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Hello and welcome to my first ever blog post. My name is Emma, I am 19, I study Law at University, and I have been on Youtube (and Instagram) as ‘Compassion is the Fashion’ for around 8 months now—the main focus of both being cruelty free beauty, fashion and lifestyle. I am so excited to turn my passion for compassionate living into blog form and to bring you all along with me.

Being a student means that the majority of my possessions are very affordable (i.e cheap lol). Thus, I am excited to create blog posts that contain makeup looks using mainly drugstore products, cheap and affordable DIYs and cute—and not so pricey— OOTDs!

I started my cruelty free path over a year ago now. My passion for cruelty free living grew out of the research I did, regarding the cruelty humans inflict on animals on a daily basis, the majority of which serves nothing but our own vanity. It was awful discovering that for 17 years of my life I had been so ignorant to the true horrors of animal torture and exploitation and although I’m am pleased to finally see the cruelty for what it is, it is bittersweet. The cruelty is still occurring today and so through my corner of the internet, on this blog, my Instagram and Youtube, I try to show how easy it is to adjust the side of life that is not conventionally recognised as inflicting animal suffering and to be another voice for the voiceless.

The cruelty free community I have discovered this past year has honestly warmed my heart, and I am so elated to be a part of it. Thank you for the support I have received already, on my other platforms. It honestly makes me so happy that there is a community of people fighting for animal rights. What wonderful and compassionate people you all are!!

I know this was short, but hopefully the best is yet to come…

Compassion is the Fashion,

x Emma

Q O T D “Be like the sun; never let the opinions of those who hate you dull your shine.” ― Matshona Dhliwayo

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Vegan Burritos | Mince Rice Wraps

The following recipe has been a comfort food for me lately. It is super easy to make and the ingredients are totally affordable. Also – it tastes better than it looks! Enjoy!

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  • Olive Oil
  • Pilau Rice
  • Onion, 2 small
  • Garlic Cloves, 2
  • Asda Meatfree Mince
  • Vegetable Stock, 2
  • Curry Paste, 2 tablespoons
  • Mushrooms, 4-5, diced
  • Totilla wraps

Recipe

  • Fry onions and garlic in olive oil for 5 minutes
  • Add mushrooms to the onion and garlic, and fry for another 5 minutes
  • Boil water around 2 cups of water and mix this with the vegetable stock
  • Add mince to the mix and the stock and let it simmer for around 7 minutes
  • Next, add the rice and let it simmer for another 3 minutes
  • When the water has evaporated, add the curry paste
  • Add Salt and pepper to season
  • Place the mixture in a tortilla wrap, et voila!

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A Vegan’s Guide to Eating Out in York!

As many of you who follow my other social media accounts will know, I study at the University of York and as an avid food lover, I thought I would make a guide for those vegans who are thinking of coming to eat in York, UK. Below are some of the places I have tried and tasted! I have also rated them on their prices, using the UK pounds sign (£).

1. Goji

££ Goji describes itself as ‘tiny cafe for organic, mostly vegan fare from breakfast to dinner, with local art on bright walls’ and it is true that there are several vegan options! I had the hot dog, which was tasty. They also had lots of vegan cake which is a bonus!

However, as a student I probably will not be returning often, as it was rather expensive. It’s wasn’t shockingly pricey, but for the amount of food you get, I found it to be overpriced. For a drink and the hotdog seen below it was around £10.

 

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2. El Piano

£££ Here, one can feast like an actual beast. The food is so good,  but it is definitely a place for special occasions. As you can see below, you get a LOT of food and I believe it to be worth the price it costs.  I would recommend the mushroom fritters!

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3. Once Across the Garden

£ As a student, I have found myself getting the same hot dog from this place and I bloody LOVE it! Once Across the Garden can currently be found at The Crescent in York, and on Saturdays they are located on the Shambles market, opposite the food court.

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4. Source

££ Source is not a veggie/vegan restaurant but they do have a vegan menu. I had the vegan fried chicken, which was nice. It’s not the best vegan chicken i have ever had, but i would definitely return if I had the right money!

