You Call Yourself Vegan – But You Are Not.

Cattle on the alp
Cattle on the alp (Photo credit: Darkroom Daze)
English: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s signature.
English: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s signature. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Real knowledge is to know
the extent of one’s ignorance.”
– Confucius

You Call Yourself Vegan

But you are not.

You eat an occasional slice of pizza
because it is delicious, and nobody can
see you. Occasionally, you lecture others
on animal abuse for doing the same.

You buy chocolate chip cookies while being
aware that milk is used to make those
chocolate bits, but cheating does not
count in the privacy of one’s home after
midnight when watching Saturday Night Live.

You pour whole milk into your coffee, because
2 percent just does not make it, and black
coffee is a joyless drink

You call yourself vegan because it feels good
to pretend that you are, but the animals
continue to suffer due to your lack of commitment.

The human population of the planet earth is greater
than 7.117 billion individuals. If sometime during
the course of this day, each person was to drink
just 1/4 cup of milk blended into the day’s coffee
consumed, that would add up to 445 million quarts.

The average American cow produces 24 quarts of
milk per day. It would require 18.5 million cows
to produce the milk for today’s coffee for the
creamer in every person’s coffee. One third of
the cows in an average milking herd end up
in slaughterhouses each and every year. Six
million cows would die to supply the milk for
all the coffees in the world in 2013.

Vegans who add milk to their coffee with
feigned ignorance and innocence, should accept
partial responsibility for the 16,400 cows who
met death yesterday, and will met her today, and
tomorrow in order for them to drink their lattes.

There are alternatives.

During the two minutes that it took you to read
thus far, twenty-two cows have died fear-filled
painful and tortured deaths in which the contents
of their arteries were sprayed onto bloody
slaughterhouse floors. They all die to dilute
7.117 billion human grande caffe lattes with
milk originally designed for their own children.

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than
sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Robert Cohen

New Book: The Brain Functional Networks Ass. to Human & Animal Suffering Differ among Omnivores, Vegetarians & Vegans

Inferior frontal gyrus.
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*Citation: *Filippi M, Riccitelli G, Falini A, Di Salle F, Vuilleumier
P, et al. (2010)
The Brain Functional Networks Associated to Human and Animal Suffering
Differ among Omnivores, Vegetarians and Vegans. PLoS ONE 5(5): e10847.

*Editor: *Pedro Antonio Valdes-Sosa, Cuban Neuroscience Center, Cuba

*Received:* March 19, 2010; *Accepted:* May 5, 2010; *Published:* May
26, 2010

Massimo Filippi^1 <#aff1> ^, ^2 <#aff2> ^* <#cor1> , Gianna Riccitelli^1
<#aff1> , Andrea Falini^3 <#aff3> , Francesco Di Salle^4 <#aff4> ,
Patrik Vuilleumier^5 <#aff5> , Giancarlo Comi^2 <#aff2> , Maria A.
Rocca^1 <#aff1> ^, ^2 <#aff2>

*1* Neuroimaging Research Unit, Institute of Experimental Neurology,
Division of Neuroscience, Scientific Institute and University Hospital
San Raffaele, Milan, Italy, *2* Department of Neurology, Scientific
Institute and University Hospital San Raffaele, Milan, Italy, *3*
Department of Neuroradiology, Scientific Institute and University
Hospital San Raffaele, Milan, Italy, *4* Maastricht Brain Imaging
Center, Department of Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Maastricht,
Maastricht, The Netherlands, *5* University Medical Center of Geneva,
University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

