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A tale of vegan and vegetarian 'potluck' nightmares

Monday, February 24, 2014 by: S. D. Wells
Tags: veganism, vegetarians, confined animal feeding operations

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(NaturalNews) A vegetarian couple was walking through Trader Joe's one fine day, and the cook in the back at the little kiosk had some stuffed mushrooms "hot and ready" and offered them up, so the man grabbed two, shoved one in his mouth and handed the other one to his better half. She ate it too. Halfway through the tasty treat he ran into a problem. That problem was chicken. He had already swallowed most of his when he found what felt like chicken, and he realized what had probably happened. He asked the cook. Sure enough, there was some dead animal in the stuffing. When the couple found out, the woman spat out the other half of her mushroom, yelled at the cook, thinking it was his fault, and then they both laughed it off.

So what, right? That's what carnivores and omnivores always say to the vegans and the vegetarians -- so what. "A little bit won't hurt you" -- right? For most, the big deal isn't so much with having consumed something you have chosen to never consume, although that's a big deal. The bigger "deal" is that vegans and vegetarians aren't just trying to keep certain foods out of their mouths, but they want to be one less customer for the Big Food industry that pillages the entire meat and dairy world, without regard to the humane treatment of animals, sustainability and respect for organic soil.

Do you go to potluck "get-togethers" and parties and wonder what is in certain dishes, hors d'oeuvres, finger foods and homemade salads? Do you frequent the food bar at restaurants and accidentally consume bacon bits, chicken bits, gelatin and rennet derived from calves' stomach lining used to make most cheese? Gelatin comes from animal hides, muscle tissue, hooves and cartilage, in case you didn't hear. Do you eat chicken stock when you order soups that you thought were just vegetables, like egg drop or hot and sour, among many others?

Potluck CAFO cannot be good for anyone

One of the main reasons that people become vegan or vegetarian is because America is the home of the... tortured animals for conventional food. Eating meat, drinking milk and consuming eggs and cheese can really gross you out if you understand the ENTIRE process of how non-organic food goes from the huge barns and warehouses (confined animal feeding operations) to the mouths of the feeders, the breeders -- all those "upright animals" that rule the earth and supposedly have "dominion" over it.

Back in 2008, this video went viral and changed thousands of people's eating habits from carnivorous to vegetarian and vegan. The following undercover video shows crippled and sick animals being shoved with forklifts, and it led to the largest beef recall in the United States. Is this the meat that winds up in school children's lunches and other "potluck" dishes?

What grosses people out so badly that they never consume another animal (or animal byproduct) for the rest of their lives are the VIDEOS taken with hidden cameras by whistleblowers who either work in CAFOs, visit them inconspicuously (undercover) or break into them and share the footage with the world, via YouTube or published on alternative news websites like Natural News. The mass media never shows this, because they would all lose their sponsors, including TV, major newspapers, popular magazines and many mainstream "health" websites.



Never run from reality

"EARTHLINGS is the single most powerful and informative documentary about society's tragic and unforgivable use of nonhuman animals, narrated by Joaquin Phoenix with soundtrack by Moby. Directed by Shaun Monson, this multi-award winning film by Nation Earth is a must-see for anyone who cares about nonhuman animals or wishes to make the world a better place."

Videos and films like these reveal the WHOLE life of the animals that produce the milk and eggs and the animals that are shot up with hormones and antibiotics to kill the bacteria breeding on the ground that they stand or lie down on all day and all night. They are fed pesticide-laden food, and they suffer from digestive and udder infections, and their quarters breed bacteria and superbugs. Films of this nature reveal the torture of animals that lead depressed lives and die inhumanely, transferring all of that depression, anxiety and stress right into the milk, the eggs and their legs, wings and thighs. The drugs and viruses are transferred to the humans that consume the tainted tissues and organs, the ground round beef and the "top sirloin." (http://science.naturalnews.com)

That is why there are so many more vegans and vegetarians than there were 20 years ago. American CAFOs are why health enthusiasts are very careful at potluck lunches and dinners, and at restaurants that don't clarify their ingredients on menus or when they tell you about the "specials."

Potluck means taking your chances, but most of us are not willing to do that. Taking chances means consuming chemicals and drugged food. Taking chances means supporting the corporations that treat animals like they have no life, feelings, emotions or need to be loved. Do you have a dog or cat for a pet? What if your pet was treated just like the meat you eat? What if YOUR pet died like CAFO animals die, how would you feel about "just a little chicken" or "just a little beef" in your next taco salad?

What's the cure for potluck nightmares? -- When in doubt, leave it out!

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