So you’ve clicked on my blog and perhaps you’ve looked at the title and rolled your eyes? Thinking its going to be a post moaning about meat eaters or maybe not, maybe you are genuinely interested on what I have to say! So thank-you for giving this post a chance!
Okay, so I know there is a stereotype about vegans being “preachy” and judging others for eating meat, wearing fur and leather and just in general people not being interested in animal cruelty. I’m just going to stress this right now, that I have never met another vegan who acts like this but I’m sure there are ones out there. Nowhere near as many as the general population thinks though. I read a quote on Tumblr a few days ago that I felt that I just HAD to share to Facebook, I didn’t receive any negative comments on this post but it did make me think… so I thought I’d share it here too. Especially as one of the main focuses of this both is about Veganism! So this quote is NOT MINE nor do I know the original author though I wish I did.
“Vegans are very aware that not everyone can avoid all animal products, but we’re also aware that many people don’t even try. Even if you can’t eat vegan, could you be wearing synthetic fabrics instead of animal skins or wool? Could you reasonably avoid animal tested products? Could you eat vegan more often than you do now? We know that not everyone is in a position to eat 100% plant based and no good vegan will shame you for that. Please, just honestly ask yourself, could you be doing more?”
I feel that in society there are a few people that know about these things yet (such as animals being used for testing on make-up etc or where leather and fur actually comes from) and yet they decide to actively make a conscious decision to ignore these facts and just carry on using and buying these products without a care. Is it due to the desensitisation because of the media? Is it due to consumerism in general? or it just due to humans not caring? I personally do not believe that you are born into this world without caring about another species or even your own species. I know that I care way too much about others, animals and humans. It genuinely makes me sad and worried when another human or animal is in pain or upset so its hard for me to comprehend that others don’t feel the same.
I understand why people eat meat and I have never judged someone for eating meat or drinking milk. I have never asked anyone not to eat meat around me. My lifestyle is my decision and I never want to enforce my beliefs on anyone. Instead when someone asks why I am a vegan, I give them an honest answer. I offer my friends vegan chocolate/snacks and I make vegan food and if someone wants any then I make extra. If my friends want to go to KFC then I go (and order a burrito without the chicken and cheese, so filled with rice and salad. I’ve gone twice now to KFC and ordered that. The first time I had a negative reception from the workers who even laughed at me behind my back and still gave me cheese and the second I had a lovely reception and the guy who served me even offered to add a free hash brown but back to my original post…)
What I don’t understand is people who put their fingers in their ears and pretend everything is okay. I’ve known people in the past who don’t like eating meat yet when I’ve asked them why they make the excuse of its the norm and its how they were raised. This is the same with people wearing make-up or buying beauty products which are tested on animals. The people who go for the brand and wear the make-up not knowing what ingredients went into that make-up and how many animals suffered in the term of “beauty.” I understand people have their own problems and perhaps don’t necessarily have the time or money to go completely plant based. To me, veganism isn’t just directly linked to the well being of animals, although it has a major part in it, but also the well being of their habitat and ours. So there is so much other things that are simple in everyday life that can help the planet and therefore help animals. For example checking when you buy new beauty products for the cruelty free label, recycling, eating vegan one day a week or not buying plastic bags and taking your own when you go shopping.
I know that Kalel made a video recently on people wearing fur, which I would recommend watching if you are more interested on the topic of the fur industry. So I’d like to know your thoughts, am I making sense or is this just a ramble? and if you aren’t vegan then read the quote again: could you be doing more? The meat industry is also one of the biggest causes of climate change so even if you only eat less meat or eat vegan for one day a week, you are making a huge difference! Or if you just do your research on the beauty products you are using and decide not to wear MAC anymore (a company that tests on animals) you are helping save many animals from being tested on!