Does being vegan make you a good person?

No. Being vegan in and of itself does not make you a good person. 

Being vegan makes you a more ethical person, but we can all agree that there is more that goes into being a ~good person~ than your ethics. How do you treat the people you love? Are you kind to those who need your help? Are you a good friend without being an enabler? Are you trustworthy? Do you try your best to avoid close-minded ignorance? 

And tbh if you need to go vegan to reassure yourself that you’re a “good person,” you got problems that veganism ain’t going to solve. 

People in Korea have undergone a change in eating culture so that more meat and dairy is incorporated into their diets to be stronger “like Americans.” 

However, Americans also tend to die a lot younger than Koreans. Talk all you want about meat/dairy leading to strength, but I don’t see anyone talking about the relationship between meat/dairy and an early death. 

On alcohol

Don’t do anything drunk that you wouldn’t do sober.

For example: today I was drinking with friends and wondering if I could have sex with my ex while I was drunk. Then I realized what an absolutely shitty thing that is to do/think.

Relying on alcohol to give you that little spurt of courage to do stuff is what leads to alcoholism. First you want a bit of booze to help you ask out the girl you like, then you need it to talk to people, then you need it to cope with everyday life.

Drink when you feel good, not bad.

Do not drink to excess. There is absolutely no need, plus liver cells don’t regenerate.

Drink with friends.

Don’t drink alone.

Drink the good stuff. German and japanese draft beers are good.

If you need alcohol to do it, it’s probably not a good idea.

Kuvira is gonna be someone IMPORTANT next season

fanbended:

I mean, we saw her first in Suyin’s dance troupe

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then in the newspaper

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then as what it seemed to be Suyin’s trust police officer

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then in the mission to save the airbenders,

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then saying her name out loud…

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Nobody is going to say otherwise: Bryan and Mike are planning something for her.

Maybe Team Avatar’s next member?

checkthemeaning:

I keep seeing this on my dashboard and it’s pissing me off. This isn’t funny. This isn’t a dumb animal that happened to chance upon a “clever” way to live an indulgent life. This is an individual who is living in captivity without adequate mental, physical and social stimulation. This is a trapped non-human person who is so desperate to improve the quality of her depressing life that she went against her basic instincts, acted unnaturally, and deceived her captors into improving her quality of life.
Also, I don’t want to hear shit about how this panda, Tian Tian, lives in a breeding centre because that is still captivity, and to pretend ruining these pandas’ lives for the “greater good” of the species is justified by breeding them is ridiculous and flawed because these programs have many, many problems (and only one of these is the fact they still publicise and make money out of these animals). Like the article states, only a quarter of the pandas in captivity will rear cubs - and those cubs will be increasingly unable to live in the wild. What good is a species’ existence if it can’t even exist in nature? The problem lies not in their dwindling numbers, and is not rectified by their numbers increasing in captivity. The problem lies in the cause of the species’ decline, habitat loss, and therefore the solution is to increase the amount and quality of their habitat.

checkthemeaning:

I keep seeing this on my dashboard and it’s pissing me off. This isn’t funny. This isn’t a dumb animal that happened to chance upon a “clever” way to live an indulgent life. This is an individual who is living in captivity without adequate mental, physical and social stimulation. This is a trapped non-human person who is so desperate to improve the quality of her depressing life that she went against her basic instincts, acted unnaturally, and deceived her captors into improving her quality of life.

Also, I don’t want to hear shit about how this panda, Tian Tian, lives in a breeding centre because that is still captivity, and to pretend ruining these pandas’ lives for the “greater good” of the species is justified by breeding them is ridiculous and flawed because these programs have many, many problems (and only one of these is the fact they still publicise and make money out of these animals). Like the article states, only a quarter of the pandas in captivity will rear cubs - and those cubs will be increasingly unable to live in the wild. What good is a species’ existence if it can’t even exist in nature? The problem lies not in their dwindling numbers, and is not rectified by their numbers increasing in captivity. The problem lies in the cause of the species’ decline, habitat loss, and therefore the solution is to increase the amount and quality of their habitat.

(via veganwithcarnist)

Veganism is not about vegans. Vegans are people with all sorts of good and bad points. But that says nothing about veganism. Vegans are often the messengers of veganism, but don’t confuse the two. Veganism is the understanding that animals value their own lives and bodies, that animals have an interest in continuing their existence and avoiding suffering and that animals have the right to be treated with respect and justice and not to be treated as property. The logic of veganism stands independent of any individual vegan person.

Greg McFarlane (via animalconnectiontx)

(via falafelforlife)

Two times when veganism was relevant in a non-vegan setting

My aunt is a professional dancer and she’s been on a diet since she started dancing. She has to pay thousands of dollars every month for medicine that keeps her body together. She has to quit dancing and look to choreography instead because it’s too hard on her physically. 

She also has problems with hair loss, so much that the person who cleans our house commented on her hairs clogging up the drain.

Hair loss is really common amongst new vegans and vegetarians who don’t want to kill animals, but who still want to eat low-nutrition junk foods. It is nutritional deficiency, plain and simple. 

When my aunt does eat, she eats foods like ramen and cookies and white rice. Hence, hair loss and other health issues. My grandmother told her to eat more like me, a vegan, to solve those health issues. 

