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2 YEARS ago I paid a very well-known artist on DeviantArt to draw me a commission. The first time he delivered it within a month and I was very happy with it, so I paid him to draw me another commission for the cover of my second book. I paid 300 euros back then (which was all the money I had at the time) and hoped that the commission would be delivered fast just like the previous one. I received the basic sketch within the first week so I was very happy with the poses and told him he could continue with it. I never received anything after that.

I have sent him multiple e-mails through the past 2 years (Yeah, YEARS), asking for my commission, but it's like he comes up with an excuse every time of why he didn't finish it yet (ex: "I was sick! I was at a convention! I was on vactation! This is my wife replying, my husband is sick again!" etc.). In the first year I've been patient, and told him it's ok and that I'd wait longer, but now the second year has passed. He keeps telling me things like "I sent it to you a while ago. Did you get it?" while my postbox remains empty and things like "I'll send it to you tommorrow" and I still didn't receive it. While he IS posting his own artwork on DeviantArt regulary, so it means that he's still very active. The past few months I have told him I was very dissapointed, but he kept delaying my commission anyway. Recently I've been e-mailing him and told him that I had the feeling that he wasn't going to deliver my commission anymore and requested a refund. Once again he wrote back "I'm sorry, I'll really send it tommorrow!" but yet again, nothing. I sent him more e-mails requesting a refund, but he ignores them.

I understand if he doesn't feel like drawing commissions (after all: it's much more fun to draw what you want instead of being told what to draw) but if he feels that way, he shouldn't have taken my commission or at least refund me my money. I paid via Western Union, so I can't get the money back that way.

So does DA have something to protect artists from this? I feel really bad about writing this because he's been very kind to me in other ways and I totally didn't expect this from one of the most famous DA artists (which is why I didn't name him - I don't want to harm his good reputation) but this is really going too far in my opinion. :(
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Other animals eat meat too by veganartbook
Other animals eat meat too

Modern factory farming is totally comparable to the stuff that lions do in the wild. I always feel like a true hunter in the grocery store. Besides, we should definitely see lions as our moral guides. I mean, I really didn't want to kill my neighbour's kids. But then I remembered that male lions sometimes kill other lions' cubs, so I had no choice. :sarcasm:



Many people insist that eating animals is “natural” — and therefore morally neutral — because other animals eat animals. But it’s important to realize that, with a few exceptions, when humans kill other animals for food, we’re not doing what animals do in nature. Humans have no biological need to consume meat or any animal products. When animals kill other animals for food, they do as they must, in order to survive; they have no choice in the matter. Many humans, on the other hand, do have a choice, and when people with access to plant-based foods choose to continue eating animals anyway — simply because they like the taste — they are harming animals not from necessity, but for pleasure. Yet harming animals for pleasure goes against core values we hold in common — which is why, for example, we oppose practices like dog fighting on principle. It can’t be wrong to harm animals for pleasure in one instance, but not the other.

Furthermore, it makes no sense to selectively model our behavior around other animals. Do we fornicate or copulate in public like other animals do? No. Do we kill our newborn children based on the fact that certain animals have done so under certain circumstances? Of course not. Yet when it is convenient for our argument, we claim that eating animals is normal and natural because a very small percentage of animals do so. Regardless of what other animals do, if you are not vegan, you are paying someone to needlessly harm animals in a way that would traumatize you to even witness. Explore the subject further here. See also author Sherry Colb’s article on deconstructing the natural argument. And learn more about vegan nutrition here.

"Humans are natural meat eaters!" "Primates and chimps eat meat!"
Our biology actually tells us that we're natural plant eaters. We evolved for millions of years as primarily vegetarian. We're not bears or lions or any other animal that has a biological need for eating other animals. And plant-based agriculture does far less damage to the planet than animal agriculture. Check out the new film Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret and take a look at this article: michaelbluejay.com/veg/natural…

If I wasn’t meant to eat meat, I wouldn’t have these canine teeth!
There are several serious problems with the “canine teeth” argument, the most glaring one being the idea that the presence of canine teeth means we are “meant to eat meat.” The truth is that nearly all mammals have canine teeth. Many herbivores and primary plant-eaters have ferocious canine teeth; in fact, the largest canine teeth of any land animal belong to a true herbivore. Check out nine reasons why your canine teeth don’t make you a meat-eater.

Humans were designed to eat meat; we are omnivores, after all
The term omnivorous doesn’t mean must eat some animal products. It means capable of subsisting on both plant and animal matter. Of the two, we are able to thrive without eating animals; however, if we eat no plants, we die. In fact, decades of scientific evidence have demonstrated that humans have no biological need to consume flesh, eggs or dairy products. We can get all the nutrients we need on a plant-based diet, without the unhealthy animal protein and cholesterol, and without inflicting needless suffering and death on billions of animals.

ALL COMMON OMNIVORE EXCUSES:
freefromharm.org/eating-animal…

Last but not least... fav.me/d97z2kn

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Eating meat is natural + food chain by veganartbook
Eating meat is natural + food chain
Photo used with permission.

