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The McGill Vegan


Editor's Note Articles in this issue range from the Winter 2009
importance of domestic animal rescue, to Volume 2
The McGill Vegan was first published surviving a vegan­omnivore relationship.
to provide students with a modest guide to Please refer to Volume 1 for our guide to
There may be times when
vegan resources on campus and in Montreal, restaurants, interesting books and websites, we are powerless to
but soon grew into a newsletter including grocery stores, and animal rights organizations
articles on veganism and animal rights. Your in Montreal, in addition to interesting articles.
prevent injustice,

article submissions make The McGill Vegan If you would like to send future submissions,
but there must never be a
possible. Although our budget for publishing comments or questions, please email:
time when we fail to
the newsletter is very limited, use of Scribus Thanks for protest.
software and online publishing keep the debt reading! ­Emma Chait ­Elie Wiesel
down. Check out our website for an archive.

Adopting a Vegan Diet: A Sustainable Solution to

the World Food Crisis
As we face a global food shortage, are Raising livestock also consumes fossil fuels
we asking ourselves the right questions? and produces large quantities of manure, which
The riots that occurred in numerous results in the emission of greenhouse gasses. Animal Liberties
African and Asian countries in response to The FAO reports that the practice of raising
Animal Liberties is based
dramatic increases in the price of grain made animals for food is responsible for over 18% of
out of McGill University in
headlines this summer. The practice of diverting greenhouse gas emissions, which is higher than Montréal, Québec. Its
grain to make biofuels has been highly that attributable to the transport sector. mission is to:
criticized in the media and partially blamed for Because they necessitate considerably
•Stimulate dialogue and raise
the current food shortage. Much less attention fewer resources in terms of water, land and
awareness of animal rights
has been paid to another use of grain, which is, energy, plant­based or vegan diets (which issues by engaging in
in fact, considerably more wasteful: the use of exclude all animal products such as meat, eggs research, outreach and
grain to produce meat, eggs, dairy and other and dairy) are more sustainable compared to activism on campus and
animal products. While 100 million tons of omnivorous diets and are just as capable of within the local community.
grain will be used to produce biofuels this year, satisfying our nutritional requirements (source: •Educate the McGill
over seven times that number (760 million tons) Dietitians of Canada). community about the ethical
will serve to feed livestock, according to the As 100 million people across the world implications of the
UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). face the threat of famine, the time has come to production and consumption
of nonhuman animals.
The production of meat and other seriously question our own dietary habits and to
animal products is extremely inefficient in consider reducing, and eventually completely •Encourage the transition to
terms of caloric output. An average of seven eliminating, our consumption of meat and other a sustainable vegan lifestyle.
plant calories is required to produce a single animal­based products. Now I can look at you in
meat calorie. Over 64% of the planet’s crop peace;
land is used to feed livestock. ­Sophie Gaillard I don't eat you anymore.
In addition to wasting grain and fertile ­Franz Kafka
land, the production of meat and other animal For more information, write:
products also consumes enormous quantities of Animal Liberties
natural resources and energy. While 100 000 c/o SSMU, 3600 rue
litres of water are needed to produce 1 kg of Montreal, Quebec H3A 1Y2
beef, 1000 to 2000 litres are sufficient to
produce 1 kg of wheat, rice or soy (source : or email:
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition).
Unholy Union: Vegan­Omnivore Relationships
her wish not to be awakened by the Vegan Freaks podcast
blasting first thing on a Saturday morning.
Love one another, but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your

You shouldn’t strive to subdue your partner into

Fill each other’s cup, but drink not from one cup. Don't try to change your sweetheart.

going vegan, just as s/he shouldn’t try to talk you out of your
Give one another of your bread, but eat not from the same

veganism. Rather, live your life sincerely and lead by


example, and perhaps you too will one day open your
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of

partner’s freezer to find it stocked top to bottom with

you be alone,

vegetarian frozen dinners. Remember that the life that you

Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver

lead is the best ambassador for veganism.

with the same music.
Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.

