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Factory Farms are not good for anybody or anything - this includes the animals, human workers and the environment. With Time Magazine now putting a great foot forward and telling the truth - to cut down on carbon gas emissions we need to stop with the meat-eating - vegetarianism is starting to enter the mainstream. Though I have been researching the topic of vegetarianism and veganism for some time now, I am still learning all sorts of new things.
Take this list for example, that I found from

Conditions from Inside Animal Factory Farms

The following comes from the article, which I have provided a link to.

"To understand the conditions present in these factory farms, you must first examine what the animals in these factory farms are eating. The factory farmer has redefined what constitutes animal feed in a 'bottom line' effort to save money. They seem to care little about the health or the happiness of the animal, and instead treat it like a product. The low quality standards placed on animal feed by these "farmers" prove that little consideration is being taken towards the animal or the consumer.

For example, some of the "ingredients" commonly used in animal factory feed include: (think hard about this list the next time you order a hamburger...)

  • Excessive grains -- Abnormally high amounts can make the animals sick, especially natural grass eaters like cattle. Their bodies are not designed to handle a corn-rich diet; as a result, these animals can form liver abscesses and excessively acidic digestive systems.

  • Plastics -- For the many animals whose digestive systems still need roughage to move food through, these factories have turned to the use of plastic pellets instead of plant-based roughage to compensate for a lack of natural fiber in the feed.

  • Meat from members of the same species -- The factory farming industry is turning farm animals into cannibals. Scientific research has linked this practice to the spread of both mad cow disease (bovine spongiform encephalopathy or BSE) and avian bird flu.

  • Manure and animal waste -- This can include cattle manure, swine waste, and poultry waste. It can also contain wood, sand, rocks, dirt, sawdust and other non-food substances.

  • Animal byproducts -- This is often categorized as "animal protein products" and may appear as rendered feathers, hair, skin, hooves, blood, internal organs, intestines, beaks and bones. These may also include dead horses, euthanized cats and dogs, and road kill.

  • Drugs and chemicals (including dangerous antibiotics) -- Drugs are frequently implemented in order to fight disease, control parasites and reduce animals' stress from overcrowded living conditions. However, the antimicrobials used on some poultry promote the accumulation of arsenic inside their bodies. This is a highly carcinogenic chemical that can then contaminate the water supply near the farm, or emerge in the meat later eaten by consumers."
I actually had no idea about the plastic! When you're grilling hamburgers this summer, you're probably grilling up a piece of animal that was forced into cannibalism and fed plastic, pills and other garbage. Why would you want to eat that? So if you absolutely must have your animal protein this summer, do yourself (and the animals) a favor and buy locally, grass-fed meat.
It would be like eating a heroine addict that was nibbling on the limb of another heroine addict. That doesn't sound nice, does it?

Of course not.
Better yet, how about trying your own homemade veggie burgers? I do this sort of thing all the time in my house, when I am not barbecuing slabs of tofu (so good!). I prefer my veggie burgers made from chickpeas (I love them!) but you can also use many other ingredients. For a decent recipe, check the link here.

I always tell my husband that I think veggie burgers are much more interesting anyway, because you can make them with so many different ingredients. I also love mushroom burgers, because they grill well and have a chewy texture that is different from tofu. If you want other great veggie grilling recipes, now has a guide up to help you.

...Or not so hidden, depending on how you look at it. For me, dairy was not an obvious antagonist. It took me quite a while to actually figure out that my face wasn't breaking out because of hormones. It wasn't breaking out because of stress (what stress?). It was the damn dairy. Fatty indulgences for me often included pizzas with extra cheese, or iced coffees at Tim Hortons, both of which included a frighteningly amount of dairy. I was looking around the internet one evening, checking out my favorite vegan food blogs (before I was vegan) and noticed a blog about a mom whose child had never had milk before. Once the child started chugging the stuff down constantly, she noticed abnormal behavior from him. He was gassy, he was sniffling constantly with a runny nose, he was just overall not feeling well.

And then someone apparently suggest to her that it was the milk that was doing it. At first I kind of rolled my eyes because I wasn't educated in the ways of milk, or why it could possibly be considered "bad." Why should I? I had been drinking milk for years because everyone kept jamming it down our throats that "milk does a body good" and builds strong bones. Nothing could be further from the truth with this.

