Week 32 Tapir Specialist Group (Brazil)

vego hello

I have mentioned before that people react in strange ways when they find out you are vego…it starts to wear as thin as pay outs on Collingwood supporters.  After nearly finishing this post I discovered there is a new book about it.

Richard Cornish’s book ‘My Year Without Meat’ was discussed on 774 ABC Drive today. He found that in Australia many people ‘hate vegetarians and have no respect for people who choose to sit outside the dominant paradigm‘. Is it discomfort from seeing people who choose to live by their conscience instead of feigning ignorance? Fear of change? Guilt or just mob mentality?  I am not sure but I personally got another trifecta today, so I am going back over old ground.

If people are willing to criticise those who chose not to eat meat, and defend their right to eat whatever they please, they should also be willing to watch documentaries such as Earthlings and Cowspiracy with their eyes wide open and know exactly what it is that they are supporting.  

If they still go on to tell you how much they love animals…

                                                                   …  run  …

…they are clearly a sociopath!


…there’s the defensive approachI absolutely love animals but I could never be vego – I tried it once but I’m a special case, my body needs MEAT!

Well, my body tells me it needs beer and chips too, but I think it just might be more a case of want, rather than need.  During exercise it is usually the mind that cops out before the body, and I think with most failed diets it is the same.


…there’s the fatalistic approach – It’s natural, survival of the fittest, always been done that way etc etc.

Well, cannibalism (see week 30) and/or infanticide have also featured strongly in most cultures for most of human history.  Things can, and should change as our empathy and understanding evolve.


…there’s the taste/convenience approach –  It is too hard to be vego and I don’t have enough time.  I couldn’t live without ____.

I agree it takes a bit more planning but it is getting easier and easier and yummier and yummier.  There are many pre-made vegetarian options now available – ok, many are quite processed, but at least the ingredients are listed there.  There is nothing natural about most of the meat we are sold either but all the crap that has gone into that isn’t listed on the label…imagine if your meat came with a true list of ingredients , it could look something like this:

GMO soy (from the Amazon); GMO corn (whatever is left over after making bio-diesel); ground up offal, fat and feathers; faeces; antibiotics; growth promoting hormones; vitamins; minerals; preservatives. 


…there’s the frankly pathetic approach – ‘Aww, but what about poor plants, they have feelings too’.

Yes I have no doubt that they do – I feel guilty cutting off a broccoli stem, or pulling out a lettuce.  I understand the motivation of ethical fruitarians who only want to consume what falls from plant without harming the plant itself.  However for a meat eater to come out with this line is just stupid.  Most of the animals we eat have a a central nervous system like ours which we clearly know is capable of experiencing extreme pain and fear as well as concern for our offspring and ourselves.  Also the animals we eat eat plants to grow big and strong.  They eat a lot more to make the meat that we eat than we would need directly to make our own meat ourselves.  So people who care about plants REALLY should be vego.  Or fruitarian.  Or breatharian.


…there’s the logical leap of faith approach – S/he got sick=Must be because they are vegetarian.

Just ignore all the healthy vegos and the sick trenchermen out there and this theory is absolutely, very, almost, just about watertight.


noun, plural trenchermen.

a person who has a hearty appetite; a heavy eater.

Archaic. a hanger-on; parasite.


…there’s also the attack is the best defence approach You smug, tofu munching hippies are killing the AMAZON!! My diet is better because I won’t eat soy!!   Oh, really?


Few of us are aware how much soy we eat. A typical beef burger can contain meat raised on soy meal, margarine containing soy, mayonnaise with soy lecithin and soy additives in the bread bun.

Soy is used as an ingredient in many baked and fried products, as well as margarine, in frying fats, or bottled as cooking oil. Lecithin derived from soy is one of the most common additives in processed foods, found in anything from chocolate bars to smoothies.

Around 75% of soy worldwide is used for animal feed, especially for poultry and pigs.

19% processed for its by-products including lecithin and soy oil which is used both as a consumable and a growing source of biodiesel.  Not to mention being the base of choice for fancy scented candles

6% of soybeans are used directly as food, mainly in Asian countries such as China, Japan and Indonesia. Whole beans may be eaten as a vegetable, or crushed and incorporated into tofu, tempeh, soya milk or soy sauce.


The amazon is being clear felled to grow soy to feed animals and produce increasing amounts of bio-diesel.  They didn’t build the BR-163 ‘soy highway’  for the benefit of us vegos, but if you want to be double sure, make sure your soy products don’t contain beans from Brazil.
Part of the 1,700km long BR-163 ‘Soy Highway’ which runs through the heart of the Amazon basin.
People seem to spend more time worrying about what I put into my body than what they put into theirs. Weird old world, hey!

Lucky being vego rocks!



From one vego to another, I want to say cheers to tapirs!  These ancient rainforest dwellers need all the help they can get.

Tapirs look something like pigs with trunks, but they are actually related to horses and rhinoceroses. This eclectic lineage is an ancient one—and so is the tapir itself. Scientists believe that these animals have changed little over tens of millions of years.

Tapirs have a short prehensile (gripping) trunk, which is really an extended nose and upper lip. They use this trunk to grab branches and clean them of leaves or to help pluck tasty fruit. All four tapir species are endangered or threatened, largely due to hunting and habitat loss.





About Lowland Tapir Conservation Initiative – Brazil

Promoting the research and conservation of lowland tapirs and their remaining habitats in Brazil

2004 – Harry Messel Conservation Leadership Award, IUCN
2008 – Golden Ark Award, Golden Ark Foundation, Netherlands
2008 – Whitley Award, Whitley Fund for Nature, UK
2011 – DICE Research Prize, Kent University, UK

Lets fill the world with more tapirs, more love and less hate.

good samaritan

Every little bit counts…whoever did this is wonderful, the extra nice thing is that lots of people left the $10 in the envelope for someone needier than them…