly company. PSYeta president Ken Shapiro’s
Joel, contributed a wonderful story about three turkey gobblers who got
As for us –
*”We feasted on veggies *
*With jelly and toast, *
*And everyone was thankful *
*(The turkeys were most!).”*
For more information see: ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving
United Poultry Concerns is a nonprofit organization that promotes
the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl.
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