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Jalen Lumia: Stop this once and for all Thursday, 22 May 2014 at 6:06am
It is easy and you are helping the animlas and it us healthy
Teisha: Vegetarian 4 LIfe Monday, 19 May 2014 at 4:28pm
I have been a vegetarian for nearly two years and I have never felt healthier, I have also cut back on dairy and eggs, it breaks my heart to see animals treated with such disrespect.
Brenda Gnader: Vegetarian Thursday, 8 May 2014 at 9:29am
I became a vegetarian 1 1/2 years ago when I found out my husband had lung cancer.  He did die in Sept. but I am still a vegetarian.  I had wanted to do this for a long time because I've been an animal rights activist for 30 years.  I love being a vegetarian and I am the only one in my family and friends that is.  I feel clean on the inside.
Joanne Russel: Tears still streaming down my face Thursday, 8 May 2014 at 7:32am
I never knew that these beautiful creatures were being killed that way.  I was always under the impression they were slaughtered humanely.  I watched the video and I was aghast as these creatures struggled for every last breath.  I will not eat PORK again!!  I am not a vegetarian but I expect all the animals we do eat should be  treated with respect and killed humanely.  THAT WAS NOT HUMANE.  Thank you ANIMALS AUSTRALIA for opening my eyes.
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Sue kimberley: Veg long term Thursday, 8 May 2014 at 3:44am
I've been  vegetarian for forty years, signed the pledge anyway.
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jenny Mccurley: no meat Thursday, 8 May 2014 at 10:54pm
I have never been a big pork eater, bacon and ham in small lots, a roast of pork has never been on my menu, and so now bacon and ham will be off it all the time now, in this day and age I would have thought that the intelligent people would be able to get things right when it came to animal rights , but as I have seen in this last year we have a very very long way to go, governments need to start thinking out side the money box.

jenny McCurley
Ruth: Vegan/vegetarian friendly dietician? Thursday, 8 May 2014 at 8:35pm
Hello, can anyone recommend a vegetarian nutritionist? I'm intolerant to fructose, especially soy, legumes. & onions so I really struggle with finding vegetarian protein meals. The dieticians I've seen just give me diets full of meat. Are there any more vegan-friendly professionals who might be able to advise me? I live in Melbourne.
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Brenda: Horror and shame at being human Thursday, 8 May 2014 at 5:42pm
As a meat eater, a wildlife volunteer carer, chook and dog owner and lover, I am sickened  by the methods we use to to farm and kill animals for our consumption!!!!!! We have to continue to bring to the attention of the wider community, politicians, farmers, industry workers, multi-nationals, in fact all along the food chain!! the gravity of these horrors!! AND THE HUMANE METHODS AVAILABLE. THESE METHODS SHOULD BE LEGISLATED FOR EFFECTIVE USE. Concerted 'people power' is the only way to get through to those who can think only of the financial 'bottom line'
Margot Hays: Vego go go Thursday, 8 May 2014 at 5:27pm
I have been a vegetarian since 1996. It would fee like being a cannibal if I are any of my animal bird sea life friends. %uD83D%uDC0E%uD83D%uDC10%uD83D%uDC16%uD83D%uDC13%uD83D%uDC02
Jill: I started being vegetarian and now my whole family has followed! Wednesday, 7 May 2014 at 6:43am
I became vegetarian over 2 years ago when I first became aware of the animal cruelty involved, and also watched a DVD called Forks over Knives. Since then my entire family has followed suit (which makes it so much easier at mealtimes). My kids aged 18 and 16 (boys) have been amazing in their commitment,as its not an easy thing to do at that age with the peer pressure from their mates. We are all much healthier and more energetic than we were. And happy that no animals are suffering due to us.  We are mostly vegan but still have a bit of a way to go with the cheese thing!
Ella Moffatt: Krill? Friday, 12 October 2012 at 2:57am
My Mum wants me to take krill tablets because she is worried about my health. I have been a vegetarian for about 3 years and I've refused to take fish oil. What could I take besides fish oil or krill?
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Melody: Perth veg restaurants Saturday, 17 March 2012 at 11:30pm
I'm surprised there's no mention of Utopia here-It's a wonderful (fully vegetarian, partially vegan) restaurant that's really close to Perth city. It's also pretty cheap! AND they sell bubble tea, heres more info: http://www.bestrestaurants.com.au/restaurants/WA-Perth-Central-utopia.aspx

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Rosalba Formato: Vegetarian Recipe - Pesto Lasagne ^__^ Sunday, 2 October 2011 at 4:05pm
I'm so happy to have taken the pledge and I'd like to share with you a great vegetarian recipe that I hope you will appreciate!