Abstract Top <#top>

Empathy and affective appraisals for conspecifics are among the
hallmarks of social interaction. Using functional MRI, we hypothesized
that vegetarians and vegans, who made their feeding choice for ethical
reasons, might show brain responses to conditions of suffering involving
humans or animals different from omnivores. We recruited 20 omnivore
subjects, 19 vegetarians, and 21 vegans. The groups were matched for sex
and age. Brain activation was investigated using fMRI and an
event-related design during observation of negative affective pictures
of human beings and animals (showing mutilations, murdered people,
human/animal threat, tortures, wounds, etc.). Participants saw
negative-valence scenes related to humans and animals, alternating with
natural landscapes. During human negative valence scenes, compared with
omnivores, vegetarians and vegans had an increased recruitment of the
anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) and inferior frontal gyrus (IFG). More
critically, during animal negative valence scenes, they had decreased
amygdala activation and increased activation of the lingual gyri, the
left cuneus, the posterior cingulate cortex and several areas mainly
located in the frontal lobes, including the ACC, the IFG and the middle
frontal gyrus. Nonetheless, also substantial differences between
vegetarians and vegans have been found responding to negative scenes.
Vegetarians showed a selective recruitment of the right inferior
parietal lobule during human negative scenes, and a prevailing
activation of the ACC during animal negative scenes. Conversely, during
animal negative scenes an increased activation of the inferior
prefrontal cortex was observed in vegans. These results suggest that
empathy toward non conspecifics has different neural representation
among individuals with different feeding habits, perhaps reflecting
different motivational factors and beliefs.

Found a Wonderful Vegan Site!

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I Found a Wonderful Vegan Site!

Are you not yet a vegan, and considering becoming one?
Are you seeking delicious/nutritious vegan recipes?
Have you been a vegan for a while, and seek more variety?

I spent more than an hour at this website, and was delighted
by all that it has to offer!!!

Robert, that notmilkman

Vegetarians Eating Fish: Robert Cohen`s Thoughts

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Vegetarians Eating Fish

During the second half of November, I gave six Notmilk talks
in three different states (Colorado, New York, and Florida)
and met hundreds of people who described themselves in one
of four categories as being either omnivores, vegans,
vegetarians, or vegetarians who eat fish.

Many people make the transition from meat eater to
vegetarian because they no longer want to be responsible
for causing pain to animals, yet, many of these same
people continue to eat fish and incorrectly rationalize
that fish have no feelings and do not suffer from
death-related pain or trauma.

Many people make the transition from meat eater to
vegetarian because they recognize the negative health reasons
associated with animal protein, yet, many of these same
people continue to eat fish and incorrectly rationalize
that fish are not animals, and therefore are safe to eat.

I do not eat seafood because of health and ethical
reasons. If you seek more information regarding
either factor, please visit PETA‘s website:

The amount of information on that website will pull you
in, hook, line, and sinker.

I am primarily concerned with your body and your health.

When you eat animal proteins, be they from fish, eggs,
chicken, beef, pork, or dairy, they will create an
acid condition in your blood. Imagine the essence of
stinky rotten eggs infusing into your bloodstream.
We cannot afford to lose bone density, but this is
how your body compensates, by leeching calcium from
your bones in order to neutralize the acid. Dr. William
Castelli, lead researcher of the Framingham heart study
(America’s largest heart study) identifies homocysteine
as the key to all heart disease.

Animal protein contains a large amount of cysteine and
methionone, the two amino acids which your body uses
to manufacture homocysteine. Methionine and cysteine
contain sulfur as their center atom.

So, that is the primary reason I avoid seafood, even
though I once enjoyed eating mollusks and fish. Combined
with the way they are harvested, and the concentrated
chemicals within their flesh, I’ve eliminated seafood
from my diet.

If you were eliminating one food group at a time,
with the goal of eating a plant-based diet as I do,
here is the order that I would advise seeing you
give up food groups:

As a rule, the higher up one goes on the food chain,
the more concentrated are the toxins, heavy metals,
pesticides, dioxins, and PCBs in their flesh and
body fluids. Most seafood is unlike farm-raised meats
in that regard.

Fish are predatory in nature, and large fish eat thousands
of smaller living creatures before you ultimately ingest
their body fat and proteins. The same cannot be said for
farm-raised animals eating a plant-based diet. Therefore,
those vegetarians who still eat fish should be aware
that of beef, chicken and fish, the seafood choice
might be the least healthy of the three.