If you even stop to think about milk for just a moment, and where it really comes from and what it's for, you might start to think it's strange to be drinking it. A manatee doesn't drink the milk from a fox. A fox does not drink the milk from a human. But a human drinks the milk from a cow, something they naturally produce (like all mammals do) for their babies. The babies nurse on it, and then they stop once they reach a certain age. Yet we still give it to our children long after they are done nursing, and encourage them that it's good for them. Why?


"Will drinking milk make you greasy, grimy, and pimply? Some doctors suspect that the fat, animal protein, sugar, and hormones in milk irritate the skin, causing break-outs.

Dr. Jerome K. Fisher conducted a clinical study of 1,088 teen-age patients over 10 years and reported to the American Dermatological Association that milk was a principal contributor to some patients' acne. Dr. Fisher found that their acne tapered off as their milk consumption did.

Dr. Fisher noted that dairy products often contain large amounts of butterfat and milk sugar, both of which, he believed, aggravate acne. He also suspected that the high volume of hormones produced naturally in the milk of pregnant cows may break down into androgen when consumed, which in turn stimulates the production of sebum, the waxy substance secreted by the sebaceous glands that clogs pores and creates acne when the pores become infected."

Screw you, dairy. Screw you a million times, because my face was doing so well until I ate some non-vegan pizza in an effort to be more easy-going. Never again! If someone wants pizza, I'm going to explicitly insist that it's either soy cheese or just cheeseless all together. It really grates on my nerves when people scoff at me and say I'm being selfish for requesting such things, but how is it selfish to not want to exploit a cow and not torment my face? I think it's pretty selfish for someone to not try to find something that won't give me gas and enough acne that would make a fourteen year old girl look clearer than a sunny day.

I also found out that cheese isn't vegetarian, either. Vegetarians need to be really careful about which brands they are buying, because most of them use a product called rennet. Rennet is from the stomach of a baby calf - raised for veal in those awful crates (that were just banned in Maine, so go Maine!). I also found other interesting tidbits, that vegan buddhist monks were fond to have the same bone density as non-vegans, and that dairy actually encourages osteoperosis.

So, why are we still drinking milk? I honestly don't know why we do, when there are things such as hemp, almond and soy milk readily available in the store. The benefits from drinking soy, hemp and almond milk far outweighs dairy milk.
Hours after cows are born, they're taken away from their mothers and sent away to become veal. The milk that the mother produced for her baby is then produced for us instead - the same stuff that leads to acne, breast cancer, prostate cancer, mucus and countless other ailments. Most people think they seemingly feel fine after consuming dairy, but it might also be because they're just so used to living with mucus and gas that they don't even realize anything could potentially be wrong.

I know this post sounds angry, and it's probably because I am - my face has broken out because of this stuff, and it infuriates me to think that most people would rather guzzle down a milkshake because it brings them five minutes of happiness. Meanwhile, other living things are miserable for much longer than five minutes when there are other things out there we could be eating.

And you know what? Soy ice cream is pretty damn good if I do say so myself.

Oh, and my husband and I drove past some fields that had a large group of cows, grazing in the sunshine. I saw three calves chasing each other, playing. It was the most adorable thing I had seen in quite a while, calves chasing each other in fields of grass. Some were happily suckling on their mothers, but the group of three that were frollicking was an image that's going to stay with me for a long time. And I'll conjure up this image whenever I start to become tempted by a pizza with cheese on it.

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I haven't updated the blog in a few weeks and that's partly due to the fact that I haven't had anything truly interesting to say, and because I've been busy with my class. I know it's just one class but I take it very seriously and my brain was just exploding from this last final I had to write.
A couple things that are especially difficult with the vegan lifestyle is eating out, which is something that I almost never do anymore. And to be honest, my body really appreciates it.

Last night was the first time I had ever experienced disgust with meat. True disgust. To the point where I had to leave the room, because the smell was just revolting to me. My husband is still a pescetarian, and I will not push my vegan principles onto him. He lives with a vegan, so he's very well up to date on why we shouldn't eat flesh to begin with. Still, he clings to being pescetarian and I'll be damned as a wife to take away his rights to choose what he is comfortable with. There are many vegetarians and vegans out there that can't stand omnivores but this just isn't the case. He is a wonderful partner and the fact that I got him to go from cheeseburgers, chicken tenders and milkshakes to salmon, vegetables, legumes is definitely worth while in my book.

