The reason why Vegans still seem a bit weird, I think, is because of the extremism involved. It is extreme. NO animal products. Really? None at all? Not even honey? Come on. Isn't that a bit extreme? Can't you just buy organic and cage-free and shit? Seriously no honey? That's really extreme.
This is exactly what pisses me off. Yes - it is extreme. So is the abuse that animals suffer each year.
The reason why this line of questioning annoys me so much (in case you haven't realised yet, it did happen to me the other day) is because it takes the focus away from the real issues: animal cruelty, the environment and world hunger are serious, serious issues. The rate at which some of the world are eating themselves to DEATH - is serious. The billions and billions of animals that get slaughtered each year is completely serious and completely heartbreaking.
It may be fun (and convenient) for people to nit-pick about honey and use it as a reason to think Vegans are weird, but it becomes evident that many have to resort to these nit-picky lines of questioning so that they can find any flaw in the Vegan lifestyle and avoid talking about the reality of their choices. Because their choices in the end are impacting the world in a negative way. It's that simple. There should not be any intelligent doubt left - eating meat hurts the planet and the environment. It's a fact. Our meat industry is the biggest contributor to global warming at 17% - ahead of all modes of transport combined.
And the truth is: some people have to be extreme because it is time for extreme action. If we don't start doing SOMETHING, then there won't be a decent world left for any of us. If most of the world want to go on eating meat every day, then thanks a lot because that means we need more people to go totally Vegan, as apposed to maybe us all banding together and cutting back? Some people (myself included) don't eat meat on a purely ethical level - I do not believe animals are on this earth to be my food - but that aside, a lot of people go Vegan because of the environment or because of the atrocity of factory farming and for those Vegans - maybe there would be a way for them to not have to eliminate these foods entirely if there was more unity on the subject?
This is why there is no justification for someone who is serious about change and about the environment to keep eating animal products. It may not seem like a big deal to snack on some organic cheese every now and then, but it IS. Of course you are still making a big difference by cutting ANYTHING back, but if you are a person who wants to live, breath and BE Vegan; you stand for animal rights, you stand for the right to a decent life, against exploitation, against the industries that are killing our Earth, then you must stand tall and true.
And why is it such a big deal anyway? It's bloody great!
What a wonderful feeling to know that you are doing something positive in this world? To know that you have nearly no carbon footprint? To know that you are speaking for those that have no voice? And of course: to know that your body is not having to work hard and digest foods that are unnatural for it.
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