Robert Cohen

The Latest China Study

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The Latest China Study

“Usually, the first thing a country does in the course
of economic development is to introduce a lot of livestock.
Our data are showing that this is not a very smart move
and the Chinese are listening. They are realizing that
animal-based agriculture is not the way to go…We are
basically a vegetarian species and should be eating a
wide variety of plant food and minimizing our intake of
animal foods…Once people start introducing animal
products into their diet, that’s when the mischief starts.”
T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D.

Nutrition & Metabolism is a British peer-reviewed
scientific journal which (according to their website)

“…publishes content focused on the integration of
nutrition, exercise physiology, clinical investigations,
and molecular and cellular biochemistry of metabolism.”

The September 19, 2011 issue of Nutrition & Metabolism
includes an study that analyzed the thickness and
integrity of the carotid artery in 171 vegetarian males
and compared them to the carotid arteries of 129 meat
eating age-related males (the control group). The
researchers also factored in the length of time
that their vegetarian subjects ate a plant based diet.

Tests measuring the thickness of arterial walls have
been used to determine and predict future cardiovascular risk.
The researchers concluded that vegetarians experience:

“A decrease in multiple cardiovascular risk factors such
as a decrease in body mass index, blood pressure and lipid
profile was associated with vegetarian diet. Moreover,
taking a low-calorie, low-protein, or vegetarian diet might
have great beneficial effects on arterial wall thickness through
improved lipid profile, and the beneficial effects appeared
to be correlated with the duration of vegetarian diet.”

Robert Cohen

Press Release ref. Vegetarianism & Veganism in France

We send you the press release below (in English) which deals with an extremely important issue for vegetarianism and veganism development in France, and ask you to send it in local, regional and national medias among the contacts you have: we expect that if your medias talk about this issue and so give a bad image of France, it will have more impact on our government than the French opinion itself… (The French government did not give sign that it took into account the French public opinion for these last years.) You can read this press release in French and in Italian too. Best regards, and thank you


In France, eating animals becomes legal obligation Vegetarians* struggle for their freedom of conviction A decree has just been published making compulsory rules for the composition of meals in all public and private school catering. These rules force six millions of children of school age to eat meat, fish, dairy products and eggs. Similar decrees are in preparation for almost all French catering, from nursery schools up to old people’s home, including colleges, hospitals and prisons. And so French law, on behalf of a public health measure, forbids the concrete expression of a conviction. Vegetarian citizens stand up for their food choice rights. A good piece of news?

 Not for vegetarians! A decree and bylaw published in the “Journal Officiel” on October 2nd [1] force school canteens to respect a set of standards meant to guarantee the nutritional balance of the meals.

Each meal necessarily has to contain a protein dish where proteins are exclusively animal-based (meat, fish, eggs or cheese), overriding plentiful availability of vegetable proteins.

A dairy product is meant to represent the only way to cover calcium needs, ignoring untold vegetable and mineral alternatives. For meats (beef, veal, lamb, or offal…) and fish, a minimum frequency is specified as mandatory. So it is from now on impossible for school cafeterias regular users to be vegetarian, or impossible for them to maintain their vegetarian diet every day. And it will be impossible to be vegan for even one meal. Vegetarian children who would eventually manage to leave the meat on the edge of their plate would be forced to have unbalanced meals, as no alternative would be available. “Veggie? No meat… No meal! Attack on freedom of conviction

 A lot of people in the world hold a deep conviction that the consumption of animals and animal exploitation is an abuse. Vegetarianism and veganism are the main concrete expression of this conviction. The governmental decree is an infringement of fundamental rights by restricting the free practice of personal convictions such as it is proclaimed by United Nations: “Everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. This right shall include freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his choice, and freedom, either individually or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief, observance, practice, and teaching.” [2]

