Monthly Archives: July 2017

Vegan Schmegan: Three Huge Reasons (Reason Three)

The flippant nature of comments around the subject of animal consumption, whether the meat of an animal or products made from its lactations, can be interesting to hear. I’ve had conversations with people telling me they’ll continue to eat meat just because they don’t like being told what to do by others, and still others telling me that they really don’t care about the implications of doing so. And to a certain extent you have to think, well, okay, it’s a free world, and all that, but then, if you choose to turn to three huge reasons for giving up not only meat but all animal derived products, it turns out that you’d have to be something of a sadist not to give it up.

Huge Reason #3: Animal Agriculture is Animal Genocide

By eating meat, fish, dairy, etc., you are condoning genocide on a scale heretofore unknown. It’s like turning a blind eye to the Holocaust. It’s allowing the agriculture industry to operate like a Hitler, a Stalin, or a Genghis Khan, without actually caring about the billions of deaths that occur each year. See Yuval Noah Harari’s article, here.

To remain unaffected after learning this fact means that you are prepared to allow billions of living, sentient beings to be slaughtered in unimaginably horrible ways: because you like the taste of meat/fish/dairy.

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Vegan Schmegan: Three Huge Reasons (Reason Two)

The flippant nature of comments around the subject of animal consumption, whether the meat of an animal or products made from its lactations, can be interesting to hear. I’ve had conversations with people telling me they’ll continue to eat meat just because they don’t like being told what to do by others, and still others telling me that they really don’t care about the implications of doing so. And to a certain extent you have to think, well, okay, it’s a free world, and all that, but then, if you choose to turn to three huge reasons for giving up not only meat but all animal derived products, it turns out that you’d have to be something of a sadist not to give it up.

Huge Reason #2: Animal Agriculture means one-seventh of the world’s population remains hungry and under-nourished

All of the resources that go into feeding livestock so that humans can eat meat and dairy, results in there not being enough food to feed the world’s current population. If we fed humans what is being fed to animals, in order to kill the animals so that they can be eaten, then none of the one billion malnourished people living today would remain so. See Humane Society International’s assessment, here.

To remain unaffected after learning this fact means that you are prepared to allow people to starve to death: because you like the taste of meat/fish/dairy.

See Huge Reason #1


Vegan Schmegan: Three Huge Reasons (Reason One)

The flippant nature of comments around the subject of animal consumption, whether the meat of an animal or products made from its lactations, can be interesting to hear. I’ve had conversations with people telling me they’ll continue to eat meat just because they don’t like being told what to do by others, and still others telling me that they really don’t care about the implications of doing so. And to a certain extent you have to think, well, okay, it’s a free world, and all that, but then, if you choose to turn to three huge reasons for giving up not only meat but all animal derived products, it turns out that you’d have to be something of a sadist not to give it up.

Huge Reason #1: Animal Agriculture is the leading driver of climate change (and it’s also the thing that’s easiest to rectify)

Methane, not CO2, is the biggest problem we face in terms of artificially altering our climate, according to a whole host of experts. Animal agriculture, and the 70+ billion livestock currently living on the planet, leads to methane levels that are heating up the planet, but, unlike CO2, this is easily rectified because methane levels diminish much sooner than CO2. See Andy Vrbicek’s assessment, here.

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To remain unaffected after learning this fact means that you are prepared to allow the younger generation to suffer the consequences of climate change: because you like the taste of meat/fish/dairy.

Huge Reasons #2 and #3 coming soon…

 


Not the #F or #C Word but the #V Word!

Something of a shift has occurred in a matter of days, following a number of months pondering the effects of Simon Amstell‘s Carnage (2017). For 23 years I lived happily, and healthily, as a non-meat eater, without giving thought to the continuing habit of consuming dairy produce. And then I watched Carnage. Milk became a no-no immediately–the notion of “cow rape” had never occurred to me before (have you ever asked yourself how it is that cows can produce milk endlessly?), but having watched the film (described as a comedy, a “mockumentary”) I found it hard to look at a bottle of milk without feeling disgusted.

Yet I continued to eat cheese, eggs, cream, custard, and other such products. I grew up being told about the health benefits of milk, in particular, and that it does wonders for teeth and bones and stuff. But that doesn’t seem to be the case. There are a number of experts who believe dairy products to be a major contributor to all manner of illnesses and diseases–see Food Choices (2016), Forks over Knives (2011), and Cowspiracy (2014). And then there are the ecological issues related to animal agriculture, which state that raising animals primarily for reasons to do with eating them, and the stuff that comes out of them, is the number one driver of major climate catastrophe (not CO2, as we are told, endlessly). The problem is to do with the Methane (amongst other things) that is produced as a by-product of the 70 billion or so cattle that inhabit the planet. Methane levels can change relatively quickly, and so unlike CO2, which takes decades for its levels to fall, there is the opportunity to make drastic changes to our planet’s future: but that requires people to stop eating animals and the by-products that come from them.

And finally, there is the thought, though many people won’t want to consider this, that on a daily basis, for decades and decades, we, as a species, have committed genocide, sending cows, pigs, sheep, goats, and other animals to death camps to die horrible, inhumane deaths: just like Auschwitz, Dachau, Treblinka…

And that is why I have made the full leap into a wholly plant-based diet: or Veganism, if you will (the V word aforementioned).


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