Written by PETA
Who's putting the party into "Republican Party"? Vegans! Rich Karlgaard—publisher of Forbes magazine—recently explained his mostly vegan diet on The Huffington Post, attributing his healthy and lively existence to his compassionate food choices. Karlgaard is proof that kindness knows no party lines. Whether you're conservative or liberal, granola-crunching or pizza-munching, concrete-loving or tree-hugging, all vegans have something in common: concern for their own lives, the lives of animals, and the environment.
So now we're calling on you, Republican vegans. We want to hear your stories! Tell us what made you choose to eat humanely and how it's changed your life for the better.
Written by Logan Scherer
Is there such a thing?
Recently a fugitive animal rights activist charged with bombing two California offices made news headlines. 31-year old Daniel Andreas San Diego of Berkeley, California became the first domestic terrorist named to the FBI's list of "Most Wanted" terror suspects.
Law enforcement officials and Homeland Security describe San Diego as a strict vegan who possesses a 9mm handgun. On his abdomen, he has tattooed images of burning and collapsing buildings- most likely representing his extremist outlook and personality to do harm to others who disagree with him.
Which prompted me to ask myself a few questions: Is there a common personality type amongst vegetarians and vegans? Are they all crazed radicals with an agenda of terrorism toward anyone who doesn’t hug a puppy every day? Do they all engage in a (some would say) peculiar lifestyle through means of their choice in diet, and seemingly unnatural love of animals?
So, this got me to thinking about the common perception (or perhaps misconception) that all vegetarians are tree-hugging, limp-wristed, granola-munching, pot-smoking hippies, who would rather cut off an arm or leg than consider themselves even slightly conservative. There are common personality patterns, to be sure, but not all stereo-types are accurate. Case in point: Daniel Andreas San Diego.
So, because of San Diego, do all vegetarians have alternative and/or terrorist leanings? After all, they say that Hitler was a vegetarian… so, does that mean all vegetarians are predisposed to support fascist dictatorships and wear trendy brown uniforms? For that matter, do all conservatives have terrorist leanings because of recent warnings sent out by Homeland Security? Are all vegans or animal activists liberals? Are all republicans hunters who bomb abortion clinics? Take this example; for all intents and purposes, liberals typically do not endorse the Second Amendment as heartily as conservatives, but didn't San Diego own a 9mm?
I will say this much: Sure, the largest majority of folks on both sides are in fact in keeping to their respective stereotypes, but not all of them. Some flat out defy the gravity and seeming logic of their individual party's platforms or typical trappings in order to become their own person.
Take me for example. I am not on Homeland Security’s radar (that I know of yet!)… but I am not the ‘norm’ either. I am a proud red-blooded, flag-waving American living in the great South West corner of this country, who has been a vegetarian now for some 18 years and counting.
When you think of vegetarians and animal rights, most people automatically think of the political left which is usually associated with animal activism, legislation and environmentalism. But, this is not entirely justified. On the conservative front you can just as easily find animal advocates (though, perhaps not as many). Heck, we all like our pets, right... conservative or not?!
I am indeed the elusive “Redneck Vegetarian” you’ve only heard about! The one that lives with the Yeti in the backwoods of Utah somewhere with his stockpile of food, rifles, and womens! Okay so that may be an exaggeration… I don’t know any Yeti personally. But I do know a guy who knows a guy…
Still, whether you are currently a vegetarian or vegan who is feeling a bit left out of the conservative revival because you are the way you are, have health problems that preclude you from eating too much red meat, have always been a bit curious and would like to try something new, or simply have that annoying daughter who drives a VW van to her drum circle every Thursday night at that book store down the street; who is tattooed from head to toe with secret vegan symbols you and the misses will never understand, and who berates Uncle Irman every Thanksgiving for killing ‘that defenseless turkey in cold blood’ for the family to consume like they consumed her freedom and would like to understand her better… then, maybe we're not alone!
After all, it’s a big world out there with lots to offer us all—every one of us, and it would be a shame to only eat a hand full of things our whole entire lives long… so, pig out, and have fun while you’re doing it!
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