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I'm Erin, but everyone calls me Red and that's just fine with me.

I'm a certified VLCE and Vegan Nutrition Specialist, public speaker, writer, consultant, kitchen wrangler, problem solver, rabble-rouser, jet-setter, and host of the popular vegan podcast Red Radio. I also co-founded The Seed in 2012, and continue to organize events across North America.

By night I'm a muay Thai practitioner, runner, Bikram Yogini, and tattoo enthusiast. Brooklyn is home, but I hail from Toronto, Canada, and I'm currently on the road.

Try to keep up.


photos by gerry ellis from the david sheldrick wildlife trust, a nursery and orphanage for elephants in kenya’s tsavo east national park. here, fifty five keepers are charged with being around the clock parents to an elephant. the elephants, however, are the ones who chose their caretakers; it is the keepers who must ingratiate themselves to the elephants and earn their trust.

when elephants first arrive at the orphanage they are often traumatized from having witnessed the slaughter of their mothers and family by poachers. grieving can last several months, and they often lose the will to live. but as dame daphne sheldrick, founder of the orphanage, explains, a caretaker is charged with “persuading an elephant to live when it wants to die.”

approximately 35,000 elephants are killed by humans every year. with an estimated 350,000 elephants left in the whole continent of africa, they will be gone in the wild within ten years.

cbc’s the nature of things did a program on the elephants and their caretakers. you can foster an elephant with the david sheldrick wildlife trust online here. for more on the emotional lives of elephants, as well as the david sheldrick wildlife trust and other human efforts to save them, check out these posts

Anonymous asked:
I know chickens eat their own eggs, but that isn't that usually if they are kept in poor conditions? What would you say to someone who wanted a pet chicken but would give up veganism just to consume their eggs as they would see it as wasteful? What should they do with the eggs instead?

pukexskywalker answered:

thinking that something like an unfertilized hens egg or the whole of her dead body, if not used by humans, automatically and irrevocably goes to waste is a deeply anthropocentric and therefore problematic train of thought.

get this: the universe does not revolve around you. the animal kingdom does not exist to provide nourishment to humans.

chickens, like everyone else, exist for their own reasons. they are badass scavengers and eating their own eggs is part of their nature, the practice of doing so serves a purpose of replenishing lost nutrients and, surprise, doesn’t have anything to do with you.

their eggs are none of your business, so don’t worry about them. what makes you think you are in any way entitled to the product of their bodies labor anyway?

what would you think of me if i were to “abandon” your rightful claim to autonomy, freedom, your claim to exist on your own merit and pursue happiness just so i can abuse you as my, personal walking food dispenser?

Eggxactly. #seewhatididthere #vegan

Anonymous asked:
Adolf Hitler was a vegetarian.

plant-strong answered:

Except that he almost definitely wasn’t. And Einstein was. And Newton was. And Da Vinci was.

And if he had been, so what? Hitler wore socks. Are we to say that all people who wear socks are Hitler? He had a dog. Are all dog owners Hitler? He liked to paint. Are all painters Hitler?

Meanwhile, Pol Pot ate meat. Genghis Khan ate meat. Stalin ate meat. I’m assuming you’re willing to draw comparisons between yourself and these people, yes?

Try harder, buddy.

A glass of milk, a cup of yogurt, a slice of cheese, all require enormous amounts of violence, exploitation, mutilation, enslavement, theft and murder. None of these products come from happy, willing cows. All of these products can be made from almonds, soy beans, coconuts, cashews and other plants. It’s really a simple choice of compassion, justice and empathy.

~The Thinking Vegan

Vegetarians, you took a great step by not eating meat and it’s ok but please don’t forget that the dairy industry is just as cruel as the meat industry. Inform yourselves!

(via vegan-nature)