Author: Chris Manor

Carrot confusion

I must be honest, I’m not a nutritionist, and can only speak from my personal experience of being vegan. (Luckily for you, there is a qualified person, Janae Wise, who will be speaking Feb. 9 on this subject.) In these past six years I’ve heard lots of myths about veganism, as well as lots of excuses for why people are unwilling to stop supporting the various industries that exploit non-human animals. I offer a simple normative claim: It is not morally permissible to use non-human animals as a means to an end that suits a preference or convenience. My claim does not foreclose the possibility of using animals as means, but the end must certainly be of vital necessity. I’ll wager that all uses of animals in the world do not meet this criteria, from the food and clothing industry to medical research as well as entertainment. Living in a country that rations healthcare resources on a free-market economics system means some of us go the extra mile to stay healthy. Veganism becomes the ultimate diet for doing this. Despite what some would say about getting enough protein, or a lack of overall food choices, veganism proves wrong all its accusers. When talking to people, I usually encounter the question, “But what about protein?” Meat is not the sole source of protein. Anybody can get sufficient protein from foods...

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Response to vandalism

I must preface this opinions piece by saying that I take full authorship of these comments and that they may not necessarily represent the whole of the Revolutionary Students Union. The RSU is a non-tendency club that welcome all tendencies of anti-capitalism, so I don’t speak for all of its members. The RSU is under constant suppression of its political message. Whether it is posters disappearing from the GT building or being vandalized in the LA building, there are people engaging in outright attacks against this organization. These methods can only be characterized as passive aggressive. In contrast, the RSU aims for civic engagement with the campus as well as our community. I would certainly welcome anyone to come to our club meetings to engage us in a civil dialogue about any disagreements they have with the RSU. This is an attempt to respond publicly to the content of some of the vandalism perpetrated by anonymous critics. Capitalism is by no means the most free or morally pure system. The freedoms we have in this country are bourgeois freedoms: We have the choice between choosing Coke or choosing Pepsi and we get to choose our health insurance, that is, if we can even afford it. We have the freedom. What we don’t have is freedom from the capitalist economy. From the violence of Manifest Destiny, to the enslavement of...

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Is it just me or are these Utah Dairy Council ads being ran in the Review a little unnerving?

What has two eyes, two ears, two ovaries and is subject to routine rape? If you answered dairy cows, you are correct. How else do you think dairy cows are able to consistently give milk? Cows don’t get to “do it” the old fashioned way, instead dairy farmers artificially inseminate the cows by collecting the semen from the bulls and injecting it straight into the females. Now you may wonder what happens to the offspring from this little fiasco? Answer, they become veal calves that are chained to the ground and kept completely immobile for the remainder of their four month existence. The milk that would normally go to nurture mother cows offspring, is sold to humans. Instead the calves get an iron deficient diet to make their bodies tender. Milking cows is definitely not the idealized process where the farmer sits down with a bucket and relieves the cow of her bursting udders. Instead, they hook up vacuum tubes to the each udder, and let those suck the milk out of her. This causes swollen udders which leads to sores. The sores become infected and pus gets into the supply. This is what you get from industrial capitalism. Quick, efficient exploitation. So when viewing ads from the Utah Dairy Council for “Stewards of the Land,” keep in mind the horrific process that provides you with the product you...

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Is it just me or are these Utah Dairy Council ads being ran in the Review a little unnerving?

What has two eyes, two ears, two ovaries and is subject to routine rape? If you answered dairy cows, you are correct. How else do you think dairy cows are able to consistently give milk? Cows don’t get to “do it” the old fashioned way, instead dairy farmers artificially inseminate the cows by collecting the semen from the bulls and injecting it straight into the females.

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