As International Hamburger Day or World Vegan Burger Day was coming up, I thought of making a compilation of some of the vegan burgers we have eaten over the years to celebrate! Yes, #veganseatburgerstoo ! I hoped I would find a handful of vegan burgers for this post … turns out, I found 100 burgers! 🙂 And no, we don’t eat this every day 😉 I went back to posts from the beginning years of this blog, back to 2014! There are burgers from restaurants and food stalls in Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Luxembourg, the United Kingdom, Spain and Austria. And a handful of homemade burgers too. The photos are just in random order, and with a link to the review of the restaurant or the event. There you can read whether we liked them or not 😉 I took all of these photos myself, but got some help from my husband in eating them 😉
This new edition of The Pornography of Meat by Carol J. Adams just arrived. Very richely illustrated with examples of how women are seen as ‘meat’ and how ‘meat’ or animals raised to be eaten are portrayed as ‘feminine’, sexual, wanting to be consumed. See also the earlier work of Carol J. Adams: The sexual politics of meat. This updated edition of The Pronography of Meat includes a photo from me: a truck from a hatchery company (that ‘incubates’ the eggs and the chicks are sent of to egg-laying companies). The truck shows a cartoon like drawing of three anthropomorphised and female sexualised chickens, with next to them the slogan ‘Girl Power’. Yeah, being forcefully kept indoors, having to lay 300+ eggs a year and being sent of to slaughter when ‘production’ drops is really empowering these female animals. I really cringed when I saw this truck on the highway, and was determined to get a good photo! Luckily, the truck took the same exit as me, so I was able to stand still next …
She was a person. She wanted to live ❤ View this post on Instagram She was a person. She wanted to live ❤ One of the 15 million mink who are currently being murdered in Denmark. Running for her life, wanting to live, wanting freedom 😓 #animalresistance #dierenverzet Denmark is killing (not 'culling', that's a euphemism) 15 million mink in an effort to prevent a mutant of the coronavirus from spreading. The conditions in animal factories (thousands of animals confined together) in the meat and fur industry again and again lead to the outbreak of zoonoses (bird flu, swine flu, Q-fever, …) , and in some cases also spreading to humans (like now). Don't contribute to this system in which animals are seen merely as disposable products. Don't buy fur or other animal products 😔 For the animals, your health and the environment #vegan 🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿 #mink #denmark #animalrights #covid #speciesisme #culling #speciesistlanguage #killing # A post shared by trudi_brugesvegan (@trudi_brugesvegan) on Nov 7, 2020 at 5:02am PST One of the 15 million mink who are …
Ieperfest is a 3-day hardcore music festival, just outside Ypres (Ieper, 75km from Bruges, Belgium). Since day one, more than 20 years ago, all the food at Ieperfest is vegan! In previous years, the festival was mid August, but this year it has been set to the beginning of July. We just went for the afternoon, to taste some of the great food, and enjoy the atmosphere. The weather was mild (not too hot, not too cold) and luckily no showers when we were there.
A couple of weeks ago, I was at the 9th International Animal Rights Conference in Luxembourg. This conference is held every year at the beginning of September. I attended for the first time in 2018, and then gave a presentation about ableism and ageism in the movement. This year I gave a presentation about Representation of other animals. About vegan turkey and voiceless animals.
Honoured to be featured in the July edition of Animal Culture Magazine! I talked about my background, my activism, why I started the platform Crip HumAnimal, … The full interview is available HERE (with permission from Animal Culture Magazine, thanks!) You can subscribe to Animal Culture Magazine here: https://www.patreon.com/AnimalCultureMagazine
Beasts of Burden, Animal and Disability Liberation, by Sunaura Taylor is a must read for anyone interested in the intersections between ableism and speciesism and disability studies and critical animal studies. There is an in detail review on Crip Humanimal, written by Chloë Taylor.
The Cow with Ear tag #1389 gives a very good insight into the dairy industry. And also a short analysis in the last chapter on how the different oppressions are connected, and a critique of ethical consumerism (not enough to change the system). Very accessibly written ! (no academic jargon!). Glad I read it. 🐄🌿🐄🌿🐄🌿🐄🌿🐄🌿🐄 The Cow with Ear tag #1389, Kathryn Gillespie, University of Chicago Press (2018).
The book Fear of the Animal planet, by Jason Hribal (2010) documents the numerous accounts of animal resistance in modern history: elephants and tigers who escape from the circusses and attack their abusers, monkeys who manage to flee from laboratories, orcas and sea lions who show their resistance to captivity and abuse. The zoos, circusses and other facilities uphold a narrative of these being exceptions and very rare occassions, they portray the animals as having gone ‘wild’, denying them agency, they promise to take measures so this can’t happen again, and they strictly control the info that gets out to the public. But as becomes clear from the numerous stories in the book, these are all but exceptions. And the animals certainly do have agency, and they firmly resist their oppression and abuse. They are not voiceless and we shouldn’t portray them as voiceless.
And then this happens … Something is posted on social media about veganism, a poster, meme, or a vegan campaign, or about the living conditions of animals in agricultural industry, or maybe you just posted a comment about your experiences while dining out, and comments like ‘mmmmm, steak!‘, ‘I’ll be putting some more on the BBQ tonight‘ or – like in the meme – ‘Bacon!‘ appear. Or someone posts a photo of a hamburger, hotdog or sizzling animal flesh. I always wonder why they post this. Is it simply because they have nothing meaningful to say? Do those posting such comments really think it adds anything to the conversation (or do they simply not think at all 😛 )? That they can somehow ‘win’ the meateaters on their hand? Or do they think it’s funny and a way to provoke vegans? (who then even write a blog about it, tsk 😉) I think it may point to some form of anxiety to think these issues through. Not daring or not willing to think about the …