I met John Sakars earlier this year when he was on a leafleting tour in New York with Vegan Outreach. He stayed at my house along with two other amazing animal rights activists for 5 days. For those who don’t know John, he has a strong internet presence with his titillating, controversial, and more often than not, hysterical videos. He has his own brand of activism that may enrage or enlighten, but nonetheless gets the community talking. His heart is always in the right place and John’s the first one to take constructive criticism and make his videos and message better. I was very pleased and delighted that he chose to feature pictures of my food porn in one of his latest videos and songs called “Veganize it!” Enjoy!
I’ve been on an ardent search lately to find some cool animal rights songs to rock out to as I prepare these vegan meals I’ve been blogging about. There are some interesting top lists from other bloggers and animal advocacy groups out there if you do a search for them.
Here are some of my personal faves lately (not necessarily in this order though):
1. Meat is Murder by The Smiths. While I really didn’t get into The Smiths when they were at their height of fame (I was much more of a Cure fan), lately I’ve been exploring their music more and more. I know that Morrissey can be a tool sometimes, but the power and passion in the lyrics of Meat is Murder is enough to bring a tear to thine eye. If you watch this concert footage from Spain in 1985 (and read the accompanying lyrics as well), it’s hard not to get chills down your spine.
2. Free Me by Goldfinger. Goldfinger has been known for their political activism, particularly with animal rights. They have several great songs to choose from regarding the defense of animals, but this one has permeated my mind the most. Warning: Graphic images. Lyrics can be read here.
3. Be Healthy by Dead Prez. While this song isn’t exactly talking about animal rights per say, it is promoting a healthy vegan diet. It has some catchy and humorous lyrics and has been played over and over and over again in my kitchen. It always puts me in the mood for lentil soup. Highly recommended! Check out a YouTube video that includes the lyrics at the bottom (warning: graphic language towards the end).
4. Nailing Descartes to the Wall/(Liquid) Meat is Still Murder by Propaghandi. Okay, okay, so when all the cool kids were listening to Propaghandi, I probably wasn’t. I was most likely listening to hair bands or depressing pre-emo music. This band is known for their anarchism and veganism and are pretty bad ass. This song is short and sweet, but gets the AR point across. Lyrics can be found here.
5. Ready to Fall by Rise Against. I have to say that I love this band. Every member is vegan, promotes animal rights, and most (except one) are straight-edge. I remember being excited to find this gem on Guitar Hero. I have rocked out on it numerous times in the pretend band in my mind. While the lyrics don’t immediately lend themselves to an AR message, the video they made for this song has a strong AR and environmental message (warning: graphic images).
I knew I was becoming more aware of animal rights and how I felt about animals being put in place for human use when I started to think more in-depth about horse-drawn carriages. When I lived in Philadelphia, I remember seeing rows and rows of horses lined up with buggies waiting for people to ride in them. Often times these beautiful creatures would be out for long periods of time, in hot weather with blinders blocking their view, and with bags behind them to catch their feces. It seems like they were just held captive for our amusement.
It is rare when reading mainstream news articles about major events to find the animal rights’ perspective being entertained, much less being advocated. It was a pure delight for me to stumble upon Robin Raven‘s Yahoo! article about the royal wedding in April which highlighted the “unfortunate use of horses in the big exit.” I didn’t watch any of the royal wedding and had no desire to. However, I was glad this author could get past the royal star gazing to point out the obvious cruelty and outdated practice of horse-drawn carriages.
She wouldn’t be the first to point out this practice as being cruel and unnecessary either. There have been protests and bans against horse-drawn carriages in cities worldwide. One organization that focuses on this issue is Horses Without Carriages International. If this is an issue that resonates with you or you just want to learn more about it, certainly check out their website.
To quote Gandhi, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
I’ve been Facebooking, tweeting, and generally sharing my love for vegan food and animal rights for awhile now. People are always asking more details about the food I make or how to become vegetarian or vegan. My hope one day is to open a vegan bed and breakfast. I’ve been honing my vegan baking and cooking skills for several years. I have been wanting to start a blog for awhile, but have been too busy/lazy/forgetful to do so. It wasn’t until I very recently became a tester for a new vegan cookbook by Kelly Peloza, author of The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur that I figured I should get my act together!
So welcome to my blog! I hope this helps you on your journey to fabulous vegan cooking and general awareness for the other sentient beings of this planet.