Spanish Vegan

Sign of civilization growth in Spain

Sign of civilization growth in Spain. Spanish people are no strangers to eating meat. Walk down a street in the country and you’ll see animals hanging in the air in the markets, ready to be sliced and sold. Meat is known to be such a staple there that Lonely Planet’s World Food Guide to Spain, which was published in 2000, advised plant-based visitors to pack “a small stash of vitamins and a big sense of humor,” and said that many Spaniards “consider a dead pig to be a vegetable.”

Yikes! But don’t worry, fellow plant-based eaters who want to visit Spain – things are looking up there, and vegetarianism IS growing!

To understand how much it’s grown, consider that in 2011, Happy Cow vegetarian listed 353 vegetarian or vegan restaurants in the country. This year, the guide has listed 686, an increase of 94 percent. That number nearly doubled! By comparison, over the same period, the number of such restaurants in the UK has increased by 60 percent, from 842 to 1344, as reported by The Guardian. We’re so glad that people are becoming more conscious of their food choices and taking a walk on the veg side!

And then, there’s the trend that vegetables have become more prized at high-end restaurants. In 2011, Rodrigo de la Calle became the “new revelation” chef of the year at Madrid Fusion awards. He said, as reported by The Guardian, “If I could get away with it I wouldn’t cook with fish or meat at all.” So would we!

It’s safer to say that some Spanish people are becoming more v-curious than full-blown vegan or vegetarian. Still, the restaurant offerings have increased, a perfect sign of the changing vegetarian times! This is great news to hear about Spain, who is joining China in having more meatless food offerings.

Melanie Joy

Melanie Joy, PhD Talks Animals

Dr. Melanie Joy explains “Carnism,” the psychological phenomenon behind why we eat certain meat and reject others. The condition could be harmful if it is misunderstood. She fully describes Carnism and all its ramifications in her new book, “Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows”

Joy introduced the term carnism in a 2001 article published in Satya, initially receiving little attention. The concept was popularized by her 2009 book Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows. Her ideas influenced subsequent studies of what has come to be known as the “meat paradox” – the apparent inconsistency in common attitudes toward animals, wherein people may express affection towards some animals while eating others – and the cognitive dissonance it entails. In the 2010s, psychologists confirmed many of Joy’s theories about the influence of eating meat on attitudes toward animals.

Mark Hunt Vegan

UFC Heavyweight Mark Hunt Goes Vegan

UFC Heavyweight Mark Hunt Goes Vegan. After watching a graphic video of pig farming, Mark Hunt chooses veganism.

Hunt took to Facebook and posted a graphic video that shows some of the conditions found in this certain pig farm. The video shows some shocking things, from pigs being stuffed into boxes to the all around disgusting conditions of the facility. It’s definitely an eye opener.