Don’t depress yourselves by focusing on the fact that

And stand together yet not too near together: Cook together.

you won’t be able to go to St­Hubert together; instead,

For the pillars of the temple stand apart,

savour the wonderful world of vegan cuisine ensemble.

And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s

Spend a Saturday night baking vegan apple pies. Make


vegan crêpes for breakfast together. Cook for your partner.

­Kahlil Gibran

The term ‘vegansexual’ emerged in 2007 to describe Share recipes. Explore Montréal’s many fine ethnic
vegans who consort exclusively with other vegans. Although restaurants together. Show your partner just how wonderful,
most of us prefer to be with someone who shares our values, tasty and easy vegan life can be. And if you’re out together
in reality we don’t get to choose with whom we fall in love. and your inamorat@ wants a hamburger while you have
Sometimes you find love in the unlikeliest of people and, vegan pizza, restrain yourself, difficult as it may be, from
tragically, your beloved may not share your vegan views. So making snarky comments. S/he has free will and likely
how to get the balance right, especially in culinary terms, knows perfectly well what your feelings are towards his or
despite what may be fundamental differences in belief? her meal. In a vegan­omni relationship, you’ll often be faced
with what you abhor. Although there are limits to these sorts
of displays, in general, you will have to develop a thicker
The foundation of a good relationship is partially skin.

built upon a solid understanding of the other’s beliefs, even if These common­sense recommendations may be
they differ significantly from your own. You don’t have to summarised in a few words: talk, negotiate, be respectful and
agree but you have to let it be. Obviously this goes both enjoy good vegan food together. All of this may seem
ways. With acceptance comes friendship. painfully obvious but, judging from the number of times that,
upon hearing of our vegan­omni relationship, I or my partner
have been looked at askance, I think it’s worth pointing out
Boundaries should be the concrete results of your how relatively simple it is to manage such alliances. Bonus
Set boundaries and stick to them.

discussions. If you’re not comfortable accompanying your for the vegan: your presence alone is going to make a lot of
darling to carnistic social functions, say so. Want to set up a people, i.e. your partner’s family members, learn about
vegan space in the kitchen? Develop a plan together. You veganism. How to survive omnivore family dinners is
should be clear about what is acceptable to you and be another article for another day, however.
consistent in application of your standards. Your partner
should respect your wishes, just as you should respect his or ­Vanessa Franco
What has Animal Liberties been up to lately?
Our club has had quite a busy semester! We organised several events, including bake sales, the second Big Veggie
Gathering, and a vegan walking tour of Montreal. We have also done some outreach activities such as tabling for Activities
Night, Car­Free Day, and World Farm Animals Day. As we have in past semesters, we are also promoting transparency in
animal research and testing at McGill, and in publishing the newsletter you are reading at this very moment!
The second annual Big Veggie Gathering, which took place on November 23rd, brought together individuals and
organisations from all over the province that share an interest in promoting veg*anism and animal rights. The room was
organised into three parts: an area for groups; another had a stage where group members were interviewed and explained more
about their groups; and the last third contained several tables full of delicious vegan food! The afternoon was a great success
and we hope to repeat it next year.
Camille, one of our members, organised a vegan walking tour of Montreal, where she showed the participants some
key places to know about if you’re a vegan living this city: restaurants, grocery stores, and cafes. We hope you enjoy our
newsletter! This semester, look out for a release party, a V­day theme bake sale, an exciting surprise in March, and a vegan
picnic in April! ­Leah Edgerton

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Vegan Resources & Reviews
The fall fruit crisp is a great recipe that's easy to prepare and An excellent foccacia recipe with great consistency and taste.
Fall Fruit Crisp Foccacia Bread

enjoyed by vegans and non­vegans alike. You may use any Always a hit even amongst the non­veg*ns at the party! The
combination of the fruits suggested. Blueberries and Empire trick for this bread is to let it rise for as long as possible and
apples freshly picked from the orchard make a delicious mixing it repeatedly before baking, so make sure to prepare it
combination! Tip: If using a longer pan be prepared to make in advance.
extra topping.Taken with permission from The Joy of Vegan
Sinful Sweets by Colleen Patrick­Goudreau (2007) 7 cups unbleached flour
Baking: The Compassionate Cooks’ Traditional Treats and

