CategoryVeganism

How Do Vegans Feel About Carnivorous Animals?

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Some animals are obligate carnivores, meaning they must eat other animals to survive. As a vegan with 2 cats, this is a subject I’ve thought a lot about. I don’t claim to have all the answers, but perhaps I can shed some light on this topic. No Carnivores Have Moral Agency As far as i know, no obligate carnivore is quite intelligent enough to have moral agency. This is one of the most...

How Do You Explain Veganism to Others?

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I don’t go around telling people I’m vegan, but it still comes up. Inevitably, I’m asked, “why did you go vegan?” The first few times I was asked this, it was hard to come up with a clear, concise answer. After all, there were hundreds of reasons swirling around in my head. That led me to sitting down to figure out a way to explain veganism to others that was short and clear. The answer for...

Is Glue Vegan? (Is Glue Made From Horses?)

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I never learned how glue was made as a child, but I always had the notion that it came from animals like horses, which I must have heard somewhere. Fast forward to now, and I really wanted to know the answer. So, I looked up how glue is made to find out if it’s vegan. Good News: Most Glues Are Vegan It turns out that most glues used to be mainly made of animal products (mainly from...

14 Countries That Still Eat Dogs [List]

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Sometimes I really hate having to research posts for this site. It’s been very depressing to learn that eating dogs (and killing them in disgusting ways) is still so widespread. But to answer the original question, how many countries eat dogs, I was able to find 14. Here’s the full list, with links to sources if you want to read more for some reason: China South Korea Vietnam Indonesia...

The 8 Best Ways to Meet Other Vegans

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Whether you’re looking to meet new friends with similar values, or are looking for people to date, there are a lot of good reasons to want to meet other vegans. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy to find other vegans, even in cities where veganism is pretty popular. And dating is even more difficult; most vegan dating apps are terrible right now, and there’s no easy way to filter out non-vegans on...

Will Vegans Eat Lab Grown Meat: The Case For and Against

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Some say lab grown meat is vegan, and some say it’s not. Who’s right? I’ll quickly break down both sides of the argument, and whether they hold up under closer scrutiny. Do Animals Suffer for Lab Grown Meat Stem cells are needed to start the cultured tissue process and “grow” the meat. In theory, it’s possible to obtain stem cells from animals without hurting them. However, this is a slow...

Is Semen Vegan?

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This is kind of a silly question that comes up in vegan forums on a regular basis. The short answer: yes, of course semen is vegan if it’s exchanged in a consensual manner. I’ll give you a slightly longer answer if you’re interested in why. Semen and The Definition of Veganism Depending on who you ask, you’ll get a different definition of what being a vegan means. But in general, you’ll hear...

Do Dairy Cows Have to Be Pregnant to Produce Milk?

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Dairy farms regularly impregnate their dairy cows, usually through artificial means. They wouldn’t do this if it wasn’t necessary, so common sense tells us that being pregnant has something to do with lactating. However, I think where most people get confused is that cows are not continuously pregnant. The Dairy Cow Milk Production Process Here’s how the cycle looks like from a high level: A...

Do Clams Have Brains?

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Clams, along with other bivalves like oysters and mussels, are one of the few animals that some vegetarians are okay with eating. Many claim that they have no brain, or can’t feel pain. The truth is that clams do have a simple nervous system, but we don’t exactly know if they feel pain or not. Let me go over what we do know. First, Do Clams Have Brains? Here’s what the inside...

Is Veganism Hurting the Meat Industry? [Data]

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I keep reading articles about animal agriculture executives worrying about people shifting away from meat. But I rarely see any data behind it, so I was hoping to dig some up. I wanted to find out 2 things: Is veganism affecting the meat industry? If so, how much? I’ll share what I found with you here. OECD Meat Consumption The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and...