Day: August 18, 2021

Heavy Metal Icon Rob Zombie Reveals He’s Been Vegan For 9 Years.

vegan heavy metal icon Rob Zombie
The singer-songwriter has been vegan for almost a decade. Credit: Rob Zombie

Heavy Metal Icon Rob Zombie Reveals He’s Been Vegan For 9 Years

‘You just realize, oh, this is one giant brainwashed lie we’re fed from the moment we’re born’

Heavy Metal Icon Rob Zombie Reveals He’s Been Vegan For 9 Years | Plant Based News

Heavy metal icon Rob Zombie, real name Robert Bartleh Cummings, has been vegan for nine years.

The star, who is a founding member of the band White Zombie, made the announcement in a recent interview with GQ

Why Rob Zombie went vegan

He told the publication he ditched animal products while at school after watching a film ‘on how brutal’ factory farming is. Several years later he cut out dairy and eggs too – dubbing them ‘disgusting’.

“Once I went vegan, it was, like…now there’s nothing to eat,” Zombie said

“Every day it gets easier, and every day the food gets better. Veggie burgers used to be like tasteless hockey pucks, and now they’re so delicious.”

Vegan meat

Zombie also described faux meats such as the Beyond Burger as ‘transitional’ – stating that he and his wife no longer consumes them. 

“Your tastes change and what you consider healthy changes,” he explained. “But it is a process, and if someone tries to go hardcore instantly they might fail.”

“You just realize, ‘oh’. This is one giant brainwashed lie we’re fed from the moment we’re born.”Rob Zombie, Singer-Songwriter

‘One giant brainwashed lie’

The singer-songwriter then talks about how veganism was prevalent in the punk era due to its link to being anti-establishment.

“Once you make these decisions, you can’t help but learn more about it. And every day you uncover what an evil industry everything is,” Zombie says. 

“Dairy is the leading cause of breast cancer, yet Dannon is a big sponsor of the pink ribbon walks. It’s like Marlboro sponsoring the lung society or something. 

“And you just realize, oh, this is one giant brainwashed lie we’re fed from the moment we’re born. You have to uncover each layer of the sham. “

You can read the full interview here

Regards Mark

USA: Dear Wall Street Journal: Anti-Vegan Propaganda Isn’t Just Wrong, It’s Dangerous.

WAV Comment – You could say in response that the beef, (general) meat and dairy industries are getting concerned about the amount of people switching to a plant based diet.

An ad commissioned by members of the meat industry claims eliminating beef consumption is not realistic Credit: Adobe.

Dear Wall Street Journal: Anti-Vegan Propaganda Isn’t Just Wrong, It’s Dangerous

The beef industry paid for a major ad to be placed in Wall Street Journal. The ad claimed that meat is not damaging the planet

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Dear Wall Street Journal: Anti-Vegan Propaganda Isn’t Just Wrong, It’s Dangerous | Plant Based News

Last week, major international newspaper Wall Street Journal (WSJ) published a full-page ad that praised the sustainability of the meat industry. The ad also took a swing at the vegan movement, claiming that if every American stopped eating animal products, greenhouse gas emissions would only fall by 0.36 to 2 percent globally.

The ad was, unsurprisingly, paid for by the Beef Checkoff, a program designed to increase the consumption of beef.

The Center For Consumer Freedom (CCF) also worked on the ad. The CCF – which has meat industry representatives on its advisory board – runs campaigns attacking environmental protection groups and animal rights organizations.

“Beef’s environmental footprint may drive headlines, but the truth is, eliminating beef is not a realistic or impactful solution for climate change,” part of the ad reads. It carries on, saying that raising cattle actually helps protect the planet.

But the claims lack meaningful evidence. And while the meat industry’s editorial tantrums are not a new concept (see the similar ads it placed in WSJ and The New York Times in 2019), they are arguably more damaging than ever.

The global climate emergency is accelerating at an unprecedented rate. We cannot afford to be spreading misinformation on such a major scale (WSJ distributes around 2,834,000 copies a day).

So, here is an open letter to the publication, urging it to correct the advertisement. You can read the full version below.

Dear Wall Street Journal, Dear Mr. Murray,

We were forwarded the attached advertisement with manipulated science displayed in the Wall Street Journal on August 14, and we would like to ask your help in rectifying the advertisement, as continuing to promote beef consumption will cause tremendous damage to our planet. 

