I thought I couldn’t be a vegan because ice cream was my favorite food.
Yourofsky explains that there is soy milk, almond milk, rice milk, coconut milk, flaxseed milk, oat milk, hazelnut milk, and hemp milk. All are used to make ice cream alternatives that provide equal flavor and joy of old fashioned ice cream (although the texture is usually different); but knowing that no animal was harmed in the making of the goodie is worth it.
If you are interested in learning more about animal rights or veganism, a good place to start is the video below by Gary yourofsky, where he was invited as a guest speaker to a college and does a great one hour and ten minute presentation. Prior to watching his video I thought cows didn’t have it bad on the farm. However, he explains that
- Cows are kept pregnant all the time.
- When cows give birth, their baby calves are taken away from the mom
- Feedlot cows (factory farmed) live in crowded conditions
- Feedlot cows, dairy cows and grass fed cows are not free but incarcerated
- With incarceration there tends to be abuse
I have personally seen and smelled the horrendous conditions that California cows live in while driving interstate 5. The photo below is from a blog post on Silvia’s Kingdom where she describes how she was harassed when she drove by the Harris Ranch feedlot to take a couple photos. The workers know the conditions are unacceptable and it would be bad press if the photos reach the public at large.
Silvia includes a video clip from the movie Food Inc that explains the conditions that the cows live in, and she references four other blogs that write about the same California Harris Ranch feedlot. Here’s a quote from one of the blogs, Democratic Underground:
It was 100+ degrees outside and the vast majority of the cows had ZERO sun coverage. The lucky ones under the narrow shade screens were packed so tightly together that many were laying on other cows. Most were left standing or laying in their own shit out in the direct sun. The overwhelming smell of shit — even up driving on the freeway — was revolting.
Due to that smell, food writer Michael Pollan was inspired to conduct his research on factory farming that led to his book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma.