Why I’m Vegan
Let me tell you this before you get into it- I have ALOT to talk about as a passionate vegan. I suggest you make yourself a tea and snuggle up, and in advance, I apologise if it gets way to boring for you. Also, I am aware veganisim can be a controversial topic. I fully respect each and everyones diet and lifestyle choices, and it not my business to judge you by what you decided to eat/not eat. I do however, hope you can take something valuable out of this, vegan or not
I created this video three years back for a class presentation in hopes to show to my classmates why I had gone vegan. It was successful in doing so, in fact it has convinced a few of my friends to go vegetarian. This video contains graphic images and videos. Also, this was recorded a year ago, and I find my voice super cringy, just putting that out there.
My ethical and moral beliefs shape my as a vegan. Many look as veganism as a diet or just a way to be more important or special than others. I truly believe a vegan is shaped by their ethics. Here’s one of my favourite quotes –
“THERE IS NEVER A COMPASSIONATE WAY TO KILL SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO LIVE”
We share our world with many other creatures and species. We have all evolved together on this planet, however the problem begins when we think we have more power and exploit it towards those who lack it, in this case animals. I was a huge meat eater, Korean bbq and meat surrounded my childhood. It no longer does and I don’t think I am missing out on anything, instead I’m fighting some of the worlds most important issues that can no longer be ignored. Not to mention, how much healthier, cleaner and happier I feel on a life excluding anything of animal origin. The only regret I have, is not turning vegan sooner.
The real moment when I made the connection was when I was heading to school one morning in the car and we passed a butcher shop. I witnessed 4 men struggle to carry a huge headless pig into the shop from a truck outside. This pig was ginormous, about 10x bigger than I ever imagined a pig to be. And it was headless. Until that very moment, I had never made the connection between farm to fridge. Of course I was aware I was eating animals, but it never hit me the way it did that morning. I went home and watched the documentary Lucent , then I went vegan cold turkey.
To me, it is not about if I ever liked the taste of meat, dairy eggs, but it is about how that meat ended up on my plate. And when I learnt how, I refused to touch meat, dairy or eggs ever again, regardless if I liked the taste or not. I first fell into a stage of denial – I knew ethically, that animal exploitation was not right, but I was constantly trying to convince myself that it was totally fine. I couldn’t face the truth because I, and the majority of children, were brought up in a society where eating animals is fine and almost everyone around us does it to. However, once I accepted that what I was doing was wrong, and further researched the horrifying truth, I couldn’t look at meat/dairy like I used to. I do not see it as food anymore, I see it as a once living being. When you know the truth about how that meat ended up on your plate, or where your shoes came from, you feel anger, you feel anger about all the things that were hidden away from you. I try to refrain myself from taking that anger out on people who think they have the right to judge me. Instead, I am a huge advocate for spreading the vegan message kindly, not in a preachy way. I truly see veganisim as a win win situation. You are saving lives, saving yourself and saving the world
Depending on our upbringing, religion and ethical and moral beliefs, I’m sure there is a mixed response on ‘veganisim’.This is a choice, veganisim is MY lifestyle choice. Its my choice to give up meat, dairy eggs and what other people eat or don’t eat is not my business. The best I can do, is feed information about why I’m vegan, offer a few vegan recipes to try, give them a I-didn’t-even-know-it-was-vegan meal, and so on, but that is as far as I will go. Like I mentioned above, I fully respect everyone’s choices, and vegan or not, I hope you took something valuable out of all this content
“THEIR BODIES ARE NOT THEIR OWN, THEIR BODIES DO NOT BELONG TO THEM, THEY BELONG TO SOMEONE ELSE. AND WE ARE SO USED TO THAT BEING THE CASE THAT IT REALLY TAKES A MOMENT FOR PEOPLE TO REALISE HOW BIZARRE OF A CONCEPT IT REALLY IS.THEIR VERY BODIES DO NOT BELONG TO THEM”- OUR HEN HOUSE PODCAST, EP 372