How dare they push their beliefs on to me. Do meat eaters really hold the belief that the cruelty, suffering and pain inflicted upon animals by the factory farming industry is justified by a desire to eat meat? I think the majority of people just avoid facing and admitting the truth.
How dare they push their beliefs on to me. I don't push mine on to them! Do meat eaters really hold the belief that the cruelty, suffering and pain inflicted upon animals by the factory farming industry is justified by a desire to eat meat? I'm not sure they do.
I think the majority of people just avoid facing and admitting the truth. There's a reason slaughter houses don't have windows. There is a reason that for so many years, until the power of social media began to remove the veil, that the abuse, which is perpetrated daily on a massive scale, was largely hidden from the public.
I used to be a meat-eater. I have experience of living on both sides of the fence. And it is amazing just how different things look when you are able to lift the veil and stare the truth in the face.
The thing is this: So why do people get so angry and hateful towards vegans? Why is it that people are so anti those trying to reduce suffering, pain and destruction in the world? I look back on 35 years of eating meat.
I recall the times that I met vegans and vegetarians. My great uncle was a vegan. Over the years, I worked with two vegans and a number of vegetarians.
I always respected their opinions and was interested in the decision they had made. However, it was completely contrary to what I was being taught, especially being heavily involved in sport.
I certainly never accused them of preaching; perhaps because I didn't see them in a religious capacity. In fact, the way they were living their lives was simply an extension of my own compassion for animals, yet I still ate animals because I thought that I needed to.
I was taught that those people had their hearts in the right place but that they were naive and would succumb to some kind of illness or disease through poor nutrition. I recall a time when my uncle was handing out leaflets outside of McDonald's to educate people on why they shouldn't be eating the food.
Some of my family members mocked his participation. I thought that was unkind. I didn't see anything wrong with what he was doing, and at the back of my mind I knew that beyond the golden arches were something very cruel.
I was always an inquisitive person who asked a lot of questions, but not educated enough to go out there and connect the dots, at least not at that age.
In my early teens I began to refuse red meat. I look back on this as a turning point for me, but it would still be many years and take many other junctions in the road to lead me to a plant-based lifestyle. We Used to Have an Excuse, Not Anymore As the years went by and I met more vegans and vegetarians through different social channels, my general defence in debate was to use what I now understand to be pseudo-nutrition.
Much of this information was picked up in the gym, from football coaches and sports masters, and from magazines and other literature which I just took as gospel.
As an animal lover — or at least so I purported to be at the time — I'd wince at the videos I saw and look away, unable to watch the harrowing images.
This also excluded dairy. Unfortunately this movement was fairly quickly debunked by anthropologists, biologists and the like. There's also a mountain of scientific evidence to show that high animal protein, high fat diets like Atkins, Paleo and Keto are dangerous in the medium to long term.
Anyway, that's for another post… The thing is, the argument for the nutritional value of meat and dairy may have, at one time, had a leg to stand on — particularly because people were subject to limited availability of knowledge.
No one should blame their parents or themselves for not asking more questions, not going to the library and digging into health journals, or using themselves as test dummy to see if an alternative diet was possible.
We didn't have the vehicle of social media, and the information resource that is the Internet. The average person just wouldn't have been able to uncover this knowledge, and if they had they most likely wouldn't have known what to do with it and how to get started.
Even today, doctors still only have handful of hours of nutritional training during the 16 years before fully qualifying. If their knowledge of nutrition is so basic, what hope does that hold for their patients? Consider that the extensive findings of The China Study weren't published untiland the work of Nathan Pritikin, Dr.
Dean Ornish, and biochemist Thomas Campbell was something largely buried in peer-reviewed medical journals, and only experienced by those lucky enough to come into contact with such progressive nutrition-focused doctors and researchers.The Hollywood Reporter is your source for breaking news about Hollywood and entertainment, including movies, TV, reviews and industry blogs.
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Well, me, at one time. When the truth is laid bare in front of you, all you can do is turn a blind eye and try to forget about it before your next meal; and of course hate the vegan who keeps shoving this truth in .