http://www.ecorazzi.com/2011/04/14/a-wo ... l-of-2011/
The link above has the best response I've seen yet.
As to other comments...
The thing is..everyone keeps saying, "there are vegan bloggers with photos everywhere", "they should have a professional photographer and chef on staff", but the reality is it's NOT THAT SIMPLE. It is incredibly costly to have someone on staff taking magazine quality photos, but beyond that you have to deal with MAKING something everytime you need a photo, which could be how many meals each magazine? It's both ineffective in terms of cost and time, especially for a magazine with a full time staff of 5. And as far as taking images off the web or using bloggers photos, it's also NOT THAT SIMPLE. There is so much liability involved in using others images/artwork and for each image they need permission, signed contracts, etc. etc. Again, more inefficient waste of time and money.
In a perfect world they could always have stunning vegan food photographs and I truly believe they would like to work towards that, but in the meantime they have to make do.
I still find it funny that I know of other vegan food product packaging photos that are NOT vegan and no one cares, because no one knows. And the point is, no animals are getting hurt in the process.
As far as putting a disclaimer in their magazine, you KNOW the veganer-than-thou types would have the exact same field day they are having now if Veg News did so.
Finally, there are different ways this situation could have been handled on both sides, but I think this shows the problematic nature of bloggers getting all "investigative" and sensational with their presentations. QuarryGirl made a HUGE deal out of this, basically setting up the framework to say that Veg News are deceptive, liars trying to subvert the intentions of the vegan community, forcing them to "Drool" over meat, instead of trying to understand exactly why they would make a decision like this and form a more balanced and rational response.
Ultimately, I think this will blow over, Veg News will make more efforts to source vegan images (which is good) and the magazine will continue being a strong influence in making veganism legitimate and practical. The worst, however, could be that if enough self-serving hype generates, subscription cancellations could sink the magazine. I truly hope this is not the case.