140 Billion Animals Slaughtered Worldwide Every Year

Disclaimer, this video contains EXTREMELY graphic images of animals being mistreated.

Since you opened this page, this is the number of animals killed worldwide by the meat, egg, and dairy industries.

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Animals Slaughtered:

0 marine animals
0 chickens
0 ducks
0 pigs
0 rabbits
0 turkeys
0 geese
0 sheep
0 goats
0 cows and calves
0 rodents
0 pigeons and other birds
0 buffaloes
0 dogs
0 cats
0 horses
0 donkeys and mules
0 camels and other camelids

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Serena The Wanna-Be Vegetarian: Off The Vegetarian Wagon… Again

Do vegetarians take a break? On holidays do some of you take a bite of stuffing knowing full well there’s sausage and giblets chopped up inside? Do you drizzle it with gravy? Just for one day?

Do you ALWAYS ask, “Did you make that with meat?” Do you go home after a big family dinner and chow down on a salad?

Does being a vegetarian mean that your friends change too? Do you stop hanging around the carnivores because dinners are awkward? You’re always asking how something was cooked and they’re always rolling their eyes to the ceiling and reciting a list. Never mind the crossed fingers behind their back, and the tiny white lie they might tell, just because they want you to sit down and eat.

I have to admit that this Thanksgiving we went uhm… “whole hog.” I looked at the Tofurky and meat alternatives but they just didn’t seem appealing. Then I thought about a Thanksgiving dinner with the “sides” and while that seemed easier. I just caved.

I think what keeps me from crossing over, from “drinking the vegetarian Kool-aid” is that I don’t know what to do with holidays and traditions that include meat, especially around the holidays.

That’s called being a “flexitarian” right?

Oh yeah, Little Peta, my daughter is protesting, and has been since I brought the turkey into the house.

– Serena

Bully, Bully, Go Away

“No one plays with me at lunchtime Mom.”

Cue the scary music complete with a circle of children teasing laughter and finger pointing. We’re talking about her day at school and when she mentions this, I take a deep breath and keep my voice calm.

“What do you mean, no one plays with you?” My daughter is the only one (insert whichever race/religion/orientation you want, because does it really matter?) in her class and so far (we’re in third grade) things have been great.

“What do you do during lunchtime sweetheart?”

“Walk around by myself.”

She’s such a Chatty Cathy; I can’t imagine her flying solo at lunch.

“Why do you think no one is playing with you?”

“Well Jennifer told them not to talk to me and now they don’t. So after I eat lunch, I just walk around.”

My brain is sizzling now. Jennifer is the class diva, fortunately in the short eight years of her life she has mastered ‘how to win friends and influence people’ and unfortunately she doesn’t use her powers for good.

My Mama Lion instinct is to walk up to that little girl and give her a thing to two to think about. Or maybe call her mom. Tell the teacher? I’m not prepared for this.

What do the experts say if this is happening to your kid? Have them join a club, make different friends. And that leaving someone out of the “group” is a common form of bullying.

And about Jennifer? I’m going to have a chat… with the teacher.

– Serena

Serena the Wanna-be Vegetarian: Yes, We Have No Organics

“I just want to be like everybody else!”

Little Peta (that’s what I call my daughter) stomps into the kitchen. I’m preparing her lunch and she’s upset. So even though it’s morning and lunches have to be made (we’re on a budget, just like everyone else) and breakfast has to be poured, shaken, or blended Little Peta wants to talk.

“Why can’t we have regular lunches like everyone else? Why can’t I eat in the cafeteria? Why can’t I just have a bag of chips?

I look at my daughter who has taken to this vegetarian thing like err… a fish to water? “You wanted this,” I say as I spoon pasta salad into her thermos. “You wanted to bring vegetarian lunches, what’s the problem?”

“I want regular Cheez-its, not that organic kind and I want cookies that come in a bag, and I want to bring a Lunchable.”

I look at my now eight-year-old daughter and see the seeds of teen-dom, the ‘I just want to be like everyone else’ syndrome.

So what’s a mom to do? Do I not trust my daughter to make the right food choices? Moderation is key? Is there a slippery slope of junk food?

“Lunchables are full of sodium and meat,” I tell her. Hoping that she will change her mind.

“Not all of them.” She spins on her heels and walks out of the kitchen, and I pick up a pencil and put “Lunchable” on the grocery list.

I did say that we were “flexitarians” right?

– Serena

Serena the Wanna-Be Vegetarian – “A Pig’s Heart Saved Her Bacon”

Being a “flexitarian” myself, I know the decision I would have made, but I wonder how some of you would respond, especially those of you who have commented on my love for eggs and cheese. My question is, “what would a vegan do? Please read on.

According to The Scottish Sun Newspaper, vegetarian teenager Robyn Cairney received a pig’s heart valve. Cairney became ill during a mile run at the gym in which she lost her breath and couldn’t stop coughing. She was taken to the hospital and diagnosed with a heart valve condition that allowed blood to flow back into her heart. When the doctors told her she would have to have the valve replaced with a valve from a pig’s heart, Cairney said, “It was a bit of a shock being a vegetarian, but I realized it was a life or death choice.”

