A vegan friend found this while camping in Leh. Leh, in the northernmost tip of the Indian Himalayas and close to Tibet, is one of the harshest places for humans to live in. It’s a cold, windswept desert where hardly a blade of grass grows. For 8 months of the year, temperatures remain below freezing, often dipping below -40. Because of its altitude, the air over there is so rarefied that visitors have to acclimatize for 3 days before they can walk without running out of breath.
Some people say that veganism is a First World privilege. They say that urbanized, well-off people in wealthy societies can afford to be vegan, but “poor” people in third world countries cannot afford it. Firstly, that betrays an ignorance of economics and food production. Around the world, healthy vegan food is a lot cheaper than meat and dairy. But it also betrays yet another excuse for a complacent, uncaring life: “If someone in Siberia / Namibia / Cambodia isn’t vegan, I won’t be either.”
That said, these messages, pinned in the door of a restaurant in Leh, are truly humbling. A little research revealed the source: a group called Tibetan Volunteers for Animals (TVA). They have a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/FreedomForAll) and a website (http://semchen.org/). And we all know the plight of Tibetans.
If a group of disenfranchised people living as refugees in a third world country in one of the most hostile climates on Earth can be vegan, then what’s YOUR excuse?!
Meat just tastes so damn good.
People don’t eat meat for health or because they need it. They do not check the source of their meat and the slaughter of the animal killed for them, as they blatantly lie. They do not do it for protein or because they care about the feelings of plants. They do it because it tastes good.
Because it tastes good.
Because it tastes good …
Because it TASTES GOOD.
And they do not eat dogs because? Because dogs taste awful? How do they know? Or because dogs are not ‘prey’? Dogs are preyed upon by big cats all the time. Because only herbivores are eaten? Then why eat pigs, chicken and fish?
In other words, meat eaters eat dead corpses because they have been raised to, indoctrinated to, since their childhoods, by their parents, their schools, by all of society. They have been told that if they do not eat dead animals and support an unsustainable industry with their money, they will catch awful diseases and die.
To live all your lives in fear is a pitiable existence. To rot, marinate, treat with carbon monoxide, then roast, then heavily season a long-dead corpse is a terrible way to ‘eat a balanced diet’.
To eat corpses and pay for their short, tortured existences, to support an industry that is destroying our only home, Earth, is a terrible way to exist.
What a pathetic legacy to create with your short, unpredictable lifespan.
To be incapable of looking a cow, a pig, a chicken or even your pet dog in the eye and truly grasping the beauty of their minds and immensity of their emotions … just because eating their dead friends has desensitized you … is to never have truly lived.
To eat something because it ‘tastes good’, without ever exploring the global culinary explosions that await a vegan adventurer is like being a frog in a well. That frog lives in a little well made of bacon, beef, KFC and fish, and will never know how big and beautiful and complex and marvelous the ocean truly is.
See I’m totally up for anything but I don’t just eat meat because it “tastes good” yeah protein hell yeah, but I think it also comes with the standard morals of the society people love in, like we don’t eat dogs because in our culture they’re seen as companions, and with Pakistan it’s not like that, and here, we don’t eat guinea pigs (no place that I know, atleast) but in Peru they do, I’m not vegan, and if I had to, I would go vegan. But yeah in my opinion/biological studies and stuff have shown that humans are omnivores so we naturally will eat both plants and animals, and yeah evolutionary shits have made us sentient, self aware creatures, and in doing so, we became aware that what we are doing to animals now is wrong, but naturally, we continue doing it, I would much rather animals be killed humanely than have their heads chopped off and shit, that’s nasty, but yeah. As vegans call non-vegans “carnists” I guess we don’t have much of a leg to stand on, other than us evolving to be omnivorous, and just standard morals of our cultures.
But yeah, when I eat meat I do think and am sad at the fact that animals were treated horribly to make the thing I am eating, but one last thing, I think vegans are like, making it way more dramatic with “you’re eating dead flesh” but the meat you eat is the muscle, not the skin (mainly) and like yeah it sounds disgusting, but hey, plants are just dirt leaves, and fruits are just plant genitalia,
Yeah. And eating is just mashing things up with solid calcium and using muscle to stuff it into an acid-filled sac, ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
“yeah evolutionary shits have made us sentient, self aware creatures, and in doing so, we became aware that what we are doing to animals now is wrong, but naturally, we continue doing it,”
we naturally continue doing it? why? i don’t. the million other vegans in the world don’t. we learned about it and stopped. there’s no reason not to.
“I would much rather animals be killed humanely than have their heads chopped off and shit, that’s nasty, but yeah.”
how do you “humanely” kill them then? slit their throats? hug them to death? what could be humane about breeding, enslaving, and killing animals, if it’s not necessary?
“I guess we don’t have much of a leg to stand on, other than us evolving to be omnivorous”
and you don’t even have that
“I think vegans are like, making it way more dramatic with “you’re eating dead flesh” but the meat you eat is the muscle, not the skin (mainly)”
not only is it not true that people eat skin (ever heard of chicken wings?), the word flesh literally means “the muscle and tissue below the skin” (i guess that never came up in your many hours of studying biology) and what the hell is the difference? skin or muscle? why would one be better than the other? most vegans don’t say that to gross people out, they say it to try to get people to make the connection that they are eating an actual, once living, breathing, sentient animal that was raised and killed for your meal. a couple minutes to you is their entire life.
as far as “the morals of our culture,” those change all the time. it used to be standard practice to sacrifice virgins and eat the hearts of your enemies, but we’ve grown. veganism more than doubled between 2009 and 2012 and continues to rise exponentially every year. people are changing and you and others like you easily could too.
i’m going to go out on a limb here and say you’ve never actually done much research into or thinking about veganism. watch earthlings, go to vegankit, realize what you’re actually doing and make a change. i was your age when i went vegan. i promise you wouldn’t regret it