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  1. Hello,
    This was a very interesting read, as are most of the articles on this website. I am pro veganism and think that anyone who CAN be vegan, SHOULD be vegan. I personally have quite a few health issues that hold me back from being able to go vegan as I can’t eat many of the staple foods and would not get enough protein or enough of many vitamins. Most people however are not in my position, and for most being a meat eater is a matter of choice. It makes me sad that I can’t go vegan, I would be if I could be.

    That being said, I think it is unwise to cite PETA in an article that is trying to convince others to go vegan. PETA is not an ethical source, and frankly I’m shocked that while you do so much research on animal cruelty and the environment, you don’t do the same research into the organizations you choose to promote. It’s a bit worrying, to be honest. There are many other environmental / vegan organizations that do not have the nasty history that PETA does, and to readers you would seem a lot more credible if you cited from ethical sources.

    If you’re interested in looking into the issues surrounding PETA, here are some starter sources:
    https://www.theatlantic.com/amp/article/254130/
    https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/lucy-uprichard/the-many-failings-of-peta_b_2945870.html
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/canine-corner/201204/when-the-ethical-treatment-animals-goes-wrong
    http://articles.latimes.com/2008/sep/26/business/fi-icecream26
    https://www.bet.com/news/national/2011/07/21/another-peta-exhibit-compares-animal-cruelty-to-slavery.html
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZia8DCSYFU
    https://www.peta.org/features/got-autism-learn-link-dairy-products-disease/ (“Cure autism by giving up dairy”)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7l3ojNQYsg (Comedic parody of domestic abuse)
    https://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2008/05/05/petas-holocaust-on-your-plate-campaign/
    https://www.peta.org/blog/westminster-dog-show-protest/
    https://jezebel.com/5345010/peta-founder-apologizes-for-save-the-whales-billboard (Fat shaming)
    http://gawker.com/5901093/petas-latest-pro-vegan-campaign-involves-fat-shaming-dead-people
    http://www.nokillnow.com/newkirkspectorinterview.html (“Seeing eye dogs are servants, should be taken from blind people”)
    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/apr/16/joe-arpaio-petas-pamela-anderson-team-up-to-make-p/ (Supports a prominent white supremecist)
    https://twitter.com/peta/status/1070066205170397184?s=21 (Released promo saying that “anti animal” phrases such as “take the bull by the horns” are akin to homophobic and racist slurs)
    Ect…….

    1. Hi, again Parker 🙂 We’re glad you enjoyed this post. It’s a shame to hear about your health, and we hope that you’re on a positive path.

      We quite often hear that people can’t go vegan due to a lack of protein and vitamins. In fact, we’ve had our fair share of health battles over the years. Having said that, we’ve consulted with medical professionals and have found plant-based foods and nutrients to help our health. If you haven’t already, we’d suggest you continue to seek multiple health opinions from numerous practitioners. Because, at least in our experience, as a vegan, you have to fight and dig deeper to find solutions. It’s incredibly tedious, but we find it’s worth the effort.

      Regarding PETA, we agree that while many of their campaigns can be questionable, it doesn’t mean we discredit all of their efforts. We rarely reference them on our blog, but when we do, we hope our readers understand our intent and are forgiving as a result. Thank you for your passion and concerns.

    1. Melanie, what do you use glycerin for? Glycerin can be derived from both animals and plants. If you do have to use glycerin for whatever purpose, search for the certified plant based ones. Otherwise I’m sure you would be able to find good vegan alternatives for the same purpose.

  2. Hi Micheal,
    Thanks for another inspiring post!
    About leather I’ve not given it up but trying to buy used leather jacket or shoes which might not be effective but at least a starting point.
    Bought my winter leather jacket at a flea market years ago and still use it.
    I understand it would be more effective and coherent to give up on leather but I guess I have to start somewhere.
    Throw away good leather clothes is probably not ethical as well…
    Just my personal thoughts.
    Thanks, ciao
    Chiara

    1. i think buying previously used leather products is def effective. i also choose not to purchase leather, but will buy previously use. ox

    2. As a new vegan I too kept my old leather handbag. But with time my views changed. When we use any animal product, we are in a way sending out the message that it’s OK to commoditize animals which goes against the basic tenet of animal rights that “animals are not ours to use.” Leather is not a necessity and we can find non-animal alternatives for that. Don’t throw away your old leathers/woolens, donate them to a homeless shelter instead. Tho there are vegans who bury their leather/wool products in a symbolic gesture as animal skin or fur are not “products” for us to use.