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 

Ironing Out Veg Iron Deficiency

Apr 18

Although there is a common misconception that vegans or vegetarian don’t get enough iron in their diet, this myth can easily be debunked with background knowledge. As you know, just like B12, iron is also an essential mineral because it contributes to the production of blood cells. 

Considering the importance of the mineral, deficiency can cause anaemia. And as scary as this sounds, vegan and vegetarians should not be over worried. Why? Because iron absorption is increased by the consumption of Vitamin C! The more Vitamin C, the more easily the iron is absorbed. For example, tofu and broccoli are a great combination if you are looking to increase your iron intake. The high Vitamin C rate in the tofu and high iron in the broccoli cause your body to easily absorb these minerals.So although iron in meats is more easily absorbed than planet-based foods, this can be altered with a well balanced diet — fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains, and nuts and seeds. 
If you’re concerned about your iron intake, there are simple things you can do. Besides eating the Vitamin C and iron food combination, you can cook your food in cast-iron skillets, and simply spread out your intake throughout the day. This shouldn’t be a problem if you are consistently eating a healthy variety of foods. Still not convinced? Studies show that the iron status of vegans is usually normal, and iron deficiency is no more common than in the general population. Therefore, you’re no more at risk than anyone else.Besides, did you know that you would have to eat more than 1700 calories of sirloin steak to get the same amount of iron as found in 100 calories of spinach.? It’s no wonder that this misconception is made by meat eaters and that vegetarians and vegans aren’t the ones questioning each other.
Unfortunately though, iron deficiency is dependent on your bodies ability to absorb it. Although Vitamin C intake can help, this isn’t always something you can control. If you experience any concern about your iron levels, be aware that self-diagnosis for anaemia is difficult. Therefore, it’s best to consider consulting a doctor for a blood work test. Also, realize that deficiency immediately impacts your health, but so does iron overload so having the right amount is key. Luckily, you can easily bounce back to your normal levels if you fix where you went wrong or start supplementing if you body isn’t able to absorb the iron it needs.
Take a look at the recommended iron intake:

Amounts Required (mg/day):
infants from 0-3 months - 1.7
rising at 12 months - 7.8
children - 6.1-8.7
teenagers - 11.3-14.8
men - 8.7
women - 14.8

If you thought reading a number was easy, you’ll be amazed by all the iron rich, plant-based foods below. It really can be easy.

Non-animal iron sources:

Eating red meat and organ meat are the most efficient ways to get iron, but for vegans, obviously, that’s not going to happen. Here are many plant-based foods with some of the highest iron levels:

Food  -  Amount - Iron (mg)

Soybeans,cooked – 1 cup – 8.8
Blackstrap molasses – 2 Tbsp – 7.2
Lentils, cooked – 1 cup – 6.6
Spinach, cooked – 1 cup – 6.4
Tofu – 4 ounces – 6.4
Bagel, enriched – 1 medium – 6.4
Chickpeas, cooked – 1 cup – 4.7
Tempeh – 1 cup – 4.5
Lima beans, cooked – 1 cup – 4.5
Black-eyed peas, cooked – 1 cup – 4.3
Swiss chard, cooked – 1 cup – 4.0
Kidney beans, cooked – 1 cup – 3.9
Black beans, cooked – 1 cup – 3.6
Pinto beans, cooked - 1 cup – 3.6
Turnip greens, cooked - 1 cup – 3.2
Potato – 1 large – 3.2
Prune juice – 8 ounces – 3.0
Quinoa, cooked – 1 cup – 2.8
Beet greens, cooked – 1 cup – 2.7
Tahini – 2 Tbsp – 2.7
Veggie hot dog, iron-fortified – 1 hot dog – 2.7
Peas, cooked – 1 cup – 2.5
Cashews – 1/4 cup – 2.1
Bok choy, cooked – 1 cup – 2.8
Bulgur, cooked – 1 cup – 1.7
Raisins – 1/2 cup – 1.6
Apricots, dried – 15 halves – 1.4
Veggie burger – 1 patty – 1.4
Watermelon – 1/8 melon – 1.4
Almonds – 1/4 cup – 1.3
Kale, cooked – 1 cup – 1.2
Sunflower seeds - 1/4 cup – 1.2
Broccoli, cooked  - 1 cup – 1.1
Millet, cooked - 1 cup – 1.1
Soy yogurt – 6 ounces – 1.1
Tomato juice – 8 ounces – 1.0
Sesame seeds – 2 Tbsp – 1.0

Brussels sprouts, cooked – 1 cup – 0.9

With all the plant foods available, who needs to use not eating meat as an excuse for a low iron level? If anything, eating meat is the reason for it! For more information about iron, watch the educational video below!
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  • PlzBeKind

    This is a useful page. Instead of having to repeat myself whenever this ridiculous iron issue arises, I can just post a link to this page instead. Thanks!

    • http://empathyforanimals.org/ Kailei

      Thank you! So glad it helped you :)