To argue that “Renouncing animal products will wreck the economy!” is to raise the lame excuse of slaveholders for keeping slaves on the plantation
“Can you really ask for what reason Pythagoras had for abstaining from flesh? I, for my part, marvel at which man was possessed, who was the first to pollute his mouth with gore, and to allow his lips to touch the flesh of murdered beings.”~ Plutarch of Chaeronea (ca. 100 C.E.)
Meat, dairy and egg-eaters believe might-makes-right and money-trumps-morals when it comes to animal rights issues. This same vile mindset was the catalyst for black slavery in White America until the majority of people logically concluded that freedom and justice outweigh the economic gains of black servitude. Since slavery is slavery and cruelty is cruelty even if victims have beaks, horns, gills, feathers or fur, animals deserve to be liberated from the same greedy behavior that excuses torture and murder in exchange for jobs and profits.
Interestingly, there isn’t even proof that a societal transformation to veganism would damage the economy anyway. Vegans don’t subsist on air. We eat fruits, vegetables and other plant-based products grown by the farmers of America, packaged by the factory workers of America, shipped to the groceries and eateries of America by the truckers of America. We dine at restaurants where chefs cook the food, waiters serve it and dishwashers scrub the plates. We buy shirts, pants, shoes and jackets. We purchase cars, bikes and airline tickets. We listen to music, watch TV, use computers, talk on cell phones, attend concerts and read magazines. We mortgage houses, rent apartments and pay utility bills. Vegans are just as beneficial to the economy as meat, dairy and egg-eaters. We simply want an ethical economy that doesn’t intentionally harm animals.
Farmers who enslave and kill animals could easily transform their land back to its original purpose: the harvesting of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains and legumes. In a capitalist society, consumers dictate how businesses operate, from the products corporations produce to the items grocery stores sell. If you want hot dogs, pigs will suffer and die. If you want soy dogs, no one gets killed.
Vegan companies like Tofurky and Gardein aren’t struggling to make ends meet. In fact, the veg food industry is so profitable, ConAgra purchased Lightlife, Dean Foods acquired Silk, and Kraft bought Morningstar Farms. The animal industries are preparing for a cruelty-free world where animals are no longer commodities. When times change, and killing animals for profit is considered every bit as obscene as enslaving blacks, people will still have jobs, and corporations will still make huge amounts of money.
As for the 10 billion land animals enslaved and killed in America every year, please don’t think they will be running rampant through the city streets when everyone becomes vegan. The meat, dairy and egg industries artificially impregnate hundreds of millions of land animals to create 10 billion animals to sell to 300 million meat, dairy and egg-addicted Americans. Since the basic principles of supply-and-demand are always at play, the animal slave-trade will become unprofitable once people stop buying and eating animal products; each meat, dairy and egg-eater is responsible for the deaths of 3,000 land animals and 5,000 to 6,000 marine animals throughout their lifetime!
In the 22nd century, when only 150 million Americans eat animal products, five billion land animals will be created, dismembered and sold. In the 23rd century, when 75 million Americans eat animal products, 2.5 billion land animals will be killed, and so on. In 300-400 years, when America becomes a vegan nation, there will only be a few thousand cows, pigs, chickens and turkeys. At that point, we can set them free or give them a nice life at a sanctuary. The only other scenario would be the animal-killing conglomerates eradicating them completely. Extinction is a far better fate than perpetual slavery and an endless Holocaust.
It takes all social justice movements hundreds or thousands of years to achieve their goals of freedom. It took 400 years to end slavery in America. Most women weren’t given the right to vote until 1920. Segregation wasn’t abolished until the 1960s. Sadly, the world is not going vegan overnight, so worrying about space for 10 billion land animals isn’t even an issue.
And if you’re wondering why the government doesn’t care about speciesism—the belief that humans are superior to animals, which leads to the wanton killing of billions of animals—remember, this is the same racist and sexist government that for hundreds of years condoned slavery and segregation, and denied women the right to vote. The same heterosexist government that still denies equal rights to homosexuals. The same thieving government that murdered millions of Native Americans, and stole their land. I think you get the picture.
The meat, dairy and egg industries constitute three of the most powerful and profitable businesses on this planet. Since money makes our government churn, how can it even begin to promulgate the unhealthiness of animal products, and the immorality of killing billions of animals?
We should never rely on politicians to make the world a more ethical place. Only when we collectively climb out of our abyss of callousness, open up our circles of compassion, stop viewing animals as commodities and property, and start viewing them as family, will animals ever achieve the freedom they rightly deserve. Sadly, there is no incentive for senators, representatives, the president, judges, or the police to outlaw the killing of animals because society doesn’t reward the ethical vegan; instead, it deifies the cruel meat, dairy and egg-eater.
Thanks to www.adaptt.org for this wonderful piece.
Proponents of this intellectually dishonest argument don’t care about “plant suffering” any more than they care about the real suffering of animals.
“It is not an act of kindness to treat animals respectfully. It is an act of justice. It is not ‘the sentimental interests’ of moral agents that grounds our duties of justice to children, the retarded, the senile, or other moral patients, including animals. It is respect for their inherent value. The myth of the privileged moral status of moral agents has no clothes.”~ Tom Regan, The Case for Animal Rights.
When meat, dairy and egg-eaters run out of excuses to eat dead animals, they usually spew one of two inanities. First, they promulgate respect for the vegan lifestyle, and ask for some respect in return. Of course these animal exploiters respect the vegan way. What’s not to respect? Are we too compassionate, too merciful and too altruistic? Meat, dairy and egg-eaters begging for vegan respect is akin to NAMBLA (North American Man Boy Love Association) pedophiles asking people who don’t rape little boys for respect. I don’t respect people who choose cruelty. I don’t respect a pedophile’s choice to molest kids. I don’t respect a rapist’s desire to violate a woman’s body. I don’t respect a thief’s desire to rob banks. I don’t respect a Nazi’s belief that Jews, blacks, gays, etc. are inferior and should be exterminated. I don’t respect lifestyles based on hatred and discrimination.
The second inanity of meat, dairy and egg-eaters is attempting to indict the vegan lifestyle by claiming that plants suffer and die to feed the vegans of the world. Yet, I am still searching for People for the Ethical Treatment of Carrots, Last Chance for Broccoli or Apples Deserve Absolute Protection Today and Tomorrow. People for the Ethical Treatment of Carrots doesn’t exist because everyone knows the difference between taking a carrot out of the ground and slicing a pig into pieces. Everyone also knows the difference between mowing a lawn and tossing a live baby male chick (egg industry) into a rendering machine. If one does not understand the difference, then that person is disingenuous, irrational and illogical. The fact that some people compare carrots to cows proves how muck-deep in oppressive thought meat, dairy and egg-eaters truly are.
Allow me to explain further how absurd it is to think that plants are akin to animals in any way. My wife recently visited her parents and noticed the 20-year-old cactus in her childhood bedroom wasn’t doing well. After perusing some gardening sites for tips, we CUT the cactus in half and set it out to dry in the sun for three days. We re-planted it, and now it’s thriving. So if you truly believe that plants and animals are one and the same, then cut a human baby in half and see what happens. Better yet, go to your local hospice center and heal them by cutting everyone in half. The truth is that if this website discussed the alleged suffering of carrots and tomatoes, or I gave speeches about cashew cruelty, or I presented footage of people picking apples from a tree and raged about the apple-plucking, you would be laughing your ass off and texting your friends about my insanity.
Moreover, if plants were sentient beings capable of suffering, how come firefighters never rescue plants from fires? Worldwide firefighters have a protocol for rescuing humans and animals, but none for plants. And this isn’t a case of chrysanthemum, rhododendron, rose, tomato or basil discrimination because animals are the most discriminated species on this planet! Yet, fire crews still have protocols in place for saving their lives, even if those protocols are speciesist. For example, if a rescue is possible, firefighters help humans first. Then, if a rescue is still possible, they go back for the animals. But no firefighter has ever gone back a third time—even if it were safe to do so—to get the house plants. Additionally, with regard to the stupid question that animal rights people receive about whether we would save a dog or a baby from drowning, at least the question has two possible answers. If I asked a meat, dairy or egg-eater whether they would save a carrot or a hen from drowning, or a tomato or a calf, saving the vegetable wouldn’t even be a consideration. And the animals they WOULD save are individuals whom they actively oppress every day! Check out The Insipid “Burning Building” Question for more info about this topic.
Even from the meat, dairy and egg-eater’s perspective, it’s just illogical to speak of giving rights of freedom and bodily integrity to insentient plants while causing sentient animals to suffer and die by the billion! Plants—unlike animals—are insentient beings devoid of central nervous systems, lungs, hearts, kidneys, intestines, blood, ears and eyes. They do not defecate or urinate either. Nobody screams in horror when their neighbors are mowing the lawn (grass is a plant, too). But if neighbors were slicing pigs into pieces on the front lawn, there would be tears, physical interventions and the proper authorities would be summoned to stop the bloodshed. Plus, if people honestly believe it’s wrong to eat plants, they could always choose the ultra-vegan lifestyle of fruitarianism (eating the fruits and nuts that fall from trees). From a Judeo-Christian-Islamic perspective, the Garden of Eden was a fruitarian haven. From a physiological angle, humans are actually frugivores (in other words, fruitarian).