Also, when my grandfather was sick, his German doctor who was an expert in cancer therapy advised him to go on a mostly vegetarian diet and cut out starch (white bread, potatoes, white rice). 

All you carnists talking about how great meat is for you. When you got health problems, nobody tells you to eat more meat, they tell you to eat more veggies and fruits. 

Now go eat some broccoli and think about your actions. 

trynottodrown:

SeaWorld could be in trouble because of “Granny,” the world’s oldest known living orca. The 103-year-old whale (also known as J2) was recently spotted off Canada’s western coast with her pod — her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. But while the Granny sighting is thrilling for us, it’s problematic for SeaWorld.
First of all, SeaWorld has claimed that “no one knows for sure how long killer whales live,” when simple figures or even living and thriving examples — like Granny — can give us a pretty good idea. The Whale and Dolphin Conservation project estimates that whales born in captivity only live to 4.5 years old, on average; many of SeaWorld’s orcas die before they reach their 20s. Perhaps because of their reduced lifespans, the whales are forced to breed continuously and at perilously young ages, which could also diminish their overall health.
Another key aspect of an orca’s life — which is missing in captivity — is the ability to swim up to 100 miles per day. When Granny was spotted earlier this week, she had just finished an 800-mile trek from northern California along with her pod. According to animal welfare advocates, long-distance swimming is integral to orcas’ psychological health and well-being; SeaWorld, however, has gone on record claiming that orcas do not need to swim hundreds of miles regularly, ostensibly to defend the parks’ cruel practice of keeping massive, powerful orcas confined to cramped tanks.
Since Granny was first spotted (as early as the 1930s), she’s believed to have mothered two calves, who in turn have had calves of their own. (One of her grandchildren, Canuck, reportedly died at the age of 4 after being captured and held at SeaWorld). As her pod has grown, Granny has kept up with them — without being separated through human intervention — and traveled astonishing distances with her pod annually. Orcas at SeaWorld are routinely separated from their pods, which has been known to cause huge mental and emotional strain and can prevent calves from developing normally.
Granny doesn’t simply represent an impressive feat of nature; she embodies what’s wrong with SeaWorld by being a living example of what’s right in the wild. While it’s true that most wild orcas don’t live as long as Granny has, their lifespans are still dramatically longer than those of SeaWorld’s whales (the NOAA estimates that wild female orcas, like Granny, live an average of 50 to 60 years). Their lives are also filled with much more swimming, exploration, variety and bonding with family — in other words, their lives are likely filled with much more joy.
SeaWorld and marine parks profit off keeping orcas and other marine animals in captivity — despite evidence that captivity not only induces unnatural behaviors in whales, but also endangers trainers. Join us in pledging never to visit SeaWorld or other marine parks until they empty their orca tanks.
(source)

trynottodrown:

SeaWorld could be in trouble because of “Granny,” the world’s oldest known living orca. The 103-year-old whale (also known as J2) was recently spotted off Canada’s western coast with her pod — her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. But while the Granny sighting is thrilling for us, it’s problematic for SeaWorld.

First of all, SeaWorld has claimed that “no one knows for sure how long killer whales live,” when simple figures or even living and thriving examples — like Granny — can give us a pretty good idea. The Whale and Dolphin Conservation project estimates that whales born in captivity only live to 4.5 years old, on average; many of SeaWorld’s orcas die before they reach their 20s. Perhaps because of their reduced lifespans, the whales are forced to breed continuously and at perilously young ages, which could also diminish their overall health.

Another key aspect of an orca’s life — which is missing in captivity — is the ability to swim up to 100 miles per day. When Granny was spotted earlier this week, she had just finished an 800-mile trek from northern California along with her pod. According to animal welfare advocates, long-distance swimming is integral to orcas’ psychological health and well-being; SeaWorld, however, has gone on record claiming that orcas do not need to swim hundreds of miles regularly, ostensibly to defend the parks’ cruel practice of keeping massive, powerful orcas confined to cramped tanks.

Since Granny was first spotted (as early as the 1930s), she’s believed to have mothered two calves, who in turn have had calves of their own. (One of her grandchildren, Canuck, reportedly died at the age of 4 after being captured and held at SeaWorld). As her pod has grown, Granny has kept up with them — without being separated through human intervention — and traveled astonishing distances with her pod annually. Orcas at SeaWorld are routinely separated from their pods, which has been known to cause huge mental and emotional strain and can prevent calves from developing normally.

Granny doesn’t simply represent an impressive feat of nature; she embodies what’s wrong with SeaWorld by being a living example of what’s right in the wild. While it’s true that most wild orcas don’t live as long as Granny has, their lifespans are still dramatically longer than those of SeaWorld’s whales (the NOAA estimates that wild female orcas, like Granny, live an average of 50 to 60 years). Their lives are also filled with much more swimming, exploration, variety and bonding with family — in other words, their lives are likely filled with much more joy.

SeaWorld and marine parks profit off keeping orcas and other marine animals in captivity — despite evidence that captivity not only induces unnatural behaviors in whales, but also endangers trainers. Join us in pledging never to visit SeaWorld or other marine parks until they empty their orca tanks.

(source)

(via trans-vegan)