V for Vegan Vendetta

Posted: August 9, 2010 in Uncategorized
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For my inaugural post, I would like to introduce my readers to a cornerstone of my rad gal radical living: veganism.  That’s right.  The “V” word.  We vegans are meat-, egg-, and dairy-eschewing, wheatgrass-drinking killjoys, if you believe David Spade as Shiloh in Grandma’s Boy, a definite guilty pleasure movie of mine. (Fun fact: Kevin Nealon, who plays the hippie-dippie New Age exec in the movie, actually is vegan.)  But I promise, you don’t have to be an ascetic to be vegan.  I’m a food-loving hedonist at heart.  All you do is start eliminating animal products from your diet.  You can start small.

But don’t take my word for it.  (Cue the Reading Rainbow music.)  Read The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Watch Food, Inc. Watch King Corn. Hell, watch Super Size Me again, too, just for kicks.

Most importantly, watch this on youtube.  Right now.  I’ll wait.

Put simply, a vegetarian diet is better for the animals subjected to factory farming, it is much better for the environment, and it is better for your health.

Come, join the Dark Side.  We have vegan brownies.  Or, for a start, observe a Meatless Monday.

  1. hillary says:

    I think Earthlings is a fabulous introduction to living a vegan lifestyle, too. 🙂 Nice blog!

    • theradgal says:

      Thanks for the comment. Personally, I couldn’t finish watching Earthlings. It was just too gruesome for me. I think that films like that can have the power to change people’s opinions, and I am hopeful that some people have vegified themselves because of Earthlings. But I didn’t recommend it because I don’t know much about it, since I stopped watching it so early in. I did recommend Meet Your Meat because I have watched almost all of it, though I did have to stop watching at the end. The pigs screaming is just too much for me to handle.

      • theradgal says:

        Just an update. Due to this comment, and an interview with Ellen Degeneres that I watched on youtube, I am watching Earthlings. It is truly horrifying and difficult to watch. I made it through the parts about the pet trade, the meat and dairy industry, and the clothing industry. I am already a vegan and a supporter of animal rights, so I didn’t really need to be convinced. However, the film is edifying, and it has strengthened and reinforced my resolve to minimize suffering in the world.

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