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itsasecrettoeverybody:

Of all the convoluted rationalizations for eating meat in an age when eating meat is not at all necessary for our survival or health, many people today are borrowing a popular slogan I like to call “the personal choice self deception.” It goes something like this: “My decision to eat meat is a personal choice.” And it is usually followed by a statement sympathetic to their vegan and vegetarian friends, acknowledging that they too are making personal choices that are right for them. Sounds great on the surface, but it’s what lurks beyond the surface that I find deeply disturbing for five key reasons.

1. Eating is a communal, multi-cultural activity until the vegan sits down at the table

First, let’s take a closer look at what personal means in the context of the highly social human activity of eating. Personal food choices had never been discussed at the dinner table until a growing number of vegans and vegetarians — by their very presence at the table — question the legitimacy of eating animals. A person who tells you that their meat eating is a personal choice is really telling you “stay away.” They don’t want you to question their highly-coveted moral beliefs or perhaps they object to exposing their unexamined moral quandary over how one can justify using and killing animals for food in an age when it is completely unnecessary. In other words, They have made this issue personal precisely in response to you making it public.

2. There is no free choice without awareness

The irony is that while meat eaters defend their choice to eat meat as a personal one, they will nonetheless go to great lengths to defend it publicly when confronted with a vegan or vegetarian. Like some apologetic white liberals who defend themselves by defiantly exclaiming to a new black acquaintance, “But I have black friends too!”, some meat eaters will go to great lengths to explain how intimately they understand veganism since they have vegan friends, have already heard and evaluated their reasons for going vegan and respect them dearly.

They’ve considered being vegan carefully, they will assure you, and have concluded that it’s just not for them. But instead of arriving at some novel new understanding of why humans should eat meat, they simply revert back to the traditional arguments that are all pretty much centered around what social psychologist Melanie Joy calls the three N’s of justification: eating meat is normal, natural and necessary. (1) But their reasoning reveals the fact that they have sorely overlooked the big idea behind veganism which author Jenny Brown points out so eloquently in her book The Lucky Ones: “We can become prisoners of our earliest indoctrinations or we can choose to look critically at our assumptions and align our lives with our values. Choosing to live vegan is how we re able to do that best.” (2)

3. The choice has a victim and the victim is completely ignored

Let’s take a look at the issue from the animal victim’s perspective which has been completely denied by the meat eater’s unexamined assumption that animals have no interest or understanding of the value of their individual lives. Does the animal who is being bred, raised and slaughtered for someone’s food care if the person who is eating meat has given the prospect of becoming vegan any serious moral consideration? Of course not.

The notion that these conscious meat eaters think they have done their due diligence by examining the pros and cons of eating animals means nothing for those that value their lives as we do. The fact is the animals we raise for meat have at least as much of an interest in staying alive, avoiding pain and suffering and seeking pleasure as these meat eaters’ pets. As activist Twyla Francois so aptly puts it: “All animals have the same capacity for suffering, but how we see them differs and that determines what we’ll tolerate happening to them. In the western world, we feel it wrong to torture and eat cats and dogs, but perfectly acceptable to do the same to animals equally as sentient and capable of suffering. No being who prides himself on rationality can continue to support such behaviour.”

4. Many personal choices we make have dire consequence for ourselves and others

Now let’s take a closer look at the meaning of choice itself. The act of making a choice implies that the actor has free will and awareness of the options and their consequences. In the spirit of justice, we live in a society where our actions and choices are governed by what society deems acceptable. We can make a personal choice to maim, rape or kill someone, but these actions will have consequences that serve as a deterrent. It is generally accepted in a democratic society that we are free to do what we want as long as it doesn’t harm anyone else or infringe on the same rights and freedoms of others.

Yet, for the meat eater, the choice of eating animals is completely disconnected from this concept of justice since justice does NOT for them apply to other species, only to humans (how convenient). In other words, there are no visible, negative consequences to eating meat. The victims remain invisible and silent to those who eat them, and that is perhaps the greatest deception of all.