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5. Pizza Express

£ Pizza Express does a yummy vegan pizza! I’m sure you probably knew this already. You could also ask for the dough balls to be served with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, instead of garlic butter. BONUS: If you’re a student they sometimes have student discount.

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6. Zizzi’s

£ Zizzi’s too does a yummy vegan pizza which I’m sure you probably already knew about. Zizzi’s too sometimes have student discount.

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7. Ask Italian

£ York’s Ask Italian restaurant is the most extra, yet gorgeous one I have been to. This is by far my favourite chain restaurant in York. I love their vegan dough balls and the fact that on some days they do 40% off for students! AMAZING!

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8. Double Dutch Pancake House

££ Here, they have vegan pancakes-be it savoury or sweet, they have the lot! They also do vegan milkshakes, yum yum yum.

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9. Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut now do vegan cheese when you eat in! I would say it’s the second best vegan pizza I have had, second to the next one…

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sorry for the dodgy pic- it’s the only one i had!

10. Pizza de la Sosa

This has to be the BEST vegan pizza I have ever had and I know that is a big statement! It’s the only vegan pizza I can order and I’m glad it is. I just love it! I love both BBQ / tomato bases, always with mushrooms added.

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If you do go to York- let me know what you ate and how you found it!

Compassion is the Fashion, Love Emma

x

Vegan Nando’s Chicken Wrap Recipe

I have only been vegan for 5ish months and my favourite meals are still those which are vegan versions of my previous diet. One of my favourite meals used to be the nando’s chicken wrap, so when I went vegan, I had to recreate it. This is what I came up with. It is super EASY to make and DELICIOUS to eat!

What you will need for one wrap:

  • Quorn vegan BBQ strips (I found mine in Morrison’s)
  • A splash of olive oil
  • Tortilla Wrap (I use Mission Deli Original wraps)
  • Lettuce
  • 1 tbsp Vegan mayo (I use tesco’s own brand)
  • optional: 1tsp any level spice nando’s marinade sauce
  • 1 tbsp Jalapeño Chilli Jam (I use Morrison’s own brand)
  • optional: salt

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To Do:

  1. Start by frying your desired amount of quorn BBQ pieces in the Olive oil until they are cooked- this takes approximately 5 minutes. I usually use up half a packet for one wrap because I’m a greedy b*tch.  (if desired, sprinkle some salt on the pieces)
  2. Whilst this is frying, heat up tortilla wrap in the microwave for 20 seconds.
  3. When the wraps are heated up, apply one tablespoon of mayo and chilli jam (optional: apply 1 teaspoon of marinade), and use the back of the spoon to spread this all over the wrap.
  4. Next, place lettuce on the wrap- I like to have a generous amount of lettuce: I would say about a handful is good.
  5. When the pieces are fried place them down the middle of the wrap in a straight line.
  6. fold the top and bottom of the wrap and roll from left to right (or right to left: as you desire) and voila!

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And there you have a quick, easy, simple, delicious and vegan meal idea! I usually have this for lunch. 🙂

Compassion is the Fashion, Love

x Emma.

Reflecting on ‘opinions’ in 2017.

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If I were to sum up 2017 in one word it would be ‘opinions’ and I definitely gained a lot of these, strongly. This year for me, was one of several revelations, the biggest was learning my heartfelt and true opinion on eating meat, dairy and eggs. I’m not going to go into the details of such opinions or how I discovered them, rather I’m going to reflect on how they affected my 2017.

Once I had realised what I had been contributing to, for the entirety of my life, all I wanted to do was show others what was going on and to help them make the connection too. The first thing I thought to do was to utilise my personal social media platforms, and I constantly shared graphic videos (none of which I could watch myself) that unveiled the horrors of the industries. My intention was to raise awareness and in my naive mind, I thought that my family and friends would totally get it and want to drop meat, too—WRONG. So so wrong, and it didn’t take long for me to learn that I had totally approached the issue in the wrong way and to be honest, it feels like the damage is irrevocable and that is something I am still trying to deal with.

