Why Aren't You Vegan?

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Why Aren't You Vegan? – 18 March 2007

When tidying up my desk I found this scribbled note that I had made some time ago: “The question should be why do you continue to use animal products (eat meat, milk, etc.), not why am I vegan. Animal users should keep asking themselves that every moment – even if it makes them angry and vengeful toward vegans who ask them the question.”

To further expand on this note that I had quickly jotted down: Why should vegans have to explain themselves or “be put on a spot” when they are not the ones doing the damage? Vegans should turn the question on the one asking; after all, the ones complicit in the use and abuse of other animals owe us an explanation for their behavior, not the other way around.

There is overwhelming proof of the damage done to humans, other animals, and the earth by the herding (hurting?) culture that began ten thousand years ago. Why do humans cling so stubbornly to a lifestyle that is destructive to themselves and to the ones they claim to love?

A careful study of the history of pandemic viral infections points directly to the introduction of animal agriculture and the eating of animals as the source. The close confinement of animals breeds diseases such as the much publicized avian flu. Yet humans merely take stopgap measures when confronted by such catastrophic events of their own making: They fuss about the availability of inoculations and they trash millions of animals to “contain” the spread of the disease.

How many people are aware of the destruction to the environment by the huge volume of methane gas and excrement produced by the industrial factory farming of animals that is rapidly spreading around the world? Even fish are being “farmed”! Yet, little if anything is mentioned in the news about these things because sponsors control the purse strings and the media are beholden to the fast food companies and the pharmaceutical industry, for example, as any casual observer can see.

"Joyful Curmudgeon"
An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.

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