Pesto Lasagne "Rosalba Recipe" (with Besciamella Sauce!)

Ingredients:

Pesto
A cup of fresh basil (about 30 leaves)
1 clove of garlic
2 tablespoons grated Parmigiano
2 tablespoons grated Tuscan or Sardinian pecorino — Romano is too sharp; if need be increase the Parmigiano
1/2 cup excellent olive oil
1/3 cup pine nuts (optional)
Salt to taste

Besciamella
5 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
3 cups milk
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
2 medium saucepans
Wire whisk

A pound (500 g) of lasagne, either fresh or dried, and more grated Parmigiano


Preparation:

1) At first prepare the Besciamella Sauce.
Melt 5 tablespoons of butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
Stir in 4 tablespoons of flour and cook for about 7 minutes until the mixture is smooth and a light golden brown.
Heat 3 cups of milk in another medium saucepan until just below boiling.
Pour the hot milk immediately into the butter and flour mixture a cup at a time, constantly whisking with a wire whisk.
Bring the mixture to a boil for 30 seconds, then remove from heat.
Stir in 2 tablespoons of salt, and a half teaspoon each of black pepper and nutmeg.
Set apart to cool.

2) Preheat oven to 190 C and set pasta water to boil.

3) Prepare the pesto.
Mince, in a food processor, the basil, garlic, cheeses, and a pinch of salt; you should aim for a uniform paste, rather than a liquid. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and add the oil in a slow stream, stirring so as to amalgamate it.

4) Mix the pesto and the besciamella sauce to get a lovely green, soft, aromatic sauce!

5) If the lasagne are fresh, cut the sheets into four inch squares if need be. Salt the boiling pasta water, add a spoonful of oil to it so the sheets won't stick, and add the pasta. Cook it till it's al dente, and then remove the sheets with a slotted spoon and set them to drain on a clean cloth.

6) Melt a dab of butter in a lasagne tray, then lay down a layer of pasta and a thin layer of he mix pesto/besciamella sauce, sprinkle with grated cheese, and lay down another layer of pasta.

7) Continue alternating pasta and pesto till all is used up, heat through in the oven (abt 30min.), and serve.


Buon Appetito!  ^__^

Rosalba
Candice: First Time Veg Monday, 26 September 2011 at 8:04am
I have a few friends who are vegetarians and they decided to do so due to the treatment of animals. I have always wanted to do so but didn't think I had it in me so I'm giving it a week and see how I go. But I do have a question. Due to the fact that my veg friends not only don't ear meat of any kind but they also drink soy milk and other replacements for animal by-products but they haven't replaced everything. So I'm not sure exactly what defines a vegetarian exactly because, though I think I may fin it possible to give up meat as I don't eat it much anyway, I'm not sure if I really have the will power to give up all animal by-products. If someone could reply and define exactly what it means to go veg that would be great.
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jess: no meat for me Friday, 23 September 2011 at 10:37am
i have Been a vegetarian for 21 months n am proud to have stuck to it knowing its a healthier option n i dnt think ill ever go bak to eating meat no matter the peer pressure, i like being different n killing animals is a deff no noi
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Angela Bentley: Being Veggi for a week Wednesday, 6 October 2010 at 1:39am
Well my daughter and I took the pledge and became veggie's on the 1st October.  Been very tired, what am I doing wrong?  We have not missed meat at all and I love the feeling that I am not contributing to animal cruelty.  I think I could become a veggi full time quite easily.
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Merrill Kuhnemann: Found New Product Friday, 1 October 2010 at 2:18am
Hi Everyone, I found new product Made in Australia.  375ml can of Nestle Carnation Soy creamy cooking Milk.  Is Cholesterol Free, Lactose Free, Gluten Free, Ideal for both sweet and savoury dishes and has creamy taste and texture.  This cooking milk is specifically designed for cooking creamy meals such as pasta, quiche and sweet desserts and is suitable for vegetarians.  Have fun trying it.
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Mary Alice Donaldson: Veg Week-YES Thursday, 30 September 2010 at 6:59pm
Our systems will thank us for going Veg.  Great way to stay healthy and save some beautiful animals. Thank you Azzies, for I will start the trend in the U.S. Our country is turning into an "obese" country. WAY too much fast food. Slow down, prepare healthy meals and have more energy and loose weight.
Thank you to all my friends in Perth and  Western Australia,especially Lynn and John.
Alice Donaldson , Boston, Massachusetts
Cassy: Flesh - Ugh Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 2:14am
At first the realisation that I was eating flesh made me give up.  Now that I have been a veggie for so many years I am more aware of the awful treatment that animals receive in factory farming situations and I try to bring meat eaters attention to this fact.