People who I thought were my friends were un-friending me, challenging me and some were being quite bitchy about/towards me. I was open to being challenged, it meant that people were interested in wtf I was going on about and I must say that there were a few people who were genuinely interested in what I had to say. Other people, however, were not so direct. Rather, they would indirect tweet about people who don’t eat meat and it would not take Sherlock to work out that it was me they were talking about.

At the time, I convinced myself that it didn’t bother me and I was fine with it, but it definitely had a bigger impact on me that I thought it would. What hurts the most was the fact that this tweet was being liked by so many of the people I thought were ‘friends’. I felt totally embarrassed, like I had done something so horrible and awful that they had to support this tweet. It honestly made me feel like an absolute demon and I know it was just a tweet and i shouldn’t overthink it, but that’s just what I do! I was called a ‘d*ck’ by someone I hadn’t spoken to in years, I was sent pictures of meat (because that’s funny apparently!!!) and some things that were said about me I could never and would never want to repeat on here. Basically, I thought that by sharing these videos I could help people and thus help animals, but instead that didn’t happen and I think I not only lost a few ‘friends,’ but I also lost a bit of my confidence.

Most people who know me probably think that I am strong with my opinions. In fact, even my teacher before I left school (when I was not even vegetarian) said that the thing that stood out to her the most (in a positive way, lol, this was meant as a compliment), was that I have such staunch opinions and once they are formed, they cannot be shaken (and i thought that was true until the whole meat thing, but in all other aspects of life—this is the case). I am confident in my opinions and I like to talk about them, as I think everyone should- what’s the point in having them otherwise? However, this year, I found myself wanting to conceal my opinions rather than talk about them, to avoid argument/losing friends and this is just so unlike me.

I stopped sharing negative things on social media and I now only share positive stories to do with the industries—for example, before I would have shared a video of a calf crying out as they were taken away from their mother people could have her milk, now, I share videos of calves being reunited with their mothers at sanctuaries and because this is much less frequent, I am thus sharing less videos.

Despite this, I still think I am being subconsciously labelled as the ‘preachy’ ‘forceful’ vegan and it actually kills me to think that this is how people view me And when people think/ refer to me now, my defining characteristic has become ‘the vegan’. I’m not saying, though, that people are out of order for thinking/doing this, they are just blissfully ignorant and I can understand why I come across that way. I would have probably thought it about someone else, before I really learnt about veganism let’s be honest, and it’s my fault for approaching it in the wrong way. When I shared those videos-it came across as an attack and who would respond well to that?

Now I am quiet on my personal social media about veganism, which honestly is tough for me, but I know that it is for the best. I use my Compassion is the Fashion accounts to address my thoughts, all of which are received by a much more welcoming group of people and this has to be the best thing that has come out of 2017, for me. Honestly, I do not know what I would have done this year without the cruelty free community. It’s so refreshing to be part of a community of like-minded and supportive people who don’t make me feel like I am annoying for sharing my views.

I always knew that youtube was something I wanted to do and one year on since I started it and I could not be happier that I uploaded that initial (crappy) video. I absolutely LOVE lovelove to make videos and I love it all the more because I have a deep passion for the underlying cruelty free message found in all my videos. I’m learning to utilise my platforms in the most efficient way possible to help animals (my goal) and although I wish I had learnt to do this sooner, a part of me probably needed to experience the bad things that came with this year. I am stronger because of it and I am ready to take this strength with me into 2018 (cringey i know lol soz not soz).

This year was a bit of a rollercoaster for me, now I come to think of it. My opinions have changed in such a way, that my life will never be the same. Although I might’ve fitted better into the crowd before, it’s just not what’s meant to/could ever be, now that my perspective has changed…I wouldn’t want to fit into a crowd that is so different to me, anyway. This year is going to be all about learning to deal with not fitting in entirely, but being happy regardless. Thank you all for coming along with me, and here is to 2018!!

