Veganism is getting lots of attention these days. Sometime it’s because comedians make silly jokes about vegans and their eating habits, sometime it’s because a famous popstar decides to adopt a plant-based diet to loose a few pounds.
But if anyone could focus on the real reasons why one chooses a cruelty-free menu there would be little to laugh about. Millions of beating hearts are slaughtered every day to put food on our table.
A beating heart with feelings that experiences love and pain. A beating heart that had a mom and a dad. Think of the millions of cows that keep giving birth to calves that they will only see and love for just a few hours. They go through the feeling of loss and pain for their entire abused life. Get artificially inseminated, give birth, loose child. Repeat. This is an horrific and cruel chain.
When I made this realization, I could not look at cheese and meat with the same eyes again. Nor put them on my plate.
The egg industry kills millions of male baby chicks by grinding them alive or suffocate them in big plastic wraps because they have no use for them. Only the females will be able to produce eggs and get to live a very sad life, constricted in cases, their beaks mutilated.
I am sorry for being so graphic, it was quite shocking for me too to watch and learn all this through various documentaries.
My first few months as a Vegan were spent feeling overwhelmed, guilty, frustrated and I cried quite a lot, helpless.
With time, like in every tough life situation we face, I learnt to get stronger and I now try to focus on helping our environment as much as I can.
With all the research that has been done to this day we also know how devastating the effect of meat and dairy products have on our body. For example, Casein (protein found in cheese) is one of the greatest cancer promoter. Don’t take my word for it but read from esteemed biochemist T. Colin Campbell
, Cardiologist Surgeon Caldwell Esselstyn
, or famous Vegan Actress Alicia Silverstone’s favorite doctor Neal D. Barnard
And the word is finally getting out that Animal Agricolture is contributing to Global Warming even in worst percentage then the entire world transportation, destroying our forests and green environment.
is a great documentary to watch to learn how Animal Agriculture worldwide is inflicting devastating consequences on our Planet.
How to stay impassive knowing all this?
The n. 1 reason for going vegan for me, like for the majority of people adopting a vegan lifestyle, is definitely the need to boycott companies and products that causes animal sufferings, even those who are still experimenting on animals in labs. Did you know smoking products are still tested on dogs? Yes, dogs, the closest, dearest pet to humans.. In China, at the Yulin Festival, every year thousands of dogs are boiled alive, killed and sold for food, or tortured on the streets so animal advocates can go to their rescue paying large sums of money. We don’t hear about these horrific crimes in the news, do we?
Well, all these abominable practices were unknown to me until I decided to become a vegetarian. It was only a year ago, in April 2014, watching the movie Noah… it triggered something in my soul. In a particular scene, a lamb was chased by savage humans. In the following scene, the lamb was rolling on a grill while these uncaring men where wildly drinking and laughing.
In that moment, I could see a parallelism between those ancient barbarians and the modern civilization. I realized very little had changed in men’s hearts.
Curious how a movie made me reflect that, as humans we have always treated animals like they are our property instead of seeing them as living beings and share our once rich planet in harmony.
Despite progress, we are still violent, cruel and disrespectful. Millions of animal species are now extinct because of men.
That night I made the decision to become vegetarian, and within a month, after watching more informative documentaries on the reality of animal agriculture and constant animal cruelty perpetrated by mankind, it was impossible to turn my eyes and conscience away and decided to give Veganism a try.
Surely, a vegan lifestyle has its challenges, sometime it’s hard to find vegan-friendly restaurants when eating out, people think there are very little food choices available (so far from being true, I actually gained weight!!), endless discussions with friends suddenly worried about “how do you get your proteins?”, trying to avoid all animal sub-product in everyday life, or arguing against the mainstream idea that it is in our nature to kill for food. But the satisfaction of knowing that with making the choice to be Vegan I can save about 300 animal lives per year, that’s a reality far more superior then all the hassle. Plus the pros of a healthier body and planet. It makes all the sense to me.
I know that Vegans are seen as extremists and judgmental, but once we become animal advocates, it’s tough to be silent. We’re speaking on their behalf, we are their only voice. Unfortunately our passionate crusades may sometime achieve the opposite effect.
When you grow up on milk and hamburgers, I realize it’s not easy to give them up or make the realization or even care that they’re the sub-product of abuse and cruelty towards another living being. Plus, before making the choice to be Vegan, we’ve all been there. So forgive us if we come through too strong sometime with our judgmental attitude, I think it’s our own sense of guilt for having been participants in exploiting animals in the past, and we wanna make up for it.
So how did I celebrate my one year being vegan? Well, I was attending an event during the day so I did not have the time to cook a special meal, but once home, after eating some leftover rice and mushrooms, I indulged dipping fresh strawberries into a sinful dark chocolate-hazelnuts vegan spread!
Let me know if you have questions, need more info on Veganism, there are plenty of sites online that offer support and valuable information, I will keep sharing what I am learning as I go.
Thanks for taking time to read!