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 

There’s Nothing Wrong With Salad


May 24

2012-06-19-JarSalad2Have you ever had a salad? Well, that’s a silly question; of course you have! As vegans/vegetarians we are often categorized under rabbits – all we eat is plants, or in other words, salads. What people are often mistaking is that while salads can be rather boring, they don’t have to be. But besides, how often can you truly say you’d eat a salad as a main meal?

From experience, and I’m sure others can back me up on this one, eating a vegan/vegetarian often leads itself to better health practices, as imagined. Now I’m sure this isn’t shocking to most, but for some, it’s hard to believe that anyone could simply live off salad.

Live off salad? Well rabbits do it, but heck we don’t even need to but surely we could if we really wanted to. There are so many combinations that the possibilities seem endless. You can’t  go wrong with whole foods!

Though salads are good here and there, but I’m doubtful of anyone who lives off it alone! Even so, there are a variety of salad options like kale, collard greens or spinach as opposed to just lettuce that can be substituted or mixed in with it, for that increase the nutritional content, as well.

The truth is, salads can be just as boring as you make them. For vegan options, opt out of dairy dressings like Ranch or Cesar (contains anchovies, as well!) and stick to Italian, olive oil and balsamic vinegar, French, Poppy Seed and vinaigrettes, to name a few. You can even make your own (get recipes here) or buy vegan dressings that wouldn’t normally be vegan at a health food store.

Plus, adding all sorts of fruits and vegetables to your salads can only enhance the taste further.

  • Avocado
  • Cucumber
  • Carrot
  • Celery
  • Mushroom
  • Onion
  • Pepper (red, orange, green, or yellow)
  • Tomato
  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Pineapple
  • Strawberries
  • Raisins
  • Assorted Dried Fruit like cranberries

You can even add nuts or seeds!

  • Sunflower seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Pine Nuts
  • Walnuts

The best for last, the protein filled add-ons. Skip the chicken and opt out for a vegan option. You will not only be cutting calories, but cholesterol!

  • Beans (navy, black, kidney, white, edamame, pinto, cannellini, butter beans, or chick peas to name a few)
  • Pasta
  • Quinoa
  • Tempeh
  • Tofu
  • Meatless meats

To garnish, why not top it off with some nutritional yeast for that subtle cheese flavor or black pepper and lemon?

Did you know most bacon bits were vegan? To be sure, check the ingredients. Betty Crocker Bac-o’s Bacon Flavor Bits are. Add those babies and you have yourself a healthful salad that even meat eaters will love!

Though traditionally vegans/vegetarians don’t eat salad more than once a day or as a side along with a main course, it can also make a cheap, healthy dinner. And yes, salads don’t have to be boring; they can come to life with colorful veggies, fruits, and protein rich foods. That doesn’t sound like a dull meal to me. Besides, it’s vitamin filled and loaded with your dietary needs.

For an on-the-go meal, layer your toppings/add ons in a mason jar!

Enjoy!

 

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