( and 1 tsp. active dry yeast 3 1/2 cups lukewarm water
1 tsp salt
Ingredients – Filling: approx 1/4 cup olive oil
6­8 cups (900­1200g) cored and sliced or chopped pears and/or cornmeal
apples about 1 tsp coarse sea salt
1 cup (145g) blueberries, fresh or frozen (optional) about 1 tbsp dried whole rosemary
1 cup (145g) raisins (optional)
Juice from 1 lemon 1. Add water to a very large bowl, sprinkle yeast over the top.
¼ cup (85g) pure maple syrup 2. Add flour about 2 cups at a time and mix after each
1 tsp cinnamon addition until most of the flour is incorporated.
½ tsp allspice 3. Cover bowl with a tea towel or plastic wrap and place in a
Ingredients – Topping: warm place for 2­3 hours.
1 cup (80g) rolled oats (not quick cooking) 4. Add salt and mix the dough with a large spoon. The dough
1 cup (150g) chopped walnuts or pecans, toasted for 10 minutes will be sticky, so you can scoop up some of it, stretch it and
½ cup (62g) whole wheat flour fold it back on itself several times. Cover and let rise for
½ cup (112g) non­hydrogenated, non­dairy butter or canola oil another 1­2 hours.
¼ cup (55g) firmly packed light or dark brown sugar 5. Repeat the stretching and turning of the dough and let rise
1 tsp cinnamon once again for 1­2 hours. Start to preheat oven to 450 F.
¼ tsp allspice 6. Stir the dough a bit to get rid of some of the air bubbles.
¼ tsp nutmeg Pour about half of the olive over over the dough. Rub the oil
¼ tsp salt over the surface with your hands and gently work it down the
½ tsp anise seeds (optional) side and bottom of the dough to completely cover it with oil.
7. Sprinkle some cornmeal on a large 12"x18" baking sheet.
Preheat the oven to 350F (180 C or gas mark 4). Have ready an Move the dough to the baking sheet and use your hands to
ungreased 8­ or 9­ inch (20­ or 23­ cm) square baking pan at spread the dough out to the sides of the pan. Sprinkle with
least 2 inches (5cm) deep. To make the filling, in a medium­ the coarse sea salt and rosemary.
size bowl, combine the pears, blueberries (if using), lemon 8. Bake for 20­25 min or until golden.
juice, maple syrup, cinnamon, and allspice and pour into the
baking pan.
Variation: for a whole grain version use 3.5 cups of

To make the topping, in a separate bowl (or simply rinse out the
unbleached flour with 3 cups of whole wheat flour and 1/2

one you just used), combine the oats, walnuts, flour, butter,
cup of ground flax seed. This version needs longer rise times

brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, salt and anise seeds

(overnight usually works well). [Thanks to Marjorie

(if using). The topping should be crumbly (and chunky from

Gonzalez at UBC for submitting the recipe].

the walnuts) and have the texture of wet sand. If it’s too dry, Nothing spoils lunch any quicker than a rogue meatball
add a little more butter or a couple teaspoons of water. rampaging through your spaghetti. ­Jim Davis
Sprinkle the topping over the fruit mixture, making sure it’s
evenly distributed. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until the pears
and apples are soft when pierced with a toothpick of fork. Replace 1 egg with: 1/4 cups applesauce, or mashed banana;
Alternatives to Eggs:
Remove from the oven and serve hot, warm, or at room 2­4 Tbsp. soft tofu; or 1 Tbsp. ground flaxseed mixed with 3
temperature; you can also serve it à la mode. Yield: 6 to 8 Tbsp. water.
servings [Thanks to Sade Haynes for submitting the recipe.]

