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What Exactly is a Vegan? What Do They Do, and What Do They Want.

by | December 8, 2018

Vegan,  vegetarian, pescatarian, plant-based, keto. it just continues, and you’re more lost than if your phone died in the middle of a hike in the forest. What exactly is it, why is everyone talking about them, and is it something you want to jump in on. 

What is a vegan? 

Veganism is a way of life, they don’t want to eat animals, wear them, use them in any context, so horse riding, guide dogs, and dog races are out. They also look at all other species, not just the big ones; that honey you stir into your tea, yep, that’s out also. A vegan doesn’t want us to use animals for entertainment, zoos, circuses, running with the bulls; if you’re ever wondering if they would agree with it, put a human in that scenario, i.e. a small child in a cage where everyone goes and looks at it, or a woman in a laboratory where shampoo is injected into her eyes to see if it causes a reaction. Don’t agree? Then they wouldn’t want an animal in that situation. 

They feel that animals are no different than humans, just another species. Animals can feel pain, love and have close connections with their families. As any dog owner could tell you, they would agree. Vegans extend this to all animals, pigs, cows and all the animals that humans typically see as a food source. 

There is no disagreeing that at one time, humans were part of the food chain, where everyone ate everyone, and survival was the name of the game. We, however, did not live in houses with central heating, or able to pop down to the local market for our groceries.  

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What do vegans want?

A level playing field, where everyone and everything is treated with respect. For the world to realize that the reason we don’t go to slaughterhouses, or take children on field trips to testing laboratories, is because we cannot look at animals screaming in pain or being tortured. That fundamentally, we understand that if they can feel pain and love, then they aren’t the same as a flower or vegetable. 

A vegan diet, that consists of everything else but animals have been proven to be more than adequate for humans, the only reason we continue to eat them is our human nature of being selfish, we like the taste of it, and everyone be dammed if they get in the way of a good steak. 

By eating meat we share the responsibility of climate change, the destruction of our forests, and the poisoning of our air and water. The simple act of becoming a vegetarian will make a difference in the health of our planet.     

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Why are vegans so aggressive? 

All walks of life have people who are viewed as aggressive, and yes, some vegans are aggressive, but that’s not because they are vegans, that’s because of who they are as people. The same as the woman who always ‘calls for the manager’ in stores, or fires off insulting emails to customer service staff. Some people just simply are, a**holes. 

However, to fight for the rights of others is not a passive pleading and the ever eye-rolling ‘manifesting your dreams’. No one is giving up their money because a person asked nicely, a farmer who uses animals, either as birthing machines to continue his profit, however small that profit is, or the pig factory who grows and sells the babies isn’t going to want to go into another business. Vegans will demonstrate, picket and expose the cruel practices of farms. While others will use their expertise to create food that resembles what humans want to eat, meat. Without the killing of animals. 

What about all the animals now? 

Animal agriculture is one of the leading causes of the destruction of our planet. We create, raise, kill and eat them. We simply just stop creating them. There isn’t a scenario where the farm gates are opened and the earth is overrun by cows who are slowly starving to death while causing havoc. Over 56 billion farmed animals are killed every year by humans. These shocking figures do not even include fish and other sea creatures whose deaths are so great they are only measured in tonnes. For humans to continue to have such an astonishing kill number, those animals have to be replaced every day, every second of the year. We stop creating them, only to kill them. 

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One Response to “What Exactly is a Vegan? What Do They Do, and What Do They Want.”

  1. Richard
    December 11th, 2018 @ 3:49 am

    Guide dogs are out? What? These dogs provide a valuable service for their owners, as much as a dog as a pet does for others. They are treated with as much love as other dogs, allowing their owners the freedom they deserve. Also, does this mean companion dogs are out too? They provide great emotional support (and love the attention) for people who have undergone traumatic events. Help me here, I don’t understand.

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