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The best thing about being a vegan? Being able to look a cow in the eye and not feel ashamed. - H. Lancre

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    Posted by Yoshi at 12/07/08 17:23:58

    I feel that way when I look at my dogs. Granted, most people don't eat dog, but they are my own representatives of the animal kingdom.

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    Posted by kindlizard at 12/08/08 14:30:36

    I don't think you could say that that is the "best thing" of being vegan. I think anyone trying to sum up a lifestyle in one sentence has lost perspective. Is it great to go on farm tours and gaze into cows' eyes? Sure, I do love that too, but I don't think it is the best nor is the question even fair.

    Hey, to all you vegans that don't go around to your local farms to see cows before they die to look them in the eye are truly missing out...

    Better suited under failed Hallmark cards rather than Animal Rights, imo.

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    Posted by JohnnySensible at 12/08/08 17:24:28

    Thank you for sharing this thought / quote "Knight of Albion".

    Do you know my old friend "Vishnu" in Glastonbury? - he has been taking care of a group of formerly unloved cows for many years.

    Veganism / plant based eating leads to "HappyCows".

    One of my favorite animal welfare groups is Blue Cross in Chennai, India - they do amazing work for cows - this is an old post - the work is going on every day -

    I have bookmarked this blog - - I am guessing that you have a connection with it.


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    Posted by knightofalbion at 12/09/08 02:57:41

    John - Thank you. I have heard of Vishnu, though not met him. He sounds like a noble soul indeed. All respect to him.

    Yes, Holy Lance is our site. At least the main one, we also do 'Natural Treatments For Cancer' (

    Further to the quote: This is no more than it should be. Man was created "to walk with the angels" and to be "the sanctuary of love and justice", not to hurt and kill.

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    Posted by kindlizard at 12/09/08 10:05:03

    Man was created to "drive fast in the left lane, whilst driving less fast in the right." When going vegan you reconcile the suffering of those who choose to drive slow in the left... sorry don't mean to preach too much. The highest good YOU can do KOA is to drive in the slow lane. Spread the gospel of drivin' in the right lane (so I don't have to pass you on the shoulder).

    How many cows have you looked in the eye recently?

    How often do you drive in the left when you hath no bidness doing so? See? Much more spiritual....

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    Posted by JohnnySensible at 12/17/08 18:17:42

    "A mind of the caliber of mine cannot derive its nutriment from cows."
    "My way of joking is to tell the truth. It's the funniest joke in the world."
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Irish playwright

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    Posted by knightofalbion at 12/19/08 14:00:09

    Cows are such beautiful, gentle creatures yet man has subjected them to the most vile abuse, probably more so than any other species...Beef - veal - milk - leather - dog food - gelatine - bone meal...every possible exploitation has been thought of and executed. When you become a vegan you detach yourself from these abuses and thereby you can truly 'look a cow in the eye' and not feel ashamed. Unfortunately most people are too ignorant of the oneness of all life to realise that they should be ashamed to be party to these things. Really the quote is a microcosm of man's treatment of the Animal Kingdom. Man was created to 'walk with the angels', not to hurt ad kill. Much is made of slavery and the Holocaust, as dark chapters in man's history, as indeed they are, but man's gross violation of his sacred trust ( as guardian of the earth and all God's creation ) is something else altogether and frankly shames us all.

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    Posted by kindlizard at 12/19/08 14:43:03

    So you're saying you DO go to farms to look cows in the eye. Or is 'looking a cow in the eye' a local phrase, like elsewhere might say 'til the cows come home'?

    I still think there'd be better things about veganism than just that, like not killing her.

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