The epigrammatic philosopher Voltaire once said, “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” When it comes to pain and suffering, the screams, the blood, the writhing, and the fear that animals exhibit trump the so called “waves” of plants.
But just to show how thoroughly disingenuous this so-called “plant-killing argument” really is, let’s suppose for the moment that the meat, dairy and egg-eaters who invoke it really believe that their vegan counterparts cause plants to suffer and die. Even if that were the case, these animal exploiters would be logically committed to switching to veganism right away! If you’ve studied the two essays on animal-based agriculture in this section (Animal Agriculture and Environmental Destruction and Animal Agriculture and World Hunger), you already know that meat, dairy and egg-eating societies destroy many more plants than the vegan ones do. In America, 70 to 80 percent of our corn, wheat, oats and soy are fed to the 10 billion land animals killed annually. Globally, 35 to 65 percent of the world’s plants are fed to 60 billion land animals killed annually. If humans stopped eating animals, fewer plants would be harvested; remember, a single vegan directly consumes about one-tenth of the plant material that is either directly or indirectly consumed by a single meat, dairy and egg-eating human. Veganism is still the ONLY solution to this problem, because fewer beings—sentient and insentient—would die if humans, who are physiologically herbivorous anyway, ate plants directly. Even the Council for Science, Technology and Agriculture, a group of animal agriculture people, stated in the early ’90s that all the crops in America could feed every human on this planet twice-over! However, there had to be one stipulation; everyone would have to be vegan!
Sadly, these facts make little or no impression on meat, dairy and egg-eaters who seek refuge in the plant-killing argument because they really don’t give a shit about plants any more than they give a shit about the suffering of animals. They’re just groping desperately for yet another lame excuse to eat animal products.
Some meat, dairy and egg-eaters claim that vegans indirectly kill animals because tractors that harvest crops unintentionally kill some animals. Yet the worldwide premeditated killings of 60 billion land animals in slaughterhouses and 90 billion marine animals in the waterways are diametrically opposed to the accidental tractor-killings in a field. Even our unjust legal system recognizes the difference between a premeditated murder and an accidental killing. Since farmers don’t use their John Deeres to intentionally crush gophers and snakes, you never know when, where, or whether it’s going to happen. Slaughterhouses INTENTIONALLY kill animals for meat, dairy and egg-eaters. I’ve volunteered at SASHA Farm animal sanctuary for around 20 years. When we mowed the hay fields, there were times when a snake or a field mouse ended up in the bales of hay. This never made us intentional killers. It made us people in the 21st century who rely on machines. When we use machines, accidental killings of animals and people will occur. Isn’t it conveniently hypocritical that the meat, dairy and egg-eaters who bring up the animal-tractor issue still drive an automobile, even though those machines kill millions of humans annually worldwide? These accidental killings are okay with them because meat, dairy and egg-eaters aren’t human-killing addicts. They’re animal-killing addicts. And addicts are the most insane, illogical, excuse-filled people to ever deface this earth. Addicts are ALWAYS irrational when it comes to their habits. Have you ever known an alcoholic, a cigarette smoker or a heroin user to be rational or ethical when it came to alcohol, cigarettes or heroin? Of course not. And there is NO such thing as a rational—or ethical—meat, dairy, and egg-eater when it comes to animal issues and whether humans should be enslaving, murdering and eating animals.
I want to address one more issue because, in their endless attempt to catch vegans in a contradiction, many meat, dairy and egg-eaters claim that animals are intentionally killed BEFORE the tractors even hit the fields when farmers prepare the land to grow the crops. This comment is as trite as the ‘vegans-are-enslaving-their-companion-dogs or cats’ quip because what these nitwits are failing to grasp is that the farmers of America are meat, dairy and egg-eaters, not vegans. And vegans, as always, are forever trying to clean up the blood trail that oppressors and murderers constantly leave in their paths! If vegans were in charge of everything, we would solve ALL issues of injustice and have a peaceful world because vegans tread lightly and cause the absolute minimal amount of unintentional suffering to this planet and its inhabitants. Meat, dairy and egg-eaters cause the MAXIMUM amount of intentional and unintentional suffering to this planet and its inhabitants because it is unreasonable to intentionally starve millions of humans to death by feeding around 50 percent of the world’s crops to 60 billion land animals, to murder 60 billion land animals and 90 billion marine animals with premeditation, and then accidentally kill wild animals with tractors. With veganism, we could eliminate two problems instead of living with three!
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The Insipid Appeal to Traditions, Customs, and Habits
“Custom will reconcile people to any atrocity.” • George Bernard Shaw
“Those who won’t hesitate to vivisect, won’t hesitate to lie about it as well.”~ George Bernard Shaw.
The image above depicts the ritual of Kaporos, which is observed by many (but by no means all) Hasidic Jews shortly before the holiday of Yom Kippur as a means of “atonement for one’s sins.” In this insane—and insanely barbaric—ritual, a live chicken (white is the preferred color, standing for “purity”) is swung violently above the head while the perpetrator invokes an incantation about self-atonement. Then the chicken is slaughtered, and supposedly donated to a needy family (although by many accounts the chicken’s body is merely dumped in the trash). Even many Orthodox Jews have come to abhor this ritual, because clearly it is not only morally self-abasing, but also deeply self-contradicting. For if the point of the ritual is to reflect upon the chicken’s fate, and draw from it that “the chicken could have been me,” or that “there, but for the grace of God, go I,” then why would someone choose to inflict such carnage and cruelty upon this innocent being in the first place?
Evidently, then, many Orthodox Jews have evolved to the point where they recognize that some of their traditions are simply not worth clinging to. Ironically, however, many of those who would be properly appalled by practices such as that of Kaporos might actually be caught defending their own habit of eating meat, eggs, and dairy products through a very similar rationale: namely, by fallacious appeal to some tradition, or some custom, or ritual, or cultural norm or religious norm—or mere habit.
It’s obvious that many people will attempt to justify their meat, dairy and egg-eating ways by saying something like this: “It’s a tradition in my culture to eat meat, dairy and eggs,” or “It’s customary among my family (or tribe) to eat meat, dairy and eggs”—or, quite simply, “It’s my habit to eat meat, dairy and eggs, and as habits go, it’s a hard one to break.” However, to uphold some tradition, custom, or habit for no other reason than that it’s a tradition, or a custom, or a habit, is obviously an invalid rationalization for preserving slavery, cruelty and murder. Just like habits, some traditions and customs are good ones, some are harmless, and some are extremely evil. Whether they prove to be good, evil, or merely innocuous, they didn’t get that way just because they were practiced routinely, or because they were embraced without question by people of a certain culture. They were ALWAYS good, evil or innocuous! It’s understandable that traditions, customs and habits are hard to break, but EVIL traditions, HARMFUL customs, and BAD habits need to be broken. The abolition of slavery in America, and of sati in India (the burning-alive of widowed women along with their dead husbands on the funeral pyre) proves that evil can be eradicated, and that rational minds can overcome the atrocity of many traditions and customs that turn innocent beings into victims, without reason or mercy.
Try to place yourself in the animals’ position: confined to an artificial world, denied your freedom and the chance to live a long, healthy life, even denied sunlight most of the time. Then imagine yourself on a concentration camp truck, terrified and confused, on your way to the slaughterhouse so someone could slice your throat and cut you up into pieces. If you honestly try to assume the animals’ point of view, you will understand why the psychotic addictions of meat, cheese, milk and eggs must be abolished. If you eat animals and the things that come out of animals, you are causing pain and suffering and polluting yourself with the blood of innocent beings. Today, we knowingly contribute to an endless loop of enslaving and killing animals to preserve the abstract notion of tradition, the vacuous rituals of custom, and the murderous, selfish habit of meat, cheese, milk and egg-consumption. Peace begins at the dinner table, with what you put into your body on a daily basis.
Good people—the ones who maintain good habits, and observe worthwhile traditions and customs—don’t just talk about kindness. They practice it. They don’t pray about love. They actually give it. It is not your right—based on YOUR traditions, YOUR customs and YOUR habits—to deny animals THEIR freedom so you can harm them, enslave them and kill them. That’s not what rights are about. That’s injustice. There is no counter-argument to veganism. Accept it. Apologize for the way you’ve been living. Make amends and move forward. Make amends.
Either way, you simply have no justification for imprisoning, torturing and killing animals for your own pleasure.
“Whenever people say ‘we mustn’t be sentimental,’ you can take it they are about to do something cruel. And if they add, ‘we must be realistic,’ they mean they are going to make money out of it.”~ Brigid Brophy
In the evolutionary theory, humans were vegan long before we turned to an unnatural diet of dead animals. Before tools, weapons and fire there was no meat-eating. We were vegan scavengers and gatherers long before we tried hunting and gathering. When the Ice Age hit and most vegetation was wiped out, humans turned to a survival scenario of eating meat. When the Ice Age ended, we should have reverted to the vegan diet that kept us connected to and part of the natural world, not fallaciously on top of it.