Skinny Bitch in the Kitch is the delectable follow­up to Skinny Bitch, the feisty guide to a vegan lifestyle, offering
readers "kick­ass" vegan recipes for "hungry girls who want to stop cooking crap and start looking hot." Whether weight loss is
a goal or not, no one can deny that vegan cooking is healthy and promotes environmental sustainability and animal rights. Start
your day with a Bitchin' Breakfast or finish it off with a Sassy Soup, and don't forget Skinny Bitch staple meals like the Big­Ass
Veggie Burrito and the Green Goddess Pasta. Authors Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin pepper the book with their familiar
sarcastic and witty remarks, informing you why and how to cook vegan, all the while making you laugh. Their enthusiasm is
infectious and their recipes are delicious, so in their words, "quit your bitching, restock your cabinets, and get cookin'!"
­Marissa Bronfman

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Pumpkin Pie by Sophie Gaillard 2008 Montreal World Vegan Day Fashion Show: Fashion
Ingredients: for a Cause

3 cups whole wheat pastry flour

Pie Crust:
Last November 1st the Just For Laughs theatre on St.
1 teaspoon salt Laurent was filled with people gathered for a common cause:
¾ cup margarine to put an end to the horrors of the Quebec puppy mill industry.
5 to 6 tablespoons cold water According to the show's hosts, Quebec is the only province in
*Note: you can also use a pre­made pie crust, as several of the Canada that has yet to ban puppy mills, locations of horrific
commercially available ones are in fact vegan. animal cruelty. For a cost of 25$, animal advocates, vegans
and non­vegans alike, enjoyed an abundance of delicious
3/4 lb soft (silken) tofu
vegan munchies, great clothes modeled to thumping music,
2 cups canned pumpkin and an energetic performance by up­and­coming Montreal
1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon band The Hot Streak. Most importantly, the show's attendees
¾ teaspoon ginger powder knew they were supporting a good cause: organized by
½ teaspoon nutmeg Concordia's Animal Rights Organization, the World Vegan
1 teaspoon salt Day Fashion Show was a huge success. ­Ariane Bobiash
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup sugar
Happy Bellys at MacDonald Campus
1 ½ tablespoon maple syrup
Student volunteers at Macdonald Campus cook up a
storm on Wednesday nights to prepare for what is known as
Pie Crust: Lightly stir together flour and salt in medium bowl.
Happy Belly. For some years now, students have been enjoying
With pastry blender or two knives used scissor fashion, cut in
this free vegan meal once a week, comprised of food from the
margarine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle in
MacDonald Farm and the local Marché. The meals feature
cold water, one tablespoon at a time, mixing lightly with a fork
food from soups to main courses as well as pies, cakes, fresh
after each addition until pastry just holds together. With hands,
fruit, and breads galore! There is dish water provided for
shape pastry into ball. On lightly floured surface with lightly
everyone to clean their own dishes after their meal, which is a
floured rolling pin, roll larger ball into a 1/8 inch thick circle,
big help. I had the pleasure of attending a few lunches this
2 inches larger all around than pie plate.
semester before running off to the catch the bus downtown.
Filling: Mix all ingredients together in blender until smooth.
One highlight that I remember was the Halloween meal ­
Bake at 350ºF for about an hour.
everything had pumpkin in it! This year, Happy Belly has
expanded into an hour­long affair with attendees showing off
Animal Research at McGill: talents such as playing musical instruments. It is a nice
opportunity for students to get together for a healthy meal
In 2007, McGill used 72,193 non­human animals in while taking a few minutes to chat, relax and get their minds
research experiments. Although McGill does not perform off of schoolwork. Happy Belly is always looking for
any Category E experiments (inflicting severe pain, near, volunteers to help out with cooking on Wednesday nights or
at or above the pain threshold of unanaesthetized, with setting up and cleaning on Thursdays. This year, the meal
conscious animals), researchers involved 34,516 animals runs from 11am to 12 pm every Thursday ­ hope to see you
in Category D experiments (causing moderate to severe there! ­Crystal Conrad
distress or discomfort). In 2006, McGill used a total of
52,875 animals in experiments. We demand transparency
from McGill in regard to all experiments inflicted upon California's Proposition 2:
non­human animals. We also demand alternatives to
dissection in science courses. If you witness animal
Standards for Confining Farm Animals
Passed: November 4, 2008 Implemented: January 1, 2015
abuse, report it. Find McGill annual animal use reports
for the past five years at
­Requires that calves raised for veal, egg­laying hens and
pregnant pigs be confined only in ways that allow these animals
to lie down, stand up, fully extend their limbs and turn around
One day the world will look
upon research on animals as it ­Exceptions made for transportation, rodeos, fairs, 4­H
now looks upon research on programs, lawful slaughter, research and veterinary purposes.
human beings.
­Leonardo Da Vinci ­Provides misdemeanor penalties, including a fine not to exceed
$1,000 and/or imprisonment in jail for up to 180 days.

