|Marius, 2 days before he was killed (photo courtesy of CNN)|
It's an interesting animal story to me, but what's even more interesting is the reaction people have to this story. Here are just a few snippets:
I am absolutely astounded at these reactions, and I'll tell you why. These same people will turn right around and eat chicken or cows or pigs for lunch that come from the most horrific conditions I've ever heard of in my life. These same people are worried about the death of ONE animal, yet millions of animals are needlessly killed all over the world for the satisfaction of a diet most people on this earth choose - to be meat eaters.
|photo courtesy of facebook.com/vegansidekick|
As I've said before, I am a vegan for health reasons. I believe it is the healthiest diet I can eat and one that, if we all chose it, would extend the quality of lives for us all & make us a more compassionate species. However, even among vegans, I am in the minority. Most vegans stop eating meat for animal rights reasons. In fact, PETA would probably say I'm not a true vegan because animal rights don't come into the equation for me. That's alright - they can think that. I still sleep at night knowing I'm making the best choices for my health & for the planet.
Back when I was a vegan virgin, I did a LOOOOOOT of reading on veganism & how to make it workable for me. When I say a LOT, I'm talking something like 20 books & several documentaries in that first month. What I learned is that you can't pick up any book or watch any documentary on veganism without at least one section dedicated to animal cruelty. And then most books have whole long diatribes on animal cruelty that are very interesting and eye-opening to read. So even though I did not start being a vegan for animal rights reasons, it has certainly been something that I have eagerly learned about and am, thus, appalled by in our society.
|photo courtesy of renovatingyourmind.com|
Eating is a very personal thing for most people, myself included. I don't talk much publicly about my choice to be a vegan (that's what this blog is for), because it stirs up in people a lot of emotions & reactions. I learned that the hard way. What started out as a friendly discussion amongst 4 co-workers in the break room about eating meat quickly turned ugly as one co-worker got outraged at a comment I made about meat being a contributor to cancer. He personally attacked me about things not even related to being vegan & then stormed out of the room. I obviously unknowingly pushed a button with him, and for that, I was very sorry. I learned, though, that sometimes, even in the best of circumstances & with people you trust, people sometimes aren't really ready to converse on friendly terms about either the benefits or the repercussions of eating meat.
|photo courtesy of veganaroundtheworldnetwork.com|
Congrats if you've made it down to here in this blog post. That means what I wrote about so far didn't scare you off. I appreciate your hanging in there with me on this. It's a subject that is hard to read about but is not nearly taken as seriously as we as a society should take it, and when I see the hypocrisy in comments made about the "unnecessary & absolutely horrific killing of a giraffe" yet not a word about the unnecessary & horrific killing of the animals these same people ate for lunch, it gets to me.
|photo courtesy of libertystickers.com|
Whatever you choose, do it with consciousness and knowing what it is you're affecting. Educate yourself. Watch those documentaries. If you're a meat eater, do it consciously, knowing what is going on behind the curtain of the animal industries. Choose meat from a source that you trust. Or just eat less meat. It'll do you, your health, the earth, & your fellow animals good.
Peace, my friends. :)