Report: Which Farm Animal Photos Are Most Likely To Inspire People To Eat Vegan?

Originally posted on Humane League Labs:

By Susan Gabriel, Sabine Doebel, and The Humane League

origin_2250311638One common approach to vegan advocacy is to encourage people to change their diet in order to spare farm animals from a lifetime of misery. Photos of farm animals, both suffering farm animals and happy farm animals, are – not surprisingly – used extensively by vegan advocacy groups in social media posts, websites, and printed materials.

But what types of farm animal photos have the greatest impact on the general public? What types of farm animal photos are most likely to cause the public to want to move toward vegan eating?

In order to find out, we presented omnivores aged 18 and older with a random selection of 10 photos out of a set of 30 total farm animal photos. The photos used are representative of the kinds used in vegan advocacy materials. Each photo was shown one at a time, and the viewer…

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Donut Panic Cause San Diego Has Awesome Vegan Donuts

Originally posted on Honk If You're Vegan:

It’s been a long time since I’ve blogged, and to be honest I won’t be blogging much anymore. It was consuming too much time and taking away from other important things (like work!). That being said, I will post when the mood strikes.

I had to write today to tell you about the awesome vegan donuts I discovered in San Diego over the weekend. I read about Donut Panic on Yelp and was excited by their 4.5 rating and interesting vegan donut flavors like maple bacon.

So on Saturday my husband and I tried their Chocolate Bavarian Cream, Maple “Bacon” and the Earl Gray donuts. They were all really good, but my favorite was the Chocolate Bavarian Cream (my hubby’s pick was the Maple “Bacon”). They have lots of other vegan flavors that we plan to go back for. Please note that they only make vegan donuts on weekends and…

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Rowdy Girl Sanctuary


Rowdy Girl Sanctuary is the dream of Renee-King Sonnen.

Renee is a singer and songwriter from the Houston/Brazoria County area who met her future husband, Tommy Sonnen, while singing at a nightclub.

Renee and Tommy

She went from suburban living to ranch living 6 years ago when they got married. She lives on a 96 acre cattle ranch right on hwy 35, 50 miles southwest of Houston and 30 miles from Bay City/Matagord.

Her husband has been a cattle rancher for 15 years.  It’s beyond my ability to describe! My husband’s great-grandfather supplied almost all of Houston with meat in the early 1900’s – his great-grandfather had a slaughter-house.

When she married him 6 years ago, she had no idea that she would become vegan as a result of the horrors of the sale barn episodes with the calves.

Like Howard Lyman, the cattle rancher turned vegan she had an epiphany that opened her heart and soul to the gentle souls of the cows under her care.

She would sing to them and dance around them. She fell in love with the critters, “….kinda like Elly Mae Clampett – I named them all” much to her husband’s dismay as these cattle were marked for sale and slaughter. “Then they started being trailered up to go to the sale barn, and the experience of watching them leave, the mamas wailing for a week and the absence of their souls in the pasture haunted me.”


The Red Trailer is still out in the pasture. It’s the symbol of “families being torn apart”, never again to see their babies. It represents wailing and torment into the night. “I’ve cried so many times over this that he has tried to hide the fact he is doing it but I always knew because of the wailing that the momma cows do when they lose their babies and can’t find them.”

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“I’d been vegetarian in the past and even tried a raw diet for several months, but never had the compassion connection until I LIVED IT! I love these animals – I see their souls, and they see mine.”

“Animal rights is a cause, whose time has come! Our barbaric treatment of animals is a direct reflection of humanity’s own inner torment and violent nature in the world! I believe that when we draw closer to loving animals and seeing their soul (which they do have), that is then and only then that we will ever be FREE.”

“I dream of the day when a sign goes up that has the word ‘sanctuary’ in it. Going Vegan is the best decision I ever made – I love these animals – and now they know I am their ambassador for freedom!”

Rowdy girl (momma) and Houdini baby calf

And we can be a part of that dream. Renee needs to buy the cow herd from her husband. “My husband can’t just give me the cows. But he is willing to sell them to me at a reduced price and offer the land back for a dollar the first year while helping care for them.”

Renee has been conferring with leaders in the sanctuary industry along with experts that have written major documentaries. She has a copy of the business plan that Derek & Steve, Esther the wonder pig’s dads used for Happily Ever Esther Sanctuary as model.   Once the cows are in her possession she can get her non-profit sanctuary status. Her husband Tommy plans on growing organic produce and having a farmers market.

Renee needs to raise $35,000.00 to obtain the cattle. Please donate to this wonderful dream, which all of us vegans share. If a cattle rancher can get it and have a change of heart and conscious than I have to believe that there is hope for the rest of the planet.

You can donate here:

You can follow Renee here:

To hear her music:


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Introducing Wunderbar Vegan soaps and the owner/creator Anka Schwartz


Anka has been an on and off again vegetarian for a long time. She has wanted to be a vegetarian since she was 12 but it was hard because her family didn’t really support it

“When I moved out I started to get into being vegetarian but then I’d get into a relationship and the person I was with wasn’t vegetarian so that made it hard and then I sadly always gave up.

