Like any holiday, there are usually a few family traditions, often revolved around food and Easter is by no means an exception. Although I have been christened, I do not define myself as religious in the least. However, I still love the Easter holiday and take some part in this. Typical traditions up kept by families may involve dying eggs and roasting a chicken or turkey and though it may feel intimidating or frowned up on to change, it is in everyones best interest to start practicing more compassion.
Food can be a sensitive subject for many, particularly when they are told that they are causing harm to an animal by what they are eating. However, it is often more troubling when it is with family members and this can be difficult for Vegans come Holiday time. Contrary to what many may think, there is literally a cruelty-free alternative to everything- it is the twenty-first century after all! Just because you are Vegan or thinking about going Vegan, does not mean you have to miss out. I’ve put together this guide to show that our celebrations do not have to involve the rape, murder and mutilation of an innocent animal…
Granovita Nut Luncheon (great alternative for those that aren’t struck on faux meat)
I highly recommend looking in the Holland & Barrett frozen section and the regular grocery stores vegetarian/ free from aisles. The brand Fry’s is always a winner!
Easter Themed Chocolate
Savoury Easter Themed Foods
Co-op Hot Cross Buns
(only current hot cross buns available in shops that is Vegan. Other hot cross buns have animal fats (glycerin) in the ingredients)
Nut Luncheon (goes great with roasted vegetables and gravy)
A compassionate alternative to dying Easter Eggs
Easter is the holiday with an overwhelming visual of pastel colours, chocolate indulgences and for some, a tradition to dye eggs . However, for vegans dyeing chicken eggs isn’t an option.
If you’re a little confused as to why Vegans don’t use eggs, thinking that no harm is caused by purchasing or producing eggs, well I’m sad to say that this is a myth. Animals die for eggs.
If you remember only one fact about egg production, let it be this: Male chicks don’t produce eggs, therefore they are seen as a byproduct- useless to egg producers. Chick culling is the process of killing newly hatched chicks. Due to male chickens being unable to lay eggs, they are killed shortly after being sexed. The primary methods of culling — which do not involve anesthetic — are asphyxiation, in simple terms suffocation- usually with plastic bags or they are thrown in a large bin (UK standard), and maceration using a high-speed grinder, crushing them with a big machine (US standard).
I will never understand why some people continue to support this once they have this information.
Fortunately, there are plenty of egg alternatives for Vegans to not only eat but to have fun decorating come Easter time! Here are a few alternative eggs to help you ditch the cruelty while still keeping treasured family traditions. Many of these are also wonderful alternatives for the environment too! (Animal Agriculture is the leading cause of global warming)
Ethical Egg Alternatives
Ethical Dye Alternatives
Vegan Easter Recipes
What are your favourites for a Vegan Easter ?