This advertisement is based on questionable data. It is not credible, and contradicts data supported by the international scientific reports and data from institutions such as the FAO, UNEP, and the IPCC (leading international climate data sources).

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, for example, says:

Total emissions from global livestock: 7.1 Gigatonnes of Co2-equiv per year, representing 14.5 percent of all anthropogenic GHG emissions … Cattle (raised for both beef and milk, as well as for inedible outputs like manure and draft power) are the animal species responsible for the most emissions, representing about 65 percent of the livestock sector’s emissions … feed production and processing (this includes land use change) and enteric fermentation from ruminants are the two main sources of emissions, representing 45 and 39 percent of total emissions, respectively.

The US figures for livestock production are lower but typically do not include any emissions caused elsewhere, for example for the production of livestock feed, usually in South America, which are a key driver of greenhouse gas emissions.


Switching to a plant-based diet could reduce your food-related emissions by up to 50 percent.

We just launched Diet Change Not Climate Change representing the facts accurately. 

We would prefer the Wall Street Journal to disassociate itself from the advertisement, and a confirmation it will not advertise such misleading data again. 

We would be grateful if this message could be forwarded to the correct department within the Wall Street Journal.   

Yours truly,

Jasmijn de Boo,
Vice President, ProVeg International

Robbie Lockie,
Director of Plant Based News

Regards Mark

Option 1

Option 2

Which plant milk is good for what?

A very good guide from PETA about the different varieties of plant milk

Soy milk, oat milk, rice milk, dozens of types of nut milk … The choice of vegan milk is growing all the time.
We’ll break that down.

Sure, almost everyone knows soy milk by now.
But you can make vegan milk from all kinds of legumes, nuts, seeds and grains.
Basically, all types of plant milk can be used just like cow milk, and very few people will need more than one type in the refrigerator.
In addition to personal taste, it is then above all worthwhile to pay attention to whether you prefer to buy sweetened milk (which is usually as sweet as cow’s milk) or unsweetened milk and whether you value the addition of calcium and vitamin B12.
Our list will help anyone looking for milk for a specific purpose.

Soy milk

The classic and usually the first alternative to cow’s milk that can be found in cafes or supermarkets. Soy milk comes in all possible variations and mixed forms (for example with rice milk), even if some people still claim to taste the beans through.
Otherwise the perfect all-rounder, as long as you are not allergic.

Oat milk

Another great all-purpose milk that isn’t quite as common as soy milk yet, but is working on it.
Not only great for soy allergy sufferers, but also for people for whom the soy milk in coffee always curdles despite everything.
The best latte art can be conjured up with oat milk.

Rice milk

The most watery and neutral type of plant milk. That can be annoying if you like the hot chocolate rather creamy, for example, but it can also be great if you don’t want to have an exaggerated extra taste with cornflakes, for example.

Nut milk

The plant milk with the strongest taste of its own – and that includes not only hazelnut milk, but also that made from cashews, coconut and almonds, even if they are not nuts from a botanical point of view.
In any case, great for coffee and other drinks that no longer need syrup to taste great.

Rather less suitable for everything that needs neutral milk.
And often simply too expensive for large cookie campaigns and other occasions where the taste is lost anyway.

If you are looking for a specific purpose, our list will help.

The list could go on forever, and there are sure to be people for whom nothing but lupine milk, spelled milk, hemp milk or quino milk comes into their homes.
For a start, however, it is usually enough to start at the top of the list and work your way down until you have found your favorite milk for your favorite purpose.

And I mean…For the majority of our society, the vegan lifestyle is considered an extravagant lifestyle that only people with a lot of money could afford.
This impression can come from looking at the prices charged for many vegan foods – including soy milk.
Vegan alternative products are often 50-100% more expensive than their animal counterparts.

But reality looks different…A vegan way of life is the most cost-effective way of life – if you also include the “hidden costs” of animal production in the calculation.
These include global warming, the destruction of primeval forests, pollution of the world’s oceans and the increasing diseases of civilization that are putting a strain on the health system.
But that’s not all.

In order to produce animal milk, artificially inseminated cows have to be forced to produce milk for life. The suffering of animals is enormous

This is an actual cost.
And there are real problems that cannot always be solved with money and that affect not only those who caused them, but all inhabitants of the earth (and future generations).