5. Atrocities are never personal

In reality, the choice to eat meat negates the very meaning of choice because the animal that had to be killed to procure the meat had no choice in the matter at all. And the notion of characterizing such a choice as a personal one is even more problematic since the choice required the taking of another’s life, not a personal sacrifice. Nothing could be more public than the taking of a sentient life that cares about his own life, particularly when the act is not necessary and therefore not morally defensible.

When 60 billion land animals and another approximate 60 billion marine animals are killed every year across the planet for “personal” food choices made by a single species that are based on palate pleasure alone, eating meat ceases to be a matter of personal choice; (4) it becomes a social justice movement to protect the rights of animals. To deny animals the right to live their lives according to their own interests is wrong and to attempt to defend our choice to eat them as a personal one is delusional.

See Seven Reasons Why Man Has NOT Evolved to Eat Meat

Vegan Starter Kit

This is a parody of the WORST commercial I’ve ever seen. I’m so glad someone did this. 

The 19 Most Annoying Things About Being Vegan - Including gems like…

  • People who pronounce it “VAYGUN”.
  • Everyone you know is suddenly a nutrition expert.
  • The option at weddings is always grilled vegetables.
  • Getting trapped under your own logic.
  • Secretly finding jabs at vegans funny.
  • People saying “humans are ‘meant’ to be carnivores”.
  • Hearing every time a friend learns something unexpected has animal product in it.
  • Being called a hypocrite if you feed your pet meat and crazy if your don’t.
  • Other vegans.
  • The comment section for every article ever written about veganism. 

Thats fun, but I prefer compassionco’s list…

The 12 Actual Most Annoying Things About Being Vegan.

  1. Omnivores misinterpreting the 19 MATABV article.
  2. When people say “You/I can’t have that” vs ” I/you choose not to have that”.
  3. Canine Teeth, argument.
  4. Debating what is and isn’t “natural” for humans.
  5. Plants feel pain too.
  6. When people take one culinary misstep as meaning that all vegan food is horrible.
  7. “Vegans don’t care about the workers that pick our vegetables”.
  8. Vegans who don’t care about other forms of oppression.
  9. Vegans who deny issues of food accessibility.
  10. Being asked “so, what DO you eat?”
  11. Being told “I don’t really eat that much meat”
  12. People thinking that veganism is a diet.
When people want own a cow in order to get milk and cheese while being sure the cow isn’t being abused, ask them what they are going to do with the calves.



There’s a little piece of veal in the bottom of every glass of milk.

When people want own a cow in order to get milk and cheese while being sure the cow isn’t being abused, ask them what they are going to do with the calves.

There’s a little piece of veal in the bottom of every glass of milk.

(Source: art-and-veganism, via starmichael)

Dan Piraro

undercoveranarchist:

Every time someone mentions that I should read The Vegetarian Myth a tide of anger comes over me.  Mostly because the amount of ex-vegans who have used it for there main justification for giving up on Veganism and animal rights (while pretty much ignoring the main problem pointed out by the book and even over looked by it’s own author in choosing to name the book the way she did - vegans and veges aren’t the problem - capitalism and the industrial agriculture it spawned are the true evil, and an evil we all participate in whether vegan or meat eater).

So lets point out the floors in her argument (feel free to add to them if I’ve missed any)

5mins in she starts to say you can not get the ‘complete proteins’ from a vegan or vegetarian diet.  Lies. 

She then says that there are vitamins and fats you also cannot get an will DIE without.  Well I’m 28 and be vegan my whole life, and as I am typing this now I am not deceased… and supposedly you will have deficiency’s, as it stands I have no known problems.

6mins 30secs another supposed you’ll die moment. Nope still here.  She then starts to claim you will get cancer or diabetes.  Both diseases that are rife in the diets of those who eat a lot red meat diet.

Link to an article on the links between red meat and diabetes - http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=red-meat-diabtetes

Link to article on red meat increasing the risk of cancer and heart problems -

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-17345967

At around 10mins she starts going off about red fatty meats and organs being good for you. 

