So many people believe that when they make choices that involve cruelty, others ought to tolerate and respect their choices. And that pointing out the cruelty is somehow disrespectful to their personal choice.
Yet this mindset eliminates the creature involved in this Choice when we decide to eat, wear, and be entertained by other living beings. Is it really possible that people believe that those creatures are truly irrelevant and the choice to exploit them in every fashion and manner imaginable including torture and death, is a choice, an action that ought to be acceptable to others?
Just because something is legal does not make it right. Just because you are able to do something does not mean you ought too. And just because there are millions of companies and industries supporting this cruelty does not make it OK nor tolerable.
Because my loved ones still continue to support these industries and practices, I have to find ways to love and accept individuals, while not being tolerant of these actions and choices.
Inevitably people feel judged. People feel that they are being alienated or looked down upon. I feel it's me, the vegan, who is alienated and looked down upon and judged. I do not judge the people who make these choices, but questioning the actions and the acceptability of these choices.
It's not easy living in a world that believes human life is the only life that really seems to matter. And then again, only certain special humans at that.
And when you speak against this idea and say that other creatures and ecosystems deserve respect, it threatens their habits, way of life, traditions, and profit sources.
It also threatens what they consider pleasurable, fun, enjoyable, the freedom to indulge in decadence and gluttony. Why is it so hard for people to understand that if you want to be decadent and gluttonous go ahead, there's plenty of ways to do it without harming others.
You can be a full-fledged junk-food-vegan if you want, and eat all kinds of crap you can imagine, but you don't have to kill other beings to do so. Ever.
Gluttony or an unhealthy lifestyle, is undesirable, yet tolerable (to a degree), personal choice.
Or to be overweight, or cause yourself disease through your dietary choices, it is unfortunate yet truly a personal decision.
If you chose not to eat fruits, veggies and eat tons of oils, sugars, fats, salts. But harming others is not tolerable, ever.
As well, it is completely and utterly unnecessary. It is unhealthy and brings only bad things to everyone and everything it touches, always.
Caring About All Beings Trumps Being a Meat-Eater/Vegetarian
Some people have the false belief that vegans think they're better than others.
Well, just as not all meat-eaters have the same personality, or cows or chickens or fish or pigs for that matter, true, there are some asshole vegans. There are some people who fall into spiritual materialism (vegan or not), and somehow start to believe that their beliefs are the only ones that matter. Anyone can get preachy and intolerant of anyone else.
Not everyone is well-adjusted or able to handle the stress of seeing so much exploitation and death around them, while maintaining a calm demeanor. I wonder how many abolitionists in slavery times were labeled “Angry Abolitionists” by slave owners and profiteers. Or by the consumers who paid much lower prices for products that were made and processed by slaves.
Ironically, it's meat eaters who often think that they're better than vegans, as well as better than the animals they choose to have slaughtered for their taste preferences. At the very least, they believe that the life of those animals has no value greater than their (the meat eater’s) taste preferences. They tell themselves things, life, the hierarchy of the food chain, the cycle/circle of life, lions though. #omnivorelife [insert eye rolly face]
Cow’s Life < My Taste Preference
Pig’s Life < My Taste Preference
Chicken’s Life < My Taste Preference
Fish & Sea creature’s Lives < My Taste Preference
Dog’s Life < My Taste Preference
Cat’s Life < My Taste Preference
Human’s Life < My Taste Preference/or Religious or Political Beliefs
Yes, there are people and places where cats, dogs, and even humans are eaten for a variety of reasons. Would you date a cannibal? Are you a cannibal?
If you connect to all life, and feel that all life is one, then eating animals feels like cannibalism.
When you're a vegan >>in your heart<<, you understand that you are not better, more entitled, or more “Justified” to “take” or end anyone's life for your pleasure, profit, or gain.
Some people “go vegan” to lose weight or for some other reason that has nothing to do with true veganism.
Some people give up going vegan because they feel that they've lost their muscles or they're sick or their addictions and Cravings are too intense and they can't handle it. It’s “too hard”, “too much sacrifice” or they just don’t feel like changing or being different than others or different than how they once were.
I've long believed, since childhood, that some people just are wired to enjoy flesh, while others are wired to make the connection with living creatures, thus deeming it impossible to enjoy their flesh because, how can you eat your friends?
But does being “wired” to like or love the taste of another creature’s flesh entitle us to have it? There are lots of things I like the taste of, but for health reasons, or moral reasons, or environmental reasons, or reasons related to living nonviolently, I have “given up” these items that I used to enjoy.
So back to the idea that asshole vegans feel better than meat-eaters and my beliefs are right and yours are wrong….Am I RIGHT for believing that animals have a right to their own lives that outweighs your tastebuds? Are you RIGHT in believing that animals are here on earth for your pleasure, profit, or use that considers only your purpose and not their needs, rights, comfort, family bonds, right to life and life itself? Yes, that’s a biased question, the way I worded it. How would you word it?