Much love,

x Emma.

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. – Dr. Seuss

12 Common arguments against Veganism. 

Okay. So I have long debated doing a post like this because realistically, I am in the minority group of people who shun out all animal products. As history has shown, being in a minority group comes with it hindrances and I know that a lot of people will read this and respond defensively/angrily. So I apologise in advance if this blog is something which offends you.

Before I begin, I just want to openly admit now that in the past I would have made these arguments myself. This post is just here for me to address them from my new perspective. Please do not take this as me being pushy, or anything of the sort. These kind of conversations/debates are some I’ve often had I feel like having a place online addressing them in full will make my life easier. It’s crazy how people have felt the need to question my diet since going vegan, especially from those who didn’t care for what I ate before I turned. By writing this I can refer people to here instead of having to talk about it in person which really does lead to unnecessary tension and conflict.


First of all, I want to address the statement that:

‘Vegans shove their opinion down everyone’s throats’

This is far from the truth. You’d be surprised how many times I’ve experienced meat eaters trying to shove their opinion down my throat.

For a start, I am not.

Secondly, every other advert on the TV is an advert for meat/dairy/eggs. Is that not shoving beliefs down my throat? Imagine seeing an advert about veganism- oh the horror!

Thirdly, do you really think it is wrong to preach non-violence and justice to animals? Would you speak up about the Yulin dog festival? Would you really not speak up against an injustice and unnecessary violence?  Vegans only talk about animal rights because we view this injustice as being on the same level as any injustice-whether it be to humans or not, so to say we are preaching is unfair. We are speaking up about an injustice. For example, would you call someone preachy for speaking up about how children in Syria suffer?


It is my personal choice to not eat meat.

Your personal choice becomes non-personal when your choice has a victim. What about the animal’s choice?


Protein.

Vegans on average are less nutrient deficient than non-vegans.

Based off personal experience, I have not consumed meat in 10 months and I am not protein deficient. In fact, nothing in my strength or body has significantly changed- if anything I have lost body fat.

Although people believe eggs, for example, are good for you as they are high in protein, people overlook the unhealthy baggage they carry. They have the same effect on your health as smoking 5 cigarettes a day and this is owing to the carcinogens in them. There is the same amount of cholesterol in one egg as there is in a big mac. They are produced by chickens (during menstration) to feed chicks for 24 days.

All protein comes from plants, which animals eat. Why get your protein second-hand when you could get it right from the source? Especially when the meat you eat has a tonne of saturated fat, cholesterol and carcinogenic animal protein in it.

If we can avoid harming animals and get protein directly from the plant-based source, why wouldn’t we?

(FYI: One cup of cooked spinach has about 7 grams of protein. Two cups of cooked kale- 5 grams. One cup of boiled peas- Nine grams. 30 grams of hemp powder-11 grams. 1 cup of Soya milk- 9 grams. Four ounces of tofu – 9 grams. AND MORE; all without saturated fat, cholesterol and carcinogens).

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Animals kill other animals, why shouldn’t we?

Animals rape other animals – why shouldn’t we?

Lions eat their own children, why shouldn’t we?

Animals smell each other’s bums, why shouldn’t we?

Animals eat other animals raw, why shouldn’t we?

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Animals kill other animals because they have to and we do not.

Animals are not moral agents and they act out of survival. Humans are moral agents and have the choice to eat plant-based alternatives, lions, for example, do not. When we walk into a supermarket we have the choice between meat and alternatives. People choose to eat meat and it is not a matter of desperation.

Carnivores have taste buds on their tongues for protein, we do not. Instead, we have taste buds for salt, sugar, etc.

Animals also do not build factory farms!

Most animals are herbivores. The strongest animals, such as elephants and bulls, do not eat meat. Why don’t we model our diet of theirs?


We are designed to eat meat.

Do you watch slaughter-house videos and feel hungry? A carnivore would.

Do you run after pray, pounce on them and eat them raw? A carnivore does.

