Why are you a Vegan? When people ask me this I honestly can see it from their perspective. I get it. I understand that cutting out so much food sounds weird and extreme. I used to think Vegans were faddy hipsters who were trying to “rebel” or something. How funny that they were actually the only ones who “got it”.
I didn’t get it.
I lived in a happy little hole with my chicken and avocado sandwiches and my Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream and never imagined I was a bad person who had anything to feel bad about. Truly. And that’s not me saying that meat-eaters are “bad people”. Of course not. Some of my dearest ones are meat eaters. However, knowing what I know now and having actively learnt about the truth of the meat and dairy industries, I do not understand how someone could know any of this information and then go on to eat meat and drink milk. You just can’t. And if you can: yes: I believe you are a bad person.
If you know that you are eating an animal that has been tortured and suffered and you know that it’s not imperative to your health: yes I think you are a bad person. If you are choosing to go and get food from a fast food service that has little to no accountability for the sourcing of their products: yes I think you’re a bad person.
But I also think you choose to just not think about it.
Many of us walk around with blinders on. We don’t think for a moment about the chioices we make and the affect our choices have on the world around us. When someone decides they want to take responsibility for their carbon footprint, for their electicity bill, for the amount of water they use: they are taking responsibility for their stain on this planet. The easiest way to do that is with diet. A connection so few people can make. Not necissarily because they won't, but because they just don't know.
What I find the most baffling is that there are people in the world who know a lot of this information and yet they still maintain that Veganism is not a necessary step for people to take. They want to clutch onto their rare steak and argue that it’s sufficient to just “cut down” or source “organic, free-range” produce and continue being an omnivore. How can only 0.05% of the population get it?! I don’t understand! No, it’s not enough to “cut down”! If everyone just “cut-down” we would still be killing innocent animals! If everyone wanted “organic, free-range” bull-shit, we would literally not be able to supply the ridiculous amount of demand that exists for animal flesh.
How can people not understand this? I’m sorry….abstinence is the only way. STOP EATING THESE FOODS. "Eating Animals" documents the entire process of human beings eating animals. There is no ethically clean or simple way to do this. Listen up: THERE IS NO SIMPLE, ETHICAL WAY TO EAT ANIMALS. I'm sorry. If you want to kill your own pets and eat them: okay, go for it. But chances are you won't want to or you'll realise that it's a fuck-load of effort to go to just so you can eat some animal meat. It's madness.
These foods are not helping you. They are unnecessary for your health, your well-being and are completely fucking up our planet. Where’s the struggle?
The world needs Vegans. Fact. If every single person in the world wanted the same amount of meat as the fat guy who works at McDonalds, it would be even more impossible to supply the meat than it already is. The world needs us. Eating meat is an unsustainable practice: something that is completely beyond debate. Get over it, people. Eat some sweet potato and cry me a river.
I will be a nice, normal person who doesn't make meat-eaters feel bad. However, on my own website and in my own mind and when surrounded by like-minded Vegans, I don't mind shouting from the rooftops: "How are we the only ones who get it!?!? How are we the only ones who are willing to make the change?! It's not hard!"
Rant over. For now....
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