All Lives Matter- Today Dogs!

June 19, 2016

Dog, cats, tigers, rhinos, cows, chicken. They all matter. They can feel, they can suffer. I do not care if they are smart or not. We humans, we are so smart that we make sure we kill each other in wars, we eat GMOS and do not legalize cure for cancer.

But it is June 2016 and again the Yulin Festival. Some Chinese people  torture, killed and eat dogs. In other countries they do the same with pigs, cows and chickens. I do not agree with any culture, tradition, religion that promotes cruelty. Cows are sacred in India. I do not see Indian Animal Activist in United States trying to save cows. I wonder why.  But there are activist from around the world in China right now.

I do not agree with any culture, tradition, religion that promotes cruelty. But today I am talking about this Festival that needs to end forever.

Please, please watch the video below. If you can, share it. The people in the video are not hypocrites, they do a lot for all animals. Marc Ching is one of the heroes there.

For you that are reading this post and you love dogs and cats and eat meat, I want to tell you that it is fine. I was there. There are people who do not like any animals at all. If you like dogs or cats you have some compassion in you. You will care about what is happening in Yulin now. And maybe one day you will be seating in a restaurant and you will order a salad instead of a steak. I am pro reduction in animal consumption.

http://sni.ps/8mJ

 

An American who loves dogs but kills cows is as much an animal lover as a Chinese that rescue pandas but kills dogs

An American who loves dogs but kills cows is as much an animal lover as a Chinese that rescue pandas but kills dogs

 

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Running shoes. Are they vegan? Are they cruelty-free?

June 11, 2016

Research and more research. Does it mean they are vegan because they use the word “synthetic” in the description? Can i trust that the Stella McCartney Adidas shoes are really vegan?

There are many options out there that are for sure vegan. You can find them in the Vickerey or Mooshoes website. But do I like them? I am not sure.

How much should we pay for running shoes? We have to consider how long and how often we will wear them. I think it is appropriate to  pay more than for a pair of party stilettos. For sure I will wear the sneakers more.

vegan sneakers Nike

Nike Flyknit Green

vegan sneakers nike

Nike flyknit

Adidas Terrex vegan sneakers

Adidas Terrex

Adidas Terrex vegan sneakers

Adidas Terrex

Adidas Stella McCartney Boost 10

Adidas Stella McCartney Boost 10

Adidas Stella McCartney Boost 10

Adidas Stella McCartney Boost

Adidas Stella McCartney Boost

Adidas Stella McCartney Boost

I need a winter jacket.

December 23, 2015

I decided that the products I owned before I removed the fold over my eyes will remain with me until I have no use of them.

In the case of cosmetics and food was easier. I run out of them and started replacing with cruelty-free options. I am still learning. I am still trying to find a good green dishwasher soap that really works. So far, no luck.

Regarding clothing, I have two feather fill down North Face jackets from years before.  Last two winters in Chicago we enjoyed something called “Polar Vortex” which means temperature as low as −16 °F (−27 °C). Therefore I was wearing the two jackets, one on top of the other. They are different sizes, one extra small and the other is small.

Anyway I really like how the extra small look on me, but last year I got a couple of holes in it. So it has to go and I have to find a cruelty free one that will keep me warm.

These are my options. I still did not make up my mind.

The North Face Thermoball. I tried it on. It feels so thin. Employees at the North Face store told me that it is not warm enough for Chicago winter weather.

 

Norh Face Thermoball

Norh Face Thermoball

The Columbia Jacket. Same experience at the store. Employees told me that is not warm enough for Chicago winter weather.

Columbia Mighty lite

Columbia Mighty lite

This new brand, at least new for me. Save the duck. I love the name. There is not a store in Chicago. I could find it in a fancy gym in River North. The truth is that I did not try them on. I contacted the company, they say that the below models are perfect for Polar Vortex. I really like them. I am not sure about “made in china” label.

save the duck green

save the duck

 

save the duck blue

Save the duck

And my last option is this vegan jacket, Hoodlamb. It is pricey. The big con for me is the material, it will keep all my dog hair. I have no time for a high maintenance jacket. But i love the design!

Hoodlamb vegan jacket

Hoodlamb vegan jacket

Do you own any of these ones? Which one do you prefer? Any model do you recommend?

