|Enewsletter • October 14, 2001|
There is enough violence;
Lauren Panos, The Greatest Graphic Artist In The World®, has completed the first "Golden Master" of the next Why Vegan booklet. We hope to have the print run started during the next 7-10 days. Feel free to order copies of Vegetarian Living in the meantime, or place an order for Why Vegan?s for when they are done.
New Ordering Policy
It seems as though we have experienced a bit of an increase in fraudulent orders for quantities of free literature. For this reason, we are going to require some level of contribution for new first orders from now on. We regret this change.
Does Veganism Require Too Much Food?
See the answer here.
by Matt Ball
As cofounder of Vegan Outreach, it is often assumed that I am a long-time vegetarian and animal lover. However, neither of these is true.
Freshman year of college, my roommate was a vegetarian. He told me facts, gave me literature, and was an overall strong example of vegetarianism. Yet I resisted the idea of becoming a vegetarian for many months. In 1986, I finally tried to be a vegetarian for the first time. It wasn't because of any great love of animals (like many people in today's society, I had very limited experience with any animal other than the family cat), but because the case against supporting cruelty was very strong. Yet I was unhappy about being vegetarian and thought I was starving – living on Captain Crunch, dorm-food cheese sandwiches, and bean burritos from Taco Bell.
So I quit being vegetarian until I had been out of the dorm for a while. Even then, I was far from vegan, living on cheese pizzas and subs picked up around campus. It wasn't until I moved further from campus and closer to a source of vegan foods (including Tofutti Cuties, but mostly cheap spaghetti and rice and beans) that I went vegan.
My experience teaches me that even for someone who is now very dedicated to reducing animal suffering, convenience was a deciding factor in my personal changes. With smoked Tofurky slices, Gimme Lean beef and sausage, Silk soymilk, and seitan all available at the local grocery store, as well as having discovered Thai and Ethiopian food, it is easy to forget what it was like for me as I tried to change my diet.
Even now, not everyone has access to the same resources that I do and even fewer people have the same opportunities to spend time cooking their own food. Thus, I know that convenience remains a compelling issue surrounding people's ability to go veg. This is why I was thrilled to hear that Burger King is adding a vegetarian (likely vegan) burger to their menu.
Although I wish a purely vegan chain could come along and put McDonald's and BK out of business, this isn't going to happen. Whatever I think about capitalism, multi-national corporations, or globalization, I know that as long as people want to eat animals, they will continue to do so. Because of this, I celebrate anything that will lead to more people choosing to go (and able to stay) vegetarian. The more closely a cruelty-free lifestyle approximates "normal life," the more people will go veg. For this reason, the move by BK could be a significant advance for animal liberation.