The treatment of animals is the object of a growing public opinion debate in France, as can be seen by several recent works released questioning, or on the opposite standing for, the legitimacy of meat consumption [3]. French government will to impose, in this context, its own ideological and economical choices is openly admitted: Current French Minister for Agriculture, Mr. Bruno Le Maire, announced the implementation of a national program for the food which also aims at slowing down the impact of some speeches, like the one ex-Beatle Paul McCartney held, who called in December, outside the Copenhagen summit, for a “go meat free once a week” to slow global warming. This call had sparked a general outcry among farmers [4]

 But yet I am vegetarian for the animals! But don’t you care about food industries? The pursuit of an institutional nutritional lie For several years, through several releases from the French National Nutrition and Health Program (PNNS) ,and its public website:,

 public authorities libel Vegetarianism and Veganism. This, when it is clearly admitted nowadays and by numerous medical and sanitary authorities all around the world, that to the contrary, we can live, and be in a very good shape, without consuming any meat and animal products. For example: The position of the American Dietetic Association is that appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes. [5] The debate on the animal exploitation legitimacy is of philosophical, ethical and political nature and must continue. It is not acceptable that the French State, on behalf of some public health measure based on nutritional lies, wants to forbid this debate by outlawing the concrete expression of a conviction. Vegetarians mobilize Vegetarian collectives and associations get organized everywhere in France to express their indignation in front of this decree, warn public opinion and deny food assertions spread by public authorities. Actions are going to be organized in an imminent way in all France regions.

They call all individuals and organizations willing to struggle for freedom of conviction, whatever are their own positions concerning the animal exploitation, to join their voice to these protests. Citizen Initiative for Vegetarians Rights (ICDV) has already contacted the United Nations in May to indicate concrete episodes of discrimination against vegetarians in France [6]. If the decree is not removed, the ICDV announces a new complaint against France for violation of the freedom of conviction. Agreed by : ACTA (Bordeaux), Aquitaine Décroissance, ALARM (Marseille), Animal Amnistie (Toulouse), Animal Libre (Albi), Animalsace, Animavie, Les Animaux de Maurice, APSARES, Association pour un homme plus humain, Association végétarienne de France, Avis (Toulouse), CABle (Besançon), CLEDA (Paris), CLAM (Montpellier), Collectif Diois pour l’égalité (Die), Convention Vie et Nature, Dignité animale (Lyon), Droits des Animaux, Fondation Brigitte Bardot, ICDV, L214, One Voice, Nea (Rennes), Rêv’Animal, Revégez-vous (Rennes), Société végane, Végétariens Magazine, Veggie Pride, VegFest, VG56 (Finistère), Vivants (Sedan)… Mail : David Olivier 00 33 6 42 06 07 47 Notes : * Vegetarians includes vegans in this text. Vegetarians eat no red meat, white meat, fish or other aquatic animals (prawns, crabs, lobsters etc) or slaughterhouse by-products such as gelatine, animal fat, lard or rennet. Vegans eat no animal products at all including red and white meat, fish and other water creatures, dairy products (eg cow’s or goat’s milk or derivatives such as yoghurt or cheese) or eggs. A vegan lifestyle also avoids leather, wool, silk and other animal products for clothing or any other purpose. [1] Decree N 2011-1227 of September 30th, 2011 and order of September 30th, 2011. These texts follow upon the law n°2010-874 of July 27th, 2010 called “agriculture and fishing modernization law”, which arranges that: “the public and private school and university catering services administrators, as well as children under 6 years old catering services, health care establishment, social and medical and social establishments and penitentiaries have to stick to those rules, determined by decree, of nutritional quality of the meals which they propose [].” [2] Statement on the elimination of all forms of intolerance and discrimination based on religion or belief, proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly on November 25th, 1981


the art. 1.1. [3]

 In particular Jonathan Safran Foer “Eating animals” (Kinkle editions, January, 2011); Marcela Iacub, “Confessions d’une mangeuse de viande – Pourquoi je ne suis plus carnivore” (Fayard editions, March, 2011); Dominique Lestel, “Apologie du carnivore” (Fayard editions, April, 2011). [4] AFP news of 21/01/2010 ( [5] Official position of the American Dietetic Association; see

 [6] See on the blog of the ICDV,