Once, I watched as a mother sow cleverly engineered a prison break by loosening the hinges of her crate with her tongue until the front door fell off. After escorting out her piglets, the sow immediately began to do the same for another sow’s door. My coworker told me that several sows had orchestrated such ‘liberations’ in the past, and that those sows had to be slaughtered.
Vegans, vegetarians, and the meat debate
Given my very few followers, this is a post that will likely be swallowed by the void of tumblr, never to be seen again. It’s worth a shot, though, so here goes.
Aside from just generally being intrigued, part of a school thing I’m involved in requires investigation into varying perspectives on the debate over whether it is ethical to eat meat. I’m interested in perspectives on this, regardless of side. Part of what we have to research is the differences in the ethical approach of vegetarians and vegans to this issue, and the opinions/worldviews of different religions regarding this.
If it’s not already obvious, no-one’s views are going to be shot down here. I’d like to be able to ask questions for clarification, because I’m curious, but I’m not setting out to prove whether or not someone’s viewpoint is right or wrong, just to understand. I want to be educated, folks!
If you have views on this topic, regardless of how much you know or the opinion you hold, and you’d like to explain them to me, talk about them, or even just link me to blogs or articles on this topic, please get in touch. If you leave something in my ask, I’ll drop something in yours so you have something longer to reply to, or we can chat some other way, whatever works.
Crossing my fingers and hoping that I get at least one reply to this, otherwise it’s going to be one of those awkward posts that just floats into oblivion. Okie-doke. Apologies to my handful of followers for what might be a largely irrelevant chunk of text.
My reasons for being vegan:
- Animals can feel pain.
- Animals can form bonds (cows have best friends, pigs sing to their young, chickens have 30 sounds to communicate, etc).
- Animal products are way up there when it comes to destroying the environment and being pretty uneconomical.
- We don’t need to eat them.
I think that’s pretty much it from me. There are heaps of scientific articles to back up the environment perpective, less for the pain thing (although lots about reducing stress in “livestock” heh). Let me know if you need me to link you to some. Currently writing a massive report on environmentalism @_@.
I’m amazed at the great lengths that STRANGERS have come to tell me how I am not “vegan enough” for them. How I shouldn’t call myself vegan because I have had to deal with unforeseen circumstances with my daughter. How I am “selfish” and “stupid”. How I am a “disgrace” to the vegan community. It…
I totally understand this!
The vegan community is often the bigger critic than the non-vegan one. I have excommunicated myself from the vegan community here where I live because among other reasons they’re a bunch of nit-picky douches.
At the end of the day I think you just have to be the best person you can be.
Nauseating. 16 might take the cake.
If you can get your hands on it, I recommend reading the FDA guidelines on Food Fit For Human Consumption. Actually, I don’t recommend it if you ever want to eat anything that comes in a package again.
Below I have copied, from a .pdf I found about a year ago, the first issue of ‘The Vegan News’ by Donald Watson in 1944. In it he talks of the word vegan, about how vegetarians should aspire to be vegan, and more. I’ve tried to break the text up nicely. Enjoy.
Woman displays small turtles in plastic bags, for sale in a shop in Beijing, China, March 7, 2013. According to the vendor, each bag, filled with oxygen and nutritional liquid, can keep the animal it holds alive for two months and is sold for 10 RMB ($1.6). The Chinese believe such charms can bring good luck. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)