Tuesday, April 21, 2009

I'm Not Perfect, I'm Just Vegan

shout out to...
Czarny Zazul: http://www.youtube.com/user/CzarnyZazul
the Veganic Witch: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheVegani...
Happy Cabbie: http://www.youtube.com/user/HappyCabbie

More great veg YouTubers:

Funny veg YouTubers:

This so-called debate about veganism isn't about what you eat;

It's about WHO you eat.

Animals have brains, they feel pain, they have emotions, they form relationships, they don't want to suffer, they don't want to die.

Humans, most of them anyway, have brains, they understand that animals suffer, they understand that meat, eggs, and dairy are not necessary for health,
they feel empathy for animals.

(Feel the empathy/ empathic concern: http://meat.org )

Yet they don't act on that empathy.

They don't take that empathy to its logical conclusions.

Instead, they bury their heads in the sand and pretend that "cage-free" means the animal didn't suffer,
they pretend that "free-range" means the animal didn't suffer,
they pretend that "grass-fed" means the animal didn't suffer,
they pretend that "humane" means the animal didn't suffer.

They lie to themselves.

What the labels really mean:

I went vegetarian when I was six years old when I put 2 and 2 together and realized, probably with some adult help, that eating animals was a choice and that I could choose to eat something else.

I'm not perfect.
I ate fishes for another two years before I realized fish felt pain too.
I ate eggs and dairy products for DECADES before I realized just how easy it is to be vegan.

I even understood, COMPLETELY, the logic behind veganism: that every dairy cow is destined for slaughter, that calorie for calorie eggs are one of the most cruel foods you can eat, that male chicks and male dairy calves are killed very near the beginning of their lives, that dairy cows are forcefully impregnated, given hormones, steroids, and antibiotics, that animals NOT tools for human use... yet I didn't go vegan.

See, I tried going vegan once before, but it felt too difficult.
Once I got my priorities straight, once I felt safe to be the person I wanted to be, once I felt supported to live my values...
I went vegan.

And I stayed vegan

But no, I'm not perfect.
I'm petty and mean sometimes.
I eat too much sugar, drink too much coffee.
I used to smoke cigarettes.
I don't exercise often enough.

I don't say "sorry" often enough.
I don't say "thank you" often enough.

I'm not perfect.
I'm not superior to you.
I'm just vegan,
and i think you should be too.

Ready to go vegan?
Go here: http://www.animalvisuals.org/vegan/
and use the resources to help you make a positive choice for yourself, for animals, and for the planet!

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