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The Importance of Being Vegan

The Importance of Being Vegan
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“If a man earnestly seeks a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from animal food.”

- Leo Tolstoy

Intellectually, most of us agree that inflicting unnecessary harm is unjustified – whether the victims are human or not. Yet somehow, most of the same people who subscribe to this belief are willing to turn a blind eye to such harm when they themselves receive some kind of advantage from it – whether the benefits are in the form of food, possessions, vanity, or amusement.

Sadly, because widespread violence against animals in the form of ‘agriculture’, ‘research’ and even ‘entertainment’, is sanctioned by mainstream society and its legal systems, the majority of people tend to be unwilling to see this brutality for what it is, and to step outside of the pervasive conditioning that makes such atrocities possible.

It’s true that more and more people are beginning to speak out about the many abhorrent abuses that occur within the animal industry, and the movement to ‘improve conditions’ for these animals continues to gain popularity. And yet, each one of the awful practices that animal advocates protest passionately against – intensive confinement, enforced insemination, separation of mother and child, castration, de-horning, tail docking, de-beaking, mulesing, de-toeing, live scalding, force molting – all of these horrific procedures, and many more, exist because an ever-growing number of human consumers continue to create demand for animal products. To an industry that views sentient beings as economic units – money-making machines – it is unavoidable that such violence will be viewed as an acceptable means to the end of delivering products that turn a profit.

In any case, even if every one of the aforementioned practices were abolished, it would still be immoral and inexcusable to use other sentient beings as resources. In today’s world, vegan alternatives are available for every single significant purpose for which we currently use animals*. Increasing numbers of people are embracing veganism as the solution to the problems we experience as individuals and as a society – from our many health crises, to our environmental emergency, to the issue of escalating violence – all of which have us living in some degree of fear for the future.

As this movement for animal emancipation grows in size and strength, a powerful example is being set by the individuals who refuse to take any part in the brutal oppression of innocents that we call ‘the animal industry’. Men and women all over the globe –simply by living as vegans – are demonstrating that there is no moral justification for the harm we inflict on animals.

*NB: Although animal products are used in certain items for which there currently are no consumer alternatives – such as computers and car tires – there are alternatives that could easily be used in their manufacturing.

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3:05PM PDT on May 20, 2015

Thank you !
A new vegan (for few months)

6:05PM PDT on Sep 6, 2014

The most intelligent day in my life was the day I became a vegan. The dumbest day was when I allowed myself to be lied to by omnivores who convinced me I couldn't live a healthy vegan life. The happiest day in my life is the day I got tired of being sick, went back to my vegan life and started feeling the benefits of an improved health and a happier sense of being at knowing I no longer would be supporting the murder of animals for food. Some may get angry that I put it that way, but it is the truth. If some refuse to even try the vegan life, that is up to them, but I don't regret being vegan in any way, form, or fashion what so ever. I celebrate it. My doctors and my careful screening of the effects on me from being vegan show that it was the best decision I ever made all the way around.

6:17AM PDT on Sep 1, 2014

"I have just been told by one of the members that Angel publishes old stuff and changes the name and publishes it again, and some people don´t seem to like it." ~Cristina S.

Actually, this is done every now and then with many of the authors, some articles are older and are brought back. Sometimes these articles had described something that had occurred a few years ago and at times no update is provided (say, a case involving the treatment of an animal or describing what happened with a person) which can leave people wondering whatever did happen if the article hasn't been updated.

5:43AM PDT on Sep 1, 2014

There are many differing viewpoints on any given issues. Given the diversity of the world, there are a number of options to follow, if one eats meat, then simply avoid factory farms.

