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On January 18, 2013, I got my second tattoo, by the lovely Savannah Beck at Mordor Tattoo.

Mordor Tattoo

Mordor Tattoo

My first tattoo was “Vegan,” on the top of my right wrist.  The second is “269,” on the inside of my left wrist.  I chose to have these vegan tattoos inscribed where they are visible to others every day of the year.  The purpose is to facilitate a dialogue with people who may be interested in veganism.  My primary motive is to help end the unnecessary exploitation and killing of non-human animals.  A secondary motive is to attract like-minded people into my circle of friendship.

Please visit the 269life website to learn more about the global 269 movement.

Here is the powerful 269 mission statement:

“The nameless, faceless victims whose bodies are used to feed us, obviously had desires and feelings before their throats were slit open with cold, calculated brutality. It’s strange, we define ourselves as a “law abiding, moral” society, and yet routinely massacre innocent beings.

The branding of the calf’s number, chosen by the industry to be “269”, is for us, an act of solidarity and immortalization. We hope to be able to raise awareness and empathy towards those, whose cries of terror and pain are only heard by steel bars and the blood stained walls of the slaughterhouses.

We are all equal in our suffering, and if humanity has any chance of surviving and evolving, we must accept that oppression of the weak – whether excused by gender, race or species – lacks any rationality and fundamental sensitivity towards those who may not cry out using our language, but feel pain no less than us.

So we ask: What will happen with the individual numbered “269”?
Is his life not more meaningful than a pointless, sanguinary practice?”

269 Tattoo

269 Tattoo

Go Vegan...for LIFE.

Go Vegan…for LIFE.

Kebaba is a Middle Eastern restaurant in Bend, Oregon.  On Friday I ate there for the first time.  When I walked in the door, I was ecstatic to see that the lunch special was vegan 🙂 , but my excitement was tempered by seeing lamb– baby sheep– on the menu.  Of course, there were plenty of other animals on the menu, too.

No– baby sheep are no “better” than any other animal species, but yet I somehow still get a visceral reaction when I see “lamb” on restaurant menus.  Is it because I never ate lamb even before I went vegan?  Or, is it because I currently volunteer at a goat rescue that also cares for sheep?  At any rate, it does bring up a certain question…

A friend gave me this sticker.

Kebaba is located on Newport Avenue.

Kebaba sign

Eric at Kebaba

The vegan lunch special at Kebaba

I chose the spicy tomato eggplant soup with my curried tempeh salad.  The soup was outstanding.  The salad and pita bread were delicious.

Curried tempeh salad with spicy tomato eggplant soup

Curried tempeh salad with spicy tomato eggplant soup

I tried a bite of my sister’s curried lentil soup.  It was almost like a puree, which I liked very much.

The “Karnabeet” appetizer (seared cauliflower with lemon tahini sauce) was crazy good.  Not only could I live on cooked cauliflower anyway, but I do believe I could drink lemon tahini sauce straight.

Curried lentil soup and Karnabeet

Karnabeet (seared cauliflower with lemon tahini sauce)

This was a great vegan meal.  It’s just too bad that the whole restaurant couldn’t be vegan.  It could SO easily be!

"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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