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Leaping Bunny: Cruelty-Free Products

The Leaping Bunny Program empowers consumers and helps convince companies to move towards more effective, non-animal testing methods that do not cause animals to suffer and die.

Check it out here.

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My (old) links blog

I just thought I’d mention that while I’m waiting for my ‘real’ homepage to get back up again, I’m going to use my other links blog. Unlike this one, it will be about history, language, fandom etc. Occasionally, I might post something more, but mostly it will just be links. So if you’re interested in any of that, you’re welcome to drop by and take a look.

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Vegan vs plant-based

I recently read an article/blog post about a recent survey where most people apparently said that they dislike the term ‘vegan’ and prefer the term ‘plant-based’. (I’m sorry, but I can’t find that link so you’ll just have to take my word for it).

If I’ve understood the differences correctly, plant-based means being more healthy than people who are just vegan. Actually, one definition I read was this: vegans can eat (vegan) oreos but plant-based people can’t, even though the oreos are vegan.

It seems that most people dislike us vegans for various reasons. I’m sorry to hear that, but it won’t make me change my mind. Being vegan is what I’m all about. I’m vegan for the animals. That doesn’t mean I’m not also vegan for my own health, for the environment and for other people too, even if they don’t appreciate it, but the animals came first. One of my earliest memories is thinking I’d like to live in a world where there were only animals and animal lovers (I wouldn’t mind having plants too). I must have been four or five.

“Why should we tolerate a diet of weak poisons, a home in insipid surroundings, a circle of acquaintances who are not quite our enemies, the noise of motors with just enough relief to prevent insanity? Who would want to live in a world which is just not quite fatal?”

~ Rachel Carson

Far too true for comfort. 😩

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OT: A Wild Goose Chase

Today, my family and I went into the town center to visit one of the open preschools there. Just like the first time – last week (another open preschool, run by the church), we found that the activities hadn’t started yet. You’d think the people behind this open preschool might like to let potential participants or rather their parents, know when they intend to start again after the Christmas break. I’m beginning to see a pattern here. A while back I mentioned that I had tried to find a new hairdresser and had trouble finding one here. There are supposedly at least three, apart from at least one barber, but the only one listed on the Yellow Pages had shut down. The one I approached to enquire about prices etc, later turned out to be closed despite it being during the ‘official’ working hours. I have really had it with this town. This is just one more reason for me to want to leave. 😩

Before returning home we did some grocery shopping. While waiting for the bus back, my sister took a photo of my new handbag. You might think that I’m a real shopping freak and you might not be entirely wrong about that – but the main reason I got this, apart from it being really cute and cheap, is that my other newish handbag doesn’t have a zipper on the main compartment. With our weather, it wouldn’t be practical to use that one during the winter. I’d get my phone wet all the time, and anything else as well. Also, I’m a little tired of carrying a handbag in my hand, rather than using a shoulder strap.

Anyway, here is the new one:

New handbag

In the background you can catch a glimpse of the ugliest railway station in Sweden. Or the most artistic one, if you ask the local authorities who contracted an artis to transform it. Ouch, my eyes are hurting. And I really love other shades of blue, not just this one.

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Help end the unbearable cruelty of meat

“As a citizen concerned about animal welfare, climate change, and biodiversity, I pledge to eat less meat (or no meat at all!), and encourage workplaces, schools, supermarkets, and restaurants to join in helping spread this critical culture change more widely. This will help animals, the planet, and my health, and contribute to keeping our planet safe for future generations.”

Click here to pledge.

I’m already vegan, what about you?