As of now I’ve been vegetarian for almost 2 years. My best friend recently transitioned from being vegetarian to vegan and she has been making a lot of posts and sharing experiences that have inspired me so right now I’m still learning and hoping to gain strength to be fully vegan.

After a life time of buying and using inferior products that just didn’t do what they claimed to do or just weren’t for me I started doing my own research to learn about soap and cosmetic making and all the components and what they do and how they benefit what. After a few years I pulled together the money in hopes of starting a successful business in making custom products suited to everyone’s individual needs not just putting out one size fits all products. So now here I am to share with you my wonderful (Wunderbar) products in hopes to change your outlook that there can be products for everyone not just type A or B and that actually WORK.

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Strawberries & Cream Soap

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Lemon Poppy seed Cake Exfoliating/Moisturizing Soap

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Everything here at Wunderbar is completely customizable and will never cost you anything extra. Anything can be made specifically for you! If you want certain oils used in your soap or not used, this color not that color, this fragrance instead of that, it can all be done! You can have soaps and any other products designed just for you. Isn’t that WUNDERBAR!?”

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Anka’s goal of offering cruelty free Vegan products that everyone can use and are of top quality has been achieved. Wunderbar Soaps also has  regular sales and fundraisers for charities, usually charities that help animals in need.

The products are:

  • 100% customizable at no extra cost
  • cruelty free-no experimentation on animals
  • use only use certified sustainable palm oil
  • not made from any animal products or bi-products
  • and look and smell good enough to eat.






Dragon Palace Chinese Restaurant


Dragon Palace Chinese Restaurant

2250 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite C, Palmdale, Ca. 93550



This is a little gem of a restaurant that I found quite by accident in Palmdale. It was a long day of running errands and I saw the restaurant and I thought to myself that they must have something vegan.

I was nicely surprised. Not only do they have vegan options but I was told by Spring one of the owners that any entrée can be veganized.


Spring one of the co-owners.


They have vegan chicken, vegan beef and vegan shrimp.


I ordered fried tofu with vegetables in a brown sauce. The brown sauce normally has oyster juice in it but they made it without the oyster juice for me. Wow, a restaurant that is willing to accommodate vegans. I was impressed.

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This is what I ordered. Not the prettiest picture but I was too hungry to take a nicer picture.

The second time I went to the restaurant I ordered vegan orange chicken, vegan beef with broccoli (for my vegan dogs), friend tofu with vegetables, tempura asparagus and all orders come with a side of white rice.


Vegan beef with broccoli.


All together on my plate. I added the baby corn from home.


Fried tofu with vegetables in brown sauce.


Vegan Orange Chicken.


Tempura Asparagus.










The dining area has a large screen TV.

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The entrance area has five lovely chairs if you are waiting for take-out or waiting to be seated.


Everyone thus far has been very cheery and helpful.

I was told they have five regular vegan customers. Who are these mystery vegan customers? I thought I was the only vegan in Palmdale. It’s nice to know that there are other vegans in my community and even nicer that there is a restaurant more than happy to cook food for us.

So if you are in Palmdale or just travelling through make sure to stop at Dragon Palace for some vegan Chinese food.


Vegan Pizza?!


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Vegan Pizza sounds like an oxymoron doesn’t it? Pizza one of those comfort foods that vegans miss quite a bit. Sure you can order pizza without cheese but is it really pizza? Who are we kidding? No, it’s not pizza unless there is cheese on it.

I discovered Cruzer Pizza with my VegOut phone app.


Cruzer Pizza sign

Cruzer Pizza

4449 Prospect Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027 (323) 666-0600

I couldn’t believe it. A vegan pizzeria but lo and behold it was true. Cruzer Pizza is in an out of the way location on a small side street. You kind of have to know it’s there to be able to find out. It’s a mom and pop small business except that it is run by two brothers.DSC03886

I was helped by Sam Sammy one of the owners. He told me that they had been open for four years. At first only some of the products where but when they realized there was a huge market for vegan products they went 100% vegan. They are now the only 100% vegan pizzeria in Los Angeles.




It felt like I had walked into another dimension. I practically has an eye orgasm just looking at the menu. I just kept staring at the wall and wanted to order EVERYTHING just because it was vegan.


They have salads, pizza, pasta, starters, sandwiches, and desserts that are all vegan. Some of the products offered are also glutten-free. They use Daiya cheese, Gardien, Field Roast and Yves products.


100% Vegan Ingredients: Vegan Sausage, Vegan Pepperoni, Vegan Ham, Eggplant, Pineapple, Onions, Green Pepper, Black Olives, Fresh Mushrooms, Fresh Sliced Tomatoes, Jalapeños, Fresh Garlic, Spinach, Gluten Free Vegan Ground Meat, Portabello Mushroom, Zucchini, Vegan Chicken, Artichoke Hearts and Extra Cheese.