Yes, I believe the purpose of animals on earth is for human’s to do with as they please? Yes, I believe animals are a form of food that just happens to talk, walk, think, act, feel, love, suffer, feel pain, have family, fight death, and all, but they are basically vegetables. With faces. And blood. And lifespans that lasts decades longer than, let’s say, a carrot. A carrot, which grows and then has a small amount of time when it is ripe and edible. Then it rots and becomes inedible organic matter again. Yes, I believe, an animal is in the same category as this. Huh??
“I just want to enjoy all that earth offers.” ~ Meat-eater comment justifying consuming animals.
But is Earth offering you this? Is Earth offering Pussy Grabs to anyone who wants to enjoy the fruits of pussy because it’s here on Earth so therefore, they are entitled to grab it, despite the wishes of the pussy owner?
And equally the meat-eater/vegetarian is entitled to completely control the life of the animal they wish to procure something of, whether it be their mother’s milk, their menstrual cycles, their skin, or their flesh or ALL OF THE ABOVE!
Maybe you don’t eat or wear any of that stuff, but you still visit zoos and circuses and aquariums for “education”. Believing that looking at a caged, imprisoned animal for a few minutes, while they spend their entire lifetime jailed, teaches you and your kids anything worth knowing about them. Rather it teaches that any creature can be enslaved, caged, and stared at for our entertainment, disguised as “education”.
Take one minute to really learn anything about any of those creatures, and you will know, that FIRSTLY, they don’t want to be enslaved and those cages or tanks are not it’s HOME!
Do you think that slave owners, and slave-made-products-consumers felt that Abolitionists had a “right to their opinion” but also ought to have, “respected their right to their opinion.”?
So you truly believe that animals are here for your use? You just see the world this way and people like me, vegans, are self-righteous, preachy, and need to just stop?
Hey, you respect my right to eat what I like, grass and shit and whatnot, so why can’t I just respect your right to eat what you like, flesh, and mother’s milk, and periods and shit?
Because I believe that humans are not the only beings who have a right to LIFE. Because I believe that personal choice is personal:
Definition of personal 1 : of, relating to, or affecting a particular person : private, individual 2 a : done in person without the intervention of another; also : proceeding from a single person b : carried on between individuals directly 3 : relating to the person or body 4 : relating to an individual or an individual's character, conduct, motives, or private affairs often in an offensive manner 5 a : being rational and self-conscious b : having the qualities of a person rather than a thing or abstraction 6 : of, relating to, or constituting personal property 7 : denoting grammatical person 8 : intended for private use or use by one person
Where in here does it say, personal choice is extended to the life, safety, happiness, and conditions of ANOTHER? It doesn't, because it’s NOT personal once it stops being about YOU and starts being about ANOTHER BEING. Even definition 2b : carried on between individuals directly, could never mean, one person killing another person/creature. That's carried out by one person, company, or industry on a victim, an unwilling participant in a cruel and vicious act tied into a pretty bow of delicious, humane, sacrifice of life, for your gluttonous pleasure. Eh? Eww. And No!
Spend a little time with any creature and see if your heart is untouched.
In this world people stand in awe at the beauty of a swallow, a wren or a finch. You can stand outside watching and hearing the beauty of a little bird, then take a bite of a chicken’s breast or thigh and swallow it?!
You can appreciate the beauty of a deer, then bite into the flesh of a cow? Maybe you’ll eat the deer too. But a gazelle! Ahh such beauty! Such magnificence!
You can glean the specialness of a whale, or a dolphin, yet eat a dead salmon, tuna, crab, lobster, trout, bass, cod….shall I go on?
Some of us can see the absurdity of the concept that a pale-skinned person’s life has more value than a tan-skinned person’s life, or a deeply bronzed-skinned person’s life. Some people spend hundreds of hours and dollars to bronze their own skin, while believing that naturally dark-skinned people have less value in this world.
There is so much hypocrisy it really does make one’s head spin!
Oy vey! Get educated!! Get Compassionate!!
