Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Animal Welfare/Meat Eating on National Dog Day

Namaste readers! On this day that's been declared National Dog Day for reasons I don't know, I decided to make a quick blog post on animal welfare and how best to promote it, at least here in the society I live in.

This may be old news, but it's still relevant to what I'm talking about here: over 400 million animals were spared last year in the United States due to people eating less meat.

Experts, at least like the one quoted in the above article, are attributing this to meat reduction campaigns, like Meatless Mondays. Of course, hardcore vegans are saying that meat reduction campaigns are not only not enough, but they may be contributing to the problem of eating meat because such campaigns still encourage meat eating.

I want to say to such people, can't you take success where you can find it? Yes, there may be more to do, but putting a negative spin even on progress such as this isn't helping anyone. If anything, in my opinion, poo-pooing an obvious success like this is only showing that you're unreasonable.

I know I shouldn't be one to talk on this topic because I still eat meat...but I wish people could recognize that I am cutting down. I try to avoid beef whenever possible (I don't always succeed, and for that I'm sorry). I cut down where I can, and will continue to do so. Will I be vegetarian or vegan one day? I can't predict the future on that. But I just want some acknowledgment that I am making a difference. And I think the above article is proof.

If meat reduction campaigns weren't successful, then wouldn't news like the above not occur? Wouldn't meat eating rates stay constant? Yes, there is more to do in order to promote a more compassionate humanity. But if you lose your compassion towards your fellow human because they happen to eat meat, what's the point?

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Support my Blog on Patreon!

Namaste readers!

This blog post will be short and sweet. In a nutshell: I'm starting a Patreon page for my blog! You can find it here.

What is Patreon? For those who don't know:
Now that you've got a primer, check out my Patreon page linked to above to get an idea of what I want to do. For starters, I'm hoping to move my blog to a space where I can make it much prettier without having to learn to code - I want to migrate the blog to Squarespace.

Unfortunately, Squarespace charges subscription fees. Which is why I've set up the Patreon campaign - I want to transform this blog not only into something that's not an eyesore, but something genuinely useful to those who read it.

Financially supporting my blog is completely optional, of course. I can still write great content on Blogger. But wouldn't it be nice for it to look nice, too? :)