In the creation theory, humans were vegan long before we turned to a sinful diet of dead animals. The religions of Buddhists, Hindus, 7th Day Adventists, Jains and Rastafarians unambiguously admonish followers to harm no animal, and to treat the body as a temple by ingesting healthy, non-animal based foods. Meat is never permissible.
If you are a follower of Judaism, Christianity or Islam, look no further than the Garden of Eden. It was a vegan haven, and Adam and Eve were the first vegans on this planet. Genesis 1:29, God’s first dietary law, states, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.” Isaiah 11:7, God’s last dietary law, states, “The wolf will live with the lamb, the cow will feed with the bear, the lion will eat straw like the ox, and a little child will lead them. And neither will harm nor destroy on My Holy Mountain.” The beginning and the end are vegan because veganism causes no bloodshed and cruelty. Many other scriptures like Hosea 2:18 and Ecclesiastes 3:19 also profess God’s love for animals.
Since animal products cause almost all of our diseases, and the human body is 100 percent herbivorous, rationalizing God’s approval of this deadly fare doesn’t make sense. It’s awfully convenient that most people believe God, Jesus and Mohammad embrace the misery, murder and consumption of animals. Yet, those same people also believe God, Jesus and Mohammad are all-compassionate, all-loving and all-merciful, not bloodthirsty, murderous devils. These scenarios contradict each other, so it can’t be both ways. Causing misery to animals and supporting their murder is causing misery to God, Jesus and Mohammad and murdering Their souls.
The THOU SHALT NOT KILL commandment should make everyone vegan anyway. Since each vegan spares the lives thousands of animals every year, honoring this commandment can only bring one closer to God.
In the Gospel of the Nazirenes, viewed as inauthentic by the Church, Jesus proclaims, “Wherefore those who want to be my disciples, keep your hands from bloodshed and let no flesh meat enter your mouths for the Lord is just and bountiful who ordains that man shall live by the fruits and the seeds of the earth alone.” He also states, “Verily I say unto you, for this end I have come into the world; that I may put away all blood offerings and the eating of the flesh of the beasts and the birds that are slain by men. In the beginning the Creator gave to all the fruits of the trees and the seeds of the earth and the herbs for food. But those who loved themselves more than the Lord or their fellows, corrupted their ways and brought diseases into their bodies and filled the earth with lust and violence.”
Of the 114 chapters in the Qur’an, 113 begin with the phrase “In the Name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful.” All Muslims accept that showing compassion and charity is a service to Allah. Yet, to kill animals and eat their flesh is anything but compassionate and charitable. The Holy Prophet Muhammad states, “Allah will not be affectionate to a man who is not affectionate to Allah’s creatures. Whoever is kind to the creatures of Allah is kind to himself. A good deed done to an animal is as good as doing good to a human being while an act of cruelty to an animal is as bad as an act of cruelty to a human being.”
Animals are the most innocent beings on this planet and need the most protection. When we exclude animals from God’s circle of compassion, we exclude God from our lives. God demands mercy, compassion and meekness. After all, the meek shall inherit the earth, and the meek are the animals and those who walk humbly with them.
The late author and vegan activist Rynn Berry smashes the popular myth about Hitler’s dietary habits.
“If you had to kill your own calf before you ate him, most likely you would not be able to do it. To hear the calf scream, to see the blood spill, to see the baby being taken away from his momma, and to see the look of death in the animal’s eye would turn your stomach. So you get the man at the packing house to do the killing for you.”~ Dick Gregory, The Shadow That Scares Me.
In an attempt to defile the animal rights movement, meat, dairy and egg-eaters often proclaim that Hitler practiced vegetarianism. However, biographers Albert Speer and Robert Payne attested to Hitler’s love for liver dumplings, stuffed squab [pigeon], ham and sausage in the following books: Inside the Third Reich and The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler. German Chef Dione Lucas wrote about Hitler’s meat-eating in her Gourmet Cooking School Cookbook, published in 1964. Rynn Berry’s Hitler: Neither Vegetarian Nor Animal Lover describes how Goebbels, The Third Reich’s propaganda minister, tried to sell Hitler as a vegetarian to make him seem as peaceful as Gandhi, who was (and still is) adored by the world. Check out Berry’s March 8, 2007 letter to the New York Times below, where he proves—beyond a reasonable doubt— what the top Nazis ate.
Keep in mind, most concentration camps had animal slaughterhouses built right next to the human ones! And Heinrich Himmler, the Gestapo Commander who created the Jewish Holocaust’s gas chamber system, was a mass murderer of chickens before orchestrating the mass murder of humans. The fact that he enslaved and killed chickens for a living further exposes the ‘Nazis-were-animal-lovers’ scam.
Even if Hitler and his crew were vegetarians (which they weren’t), it is time for some harsh reality: Vegetarianism is nothing but a deviant form of meat-eating. It is not akin to veganism because vegetarians wholeheartedly support the commodification, enslavement, rape and murder of cows (see the article on Dairy) and hens (Chickens, Eggs, and the Free-Range Scam), and the exploitation of bees in the honey industry (Bees and Honey). They also condone the kidnap, torture and murder of baby animals as calves on dairy farms are stolen from their mothers after birth (the males are sent to veal camps), while male chicks on egg farms are killed by tossing them into the trash or grinding them up fully conscious in rendering machines (because they don’t lay eggs). Plus, most vegetarians adorn themselves—and their homes—with leather, wool, silk and down (see the Animal Skins article). Would someone like to explain to me how vegetarianism is an animal-friendly lifestyle? (You can email me here.)
Before you read Berry’s indisputable piece, I need to point out that Adam Lanza (Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter) is the only ALLEGED vegan mass-murderer I can locate. An acquaintance of his family made the claim shortly after the 2012 massacre, but that tenuous claim has yet to be verified to this day! Since Lanza’s mother and the FBI confirm that Adam spent nearly every waking hour online, wouldn’t there be a slew of evidence—some diatribe somewhere—straight from the killer’s mouth that he was vegan? But even if someone proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Lanza lived a vegan lifestyle, how does that offset the following mass-murderers who are all VERIFIED meat, dairy, egg and/or honey-eaters who also wore leather and other animal skins: Joseph Stalin, Saddam Hussein, Uday Hussein, Qusay Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi, Osama bin Laden, Pol Pot (Cambodia), Slobodan Milošević (Serbia), Idi Amin (Uganda), Josef Mengele (Nazi), Adolf Eichmann (Nazi), Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, Anders Behring Breivik (Norway), Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold (Columbine H.S. shooters), Christopher Harper-Mercer (Umpqua Community College shooter), James Holmes (Denver movie theatre shooter), Seung-Hoi Cho (Virginia Tech shooter), Richard Ramirez (the “Night Stalker”), Susan Smith (child killer), Timothy McVeigh (Oklahoma City truck-bomber), Elliot Rodger (U. of California-Santa Barbara shooter), Martin Bryant (Australia), William Unek (Africa), Woo Bum-kon (South Korea), Baruch Goldstein (Israel), Jack The Ripper (London), Jim Jones (Jonestown, Guyana, Massacre), Mitchell Johnson and Andrew Golden (Jonesboro H.S. shooters), and many, many more, including The Führer, of course! And check out this 2015 article detailing the last meals of McVeigh, Gacy and 13 other murderers and rapists. Wanna take a guess what those meals consisted of?
The Letter by Rynn Berry
Thursday, March 8, 2007
The New York Times Book Review
229 West 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036
To the Editor,
I must take issue with Mr. Rothstein’s glib characterization of Hitler and his Nazi henchmen, Hess, and Himmler, as vegetarians, in his review of Tristram Stuart’s The Bloodless Revolution (February 25). As the historical advisor to the North American Vegetarian Society, I am constantly being taxed with having to explain Hitler’s alleged vegetarianism. In researching the matter, I discovered that Hitler was not a true vegetarian. I presented my findings in a book entitled Hitler: Neither Vegetarian Nor Animal Lover (Pythagorean Publishers, 2004).
In my book, I cite numerous primary sources that attest that Hitler was not a thoroughgoing vegetarian. Here are a few examples: For instance, one of his closest friends, Frau Hess, asserted that Hitler was a strict vegetarian except for Liver Dumplings. “From that moment on, Hitler never ate another piece of meat, except for liver dumplings.” (His habitual eating of liver dumplings is an important exception that disqualifies Hitler as vegetarian.)
Chef Dione Lucas, who used routinely to prepare meals for him into the early 1930s, actually published Hitler’s favorite recipes in her cookbook, The Gourmet Cooking School Cookbook (1964, p. 89). “I learned the recipe when I worked as a chef before World War II, in one of the large hotels in Hamburg, Germany. I do not mean to spoil your appetite for stuffed squab, but you might be interested to know that it was a great favorite with Mr. Hitler who dined at the hotel often. Let us not hold that against a fine recipe though.” (His habitual eating of stuffed squab disqualifies Hitler as a vegetarian.)
