i’m putting together a vegan/vegan recipe zine this week for DC zinefest this coming weekend.
if you have a recipe or short story/write up of some kind about vegan anything you’d like to be in it. please submit! you can send anything to email@example.com
If you guys haven’t noticed by now, I’m vegan and post a substantial amount of related imagery.
If any of you take issue with this, you should unfollow me henceforth.
If not, nice to have you on board! x
For every dense douche that would be stupid enough to unfollow, I’m sure there’s ten swell vegan folk willing to follow your fine self! You’re the best baby vegan there ever was!
I wouldn’t say Brisbane is known for its extensive vegan restaurants, but the ones we do have are pretty damn amazing. Here is my top four which I think are great.
Govinda’s Vegetarian Restaurant
99 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane
The Green Edge
3/191 Wardell Street, Enoggera
Kuan Yin Tea House
198 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley
The Forest Food Lounge
124 Boundary Street, West End QLD
I know some people find the idea of an all vegetarian or vegan restaurant off-putting, but these places make some of the tastiest food in Brisbane, and are extremely healthy and pretty cheap too.
Here is an extended list of vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Brisbane, compiled by the Vegetarian Society of Queensland. I personally love Govindas for their epicly filling feast, but Kuan Yin Tea House has always had my heart for their delicate combination of flavours, kind and benevolent owners, and for almost convincing me that I was eating real fish made out of soy bean.
Green Edge is great, they have a wide selection of groceries too. Also, another one for Fortitude Valley is 5 dogs - located in the mall/ McWhirter’s building. They’re not a vegan-only place but they do a vegan hot dog and last I heard, they were going to introduce vegan nachos.
If you’re willing to head out of the CBD, Loving Hut at Mt Gravatt is really awesome too.
Then you’re not informed enough because I doubt it’s impossible!
I think the answer to that is too complex to give a simple yes or no to. First off, just because someone is vegan, doesn’t make them a good person. There’s a lot of other factors to consider when attempting to gauge whether someone is a good or bad person. Too many factors, is it even possible? And really, who am I or anyone else to be a judge of that anyway?
Secondly, people are informed and continue to do terrible things all the time and the reasons for that can vary from (amongst other things) having shitty ethics, or a lack of willpower or simply not being as well informed as they think they are.
This is an important concept because in my experience, I’ve known a lot of people who have attempted to go vegan but have struggled and every single time I’ve noticed that they usually lack the knowledge that I am privileged enough to have. I know what happens in slaughterhouses and on dairy “farms”. I’ve watched the videos, I’ve read the statistics, I’ve read books and studies, I’ve witnessed this stuff in real life. To have seen and learned as much as most fully-fledged vegans have but to still not live vegan, then perhaps I’d be inclined to doubt one’s ethics, their morality, their “goodness”.
That being said, all it ever took for me as a child to not eat animals was to realise that the steak on my plate was once a cow. My mum never told me, but I figured it out. I liked cows, I knew the one of my plate was dead. I didn’t need to be taught that murder was bad to know it was bad. But I did need to be told that the meat on my plate was once a living creature. Once I learned that the liquid oozing out of my lamb chop wasn’t “juice”, but blood, I was horrified and just knew that it was wrong.
The fact that most people detach themselves from this is due to a combination of things; clever marketing, tradition, laziness. A lifetime of being told that something is wrong, is right - doesn’t make it right though. My mum had a plethora of excuses when I was growing up for why we ate what we did. And that’s still what I hear these days from omnivores, excuses. Or selfishness. Or uneducated “facts” like, “but we need dairy” or opinions like, “but animals are here for our use”.
There have been periods in my life where I ate and drank animal products- even though I knew what I was doing. Does this make me a bad person? Probably. I had no good reason for doing so and feel extreme guilt about it. I feel that I was being a bad person, just the same as I’d feel like a bad person if I intentionally contributed to another person or non-human animal’s suffering now. I did it because I wasn’t as educated as I am now but I still knew in my heart it was wrong.
In the end, I don’t feel like living a vegan life is a choice. It’s in tune with my ethics to do as little harm as possible in my time on earth. I don’t need to be taught and have extensive knowledge about the fact that murder or rape of humans is bad to know that it is bad, the same goes for the rape and murder of non-human animals. Sometimes it just takes people time to get their head around it. I mean, I still drive a car and I’d like not to for numerous ethical reasons but it’s taking me time to learn how to be self-sufficient without one. Does that make me a bad person even though I’m informed?
Or is being a “good person” in modern life like trying to blindly navigate a mine field? Fucked if I know. If I believed in god, I’d be happy to leave it in their hands to decide whether I’m good or bad but until a higher power makes themselves known I’m just trying to do the best I can.
And I expect that everyone else do the same.
Animals are suffering and you are contributing to that, so um, quit the cow secretions!
I presume you’re vegetarian for a reason and unless it’s for some narcissistic “health” purpose, then you probably care about animals and the future of the earth. And if you do eat vegetarian for health purposes, surely you’re aware that dairy causes a multitude of health problems?
Read about the dairy industry, don’t just pretend you don’t care and ignore it. A living creature is more important than your weird attachment to cheese, or the fact that you just couldn’t bear to drink your mocha frappuccino with extra froth without your half percent skim.
Dairy cows are overworked, treated shittily, raped and have their young calves removed from them, which then become “products” for the veal industry. We are not baby cows, we do not need dairy. Some really lovely vegetarian people follow me but there just isn’t any excuse available to alleviate the guilt you must feel contributing to their suffering.
This is Caillou. He’s currently being hospitalized for a blocked urinary tract. This is a life-threatening situation which requires him to be hospitalized for at least 48 hours while they flush out his bladder and tract, and already his vet bills are going to be over $1,300. I applied for Care Credit and was denied due to having no verifiable income. I currently need to pay rent on top of his vet bills but I had to spend all of my rent money just so they would take him in today. I’m going back tomorrow morning and they’re going to possibly need to keep him for longer, so I may have to pay even more (and I have currently only paid $700).
I feel like a total douche for asking for money from anyone, but I don’t know what else to do. If anyone can help in even the slightest bit, I would be beyond grateful. If you’d like to, you can donate through paypal here: Donate here.
Thank you in advance to anyone who helps. If you can’t donate, even just reblogging this for a signal boost would be awesome.