About Empathy For Animals

The Goal:

Empathy For Animals promotes positive change for animals by discussing norms in society viewed as acceptable while challenging other views on animal rights and their place in our culture. Empathy For Animals wants humanity to realize the truth with relatable reasoning. Although we tend to use emotion and feeling to connect to others, we also use this information as an informative approach to open the eyes of others that empathy exists in all forms of life. Anyone can make a change for animals; it all starts with empathy: the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

The Story:

First of all, let me start out by introducing myself & stating why I started the site. My name is Kailei. I have been vegetarian since ~2007. At the time, I was 11 years old. My inspiration towards a change in empathy for animals is drastic, and has always been (hence the name). I have always loved animals and it wasn't till I was a little older that I realized what the hypocrite I was. Like everyone else, I pondered upon the idea of how one could love one animal, and eat the next. It just simply did not make sense and I would beat myself up over it, thinking it was my fault, why the world is the way it is today. As you could possibly imagine, I was constantly looked and talked down upon from previous friends and family because of having a different opinion. But to me, this was no opinion, this was logic & the way of life. Due to societal discrimination, it took me years & years to build the confidence I have today about my lifestyle; though it should not be that way, for finding truth & reason is such a beautiful thing. I hope you can see that some day, too. By starting this journey for truth at a young age, I know that being different than a majority of the population isn't easy. But change isn't easy. So, I'm here to tell you that it's not; it's not your fault, it's their fault. The people who contribute to support these inhumane practices for the sake of taste, entertainment, fashion, or whatever the case may be. You can make a difference simply by the choices you make every single day. I don't care what the world does. You're not the world, you are you. And you can make the change for the world... for yourself... and for the animals. Follow me in my journey as I go through my every day life supporting my new found truth with those who support me.

Thank you for being a part of the change for animals, for every positive difference is still a step forward towards animal liberation.

{It’s entirely possible that animal compassion runs through my veins}.

~Kailei, Founder of Empathy For Animals 

GO Veggie! Now Offers Vegan Cheese


Jul 18

DairyFreeShreds-mex-11There’s good news for the vegan community: GO Veggie! is no longer here to trick us anymore; they now have vegan products! If you’re like me, you’ve run into GO Veggie! at your grocery store and saw the words “lactose free” on the package of a company called “GO Veggie!;” the message seemed clear, until the ingredients suggested otherwise. Their products weren’t vegan as they still contained casein as the second ingredient! And if you’re not careful, maybe you slipped that what you thought was vegan cheese, into your cart and later into your mouth! Yikes…

Luckily, GO Veggie! has finally came to their senses and is available in vegan options; they are now clearly labeled “vegan” and “dairy free” on the front package.

Being the curious person I am, I gave GO Veggie! a second chance; as I wasn’t pleased with what I bought the first round. Besides, what interested me the most the first time was the price!

Luckily, I must say, the vegan “cheese” shreds do get rid of those cheese cravings. Though, it depends what your idea of “cheese” tastes like in the first place. Personally, the taste was too much for me. ‘Too much?’ It’s true! Though these vegan “cheese” shreds are better for you than real cheese and obviously guilt-free, the taste itself was extremely rich and almost made me feel guilty.

Though it did melt faster than real cheese, I must say I was impressed but not impressed at the same time. The best way to describe my feelings with GO Veggie! products overall is love-hate.

The “cheese” shreds I tried was Mexican Style, so maybe that has something to do with the way they tasted but I couldn’t imagine that being so. To me, they tasted buttery and fattening, not clean, like I would have expected. If you’re into a richer tasting “cheese” than I recommended you give them a try; though I can’t speak for every product or style of cheese they have. For $2.99, you can’t go wrong with putting them on pasta or to sprinkle on dishes. I wouldn’t recommend making quesadillas or grilled “cheese” with them though; without a taste test, first. Who knows? Maybe you’ll fall in love, or maybe you’ll feel the same as me.

Personally, I still admire Parmela Vegan Parmesan Style Cheese compared to those I have tried, but then again isn’t too many. I care more for the ingredients: “blanched almonds, cashews, nutritional yeast flakes, soybean, salt, tamari (water, soybeans, salt), vegan lactic acid” as, as opposed to: “water, canola oil,* cornstarch,* vegetable glycerine,* arrowroot starch,* tricalcium phosphate, pea protein,* salt, natural vegan flavors,* rice maltodextrin,* lactic acid (non-dairy), sunflower lecithin,* xanthan gum,* annatto* (color), powdered cellulose* added to prevent caking. *Non-GMO” in the GO Veggie! Mexican style shreds.

All in all, it all comes down to preference and as long as no one is harmed in the making, who cares what you preference is as long as it’s good for your health, and your taste buds!?

If you’re interested, you can check out GO Veggie’s! dairy-free “cheeses” here. They also have grated toppings, blocks, cream cheese, and slices along with shreds.

What’s your favorite vegan cheese?

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  • ecw

    I didnt like the flavor, its acquired.

    • http://www.empathyforanimals.org/ Kailei

      I’d have to agree with you! Wasn’t my favorite. What’s yours?

      • ecw

        I don’t have one, unfortunately I couldn’t hack being a vegan. I’m a vegetarian. Maybe I will try again later in life after a lot more research. Baby steps :-)

        • http://www.empathyforanimals.org/ Kailei

          Time will tell! Good luck. You know there’s plenty of resources for you here and I’m just an e-mail away!
          :)

          • ecw

            Thanks