Why I Am Vegan
People I know call me 'extreme' and classify me an extremist for going full vegan instead of vegeterian, ovo-, pesci-, whatever. If you understand and internalize the rationale behind going vegeterian, why half-step and still munch on fish, eggs, milk, etc?? That doesn't make sense to me. Maybe all or nothing at all is extreme, but that means slave-owners would have been rational in keeping slaves "only for dangerous jobs", etc....other than the extremist, all-or-nothing abolition. Why half-ass it? In somethings, moderation is good, in others not so much. How would you like your spouse or partner abusing you just a little? In the same sense, after viewing all the pain, cruelty and inanimal (since they're not humans) things we do to animals in the pursuit of agribusiness, animal husbandry and CAFO....why should a cow be pregnant every year for her whole life to give you milk? Many people I know, and I assume in the rest of the world, always forget that cows don't just lactate cuz they want to, like to, cuz its fun, or cuz that's just what cows do...they need to be preggers.... chickens too to give you them awesome not-chicken eggs....which if they were allowed to incubate, would indeed become chickens eventually. Don't fish have feelings?
All that's needed to be sentient is a backbone that is connected by a nervous system to a brain, however small and however miniscule. Anything with a face almost certainly will have a nervous system, a brain and a spinal cord, or an exoskeleton ( an outside skeleton vs the one in your back and connecting your limbs and protecting your inner organs...). A beetle has a face, a brain, a nervous system and an exoskeleton. Do you know how I know that this beetle wants to live? If it sees my hand reaching out to grab it, it will run away. If it doesn't think I pose a threat to it and does get on my hand, and I proceed to try and crush it, it most likely won't lay there dormant and loving it...it will fight for life. Most animals fight for life, for their right to live. This is why arguing that not eating beef or dog or horse makes sense, while eating fish & eggs, and drinking milk. I might go a step further and argue for honey, produced by bees for them to eat that humans steal, or 'harvest'...and I avoid it all together. Most health arguments against veganism [Vitamin B, protein, etc] have been dispelled, and I err on the side of caution with a (vegan) multivitamin, extra Vit B, zinc and the occasional protein shake, but if you eat a balanced, whole food diet, repeat, balanced (fruit, vegetables, nuts and tubers, grain, occasional junk if need be : ?) and whole food (highly processed soy pizza with daiya cheese etc isn't healthy either), going vegan is as natural as it gets.
In addition to the loudly touted evils of CAFO and agribusiness, as well as the false advertising such as "happy cows in california" (that love getting raped in a rape rack with a long syringe for artificial insemination and their babies taken away for veal or to suffer the same fate - they're happy alright), green, range or free-range farming, etc, all these belie the fact that humans don't seem to be made to be carnivorous much less steady omnivorous. Here's a condensed webbie that has some comparisons ( http://michaelbluejay.com/veg/natural.html ) but there are dozens others and books...but we share more in common anatomically with Mr Ed than Mufasa. Being a veggie or a herbivore is not lame, don't you think a horse is one of the most muscular things you'll see in the next eighty years...look at cows, bulls, antelope, buffalo, etc....of course they don't have the HFCS and fat-n-salt diet humans and their companion animals (pets) have...which is why you have obese cats and dogs now....humans are really a virus and a scourge on this earth much like Smith, the agent, in the Matrix movie said in his monologue with Morpheus ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Na9-jV_OJI ). Veggie is fuel. Drinking cows milk, that is meant to wean baby calf of the placenta feeding and make them fat to weather the first few years of their lives are not healthy for a human being...otherwise, we would be drinking our mom's milk from birthonward, why then do we think to drink another species' milk for the rest of our lives? That's like a grown-ass lion suckling on a gazelle's boobs, yummy.
If we were meant to eat meat, we would be able to eat it raw without it making it sick. It would smell awesome. Road kill would be fought for as a delicacy, after all, fresh meat for free!! But its not, and the thought of eating raw hamburger right from the meat rack or biting a chicken's leg before its been cooked and overcooked, literally makes my belly turn.Which is why some house pets hate cooked meat, but will eat it raw. There are exceptions obviously, and household animals can be trained to do a lot of stuff and change a lot of behavior.
Thirdly, all this food is killing us, or at the very best, making us sick Heart disease, cholesterol, clogged blood vessels, irritable bowel syndrome, obesity-related illnesses, introducing (new) strains of viruses and bacteria, etc. And it's still healthy for us? True, eating only fruit would probably make you gain weight from high sugar levels, etc, but who does that? In a balanced diet, fruit has its niche as a tasty snack and a pick me up. Why would I eat a disease? Why would I take anti-cholesterol medicine and then enjoy an omelette, a juicy steak for lunch, and pork chops for dinner? Just save your money and enjoy the bad food....why smoke to congratulate yourself for improving on your jogging time? Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food, said Hippocrates, father of modern medicine. Just because something is in our culture, doesn't make it unchangeable, or give it eternal tenure. To cite a past example, slavery or oppression against groups, etc.
Your palate and taste will change with time. I have been vegan for the past six months and I am getting used to some things, and missing some things. I miss pizza so much! I could go for a steak any day. I used to live on breakfast sausages and scrambled eggs, for all three meals. But at some point, one needs to evolve once new evidence is presented. If I told you spitting in your palms and rubbing it vigorously while singing Abba would make your dreads grow longer and faster and kinkier and stickier than ever, if I could present an airtight case, with verifiable facts, etc, wouldn't you be spitting and singing "Karma Chameleon"? (Of course, your dreads would not grow, cuz that ain't Abba.
If it has a face, don't eat it. If it breathes, or walks, or swims or flies, don't kill it for pleasure or as an unneeded food source. You can get your protein elsewhere. Not I, or any one else, can tell you what to eat or dictate your food ethics. However, given a set of facts to contrast and compare, as a mature, thinking individual, one should come to some guilt-free middle ground on matters that directly affect us, e.g. what we eat, whom we vote for, whether climate change is real, etc.
Sorry for the long read.