That’s right bitch, I said it! If I seem to lack compassion for meat-eaters and vegetarians, what I lack compassion for is willful ignorance. Refusing to acknowledge the value of other life forms is very difficult for me to feel compassion toward. But my hope is that by showing others how important all life is, through a variety of forms, will open their eyes. Sometimes my opinion is biting and bitchy. The past few days has sparked my impatience because so many people are in a rage about the Hillary Clinton/Donald Trump election, with Trump as the so-called winner. The violent speak, intolerance, and hatred being thrown in every direction from every side is disheartening. There is SO MUCH LOVE AND TOLERANCE if only it would be extended to all as a daily practice! I believe this election calls out the out-dated system which seems to have malevolent intentions that wish to skew a system in an unfair advantage to a certain group of people already benefiting unfairly from the exploitation of others. Yes the actual candidates may be unfit and undeserving of office, but the system in place is unfit to serve us. Just as the system of Carnism, which so many still can not even see exists, serves a select few in a group that profits from the exploitation all of involved, but themselves. That's the worst part of this whole system! The very people fueling it and keeping it alive and thriving, are the ones suffering from it's existence. Carnism. Capitalism. 2-Party systems that are really 1-party systems. The belief of freedom while caged in your beliefs.
That’s my Lovely Opinionated Vegan Evolution L.O.V.E.
Do you believe you're entitled to take a life because you like the taste of that being's flesh? Do you believe it's yours to “take” and if you don't “take it” you're “giving it up.” What a sacrifice!
Do you believe your taste for someone's flesh entitles you to pay someone else to take their life?
Or maybe you’re a hypocritical, ignorant vegetarian (like I was) who won’t eat flesh, but has no issue eating mother’s milk and menstrual cycles of certain animals. Pretending or blinding yourself to the massive cruelty, pain, suffering, and death those "products" cause in equal or greater measure as "meat." Selective caring. Some people label themselves "vegetarian" but still eat all manner of fish and other sea creatures, as if they are not animals, as if they do not love, suffer, and feel pain.
Do you think it's wrong to grab someone by the pussy just because you're a star and you want to, (or even if you’re not a star)? Do you think it's wrong to take something out of a store that you didn't pay for? Do you think it's wrong to kill someone because they've upset you? For fucksake, some people think it's wrong to take a seat on a train from someone else! Yet, at the same time, can also believe that they are entitled, to take someone's LIFE!? Most of the time, people believe, they are entitled to pay someone else to take someone's life (out of sight), because they prefer the taste of their flesh?!
It was never “yours" to take in the first place. You have no right to their life. You're not “giving up” anything, except cruelty, speciesism, killing innocent beings, destroying the planet you live on, health problems, and unbelievable levels of violence >> on a massive scale >> on a daily basis. If you think giving up that stuff is too much… maybe we really are different species after all. But still, You deserve your life, as all species do.
Being one “type” of human doesn't make you better than other “types” of humans. And being one type of animal doesn't make you better than other animals. Oh yes, humans are animals too! Why do people believe that they have a right to kill another being just because it's a different shape or color or has a different level of hair or fur? Cause you like the taste of their flesh?
Y'all mother fuckers want to talk all about peace, not allowing violence and hatred to be the ruler, but from this vegan-point-of-view, it looks like violence, speciesism, thinking you're better than others, thinking that some life has more value than other lives, is ruling most people's minds, no matter who you voted for.
If you're out there paying for violence, so you can enjoy the taste of someone's flesh, I call hypocrisy! You think only humans matter? Or only the humans that voted the way you did? Or only the humans who live nearby you? Or only the ones who have the same religion, same skin color?
Humans are animals just like all the other living creatures on this planet. If you truly want to stand up, speak out, live and show up for nonviolence, love, acceptance, kindness and peace, start with your breakfast…(add lunch, dinner, snacks, desserts)...
How anyone can stand here, chewing on the flesh of an innocent being, while spewing intolerance and hatred against what they claim is racism, intolerance, hatred, entitlement, “white supremacy”, what about human supremacy? Speciesim, the belief that the life of some species has more value and/or rights than other species.
Just, being someone, who was indoctrinated into a way of life, doesn’t justify continuing to perpetrate crimes, violence and cruelty on others. To continue violence. Hey, some people were raised to hate this color skin or that color skin. Some people were raised to hate this religion or that one. Lots of people were raised to eat these animals but love those. To see these animals as food and other animals as beings worthy of respect, protection, companionship, idolatry. Some animals are deemed loving, kind or wise. Others are considered food. Others are evil, or dangerous. Animals representing various "human" qualities, whichever each particular society choices, with variations everywhere. Most kid's stories are told through animal characters, with varying personalities and traits, ranging from the best to the worst. Animals and humans, all creatures living on this planet, deserving equal consideration for life, space, freedom, the right to the pursuit of happiness in their own manner, free from domination, violence, and control by another group of creatures. Do you not believe that people born into violent societies, who have beliefs different than your own, when it comes to, women's rights, circumcision, child marriage, slavery, sex slavery, arranged marriages, forced covering of hair, head, face, and/or body, sects of religion promoting violence on others, do you not believe these people ought to rise above these indoctrinated beliefs and just "SEE" how incorrect they are? To just "KNOW" better? To be able and willing to SEE JUST HOW terrible and violent and unfair these practices are? Or ought we be "tolerate" of violence, oppression, and cruelty worldwide because, "that's just the way they do it over there?" Should we speak up, peacefully, nonviolently, but firmly and with conviction? Against practices of exploitation, cruelty and violence in our World? When it is YOUR turn to honestly look at YOUR society's practices that may be cruel and violent and destructive? Or to look at your own personal practices that are promoting, contributing, and directly causing pain, suffering, violence, cruelty, torture, and death to so many lives, human and nonhuman? Or destroying our Earth?