Have just found Quorn in the supermarkets, which is great for those of us who can't eat soy.
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Brooke Arthur: Why i made friends with salad! Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 9:21pm
Ive been vegetarian for a year now and Im healthier than ever! I first became a vegetarian for health reasons, I was over weight, my cholesterol was through the roof and I was just veeeery unhealthy!
Since being cruelty free ive lost 15kgs and my cholesterol levels are back to normal! While doing research I found my vegetarianism was even better because I save 100 animals a year!!! Ive hopped on board to many 'Cruelty free' sites and now started campaigning to stop meat farms from destroying the earth and to stop the slaughter of many cattle. Its not nessacary to kill THAT many cattle a year its just ridiculous!  Im a huge believer of "we should only eat what we are prepared to kill and skin ourselves" so seeming as how I could never EVER harm an animals I will remain vege forever. And will always encourage people to become vegie too!
Sheree Johnson: Happy veggie! Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 9:21pm
Yay!! Too see many people with heart and humanity is encouraging. I get so sad and frustrated with the worlds ignorance, its warming to know there are others out there, who like me have respect and compassion. Thumbs up ppl. <3<3<3
Rhie Stevens: being veg for 2 years Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 9:08pm
I haven't eaten meat for 2 years and i feel incredible. If 2 animals are saved by not eating meat for a week, then 2 years is saving more then I can count :)
I'm so proud of myself and anyone that chooses to sign this pledge!
Alison Cruickshank: Recipe Ideas? Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 7:57pm
hey, I am Mum to a family of five and would like to go down the vegetarian track.  I support much of the comments I have read, but it is a BIG step to take, as much as I would like to.  We already grow lots of our own veges and fruit and I am sure we can take this next step too... with guidance!

I have a fabulous baked bean recipe with fennel, dahl and lasagne recipes and would love to share and get ideas - ESPECIALLY quick meals for families that will suit the younger members and that don't require me to fine obscure or expensive ingredients.

Ali
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Liz Dealey: My light bulb moment Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 7:34pm
I stopped eating meat 26 years ago when I realised that my money was buying into torture and abuse of animals. I was an 'animal lover',  but you can't be an animal lover if you eat them. And I went vegan a year afterwards, so 25 years vegan and happy and healthy.
Renea S from Sydney: I don't support animal cruelty Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 7:16pm
I've been going veg for 11 months now, and i love that i can eat with a guilt free conscience! I am the only one in my family and circle of friends to be doing this, that's fine and it's great knowing that so many other people are just like me!
We're making the world a better place, and there should be more like us. I'm so proud! :)
Angie Hoffmann: vegetarian Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 6:53pm
Hi, devoted friends of animals

I am already a vegetarian.  I cannot understand how those Naked Apes are slaughtering intelligent animals for consumption.  Will they ever wake up?

Angie
Greta Jourdane: Never liked meat as a kid Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 6:09pm
As a kid I never ever tolerated meat, it was given to me on a plate and Id just push it around the plate with my fork, now I realise it was probably because sub consciously I knew it wasn't right to be eating it. I am a vegetarian and love to go to vegan resturaunts, the meals are a;lways great, food is wonderful and so tasty I don't go now where Im having to sit and watch pple digging into meat, it saddens me too much and I feel like ripping into them about it. pple keep telling me I need to eat meat I look pale bla bla!!  you can imagine what I tell them. This world needs so much work done on its pple . Im actually pleasantly amazed at so many pple here like myself. Bless the animals  they will always have sympathy in my heart no matter what, I respect and honour their existence more than pple. :)
Stephanie Fraissl: Vegetarian for 9 months Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 2:11pm
I thought it would be a hard transition but it really is not. All I have to do is think about where the food came from and there's no way I could eat it. When I still ate meat I made a practice of thinking about the animal I was about to eat and to try to understand what its suffering might have been like, so then when I ate it I prevented myself from denying the truth about where it came from.  Eventually, I just couldn't do it anymore, and I'll never go back. Its not a choice anymore, but my obligation to these creatures.
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Sonja Nielsen: Proud Vegan :) Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 12:52pm
I am already Vegan. I made that choice because I didn't wish to support the intense suffering that goes on in the meat industry one more day
Neale Blackwood: Its easier than you think Tuesday, 28 September 2010 at 9:05am
I went Vegan 5 years ago after wanting to for about 5 years. I thought it would be harder but its pretty easy with a bit of research to make sure you get all your nutrients. I take B12 tablets which is the ONLY nutrient you can't get as a vegan.