Article on red meats links to cancers (also state that vegetarians were 40% less likely to get cancer compared to meat eaters). - http://www.cancerproject.org/survival/cancer_facts/meat.php

You could also look up the information surrounding the china study and the increases in diseases and health decline in China correlated to increased meat and fast food intakes. http://www.thechinastudy.com/

11mins 55secs Claims her spinal problems were directly linked to her being a vegan (which she admits she wasn’t 100% as she still claims to of cheated with certain non vegan foods on a regular basis).  She has absolutely no evidence to support her claims.  It’s merely assumptions on her behalf.

12mins 53secs Possibly her most outrageous and offensive claim of all

“People that eat low fat diets have 4x the suicide rate, and not just suicide but violent death and murder rate.  So you’re not stable when you don’t get enough fat”

Her argument that follows this about factory farming is right to some degree, but doesn’t support her anti vegan stance, and in fact is more so an anti meat eating one.  Her argument is against industrial farming (and rightly so), she should of focused on that instead of trying to find justification for why she gave up on a supposedly vegan diet. 

You can understand the real damage that is being done to this planet, attempt to reject and find alternatives for industrial agriculture while still refraining from the cruelty of the meat and dairy industries, because there is no such thing as ethical meat and just because something was raised locally does not mean it is free from cruelty. 

Also check out the book being ripped apart here - http://vegetarianmythmyth.wordpress.com/category/the-vegetarian-myth-chapter-1/

You cannot slit a beings throat ethically.

(via starmichael)

"About 2,000 pounds of grains must be supplied to livestock in order to produce enough meat and other livestock products to support a person for a year, whereas 400 pounds of grain eaten directly will support a person for a year. Thus, a given quantity of grain eaten directly will feed 5 times as many people as it will if it is eaten indirectly by humans in the form of livestock products.…" - M.E. Ensminger, PhD

cats-house:

veganbooks:

In other words, Veganism helps stop human starvation. We care about people too. 

Mathematics, one can not simply beat it.

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cats-house:

Farmed Animal Friends
https://www.facebook.com/FarmedAnimalFriends
http://www.farmanimalfriends.org

My favorite part —> Advocating for a vegetarian diet is absolutely absurd. - lol

cats-house:

Farmed Animal Friends

https://www.facebook.com/FarmedAnimalFriends

http://www.farmanimalfriends.org

My favorite part —> Advocating for a vegetarian diet is absolutely absurd. - lol

(via from-meat-to-bean)

… honestly, guys, you probably don’t realize the regularity with which we hear them. And when we hear them, it’s all we can do sometimes to be patient and not roll our eyes.

