Friday, July 31, 2009

Dunkin' Cruelty

At first, I thought this campaign was a joke. I read it three times just to make sure it hadn't appeared in The Onion.
Compassion Over Killing is asking you to contact Dunkin' Donuts to urge the company to stop using eggs and dairy in its donuts as well as offer vegan menu items.
Stop using eggs and dairy? In donuts? You might as well ask Starbucks to stop using coffee.

No offense, my compassionate fellow citizens, but I only eat 2-3 donuts per year so, when I do, I don't want that tasty treat to resemble sawdust. No vegan Munchkins for me, no sirree Bob... and, yes, I've had vegan baked goods which is why I remain a committed carnivore.

Here's a vegan donut recipe:
2 cups soymilk (I use very vanilla)

1/4 cup canola

1/4 cup agave nectar

2 1/2 tsp yeast

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup applesauce **Add the applesauce and vanilla during the first flour stage!**

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

1/2 Tbsp salt **Just like the other recipe, the salt is added with the remainder of the flour**

4 3/4 cups & 2 Tbsp flour
Ah yes, I have such fond childhood memories of my grandmother saying to me, "Sweetie, fetch the agave nectar, will you please?"

Vegans and other PETA types try to guilt us non-vegans and non-PETA types into following their lead by bringing up the animal cruelty charge. Let's face it, even those of us who like a medium-rare filet mignon still don't like to see our fellow creatures harmed.

But, it's hard to take their cause seriously when somebody says, "I don't eat anything with a mother" or "I won't put anything in my mouth that has a face."

What ever happened to you do your thing and I'll do mine?

As a meat eater, I don't get insulted by my vegetarian friends. I'll cook them separate food, go to their organic veggie restaurants and generally support them in their lifestyle. However, I am rarely given the same courtesy in return.

Most of the time, I get a lecture. Does that make any sense? Man was born to eat meat. We have incisors for Pete's sake! You don't need incisors to rip apart a head of lettuce.

I called Dunkin' Donuts. I told them to keep their donuts just the way they are.

To quote Homer Simpson, "Mmmmmmm... donuts."


Traci Skene said...

Animals are tasty. I just had lamb vindaloo for lunch. Talk about yum.

I love Dr. Temple Grandon. She's the autistic woman who helped change the cattle industry by greatly reducing or perhaps eliminating stress felt by the animals. Nobody wants to be cruel and there are very practical ways to solve the problems while still allowing humans to consume meat and dairy.

JP said...

Indeed. Most ranchers have learned the meat is better for the changes as well. Now I won't get started on the silly lean beef craze, Fat is where the taste is in Beef and Pork. Lamb and Mutton are more like Venison. One needs to bring in the fats to taste (I prefer Butter and Bacon for that, but olive oil works too).

DamnCat said...

Whenever I hear these holier-than-thou vegan/vegatrian types I always think of Father George Rutler's encomium for carnivorism - republished here at National Review Online:

Anonymous said...

i read the campaign information about Dunkin Cruelty and it's not trying to force anyone to do anything. It looks to me like it's simply asking CONSUMERS to ASK Dunkin Donuts to offer vegan items. If there really are enough consumers who want vegan donuts, then let them make vegan donuts. Why get all defensive about it?

There also seems to be a misunderstanding about nutrition. Protein does not come solely from eating animals (cholesterol does, however). Protein is found in nearly everything we eat, including plants. Even the American Dietetic Association recognizes this...

Traci Skene said...

No, they are also asking consumers to "ask" Dunkin' Donuts to stop using milk and eggs. If it was merely a campaign to add vegan items to the menu I would have no problem at all with their cause.

I assuming you deliberately misunderstood what I said. I have no problems with a person being a vegetarian. But I want vegetarians to have no problem with me being a meat lover.

Defensive? I am hardly being defensive. I am, however, mocking people who are trying to force their lifestyle on me.

Please don't confuse what other people say in the comments section with what I've said in the blog post.

JP said...

We are simply pointing out the stupidity of these types, and not to be too insulting, you seem to lack the correct proteins as well. The best proteins for your brain cannot come from veggies. Ever. Especially during development. Some of the dumbest kids you come across in school, are forced Vegans who's parents have decided what the kid will eat "For Moral Reasons(tm)"
This campaign is to end the use of Egg and Milk in Dunkin Donuts. Reading comprehension isn't your strong suit I guess. Telling Dunkin to stop using Eggs and Milk. . . that isn't an attempt to force them to stop using Eggs and Milk?
Humans developed higher brain functions from eating meat. Humans are Omnivores, and even the most conservative "perfect Diet" has a meat form in it (be it fish, or fowl, or red cop and mangle a phrase). No amount of Soy will suffice. It can help, but it isn't the same, and it is better to go with the ideal, as opposed to Close Enough. To make Soy et al into the right proteins, your body works harder, and the result isn't as healthy for the braincells.
Vegan-ism, and Groups like PETA are only able to survive in First World areas where they have the Luxury. They want Vegan Donuts, go start a Vegan Donut shop. It is already stupid that Dunkin is offering "Heart Healthy" foods. I don't go to Dunkin for healthy food. I go for Good Donuts(I wish they were fried in lard).
Get yourself some good protein, Go eat some meat.

DamnCat said...

If you are going to cite the American Dietetic Association at least be honest about their positions. They favor both eggs and milk (in proper proportions, of course) as part of a healthy diet.

jim treacher said...

They already make vegan donuts. Which are called FRUITS AND VEGETABLES.

And if I wanted to eat them I would!

Traci Skene said...

Vegetarians always imply that non-vegetarians don't eat healthy. Yet, the first time I ever went to lunch with a vegetarian she ordered onion rings and a hot fudge sundae while lecturing me about my turkey sandwich.

I had oatmeal for breakfast, a fruit smoothie for lunch and, last night, I had a spinach salad for dinner. I eat healthy. But there are times when I want BBQ pork or a glazed doughnut or bacon on... anything.

Leave my food alone! You eat over there and I'll eat over here.

I'm tempted to call Dunkin' Donuts and ask them to start carrying bacon filled Munchkins.

Anonymous said...

Are there any good standup routines where a carnivore lectures a vegetarian in the same hectoring tone these campaigns use? I'd love to see a clip of that!

PETA became a comedian when they insisted that fish be renamed "sea kittens". Life is funnier than fiction.