The argument that sold me was from a Hindu. He said why do you let your tongue make ethical decisions for you? Because it tastes good you allow animals to suffer and be killed for your enjoyment. That struck home to me.
 
I don't see a reason to eat animals or animal products. Its easy to get every nutrient you need (except B12) from a plant based diet. You used to get B12 from plants (you don't need much) but the agricultural methods have reduced it to zero.

Eating out is a PAIN though!
Tootlez: 2nd attempt Tuesday, 28 September 2010 at 6:00am
I was vegetarian for 6mths last year but just did'nt stick with it. Thanks for reminding me why it's so important. This time I'm going to stick with it!
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Janet: Go veggie! Tuesday, 28 September 2010 at 5:54am
Yay for Veg Week! I'm gonna bake vegan cupcakes for all my friends to celebrate!
Mike: The pledge is made Tuesday, 28 September 2010 at 5:40am
Awesome idea. Consider it done! The pledge is made. For the animals!
Lisa Dye: I'm going to try Tuesday, 28 September 2010 at 5:05am
I've taken the pledge and will go veg for the week. I'm exited about trying some of these recipes. I want to become a vegetarian and this is a great way to give it a try. Thanks so much for these ideas!
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Anne Green: Going veg a no-brainer Friday, 3 October 2014 at 2:18am
I'm probably what they call a "flexitarian" in that I do eat meat, but can happily dispense with it. I really enjoy meals without meat and if the effort to go without for a week can save the lives of just two animals, there's no reason to hesitate and plenty of reason to adopt it as a longer term habit.
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Beck: Australian pig farmers Monday, 18 August 2014 at 7:30am
Hi everyone. I was recently horrified by some video footage of really inhumane pig farming I love pigs, they are really intelligent, very clean and  sociable.
I went o the aussie pig farmers website to see what they had to share about the industry. They are claiming that animal welfare activists broke into their farm early in the morning. Before they had fed the pigs which is why the pigs were distressed.
Anyway I asked them if they had any evidence for their claim and also sent this link which exposes australian pig farms http://www.aussiepigs.com/piggeries

I am waiting for their response.
Margaret: Go Vegans Monday, 2 June 2014 at 2:58am
Go Vegans- it is the most natural thing in our world.  It promotes compassion, patience and well-being for everything livng being on this, our planet.
Nicky: Making the change to ethical consumerism Friday, 9 May 2014 at 1:23am
I have been vegetarian for 10 years and in the last two months have made the switch to dairy free (I do still eat eggs). Recently my diet has been turned up side down with a number of digestive problems and I have been put on a low FODMAP diet, which is a killer for a dairy free vegetarian as all legumes are a no go.  However I am now discovering some great alternatives to protein and trying new recipes.  As I work through this, I'm only on day 4, I will post some recipes.  In the meantime I did find this amazing blog with some great recipes and some yummy sweet things @ www.gluten-free-vegan-girl.com/.
sasha black: Have gone Vegan Friday, 9 May 2014 at 9:21pm
Been veggie on and off for @ 20 yrs and was reading lots of Vegan books, cooking mainly Asian and Indian dishes then took the step about 2 months ago and loving it, love the web for all the vegan support especially on instagram, feel connected to other veggies and vegans, even the Husband went veggie over 2 years ago...animals are my friends and I dont eat my friends!
I have a good friend who read JS Foer's book and has now gone Veggie too, we have lots of meat eaters for dinner and they said they could go veggie with the food we do for them!!!!!!!!
Kaz: It Is Easy To Be Vegetarian Just Try It Friday, 9 May 2014 at 7:53pm
I've been a vegetarian for over 30 years and my children were raised as vegetarians and with compassion for all creatures be they human or of the insect variety and everything in between. I am always appalled by the levels of cruelty that is inflicted upon animals particularly as I have been known to tell others that we don't need to kill to eat.
I also signed the Veg Pledge too.
Margaret Scown: starting out Thursday, 8 May 2014 at 12:38am
I don't eat any pig products, or lamb.   Just have to work on chicken, fish and a little bit of beef, like in mincemeat.
thanks for the food hints on what to look for and buy.
My love of animals, my distress at how they are treated and how they are slaughtered, and my love of the environment, has led me in this direction - just have to work on the grandchildren now!
Ray Mizzi: die hard lifer Thursday, 8 May 2014 at 7:38pm
At the back our dog (red kelpie cattle 13 weeks) barks, he romps and tries to harass Suki (cat 10) who has taught him from day one to respect her space. He throws himself at me, and if I ride the bike he already runs next to me for kilometres,without missing a beat, he is explosive, full of energy and innocent, and Suki has already taught him the rules, she is a madam. He is a little boy who wants to play, full of life an happy, just like pigs and cows, and all animals. What really, REALLY, scares me, is how much of us we see in them and how much we (society) chooses to block our exploitation or deny their pain in our consciousness. I believe semantics of language will soon change, and we will speak with animals using technology. Oh, at that time we will cry, we will cry, we will cry ashamed.
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Linda Plowman: Matthew Fernie: Why go Veg? Friday, 30 September 2011 at 8:39am
"The trouble with you "Veg" people is you haven't eaten enough beef for healthy brain function so you lack the cognitive skills to come up with a reasonable argument for not eating meat".(comment from Matthew Fernie),

