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I haven’t done a post about animal rights/animal advocacy in a loooong time.  I’m way overdue, don’t you think?!  Here’s something I wrote up a long while back and it was just sitting in a computer file…


In my continuing quest to try to figure out why some people go vegan & some people don’t (even if it seems like they should “know better”), I think I have broken it down to 3 components…ALL 3 which must be in place in order for someone to go vegan and– more importantly– stay vegan:

1. Empathy. Complete empathy. Nothing partial about it. You must be able to put yourself fully in the position of other animals.

2. Taking personal responsibility to act. Never leaving it for someone else to deal with. Feeling an obligation to help.

3. Permanently staying in those states of “empathy” & “taking personal responsibility.”

So…if #1 isn’t there, you will be able to justify just about any form of animal use on the basis of “it’s not that bad” or “it’s okay because it’s not me.” Vegetarians could fall in this category. “Happy meat” eaters could fall in this category when they partially empathize but they don’t completely empathize so they try to eat “less” cruel but not cruelty “free.”

If #2 isn’t there, then you will always leave the “action” to others.

If #3 isn’t there, then you have the people who may feel compelled to stop eating animals one day but then they go back to old habits pretty soon after, when they allow themselves to “forget” about the horrors.

The 2013 Vida Vegan Conference is here!

If you don’t know, this is a vegan bloggers conference.  It’s my first year attending, and it’s happening in Portland, Oregon for 3 days.

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It’s incredibly exciting to be around so many like-minded people who are trying to change the world for animals.  This experience is all about vegan community, vegan food, animal rights advocacy, vegan products, vegan blogging, food activism, and…vegan swag!

(For people who eat such dismal diets of deprivation, vegans sure get excited about their food!)

This post is all about the swag.  I had to photograph my loot ’cause I like to take pictures of stuff.  I’m weird that way!

First, I received a little swag bag when I checked into Hotel Fifty.  The Susan Nichole makeup/toiletry bag is gorgeous!

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Here’s another view of the Susan Nichole bag with the other bags I received.

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Here’s what the bags contained…


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Better Bean Co, Coconut Bliss, Dandies, Bob’s Red Mill, Earth Balance, Tofurky, Eat Pastry

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Anti-Bad-Mood Sprays, Eco-Dent, Beauty Without Cruelty, Booda Butter, Hurraw!

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Good Clean Love, Glyde

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So Delicious, Earth Balance, Veg Fund, The Great Vegan Bean Book, Upton’s Naturals, Nasoya, Eat Pastry

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Bob’s Red Mill, Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods, Erewhon, Straw Propeller Gourmet Foods

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Food Should Taste Good, Beanfields, Pacific Northwest Kale Chips, Earth Balance

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Wayfare, Teese, Nacheez

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Peanut Butter & Co, Powbab, Wholesome Sweeteners

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Veggie Grill, Fabe’s, Go Max Go, Lara Bar, Allison’s Gourmet

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The Ginger People, Peeled, Oregon Kombucha, So Delicious

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Fake Meats, Mail Chimp, Nasoya, Vegan Dish, Earth Balance, Go Veggie

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Saturday, May 25th…There’s even more!  
I’m adding items received on day #2, including stuff from Vegan Cuts…

Mary’s Gone Crackers, Bob’s Red Mill, Bakon, Judas’, Carrot Crisps, Lush

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The Chia Co, Surf Sweets, Hail Merry, Ultima, Dandies, PureFit, Cuppow, Parmela

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"There are those who are appalled because I am so vocal about injustice, yet I am equally appalled by their silence." Lujene Clark

“Every time you purchase animal products you pay assassins to murder sentient beings for you.”

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