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)
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)
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)