As a wanna-be vegetarian I wouldn’t think twice about accepting a pig valve, I don’t think I would blink twice if I were a full fledge vegetarian either. But I can’t help but wonder how far do we take animal rights? And for those of you who don’t eat any meat products and advocate for animal rights, would you say no to a pig’s heart valve? When it comes to life, the question becomes who’s life is more important? Doesn’t it?

What would a vegan do?

– Serena

Serena the Wanna-Be Vegetarian – Any Flexitarians In The House?

Flexitarian: noun \ fleks-uh-TER-ri-yan\ 1. A vegetarian who occasionally eats meat. 2. A person who might describe his self or her self as a vegetarian but eats meat occasionally and does not subscribe to vegetarian ideology.

I spring it on my family as they walk through the door from soccer practice.

“We’re flexitarians!”

“We’re what?” Little Peta, that’s what I call my daughter says, “I’m hungry.”

“We’re flexitarians.” I say it again.

“Is that some new program Obama thought up?”

“We’re Americans Mom, ever since Columbus in 1492, everybody knows that.” Little Peta offers while peeling off her soccer gear.

My son looks at me as if he wishes I’d turn into a steak. He doesn’t even bother to answer; he just shakes his head and heads towards the shower.

My husband rolls his eyes. He hates for me to spring anything new on him in front of the kids, he prefers we always present a united front.

“Just tell us what you’re talking about Serena, What? Are we going to start doing yoga now?” My husband looks as if I better stop playing and start explaining.

“It means that we are mostly vegetarian, but occasionally we eat meat, and that we’re not into all that marching for animal rights stuff.”

“I like animals and I’m not going to eat them. I’m a vegetarian!” Little Peta is emphatic.

“Flexitarian huh? Did you just make that up today?” Dear Hubby finally sits down. “As long as I don’t have to do yoga. And what’s wrong with the animal rights stuff? ”

Arrgh!

– Serena

Serena the Wanna-Be Vegetarian – Vegetarianism According to Janet Jackson Songs

Janet Jackson evolved from her self-named debut album in 1982 to the princess of pop whom she has become. Evolution is a process, so I figured out how I can keep myself moving toward my vegetarian goals by listening to Janet Jackson songs.

“What Have You Done For Me Lately?” – Yes meat, what have you done for me lately? Eating red meat increases a person’s chances of developing certain cancers and heart disease. Two things I never want to hear from my doctor.

“Control” – Is what I need to get through this. I’m not trying to save every animal on the planet; I’m trying to live a little longer than expected. Or in the words of Miss Jackson, “Don’t wanna rule the world, just wanna run my life.”

“The Pleasure Principle” – The hardest part for me is realizing how much of my life is centered on food. Easter ham, Thanksgiving turkey, gumbo at Christmas time made by my favorite aunt, not to mention the bbq’s, my mouth is watering just thinking about it.

“Miss You Much” – I think this title says it all.

“That’s The Way Love Goes”—To have anything worth having, and that includes good health, usually means that one has to learn moderation and discipline. While I love my In ‘N Out burgers, I love my family and myself more. That’s the real way love goes.

“You Want This” – Why yes, Ms. Jackson I do. I’m willing to make the sacrifices to have health too.

“Any Time Any Place” – I’m learning that I can find a vegetarian option.

“All For You” – This is for me, it will be gift to my children and hopefully for their children too, to be conscious about what goes into their body. We only get one.

– Serena

Serena the Wanna-Be Vegetarian – The Incredible Edible Egg

‘Kelly’ asked the question in a recent comment, she wrote, “Vegetarian means NO animals. What do you think eggs are sweetie?”

Well Kelly let’s get right to the meat of the matter.

In the meat-eating world, eggs are the cheapest form of protein that you can find.

The egg came first, the leathery reptilian egg allowed us to breed out of the water, as we continued to evolve, the chicken as we know it is only about 4-5 thousand years old, according to “On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen.”

From ovulation to laying it takes about 25 hours for a hen to lay a single egg, which do in time turn into chickens or yard birds depending on what part of the country you’re from. What I’m trying to give up.

Finally, I think eggs are at their tastiest when they are scrambled; I also like them fried, and deviled and the occasional quiche.

And at $3 – $6 per dozen for the organic ones, I also think they are expensive. So Kelly, that’s what I think eggs are.

“Vegetarian means NO animals.” Kelly emphatically writes.

Does it Kelly? I was under the impression that there were lacto-ovo vegetarians, you know the ones that eat cheese and eggs. I also know about pescatarians, the ones that eat only fish. Honey I’m a carnivore and I’m in the process of giving up meat (as much as I love it) for my health and the health of my family.

Vegetarian in my book is preceded by “Wanna-Be.” If there was a drumbeat that we are all supposed to be marching too, I’m sorry, it was drowned out by all of that clucking.

– Serena

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