As for dairy...
Just because humans have been using milk for many years doesn't make drinking the mammary secreations of other species after weaning in any way natural. Human milk is designed for humans and humans don't need breast milk after weaning. Do some reasearch before posting things, especially about free range products which aren't any better. (And the reason they process it is because we CAN'T digest meat the natural way without getting ill because it isn't meant for us to eat)

:bulletred: What’s natural about artificial insemination — the process of forcibly inserting bull semen deep inside the cow’s vagina while positioning the equipment through an arm in her rectum?
:bulletred: What’s natural about forcing bulls to ejaculate using an instrument called an electroejaculator?
:bulletred: What’s natural about the use of the constraining device that the industry calls a “rape rack” that is used to perform artificial insemination?
:bulletred: What’s natural about an animal’s udders being hooked up to computerized milking machinery?
:bulletred: What’s natural about manipulating the reproductive systems of female cows through genetics to get them to produce 6 to 9 times more milk than their bodies were designed for?
:bulletred: What’s natural about artificially breeding millions of cows only to slaughter them at a fraction of their natural lifespan when their milk production declines?
:bulletred: What’s natural about stripping the calves away from their mothers at birth and forcing them to live in isolation or just killing them immediately if they are unmarketable as veal?
:bulletred: What’s natural about feeding their calves raised for veal a diet that makes them anemic and malnourished?
:bulletred: What’s natural about inserting a spiked nose ring in a calve’s nose to prevent him from suckling on his mother’s udders?
:bulletred: What’s natural about consuming the breast milk of another species intended for their own calves, into our adulthood, when even that animal’s own offspring are weaned off of their mother’s milk by the first year?
:bulletred: What’s natural about drinking dairy milk when most of the global population can’t even digest or tolerate it?
:bulletred: What’s natural about dying from a heart attack or stroke at 50 because our arteries are so clogged with cholesterol?
:bulletred: What’s natural about forcing our children to consume something their bodies were never designed for, causing asthma, allergies, rashes, and juvenile diabetes?
:bulletred: What’s natural about forsaking our compassion and harming other animals not because we have to, but just because we can?
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2 YEARS ago I paid a very well-known artist on DeviantArt to draw me a commission. The first time he delivered it within a month and I was very happy with it, so I paid him to draw me another commission for the cover of my second book. I paid 300 euros back then (which was all the money I had at the time) and hoped that the commission would be delivered fast just like the previous one. I received the basic sketch within the first week so I was very happy with the poses and told him he could continue with it. I never received anything after that.

I have sent him multiple e-mails through the past 2 years (Yeah, YEARS), asking for my commission, but it's like he comes up with an excuse every time of why he didn't finish it yet (ex: "I was sick! I was at a convention! I was on vactation! This is my wife replying, my husband is sick again!" etc.). In the first year I've been patient, and told him it's ok and that I'd wait longer, but now the second year has passed. He keeps telling me things like "I sent it to you a while ago. Did you get it?" while my postbox remains empty and things like "I'll send it to you tommorrow" and I still didn't receive it. While he IS posting his own artwork on DeviantArt regulary, so it means that he's still very active. The past few months I have told him I was very dissapointed, but he kept delaying my commission anyway. Recently I've been e-mailing him and told him that I had the feeling that he wasn't going to deliver my commission anymore and requested a refund. Once again he wrote back "I'm sorry, I'll really send it tommorrow!" but yet again, nothing. I sent him more e-mails requesting a refund, but he ignores them.

I understand if he doesn't feel like drawing commissions (after all: it's much more fun to draw what you want instead of being told what to draw) but if he feels that way, he shouldn't have taken my commission or at least refund me my money. I paid via Western Union, so I can't get the money back that way.

So does DA have something to protect artists from this? I feel really bad about writing this because he's been very kind to me in other ways and I totally didn't expect this from one of the most famous DA artists (which is why I didn't name him - I don't want to harm his good reputation) but this is really going too far in my opinion. :(
  • Mood: Nervous

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Phaneres Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Hello !

First of all, thank you for your art, your drawings are cute, your comics are smart and funny, and thanks to people like you there's more and more people opening their eyes on animal rights. It's always a pleasure to read you.

I've started to make some vegan jewelrys and I thought that maybe you'd like to have a look :
phaneres.deviantart.com/art/Ve…
phaneres.deviantart.com/art/Ve…
phaneres.deviantart.com/art/Al…
It's only the begining but I plan to do much more. :)

Anyway, keep doing your awesome work. I'm looking forwards your new comics !
Have a nice day and a lovely week end :)
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OsloCarter Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Any more room at the vegans table? :3

Hi, I just want to say thank you for helping me realize that things need to change. I've started my vegan journey about two weeks ago ever since I first saw your wonderful comics. Also, I saw the 'Earthling' movie and I am absolutely horrified that things are worse for these animals than I would have ever imagined. I got sick from seeing foxes skinned DEAD OR ALIVE and how pigs have to live their lives. I ADORE pigs, so it was heartbreaking to say the least.

And the way some people make excuses about how 'humane' these farms treat them? If you ask me, there's never a 'humane' way to BULLY and KILL the defenseless.

So, thank you! Thank you for opening my eyes! 
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ForestHymn Featured By Owner Edited Jul 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Just wanted to drop by and say thank you for the work you're making.
It's a voice that should be heard everywhere.

It's really hard to see people you love, rationalizing away the brutality
they are contributing to. It hurts.. I try to remind myself that although human
beings can often be the worst demons, they can also change..
I'm glad my dad and I became vegan 8 years ago.
We were vegetarian already, but it took us watching "Earthlings"
to wake up.
What shocks me, though, is that to some other people, watching something like "Earthlings"
doesn't even move them. I wonder if there's any natural logic of compassion
left in there..

I'm not trying to sound superior to them.. just.. wondering.. how on earth
can people be cold as ice.. It really hurts my conception of humanity.
Sorry for the little ramble.

Thank you and keep going!!
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Gothic-Bunny-13 Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
rechadis.deviantart.com/art/Op…

I actually disagree with this one ._.
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