He's mentioned a couple times that since making the transition, his favorite "new" food has been lentils. I make a fresh pot of lentil soup nearly every week, which usually includes a whole head of garlic. But last night was just bad. It nearly resulted in a fight, but I kept my cool and so did he and we respected each other's space. I was cooking up ginger-tofu stir fry, but he wanted salmon. I had purchased a packet of salmon burgers from our local grocery store, and honestly if Whole Foods was closer I'd buy all my fish from them because I just don't trust anyone when it comes to my food. Still, I bought the burgers out of my affection for him and proceeded to take them out of the box.

I was shocked and mildly horrified. It was pink. And fleshy. So pink and wiggly. I went to pick it up so that I could place it in the pan, and my body just said, "No, hun, I ain't touchin' that." I couldn't pick it up! I had never experienced this reaction before, and my husband accused me of being immature. The immature comment is what almost caused a fight, but we ironed that out quickly. So, I told him, "I'm sorry but you're going to need to cook that in a separate pan." So, he pulled out another small pan to fry it in, and I just kept stirring up my stir-fry, which was loaded with all sorts of different colors from the vegetables. My mouth waters at the sight of tofu, now. He's cooking it up in olive oil when he starts to panic.
"What's going on!? What is happening?!" I look over to check on him, and the salmon is merely sizzling in the pan, and a couple droplets of hot oil are popping out all over the place.
"It''s cooking." I assured him. But he looked uncomfortable. It was there that I realized that he's either going to need to start learning how to cook his own meat, or I am going to have to suck up the smell of burning flesh and help him out.
So, he finally managed to cook his salmon and I was content with my tofu and veggies. Sitting at the table, I did what many vegans and vegetarians alike would consider a big "no-no." I was curious with my response to the smell of the fish, and was wondering what would actually happen if I tried to put some in my mouth. So I cut a tiny sliver off from his plate and put it into my mouth curiously.
My husband was amazed with my reaction. Amazed as in he just couldn't believe the histrionics that just happened. I crinkled my nose and waved my hands as if to say, "Oh God, Oh God! Get it out! Get it out!" And he got up very slowly to get a paper towel, but I was too impatient and just got one myself so that I could spit it out. I had the taste of salmon in my mouth the rest of the evening, and I hated it. So, I am definitely not reverting back to being a pescetarian myself because I can't even handle the smell of fish.

On a much more pleasant note, I finally tried tempeh for the first time last week and it was delicious. Although, I don't know if I even cooked it properly but it tasted good all the same. I can see using it for some type of breakfast protein, since it had a very mild sweet flavor. My husband and I were also conversing about tofu turkeys at holidays, and how we're definitely going to have them. I've seen ads in my VegNews magazines for whole vegan "birds" that actually look exactly like turkeys. At first glance this would seem promising to someone who isn't transitioning so well from omni to veg, but my move from pescetarian to vegetarian to vegan has been frighteningly easy for me. Sure, I screw up every now and then and accidentally scarf down some dressing that has dairy in it (and my stomach reminds me angrily, don't worry) and I'll eat pasta and bread. But there is something creepy about eating a vegan turkey that looks exactly like a turkey.
Why does it have to look like a dead bird? We're vegans, so obviously we don't want to eat animals so why mound up some tofu in the shape of an animal? That to me is just bizarre and I can't truly understand it. One day when I was eating my President's Choice brand "chicken" tenders (which are the best "chicken" tenders ever, by the way) I was a little freaked out by how close the texture was to real chicken flesh and had to reassure myself that it was soy that I was eating.
I've seen omnivores argue constantly that, "Well you vegans and vegetarians eat mock meats all the time, so it just proves that we're meant to eat meat." My reactions to mock meats is actually a proving point that no, we are not necessarily meant to eat meat. Tofurky "meat" slices don't freak me out because I don't think they taste like meat at all. They're leaner, not greasy and are smoother in texture. To me, they are just a flavor. The same goes for tofurky sausages. What's interesting to note is that even when I did eat meat in the past, I would never eat sausage. Sausage just freaked me out, I never knew what was in it and reading, "The Jungle" in the 9th grade stuck with me.
But, Tofurky sausages are excellent with tomato sauce and pasta, I can assure you. Eating a "whole vegan turkey" this Thanksgiving isn't going to be happening. I like the Tofurky vegetarian feasts that I saw at the super market, they were just inconspicious rolls. No drum sticks or "breasts." Just rolls filled with vegan stuffing. I am okay with this.
So really I think I'm doing okay, but I do have my minor slip ups. I think the important thing is that I try my best to watch what I put into my mouth, and that I try to educate others on the lifestyle through being a good role model rather than preaching.

