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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Chicken Pic of the Day



Jennifer said...

Chicken is about the only meat I eat. If you keep posting pictures of your sweet chickens, I may have stop eating it. But then that would be your goal, right?
Rosa is beautiful!

Can you tell me why you don't use silk in your designs?

Anonymous said...

What a beauty!!!

Vegan Girl said...

So gorgeous! Kiss Kiss

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Tamara said...

Hi Jennifer,

Thanks for the comments.

You're right, I would not be disappointed at all to have you stop eating chickens. :-) They are such interesting, personable creatures. I wish more people had the opportunity to spend time with them.

As for your silk question, I suppose there are a couple of layers to the issue for me -

On a philosophical level, it's important for me to highlight the fact that humans can be happy and healthy without using any animal products (including silk), and since this is the case, I simply feel that it's unethical to do otherwise. Our health and well being are not dependent on taking things from animals, including their freedom and lives.

I know that sounds a little out-there, and in all honesty in most vegan-life type of questions, I am far more motivated by the practical implications than the philosophical ones, so on a more practical level -

"[Silk] is a viscous protein substance secreted from the glands of silkworms which hardens into silk on contact with air. This soft, lustrous fiber is obtained from the cocoon of the silkworm. In order to retain a single, unbroken filament, the silkworm is killed before it can emerge from the cocoon and break the thread. Slaughtering silkworms for their silk is done by boiling, baking, or steaming the live worm directly in its cocoon."

(from 'Ask Joanne' on

I will admit that it's easier for me to empathize with a furry dog or a sociable chicken than with a worm, but the fact remains that worms have a central nervous system, and can therefore feel pain, and would undoubtedly prefer not to be boiled alive!