This week’s mini-episode, the Bearded Vegans respond to the email of a listener wondering if they should provide a warning to wedding guests that the food will be vegan. Will guests be more or less likely to be receptive if they know if the food is vegan in advance? Will they feel deceived if they aren’t warned? Does it even matter? This episode features a rare in-person recording session and it goes off the rails real fast. Enjoy!
With the rapidly evolving conversation around this disruption, we’ve decided to release this episode to the public a full 3 days early. This week we are going to do our best to break down a recent action that has become a huge point of contention, both within the vegan world as well as the wider political sphere. During a talk on the gender pay gap, California Senator Kamala Harris was interrupted by a white male presenting activist in the name of animal liberation. We’ll discuss our feelings on these types of disruptions in general as well as what particular optics and dynamics have caused this one to become such a touch point.
Oh My Cod(at the Fayetteville Veganfest)
The Sweet Praxis (Syracuse, NY)
Why I Am Boycotting Events If DXE Is Also An Invited Speaker (Carol J Adams)
10 Signs your Animal Rights group is a Cult (Woke Vegana)
Protester Grabs Microphone From Kamala Harris At San Francisco Event(Huffington Post)
Direct Action Leading Where?(Medium)
The Aidan Cook Interview (Aaron Yarmel – YouTube)
It’s time for another news roundup, where The Bearded Vegans discuss a variety of listener-submitted news stories. Starting with a new ruling in Belgium that parents feeding their children a vegan diet can be given up to two years in prison and ending with the story of a vegan firefighter who believes that access to vegan food should be a human right. Paul and Andy will dig in and see what the fuss is all about.
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This week Paul and Andy are talking about an emerging trend of veterinarians refusing to treat animals located at farmed animal sanctuaries due to disagreeing with their ethics. With several vets publicly refusing to help animals unless they are destined for slaughter, the Bearded Vegans will do their best to ask why? Is it ethical for them to deny service? And, more broadly, why aren’t more vets vegan?
Help A Discriminated Ethical Vegan(Crowd Justice)
This week’s news Australian cycle has been dominated with tales of direct action and civil disobedience leading to multiple arrests, plenty of frustrated commuters and more think-pieces than you can shake a pair of bolt cutters at. Paul and Andy will break down exactly what happened and why. What did the protestors want? When did they want it? Was it successful? How do we even measure success in this instance? Stay tuned to find out!
Roscoe’s Neapolitan Pizzeria(Takoma Park, MD)
Wild Boar Pink Preserve Cards (benefiting The Pig Preserve in Jamestown, TN)
Are Vegan Activists Fair(News Nine)
In this week’s mini episode, The Bearded Vegans review 73 Cows, a British short film about a farmer raising cows for their flesh who makes the decision to give it all up due to ethical concerns. The film has won a BAFTA award, and Paul and Andy will see if it lives up to the hype.
Watch 73 Cows for free on Vimeo.
The Southern V (Nashville, TN)
The Fancy Radish(Washington DC)
This week The Bearded Vegans are pleased to bring you a thought provoking interview with Jake Conroy aka The Cranky Vegan. Building off his activist history, including the SHAC campaign, which was so successful it incurred the full wrath of the federal government, we talk about his insights for a successful strategy to achieve animal liberation. Jake questions the idea that we just need to make enough vegans in order to achieve a vegan world. We’ll talk about what that means for the future of vegan advocacy and activism focused on individual change.
Nu-Zest(all things protein)
Be Leaf Naturals(wasabi jerky)
As Paul and Andy delve deeper into the world of ex-veganism, they came across an article asserting that the health argument is, in fact, the only motivating factor that will keep people (mostly) vegan for life. That purely ethical motivation is bound to create many unhealthy vegans that are likely to go back to their meat eating ways. They’ll take a closer look at the argument and data to see if this holds any truth. They also continue their discussion about the Impossible Foods’ scandal at Expo West, which they are now going to call CheeseGate.
Did Impossible Foods Lie To Us?(The Vegan Zombie)
How The Ethical Argument Fails Veganism(VegSource)
This week Paul and Andy continue their Ex Vegan series with an exploration of the phenomenon of the ex-vegan blogger who had to give up on their plant based diet as a result of failing health. With a number of prominent vegan YouTubers making public “why I’m no longer vegan” statements in the past few weeks, the bearded duo dive into the reasoning seen time and time again and do their best to separate the fact from the fiction. Why is it that so many folks that are hyper focused on healthy eating end up with such severe health problems? Is it possible that eating animal products could cause a drastic change in health in a matter of days? Do some people just need to eat meat? Paul and Andy tap into the expertise of Ginny Messina, The Vegan RD, for some answers and do some of their own patented wild speculation along the way.
Andy’s top 3 vegan finds at Expo West:
Wild Brine‘s Brie
Alpha Food‘s Chicken Nuggets
Follow Your Heart‘s cream cheese
How Many Former Vegans And Vegetarians Are There?(Faunalytics)
This week, The Bearded Vegans begin a multi-part exploration of all aspects ex-vegan. Polls indicate a high rate of vegan recidivism, that there are more ex-vegans on the planet than vegans. They want to examine the root causes of this phenomena, what we can do to prevent it, and discuss how the vegan movement’s reaction to ex-vegans hurts or helps the cause. For the first installment, we dive into the world of the celebrity ex-vegan and the inevitable backlash their ex-vegan announcement causes.
The Queen’s Table(El Paso, TX)
Su Tao(Malvern, PA)
118 Miles In 118 Seconds(YouTube)
STEVE-O ON TOXIC NEGATIVITY IN THE VEGAN COMMUNITY(Live Kindly)