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National Vegetarian Month Ramps Up Activist Efforts In October


Skip National Vegetarian Month and focus on the benefits of animal proteins in a well-balanced diet.

According to, 25% of Americans believe animals should have the same rights as people. That would mean your dog, Fluffy, could sue you if some lawyer deems her dog food isn’t adequate. It also would mean finished steers couldn’t be slaughtered because it would be considered murder. It sounds ridiculous, but that doesn’t mean animal rights groups won’t inch their way toward that extreme by using strategic legislation and litigation efforts.

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Last Monday was National Vegetarian Day, and the rest of this month is marked to celebrate those who abstain from animal products in their everyday lives. This offers animal rights activists the opportunity to promote their latest campaigns, one of which is to regulate ranchers out of business and liberate our livestock, while also encouraging vegetarians to take it one step further and go vegan.

Of course, I won’t be partaking in this month of vegetarian eating. Instead, I fully plan to participate in October’s National Pork Month. As HSUS is busy suing the National Pork Board and the pork checkoff program, I plan to enjoy my fill of bacon, pork chops and pork roasts, as well as ham in my omelets.

For those of you on the fence about whether a vegetarian lifestyle might be superior to one that includes meat, I would like to share a graphic that I found on the Team Beef South Dakota Facebook page last week.

Comparing four different foods for calories and grams of protein, beef is, without a doubt, the superior choice. Calorie-for-calorie, beef trumps soy tofu cubes, black beans and peanut butter; plus it tastes way better and is much more satisfying than choking down these vegetarian protein alternatives.

According to Team Beef South Dakota, “All four food choices contain 25g of protein, but which has the fewest calories? A 3-oz. serving of lean beef contains 25g protein and only 180 calories; 1¼-cup raw soy tofu cubes contains 25 g protein and 236 calories; 1½- cup serving of black beans contain 25g protein and 374 calories; 7 tablespoons peanut butter contains 25g protein and 670 calories.”

Over the weekend, the North Dakota CattleWomen sponsored their first-ever Beefin’ It Up 5K/10K Run and Walk in Mandan, where they promoted beef and raised money to purchase beef nutrition books for elementary schools. This is one way beef producers are actively promoting beef as a part of a healthy diet, and showing athletes that they can ditch the expensive protein bars and stick with beef as their fuel of choice.

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Join me this month of October in promoting healthy beef and pork as a part of a healthy, well-balanced diet. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty disgusted about HSUS teaming up with farmers to sue the beef and pork checkoff programs, and while I’ll continue to follow the saga with interest, I’m also going to focus on being proactive and sharing the positive news about animal agriculture. Will you?

Discuss this Blog Entry 13

Anonymous (not verified)
on Oct 7, 2012

“The beef industry has contributed to more American deaths than all the wars of this century, all natural disasters, and all automobile accidents combined. If beef is your idea of "real food for real people" you'd better live real close to a real good hospital.”
~ Neal Barnard, M.D., Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine

Anonymous (not verified)
on Oct 8, 2012

Interesting Neal that you choose to make that comment and yet not support it with any facts. I am not involved in agriculture but I am sure tired of hearing rhetoric thronw about on this issue with no science or supporting evidence. And no the letters M.D in front of your name dont add any credibility to your statement.

Chef Tanya Petrovna (not verified)
on Oct 8, 2012

Yes meat is just chewy muscle from animals the majority are raised in factory farming, which is gross. It's definitely a choice to eat it not a necessity. Certainly not a kind choice when raised in factory farm and then sent to slaughterhouse. Low integrity cuisine for sure, not even that flavorful.

Matt (not verified)
on Oct 8, 2012

Well said Tanya. BTW, Native Foods Cafe is my all-time favorite restaurant! Please bring one to Grand Rapids, MI. I'll eat there all the time!

Anonymous in Canada (not verified)
on Oct 8, 2012

There is a lot of research showing that diabetes II and heart disease are reversible with plant-based foods. The way I see it, the industry wants to maximize profits and keeps trying to increase demand, even though many people are eating way more protein than they need. The ranchers are caught in the middle. Look at how everyone in hurting in Canada because of a few (serious) cases of e-coli tied to a single slaughterhouse. All the meat recalled represents animals who have died, not to give us food, but to be dumped into kitchen garbage cans pretty much from coast to coast.

Sara Sawochka (not verified)
on Oct 8, 2012

To see how your foods gets from the farm to the fridge check out

Anonymous (not verified)
on Oct 8, 2012 -- There's your evidence.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Oct 8, 2012

Yeah, I'm gonna trust Beef Magazine for an objective report on this. I wonder why they didn't list saturated fat, cholesterol, or fiber content. Not to mention all the pesticide, and antibiotic residue that builds up in the animals. This article is bogus. Also, if you aren't incompetent, all of the foods that they listed as vegetarian options that must be "choked down" can be prepared in such a way that they are delicious. Actually, peanut butter doesn't even need any help. If you want truth, man up and watch the documentary Earthlings if you can handle it.

Megan (not verified)
on Oct 8, 2012

I think it is hilarious that right next to this article are advertisements for Baytril and Zuprevo, antibiotics you need to give your cattle to stop them from dying in your deplorable living conditions. You don't need that with tofu and peanut butter. There is no need to painfully take the lives of living creatures when vegetarian living is better for your health, the planet's health and the animals too.

Educated Eater (not verified)
on Oct 8, 2012

The whole "dog sues owner" example is absolutely ridiculous. Animal rights activists believe that animals should have the right not to be exploited, tortured, or mistreated for selfish human comforts. I've never seen anyone suggest that they should have the right to vote or sue. Not only is it completely unnecessary for humans to harm other animal species for food, it is also unhealthy for humans, animals, and our environment. Your position is getting harder and harder to justify, isn't it?

Jordan Schlake (not verified)
on Oct 9, 2012

I challenge anyone who feels that plant-based proteins are superior to animal proteins to examine the nutritional teachings of the ancestral health community. Robb Wolf is a great place to start as he is a former research biochemist, former vegan, and powerlifting athlete. He had given both vegan and vegetarian lifestyles a shot for years, and in the end diets rich in meats made more sense biochemically and anedoctally to his own health. And yes, Type II Diabetes can effectively be put into remission with a diet rich in animal protein.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Oct 22, 2012

Nobody is advocating for equal rights for humans and animals, just like when people ask for equal rights for men and women, nobody expects men to be able to choose to have an abortion. That is impossible and ridiculous, and so is this "dogs suing for unsatisfactory food" argument. What is being asked for is equal consideration of the rights that need to be afforded to any sentient being. Yes, there are more humane ways of slaughtering animals, but the majority of meat eaters don't really care, or don't want to know, how their meat has been put in front of them. I am quite certain that this journalist does not know where half the meat that she brags about indulging in has come from.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Oct 22, 2012

With all due respect, I would trust a more unbiased resource for nutrition data then Team Beef. Truly, unbiased nutrient information from the USDA Nutrient Database still puts lean beef ahead of black beans and peanut butter in terms of calories and fat per gram of protein. 3 oz of lean beef compared to 1.25 C firm tofu are almost identical in terms of calories, fat, and protein. Granted, only beef contains cholesterol - something not mentioned here.

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