With the holidays here, what better time to reflect on all the things you are thankful for?
I would like to thank everyone that has made the choice to help end animal cruelty. Whether you are vegetarian, vegan or a hardcore animal rights advocate – it is because of your effort and choices that we are seeing a real change in mainstream opinion.
Here is a list of my favorite vegan wins of 2013:
Well, I couldn’t remember anything specific in February, so I thought I would toss in an awesome fun fact. In 2013, 15 bills were proposed to criminalize animal cruelty videos. However unlike in previous years, this year not a single one passed. Thanks to grassroots activism and a growing culture that is unwilling to settle for “out of sight, out of mind”.
(This one is Austin specific.. but it made me happy, so I had to include it)
P.E.T.A names Austin, TX the #1 vegan friendly city in the nation. We beat Portland, Los Angeles and New York City! And I can see why with all of our awesome vegan restaurants, food trucks & Bakeries!
Here is what they had to say about us:
“Austin, Texas, may be in the heart of cattle country, but it’s also the vegan food truck capital of the world. With mobile joints, including The Vegan Yacht, The Vegan Nom, and Guac N Roll, offering up cruelty-free eats, the vegan movement in Austin really has wheels. For those with more stationary tastes, Mother’s Café & Garden dishes out a tantalizing variety of vegan delights, including tofu lasagne and banana walnut pancakes. Get your Tex-Mex on at Mr. Natural and Güero’s Taco Bar, serving up vegan queso, soy taquitos al pastor, chalupa plates, and veggie albondigas. For Texans with a sweet tooth, Thai Fresh has vegan pastries and ice creams with unique flavors such as lemongrass, tamarind, and sweet potato pie, and Sweet Ritual is a vegan ice cream parlor featuring soft-serve and hard-packed ice cream, dozens of toppings (even vegan gummy worms!), and fresh-made waffle cones dipped in house-made chocolate and smothered in toppings such as Chick-O-Stick and toasted coconut. Yee-haw!” Woot!
News of the enzyme L-Carnitine goes viral when studies show the link between red meat and heart disease.
“Here’s how it works: After you ingest L-carnitine, it travels to your gut, and intestinal bacteria converts the L-carnitine into a substance called TMA, which then gets processed by the liver. The liver converts TMA into a compound that has been linked to plaque build-up in the arteries and heart disease. This conversion was most apparent in those who regularly ate red meat. Remarkably, vegans and vegetarians, even after consuming a large amount of carnitine, did not produce significant levels of TMA. It may be because they have different gut bacteria.” –Dr. Oz
NY Times – Culprit in Heart Disease Goes Beyond Meat’s Fat.
Dr. Gregor – The TMAO connection
India names dolphins “non-human persons” and outlaws the captivity and exploitation of cetaceans species.
Environment News Service Reports – “Whereas cetaceans in general are highly intelligent and sensitive, and various scientists who have researched dolphin behavior have suggested that the unusually high intelligence; as compared to other animals means that dolphin should be seen as ‘non-human persons’ and as such should have their own specific rights and is morally unacceptable to keep them captive for entertainment purpose,” the ministry said.
Vegan Chef Rich Landau wins food networks Chopped competition, creatively using plant-based ingredients such as chia seeds, dandelion greens, and tempeh(!!).
My boyfriend is an avid Chopped fan, so of course I was glued to the screen for this episode.
In reference to his appetizer, Iron Chef and Judge Alex Guarnaschelli is quoted as saying “As someone who does believe that eggs, cream and butter do make the world spin – I am astounded by this stock and the flavor and the richness you have achieved. I learned something from this dish.”
July was the official release date of Blackfish, which started a fierce movement across America, bringing Seaworld to its knees. It has been included on the Oscars documentary shortlist, and has gotten a slew of news coverage.
Who said all vegans are weak and scrawny? Tell that to these amazing vegans who stole the show at The Texas Naturally Fit Body Building Competition. These plant-powered guys and gals took home first place medals in 5 out of the 7 divisions.
Whether you are looking forward to buying ‘Beyond eggs’ for your next round of baking, or would rather stick with traditional flax meal and bananas, it is hard to deny that Bill Gates has some influence. I have heard his goals are ambitious, like ridding the world of polio and malaria, as well as transitioning modern society to a plant-based diet. He has financially backed vegan companies such as ‘Beyond-meat’ and ‘Beyond eggs’. He has also been leading talks across the nation on the benefits of a meatless diet. Despite some misgivings about lab-engineered food and its merits, the advocacy and support given by someone as powerful and influential as Bill Gates seems, in my opinion, to be well worth it.
October – September again-
Vegan tennis superstar, Serena Williams, won her fifth U.S. Open Championship on Sunday. She beat out Victoria Azarenka in three sets – her first three-setter in the tournament – though it didn’t come easy.
This is Williams’ 17th Grand Slam singles title, making her one title shy of Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova (another vegan) on the all-time leaders list.
Former Vice president Al Gore goes Vegan, just like the president with whom he once served.
*Be the change you wish to see in the world – Mahatma Ghandi*
Can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2014!
If you know of any awesome vegan wins of 2013 from February and/or October, let me know and I will add them.