I gave my mother a couple recipes from Bryant Terry's "Vegan Soul Kitchen" (which I love!) and she made the citrus collard greens in a raisin redux for company, and everyone loved them. My sister was mentioning how it tasted, "So healthy." Indeed!

Last night I came across an interesting article on It deals with a woman who is annoyed by the fact that she was invited to a vegan couple's party, and she feels slighted because she'll have to eat beforehand because she won't like the food. Can you say stuck up? Miss Manners tells the woman to not go to the party, but mainly because she believes that if you can't behave properly at someone else' gathering, then you shouldn't go. Right on, Miss Manners! I wouldn't want that woman at my party anyway!

Of course in the comments section there are all sorts of vegetarians and vegans who have ruffled feathers over this, because it's really quite a shame that some people can't just suck it up for one evening and try something outside of their comfort level. Trying new foods is an adventure, and should be viewed as such and if you're only avoiding a party because of the food being served, then I'm sorry, but you're a jerk and incredibly narrow-minded.

What has me really confused is why someone wouldn't go to a party due to a lack of animal products being served. Whenever someone asks me, "You don't eat animal products? Well then, what do you eat?" I think that people who ask that question either have no idea that they eat vegan food every day, or they have a really crappy diet because all they are consuming are animal products. It's time to think outside the boxes we've been placed in and embrace food for what it is - food! After all, if you're invited to a vegan dinner party and you refuse to go because of the fare, you could be saying no to seitan roulade with chestnut stuffing or Pan-fried tofu with kale and stir-fried noodles.

The best tip for going to a party is to go to socialize with other people, not to chow down on their food. If you're only going for the food, then you're rude! On the other side of the spectrum, if you're a vegan and throwing a dinner party for people who aren't vegan, show off your cooking skills as much as possible and let the dinner speak for itself. No one really wants to sit through hours of bitter lectures about the effects factory farming has on our planet, our bodies and our animal friends.

The photo is of the seitan roulade, and came from my favorite vegan cooking blog, veganyumyum.

It seems as though the most difficult part about adopting veganism or vegetarianism as your lifestyle is the reaction you get from other people. You'll get a wide range of questions, arguments and snarky comments tossed your way and the media portrayal is not always kind. Just this evening while watching a re-run of How I Met Your Mother, Stella's sister - who was stereotypically whiney and judgemental - bitched about being vegan and how she couldn't think. Ted pointed out, "That's because you need protien." Phil looked at me with an "oh...shit" look on his face because he knew this was something that was going to get my goat.

Yeah, I was angry, and this definitely goes back to my post about speciesism in the media but what can you do? This is going to happen again and again and people probably aren't going to think differently about those who do not wish to consume animal products and flesh any time soon. So, what do I propose? I propose that vegetarians and vegans are given an unwritten but vasty understood bill of rights. A code of conduct for being around a vegan, if you will.

Right #1 - We have the right to not listen to you go on and on about how delicious beef is. If you know we're vegetarian/vegan, and we are out to dinner with you and you choose to order the steak, we aren't going to stop you. We're friends, after all, and friends don't lecture or bore other friends, especially if they are already aware of why you're vegan in the first place. So it's only fitting that this go both ways - that's how friendship works. I have a particular friend that knows how I feel about animal flesh and yet he'll still go on and on about how this one particular restaurant's beef is so thick and delicious, and so so good. His words, not mine. It'd be really nice to not have him constantly waving a piece of bait in front of me all the time, it's almost like dangling a dog treat in front of my face. Now I know how much it pissed off my dog.

Right #2 - We have a right to vegetarian options on the menu. Really, every restaurant needs these, including barbecue joints. A massive meat party is not healthy no matter if you're an omnivore or a vegan. I am well aware that if you want to eat healthy you need to prepare your own food, but we should be able to find something other than a carrot to nibble on when we go out.

Right #3 - We have the right to not be used as an excuse. You and a sibling were asked to attend an obnoxious picnic gathering with some people you'd rather not see. Instead of coming up with the tried and true, "I'm sorry but we already made plans with friends out of town!" your sibling pulls the whole, "Well, my sister is a vegan and won't be able to eat anything there and I'd rather not be there without her, sorry." I really wish people wouldn't do this. It just makes every vegan and vegetarian look like a complete pain in the ass when it comes to making plans. As long as we're given a heads up about what's going to be served, or have already spoken to the host ahead of time we're usually fine. Don't use us as an excuse.

