I can’t tell you the number of times, I’ve gotten this one, so i know I have other responses to this question floating around this website.
Yesterday, this was the response I gave for this.
“well at least you are honest about it. It seems impossible, but the reality is, there are actually some pretty amazing meat free products that many people can’t even tell the difference. I have vegan friends who secretly use faux meat in food, that they make for their family, and their family raves about how good it was– they couldn’t even tell that it wasn’t meat! All it takes is a little effort to find an alternative. And the benefits are well worth it, lbs drop off easily, cholesterol falls to healthy levels, medicines like allergy medicines you thought you needed, suddenly are not needed any more this is only to name a small fraction of the health benefits — to reducing taking out animal products.”
To each there own. It’s sad how some animals are tortured yes. I understand why you are vegan. I just like meat. So I don’t think about it!
“I guess, but ultimately we are all affected by the choices we make collectively. Our taxes go to subsidize meat, which otherwise would be way too expensive for regular use. And the environmental impacts of these choices, also effect our drinking water, soil quality and air quality. This has implications on our health, and even more implications for our childrens health, as they have to grow up in the world we leave behind. I see for you it’s about taste. I’m just expressing, why this is so important for me to talk about. Especially as meat and dairy are the reasons why we have such issues with heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity today. It’s hard to see the suffering, when there is a pretty easy way out.”
“Every society should be free to live according to its own principles, as long as it does not interfere in the freedom of other societies to do the same.”
Sorry this just isn’t specific enough… especially when there are so many reasons not to.
Sameer Singhal I guess there is always such a big deal made out of meal preferences, plants and animals both have lives, and you are free to make the choice. Maybe for several days one chooses to be vegan, but for the others one may choose to have meat. Everyone has different taste preferences and health needs and should be able to eat what they like….without any imposition….
The only demand which can affect us comes from within, no one can make you feel anything that somewhere inside you, you don’t already feel. Of course plants are life forms, but I don’t see it a fair comparison to relate a plant with flesh and blood. Even the most sensitive of people aren’t deeply affected by witnessing the chopping of vegetables. Growing up on a farm, I can tell you, that witnessing the murder of several animals affected me deeply. Of course people are going to choose their foods at the end of the day, but it is quite disturbing to me, that in today’s world we regularly choose foods in which if we had witnessed what had happened behind the scenes… we may have made a different choice. If you have not taken the life of an animal or been directly in the presence of an animal being butchered alive, there can be no accurate claim that the life of a plant and the life of an animal are equal. It’s not just about personal taste and preference, when it involves such blood. We are all in fact human beings, often addressed as omnivores, and just as many people use that word to justify the consumption of meat, we can also use that word to justify that we are all fully capable of thriving on plants. Just as well as any person who already does. We are not so biologically different, but it can be a comfort to believe so, in order to feel ‘secure’ in our habits.