why don't more people realise how ethical veganism is?

 verow (@veronicawalsh)5 years, 6 months ago

So many people see veganism as extremist and exaggerated. Why? It is so clearly the only ethical diet! In our modern society we have absolutely no need to consume animal products, so we are simply killing for pleasure. How does anyone think that is right? I can’t wrap my head around it! I have only recently turned vegan, but it is so clear to me that it’s the only choice I could make if I wanted to be happy with who I am…eating meat and dairy products has a horrible impact on the environment, condemns billions of sanctient beings to a life of misery and a death with no dignity, and it is even bad for our health! We do not need to consume animal products, we  can get all the nutrients we need from plants. It is a scientifically proven fact that a well balanced vegan diet is perfectly healthy. So WHY? Why do we kill billions of animals? Why do we forget that they’re creatures who can feel pain and happiness just like us? we give their lives no value, they’re not living beings anymore, they’re just burgers and bacon and sausages and cheese. is it so crazy that I can’t understand why anyone would kill if not for strict necessity? Is the enjoyment a good burger brings to your palat more important than a LIFE? Let’s take a moment and realise we’re taking lives and souls just for the sake of having a tasty meal.. It makes me so incredibly sad. I simply don’t understand why more people don’t get it. Everyone would say they love animals, but if you do, how can you eat them? 

If you’re somewhat sensitive or interested in this topic please check out the documentaries earthlings and cowspiracy. Or even if you’re not sensitive to it, the only reason is probably because you don’t know enough about it! 

please don’t give stupid and uninformed answers, if you don’t know much about the topic but would like to discuss I highly recommend you watch one of the documentaries I mentioned or read some articles. 

March 4, 2016 at 4:15 pm
Wicked Knight (3) (@CHI.) 5 years, 6 months ago ago

“So many people see veganism as extremist and exaggerated. Why?”

Well the vegan diet cuts off the vast majority of a persons normal food and ingredients so it is a major life change and would be a fair thing to be called extreme.

As for “exaggerated” there really haven’t been enough studies conducted on the vegan diet to either prove or disprove the health benefits. But what I do know is that you do not get the complete nourishment from the vegan diet that you get from being an omnivore. So saying “In our modern society we have absolutely no need to consume animal products” because without consuming meat/fish/dairy products we would not be getting our proper amount B12, Omega-3, saturated fat, creatine, protein, saturated fat, vitamin d, vitamin a, and carnose. 

“eating meat and dairy products has a horrible impact on the environment,
condemns billions of sanctient beings to a life of misery and a death
with no dignity, and it is even bad for our health!”

Horrible impact on the environment- how?

“condemns billions of sanctient beings to a life of misery and a death
with no dignity”

A bit of a stretch here…
First of all do you mean sentient beings?

Second, this is not a dietary issue- but an issue of animal cruelty which is an unacceptable approach regardless of the diet. 

Why would you assume that just because someone eats meat that they are in favor of animal factories neglect,  and cruelty? That is just absurd.

“it is even bad for our health!”
Well humanity has evolved and grown along with the consumption of meat so our entire existence kind of proves this wrong.

“We do not need to consume animal products, we  can get all the nutrients we need from plants.”

Not true…many essential nutrients listed above are only found in meat/fish/dairy. 

“It is a scientifically proven fact that a well balanced vegan diet is perfectly healthy.”

1) There isn’t enough scientific research to fully back this statement.
2) Key word “well balanced”- which is pretty much applicable with any diet, along with proper exercise and an active lifestyle. Also the vegan diet shows more short term than long term upside unless you can find a new way to consume enough of the nutrients you are missing from giving up meat you will eventually suffer from a form of malnourishment.

3) Real food is always better than fake food.

   

“Let’s take a moment and realize we’re taking lives and souls just for the sake of having a tasty meal”

To quote Nutritional Therapist Liz Wolf: “If we truly believe that no living thing
should have to die for our dinner, we shouldn’t eat at all. If we truly
believe that all life deserves equal respect, why not equalize ourselves
by embracing the elegant fact that we are all, as Nelson writes,
“driven by the same hungers that motivate any other creature— the
squirrel in the forest, the vole in the meadow, the bear on the
mountainside, the deer in the valley”?”


Now don’t get me wrong I don’t have anything against the vegan diet
itself- best of luck to you on your new dietary path, but there is
definitely no reason to put it on a pedestal as the ultimate end all be
all of dieting-especially not to replace a omnivore diet. The key to any
diet is balance, because diet alone is not enough to make you healthy
just like exercise alone is not enough to make you healthy. As for the
moral implications it is just absurd to insinuate that just because
someone eats meat they do not care about the well being of the animal or
how it is treated in life.

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