Right #4 - We have a right to not be judged for what we put into our bodies. Yes, you've met some cranky vegans, I'm sorry. It happens. I've met some pretty bitchy omnivores. Cranky people seem to be everywhere! But please don't take it out on the entire group. It's not appropriate to slanderize homosexuals and fat people on television, why is it okay to make fun of a vegan? It hurts those who stick true to their beliefs while trying to spread understanding and happiness to others. If we're not slapping that steak out of your mouth and being polite about your carnivorous appetite, then you should be polite to us too. Don't paint people with such a broad brush, a lesson for life.

Right #5 - We have a right to be included. This kind of ties into rights #2 and #3, but it's important. If you're making plans with a bunch of friends and you're all friends with someone who is vegan, please don't leave them out just because you're going to a steak house. Or better yet, go somewhere you know has some veggie options on the menu. If you truly like your friend and they aren't a whiney asshole, why not take them someplace where they'd be able to order some food?

Just remember that we're people too, even if we don't share your love for hamburgers made of beef. If you're friends with us, we must have other things in common and therefore it would just make sense to be kind to one another. When vegans are incessently picked on, left out or treated badly we end up like any abused and neglected creature - we get bitter, emotional and angry. These are just some basic rights that I think would make the world a more livable place, and might change your view of us.
We're not living in a vegan world. This is not a surprise to anyone, but at least it seems lately people are taking up more of an interest in the world they live in. Earth is our home, after all, and just because we may not see the effects from climate change in our lifetime doesn't mean that our child won't. Our choices today reflect on what happens tomorrow. Luckily there are a few places that bring a smile to my face with their choices.

Too often, vegans and vegetarians are noted to be bitchy, sour people that detest other people. Yes, we must all be bitter about humanity, it's a prerequisite. I don't like this label, or the way people see us so all I can do is set a good example by educating without being "preachy" or scaring them off. This doesn't mean that I have to be majorly inconvenienced all the time, either. I like it when a company actually tries to make it easier on us, the new hippies of the world, who want to treat our planet with the respect it deserves.

I recently walked into a Starbucks and asked for a coffee with soy milk. The woman was really nice about it and asked if I still wanted the whipped cream on it, or not. Obviously I declined the whipped cream, but it's nice of them to ask before just plopping it on top. It's also nice that they even offer soy milk in the first place. My goal is to start a petition in the very near future to get Tim Hortons to follow in Starbucks' footsteps, and maybe even adopt a free-trade policy as well. Little things like this can make a difference.

Montana's Cookhouse
was a favorite chain restaurant of mine even when I was an omnivore, and now that I'm vegan they still give me an excuse to go. A lot of die-hard vegans would cringe at the thought of giving money to a meat-pimping company, but to those vegans I say: Shut the hell up.

Any change that enables vegetarians and vegans to be welcomed into the mainstream is a good thing and by boycotting them because they serve steak and ribs just reinforces the bad stigma we already have into the public eye. Don't eat the meat, but don't shun those who want to give us veggie burgers, either. In that respect, their veggie burgers are some of the best I've ever had. If you really want to eat out, and get a decent burger this is the place. You'll have an even easier time if you're a vegetarian at these places, since cheese is still used in their appetizers and burgers, but it's progress. Along with a fantastic burger, my waitress was also pretty cool.
When I requested the mashed potatoes, she asked me, "You want that dressing on the side, correct?" I was pleased that she at least asked instead of just dumping it on. That shows consideration, and I appreciate it.

Kelsey's used to have a really delicious zucchini appetizer, which, as long as you didn't eat the dip it was vegan. Well, they got rid of it, which really makes me sad. In fact there aren't many vegetarian appetizer options on their menu anymore (except for the bruschetta), which is a step backward for them. I checked to make sure they were still offering their tasty veggie burger, and they are, but for some reason a picture isn't even shown (while the other burgers get a little thumb nail).

With their brand new menu change, the veggie sandwich (which was vegan friendly) is mysteriously missing, though the tag line on the page boasts "our great selection of ALL NEW SANDWICHES has something for everyone." Everyone but me, I suppose? If you want the penne vodka pasta, which sounds vegetarian, tough luck. They throw bacon in it.

