This is a very controversial thing to say, but I'm not afraid to say it. Although I spend a lot of my time being an animal rights advocate and trying to educate those around me about the atrocious conditions animals are kept in, I do have a small secret that I'm going to share with you right now:
I question whether Vegan is the right decision nearly every day of my life.
There, I said it. Shocking right? And I would love to fully explain that to you right now.
I think the reason I question it so much, is mainly because I do not enter anything lightly. When I do something: I do it one hundred per cent. So, if I'm going to be a Vegan, I want to be a VEGAN! I want to know every bit of research, I want to know exactly why this is the right thing to do, I want to be sure that I'm not missing any loopholes and, of course, I want to know for sure that it is healthy for my body.
It's hard not to question Veganism in this day and age, really. Every bloody day there's a new YouTube video or blog or magazine article about someone who went Vegan with all the right intentions, but found themselves becoming anaemic, or loosing energy, or began to feel like it was natural for them to eat meat...whatever it may be. The biggest shock I had on this topic recently, was when watching the very successful TV show: "Girls". In one episode the lead character goes on a mini-rant about how she used to be Vegan and then when she ate meat for the first time since stopping, she felt this surge of energy and knew from that second that her body needed meat and it was the right decision.
Um...okay....look, I respect you, whatever. If you want to go back to eating meat, I guess I can't begrudge you that, but what I don't understand is: how do you suddenly forget everything you've learned about the cruelty and evil of these industries? In that episode of "Girls" she was sitting in a fast food restaurant eating pizza. Okay, I get it, you want to keep eating meat - so can you now justify walking into a crap place and eating the kind of meat that most certainly supports the worst kind of evil you once thought worth fighting?
That's what I don't understand. And this is an example of me having a moment, questioning my decision to be a passionate Vegan, considering it, doing some research and then coming right back to my original decision which is: no, sorry, Vegan makes sense, logically and ethically.
Whenever I would worry about this and think "oh God, do we need meat?" I would think about it for a little bit, then I would do some research, read some unbiased studies and come back to the same conclusuion. I'm sorry, but it has been absolutely proven now that human beings have NO NEED FOR ANIMAL FLESH. In fact, it conclusively only harms us. Yes, you can get some iron and protein in your slab of steak, but it comes alongside cholesterol and an eight hour digestion time. That isn't natural.
Once again: this makes sense to me.
So, I wanted to write a blog about what arguments have come the closest to me questioning my passionate Vegan beliefs. I'm big on honestly: there have been times I've been debating with someone and found myself a little lost for rebuttal.
The number one is: it tastes good. Well, there's no point in debating that, because you can't tell someone "meat does NOT taste good." All you can say back to that is: "cry me a river. Who gives a fuck?" It's an irrelevant argument. Lots of things taste good that have no place in your body. One of my housemates told me how delicious deep fried duck in Lard is. Hmmm enough said. That may taste good, but, come on, we all know that has NO PLACE being inside your system.
One problem I've come up against a few times is: ethical fishing. Factory farmed fish which is "ocean-wise". Okay, I guess that may solve the problem of human beings raping the oceans of natural wonders....maybe...tough, I'm not convinced. So I'll tell you what I did: I watched some videos of fishermen going to these sectioned off areas of ocean where Salmon and other fish, lobsters etc are there swimming around and just waiting to be caught for food.
After ten minutes of watching the fish get caught up in nets and hauled up alive on the boats just to be sprawled out on the wood and suffocate on beds of ice: I'd had enough. Evil, evil, evil. I don't care if that's environmentally sustainable: those fish can feel pain and discomfort and they absolutely were in those videos I watched.
I heard, I pondered, I questioned, I researched and I concluded. Vegan logic won again for me.
If you can find a way to justify wanting to eat Salmon: okay: justified. But why work so hard to justify it when you don't need it!? You don't need that food! You just want it.
As soon as people just admit that fact, things would be a lot easier. Mankind need to start owning our greed. Our current over-concuption and wanting what we feel we are "entitled" to. Those are the problems.
I am always open to discussing whether Veganism is the correct step forward. I don't know anything for certain. But what I do know is: whenever I question, I always come back to it. It's a complete win-win scenario. The food is delicious, minimal harm to our planet and living things, more compassion and MAKING A STAND! I want to make a stand that says it's not okay what happens on factory farms. Because it isn't. It's not okay what happens in laboratories. It's not okay what happens to make fur.
None of it is okay. So, though I may question every now and then...
I always come back to the same answer. :)
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