In the supermarket, however, it looks exactly the opposite: soy milk often costs significantly more than cow’s milk there.
Animal products would be significantly more expensive than vegetable products if there were no government subsidies.
Practically every agricultural operation also receives subsidies for the cultivation of plants, but the subsidies for factory farming are significantly higher.
No wonder dairy products are so cheap.

Animal products are the main cause of the worst ecological problems – and yet they are so easy to avoid when people become vegans.
Also because there are very good, plant-based alternative products that do not have to go without anything.
They taste good and they protect the environment and animals

My best regards to all, Venus

The zoo – no place for animals. The Great Ape Project*

“Even if zoos claim that there is no place of learning where one can observe and learn to understand nature better, the exact opposite is the case: Zoos are suitable for nothing less than establishing a clear reference to nature.
Rather, zoo visitors are systematically instructed to misunderstand the distorted images, clichés and caricatures of nature presented in cages and concrete bunkers as nature itself.

That is why they do not notice the suffering of the caged animals, robbed of their freedom and dignity: They learn to see the unnatural as the natural.

At most, zoos encourage visitors to buy their own cages, terrariums or aquariums and to place exotic wild animals – monkeys, parrots, geckos, ornamental fish, etc. – as decorative elements in the living room: seen in the zoo, bought in the zoo animal trade.

Myriads of exotic wild animals are imported into Germany every year in order to disappear, completely uncontrolled, in some private households (where they are often kept under even more inadequate conditions than in zoos and / or are “disposed of” after a short time if the maintenance costs become too high or interest in them wanes).

It is not uncommon for the zoos themselves to sell “surplus” animals to private owners”.
(from the book by Colin Goldner** : The Zoo – No Place for Animals, Aschaffenburg, Germany 2017)

“Not a single one of the zoos comes up with the idea of encouraging zoo visitors through appropriate information and education to make a personal contribution to animal, nature and environmental protection.

And to discourage them from eating dead animals or food made from animal products at least on the day of their visit to the zoo.

Quite the opposite: the food on offer in most zoo restaurants is extremely meat-heavy and corresponds to that of a below-average factory canteen or motorway service station (…) Nowhere is it more obvious than on the menu of a zoo restaurant.

The message to the zoo visitors: Animals can be gazed at in the zoo just as safely as they can be eaten in the zoo restaurant: after all, there are only animals that are there for this very purpose. ”
(From the book by Colin Goldner: Lifelong behind bars – The truth about gorillas, orangutans & Co in German zoos)

*The Great Ape Project, initiated in 1993 by the philosophers Paola Cavalieri and Peter Singer, calls for the great apes – bonobos, chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans – to be recognized because of their great genetic similarity to humans and their similarly complex cognitive, affective and social ability to recognize certain basic rights that have hitherto been reserved for humans: the basic right to life, to individual freedom and to physical and psychological invulnerability.

**Colin Goldner (* 1953 in Munich) is a German psychologist who also works as a non-fiction author and science journalist.
In 2011 Goldner was entrusted with the relaunch of the Great Ape Project, which demands basic rights for great apes, and speaks about this at home and abroad.

And I mean...Zoos are open air prisons.
In Europe, these prisons – which are even funded by the EU – operate as follows: Young wild animals are separated from their mother, the natural environment in which they lived and their family and sold to owners of open prisons, where they are kept for life in some pitiful squares of land but mainly in narrow cells.

Frankfurt Zoo: 50-year-old facility that looks like the toilets of a train station

There they spend a life in restriction and monotony, winter and summer, with a unique freedom of movement the “come and go” without the ability to behave and act as dictated by the needs of their species. Depression, mental trauma, unusual aggression, premature death are some of the consequences of slavery.

The inmates receive daily visits.
Like all the uneducated, ignorant, uninformed, some fall victim to the dirty advertising that the outdoor prison company sells on the internet and go out with their wives and children on the weekends because … “it is a place of knowledge and recreation for young and old”.

A solid portion of dementia and anesthesia is required for a parent to choose animal prisons as a place of education for their children and to even pay for their maintenance with a ticket.
No civilized and sensitive person should find fun and enjoyment at the sight of a daily tragedy of animal creatures

In terms of our moral behavior towards other animals we still live on trees.

My best regards to all, Venus