In the New York Times of May 30, 1937, in an article entitled “Where Hitler Dreams and Plans,” Times reporter Otto D. Tolschuss wrote, “It is well known that Hitler is vegetarian and does not drink or smoke. His lunch and dinner consist, therefore, for the most part of soup, eggs, vegetables and mineral water, although he occasionally relishes a slice of ham and relieves the tediousness of his diet with such delicacies as caviar, luscious fruits and similar tidbits.” (His occasional eating of sliced ham and caviar disqualifies Hitler as a vegetarian.)
Hitler biographer Thomas Fuchs, in his book, A Concise Biography of Adolf Hitler (New York: Berkeley, 2000, p.78), also confirms that Hitler was not a vegetarian. “A typical day’s consumption included eggs prepared in any number of ways, spaghetti, baked potatoes with cottage cheese, oatmeal, stewed fruits and vegetable puddings. Meat was not completely excluded. Hitler continued to eat a favorite dish, Leberkloesse (liver dumplings).”
To be sure, Hitler professed to be a vegetarian (in section 66 of Hitler’s Table Talk, 1941-44), but the primary sources that I have cited in my book show that while he paid lip service to vegetarianism, he was not consistent in his practice of the diet. “Vegetarian”—which means (according to the standard dictionary definition) “the practice of eating only vegetables and refraining from eating meat, fish, or other animal products”—is like that other V word, Virgin: you either are one, or you are not. By that criterion, Hitler was a quasi-vegetarian, a would-be vegetarian, or a flexitarian. He was decidedly not a true vegetarian.
With regard to Rudolf Hess, the Führer’s fawning deputy, Hess may have been a vegetarian for a brief space—perhaps as a result of his faddish interest in Rudolf Steiner’s bio-dynamic agricultural theories. In fact, Hess’s biographer, Wulf Schwarzwaller, in his book, Rudolf Hess: The Last Nazi (Bethesda, MD: National Press, 1988), suggests (pp. 157, 161) that Hess’s flirtation with biologically dynamic vegetarian foods was just that—a dietary experiment prescribed by a Steinerian doctor. By the time Hess was in Spandau prison in the 1940s, he was back to eating animal flesh with gusto. Schwarzwaller (p. 278) quotes him as complaining to the prison doctor, “The sausages are much too spicy.”
Mr. Rothstein’s statement that Heinrich Himmler, the architect of the Final Solution, was a vegetarian advocate [“Himmler was an advocate,”] is preposterous and utterly without foundation in fact. Nowhere in the biographical literature on Himmler does it state that he was ever a practicing vegetarian. In fact, in the definitive biography of Himmler, Peter Padfield’s Himmler (New York: Henry Holt & Co., 1990, p. 352), Padfield writes that Himmler, despite his queasiness about the hunting of animals, “was not a vegetarian.”
Finally, to suggest with Tristram Stuart, as Mr. Rothstein does, that many Nazis were vegetarians [“Many Nazis, as Stuart suggests, were either vegetarians or interested in related issues”] is a gross distortion of the facts. The truth is that not one Nazi was a thoroughgoing vegetarian—not even Hitler himself. I hope that you will be fair-minded enough to print this letter so that readers may judge for themselves whether Hitler, Hess and Himmler were vegetarians. I’m afraid Mr. Rothstein’s review is just one further instance of a pundit’s publicly relishing the (false) paradox that a triumvirate of genocidal tyrants should have been the followers of a Gandhian diet.
About the Photographs
The photographs you see on this page have a connection to the www.adaptt.org website. George Lacks, a war correspondent and photographer for Life Magazine, shot these and many other photos of Hitler while Lacks was traveling through Europe with a group of Chinese emissaries. In June 1937 the group visited Hitler’s retreat in the Berchtesgadener Alpen, and Lacks seized the opportunity to snap a few quick pictures of Der Führer in his own element. Lacks is believed to be the first American to photograph Hitler at close range. He was also the father of Gordon Brown, who built this website for Gary Yourofsky.
For more photos of Hitler, as well as numerous other photos produced by George Lacks, please visit this website.
“If you wanted to find one diet to ruin your health, you couldn’t find one worse than Atkins.” • Dr. James Anderson, professor of medicine, U. of Kentucky.
Any diet other than veganism—including vegetarianism—is unhealthy. Paleo, Atkins, South Beach, The Zone, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, and the Blood-Type diets cannot produce optimum health because there is no such thing as healthy meat, cheese, milk and eggs, just as there is no such thing as healthy cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains and legumes cause NO disease (with the exception of a wheat gluten allergy that causes Celiac Disease in some individuals who are gluten-intolerant). Diseases arise from the consumption of animal protein, casein, sugar, the excessive amount of fat found in all animal products and oils, artificial additives, the 2-9 percent of naturally-occurring trans-fatty acids found in meat and dairy, human-made trans fatty acids found in junk food, and the excessive amount of refined carbohydrates found in white rice, white bread, and pasta. Non-dietary factors affect health, too. Stress, a lack of sleep, smoking tobacco, chemical pollution, genetics, and a lack of exercise can wreak havoc on the body. Therefore, it is essential to eat plant-based foods exclusively, and control the non-dietary factors to the best of your ability. Check out this 2014 University of Southern California study which clearly indicts animal protein as a deadly toxin.
The advertising hustlers and shyster doctors of the fad diet industry claim that it’s not the meat and cheese of a sandwich making people overweight and sick; it’s only the bun! They tell people that it’s not the bacon, milk and eggs of the standard American breakfast making people overweight and sick; it’s the side of strawberries and cantaloupe.
Even moderate amounts of animal products are detrimental to the human body because moderate amounts of fat, trans-fatty acids, casein and animal protein are just as harmful as moderate amounts of sugar, tobacco, and heroin. If you want to avoid lung cancer and emphysema, moderately smoking five cigarettes per day would not be too bright. If you want to avoid heart diseases, most cancers, diabetes, osteoporosis and other diseases, not even a moderate amount of meat, dairy and eggs can be on the menu. From an ethical standpoint, cruelty in moderation is never acceptable.
Dr. James Anderson, professor of medicine and nutrition at the University of Kentucky said, “If you wanted to find one diet to ruin your health, you couldn’t find one worse than Atkins.” Egregious fad diets like Atkins are exact recipes for heart diseases and cancers.
Fad diets, however, are capable of bringing about weight loss. If losing weight—and not being healthy—is the only goal, people should try some other fabulous weight-loss methods like smoking crack, bulimia, anorexia or getting AIDS. I’m not recommending those insane techniques, but I’ll bet that if a few advertising hustlers, shyster doctors and pharmaceutical companies got together and decided to package crack and called it “The Low-Carb Crack Snack,” everyone would be snacking on crack!
Skinniness doesn’t equal healthiness. Skinny meat, dairy and egg-eaters have heart attacks and get cancer all the time. After you or someone else you know gets skinny on a fad diet—and then dies from a heart attack or cancer—I’m sure the pallbearers will be thrilled they won’t have to strain too much as they carry the casket from the hearse to the grave.
Since most of the world’s soy is used to feed animals in the meat, dairy and egg industries, you still have to be vegan if you want to avoid soy.
“But for the sake of some little mouthful of flesh, we deprive a soul of the sun, and light, and of that proportion of life and time they had been born into the world to enjoy.”~ Plutarch of Chaeronea (ca. 100 C.E.).
Unless you are allergic to it, soy can be a great addition to your diet as it contains ALL of the amino acids, protein, calcium, iron, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, folic acid and more! Soy foods also contain isoflavones and phytoestrogens (plant-based estrogens), which can prevent and treat many diseases. Contrary to much misinformation fixated on the estrogen content of soy, phytoestrogens do NOT harm the human body. Animal estrogens, on the other hand, are deleterious to health (see the following articles: Hormones in milk can be dangerous and Estrogen: one of the risk factors in milk for prostate cancer). Meat and dairy products have the same-to-twice the amount of animal-based estrogens as the amount of phytoestrogens in soy. Some studies even suggest that phytoestrogens may actually inhibit the deleterious effects of animal estrogens. Always try to buy organic (non-GM) soy, and focus more on unprocessed soy (edamame) and the fermented versions (tempeh and miso) as they provide all the aforesaid nutrients plus natural pro-biotics that bathe your intestines in goodness.
Most of the misinformation about soy comes from the meat, dairy, and egg industries, and their apologists Eric Schlosser and Michael Pollan (authors of Fast Food Nation, Food Inc., and The Omnivore’s Dilemma) who are blinded by their bloodthirsty cravings of meat, cheese, milk and eggs. Legitimate studies show positive effects of soy on human health. An excellent example of such a study is Soy and Your Health, published by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. This study is presented in full just below. As you peruse the study, note that these are not merely PCRM’s conclusions. These conclusions are amply documented, and are based on numerous studies published in well-established, widely respected medical journals that have no axe to grind with meat-eaters, vegetarians or vegans.