Our hands and teeth (see diagram above) are not capable of hunting and killing a mammal on the spot. We have to use equipment and inhumane methods of slaughter to actually attain their meat.

If it is designed, then why can we only eat meat when it has been sanitised, pre-packaged, cooked, seasoned and served with plants?

Why does it increase our risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and more? (Watch ‘What the Health’ for more info).

For example, dietary cholesterol only comes from animal products. Milk will always have hormones and oestrogen in it. This is because it is meant for a baby cow. Just like humans produce milk for their babies, cows do too. Humans stop drinking human milk at a certian age, yet drink cow’s milk for the majority of their lives. Studies have shown milk is acidic which is ironic, as it is advertised to be good for our bones-it is actually the opposite. The hormones (and puss-google got pus?‘) in milk are meant for baby cows and these are being drunk continously by humans. Do you not think that’s a little bit messed up?

Although the human body has evolved to survive on an omnivorous diet, we do not need meat to survive. Thousands of vegans thrive and through their diet are able to combat illness that eating meat, dairy and eggs may present.  If we can survive on a diet that inflicts no suffering, why shouldn’t we?

Why is meat one of the leading causes of environmental problems, if we are ‘designed’ to have it?

According to the United Nations, raising animals for food is “one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global.” 

Raising animals for food is one of the leading causes of carbon dioxide and the single largest source of both nitrous-oxide and methane emissions, all of which are major contributors to climate change. It is also a main cause of world hunger: 760 million tonnes of grain are fed to animals on factory farms so that people can eat meat; for water shortage: A vegan diet requires 1,100 litres of water per day to produce, while a meat-based diet requires more than 15,000 litres per day. That means that it takes the equivalent of 50 bathtubs of water to produce just one steak; of deforestation: The livestock industry uses up approximately a third of the land on the planet. It decimates forests and grasslands , reducing unique ecosystems to grazing land for animals; and pollution: Meat production accounts for 80 per cent of the nitrogen and phosphorus used in farming, according to the United Nations Environment Programme. Most of these chemicals return to the environment through wastewater and excrement, contaminating land and water worldwide; harming local wildlife, human health and deep-sea marine life; killing fish, bees and amphibians and creating ecological “dead zones” in the oceans. Factory farms also generate vast amounts of sewage waste, which can also pollute water supplies.(READ MORE HERE https://www.peta.org.uk/issues/animals-not-eat/environment-meat-not-green/) (cowspiracy)

If we are designed to eat meat, like many argue, this sounds like a terrible design to me.

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Humans are superior to animals, we are higher on food chain, it is survival of the fittest.

Sure, humans are clever. We created science, maths and literature. We also are responsible for wars and pollution. All the books we have written, all the music we have created-who cares, if we aren’t compassionate? It is all meaningless if we are not decent beings.

Humans are destroying the planet, whilst animals live in harmony in the ecosystem. Maybe a being’s value is in not causing harm.

Furthermore, is intelligence itself a measurement of whether something has the right to live? What about people with disabilities then? Should they be killed to make way for people wiht genius IQs? Of course not.

However, if you are adament that intelligence does define the value of species, why do we kill and eat pigs, when they are more intelligent than dogs and in some studies, 3-year-old children.


Our ancestors ate meat.

Firstly, we evolved from apes who are on a plant-based diet

Most people who use this argument are referring to cavemen.

Cavemen ate meat for survival , we do not.

We have thousands of plant-based alternatives, they did not.

Cavemen did not purposefully breed animals into existence for the sole purpose of killing them. They scavenged for what they could find (and lived 21-37 years old on average, as a consequence).

Cavemen, also, did not have factory farms.

Our ancestors also discriminated against women and other races. They held slaves for their own advantages. Do you still think we should model our behaviour from that of our ancestors?


I only buy meat that came from ‘humane slaughter’.

The definition of humane is to be compassionate. Would you argue that murder is compassionate?

Is it compassionate to, and how do you, kill a sentient innocent animal who doesn’t want to die?

