Something very close and dear to my heart is kindness. One of the most profound ways to be kind is with your plate. You can literally change the world with choices you make. So why wouldn’t you make the choice to be kinder to EVERYONE by going vegan.
I wanted to list out my top reasons for going vegan in a weekly series!
The first reason I want you to go vegan is for the animals!
I personally am Vegan for the animals.
Yes the environment, health, etc are all great reasons to go vegan…. but the thought of eating something living, freaks me out. Eating something that was alive. and was killed just for this moment to be tasted by you… don’t you think that’s weird? if you really think about it. How can it not make you feel weird. Also what is more violent than murder. Killing an animal to eat it is murder…. violence and suffering for a sandwich?
A vegan lifestyle prevents a tremendous amount of animal slaughter and suffering.
Even though nonhuman animals’ reactions to pain are sometimes different to humans’, they still feel it. As The Conversation summarizes: “How pain is sensed and the physical processes behind this are remarkably similar and well conserved across mammals and humans. There are also many similarities in pain behaviors across the species, for example they may stop socializing with people and/or other animals, they may eat less, they may vocalize more and their heart rate may rise.”
Let’s begin with the most common method of cattle slaughter. Here, a cow steps onto the kill floor, and a worker puts a captive bolt pistol to the animal’s forehead. The trigger pulled, a steel rod shoots through the skull, instantly inflicting a massive brain injury. A chain then hoists the cow into the air, and another worker cuts her throat. Over the following minutes she bleeds out as her still-pumping heart gushes blood onto the floor.
While horrifying to witness, captive bolt stunning is almost is almost certainly the least cruel method of stunning utilized by slaughterhouses.
Even though nonhuman animals’ reactions to pain are sometimes different to humans’, they still feel it. As The Conversation summarizes: “How pain is sensed and the physical processes behind this are remarkably similar and well conserved across mammals and humans. There are also many similarities in pain behaviours across the species, for example they may stop socialising with people and/or other animals, they may eat less, they may vocalise more and their heart rate may rise.”
A 2017 report by the United Egg Producers estimated that 85 percent of commercial egg production in the U.S. used battery cages, compared with 90 percent globally. Battery cages are usually a few feet wide and 15 inches high, leaving no room for chickens to spread out or stretch their wings. Multiple birds are stuffed into these small spaces and are unable to carry out natural behaviors such as perching, dust-bathing, foraging, and roosting. These small and confined spaces are extremely harmful to chickens both physically and psychologically.
Over 70 billion land animals are slaughtered for meat alone worldwide — that’s almost as many humans that ever lived on Earth.
Most meat-eaters have never really questioned their behavior. After all, everyone around them is eating animal products, it’s convenient and they taste really good!
But are these good enough reasons to take the life of innocent beings if eating animals is entirely optional and we can be healthy on a plant-based diet?
But what about if you don’t buy battery farmed chickens, or only purchase organic milk, or have honey from your neighbour’s/friend’s/grandpa’s hive? Firstly, let me address the organic, free-range, cruelty-free stuff from the people you don’t know – aka the stuff you buy in the supermarkets, then I’ll move on to insulting your family and friends: so, I’ve been to an ‘organic’, ‘free-range’, ‘cruelty-free’ milk farm. Let me tell you, it was absolutely horrible: cows stood in their own faeces, cows with various degrees of injuries – including one with an eyeball that was popping out, and, worst of all, a dead calf on the floor in front of them. Ya, it’s nature blah blah, but the mother cow was looking at it with such feeling, it was super sad.
Basically, my point is, if it says it’s organic and free ranged and cruelty-free, I’m sure it is – to industry standards (the same industry that says it’s okay for there to be pus in milk). I urge you to visit these farms yourself and see if ‘industry standards’ matches your own personal standards. Because they didn’t match mine.
Do you believe you are what you eat? Are you ok eating fear? Think about when they transport animals for slaughter. After an often terrifying, exhausting, and pain-ridden life on a factory farm, animals—chickens, pigs, turkeys, and cows—are rounded up for the final trip of their lives as they are sent to slaughter in a slaughterhouse.. This trip is far from comfortable. Whether chickens, pigs, turkeys, or cows, every animal is crammed onto trucks, with barely any space to move around. They can be exposed to extreme heat or cold on these journeys that can last many hours. Often, they are not even provided with adequate food or water. By the time each animals arrive at their final destination, they can be so terrified and neglected that they sometimes soil themselves. Covered in feces, their spent bodies are then brutally slaughtered for human consumption. What is delicious about that?
Meat eaters and vegans have something important in common: we each recoil when confronted with animal cruelty. Sadly, you can find extraordinary cruelties almost wherever you look within the meat, dairy and egg industries. And slaughterhouses—even the few that adhere to the very best standards—are invariably horrifying.
Countless vegans spent decades blissfully devouring meat and other animal products until, one day, they encountered a slaughterhouse video. Just a minute or two spent watching any of these videos can inspire an instantaneous dietary change.
Writing just can’t convey the horrors of industrialized animal slaughter—the more detailed and accurate the written description, the more overwrought and implausible it often sounds. So to truly understand what happens at slaughterhouses, you must actually witness the killing, rather than merely read about it.
YouTube hosts hundreds of videos showing the slaughter of every type of animal raised for food. Most people can only last a few seconds before turning away. But what happens to animals is right there for everyone to see, for anyone willing to look. If we’re going to eat meat, don’t we each share an ethical obligation to see for ourselves how it’s produced?
If you oppose violence, a vegan lifestyle deserves your careful consideration. Nothing that follows can adequately convey what animals experience in the slaughterhouse, but I can at least lay out the essentials.
I hope that any of these reasons has persuaded you to at least maybe try the vegan option. I don’t believe in all or nothing. I believe in exposure, the more people see how easy and delicious being vegan is, they will convert. Let me sow you going vegan is easy. Check out my free course HERE
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