If you’re still not convinced that soy is safe because of all the negative propaganda, soy does not have to be part of your diet. However, since 95 percent of all GM soy in America is set aside for animal feed, you still have to take the vegan route because the animals in the meat, dairy and egg industries are fed soy. The soy meat, cheese and milk substitutes are available because people are hopelessly addicted to the taste, smell and texture of animal flesh, and the things that come out of animals. If you can beat the addiction, and get to the heart of veganism by consuming only fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes and grains (avoid wheat if you have a gluten allergy), then more power to you.
Soy and Your Health
Soy foods have recently enjoyed increasing popularity. Soy foods include soybeans (also called edamame) and any other foods made from soybeans, including soymilk, tofu, tempeh, miso, and vegetarian meat and dairy substitutes, like soy meats and soy cheeses. Like most other plant foods, the most healthful choices in soy foods are those that are minimally processed so they retain all of their original nutrients. But because soy products are so widely consumed, some people have raised the question as to whether they are safe. Let’s take a look at what medical studies show:
Cancer Prevention and Survival
Epidemiological studies have found that soy protein may reduce the risk for cancers including breast, colon, and prostate.1
Studies show that women who include soy products in their routine are less likely to develop breast cancer, compared with other women. In January 2008, researchers at the University of Southern California found that women averaging one cup of soymilk or about one-half cup of tofu daily have about a 30 percent less risk of developing breast cancer, compared with women who have little or no soy products in their diets.2 However, to be effective, the soy consumption may have to occur early in life, as breast tissue is forming during adolescence.3,4 A 2014 University of Southern California study also showed the deadly effects of animal protein.
What about women who have been previously diagnosed with breast cancer? A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported results based on 5,042 women previously diagnosed with breast cancer who were participating in the Shanghai Breast Cancer Survival Study over a four-year period. The study showed that women who regularly consumed soy products, such as soymilk, tofu, or edamame, had a 32 percent lower risk of recurrence and a 29 percent decreased risk of death, compared with women who consumed little or no soy.5 An accompanying editorial suggested that inconsistencies in prior research may be attributable to the comparatively low soy consumption in the United States, making beneficial effects harder to identify.6 In China, soy intake is higher and diets tend to include traditional food sources of soy, rather than soy supplements. Other studies have found that there was no effect or a favorable effect on breast tissue density in women consuming soy.7
Why should soy products reduce cancer risk? Most research has zeroed in on phytoestrogens found in soybeans. (Phyto means “plant.”) These compounds are in some ways similar to the estrogens (female sex hormones) in a woman’s bloodstream, but are much weaker. Some have suggested that they may keep estrogen levels under control as they can act both like a weak estrogen when body estrogen levels are low and can inhibit estrogen’s effects when body estrogen levels are high.8
By analogy, the estrogens in a woman’s body are like jumbo jets that have landed at an airport. Phytoestrogens are like small private planes that are occupying the Jetways, blocking the jumbo jets from attaching. This explanation is probably overly simplistic, but it may serve to illustrate how soy’s weak hormonal compounds can have beneficial effects.
Other concerns include whether soy has a negative effect on reproductive health. However, studies in both men and women have shown that soy did not hinder reproduction.9,10
Also, adults who had been fed soy infant formula as infants were found to have no difference in their reproductive health when compared with adults who had been fed cow’s milk formula.11
Although compounds in soy products have been likened to very weak female hormones, they have no adverse effects on men and may help prevent cancer in men. A meta-analysis to be published in Fertility and Sterility, based on more than 50 treatment groups, showed that neither soy foods nor isoflavone supplements from soy affect testosterone levels in men.12 An analysis of 14 studies, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that increased intake of soy resulted in a 26 percent reduction in prostate cancer risk.13 Researchers found a 30 percent risk reduction with nonfermented soy products such as soy milk and tofu.
Soy products may reduce the risk of fibroids, knots of muscle tissue that form within the thin muscle layer that lies beneath the uterine lining. A study of Japanese women found that the more soy women ate, the less likely they were to need a hysterectomy, suggesting that fibroids were less frequent.14 In a study of women in Washington State, soy did not seem to help or hurt, perhaps because American women eat very little soy, compared with their Japanese counterparts.15 What did have a big effect in this study were lignans, a type of phytoestrogens found in flaxseed and whole grains. The women consuming the highest amounts of these foods had less than half the risk of fibroids, compared with the women who generally skipped these foods. So, again, phytoestrogens seem beneficial, countering the effects of a woman’s natural estrogens, although in this case the benefit comes from foods other than soy.
Clinical studies show that soy products do not cause hypothyroidism.16 However, soy isoflavones may take up some of the iodine that the body would normally use to make thyroid hormone.17 The same is true of fiber supplements and some medications. In theory, then, people who consume soy might need slightly more iodine in their diets. (Iodine is found in many plant foods, especially in seaweed and iodized salt.) Soy products can also reduce the absorption of medicines used to treat hypothyroidism.16 People who use these medicines should check with their health care providers to see if their doses need to be adjusted.
Other Health Effects
Soy products appear to reduce low density lipoprotein (“bad”) cholesterol.18 They may also reduce the risk of osteoporosis-related hip fractures. In a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, women who consumed at least one-fourth cup of tofu per day, averaged a 30 percent reduction in fracture risk.19
Soy products are typically high in protein. Some manufacturers have exploited this fact, packing isolated soy protein into shakes and turning it into meat substitutes. However, it may be prudent to avoid highly concentrated proteins from any source, including soy. It has long been known that cow’s milk increases the amount of insulin-like growth factor in the bloodstream,20 and this compound is linked to higher cancer risk. Some evidence suggests that highly concentrated soy proteins (indicated as “soy protein isolate” on food labels) can do the same.21Simple soy products, such as tempeh, edamame, or soynuts, are probably best choices.
Evidence to date indicates that soy products may reduce the risk of breast cancer and breast cancer recurrence. They do not appear to have adverse effects on the thyroid gland, but may reduce the absorption of thyroid medications. The benefits of soy products appear to relate to traditional soy products, not to concentrated soy proteins.
1Badger TM, Ronis MJ, Simmen RC, Simmen FA. Soy protein isolate and protection against cancer. J Am Coll Nutr. 2005;24(2):146S-149S.
2Wu AH, Yu MC, Tseng CC, Pike MC. Epidemiology of soy exposures and breast cancer risk. Br J Cancer. 2008;98(1):9-14.
3Korde LA, Wu AH, Fears T, et al. Childhood soy intake and breast cancer risk in Asian American women. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev.2009;18(4):1050-1059.
4Shu XO, Jin F, Dai Q, et al. Soyfood intake during adolescence and subsequent risk of breast cancer among Chinese women. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2001;10(5):483-488.
5Shu XO, Zheng Y, Cai H, et al. Soy food intake and breast cancer survival. JAMA. 2009;302(22):2437-2443.
6Ballard-Barbash R, Neuhouser ML. Challenges in design and interpretation of observational research on health behaviors and cancer survival. JAMA. 2009;302(22):2483-2484.
7Messina MJ, Loprinzi CL. Soy for breast cancer survivors: a critical review of the literature. J Nutr. 2001;131(11 Suppl):3095S-3108S.
8Wiseman H, O’Reilly JD, Adlercreutz H, et al. Isoflavone phytoestrogens consumed in soy decrease F(2)-isoprostane concentrations and increase resistance of low-density lipoprotein to oxidation in humans. Am J Clin Nutr. 2000;72(2):395-400.
9Mitchell JH, Cawood E, Kinniburgh D, Provan A, Collins AR, Irvine DS. Effect of a phytoestrogen food supplement on reproductive health in normal males. Clin Sci (Lond). 2001;100(6):613-618.
10Kurzer MS. Hormonal effects of soy in premenopausal women and men. J Nutr. 2002;132(3):570S-573S.
11Strom BL, Schinnar R, Ziegler EE, et al. Exposure to soy-based formula in infancy and endocrinological and reproductive outcomes in young adulthood. JAMA. 2001;286(7):807-814.
12Hamilton-Reeves JM, Vazquez G, Duval SJ, Phipps WR, Kurzer MS, Messina MJ. Clinical studies show no effects of soy protein or isoflavones on reproductive hormones in men: results of a meta-analysis. Fertil Steril. 2009.
13Yan L, Spitznagel EL. Soy consumption and prostate cancer risk in men: a revisit of a meta-analysis. Am J Clin Nutr. 2009;89(4):1155-1163.
14Nagata C, Takatsuka N, Kawakami N, Shimizu H. Soy product intake and premenopausal hysterectomy in a follow-up study of Japanese women. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2001;55(9):773-777.
15Atkinson C, Lampe JW, Scholes D, Chen C, Wahala K, Schwartz SM. Lignan and isoflavone excretion in relation to uterine fibroids: a case-control study of young to middle-aged women in the United States. Am J Clin Nutr. 2006;84(3):587-593.
16Messina M, Redmond G. Effects of soy protein and soybean isoflavones on thyroid function in healthy adults and hypothyroid patients: a review of the relevant literature. Thyroid. 2006;16(3):249-258.
17Divi RL, Chang HC, Doerge DR. Anti-thyroid isoflavones from soybean: isolation, characterization, and mechanisms of action. Biochem Pharmacol. 1997;54(10):1087-1096.
