UPDATE: Since writing this post, I’ve been told I’m a”sociopath” and an “awful” person because I don’t feel bad. But as stated below, I don’t feel bad because I am not fully aware of the dairy/farming-industry. Again, if you want to educate me please do, just don’t moan and criticise me.
I’ve seen so many people talk about fur recently and almost everyday I’ve also seen people talk about Veganism. I want to clear things up before I get into things. This post is not designed to offend anyone and if by the end of this post you would like to comment and discuss my views, please be open-minded so we can all have a mature conversation.
I respect vegans and admire they want to make the world a better place. I admire they love animals – but so do I – and yes, I am a meat-eater who loves animals. I’ve been called X amount of names because I chose to eat meat and us meat-eaters have all been shouted at by FreeLee for not being Vegan. It’s people like her that need to stop shoving it down our throats and therefore giving Vegans that ‘preachy’ label because it makes the good vegans look bad. In the past, I’ve had quite a few conversations with vegans online (most recently about vegan products/brands) and they’re the nicest people I’ve had the pleasure of talking to about this topic because as a meat-eater (believe it or not) I am open-minded and am trying to be vegan with the make up and skin-care brands I buy. So take note…
Educate me. Don’t belittle me.
People actually think I get offended or that I know I’m wrong when I can’t argue against Vegans. The thing is, I can’t argue against them because they have valid points as to why they are vegan and why they want to protect animals. They aren’t harming anyone. You could argue the whole plastic situation but we are all guilty of that, right?
I’ll admit it now, I don’t that feel bad for eating meat. I can’t say my meat/the animals are being abused so that’s why. Personally, I just am trying to justify why it’s okay to eat them and I’m not the only one. I have heard the argument ‘meat is murder’ and technically yes, it is. But, eating meat from farms that promote sustainability promotes life, including ours. This is ethical and necessary.
My parents actually sat me down when I was younger and showed me a programme called ‘Kill it. Cook it. Eat it’ – showing how animals were treated from slaughter to the market. I ran upstairs crying because of it. They didn’t force me to eat meat, I chose to. There should be CCTV cameras installed in butchers and slaughter houses and testing factories operating 24/7 so we can see how brands and companies treat their animals and if they refuse, they get shut down – simple. Also by factories I mean to prove that they don’t test on animals.
If I hear a certain brand or company is abusing their animals, I won’t give them money. If they ship to China I won’t even consider them given they must test on animals.
I personally don’t think the worlds population will ever be vegan or vegetarian – I believe there needs to be a balance. I also believe animals need to live outdoors freely, not crowded in cages. We don’t need to eat them but it’s up to you if you eat them or not. You won’t find me saying ‘plants have lives too’ because I think that argument is pathetic.
Some people cannot include meat in their diet or don’t want to – and that’s okay. Some people cannot live on a plant-based diet or need to include meat in their diet – and that’s okay too. I used to drink milk a lot as a child and now I’ve stopped due to the fact it doesn’t agree with me. I will however have it in milkshakes and hot chocolate, etc because that seems to agree with me. I am trying to find dairy alternatives at the moment and replacing milk with Almond milk. I don’t need to eat meat as far as I’m aware but I genuinely couldn’t imagine not eating meat. I enjoy steak, I enjoy seafood and I eat free-range eggs. I am not sorry about that. We’ve all eaten vegan foods before and I’m not even a fussy eater but I cannot imagine avoiding ALL animal products.
I’ve heard so many arguments about how meat is bad for you but it’s also good for you, and yes, there is proof. We’re all going to die at some point and everyday I read an article claiming something will kill us – I even read water could kill us…so you can see why I’m not bothered about meat killing us.
I believe you can eat meat, love animals and still support animal rights.
Now about the fur…I don’t agree with wearing animals and some people think it’s ironic or that I’m contradictions myself. I’m not. There is a difference between eating animals (bred to be eaten) and WEARING them. I would never buy real fur or leather and don’t support those who purchase it when the majority of fur is taken from the animals in such an inhumane way. If you want to wear fur, go ahead – I just think its wrong.
That’s all for now! I hope you can leave a comment with your views – vegan, vegetarian or meat-eater – but please be nice!