 

 

Around the world choices

September 27, 2015

I am located in Chicago. I have some choices, but whenever i need to buy shoes or bags, I still buy online. Lulu’s and Matt and Nat are my main online sources:

vegan shoes

vegan shoes

This is the Brave Backpack I just got from this vegan Canadian brand from Canada: Matt & Nat. It is on the big size but perfect to go to work daily.

 

Matt & Nat Brave Backpack

Matt & Nat Brave Backpack

Now I am following Nicole Neumann, who is an Argentinian model-animal lover and she has her own vegan fashion line. I can’t wait to travel to Buenos Aires to visit her store:

nikka purse nikka

 

 

 

So no matter where you are in the world, there are always vegan sources for your shopping. More brands are understanding this issue. Maybe for some of them it is just a marketing tool. I do not care. I care that less animals were hurt.

 

 

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Numbers are facts

September 20, 2015

I am a numbers person. Analytical. I believe in data and science. It seems silly to say ‘ I believe’  but there are so many people who don’t believe in it.  They are scare that they will need to change.  So first they deny it.  Instead of hating what you don’t understand, I beg humanity, please research, educate yourself. It will not hurt you! It never ends.

I wish I knew then what I know now. Hopefully I will keep saying this as I continue to grow my knowledge base.

What if I told you that it is ok to change your opinion based on new information?

DON'T HATE WHAT YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND. JOHN LENNON

DON’T HATE WHAT YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND. JOHN LENNON

So there we go: Numbers.

We start with protein. People do not care about protein, they only care when you say you are vegetarian. We know doctors do not study nutrition.

 

protein sources

protein sources

 

So you care more about animals than people? Do you care about world hunger? Do you care about global warming? Do you care about water drought?

Oh yes I care, therefore I am vegan.

 

So world hunger:

grain world hunger

 

american reduce meat grain to feed the world

american reduce meat grain to feed the world

So water and grain consumption:

1 pound of beef

1 pound of beef

 

1 pound of pork

1 pound of pork

1 pound of chicken

1 pound of chicken

 

1 pound of carrots

1 pound of carrots

 

1 pound of potatoes

1 pound of potatoes

 

and this makes me cry:

animals slaughter 100 years ago

Adopt not shop. My dog rescued me

August 8, 2015
Simon trying to look mean. Zara vegan brogue shoes

Simon trying to look mean. Zara vegan brogue shoes

Simon is so happy, we are going for a long walk

Simon is so happy, we are going for a long walk

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Simon, the walk is over. Let's go home

Simon, the walk is over. Let’s go home

Chic Fashion, cruelty free, fashion, women fashion

Poncho Gaucho Style

July 19, 2015

I try not to follow trends. I have seen fashion designers trying to create cool ponchos. I never bought those, however I saw friends wearing them and I love them.

My last trip to Argentina included to go through old pictures. I found this bad quality one of me, sitting on the floor wearing a poncho.

 

So i decided to visit stores that sell them. All those stores sell a lot of leather items, I turned my head not to see them. I was on a mission to find the best authentic cruelty free poncho for the fall season. And I did.

Childhood Poncho

Childhood Poncho

 

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Cruelty- Free Shoe Shopping

July 7, 2015

There are a lot of really good quality cruelty free shoes to buy online. We have the false belief that no leather shoes are low in quality. These high definition pictures show that you do not need to sacrifice your wallet or quality to look fabulous.

ASOS DREAMER SNEAKERS

Asos Dreamer Sneakers $36_Fotor

 

 

LULU’S Daily Shuffle Black Perforated Slip-On Sneakers

 

LULU'S Daily Shuffle Black Perforated Slip-On Sneakers $22_Fotor

 

 

 

Asos Sadie Heels $45. Perfect to go to work.

Asos Sadie Heels $45_Fotor

 

 

LULU’S Height on Time Black High Heel Booties $31

Height on Time Black High Heel Booties $31_Fotor

 

 

River Island Gusset Block Heeled Ankle Boots $68

 

River Island Gusset Block Heeled Ankle Boots $68_Fotor

LULU’S Platform-ation Tan Wedge Sandals $30

 

LULU'S Platform-ation Tan Wedge Sandals $30_Fotor

 

LULU’S Reservation for Two Fuchsia Nubuck Single Strap Heels $30.  These pink sandals are a dream.

