How to truly change
Bet you didn’t know it is World Vegan Day! Being vegan isn’t easy. The world has changed a lot but it still is difficult to constantly wonder whether I will be able find appropriate food when going out. But I don’t mind the sacrifices. Being vegan isn’t about health, although done right, it is an extremely healthy diet. And being vegan isn’t necessarily about the environment, though animal agriculture is a major polluter of our air and water and definitely the breeding ground for pandemics.
Veganism is simply about the animals. It is the idea that animals are sentient beings and, as such, should be afforded rights. At the very least, they should not be subjected to pain and torture especially if it is completely unnecessary to do so.
To be honest, I don’t concern myself with hunters. My issue is with the absolute inhumane animal agriculture business that turns these animals into a mere commodity. A thing, not a being. Meanwhile, if any casual consumer were to meet these animals individually they would pet it and hug them.
I can’t say I am “proud” to be vegan. It has nothing to do with pride. I simply want to contribute as little as possible to an industry that cares so little about the animals.
There is not perfect system that can feed the world. Yes, animals die when vegetable crops are grown and harvested (though most of those crops are raised to feed the animals we eat). But I am not looking for perfection. I am not looking to judge either.
I am simply vegan because I have no need to take the life of another being, especially not an animal bred into a hellish life of captivity and torture. The hardest part about being vegan is really knowing right now, as I type this, millions of animals are confined in cramped, filthy conditions. They feel fear and they feel pain and that kills me. So World vegan day is simply celebrating a hopeful evolution away from this cruelty.
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