Wow. Your comments on yesterday’s post – How vegan are you? – are phenomenal! I really appreciate the diversity of opinions and the respectful dialogue. For many of us, we are on a journey and we are finding our way when it comes to the intersection of our vegan diet and the ethics behind it. If you haven’t had chance to share you opinion, please do! Also yesterday, my write-up on The Seed event was published on BlogHer.com: The Seed: Truly a Vegan Experience For Everyone! (A very special thank you to my intern Megan for attending the event so that we could bring you as much of The See as possible!)
Today I am on my way to Manhattan for the first full day of Victoria Moran’s Main Street Vegan Academy – a 40-hour vegan lifestyle coaching certification program. But things actually got started last night, with a welcome dinner
of brown rice and stewed veggies, carrot and coconut salad, and raw greens. There was also a raw, flourless chocolate cake offered for dessert but – don’t be shocked! – I passed.
Dinner was followed by a fantastic presentation by Joshua Katcher, The Discerning Brute,
on Fashion & Animals.
As I mentioned Monday, I won’t have a lot of time to post this week so instead I will share one interesting thing I learn each day. Joshua’s presentation was comprehensive, engaging and incredibly thought-provoking. Honestly, I can’t see how anyone could sit through it and continue to purchase and wear wool, leather or any other animal product. I’ll write more about this, post-academy.
For now, here’s something I learned from Joshua’s presentation that I wanted to pass along: The hunting of wild birds for feathers – plume hunting – decimated several species of birds, namely the egret and the Carolina parakeet, in the early 1900′s. Why were they hunted? For the millinery trade – so women could wear beautiful feathers in their hats. Outrage launched the modern animal right’s movement and brought attention to child labor and sweatshops. The plume trade ended when laws were enacted.
It’s 2012. What can we do, today, to end violence against animals in the name of fashion? I’d love to hear your thoughts!