Putting the “O” in SoyrizoPosted by Lisa Franzetta, ALDF's Director of Communications on May 27, 2008
Trend watchers take note: Veg is the new black.
that most of us live in an Oprah-saturated universe (I say that like
it’s a good thing), you’ve likely already heard the news that Oprah has
just begun a 21-day experiment in what she’s calling "conscious
eating"–and that consciousness includes excluding all animal products from her diet. In other words (as I spammed all of my relatives last Tuesday afternoon): "Oprah’s going vegan!"
Oprah writes in her blog:
can you say you’re trying to spiritually evolve, without even a thought
about what happens to the animals whose lives are sacrificed in the
name of gluttony?
I’ll leave the wielding of words like
"gluttony" (ouch) to the Big O. It’s enough for me to remind people
that in this country, there is not a single federal law protecting the
tens of millions of animals raised for the ultimate destiny of becoming
deep-fried nuggets or hot dogs. That’s why ALDF attorneys have to spend
countless hours with their legal thinking caps screwed on tight,
attempting to get courts to provide even the most minimal protections
for pigs, cows, birds,
and whatever other sentient beings have been forced into intensive
confinement on modern facilities that more closely resemble factories
than Old MacDonald’s farm.
it zeitgeist. Several days before Oprah’s big announcement, one of my
best friends–whose favorite foods heretofore have been mayonnaise
and–gulp–chorizo*–confessed to me that he’d been partaking in an
experiment he was calling "Meatless May." His new diet is clearly
supporting the fine muscle tone developed by spending hours playing
"The Legend of Zelda" on his Wii and the svelte form required by his
European tailored trousers.
It seems that Oprah is having similar success.
"Wow, wow, wow! I never imagined meatless meals could be so
satisfying," she blogs. Has Oprah found the Diet to End All Diets? Will
Meatless May morph into a Vegan Summer of Love? Stay tuned. And in the
meantime, ALDF will be working to make sure that the justice system
keeps apace with Ms. Winfrey.
*Even the most die-hard chorizo fan in your life will go loco for the wonder that is Soyrizo.