Piza Pie hot pockets  cruzer spaghetti

Vegan Desserts & Ice Cream

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For the complete menu with pricing go to their website . And they also have a facebook page

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The sadness of being vegan

Originally posted on There's an Elephant in the Room blog:


You vegans

I’ve seen vegans called  many derogatory words. Nothing, it seems, provokes unbridled defensiveness and rudeness in quite the same way as coming out and stating that it is wrong to cause suffering and death to the helpless and vulnerable.

Excuses and insults

It doesn’t seem that radical to me, but as soon as it’s mentioned that humans have no nutritional or other need to use other beings in any way for any purpose, out will come a barrage of well used excuses: plants have feelings, canine teeth, what cavemen did, brain size and intelligence, we need meat to survive, my ‘personal choice’, ‘forcing your opinions on me’, the bible, eskimos, desert islands, etc.

Once these are out of the way, then come the personal insults: ‘it’s impossible to be 100% vegan’, ‘you probably step on insects every day’, ‘I bet your cleaning materials / car / PC harmed animals’, ‘what…

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Butternut Squash With Whole Wheat, Wild Rice, & Onion Stuffing




Butternut Squash With Whole Wheat, Wild Rice, & Onion Stuffing

Even those of us who have given up the bird welcome a Thanksgiving dish that has been stuffed. This satisfying dish of butternut squash stuffed with whole grain (or gluten-free) bread, wild rice, and onions makes a handsome centerpiece for the holiday meal. Adapted from Vegan Holiday Kitchen. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky of Bittersweet.

Serves: 8

  • 4 medium-small butternut squashes (about 1 pound each)
  • 3/4 cup raw wild rice, rinsed
  • 1 1 /2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large red onion
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 1/2 cups firmly packed torn whole wheat bread (use gluten-free bread if you’d like)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • A few sliced fresh sage leaves (or leave whole if small), optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon salt-free mixed season blend (such as Frontier or Mrs. Dash), or to taste
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • Juice of 1 small orange (about 1/4 cup; or omit and just use more vegetable broth)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Wrap the whole squashes in foil. Place on a rack in the center of the oven. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until you can pierce through the narrow part with a knife, with a little resistance. You can do this step ahead of time. Let the squashes cool somewhat, then cut in half lengthwise, and scoop out the seeds and their surrounding fibers.

In the meantime, bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a saucepan. Stir in the wild rice, reduce to a simmer, then cover and cook until the water is absorbed, about 40 minutes.

Heat the oil in a skillet. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until golden.

In a mixing bowl, combine the cooked wild rice with the sautéed onion and the remaining ingredients (whole wheat bread through salt and pepper).

Scoop out the squash pulp, leaving firm shells about 1/2 inch thick. Chop or dice the pulp and stir it into the wild rice mixture. Stuff the squashes, place in foil-lined baking dishes, and cover.

Before serving, place the squashes in a preheated 350 degree F. oven. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or just until well heated through.

Variation: To add drama to this presentation, try this recipe with other squash varieties. Hubbard squash, delicata, sweet dumpling and golden nugget are just a few of the stuffable edible squashes available.



Treeline Aged Artisanal Treenut Cheese


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Treeline Artisan Cheeses

The age of the Vegan Cheese has finally arrived. Artisan Vegan cheese that is.

I went to whole foods looking for the new line of Field Roast Sliced cheeses which I have heard are amazing only to be disappointed the Whole Foods I went to did not carry them yet. But what I did discover was Treeline Aged Artisanal Treenut Cheese.


Can we say vegan orgasm? Oh my goodness this cheese was amazing.


I bought the hard classic cheese. When was the last time you could cut a slice of vegan cheese and eat it right out of the package and have it taste good?



This cheese had a tangy smoked flavor like a sharp smoked cheddar. It was orgasmic. I can’t wait to try the other flavors, Scallion French-style Soft Cheese, Herb-Garlic French-style Soft Cheese, and Cracked Pepper Hard Cheese. I ate the cheese atop Late July Classic Rich Crackers.

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The cheeses are made with cashews.

Their website is awesome, is also amazing. They have a page titled Why We are Non-Diary and it’s all about the harm involved in the dairy industry with more informational links on the page. How cool is that! Not only do they have a great product but they are also doing advocacy.

They even had a recipe page, which has a recipe for Smokey Mushroom Risotto and two different recipes for Mac & Cheese.

So run, don’t walk to try this amazing brand of vegan cheese.

Sweet Potato Chili

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I discovered this yummy looking recipe by Hilary Larson on the fb page Trying Vegan.

 Bake sweet potato and use for the bottom layer.

The middle is stir fried black beans, Trader Joes soyrizo,spinach and field day organic salsa (with cumin in it).

Then top it off  with a sliced avocado.

 This recipe looks yummy, fast and easy to prepare.