18Pipe EA, Gobert CP, Capes SE, Darlington GA, Lampe JW, Duncan AM. Soy protein reduces serum LDL cholesterol and the LDL cholesterol:HDL cholesterol and apolipoprotein B:apolipoprotein A-I ratios in adults with type 2 diabetes. J Nutr. 2009;139(9):1700-1706.
19Koh WP, Wu AH, Wang R, et al. Gender-specific associations between soy and risk of hip fracture in the Singapore Chinese Health Study. Am J Epidemiol. 2009;170(7):901-909.
20Heaney RP, McCarron DA, Dawson-Hughes B, et al. Dietary changes favorably affect bone remodeling in older adults. J Am Diet Assoc.1999;99(10):1228-1233.
21Dewell A, Weidner G, Sumner MD, et al. Relationship of dietary protein and soy isoflavones to serum IGF-1 and IGF binding proteins in the Prostate Cancer Lifestyle Trial. Nutr Cancer. 2007;58(1):35-42.
A well-designed vegan diet contains an abundance of protein—the good kind, the kind that does not cause a myriad of diseases.
“Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.”~ Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher (1788-1860)
As for osteoporosis, animal protein contributes to this problem because keeping blood and tissues at a neutral Ph balance always takes priority over keeping calcium phosphate in the bones. Bones can hold out for years with insufficient calcium, but blood and tissue cannot because they need phosphate to offset the acidity. When the body becomes acidic with animal protein, it withdraws calcium phosphate from the bones and uses the alkaline mineral phosphate to keep the Ph levels of blood and tissues balanced. The calcium is then excreted through our urine. Epidemiological evidence proves that people who consume the least amount of animal protein always have the lowest rates of osteoporosis and bone fractures. I’m still looking for the first medical report in history that can indict broccoli, bananas or asparagus as a cause of illness.
As for diabetes, most people are unaware that animal protein and fat raise blood sugar as much as stress, refined carbohydrates like white rice and sugar! Therefore, diabetes can be treated, controlled or cured with a low-protein, low-fat, low-sugar, low-refined-carbohydrate vegan diet, along with cardio exercise and a minimum amount of stress. A 2013 study also showed that marijuana is of great benefit to diabetics. As you regain control of your blood sugar, you will probably have to continue taking insulin shots for a time. However, within one year, you should be able to do away with insulin completely! (Pig serum used to be the key ingredient in insulin until doctors discovered it exacerbated foot neuropathy and ocular issues. All insulin is now made synthetically from human insulin.)
“But…but…Where Do Vegans Get Their Protein?”
Contrary to the misinformation spewed forth by uninformed people, there is no shortage of protein in a vegan diet. All amino acids are found in the plant kingdom with alfalfa sprouts, almonds, bananas, bean sprouts, brazil nuts, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, coconuts, corn, dates, eggplant, filberts, goji berries, okra, pecans, soy, spirulina (seaweed), squash, sunflower seeds, sweet potatoes, tempeh (fermented soy), tomatoes, walnuts and wheatgrass being complete proteins. However, consuming all amino acids at one meal is unnecessary. Meat, dairy and egg-eaters receive NO benefit from eating complete animal-based proteins except having a complete chance at cancer, osteoporosis and a host of other ailments. Beans, brown rice, cacao/chocolate (genuine cacao/chocolate is a bean so it’s naturally vegan), grains (all), hemp (milk/oil/powder/seed), lentils, nuts (all), seeds (all), vegetables (all), and all vegan meats/dairy are great sources of protein, too. Even fruit has around 5 percent protein, which is the same amount of protein human babies receive from mother’s breast milk. For a detailed list of protein-rich foods, check out this chart from the Vegetarian Resource Group. For an explanatory video about protein, check out Freelee, an Australian native and raw food guru.
A friend recently asked me how to obtain the vegan equivalent of eight egg whites for his new work-out regimen. One egg white has 6.5 grams of protein. First, I find it odd that anyone would want 52 grams of protein at one meal. The meat, dairy and egg industries have done an excellent job of making everyone believe that they need EXCESSIVE AMOUNTS (25, 35, 50, even 60 or more percent) of protein in their diets. However, healthy protein intake—plant-based of course—should be only around 15 percent of your diet. Anyone who recommends more than that is misinformed, uninformed, fatuous or lying. Again, the amount of protein in mother’s breast milk is only 5 percent, measured in terms of caloric expenditure, yet breast milk spurs rapid growth in the infant through the first months and years of her life. Second, for all you muscleheads who think vegans can’t be athletic or big, check out the Vegan Athletes page. Third, the following vegan items match egg whites in protein, are 100 times healthier and—ethically—there’s no comparison: One cup of hemp seeds (use it in a smoothie, on top of cereal or salad, or make hemp milk); a little more than half a cup of the seaweed spirulina (use it in a smoothie or on a salad); three cups of lentils; one and a half cups of peanut butter; one and a half cups of flaxseeds (use it in a smoothie or on top of a salad); one and a half cups of pumpkin seeds; one and a half cups of almonds; four cups of beans.
Trans Fatty Acids in Dairy and Meat Products from 14 European Countries: The TRANSFAIR Study
Authors: Aro A.1; Antoine J.M.2; Pizzoferrato L.3; Reykdal O.4; van Poppel G.5
Originally published in Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, Volume 11, Number 2 (June 1998), pp. 150-160(11)
Abstract: The fatty acid composition of dairy products and meat from 14 European countries was analyzed with particular emphasis on trans fatty acids. In cow’s milk, butter, and cheese the proportions of trans fatty acids ranged between 3.2 and 6.2% of fatty acids. C18:1 isomers comprised about 60% and C16:1 and C18:2 isomers about 15% each of total trans fatty acids. Goat’s and sheep’s milk and cheese contained between 2.7 and 7.1% trans fatty acids. Summer milk contained up to 57% more trans fatty acids, both C18:1 and C18:2 isomers, more cis-unsaturated and less saturated fatty acids than winter milk. Ice-cream with partially hydrogenated vegetable oils contained between 21 and 31% trans fatty acids and low-trans modified-fat ice-cream between 0.2 and 0.9%. The high-trans ice-cream samples contained more cis-unsaturated and less saturated fatty acids than most dairy-fat and low-trans products. Beef contained 2.8-9.5% and lamb meat 4.3-9.2% trans fatty acids whereas pork (0.2-2.2%) and chicken (0.2-1.7%) and meat from other nonruminants were lower in trans fatty acids. With very few exceptions, sausages contained pork and showed low trans fatty acid levels. In conclusion, ruminant fats contained moderate amounts of trans fatty acids, mainly C18:1 isomers. There were considerable differences both between and within the countries, probably due to seasonal factors and differences in feeding practices and the age of the animals.
Affiliations: 1: National Public Health Institute, Helsinki, Finland 2: Centre Jean Thèves, Danone Group, Athins Mons, France 3: Istituto Nazionale della Nutrizione, Rome, Italy 4: Agricultural Research Institute, Reykjavik, Iceland 5: TNO Nutrition and Food Research Institute, Zeist, 3700 AJ, The Netherlands
Sharks, piranhas, hyenas, bears and lions might want to have a word or two with us concerning who’s really perched atop the food chain.
“If a group of beings from another planet were to land on Earth—beings who considered themselves as superior to you as you feel yourself to be to other animals—would you concede them the rights over you that you assume over other animals?”~ George Bernard Shaw.
Most people believe humans are carnivorous/omnivorous creatures—atop the food chain—who have been eating meat, eggs and dairy since the beginning of time. I believe a few sharks, piranhas, hyenas, bears and lions would like to have a word with us about who’s ahead of whom in the food chain. Most large herbivores such as rhinos, hippos, elephants and gorillas could also kill a human easily, if provoked. These animals are also ahead of us in the food chain. Humans, historically and scientifically, have always been near the bottom of the food chain. Killing during a one-on-one confrontation without weapons, and the ability to consume bloody raw flesh right from the bone without having it cause disease later on in life, have always been the only true factors in determining physiology and placement in the food chain. All genuine carnivores and omnivores eat an animal’s eyes, nose, face, toes, tail, anus, inner organs, blood, brain, skin and fur UNCOOKED. Humans have to cook certain parts of the dismembered animal so we don’t become violently ill. That unequivocally makes us fake carnivores/omnivores.
Before tools, weapons, and fire, there was no meat-eating. Humans were gatherers (vegans) long before we started hunting, and consuming dismembered corpses. The aforementioned fact is explained in this 10-minute video which discusses the fossils of a new human species, Homo Naledi, which were discovered by paleoanthropologist Lee Berger and his team in a cave in South Africa. (According to the Creation theory, we were vegans long before we sinfully started murdering animals, and consuming their flesh. See the essays titled The Qur’an and Islam and The Bible, Jesus, and Veganism.) The logical and empirically-based Evolutionary theory surmises that when the Ice Age wiped out most vegetation, we started killing and consuming animals in a pure survival scenario. When the Ice Age ended, however, we should have reverted to the gathering lifestyle that kept us connected to, and part of, the natural world, not fallaciously on top of it.
