A friend of mine (fellow vegan) posted a link to an article on my Facebook page last week about The Abatement of Cruelty. To quote the author of the piece, commenting on Matthew Scully:
“His recommendation – veganism – also seems to me a bit de trop. Yes, we can live without meat. But our species evolved as meat-eaters and we were once capable of husbanding animals humanely on traditional farms. It does not seem to me to be wrong to eat meat as such, but rather wrong to eat meat produced in the way almost all of it now is. Going vegan is an admirable choice in this context, but there are less drastic moves.”
I would love to know what makes some people think that subscribing to a vegan diet, to which this article refers, is drastic. Is eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and plant-based protein more drastic than being chained to a prescription drug for life for high blood pressure? Is eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and plant-based protein more drastic than having your chest cracked open for bypass surgery? Is eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and plant-based protein more drastic than having to take a blue pill in order to perform sexually for your partner because of clogged arteries?
Is eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and plant-based protein really more drastic?
It’s healthier, that I know. It’s a great way to lose weight and improve hair and skin. It’s a way to challenge yourself in the kitchen through vibrant new recipes with colorful ingredients. It’s a way to know that everything you are eating is good for you. It’s not, by any logic, drastic.
A dietary vegan benefits from so many wonderful aspects of a plant-based diet. They also have the added advantage of knowing that what they eat didn’t involve the torture and murder of innocent animals.
And that makes all of this much easier to digest.