Being Vegan is Drastic! I Could Never Consider Veganism!

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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 bitΒ 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?Β 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.

Go vegan.

2 thoughts on “Being Vegan is Drastic! I Could Never Consider Veganism!

  1. perrilove

    When I read things like this, it’s hard not to think that it’s another way people compartmentalize in order to cater to their own needs/wants and do what’s “easiest”. The author has a good point if you think that the ONLY reason people choose to go vegan is because of animal cruelty. Obviously we know there are lots of compelling reasons to go vegan, most importantly as you pointed out, is for better health. Doesn’t really matter how humanely the animal died in order to provide humans meat, it’s still meat. And I’m not so sure I buy the argument that we have evolved in ways that inherently means we are SUPPOSED to eat meat. I find that really hard to believe considering almost every vegan I know feels infinitely better than when they were animal eaters (assuming a balanced diet, of course!).

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