Before going vegan I really only knew vegetarians, most of which were pescatarians. Now that I’m vegan, I see the hypocrisy.
Most vegetarians cite ethics as their reason for not eating meat. “I am an ethical vegetarian,” they’d boast, eating a cheese omelette washed down with coffee loaded with cream. Or lox with bagel smothered in cream cheese. “I’m a vegetarian but I still eat fish sometimes.” Then they’d go on to talk about how they can’t eat meat knowing what happens to the animals.
What these ethical vegetarians don’t realize, or choose to ignore, is that by eating dairy (including all cheeses) and eggs, they are supporting animal abuse as much as if they were chomping down on bacon wrapped tenderloin.
There is no such thing as an ethical vegetarian.
I think somehow they think that free-range, grass fed, or cage-free means that it’s okay to borrow some milk from a cow or eggs from a chicken. That somehow these animals are treated that much better than their farm-factoried counterparts, that it’s okay to eat dairy and eggs taken from these animals. But in both industries, no matter how “harmless” it all seems — animals are being abused. Just by the sheer nature of humans consuming their milk and eggs, it’s abuse.
For (graphic) example. To get a cow to lactate, that cow has to be pregnant. Constantly pregnant in order for any significant amount of milk to be produced. To have a constantly pregnant cow, they have to be hand-raped by a farmer. That’s right. Legalized rape of another species. This applies to any farm that provides milk even farms that provide raw milk; as if that’s somehow less torturous on the beast. This changes nothing. The fact is, these cows are in a constant state of pregnancy or childbirth in order to be lactating (same is true with any animal that is milked for humans). This is only the first step in how cows are abused.
Once the cow gives birth, their calf is immediately taken from them to ensure that the any milk that can be had is extracted by the farmer and not the newborn. That’s the second step. If the newborn is a male, he is locked in a plastic box just long enough to become just old enough to be slaughtered as veal (anywhere from 1-3 months). Third step. Female calves? They are raised long enough to be hand-raped to start this cycle again. That’s the fourth step in the abuse … there’s one more.
When the cow no longer can get pregnant or stops lactating, she is killed. In all of this, it makes no difference whatsoever how “happy” the cow is along this cycle, it is still being abused and this is still taking place.
This cycle continues endlessly so an “ethical vegetarian” can enjoy butter, yogurt, ice cream, and milk. Doesn’t seem very ethical to me, especially when there are hundreds of milk and dairy substitutes on the market.
Chicken abuse is just as horrific. Not the least of which is the hundreds of millions of male chicks that are hatched only to be ground up alive, since egg farms have no use for males. Ground. Up. Alive. Combine this with the fact that you’re consuming a chicken’s period … how’s that fried egg tasting now?
Finally, most every “ethical vegetarian” I know continues to support industry that contributes to animal cruelty and continues to wear leather goods and other clothing items that are derived from animals. In other words, these so-called “ethical vegetarians” are simply people who have made a dietary decision to not eat meat.
There is no such thing as an “ethical vegetarian” — go vegan.