Cheryl M said: "If most go to a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, those people will most likely be healthier than their omnivorous friends." This is not necessarily true as vegans are not immune from health problems. Cristina S stated: I wonder why you, Valentina R, are in this site, when you have no regard for any rights but yours, obviously you don´t give a damn about anything but yourself...A total shame of human being you are. You should be on a "Couldn´t Care Less Carnivore Site." Just because others are not vegan, does not mean that they are selfish. It is the stock and trade answer from some vegans that 'only vegans care' about this or that and everyone else, be they vegetarian or omnivore needs to go off Care2. This is not a vegans only site and everyone has a contribution to make. Humankind is diverse and no one option will be the only one available to people.

Some vegans are full of self-importance if they assume that only their way of doing things is valid. I have vegan friends who are not judgemental.

5:30AM PDT on Sep 1, 2014

Interesting article.

Veganism is one option for some, however, the world is now comprised of vegetarians, omnivores and vegans and it appears that it will always be this way. Chose the option that you are comfortable with.

Since three percent of the world's population is vegan, it is not an option that most are following. Modern day farming both animal and veggie needs a lot of changes.

Colin W, I am nowhere near the ocean, all three oceans are over 1,000 kilometres from where I live, so there is no surf, up or down. Just because some people disagree with you, does not make them trolls, stop being so simplistic when it comes to a proper and concise debate. People have different ideas on any given topic. Not everyone plans on being vegan and people have been eating meat for eons. If you do not wish to, by all means do not eat it, but to assume no one is going to be eating meat in the future is wishful thinking. One can get rid of factory farms and go back to small farms, pasture-raised. Get rid of GMO agriculture as well and get back to organic farming.

5:30AM PDT on Sep 1, 2014

Billy Vincent B stated: ..."life may well be longer free of meat consumption heart attacks, strokes, liver kidney failure and so many more problems being a carnivore."

Not necessarily true as vegans are not immune from strokes and other illnesses and many omnivores live long and healthy lives if they follow a well-balanced diet. Given today's food industry and the high amount of highly refined foods, HFCS, etc., seen in foods that are not even animal products, one has to be careful of what one eats, too many GMO's etc., therefore eating organic foods seems to be the way to ensure good health.

Many people don't seem to be aware of basic nutrition and eat too much meat, potato chips and the like... the proper serving of meat is the size of a deck of cards. You won't have health problems if eating non-factory farmed meat, eat a well-balanced diet and exercise well. There are no problems being an omnivore if one observes a well-balanced diet. People are omnivores not carnivores unless one is Inuit, they eat mostly meat and very little else.

11:39PM PDT on Jul 29, 2014

What humanity needs to do is to come of age and end the insanity of hunting and killing animals, we are no longer Neanderthals...further more we need many more Vegan restaurants and shops in malls and shopping centres....Being a Vegan is a joy and a lot healthier, no animal suffers and life may well be longer free of meat consumption heart attacks, strokes, liver kidney failure and so many more problems being a carnivore...billy vincent berman....i too am on Facebook sharing as many petitions as i can and welcome people to use any material on my file and i like too very much the work of and care of care2 and the petitioners....billy vincent berman

12:38AM PDT on Jul 29, 2014

Thank you!

2:54AM PDT on Aug 10, 2013

Hi, Erica..........long time, no read. Welcome back. Yes, I had checked the top box in this discussion a very long time ago, when it was a NEW discussion. Never thought I should have to manually UNCHECK discussions that should just die out, automatically, so was a bit surprised when a new comment made to this article showed up in my C2's IN BOX. Hope you're doing well. Thank you for the support. It IS mind-boggling to contemplate why some think coming into and stirring up the "pot" after such a long time and in such a hostile, negative and insulting manner could impress anyone or "convert" them to their beliefs, isn't it?

2:41AM PDT on Aug 10, 2013

I can't believe this article is still being kept a very angry vegan no less. Diane, you are SO spot on. I mean, geez, I'm a vegetarian and thought Colin's comment was totally inappropriate...AND he is a tad late in getting in on the conversation. He should have participated when people still actually CARED about the discussion. And that goes for Cristina S too.

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