Sunday, July 3, 2011

Day 2 - What's a Vegan?

Welcome, little chickens, to Day 2.

Our project for today - according to our Vegan guide, Sarah Taylor:

"Get online and research the vegan diet. Devote at least 30 minutes to learning about how different people define it, and what products are on the market that are vegan and not vegan."
Sarah Taylor. Vegan in 30 Days: Get Healthy. Save the World. (Kindle Locations 157-158). Kindle Edition.  (HAVE YOU PEOPLE BOUGHT THIS BOOK YET?  DO IT TODAY!)

You know what I found?  That people who are completely against eating animal products, most of which cite "cruelty to animals" as their reason, have no problem whatsoever verbally castrating each other over the topic of honey.  Yes, that's right.  The stuff bees make.

I've read everything from..."Bees are enslaved, artificially inseminated and then robbed of the fruits of their labor" to "A bee is an insect, not an animal, and therefore honey does not violate the rules of veganism" to "Honey is a product of nature, the bees are doing what they would do naturally, so they aren't being exploited."  My personal favorite was from a woman who stated on a message board that "Vegans will burst into flames" if they eat honey.  Okay, she did say that she was kidding, but I loved it.

All entertainment aside, here's the most complete and concise definition for Vegan lifestyle I found, thanks to our friends at
  • Animals Are Not Ours to Eat

  • Animals Are Not Ours to Wear

  • Animals Are Not Ours to Experiment On

  • Animals Are Not Ours to Use for Entertainment

  • Animals Are Not Ours to Abuse in Any Way

  • The most gratifying part of this definition to me is, since humans are just a type of animal, all members of PETA are automatically pro-life for humans and will, at all costs, do whatever it takes to preserve the lives of the unborn, the elderly, and the infirmed.  (She says facetiously with a grin on her face)  And yes, I'm a member of PETA, so I get to bust their chops a little.  Being a Hypocrisy Watchdog on your behalf is part of my job. 

    Anyhow, if you are at all interested in this topic, go to their website.  They have tons of info on vegetarianism/veganism, recipes, etc.  Contrary to what you've heard on Fox News, PETA is not completely comprised of rabid, flag-burning fire-bombers who don't shave their armpits.  They have a fabulous website.

    Stay tuned for tomorrow, when we do a fruit and veggie cleanse.  Yes, that's right, fruit and veggies only from sunup to sundown.  Guess I should go buy some, huh.

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