Our human physiology is such that all the tools, weapons, hubris, deceit and technology have not magically transformed us into carnivorous/omnivorous creatures. Many anthropologists and medical experts attest to the fact that humans are completely herbivorous, plant-eating creatures. Dr. William Roberts, editor-in-chief of The American Journal of Cardiology and a professor at Baylor University, states, “Human beings are not natural carnivores. When we kill animals to eat them, they end up killing us because their flesh—which contains cholesterol and saturated fat—was never intended for human beings who are natural herbivores.” Dr. Milton Mills wrote an indisputable essay about human physiology as well. In their book The Vegetarian Way, nutritionists Virginia and Mark Messina compiled an easy-to-understand chart comparing human bodies to those of herbivores, omnivores and carnivores. That chart is shown just above at right.
Human Brain Development
Contrary to the lies being spread by biased meat, dairy and egg-eating scientists, meat was NOT responsible for brain development in humans. It was plant starch, as Dartmouth University Professor Nathaniel Dominy explains in this article. The “nutcracker man” article, and the following paragraph from page 21 of the Sept./Oct. 2008 issue of Science Illustrated, also support the aforesaid fact: “The human ability to digest starch was likely a major factor in the development of our big brains, according to research from the University of California-Santa Cruz and Arizona State University. Compared to other primates, we have significantly more copies of the AMY1 gene responsible for the salivary enzyme amylase, which helps to break down starch. This made it possible for early humans to more efficiently digest starchy foods such as potatoes and corn. Over time, the improved access to carbohydrates, which fuel the brain, may have helped give humans the cerebral boost needed to set us apart from other primates.”
Believing that meat is beneficial to anyone’s brain is an absurd notion anyway. If meat contained a magic potion to help the brain evolve, then why did Albert Einstein—who, incidentally, abstained from meat-eating—develop the Theory of Relativity before sharks, snakes and hyenas? And why haven’t the still-existing, meat-eating tribal societies invented computers or cars yet? Fortunately, any person with HALF A BRAIN understands that something else was at play when CERTAIN humans ascended the “technology” ladder, and separated themselves from OTHER humans, and the rest of the animal kingdom.
Human and Animal Salivation and Digestion
The bodies of humans and other herbivores can be compared to the bodies of genuine carnivores and omnivores along other dimensions as well. For instance, the length of intestines in humans and other herbivores falls somewhere between 7 to 13 times the length of the trunk/torso section of the body (I am being generous compared to the research of Mills and the Messinas). In contrast, the length of intestines in carnivores/omnivores is only 3 to 6 times the length of the trunk/torso. (The length of the trunk/torso is used as the means of comparison rather than overall body length or height because humans are bipedal animals whereas most other animals are quadrupeds.) Moreover, the interior surface of human intestines is heavily fluted and striated, whereas the interior intestinal surfaces of carnivores/omnivores tend to be smooth in comparison. The relatively short intestinal length in carnivores/omnivores, along with the relatively smooth interior surface, allow rotting animal flesh, animal protein, casein, cholesterol, trans fatty acids and the excessive amount of fat found in all animal products to pass through quickly; that is why it’s impossible for any real carnivore/omnivore to clog their arteries. Clogging of the arteries, however, affects more than 50 percent of all meat, dairy and egg-eaters in this day and age! In previous generations atherosclerosis affected around 35 percent of the meat, dairy and egg-eating population. The only surprising aspect of the aforementioned study was the scientists’ refusal to blame animal products as the main cause of atherosclerosis. Scientists, however, like all meat- dairy and egg-eating addicts, also succumb to the same idiocy and incoherency of addiction-related problem-solving.
Fortunately, some medical professionals aren’t addicts and are capable of explaining the truth. Dr. William Castelli, director of the Framingham Heart Study (the world’s longest running heart study), supports the aforementioned findings with additional claims about cancer rates dropping 60 percent if people stopped eating meat, cheese, milk and eggs. Other dietary and non-dietary factors can affect heart health, too. Sugar, the excessive amount of fat found in oils, stress, a lack of sleep, the excessive amount of refined carbohydrates found in white rice, white bread, and pasta, smoking tobacco, and a lack of exercise can wreak havoc on the body. Therefore, it is essential to eat plant-based foods exclusively, and control the non-dietary factors to the best of your ability. Check out this 2014 University of Southern California study which clearly indicts animal protein as a deadly toxin.
Humans and other herbivores also have carbohydrate-digestive enzymes in their saliva, meaning our bodies were created for fruits and vegetables. Animal products have no complex carbohydrates, which is why carnivores/omnivores lack carbohydrate-digestive enzymes in their saliva. Many meat, dairy and egg-eaters try disingenuously to exploit the fact that humans are unable to digest cellulose, and discard it during the digestion process. However, cellulose is neither beneficial nor damaging to us in any way, so our inability to digest it is irrelevant. Bonobos, which are humans’ closest animal relative as they share 99.5 percent of our DNA, cannot digest cellulose either, and that’s because bonobos, like humans, are fruitarians/ frugivores (ultra herbivores). The REAL issue at hand is whether humans can properly process and digest animal protein, casein, the excessive amount of fat found in all animal products, and the 2 to 9 percent of naturally-occurring trans fatty acids found in meat and dairy, which are the main agents responsible for nearly every disease. The tired and shopworn “argument from cellulose indigestion” is just another diversionary tactic used by meat, dairy, and egg addicts who are unable to look in the mirror and admit that they’re the key players in the Animal Holocaust.
Human and Animal Dentition
Human teeth are broad, short, blunt, flat and spade-shaped like the teeth of other herbivores, not the fanged mouths of carnivores/omnivores. Most herbivores have canines, incisors and molars, which are used for ripping rough foods like apples, carrots or nuts. Some canines are also used for posturing; they are present to strike fear into the heart of any predator thinking about attacking. This is why hippos (vegans) have the fiercest canines on the planet! For the record, many people believe that lions are the kings of the jungle. But if you put a lion in a room with a hippo, the lion would look for a way out because nobody fucks with a hippo! And if you truly think that humans have carnivorous/omnivorous teeth, compare the photo of human teeth just below with the photo showing the teeth of a genuine carnivore. Then stop at a pet store today and buy a rawhide dog bone (no soft, chewy modern-day nylon bones allowed). When you get home, gnaw on it for a few hours and destroy it with those powerful teeth of yours. ADAPTT hereby absolves itself of any lawsuits when you break and crack your weak little herbivorous teeth and the dentist charges you $10,000 to fix your mouth!
If your lower jaw moves from side to side—and you grind and chew your food—then you are unequivocally herbivorous. The jaws of carnivores/omnivores only move up and down, vertically. They don’t chew; they just rip and swallow.
Other Physiological Differences
Humans sweat through their pores to cool down. We don’t pant like dogs, cats or lions to cool ourselves down. There are no claws on the human hand either, although claws are a trademark of the carnivore/omnivore. When we drive down the highway and spot a dead animal on the side of the road, I’m quite sure people don’t get excited, start to salivate, come to a screeching halt, jump out of their car, scare the crows away and start munching on the dead animal. Real carnivores/omnivores eat dead, rotting animals on the side of the road. We always cook meat before eating it, even though lions don’t have gazelle barbeques in the jungles of Africa.
Another stupid argument cherished by people who enslave and kill cows, pigs, birds, and countless other animals is that if your eyes are located in the front of your face (like tigers, hyenas, humans, etc.) rather than on the side of your head (like cows, zebras, deer, etc.), then you must be unambiguously a natural carnivore! This brain-dead bit of reasoning is easily impugned when you realize that sloths, gelada baboons, lemurs, gorillas and bonobos, to name a few, are herbivorous mammals with eyes located—you guessed it—IN THE FRONT of their faces!
For dozens of additional reasons why humans are ill-equipped physiologically to eat meat and other animal foods, check out the “Bite Size Vegan” video at left.
To prove beyond a reasonable doubt that humans are herbivores, allow me to paraphrase author Harvey Diamond’s challenge: Place a two-year old child in a crib with a bunny rabbit and an apple. If the child eats the rabbit and plays with the apple, then I’ll eat a steak sandwich that’s been dipped in ice cream! Humans have no carnivorous/omnivorous instincts whatsoever when we’re born, young and growing up. There isn’t a speck of carnivorism nor an iota of omnivorism in us. People become inured to the taste of blood, flesh, veins, muscles, tendons, cow secretions [milk], hen-ass droppings [eggs] and bee vomit [honey] after they’re forced down our throats during childhood.
With all this physiological evidence at hand, one might wonder why many physiologists and evolutionary biologists—even the most brilliant and widely-renowned evolutionary biologists such as Richard Dawkins—would continue to indulge their addiction to meat, dairy products and eggs, and publicly rationalize their addiction in ways that wouldn’t do justice to a 13-year-old. The answer is simple and clear-cut: Scientists are human, and because humans are fallible and weak, they fall prey to addictions of all kinds. When that happens, the rational mind, supposedly invoked to combat the addiction, usually falls by the wayside. It is only when addicted persons bring what they feel into accord with what they know, their ethics into accord with the scientific facts, and the contents of their stomachs into accord with the contents of their rational brains, that they can break the cycle of addiction that envelops and destroys them.
