18-11-09 Is using animal products a personal choice?

This week on the show I answer the question, “Using animal products is a personal choice, what right do vegans have to enforce their beliefs on others?”

Firstly, there is a 3rd party involved, so it’s not a personal choice. Personal choice implies that it’s only about you and your preferences. However, with veganism there is a 3rd party, the animals, and they are directly affected by your decision to use animal products.

Secondly, the word ‘enforce’ isn’t accurate. Vegans aren’t forcing people to do anything, we’re simply stating the facts so that you can make an informed decision. Most vegans believe that veganism is a moral obligation, but that doesn’t mean we ‘force’ people to become vegan.

I also read out some other peoples opinions on this issue and read out this recipe for a vegan breakfast casserole.

  • 6 whole-grain bread slices, very lightly toasted
  • Bean Supreme vegan sausages, to taste
  • 2 cups non-dairy milk
  • 1 cup silken tofu
  • 3 Tablespoon tahini
  • 3 teaspoons onion granules
  • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste (1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon)
  • 1/4 teaspoon marjoram

1. Lightly oil an 8 x 11.5 baking dish. Cut very lightly toasted bread into large cubes and scatter evenly across bottom of baking dish.

2. Next, if using sausages, wet fingers and break sausage into bite-sized pieces, scattering 1/2 the sausages evenly across bread cubes.

3. To a blender, add milk, tofu, tahini, onion granules, mustard, salt, syrup, lemon juice, garlic powder, thyme, black pepper and marjoram. Blend until completely smooth. Pour mixture over bread/sausage mixture.

4. Scatter remaining sausage over the top of the casserole.

5. Cover dish with plastic wrap. Place in freezer for 2 hours, or in refrigerator until liquid is “set”.

6. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Bake casserole, uncovered, until lightly browned, but not burned. (About 50 minutes.)

Serves 6

To check out Colleen Patricks podcast on this issue, click here



1 Comment

  1. Hello, I’m 39 yrs vegan who grew up on a beef & dairy farm in the North of England. You may read out any of the songs I’ve written on http://www.BeyondTheAnimalFarm.com Thanks for yr outreach/radio work
    Love and blessings until I get to NZ to meet you good folks, and the NZ/US author of “The Face On My Plate “- Jeffrey Masson
    And love and thanks from all the millions of caring Veggies in Europe. I know you sometimes feel that you are a long way of, but you who respect all life are closer to us, to reality and to the pulse of all beings than most people in the heart of London or NY. We love you
    You can phone if you’d like to question me in radio interview, at any hour
    UK 1766 523400 Malcolm E King

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