Sunday, June 12, 2011

Veggie Pride


I found myself in the middle of a "Veggie pride" today - that is a march to support vegetarians - at Les Halles. There were celebrating their tenth anniversary apparently, but it's the first year I heard of it - which is not surprising as Veggies are not numerous in France (only 2% of of the French population according to Wikipedia. Their protest is not only in favor of vegetarian food, but against the daily slaughtering of animals for their meat (3 million a day, the say). I don't think it will stop anytime soon, not to mention that the use of animals goes now widely beyond their meat...

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  1. I will gladly take their share of the FOIE-GRAS!!! Et une bonne sauterne aussi!!! Merci!! Les Nazis d'aliments sont tellement ennuyeux!! LOL!!

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  2. Thank goodness there isn't a picture of a poor poulet with a head wound, since that's what I'll be having for dinner tonight ;-). I hope you are doing well, Eric & all PDP'ers. It's been a long time! Monnica (aka Pont Girl)

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  3. And to think I spent my day at a pork BBQ festival in Madison Square Park today!

    mr pHX is a vegetable,er, vegetarian. We have found the French very accommodating at all restaurants, expensive or budget.
    Now off to EZE-- Buenos Aires for some unbelievably flavorful beef.

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  5. They must be vegans....no fish either...no dairy...no leather to wear! Trop difficile pour moi, j'ai peur!

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  6. Pour une fois je suis d'accord avec Monsieur Tonton Flaneur! ;)

    Take me, for instance. I am a vegetarian who eats meat, but I'm still a vegetarian.

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  7. I am having smoked salmon for breakfast....I can't see myself starting the day with bacon or hamburger, but I do see myself starting my day with PDP :)

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  8. I have to admit, I am part of P E T A -- people eating tasty animals. I like veggies, but they are definitely not the main attraction on my plate. Bravo to those who live out their beliefs though.

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  9. Eric, I think if we had to raise and kill our own 'meat,' there would be many more vegetarians among us:) We often laugh at children who think chocolate milk comes from brown cows, but most adults don't have a clue as to where their meat comes from. Perhaps in Europe the standards are better, but in the US, more and more documentaries are showing how animals are pumped full of antibiotics, hormones, etc., in US 'meat factories.' It is said, "You are what you eat." We are fed animals that are so traumatized/abused before they are slaughtered -- no wonder we are a nation on antidepressants and panic-attack drugs....

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  10. Hi Monnica (aka Pont Girl) Long time no see.

    @ PHX-CDG You spent your day at a BBQ festival in Madison Square Park. How FUN! I once made a veg-picnic for a picnic in Central Park. The main items were cold pesto pasta salad and tapenades.

    Those masks in the photo look mass-produced by the same artist. They are eye-catching. It's a great photo Eric.
    With the big veg-produce scare in Europe these past weeks, I have heard on the news that the veg-farmers are not selling their produce and they are suffering the consequences. I'm sure that you have heard it too. Very sad. I have empathy for farmers as I come from a family history of farmers. It brought to mind something that my father once told me. He said, Lois you should wash your fruit and vegetables in soap and water. I thought that was a bit extreme; but as he grew up on a farm and had worked the farm with his brothers and sisters, I guess he knew what he was talking about.

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  11. I imagine that if no one were to eat meat again, after a few years there would be enormous numbers of animals roaming the earth seeking food. I also imagine that there would be such a shortage of food, that the animals would begin eating each other, and possibly some of the humans who caused the problem. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction!

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  12. Hi Lois - that is such a good point about washing fruits & veggies with soap & water - I've been wondering about doing that lately with all these recent problems. Today I'm off to another meat-fest - a BBQ with poulet and, quelle horreur - hotdogs. Comment-dit-on "hotdogs" en Francais?

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  13. Starman, we don't eat bears, cougars, yada yada ---- they aren't overtaking the earth. Humans manipulate and increase the population of 'domestic' animals and dedicate acre after acre of land for food for the animals instead of food for humans..... I'm not a vegetarian, but I do think we should be more conscious of how animals used for our meat supply are treated.

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  14. I appreciate their commitment and passion, but don't agree with their practice..

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  15. @TF..Pour une fois?? Ca me fait rire...et la derniere fois aussi?? LOL. ;)

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  16. Looks like an excellent event for photos like these.

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  17. When I lived in Wales, where there is a lot of self-sufficiency going on, I'd often dine with friends who'd say 'we are eating Bella tonight.' That seemed to be just fine. Bella had had a good life, was properly killed and so we enjoyed Bella a la whatever. I object to the way animals are trasnported and killed and as for foie gras, don't get me started! I know, I know, I live in France...

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