1. Vegan food is expensive. 
the average price for a pound of ground beef in July of this year was $3.085. The price for a pound of dried organic black beans was $1.99 at whole foods. Once cooks down and the other expands with cooking.
—> I eat beans and rice almost every day. seriously. For breakfast mostly.
2. Caring for animals prevents us from caring about people.;
…you ask five of us the same question, you are likely to get five different opinions (or maybe 18 different opinions), some that may profoundly differ from one another. We will go to the mat on topics as seemingly benign as to whether we will date non-vegans and go for the jugular on the topic of what we feed our cats.
—> We are able to care about opposing things at the same time. For example, when I want to loose weight I still love cupcakes. One is not exclusive.
3. Vegans are in a cult/engage in “group-think.”
…you ask five of us the same question, you are likely to get five different opinions (or maybe 18 different opinions), some that may profoundly differ from one another. We will go to the mat on topics as seemingly benign as to whether we will date non-vegans and go for the jugular on the topic of what we feed our cats.
—> This is so true! But so is the FACT we do not need to kill in order to live.
4. We have to be 100% impeccably vegan… or else we are hypocrites.
We didn’t create this mess and actually, we’re the ones trying to get us out of it… We live in a violent world built upon exploitative systems… There is animal-derived stearic acid in car tires: even if you don’t drive, it’s in bike tires… Most likely, they are held together with casein in glue. We get it.
—> Its about doing better. It’s always going to be about doing better.
5. Historically, there has never been a vegan culture.
Ergo? And? We are blazing trails, not creating historical reenactments.
—> Besides there have been notable vegans in the past.
6. …what would we do with all those animals not used for food?
One idea: as demand eventually decreases and fewer animals are bred in order to be made into food, the populations would decrease. As populations decrease, we need less of the massive amount of land that is currently earmarked for monocropping soy, corn, and wheat that is fed to all the animals in confinement.
7. Vegans eat too much SOY?! and that is destroying the environment.
You know who is responsible for the monocropping of soy? Omnivores. Omnivores eat the billions of “food animals” who consume all that soy in their feed. So if you are really, truly concerned about the environmental implications of soy, it’s simple. Do what I do: go vegan and limit your soy consumption. Easy peasy.
—> I eat soy in tofu and tempeh and leave the ‘milk’ to oat and hemp.
8. The life and death of a cow and the life and a tomato are roughly equivalent.
If… your beliefs tend toward Creationism… perhaps you can tell me why your compassionate creator designed beings with a proven capacity to suffer and a clear desire to avoid said suffering only to give them no possibility of escaping that pain. What was the purpose of that?
—> We, as a whole, do not need to kill in order to live
9. Our bodies evolved to eat meat.
There is plenty to contradict the notion that we are designed to eat meat (our teeth made for chewing rather than tearing, our small mouths and jaws, our lack of claws, our long, pouched long intestines)… The fact that we can live healthfully and abundantly without animal-based foods is all I need to know.
—> Done and done. We do not need to kill in order to live.
10. Native Americans showed their respect… I am doing the same.
I think that cherry-picking from various cultures in order to imbue one’s habits with pseudo-spiritual values is really exploitative and self-serving… How many other “Native American” habits do you maintain? Or do you just maintain the ones that make you feel that your comfortable habits are spiritual in nature rather than entitlements? 
—> I agree…
What else have you got?

The U.S. boasts more than 10 million herbivores today, yet most Americans assume that every last one is a loopy, self-satisfied health fanatic, hellbent on draining all the joy out of life. Admit it omnivores: You know nothing about us. Do we eat fish? Will we panic if confronted with a hamburger? Are we dying of malnutrition? You have no clue. So read on, my flesh-eating friends—I believe it’s high time we cleared a few things up.

Imagine a completely normal person with completely normal food cravings, someone who has a broad range of friends, enjoys a good time, is carbon-based, and so on. Now remove from this person’s diet anything that once had eyes, and, wham!, you have yourself a vegetarian. Normal person, no previously ocular food, end of story. Some people call themselves vegetarians and still eat chicken or fish, but unless we’re talking about the kind of salmon that comes freshly plucked from the vine, this makes you an omnivore.

When I say that vegetarians are normal people with normal food cravings, many will point out that you can hardly call yourself normal if the aroma of sizzling bacon doesn’t fill you with deepest yearning. To which I reply: We’re not insane. We know meat tastes good; it’s why there’s a freezer case at your supermarket full of meat substitutes. If bacon didn’t require slaughtering a pig, I’d have a BLT in each hand right now with a bacon layer cake waiting in the fridge for dessert. But I can also tell you that with some time away many meat products start to seem gross.

Finally, grant me one more cordial request: Please don’t try to convince us that being vegetarian is somehow wrong. If you’re concerned for my health, that’s very nice, though you can rest assured that I’m in shipshape. If you want to have an amiable tête-à-tête about vegetarianism , that’s great. But if you insist on being the aggressive blowhard who takes meatlessness as a personal insult and rails about what fools we all are, you’re only going to persuade me that you’re a dickhead. I know you think we’re crazy. That’s neat. But perhaps I’ve given this a little thought. So let’s just agree to disagree and get on with… anything.

click through for the whole essay… I agree with most of it and its a fun read.

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