So I'm currently reading Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or The Dog? by Gary L. Francione.
And it's really good. Well, I'm not very far in because I keep losing it, but I do quite like what I've read so far. His argument really makes a lot of sense, I wish more people would read it. The title has to do with a scenario proposed in the book in which there is a burning building contained a small child and a dog, and he questions which you would save. Naturally you would pick the child over the dog. But then he goes on to ask things like what if it was your dog and some kid you don't know? Or a dog and Hitler as a child, or something like that. What I really like about it though is the basic belief that is expressed about animal's rights, or rather their one right.
I really wish I'd stop losing track of it though, I even used a dollar bill as a bookmark hoping that would keep me from missplacing it, but that idea failed. :( Doesn't help that it's quite overdue so I really do need to finish it or at least return it. I'm determined to read it before I give it back though. Plus, I've already started, I might as well finish it. Soon as I find it, that is. >:(
I've got 400-some characters left, and you have no idea how tempting it is to try and use them all up. Or perhaps you do, or have experienced that, I really don't know. Or perhaps nobody will read this anyway, haha. If anything trying to use up all the characters is going to be rather off-putting. If people read anything, I hope they read my responses to my fellow veg friends.
I'm quite close now, I really am. I wonder if it's funny that I write the top last
At 3/14/09 08:33 PM, hhcash wrote:
I'm a vegetarian, but I feel like it's pointless since i still eat products with milk, cheese, and eggs in them. I can be a vegetarian, but i dont think i can be a vegan since i love dairy products and such. Maybe someday.
I used to love milk. I have always had milk allergy, but I'd drink glasses and glasses of it anyway, sometimes to the point of puking because I didn't care that I was allergic, I liked it.
When I went veg, I switched to soymilk. It took me quite a while to be able to tolerate the stuff, at first I could only consume it with cereal. Now, I love the stuff and enjoy drinking it plain. My sister took to it much more quickly than I, but she switched at a younger age and stuff.
Can't really help ya with the eggs, as I never enjoyed them and was never very fond of baked goods either.
You can find some decent soy cheese. Some is really disgusting though. I think it was tofutti slices I tried that tastes like feet. lol. this company has delicious cheese, and I eat it even though it's got trace amounts of casein or something. Since the list of products you can eat according to Peta sometimes has trace amounts of stuff like that, I've decided it's acceptable for me. Usually I only eat it if I'm making a pizza. There's also Better Than Cream Cheese and Better Than Sour Cream, both of which are quite good. So, just so you know, there are alternatives out there that not only taste decent, but delicious.
Just information that I hope will be helpful if you ever decide to make the switch.
Also, you shouldn't feel like what you're doing is pointless because you're still helping animals and all that.
At 3/14/09 08:46 PM, DocSprite wrote:
I don't get vegetarianism. I get the point, but theres not enough vegetarians to stop animal slaughter, and there probably never will be.
It may not stop it altogether, but it does reduce it. And I really feel like our numbers are growing, as evidenced by the increased amount of products available for non-meat-eaters. Or perhaps I just didn't notice them so much before.
My goal as a vegan is to reduce the amount of suffering, to refuse to contribute to factory farms and other institutions that inflict suffering, and to raise awareness. I don't focus on completely eradicating the unnecessary murder of animals for food, but it sure would be nice!! haha.
At 3/15/09 07:29 AM, Nikmalev wrote:
i've been veggo since i was 7
But i'm only 14.
That's pretty young. What made you decide to stop eating meat? Either of your parents vegetarian?
At 3/15/09 02:27 PM, InstantWayno wrote:
Ok, I am kind of new to the clubs and crews section of the forums, but when I saw this thread I knew that it would be beneficial to join. Here is some basic info about me, which will why I am joining:
Type of vegetarian: Lacto-ovo vegetarian
Length of time being vegetarian: about 7 months; I would of tried to become one sooner, but I grew up in a meat eating household, so there was little I could do.
Well, I don't know how old you are, but I didn't stop eating meat until I was in high school. Had to discover it on my own, I was surrounded by meat-eaters at home and at school. I'm the reason my school began to and continues to offer vegetarian options!
Primary reason for becoming a vegetarian: I just have a general distaste meat; I am not really involved with animal ethics or have any real health concerns, just don't like meat... simple as that.
I never much liked it, either. And when I started out, it had very little to do with animal rights. That didn't come along until later, haha. Started cutting out meat, stopped eating meat, stopped eating other things, got into AR. It was a slippery slope for me, haha.
Views of non-vegetarians: I am really open minded, so I really do not judge anyone that chooses to eat meat. Since I am not an avid animal rights activist, I really don't see any ethical issues. So I basically feel that a person's diet is their own business.
I like to go by 'to each his own' but I'll be completely honest, sometimes it pisses me off when people eat meat. Maybe I'm just ocd, but I like my food to not come in contact with it. I have my own shelf in the fridge, and when someone puts meat or cheese or something on it, I get really pissed off, move it, and then clean my shelf. Can't touch in the cart, can't use utensils or cooking pans if meat was used in them. And when the house smells of cooked pig corpse or rotting death, I get annoyed because it smells horrible and permeates all over. Gah, living with meat-eaters sucks. I should really stop complaining, I'm getting to rambling. Again.
Favorite vegetarian related quote: "Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet." -Albert Einstein
Wise man. I like his and Da Vinci's quotes about vegetarianism.
Anyways, I have not taken the time to read through all the previous pages, so I apologize if this has been asked before, but I am practically clueless when it comes to cooking with tofu. I have yet to try it by preparing it from scratch and I was wondering if there are any particular brands or types that people prefer, and how they season it.
I don't cook with tofu often. Vegweb may be helpful.
Soft is usually used in desserts.
I've used tofu in pie, soup, and stir-fry. Maybe other stuff, but nothing else comes to mind at the moment.
One thing I really like is this spinach tofu wrap from Amy's.
Tofu really just soaks up the flavour of whatever you are cooking it with. Eh, sorry I can't be more helpful. I'm sure someone else can.
My mum made the mess on the oven, not me. But this was my dinner the other night. I was going to have rice but changed my mind, lol. You guys ever have this stuff? The vegan ones say so in red on the box. Soy ginger is my favourite. I can't have the garlic because I'm allergic. I used to like the teriyaki or whatever until it made me sick, haha. It was either the teriyaki or the spicy kung pao, I'm not sure. I know only some of them are vegan, so obviously I don't eat the ones that aren't. Can't have the ones with peanuts either.
I've got mushrooms, red bell peppers, peas, and broccoli in there. It was yummy.
Link for the hell of it.