I guess being new to these issues of what animals go through to make a good meal or not, really has nothing to do with attacking another about brain function, does there have to arguments if someone chooses to eat grass fed beef or not eat any animals for what ever reason.

My reason to take the veg pledge is to become more aware of the animals of Industry suffering for profit and the cruel ways they are farmed, my mind is clear about not eating them.

As for Matthew Fernie's info on grass fed beef, i'ts better than grain lot fed beef pumped with hormones, that don't  have the pleasure of grazing, thats unnatural, unkind and unhealthy, as long as there are animals, people will eat them:( and the truth is looked after animals e.g. needs meet with kindness, up to the point of humane slaughter, this meat would be easier to digest, there is no excuse for cruelty to have meat as a food source, I choose not to eat it and I don't feel that farmers that give their livestock the best care untill humane slaughter should be frowned at, thats not to say some farmers need to come out of the dark ages.

Other areas of pain and suffering, after working as a vet nurse, seeing the love of people for their pets and seeking veterinarian care for the sick animals, some of the treatments to heal are so painful, it would break my heart, one brave little dog hit by a car, had it's front leg degloved of all it's skin, every week the dressing had to be changed and redressed, the owner waited out side of the surgery, as it was so painful, that little dog trembled in fear and pain, never made a sound, this went on for weeks, now I see the owner and dog walking in the park, both so happy together, like it never happened.

Makes you wonder sometimes as to how much suffering there is in all areas of life, Ok, I feed the cat's grass fed beef, my husbane eats grass fed beef, and many of my friends do that I have sent e-mails to take the pledge to veg week. Hope they do:)
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brianna: scientific studies on soy Sunday, 25 September 2011 at 6:41pm
Hi guys, it has been plaguing my mind for a while to be come veg. I have tried once or twice before but failed after a few weeks due to my lack of information and understanding on how  to get adequate nutrition. This time I am trying to research recipes and the like. I came across some website's that suggest that soy products have estrogen like properties which can contribute to the formation of cancers such as breast cancer and also cause men (in extreme cases to develop breasts). I was kind of alarmed, being that I used to be a die hard dairy fan and have moved on to soy as a substitute. I consume soy milk, yoghurt, tofu usually in some form at every meal. I also have started my husband on soy which he has taken well too.. I also have learnt tht in nutrition food options with less ingredients are better for you. I.e less ingredients mean more natural / healthy. If this is true soy milk fails badly comparerwd to dairy. I really want to stick to this but I need help. Has anyone read anything similar? I don't like rice or almond milk. Does anyone have info regarding health benefits? Has anyone noticed changes in there body after being on soy for long periods? Any help would be great thanks..
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Robert Sanders: Vegemite Sunday, 25 September 2011 at 5:58pm
Doesn't vegemite contain animal products ?
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Mick E Boy. Perth.: :)) Saturday, 24 September 2011 at 7:23pm
Beautiful thanks :))
Kengie: Newbie Friday, 23 September 2011 at 9:19am
hi, well i have nvr been vegetarian b4 and i was wondering, is it healthy to be vegetarian your whole life?
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Giovanna Budel: Paix avec le monde Friday, 1 October 2010 at 2:06pm
Je suis vegetarienne depuis 5 ans et quasi vegan.  Je n'ai plus de problème au niveau de la colonne, les examens sanguins sont excellents, aucune carence!!
Le matin je me lève heuresue de savoir que pour mon alimentation  ne sauront plus assassinés des animaux.  Je suis en paix avec la nature.
La sensation de paix  avec tout ce qui vit sur la planète est une sensation merveilleuse, j'ai découvert le "bonheur".
Je ne sais comment j'ai fait pour m'alimenter de cadavres pendant cinquante ans.
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