Do we need veganism when there are ecologically raised animals?

A few days ago I ended up reading the comments of a random blog, through checking the reviews of a book. The comments (and the post) discussed the trustworthiness of the China Study, and some comments were made about vegans and veganism.

One person commented that there is no longer a need for the term “ethical veganism” because there are ecologically raised animals today. Other comments also mentioned “humane” meat and stated that if vegans really cared about ethics they would eat this and “stop complaining”.

These people have certainly not understood what ethical veganism is about (and possibly not either what the actual difference between ecologically and non-ecologically raised animals – mainly their feed, not so much the way they are treated), because the problem with animals raised for consumption does not go away because you change their feed or “treat them well”. They are still our slaves and they still suffer, because the situation and environment we put them in is not their natural one. Even if animals are raised ecologically, they are still kept in the same kind of places, their bodies are still abused, their children are still taken away from them and they are still not seen as the living beings they are but as ways to make money.

So yes, the term “ethical veganism” is very much needed. Possibly even more because of statements like the ones these people made, because a lot of people have a very wrong idea of how an animal is “treated well”. If you treat someone well it should be on this beings terms, not on yours. If it is on yours, the being is a slave. And being a slave is not to be treated well. It doesn’t matter if you are walking on two legs or four, if you have wings, fins or arms, it’s still wrong.

Chocolate cake

Last week I made my favourite chocolate cake for the first time in years. I had forgotten that I had the recipe until we ordered a great chocolate cake from a vegan restaurant in Davao, which reminded me a lot of this one. We’ve eaten this cake for days now and we’re still far from tired of it.

The cake we ordered while in Davao.

This is the recipe I use:

50 grams of melted dairy-free margarine
about 1 dl of soy cream
2 dl sugar
3 tbsp pure cacao powder
1 tsp salt
1½ dl flour
1 tsp vanilla sugar

Gently stir together all the ingredients. Pour the batter into a baking dish. Bake in the middle of the oven at 200 degrees celsius for about 20 minutes.

This recipe makes a quite thin cake, so I doubled the ingredients and kept the cake in the oven a bit longer (actually almost double the time) for a thicker cake. When it is finished it should still be soft and a bit sticky in the middle, but not runny.

The cake tastes best when it is chilled, so put it in the fridge for a while before you serve it.

Still alive

I’m still alive, even though the blog has been quite dead for the past month. I’m sorry for that, but I have been very busy.

We came home from a month in the Philippines on Monday evening, after a long and stressful travel. It’s been an amazing trip, I’ve done and seen so many things I’ve never done or seen before, and I’ve met a lot of great people. But it still feels so great to be home again.

I will try to post something about the trip when I’ve had the time to process all my thoughts and experiences (and to go through all the 3000+ pictures). But for now I just wanted to tell you that I haven’t left the blog for good, I’m still here, just some experiences richer and a few shades darker.