 

LULU'S Reservation for Two Fuchsia Nubuck Single Strap Heels $30_Fotor

 

Remember that:

Shoes are the pedestal

 

And don’t forget that:

SHOES SPEAK_Fotor

 

 

 

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Awareness time

May 9, 2015
Animal Activism, change the world, earthlings, dream

Change the world!

I have been in dinners with vegetarian people in the past when I was not yet aware of what I was contributing to. I ate meat more than most of you. Remember, I grew up in Argentina, where a steak is an easy fix.

Six years ago, I found out about the horrific conditions of the factory farming, I read about it and still didn’t change. I printed a list that I found online of ten cruel practices going on in this world against animals. I started buying more vegetables, therefore decreased meat intake. But I did not stop there. Two years after I started following Peta in Facebook. I respect people who do not respect this organization; however it was my first step.  So I am thankful. Then I watched Food, Inc and Earthlings and I was done.  No more animal products for me.

But as you can see, it took me time. Therefore I conclude: Who am I to say how long has to take everybody else to make the connection? There are people that never will.

This was a process for me and for so many people. We all have our own timing to make changes in our lives. Before I criticize those who are still blindfolded I think about the time when I was blindfolded. Maybe the difference is that I never make fun of those fighting for a cause or doubt them.  That is a total different subject of conversation.

We torture ourselves with the thought of How can’t you see what is going on? Well, I wasn’t seeing it a decade ago. I did not eat meat on purpose to hurt animals, neither are them. They are not aware.  They are not rejoicing about animal cruelty on every bite they make.

We all have family members, friends that we love so much who we will keep in our lives no matter what they eat.  I can’t love them less. It is like not loving me a decade ago.

Does it hurt me? Does it affect me? Of course it does. I would love to be on the same page.  I struggle in social interactions. I keep my mouth shut many times. I do not judge. I do not feel that my opinion needs to be stated all the time.

I do not drink, I never liked the taste. My dad used to tell me that alcohol was good for me. I tried many times to drink, but one first sip is all I can do. Did I ever think that I should only be friends or relate to no drinking people? No, no and no. I love drinkers, eaters, republicans, democrats, liberals, conservationist, activists, blindfolded, happy, depressed, addicts, catholics, muslims, etc. I love people. They do not owe me anything. They do not owe me any explanation. They do what they want and it is their right, like it was mine before and it is now.

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Respect us all

January 27, 2015

I have encountered certain people that instead of appreciating other people’s activism, they are the radar police; always focusing on finding flaws on people’s behavior. You find trolls online all the time, however it is not the same when those acting as trolls are supposed to be on your team.let the dogs bark

 

 

Someone asked me yesterday if the faux leather I was wearing is produced under fair conditions. I do research the brands I buy from to make sure that they manufacture under fair conditions.

Many animal activists, who know how to cook, share their amazing dishes. They help me in this journey.  It never crossed my mind to ask any food blogger if the quinoa, soy, tempeh have been produced under fair conditions, if they bought the ingredients in a chain grocery store or in the farmers market.

I consider that you can take care of one thing at the time. Let’s not try to bite off more than we can chew. We are doing our best to consider the fairness in everything we do. We are not perfect. Haters are going to hate.

DEAR HATERS

The problem with this attitude is that it hurts the actual cause. We are trying to help animals. . What good does it do to punish somebody for not being perfect that is on your side?  Why do activists need to explain themselves? Why does it feel like they need to apologize for not being perfect? It feels like if you are not 100%, you do not qualify, so go and buy fur.

Let’s stop attacking people that are not doing a lot, but doing a little. Let’s use our energy to lead by example, to be compassionate with all of us.

We have power as consumers. If a big fashion company like Zara starts noticing that more people are consuming faux-leather instead of real leather and they see that their inventory of cow leather has no demand, don’t you think they will adjust what they buy from their providers?  We support a business. We boycott another. We send messages with our purchase choices.

consumer power

Hopefully one day the world will not need activists.  Hopefully we will all be on the same team saving the world.

Please share your thoughts about this topic with me. I look forward to reading and learning from other’s point of views