Thank you, Melissa!

Melissa

SHOUT OUT to our graduating Secretary of Plant-Based Society:

“Melissa is one of the most hardworking people I’ve ever met. Even as a graduating senior, she made time to help out PBS in every way possible. I met this girl when we were both volunteering to fundraise for our Alternative Breaks trips. We instantly bonded and because close friends. We share an interest in many of the same things, such as sustainability, cooking and plant-based lifestyles! She took minutes at every meeting and offered advice to our new club from her pervious experience on e-board for other organizations. This semester went smooth for our club, and much of the success was due to Mel’s encouragement and passion. I wish she was not graduating so we could keep her on our e-board forever. Melissa, you always have a home with PBS, and we will always fondly remember you as our first secretary.” – Stephanie Bird, President.

An apology to you, dear animals

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I am sorry.

I am sorry to every single living, breathing, sentient being that I ever ate in my lifetime.

I am sorry I didn’t make the connection between your face and the piece of flesh on my plate.

I am sorry I numbed my feelings and didn’t think about the horror you endured to get to the grocery store. I saw you in pictures and videos all over the internet and in presentations, but I liked the taste of your dead body too much. So I brushed reality aside and kept buying your body parts at Publix.

I am sorry for the times I drove on the turnpike and saw your family on the side of the road and got excited about how cute they were, and then 5 minutes later stopping at McDonalds to buy the bodies of their relatives.

I am sorry that I reposted animal rights activist pictures about people beating up dogs and cats but didn’t bat an eye when I bit into a burger.

I’m sorry that even when I met my friend’s pet pig and saw her wagging her tail, licking my face and getting excited to play fetch, I ate bacon the next morning, not realizing that if my friend hadn’t adopted this pig, I could’ve been eating her.

I’m sorry that people will stop their car on a way to a restaurant to let ducklings pass by, but then order duck soup once they get there.

I’m so sorry. For telling myself lies to justify eating you. For telling myself you don’t feel pain… or that I need to eat you to survive. For telling myself that your suffering didn’t matter, because … obviously, my tastebuds are the most important thing in the world. But most of all…

I am sorry that you have to sit there in your cramped up pens waiting to get your throat slit …. Meanwhile, you get to watch people get sent to jail for laying a finger on a dog, and petitions to free killer whales, and people posing in photo shoots with their horses, and people watching cat videos for hours and protecting all these animals at all costs which is awesome…..but….

I am sorry that you are the unlucky ones. That society has told me to worship one animal but slaughter the other.

I am sorry that if I speak up against the abuse of a dog it’s called compassion but if I speak up against the abuse of you, it’s extremism. And all you must be wondering is “Why me?” So on behalf of someone who thought it was fine to eat you for years of my life because that was “just the way things are.” I am sorry.

Please pass along my message to the others. For the quarter million animals who’ve been slaughtered since I started speaking, it’s too late. But for the rest of the ones still alive, waiting for their death so they could be sliced up and put between bread, please do extend my apology.

Written by: Paola Roldan/ CSO Representative

Image by: #l98, courtesy of Creative Commons

Recap photos of yesterday’s Meat Out

James Wildman, Animal Rights Foundation of Florida humane educator, presents on why veganism supports animal rights and the environment. Club members enjoyed Wildman’s informative presentation, where students connected with his arguments.

Students Snapchatted throughout the event and said they felt inspired. It was a successful night, where nearly 80 people attended.

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Images by: Camila Fernandez/PR Representative

Plant-based on a budget

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Written by: Camila Fernandez/PR Representative

Non-vegans claim that being a vegan on a budget is a mission impossible. Much of this stereotype is due to people believing that particular vegan food items are far too expensive. However, we took the liberty to shop for our plant-based diet at Publix, which surprisingly has plenty of discounts for a vegan on a budget.

Being a college student is already expensive as it is, with tuition and fees, but the club has created a one-week vegan challenge to welcome newcomers to the team.

Please check out our one-week vegan challenge created by vice president, Sarah Bird. Click on One Week Challenge for a PDF. Don’t forget to send us your feedback on our Facebook page, Plant-Based Society at FIU.

Here are a couple of tips to avoid an expensive shopping spree by onegreenplanet.org:

  1. Avoid pre-chopped veggie options: Go for regular veggies, which will bulk up your diet and help keep you full. They are mostly more inexpensive.
  2. Avoid trendy diets: Nothing is fancy about veggies, legumes, nuts, seeds and fruits. Just stay focused on your plant-based diet.
  3. Go for Everyday Superfoods instead: These include affordable, plant-based foods, like teff, chickpeas, and butternut squash, so you don’t get bored of your everyday lettuce and broccoli.
  4. Love bulk: Instead of buying beans and legumes in a box or bag, look for them in the bulk section. Buy only what you need, which will save you money and keep your food items from going to waste.
  5. Go for generic condiments: Like, peanut butter, tahini, mustard and spices. If you can’t afford Whole Foods, shop at Wal-Mart where organic condiments and some produce are also offered.
  6. Be beverage smart: Avoid non-nutritional drinks and instead, buy more cleansing water and non-dairy milk. You can also add fruits, like lemons and lime to flavor your water.
  7. Learn to love beans, legumes, seeds and grains: These foods will keep you full and are not hard to prepare.
  8. Buy only what you need, but buy enough
  9. Visit farmers markets and farms whenever possible

Images by: Camila Fernandez