What are the N-Words meat-eaters use when defending their diet? A team of researchers produced the first empirical study of meat-consumption rationalizations and justifications. Nothing brings out our deep-seated defenses like dietary debate.
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This is the greatest lie ever told. Whispered to us as children. A deception so deeply entrenched in our collective unconscious we buy into it without question. Become complicit in its propagation. This is the lie we tell ourselves. Listen closely. Unlearning isn't easy.
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Why do vegans flip out at the slightest provocation? Why are we so sensitive and quick to jump down people's throats? Why do we have to be so annoying and self-righteous?
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If you've ever said "I respect your choice to be vegan, so you should respect my choice to eat meat," please watch this video. Is eating meat, dairy and eggs a choice? And should it be equally respected as the choice to be vegan?
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Leonardo da Vinci was the quintessential renaissance man: artist, inventor, botanist, engineer, architect, historian, geologist, and...vegan? Learn about da Vinci’s lesser-known contributions to the fields of animal rights and ethical veganism.
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