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I only buy meat from animals that have had a good life.

If an animal has to die for an unnecessary reason, how can you justify this? Just because someone had a good life you would argue this is enough justify ending it?

How would you feel if you grew up and you had a good life. One day someone turned around to you and said ‘hey, you’ve had a good life but now it is time for you to be slaughtered so that I can eat you’.

It is the ultimate betrayal.

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Animals were put on the planet for us to eat. (God)

Would you not agree that humans who are playing god, by genetically modifying and impregnating animals against their will? By forcing them into a gas chambers against their will?

If they were put here for us, why is eating them causing so much problems, such as cancers and diabetes? (‘What the health’).

Is the slaughter-house a place of god?

What kind of loving god would create ‘foods’ that values their own lives, values their families and want to avoid pain and suffering? Why would God want food to be sentient, innocent beings?

God could have just made food that feels no pain. Oh wait… He did….PLANTS.


Plants have feelings. 

Do you really think chopping a onion is the same as slitting a cows throat?

Plants do not have a central nervous system or a brain, they therefore do not experience pain.

Plants are, yes, alive, but they are not sentient.  They do not have brains to process fear or death.

Plants respond to stimuli, just like phones and gadgets. They dont respond consciously and no reputable scientist on earth believes plants are sentient.

Animals, however, are sentient, and do feel pain. If you are bothered about the pain suffered by plants, surely you should really be concerning yourself with the pain felt by animals- a pain that has been scientifically proven.


If we stopped eating meat, animals would take over.

So many animals exist today, because we have bred them to be here. Over time the demand for animal products will decrease, thus fewer animals will be produced. It isn’t going to happen overnight, unfortunetly.


 

Meat tastes good.

Okay, I get this. I was the same once, and I thought meat tasted good too, however, I do not miss meat. I realised that I didn’t really like the actual taste of meat. Rather, I liked the marinade/ the sauce/ the way it was cooked. Also, your taste buds change over time.

However, some people do like the taste of meat, but does a moment of pleasure justify a lifetime of suffering and the act of violence on the animals?

Vegan food is some of the tastiest on earth and even if meat, eggs and dairy does taste good. Ask yourself:

are your taste buds really worth more than an animal’s life?


 

Basically, I am vegan because if harming an innocent being isn’t necessary for my survival, then I refuse to participate in it.

We genetically modify, enslave, murder animals for no other reason than they taste good. where is the justification in this? Eating animals and their byproducts is the leading contributor to the most renowned diseases including the number 1 killer around the world-heart disease (and the plant-based diet is the only one known to reverse this).

Animal agriculture contributes to world hunger, threatens environment (as it is the leading cause of deforestation, habitat destruction and species extinction) which jeopardises our entire existence. Where are we going to run to if the world starts to deteriorate? We only have one earth…

In my opinion, and many others, exploiting animals is cruel, unnecessary, unhealthy, unsustainable.

If we can live healthily and happily without harming animals, why wouldn’t we?

Compassion is the Fashion,

Love, Emma

x

Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Viva Las Vegan?

Spoilers!

In this blog I shall be discussing two interpretations of the statement ‘viva las vegan’ mentioned in the film ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’. I think it goes without saying –spoilers ahead!!!!!! You have been warned.

The reason this stuck out to me is obviously because I am vegan myself, but at first I was unsure of the connotations this phrase had (and to be honest, I still am). I wasn’t sure if it was said to devalue the vegan message, or whether it was said to credit it.

 


1 Vegans are Extreme

In general, vegans are depicted as extremist tree huggers that force their opinions daily. In this film the antagonist, Poppy, was clearly portrayed as being a villain with psychotic tendencies, living an extremely isolated way of life, in the jungle.

It is fair to say that vegans are already widely diminished in society and it is Poppy who brings up veganism at the end. To most people watching, particularly non-veggies, Poppy’s psychotic tendencies feed into the public image and stereotype that vegans are extreme; it shows an extremist, supporting veganism, therefore putting veganism and extremism in the same category.

