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Two meat-lovers ditch all animal products for a two-week vegan experiment.
… "The opportunity to colonize Mars means a chance to make a fresh start, especially now that we’ve degraded our own planet by treating our fellow animals like disposable widgets, filled the air with pollution that will soon make the sky in 'Soylent Green' look clear, and populated the Earth with so many humans that the premise of 'Logan’s Run' starts to look practical," writes PETA…
… People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), scored big last week when Gospel star Dewayne Woods, made famous by his 2007 hit song "Let Go," became the first major gospel artist to serve as a spokesperson for the organization…
Could You Go Vegan For Two Weeks?
Two meat-lovers ditch all animal products for a two-week vegan experiment.
by Amanda Radke in BEEF Daily
Jan. 15, 2013
You can’t understand a person until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes, the old saying goes. It’s an adage that can be applied to our conversations with our vegetarian and vegan counterparts, who have foregone animal products in their diet for a multitude of reasons. While we are sometimes polar opposites, it’s the 95% of folks we need to appeal to -- those who are on the fence about eating meat in their diets and feeling good about it.
Nevertheless, I’ve always been tempted to go vegan for a week or two just to see how it feels, but I’ve always been hesitant to ditch the healthy amino acids, complete iron source, and plentiful protein source that beef provides me. More than that, the thought of eating gobs of peanut butter, beans and tofu to compensate for that lack of a powerful protein source like beef doesn’t sound appealing to me at all.
Braver than I are two meat lovers, Danielle Beard and David Hayden, who tossed their beloved burgers, bacon, leather boots and cosmetics in order to complete a two-week vegan challenge they started on Jan. 14.
Also, follow the Twitter hashtag at #DandDgovegan
A two-week experiment is hardly long enough to give credit to, or discred it, one diet plan over another. After all, anybody starting a diet is usually still going strong in two weeks, making smarter choices by skipping boxed meals and sugary sweets, so weight loss and motivation might still be going strong in those first days of any new dietary regime. On the flip side, I’m betting the fatigue and depression from a diet lacking in complete proteins happens sooner rather than later...
Mars Astronauts Should Be Vegan, PETA Urges
From Mother Nature Network's Michael d'Estries
via The Huffington Post - Posted: 01/14/2013 12:27 pm EST
Doubling-down on a request made back in 2011, animal rights group PETA is once again urging future colonizers of Mars to adopt a purely vegan diet.
The group's latest appeal comes on the heels of a report that SpaceX founder Elon Musk may attempt a Mars landing as soon as 2018. Back in November, Musk outlined long-term plans that would send as many as 80,000 people to the planet for around $500,000 per ticket.
"At Mars, you can start a self-sustaining civilization and grow it into something really big," he said.
For PETA, the opportunity to start over means going forward without animal products.
"The opportunity to colonize Mars means a chance to make a fresh start, especially now that we’ve degraded our own planet by treating our fellow animals like disposable widgets, filled the air with pollution that will soon make the sky in 'Soylent Green' look clear, and populated the Earth with so many humans that the premise of 'Logan’s Run' starts to look practical," writes PETA. "We can get off on the right foot on our new biosphere by ensuring that SpaceX crafts traveling to Mars are stocked only with vegan food and that Mars’ colonists commit to enjoying an animal-free diet once they’ve arrived. Ensuring that Mars is a vegan planet (rather than importing animal products from Earth or creating factory farms on our new home) would protect animals from the horrors that they endure in the meat, egg, and dairy industries."
While PETA is well-known for aligning its causes with the headlines of the day, in this case a vegan Mars is likely to be the norm and not just some pipe dream. Meat just isn't sustainable or practical when it comes to space exploration. In a 2011 interview with Space.com, Musk supported the idea.
"I'm a big fan of free choice for any future Martian colony," he said. "That said, it is likely that early Mars colonists would have a mostly vegetable diet, because of the energy and space needed to raise farm animals."
Last summer, NASA announced that it was working on a mostly-vegan menu for astronauts' journey to Mars.
“That menu is favorable because it allows the astronauts to actually have live plants that are growing," said Maya Cooper, senior research scientist for Lockheed Martin. "You have optimum nutrient delivery with fresh fruits and vegetables, and it actually allows them to have freedom of choice when they’re actually cooking the menus because the food isn’t already pre-prepared into a particular recipe."
After showing off a prototype of a space-based greenhouse called VEGGIE in October, the agency also touted another advantage to growing vegetables.
“Based upon anecdotal evidence, crews report that having plants around was very comforting and helped them feel less out of touch with Earth,” Gioia Massa said. “You could also think of plants as pets. The crew just likes to nurture them.”
PETA Scores First Christian Gospel Star as Spokesperson
By Leonardo Blair - The Christian Post
January 14, 2013|5:49 pm
Controversial animal rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), scored big last week when Gospel star Dewayne Woods, made famous by his 2007 hit song "Let Go," became the first major gospel artist to serve as a spokesperson for the organization.
Woods, who appears in a two-minute video on PETA's website with his dogs Bailey and Brach, speaks out against the chaining of dogs, which according to PETA, continues to be a problem in some parts of the U.S.
"I really wanted to join in with PETA because I've always grown up with animals and I just felt like animals were always just like family to me," said Woods in the video. "… To know that people are chaining, they are using dogs to fight, number one that's just cruel within itself because now you're teaming a breed against each other and it's just not showing love," he said.
The "Let Go" star also speaks out against the poor treatment of animals performing in circuses and encourages parents to teach children empathy for animals.
"I always call my dogs kids and so anytime a child can associate that type of love of an animal as they would with another human being, I definitely think that's going to kind of help our culture as we are going along," he says. "Of course in the Bible, God gave man dominion over animals… I definitely believe that dominion is not taking it and beating them but just showing them the way. Showing them that you love them, that you are concerned about them, you want to watch them grow up to be the best animals that they could possibly be."
In a telephone interview with The Christian Post on Thursday, Teresa Chagrin, PETA's animal care and control specialist, said they were thrilled when Woods reached out to them to support their work.
"He's just really interested in seeing our society show more compassion for animals," Chagrin said. "He's a well-known, popular religious figure and we are thrilled that he is working to encourage compassion for animals," she added.
As a stage actor and gospel singer, Woods is the recipient of four Stellar Awards. He joins a long list of musicians and other celebrities such as Simon Cowell, Taraji P. Henson, Paul McCartney, Angela Simmons, Russell Simmons, Wendy Williams, and others who have teamed up with PETA to promote compassion for animals.
Known for their controversial stunts to attract media attention, PETA has also drawn the ire of several celebrities who have fallen victim to their tactics.
Last year the group flour bombed reality star Kim Kardashian, which forced her sister Khloé, who had posed for the organization's anti-fur campaign, to pull her support for their work. "I will no longer support PETA. Bullying and harassment is NEVER a solution, and I won't be a part of any organization that thinks otherwise," she wrote on her website.
PETA's other media-grabbing antics include throwing a tofu pie at Vogue editor Anna Wintour for promoting fur in her magazine and supporting protest groups of topless women and half-naked men mimicking Spain's Running of the Bulls.
Despite the criticisms, however, the organization remains unapologetic...