Human beings are the only animals of which I am throughly

and cravenly afraid. ­George Bernard Shaw

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The Winter Crisis: Domestic Animal Rescue in Montreal
Within the wake of the latest with hundreds of abandoned animals (even the most severe) can be solved
puppy mill raid, it’s time to be asking each month, and reports over a with good nutrition, hygiene, and anti­
some serious questions, and taking thousand happy endings. allergy cleaners. Most improper
serious actions. We hear yet again This may make it seem like the elimination is due to health
horrifying reports of staggering abuse, end is in sight, but it’s not. Every July complications, and is fixable through
malnutrition, over­breeding, disease, moving day, every bi­annual kitten improved diet, health care, exercise,
filth, pain, and confinement. It seems season, and every winter, the ARN positive training, and understanding.
so extreme! But the truth is that you volunteers grimly face yet another Bad behaviour, too, is sometimes just a
can find many of these situations much deluge of calls reporting starving cry for more attention, exercise and
closer to home than you think: outside, kittens, abandoned cats left in empty mental stimulation. A good cat tree,
in the alleyway behind your apartment. apartments, thrown off balconies, or toys, and regular play time just might
Domestic animals are living in wandering the streets desperately trying do the trick. Find food, supplies and
wretched conditions, dealing with to find shelter and food. The reported advice at places like Natural Animal
disorientation, fear, malnutrition, need is often beyond the ARN’s Pawtisserie, a holistic animal care
rampant disease, and overpopulation. capacities, and the unreported need is centre on Sherbrooke (link below).
Winter for these animals is the hardest even more so. 4. Consider fostering: In most cases,
time of the year. Thousands of animals As all the dedicated volunteers rescue organizations like the ARN have
starve and freeze to death, or barely well know, the problem will just keep to turn away cats because there aren’t
make it, only to survive frostbitten and growing unless WE do something about enough foster homes. Do you have an
maimed. it. But what can we do? Here is a list extra room in your apartment? It
The problem in Quebec is of ideas for activities that everyone can doesn’t need to be big or fancy, just a
especially desperate ­ this province has do to make a difference, despite limited temporary haven for a cat, kitten, or
the worst record for animal budgets and busy schedules: expectant mother. In these situations,
abandonment in North America. 1. Rescue and recycle! Did you know you don’t have to worry about the costs
Shelters are overflowing, and alleyways that there is a way to recycle materials of owning a cat, or any medical
are worse. The suffering is into a shelter for cats during the winter? situations that might arise. Just provide
unimaginable, but most of the time, It’s really easy to find discarded love, attention, and set out the food. It
invisible. Yet increasingly, people are Styrofoam and cardboard at your does takes commitment, especially if
willing to look more closely, and listen nearest department store, and within an the cat or kitten is sick, but it isn’t long
to the cries for help. hour, transform it into a heat­conserving term. If you feel ready for the long
Among these people are the sanctuary for any animal caught in a term commitment, you can also adopt
volunteers who run the dozens of rescue winter storm. At the Neighbourhood your foster animal after getting to know
networks in the Montreal area. Cats website (link below), you'll find a him/her. Talk to the foster department
Rescuing and helping many domestic step­by­step guide to a clever design at your nearest shelter to find out how
species, these people donate their time that may just save lives! to become a foster parent and possibly
and a huge fraction of their income to 2. A few stitches, a lot of comfort: In save a life!
make a difference. Not only is many shelters, some 5. Volunteering and donating: By
the work exhausting and animals must be kept in now, you can imagine how much help,
expensive, but it is never­ending cages. In the SPCA, for supplies and medication it takes to keep
and often discouraging, with too example, all the animals rescue organizations running.
much need, too many costs, too are kept in small cages. Volunteers who can give even just one
few volunteers, and far too little They get lonely, cold, and hour a week are needed and welcome at
funding. Not only do these can do with a little warmth any shelter. If you can’t help out with
groups run shelters, but they and comfort. At the ARN, your time, perhaps you can help with
coordinate foster programs, only a few animals are kept supplies ­ for instance there is a list of
veterinary care, education in cages ­ animals who are needed supplies on the ARN’s website.
initiatives, fundraisers and adoption in very bad shape and need constant Even extra mops are on the list! You
days. Many also implement population medical attention, or aren’t able to get might also want to ask friends and
control strategies, and lobby for around anymore. All animals in cages families to make donations in your
improved legislation. can benefit from small shelter blankets, name instead of buying you more stuff
One of the largest and most which you could easily make out of for your birthday, graduation or
active rescue organizations on Montreal recycled materials, even! Christmas.
Island is the Animal Rescue Network 3. Help prevent abandonment! A lot There are so many problems
(ARN). It was founded in 1994 by of people abandon animals because of into today’s world, and so many causes
Barbara Lisbona in response to the allergies, improper elimination (ie. the to support. It is simply overwhelming.
excessive rates of feline euthanasia at cat thinking the couch is the litter­box), But for me, animal rescue, whether it is
the Montreal SPCA. She left with 35 or bad behaviour (like destroying oriented towards discarded laboratory
doomed cats and a firm no­kill policy. furniture). Most of the time, people animals, farm animals, or domestics, is
Since then, ARN has grown. It now think they’ve tried everything, but they the issue I find most compelling. The
includes over 150 volunteers, works most definitely haven’t. Many allergies plight of these animals reflects how
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much needs to be changed in our its natural beauty and balance, and for (Natural Animal Pawtisserie)
society. Not only do we need to help life. Resources:
these animals, but we also need to (ARN (information on how to make shelter