Poppy was even found to be encouraging others to be cannibalistic. This is obviously something that is not accepted within society and so when she endorsed veganism at the end, it would follow that people would not accept this. Why would someone heed the words of an extremist psychopath?


2 ‘Long Live Vegan(s)’

An instant translation of ‘viva las vegan’ is, of course, ‘long live vegans,’ so Poppy was clearly stating her opinion that veganism is good. This could be because, statistically, vegans tend to live longer (as vegans are at lower risk of having type 2 diabetes, heart disease and many other illnesses). So perhaps, she meant it literally.

Moreover, I noticed in the film, that Poppy presented several hypocrisies of human kind. For example, she stated that alcohol has a negative effect on the body, just as drugs do, yet one is legal and the other is not. Hence, this film could lead us to question whether we ought to trust the law as being a moral guideline. Why it is legal to drink alcohol and not to do drugs, when they both are not good for us? And why is it legal to have sugar, when this is just as addictive as drugs? Along this thought process, you could say that it is legal to eat non-human meat, dairy and eggs, yet despite their legality, these things are, too, addictive and detrimental to our health.

Furthermore, when Poppy encouraged Angel to mince and eat a human he and the audience were made to feel uncomfortable. It was repulsive to see a human being used for meat. It also compelled the audience to feel that Poppy should be punished. As Poppy was a spokesperson for the hypocrisies of human kind, perhaps this was included to make us think about why we have an issue with eating humans when we are animals too.

When we eat non-human meat no one is punished, despite the vast amount of cruelty involved to produce it. Morally, most people are against animal cruelty. Very few people would see an animal crying out for help, whilst it was about to have it’s throat slit, and be fine with it/ let it happen. This highlights that humans are not meant to eat meat, as a lion, for example, would have it’s mouthwatering at the sight of this. However, a lot of meat eaters would pay someone to do this for them and still claim to be ‘animal lovers.’ Deep down and morally people do not like animal cruelty, yet they contribute to it everyday though eating meat, dairy and eggs and thus this leads them to be hypocritical (without maybe even realising it-I certainly did not think about it when I was not vegan). Therefore, Poppy’s statement ‘viva las vegan’ may be implying that  vegans are not hypocritical, as they would accept that eating any animal is wrong, if they claim to love them, and so their morals and actions align. This opposes, say, meat eater’s morals who claim to love animals, whilst eating them. It is almost the same as someone say they love their mum and then continuing to eat her. Those who eat meat tend to love pets, not animals and so are hypocritical in that respect.

‘Viva Las Vegas’ celebarates Vegas, a place of pleasure, where, commonly, you will find a lot of drug and alcohol use, strippers and gluttonous behaviour. All these things are unhealthy and can be dangerous. By using the phrase ‘Viva Las Vegan’ Poppy presents a juxtapositon, as veganism is associated with celebrating healthy eating, being anti -hypocritcal and compassionate. Therefore, perhaps Poppy’s message was that we celebrate the wrong things in society and we should be focussing on being less hypocritcal with our actions. After all, her life ended on a high and this could be owing to the fact she accepted her own hypocracy.


 

Unfortunately I do believe the vast majority of people would take the first interpretation (if they even took notice of the phrase at all). I believe this, as most non-vegans do not have a great understanding of veganism itself and the underlying compassion and non-hypocritical message it presents. I would argue that mainly vegans would take the second approach, not only because it is the kindest, but also because it does seem to be the most plausible if you really think about it. Not to mention that it was actually the phrase ‘viva las vegan’ that saved humanity. Coincidence? I THINK NOT.

… I know I have just written a whole blog about one sentence mentioned in the film, lol, but what was it meant to mean?? Let me know your thoughts!!

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Much love!

PS. Shoutout to my Brother Daniel for the free tickets and helping to co-write this!

‘ All the arguments to prove man’s superiority cannot shatter this hard fact: in suffering the animals are our equals.’ – Peter Singer