On this week’s mini episode, Paul and Andy wanted to have a fun palette cleanser and dig into the mail bag a few episodes early to answer several listener emails. Topics include whether vegans should feel guilty about watching nonvegan cooking shows, how to set boundaries with family members who (against your wishes want to advocate for you at restaurants, and if having a favorite animal is still speciesist. We had a fun time answering some lighter questions on this, enjoy!
The Bearded Vegans have got a whopper of an episode this week as they do a deep dive into the Amazon forest fires and the subsequent vegan reaction. Many in the animal rights community were quick to condemn meat eaters for their contribution to the cow flesh industry which is a leading contributor to deforestation and insist that going vegan is the most effective means of combating the fires. They’ll do their best to ask whether this is accurate rhetoric and examine the nuances of the situation as well as some crucial aspects that seem to be almost entirely left out of the news cycle. Vegan Piggybacking abounds!
Tomo Sushi(Philadelphia, PA)
Fires In Brazil (NASA’s Earth Observatory)
The Land Battle Behind the Fires in the Amazon (The Atlantic)
This week Paul and Andy conclude their summer break film review series by dusting off the very first film review they ever recorded. That’s right, they are talking about Unity, the follow up to the groundbreaking film Earthlings! With a new introduction where they reflect on how this review put down the groundwork for many of their future episodes as well as how our opinions on the film may have changed over time. We hope you enjoy this classic from the archives.
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With so much focus on the benefits of creating ultra-realistic vegan meats, The Bearded Vegans thought they would take some time to talk about the potential downsides. Starting with an update on the recent glut of labeling laws that threaten to ban vegan products from being labeled as “meat”, “milk”, and “butter” and ending with the case of a Burger King selling cow’s flesh disguised as the Impossible Whopper. Paul and Andy dig into all the nitty gritty in part one of this discussion.
Three Girls Vegan Creamery (Guilford, CT)
Grannie Annie’s (Surf City, NJ)
Tyson introduces Raised And Rooted (Tech Crunch)
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)
This week Paul and Andy respond to a listener submitted dilemma. Is it okay to opt out of volunteering at a non-vegan soup kitchen, simply out of personal discomfort? They’ll explore the pros and cons of opting out and whether anyone should feel obligated to engage in activism that doesn’t 100% align with their ethics.
10 Reasons To Say No To Animal Gifts(A Well Fed World)
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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 The Bearded Vegans weigh in on the controversy taking the vegan internet by storm! It was revealed that at a recent Just Egg party, the company decided to pair their plant based egg with non-vegan “food” such as bacon, fish and cheese. Paul and Andy will talk about why they might do such a thing, if it’s a good strategy for gaining wider distribution or if they’re just full of shit at this point.
THE INCIDENT(Jane Velez-Mitchel’s Facebook)
JUST FOOD CEO Explains Using Bacon & Fish To Promote Vegan Eggs (The Vegan Zombie)
The time has come for Paul and Andy to break open the ol mailbag and answer your questions, comments and concerns. They’ll mull over whether or not we would be willing to engage in activism that is likely to result in arrest, how to prevent new activists from coming into contact with activist cults, and, most importantly, why is Andrew WK the only person they follow on Instagram. All that and much much more!
Steps To Healing Our Community (DXE internal document)