examine our deepest assumptions about website,with details for fostering, blankets)
our relationship to other species. Our volunteering, donating)
view of non­human life as disposable, (the Montreal o/wintershelter.htm (information on

inferior, and made for use, abuse and SPCA website) how to make a winter animal shelter)
slaughter, must be changed on a (to find cats in
fundamental level. Please, join in need of foster homes, or to find rescue
supporting animal rescue in Montreal. organizations near you)
­Rachel Dokter

Help spread respect for the world, for

Devenir Végétalien: Nouvelles Valeurs , Nouvelles Saveurs

Qu'est­ce qu'un végétalien? nos nouvelles habitudes alimentaires et que des hamburgers, ce ne sont que des
Un végétalien est d'abord quelqu'un qui qu'il nous est même devenu côtes de porc, des côtelettes de veau,
a fait le choix de respecter la vie et qui indispensable. des ragoûts, des viandes en sauce! Ils
refuse l'exploitation et la souffrance Tous les aliments énumérés peuvent toujours crier, geindre, gémir
animale. Ce choix implique donc, plus haut sont remplaçables. Il existe et souffrir!
entre autres, le refus de s'alimenter de sur le marché pleins de substituts et des Il se trouve des gens pour
viande et de tout produit animal, lait, saveurs qui se rapprochent de celles penser que l'appellation "bio" est
fromage, beurre, yogourt, oeufs, miel. qui ont fait partie de notre quotidien synonyme de liberté et de bonheur
Pour certains, s'abstenir pendant plusieurs années. Car, toute animal. Le "bio", c'est juste un
d'oeufs ou de produits laitiers exige habitude, quelle qu'elle soit, moindre mal, une façade qui camoufle
trop de privations, trop d'efforts et ils alimentaire ou autre, bonne ou néfaste, encore la détresse qui existe derrière
ne sont pas prêts à renoncer ni leurs est toujours fortement ancrée en nous. cette étiquette. Car, la vache qui
petits plaisirs ni leur confort. Ainsi dans l'abandon d'une habitude, il broute en liberté n'en a pas moins été
Cependant si l'on est suffisamment y a un élément important à considérer séparée de son bébé, ce bébé à qui
conscientisé sur la souffrance animale et qui s'appelle le sevrage. Quelqu'un devrait appartenir ce lait, ce bébé
et suffisamment animé du désir et du habitué à une consommation répétitive condamné à l'abattoir et sa mère
souci de mettre fin à cette souffrance et quotidienne de lait risque d'éprouver condamnée à des grossesses répétitives
ainsi qu'à l'esclavage et à l'exploitation un certain manque lorsque privé de son pour produire du lait, de la crème
animale, il devient facile d'accueillir de breuvage favori. Cependant pour qu'on transformera ensuite en beurre,
nouvelles habitudes et de développer pallier aisément à ce manque, il fromage et yogourt. Car, la poule qui
de nouveaux goûts. Il est tellement trouvera sur le marché une quantité picore en liberté est née d'une couvée