When is it your individual responsibility to learn something new. To learn that no animal deserves nor WANTS to be killed for your consumption. That it is WRONG to take their life. It is wrong, regardless if you were raised this way, lived this way for 40 years, 70 years, whatever. The time comes for each person to question what they’ve been told and sold. wrong rôNG/ adjective
1. not correct or true.
synonyms: incorrect, mistaken, in error, erroneous, inaccurate, inexact, imprecise, fallacious, wide of the mark, off target, unsound, faulty; informal: out
"the wrong answer"
2. unjust, dishonest, or immoral. Especially if cruelty is involved! And the deaths of billions of innocent creatures.
How many cultures can you think of who have cruel practices which you believe are wrong? DO you believe they should somehow JUST KNOW!?! They should SEE that it’s cruel!!! Despite years of indoctrination! They should FEEL the pain they are causing!!! Yet, do you? Do you see the pain you are causing? By eating animals? And drinking and eating their mama's milk and menstruations?
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Hy·poc·ri·sy -- həˈpäkrəsē/ verb the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one's own behavior does not conform; pretense. synonyms:dissimulation, false virtue, cant, posturing, affectation, speciousness, empty talk, insincerity, falseness, deceit, dishonesty, mendacity, pretense, duplicity
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“Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.”
“Monsters exist, but they are too few in number to be truly dangerous. More dangerous are the common men, the functionaries ready to believe and to act without asking questions.”
~ Primo Levi
“Very few beings really seek knowledge in this world. Mortal or immortal, few really ask. On the contrary, they try to wring from the unknown the answers they have already shaped in their own minds -- justifications, confirmations, forms of consolation without which they can't go on. To really ask is to open the door to the whirlwind. The answer may annihilate the question and the questioner.”
Do you support torture? Do you know what torture is? Inflicting severe pain on someone, including death. Animals are someone too. I used to eat dairy and I was an #ignorantvegetarian and I believed the lies I was told and sold. #industrylies But one day I wanted to be more knowledgeable. I had become vegan, but met with lots of resistance from family and well-meaning people. That sparked my interest in learning more about so-called organic free-range dairy farms. And my journey into education lead me to learn about the torture and suffering that goes into any industry that uses animals in any way whatsoever. In any form. There is no possible way to kill animals without torturing and abusing them. Some people have said to me that they are raised to be killed for consumption and so therefore somehow that makes it acceptable or less terrible. I consider that to be willful ignorance. How can you truly be that blind? 🙈🙉🙊 So do you support torture? People wondering how you can give up cheese or whatever dairy product you like, for me it's simple, every drop of dairy is infused with horrific suffering, pain, abuse, and torture. I find it to be some of the worst stuff on Earth. Please ask yourself this honestly, do you support torture? Even if you're eating dairy and meat while you are reading this, there is still hope! Put it down, throw it away, and make a promise to yourself right now that you will never again knowingly and willingly support Industries and products that bring harm and torture to creatures who are innocent and deserve our protection and love. #vegan#veganlife#govegan #comevegan#oilfree#healyourself#eatyourpeace#stopeatingdeath#stopsupportingtorture#vegansaresexy#veganlove#bevegan#dontbecruel#willfullyignorant#willfullignorance#thereisdtillhope#starttoday#startnow
When choosing which animal's flesh to dine on, do you ever consider their level of intelligence?
Does it make a difference to you, the flesh-eater, if it is the flesh of a highly intelligent being, or a less intelligent being?
Does the idea, that the animal you are eating, even has intelligence and the capacity to love, ever enter the equation (in your mind?)
What about in your heart?
Considering there are plant-based options for a tremendous amount of "products", it's hard to imagine how one justifies themselves, as they wrap their lips around the flesh of a loving, intelligent, family-oriented, sentient being, who would love to be your best friend, not your meal.
Pigs are smarter than some 3 years olds. Why does that matter? I think eating "less intelligent people" or "less intelligent animals" would be equally wrong. I mean, we love people who are intellectually challenged, we fight for their rights to be honored. We urge others to love children when they have "special needs" or have physical challenges. Some of us understand that ALL humans deserve love, respect, safety, and the right to life. Why do we not see that ALL animals deserve our consideration and love too, not a knife in the throat.