VegInspiration. Animals Exist For Their Own Reasons

Will Tuttle : September 18, 2009

“Animals of the
world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than
blacks were made for whites or women for men.”

—Alice Walker

VegInspiration. Reduce Petroleum Usage

Will Tuttle : September 17, 2009

Day 78 - Peace by lintmachine.

Switching to a
plant-based diet, we could reduce petroleum usage and imports enormously, and
slash the amount of hydrocarbons and carbon dioxide that contribute to air
pollution and global warming. We could save hundreds of billions of dollars per
year in medical, drug, and insurance expenses, which would boost personal
savings and thus reinvigorate the economy, providing fresh funds for creative
projects and environmental restoration. Desolate monocropped fields devoted to
livestock feed could be planted with trees, bringing back forests, streams, and
wildlife. Marine ecosystems could rebuild, rain forests could begin healing,
and with our demand for resources of all kinds dramatically reduced,
environmental and military tension could ease.

Photo by: Lint Machine

VegInspiration. Symbol of Intimacy

Will Tuttle : September 16, 2009

2009 New York Pignic by Farm Sanctuary.

Once we realize
that preparing and eating food is humanity’s fundamental symbol of intimacy and
spiritual transformation, we can begin to understand why sacred feasts are
essential to every culture’s religious and social life.

Photo by Farm Sanctuary Flickr

VegInspiration. Fight Against Unconscious Cruelty

Will Tuttle : September 15, 2009

“We must fight
against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals.
Animals suffer as much as we do. . . . It is our duty to make the whole world
recognize it.‚Äù                                                                        ‚ÄîAlbert

Military-Industrial-Meat-Medical-Media Complex

Will Tuttle : September 14, 2009

2009 New York Pignic by Farm Sanctuary.

military-industrial-meat-medical-media complex has and offers no incentive to
reduce animal food consumption. Poisoning the earth with massive doses of toxic
chemicals and petroleum-based fertilizers is highly profitable for the
petroleum and chemical industries. These toxins cause cancer, which is highly
profitable to the chemical-pharmaceutical-medical complex. While the world’s
rich omnivores waste precious supplies of grain, petroleum, water, and land
feeding fattened animals, the world’s poor have little grain to eat or clean
water to drink, and their chronic hunger, thirst, and misery create conditions
for war, terrorism, and drug addiction, which are extremely profitable
industries as well. The richest fifth of the world’s population gets obesity,
heart disease, and diabetes, also highly profitable for industry.

Photo by Farm Sanctuary Flickr

VegInspiration. 2.5 Acres of Land

Will Tuttle : September 13, 2009

Central farm or central planning? by Peter Blanchard.

If we all ate a
plant-based diet, we could feed ourselves on a small fraction of the land and
grains that eating an animal-based diet requires. For example, researchers
estimate that 2.5 acres of land can meet the food energy needs of twenty-two
people eating potatoes, nineteen people eating corn, twenty-three people eating
cabbage, fifteen people eating wheat, or two people eating chicken or dairy
products, and only one person eating beef or eggs.

Photo by: Peter Blanchard

VegInspiration. Fossil Fuel Waste

Will Tuttle : September 12, 2009

'Broiler' chickens raised for slaughter by Farm Sanctuary.

The collision of
soaring demand for fossil fuels with their permanently diminishing availability
will cause unremitting upward price pressure as demands continue to expand and
conflicts over limited oil escalate. With the coming unavoidable decline in
fossil fuel availability, the days of cheap animal foods are numbered. We may
begin to recognize that eating animal foods is an unacceptable waste of our
limited petroleum supplies. Already people are getting outraged about the
petroleum wasted by large SUVs that are inefficient compared to economy cars by
a factor of perhaps three to one. Will we get similarly outraged at people
eating beef, chicken, fish, eggs, and dairy products, which are inefficient
compared to plant foods by factors that far exceed those of the biggest
SUVs—factors of 10, 15, and 25 to one?

VegInspiration. Reclaiming Harmony!

Will Tuttle : September 11, 2009

Peaceful Setting by audreyjm529.

The key to
reclaiming our birthright and harmony, hidden in the most obvious of places—our
plates—requires (as appropriate to mythic wisdom) that for us to be free, we
must first free those whom we chain. To reclaim our purpose, we must restore
the purposes we have stolen from others.

Photo by: Audrey

VegInspiration. Faith Beyond

Will Tuttle : September 10, 2009

John Wesley, the
eighteenth-century founder of Methodism, has written, “
believe in my heart that faith in Jesus Christ can and will lead us beyond an
exclusive concern for the well-being of other human beings to the broader
concern for the well-being of the birds in our backyards, the fish in our
rivers, and every living creature on the face of the earth.”

VegInspiration. Destroying Peace?

Will Tuttle : September 9, 2009

required existence mutually by suneko.

We universally
condemn supremacism, elitism, and exclusivism for destroying peace and social
justice, yet we unquestioningly and even proudly adopt precisely these
attitudes when it comes to animals.

Photo By: Suneko

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