By Richard Bowie |Executive Editor|
I would have loved to have moved on and tackle something more lighthearted, but just wanted to piggyback off my last post quickly and reiterate the fact that vegans are not perfect, nor is veganism about being perfect.
When I get asked questions, most people are usually just generally kind of interested in what veganism is all about. However there are always those fringe guys who
interrogate ask questions just to discredit what I believe in.
With a cocky smirk, “Well do you DRIVE A CAR??? Gasoline is a fossil fuel, made from dinosaurs. Hmmm not very vegan now are you?”
“And how about medicine? You do know that taking medicine kills living bacteria right? What? I thought you cared about all living things?”
And my favorite-
“Plants are alive, you know? You don’t care about murdering them for your salads?”
This is the point where I just roll my eyes emphatically and keep on keepin’ on. I don’t like to indulge in snarkiness when I can tell even if I earnestly laid it all out for someone, they wouldn’t consider making changes in their life. If your sole objective in talking to me about veganism is to make jabs at what I do or don’t do, then save it fool! I’m sticking to this til the end, homie! Ride or die!
But if I were to indulge in some of those points, I’d say something like this.
The difference here is sentience. Cows, chickens, pigs, turkey, goats, sheep, fish, etc. are all sentient beings that are conscious can feel, that can experience. They breathe, eat, play, communicate, give birth, have the same desires for freedom, comfort, safety and pleasure that you and I share.
I’m not being a hippie here. These are facts. A big part of the reason I eat, dress, shop and live the way I do is because I don’t feel okay about depriving animals of these basics just so I can have a few moments of pleasure.
That being said, perfection just isn’t attainable, and that’s not what I base my veganism off of either—whether I perfectly embody kindness and well wishes to all creatures. I just want to live my life contributing to as little exploitation of other living things as I am able.