My local supermarket, which happens to be a President's Choice brand store has recently gotten more vegetarian friendly. The tofu and faux meats used to be pushed into the corner, lost behind the real meat and pasta. Then, one day, they mysteriously disappeared all together. I was really saddened by this change, because I had found that their limited offering to be helpful, at the very least. A week later a visit to the same supermarket proved that they didn't get rid of the vegetarian section, they expanded upon it! They moved the section to the middle of the store, right next to the produce in a very high-traffic area. I giggled at the sight of an eldery woman picking up a package of Yves brand Bratts. She looked at them with the, "what the hell is this?!" look.

Not only that, but I noticed that my supermarket now carries just about everything a Whole Foods store carries, without the obnoxiously high prices. They're also now charging 5 cents per plastic bag you use, which made me jump for joy! I always bring my own bags to the store, and request that they don't put my groceries in any plastic. Ikea also charges people for plastic bags, and urges their customers to bring their own. I overhead an Ikea employee bitching to another employee about how there are so many rude people that attack them during the day because they charge for bags. They're obviously missing the message.

Many people are missing the important message, but at least there are improvements out there, and there will be more to come.

One of the trends I'm noticing lately is people embracing veganism and vegetarianism because their favorite celebrity is doing it, or because they heard about the numerous health benefits.
Many of these people either quit a few days (or couple years) into their lifestyle, citing that it was "too difficult" or that they had issues with their weight. So what gives? Why are people flocking back to McDonalds for a Big Mac? It really all just boils down to lack of education.

You need to cut these people some slack, though. It's not their fault that there aren't many college courses offered on how to be a healthy vegan or vegetarian. Most of the time, if you want to be a healthy vegetarian or vegan you're going to need to do the work yourself, and start researching.

Why a vegan diet in the first place? Compassion for every living thing on the planet, of course. The road to the vegetarian and vegan lifestyle is often times a bumpy one, especially when the majority of people still consume animals and animal products on a daily basis. Finding a support group can be tricky, but not impossible. If you're the only vegan in your family, it's even harder. Add the pressure of venturing into a supermarket, along with jeering friends and family and you have yourself a real pain in the ass to deal with. Most people don't "get it." There are some people who will honestly ask you about your lifestyle choice because they are legitimately curious, but other times they may not be so kind.

A couple weeks ago my husband and I were at the supermarket and I was feeling particularly down that day, and so I was susceptible to the nagging evidence that I should be consuming chicken nuggets instead of my soy nuggets (which, in my opinion, taste exactly the same to me).
I was eyeing up the beef pot pies while my husband was retrieving some orange juice, and when he found me he raised an eyebrow and suspiciously followed my line of sight to the pot pies.
A moment later, he was pulling me away by my arm and telling me not to think about it, that what I was doing was great and that I can't fail now. I really appreciated that, because had he not been there to show support, I might've wound up falling off the wagon.

Having a support system is extremely important, and I can't stress that enough. It's even better if your spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend "gets you" and won't let you succumb to the animal eatin' ways. There are ads out there for milk and triple-beef patties topped with six strips of bacon, and at first glance this greasy shit looks honestly appealing. Is it within human instincts to eat other animals?

Other animals eat other animals, that's no joke. Everyone has seen those nature shows where hungry lionesses stalk gazelles. People will often use this as an argument against you on your plight to not eat animals or their products. While this is a true statement - animals eat other animals - it is not the same thing as a human eating another animal. I do not know of a single species on this planet other than my own that exploits other living things to the extent that they do. Battery cages for egg-laying hens were not built for the comfort of the hen, but rather to increase productivity and profits from the eggs they produce.

A lion stalks a gazelle because it is hungry, and when it catches its prey, she and her pride mates feast upon the carcass until their stomachs are full. But what about the canine teeth? Oh, the canine teeth! We must have these for a reason, many people say. Well, yes, we do. And many people will say they exist solely for the job of eating animal flesh. I would not be able to bite into an apple or a pear without my canine teeth. Some fruits and vegetables are very tough, and so our pointy teeth are helpful when it comes to eating them. They also come in handy as weapons, as displayed by teenage girls in high school when they get into "cat fights." They also go for the hair, but many times they bite their enemies. They're pretty useful!

Besides factory farming, animals are exploited for entertainment, scientific research and fashion. They are also exploited for companionship, which is one of the reasons why we have so many cats and dogs being put down in shelters on a daily basis. Puppy mills churn out dogs like they're products on an assembly line, and instead of going to their local humane shelter, many times a family will opt for a breeder dog. All of these examples are valid and relevant reasons for people choosing a vegan lifestyle.