Guest wordsmith Matt Ball (veganpa at comcast.net) writes:
Growing up, I was a big fan of Carl Sagan, and I dreamed of exploring the
universe, expanding the frontier of human knowledge and vision. I started
my college to become a rocket scientist, with the plan of working for NASA.
But fate intervened on the first day of college when I met my roommate,
a big, strong guy, who was not shy about explaining his vegetarianism or
what hidden realities my eating meat supported. After a false start, I went
vegetarian -- I simply found the cruelties of meat production too severe
to continue to rationalize away.
Shortly thereafter, I met Jack Norris and started learning more about animal
exploitation in this world. I decided I needed to do more than be a
vegetarian. With ten other activists, Jack and I held a three-day Fast for
Farm Animals in front of a Cincinnati slaughterhouse (three days being the
amount of time farmed animals often go without food before slaughter). After
the fast, Jack and I formed a group which eventually became Vegan Outreach,
dedicated to preventing the most suffering possible.
You can order a free copy of our Guide to Cruelty-Free Eating at:http://veganoutreach.org/starterpack/
(This week's guest wordsmith Matt Ball is co-founder and executive director
of the non-profit organization Vegan Outreach.)
vegan (VEE-guhn) noun
One who does not consume animal products.
Made with no animal ingredients.
[Coined in 1944 by Donald Watson (1910-2005) to describe a "non-dairy
vegetarian"; formed from the first three and last two letters of the
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"Kitsch, lively and glamorous, Canadian food writer Sarah Kramer bucks all
the vegan stereotypes."
Leonie Cooper; The Garden of Vegan; The Guardian (London, UK); Feb 6, 2008.
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