Are Nonhuman Carnivores Culpable Carnivores?
Sadly, the only glaring difference between the non-herbivore brain and the herbivore counterpart is that the former is incapable of understanding the value of compassionate living. And, YES, I am condemning carnivore/omnivore animals with the aforesaid statement. Herbivores are the ONLY evolved species on the planet. And they suffer more than anyone else because even animal rights activists support the bullying, bloody habits of carnivores and omnivores! If you’re thinking, “But what about the poor lion babies? What would happen if the momma didn’t kill zebras for them?” My response is quite simple: What about the zebra babies? Don’t they have a right to live long lives, and have their mommas alive when they grow up? Wouldn’t it be logical for everyone to get their nutrients directly from plant sources rather than consuming creatures who consumed them first? The Nyanyana crocodile farm in Zimbabwe has proven the validity of the aforesaid claim by converting more than 150,000 crocs to veganism. (Unfortunately, these vile slave-owners aren’t utilizing the vegan diet for ethical reasons as they are murdering the crocs and stealing THEIR skin for the “clothing” industry. But having more than 150,000 stone cold carnivores thrive on a vegan diet proves that veganism is for everybody.)
For the record, I am NOT starting a campaign to stop lions from murdering zebras. I am simply pointing out the insanity of defending victimizers instead of victims, and the hypocrisy of claiming to care about a lion’s murderous choices. First, since herbivores are the victims in this situation, empathy should be reserved for them only. Second, claiming to support lion-on-zebra-killings is disingenuous anyway because if you were hanging out with your dog in the backyard, and he was attacked by a homicidal bear, you would do anything to PREVENT the bear from harming your dog, even if you had to kill the bear! I am kinda curious if people think this hippo was wrong for trying to save a baby impala from a crocodile. Was this zebra misguided for not wanting to be part of this lion’s Death Circle? Were these buffaloes wrong for saving one of their babies from a pride of bloodthirsty carnivores? Was this buffalo wrong for saving his friend from a lion? Should we condemn this bear for saving a drowning crow but then choosing to eat an apple instead? How about the world’s first vegan shark. Should we roll our eyes at her because she doesn’t want to kill anymore? Didn’t this leopard display pure altruism when she protected a baby baboon from a skulking hyena, yet exhibit pure psychosis for killing the momma baboon in the first place? The previous example illustrates how all beings can choose to be rational or irrational. Unfortunately, many beings become psychotic when it’s dinner time. But it is possible for carnivores/omnivores to consciously choose compassion over violence, and still be perfectly healthy. Check out this recent video of a lioness protecting, playing with and THEN DEFENDING a baby wildebeest from another lioness who wants to kill the baby! And check out this story about Little Tyke, a lion who vehemently refused to eat her meals if meat was a part of them, or kill her lamb, chicken, cat and many other animal friends at a sanctuary in Washington in the late 1940s and early ’50s.
By the way, if you’re still wondering why I refuse to actively end animal-on-animal killings, it’s because omnivores/carnivores don’t claim to be holier-than-thou beings created in the image of God. As long as my species makes this outrageous claim, I will force everyone to “walk the talk” because picking and choosing when to be kind—and whom to be kind to—is purely evil. Once humans stop tormenting and killing billions of innocents, I will fly to the jungles of Tanzania and convince lions not to kill zebras. In the meantime, the morality mirror is firmly positioned in front of our faces.
For people who still insist that lions—and other animal-on-animal killers—should be arrested and charged with murder, I support that sentiment as long as humans who eat meat, dairy and eggs turn themselves in to face the same consequences. For the record, if we want to arrest animals and charge them with murder, we need to grant them equal rights; animals currently have NO standing in court, which means we cannot legally bring them to trial. As soon as animals have the SAME rights of life, liberty and happiness as humans, I will personally oversee the first arrest.
Bewildered by the myriad of threats to your food supply? Going vegan and buying organic will help you navigate the danger-filled seas
“I, John Brown, am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with blood. I had—as I now think—vainly flattered myself that without very much bloodshed it might be done.”~ John Brown’s statement before his hanging on Dec. 2, 1859
Creating and re-creating plant and animal life is obscene and blasphemous. One hundred percent of animals in the meat, egg and dairy industries have been genetically modified (GM), while all animal feed is comprised of GM soy and corn. Since 80 percent of corn and 95 percent of soy grown in America is set aside as animal feed, when you consume animals and the things that come out of their bodies, you are consuming GM animals AND plants! If you want to avoid genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), the first step is choosing a vegan lifestyle. Your next step is choosing to buy organic. Although many powerful companies are attempting to edit legislation, by law organic products must be produced without genetic engineering. For your benefit, very few vegan companies use GM soy.
If you’re concerned about ingesting pesticide residues yet you’re still a carnivore or omnivore, pay particular attention to the next sentence. The overwhelming majority of pesticide intake comes from eating animal products. There are three reasons for this. First, the meat, dairy and egg industries douse billions of animals with chemicals to kill flies and mosquitoes that spread diseases from animal to animal. These chemicals seep through the pores, where they’re permanently stored in the animals’ flesh. Second, federal law allows crops set aside as animal feed to be sprayed with two to 20 times the amount of chemicals used on crops set aside for human consumption! Finally, keep in mind that it takes from three to 20 pounds of plant protein to produce just one pound of animal protein (depending on the animal in question). Therefore, by eating an animal you are not only ingesting many times more toxic residue from the very plants eaten by the animal you ate than you would have had you just eaten the plants yourself; you are also ingesting the accumulation of these residues over the entire (brief) life of the animal you ate!
In stark contrast, only a small percentage of pesticide intake comes from plant-based foods. But the majority of that residue can be washed away pretty easily. You also have the option to purchase organic plant foods, which solves the chemical problem altogether. While you might be able to buy some chemical-free animal products (which is pretty hard to do because animal feed is rarely organic), don’t forget that there are still four issues that can never be overcome: (1) slaughterhouse cruelty; (2) the commodification and enslavement of animals; (3) the deleterious effects of consuming animal protein, casein, the excessive amount of fat found in all animal products, and the naturally-occurring trans fatty acids found in meat and dairy; and (4) the environmental destruction and world hunger caused by animal-based agriculture.
Lately, people have been inquiring about which vegan companies avoid GM soy and only use sustainable palm oil. In case you are unaware, non-sustainable palm oil plantations—along with animal agriculture (grazing, growing corn and soy for animal feed)—are destroying Indonesian and Malaysian rainforests. Orangutans are being hit the hardest as they are left without a habitat. They are shot, poisoned, beaten to death and burned alive from deliberately set forest-clearing fires. After their mothers are killed, orangutan babies are stolen and sold as pets. Nearly 90 percent of orangutan habitat has already disappeared, and within 15 years most of the Indonesian and Malaysian rainforests will be gone. Almost all of the world’s palm oil exports come from Indonesian and Malaysian plantations.
Companies That Use Non-GMO Soy
Gardein, Beyond Meat, Turtle Island Foods (Tofurky), Turtle Mountain Foods (So Delicious and Purely Decadent ice creams), Tofutti, Trader Joe’s, Earth Balance, Whitewave, Uncle Eddie’s, Clif/Luna Bars, Pro Bar, Follow Your Heart, Silk, Vegetarian Plus, Sunshine Burgers, Health is Wealth, Elena’s Food Specialties (Nate’s Meatless Meatballs), Worthington Foods, Field Roast Grain Meat, Five Star Foodies, Bahama, Food for Life/Ezekiel, Upton’s Naturals (seitan), Chicago Soy Dairy, Daiya, Wayfare, Galaxy Nutritional Foods, Living Harvest (hemp milk) , Chocolate Decadence, Bragg’s Liquid Amino Acids, Melissa’s (soy chorizo), Amy’s, Blue Diamond (Almond Breeze milk), Pacific Natural Foods, Coconut Bliss (ice creams), Rudi’s Organic Bakery, Sambazon, Go Max Go (chocolate bars), Ener-G, Amande (almond milk yogurt), Boca’s Vegan Meatless Burgers, Original Chik’n and Spicy Chik’n Patties (avoid red-labeled packages in these varieties to avoid GMOs) and all organic products from Hain Celestial (Yves, Rice Dream, Soy Dream, West Soy, Imagine Foods). Many other companies use non-GMO soy, but it would be impossible to mention every single one of them here. If you have doubts about a company’s practices or ingredients, contact them directly.
Companies That Use Sustainable Palm Oil
Gardein, Go Max Go, Turtle Island Foods (Tofurky), Turtle Mountain Foods (So Delicious and Purely Decadent ice creams), Tofutti, Trader Joe’s, Earth Balance, Whitewave, Uncle Eddie’s, Clif/Luna Bars and Pro Bar. Many other companies use sustainable palm oil but, again, it is simply not possible to mention every single one of them here. If you have doubts about a company’s practices or ingredients, contact them directly.