Murphy Resident is a Devoted Vegan
Murphy resident, Tim Daly became a vegetarian on January 1, 2010, and a vegan in October of 2016. He said, “Even though I always considered myself an animal lover, I ate meat 2-3 times a day (like most Americans), and a meal was just a plate of sides if there wasn't a slab of meat on it. About eight and a half years ago, I watched a short documentary with my wife about the standard practices behind the meat industry and instantly swore off meat. I had never met a vegetarian before that day, so I didn't know if it was healthy, but I just knew I could no longer pay someone to do something I could never do myself (slaughter animals).”
Through extensive research, he backs up his, and his family’s, vegan lifestyle choice with three main categories of rationale: nutritional benefits, environmental benefits and lessening animal cruelty. Daly explains the difference between a vegan and vegetarian,”Vegetarians abstain from eating meat. Vegans are opposed to all animal cruelty, abstain from eating all animal products as best as possible as well as abstain from using any animal products such as leather and fur or products that were tested on animals.”
Since 2016, Daly has become involved with several vegan organizations. He is a mentor with Challenge22 which is a free worldwide 22 day program that allows people to try being vegan. He is an organizer with Anonymous for the Voiceless (500 chapters worldwide) which is a group of activists who show the reality of the animal agriculture industry. Most recently, he co-organized the Earthling Ed Texas Tour. Earthling Ed (Ed Winters) is the co-founder with Luna Woods of the London based animal rights organization, Surge. Daly said, “…This past year he (Ed) traveled the United Kingdom visiting universities giving free speeches and screenings of the documentary he has produced entitled 'Land of Hope and Glory'.”
In June, Daly, Earthling Ed, Luna Woods and Denise Mancinas (tour co-organizer) toured Austin, Houston and DFW for a week and a half. At each of the cities, Ed gave a speech with a nutritional professional to educate people on both the health benefits as well as the ethical reasoning for veganism.
In Austin and Dallas, in conjunction with the tour, Daly participated with members of Anonymous for the Voiceless in a Cube of Truth. Donning masks, members silently stood in a cube formation holding laptops which have numerous videos showing vivisection labs, exploited and abused animals. Daly said that people passing by can choose to keep walking or stop and see what the videos are about. Organization members are available to discuss what is being viewed with people who want to learn more.
The tour was to include vigils at slaughterhouses. Daly said that activists had a goal of stopping the trucks delivering the animals “…To bear witness to them (animals) moments before their death, to give them water since animals can be driven in crammed trucks in the Texas heat for up to 36 hours without water, and to share their images on social media to help others make the connection.” At a slaughterhouse in Waco, their group of four was joined by approximately 30 activists. They saw trucks leaving, filled with animal remains, but none would stop. Each person in the group left a flower behind. In Houston, they were allowed to go on the property of a slaughterhouse. Ed was able to have a good conversation with the owner of the slaughterhouse. Daly said their purpose is to educate, “We come from a place of non-judgement.”
The tour also included visiting animal sanctuaries. Outside of Houston, they went to Rowdy Girl in Angleton and Indigo Door in Whitney. They saw chickens, pigs, cows and goats who, Daly said, “(These) residents are the very lucky few that have managed to escape these industries.”
Daly feels his goal of the tour which was to make the world a kinder place and to help people choose a more ethical lifestyle was met. When they did the Cube of Truth in Dallas, they were able to tally 75 people who took veganism seriously. 350 people attended the veganism educational seminar held on June 20th at Collin County Community College.
Daly said a typical meal in their home will include pasta, stir fry, plant based meats, fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds. He said the commercial industry has made great strides in the last 10 years to make the vegan lifestyle easier. His favorite recipe is Spelt-Blueberry Pancakes.
Daly recommends those interested in pursuing a vegan lifestyle to visit Challenge 22’s website (challenge22.com) which focuses mainly on diet in a supportive atmosphere.