Posts Tagged 'veganism'

By nature

The National Post has bad news for vegans.

A vegan diet, which means no eggs, no butter, no animal protein or fat whatsoever, depends on ingenuity and cooking finesse to make palatable. It is by nature a boring, bland, labour-intensive way of eating. In areas where imported fruits are very costly, and growing periods short, but where animal life teems, the vegan diet will never gain purchase. It may be a way of life health-obsessed urban, educated people can tolerate, but it won’t work anywhere where other cheap, tempting options exist.

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Zero doubt

A review of Mark Schatzker’s Steak.

In Texas, Schatzker learns about meat grading and marbling, and that “fat is flavour.” He also visits a feedlot where 32,000 crowded-in cattle, shot up with hormones and antibiotics, gorge themselves on flaked corn feed, and release clouds of lung-clogging fecal dust into the surrounding air. The sights, sounds and scents of the feedlot might be enough to turn some meat eaters off beef, but Schatzker does not (later) abandon grain-fed “commodity beef” on principle; he rejects it on taste, firm in the belief that “despite the veggie-friendly urgings of lentil-eating university coeds and the grumblings of bearded vegans who lurk at the edges of cocktail parties, there is zero doubt that humans are designed to eat meat.”

Biological facts

A Mother’s Day story.

Dairy cows must be kept constantly pregnant in order to lactate. After four years of forced pregnancy and constant milking, dairy cows are considered “spent” and are sent to slaughter.

Despite common beliefs, cows, like all mammals, do not lactate spontaneously. They only produce milk to feed their babies and not humans. This biological fact does not change whether the dairy comes from a conventional, family, organic, or free-range farm. There is no such thing as a cruelty-free dairy as the cruelty is inherent. No farming method changes the fact that in order to produce milk for human consumption, cows must be impregnated and their babies must be taken away and killed. And no boycott of veal is truly genuine unless dairy is also boycotted.

Eternal inaccurate Hitler references

Toronto author opines on Steak.

“The very interesting thing about human beings from an evolutionary point of view is that if we eat meat that’s too lean, it’ll kill us.” Schatzker believes the human longing for tasty beef is an evolutionary advantage, because deliciousness means survival and smartness. Handy theory! He’s not intellectually macho like too many barbecue writers, but Schatzker’s no vegan: He all but implies vegan mothers are endangering the future mental capacity of their offspring. It will be interesting to witness the public smackdowns sure to happen once the anti-meat crowd read Steak. Schatzker, whose grandfather was shot by the Nazis, enjoys making the point that Hitler was a vegetarian.

No rights

Letter writer schools “self-righteous vegans“.

Animals have no conception of rights, nor have they the capacity to consider their mortality, even though most live in frequent danger of violent death at the claws and fangs of predators. We often say things like “Well, that’s nature” when we watch such demises on Discovery Channel.Yet in an age in which we understand our descent from lower omnivores and our place in the planet’s complex ecology, there is a faction that strives to place us quite apart from other creatures who prey and are preyed upon. In the case of food animals, they presume to advocate for their unmolested and presumably feral existence.

Meatless farm

Vegan defends farm.

I am the assistant manager of the Beacon Hill Children’s Farm and get this, I’m a vegan!

I have helped care for the animals on that farm for more than five years.

I love and care greatly about each and every one of them whether they are a horse or a mouse.

I am disappointed that letter-writer Diane McNally has chosen to associate our farm with factory farms and the death of millions of animals yearly in horrible conditions.

Our farm is not associated with the consumption of animals for meat.


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