regrettable qu'on nous ait appris à impressionnante de divers laits de soya de laquelle sont également nés des
trouver de la saveur dans des produits ou de riz. Il faudra peut­être en poussins mâles jugés impropres à la
issus de la souffrance et de la mort et essayer quelques­uns avant de trouver consommation et qui furent sacrifiés et
que toute une société s'adonne à ces soi­ celui dont le goût nous plaît vraiment. jetés vivants dans un broyeur.
disant plaisirs de la table, synonymes A titre d'exemple concret, j'ai moi­ Boire de ce lait, manger de ces
d'une souffrance inimaginable. même essayé plusieurs marques de oeufs? Comment des denrées qui
On peut découvrir et commerce de breuvage au soya avant comportent cet arrière­goût de mort
apprendre à aimer de nouveaux de finalement trouver celui dont le goût peuvent­elles s'appeler bio, du grec qui
aliments et à se passer d'autres aliments me satisfaisait. Au début, j'en buvais signifie vie?
d'ailleurs reconnus néfastes pour la occasionnellement et après 3 mois, j'en C'est toute cette réalité de la
santé, maints troubles médicaux étant raffolais autant que je pouvais avoir souffrance dans l'élevage industriel et
associés à la consommation de la déjà raffolé du lait et maintenant je ne de l'exploitation animale ainsi que de
viande et des produits laitiers. peux plus me passer de mon breuvage la mascarade du bio qui m'a conduit au
Nous n'éprouvons pas toujours au soya. végétalisme. Je souhaite à tous de
spontanément d'affinités gustatives L'élevage industriel comporte trouver la voie du végétalisme qui
pour un aliment, cependant en une série d'atrocités et de sévices apporte à l'alimentation une saveur
commençant d'abord par accepter cet commis envers les animaux qui ne sont nouvelle et vivante, riche de valeurs
aliment et en en consommant un peu perçus que comme des biens à nouvelles et authentiques.
de temps à autre, puis en augmentant engraisser au moindre coût, à offrir
les quantités, on finit par adopter ce ensuite à la fourchette du
nouvel aliment et tout à coup il arrive consommateur. On peut les maltraiter,
­Cécil Gagnon

qu'un jour nous prenions conscience les malmener, en abuser, qu'importe, ce

(c) 2005 Aequo­Animo ­ Tous droits

que cet aliment fait désormais partie de ne sont que des poulets rôtis, ce ne sont

At the moment our human world is based on the suffering and destruction of millions of non­humans.
To perceive this and to do something to change it in personal and public ways is to undergo a change of
perception akin to a religious conversion. Nothing can ever be seen in quite the same way again because
once you have admitted the terror and pain of other species you will, unless you resist conversion, be
always aware of the endless permutations of suffering that support our society. ­Arthur Conan Doyle