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Vegan Website Uses Altered Pics of Meat Dishes 17

Bayoudegradeable writes "It seems that Photoshop skills that not-so-cleverly hide the bones of a rack of ribs are not enough to change meat into acceptable vegan dishes. The NYTimes reports that readers of VegNews are horrified to learn that images used to portray vegetarian images are none other than meat and dairy images manipulated to hide their animal origins. One commenter noted, 'vegan food must turn out so unappetizing that even the leading vegan magazine will not show legitimate photos of it.'"


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Vegan Website Uses Altered Pics of Meat Dishes

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  • by erroneus ( 253617 ) on Thursday April 21, 2011 @10:11AM (#35893224) Homepage

    Is it the notion of "Angry Vegans" or is it the fact that meatless food is apparently so unappetizing that they have to edit images of meat to make it look tasty.

    Vegetarians bug me (but not as much as humanitarians). We are animals and our natural diet consists of both meat and vegetables. I used to say "if I had to kill for my meat, I would probably go vegetarian" but I don't any longer -- I can definitely handle killing for my meat. It's just not so bad if you do it right. When I was a kid, I learned to clean fish and after watching a pig get butchered using bamboo knives, it's simply not all that different to me now. The actual act of "killing" isn't as hard as the butchering anyway and when de-boning chicken, (something I have gotten pretty good at) it's not so hard to imagine it were another species of animal.

    I think it's about time vegans stop harming their bodies and resisting their animal desires. Meat is good. It just is.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      I think it's about time vegans stop harming their bodies

      With all the shit that goes on in industrial meat production? Chemicals, hormonoes, pharmaceuticals galore, rotten meat scandals, dioxin scandals, diseases and so on and so forth. I try to cut back on industrial animal products due to that. You're probably harming your body more by eating meat than by not eating it ...

      You talk about "natural diet". However there's nothing natural about meat 3 meals a day, 7 days a week. Don't get me wrong, I like to eat meat but I also enjoy cooking vegetarian. The whole "i

    • by turgid ( 580780 )

      Vegetarians bug me (but not as much as humanitarians).

      Are they the ones that eat humans exclusively?

    • As a kid, I have killed both eels by knocking their heads on the countertop and crabs by twisting their legs until their shell popped, as was the traditional way to prepare them. And they were the most delicious I've ever had. I've never bought into the "what if you had to kill your own meat", and have made peace with my meat eating decades ago. Writing this post made me hungry for some seafood!
  • I was in a health food store a few years back which had a box on the shelf labeled "Vegetarian Turkey Tetrazzini". Uh, it can either be vegetarian, or it can be turkey, but it can't be both!
    • bad choice of words maybe, but probably a soy something or other meant to simulate turkey in particular.

    • by Tirs ( 195467 )

      If I recall correctly, turkeys are omnivorous. They eat grain and bugs from the ground.
      Probably the "vegetarian turkey" label makes sense, meaning "this turkey has not been fed with any bugs/worms".

  • Though wouldn't it be more appetizing if grocers started using Photoshop to enhance images of their produce... making the vegetables appear more meat-like?
    • What do you think vegans try to do everyday? They call everything vegetarian sausage, vegan turkey. But you know, there's just no substitute for bacon. Real bona-fide, just got done squealing, bacon. We turned a 10 year vegan co-worker with bacon. It was glorious.
      • Props on the bacon brigade. Born and raised vegetarian, I started eating meat at age 19 after an Arby's roast beef sandwich. It was so good. I was trying to say tho, if perusing a grocery ad, I would buy a beefsteak tomato (especially if they photoshopped a bone in) before I bought a red delicious apple. Unless the apple had a worm drawn in for extra protein.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    It's a shame that VegNews took the lazy way out and decided to use non-vegan images of food. Eating healthy food can be enjoyable as long as you know how to cook... I have had more than my fair share of some tasty-ass vegan food.

  • Angry at being taken in by the images, one reader commented on the magazine’s Web site how awful it felt “to have craved any of the foods featured here, because now I feel I was craving animals.”

    Yes, meat is murder, tasty, tasty murder!

  • In an interview, Joseph Connelly, VegNews’s publisher, apologized for using nonvegan images and said the practice would be discontinued. An earlier statement by the magazine acknowledged using stock images of meat and dairy but said it was necessary for budgetary reasons and would continue.

    They can't afford to cook and photograph vegan meals?

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