So the main reason the world doesn’t get better because most of us don’t believe we can make a difference. It’s like we’re all passing the buck and expecting others to do it for us.
- Save energy? meh, why bother, I won’t make a difference! I like my halogen light bulbs too much.
- Not buy from companies who use sweatshops? Nah, they sell millions already how will me not buying make any difference?
- Buy Fair Trade? These people live miserable lives anyway, how will 20p more change anything?
- Become a vegetarian? The animals die anyway, millions of them – it’s not me who’ll make it stop.
The problem of course is that when most people think that, indeed the difference made is not as big as it could be, exactly because of that. But difference is still made! The more people realise that each and every one of us does make a tiny % of difference, the more we’ll see the world change. It’s simple maths really!
And the process is also viral of course. You change your lifestyle > your friends see you do it > you talk about it > they change their lifestyle > and the message gets passed on. Slowly but surely the world will become a better place!
In the words of the amazing Gandhi: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world”. And I very much live by that.
So, do your part! In whatever cause that’s dear to you! I guarantee you will sleep much better at night with clear conscience that you are doing the right thing instead of “passing the buck”.
There are 7 very simple reasons that I am a vegetarian.
- UNESSENTIAL: WE DON’T NEED MEAT TO SURVIVE
Humans don’t need meat to survive and live a healthy life. They eat it because it tastes good. That alone is not a good enough reason to put animals through suffering.
- HYPOCRISY: YOU COULDN’T KILL, GUT AND CHOP IT YOURSELF
Most people don’t like the sight of an animal being killed, let alone could they do it themselves. Eating them is therefore hypocrisy.
- COMPASSION: ANIMALS FEEL PAIN AND FEAR TOO
Farm animals feel pain just like us and just like your pets. Electrocuting/cutting their throats is barbaric and inhumane. Farm animals are treated like a product and not like sentient beings that they are. They are fed hormones, are beaten and thrown about and live in confined spaces with complete disregard for their well-being.“Don’t do to others what you don’t want done to yourself”.
- COWARDICE: LIKE BABIES, ANIMALS DON’T HAVE A VOICE TO FIGHT FOR THEIR RIGHTS
Slavery was once legal. Women once didn’t have right to vote. Gays don’t have the right to marry in some places. But they all have a voice to fight for their rights. Animals can’t beg for their lives or freedom but that is not enough reason that they should be stripped from those rights. In the same way that killing an innocent and voiceless baby is the most horrific act of violence, so is killing and mistreating an animal.
- HEALTH: VEGETARIANS ARE HEALTHIER
Vegetarians live longer and have 40% to 70% less chance of getting cancer and other diseases than meat eaters.
- ENVIRONMENT: ANIMAL FARMING IS BAD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
Half the rainforests in the world have been cleared for grazing; methane from livestock causes global warming; soil is eroded by cattle; slurry poisons waterways; and the seas are laid to waste by overfishing. The global appetite for meat and the industrial techniques of the meat industry are destroying the Earth. Farming contributes to 18% of all greenhouse gases produced by humans. That’s more than all forms of transport put together.
- HUNGER: GRAIN THAT’S BEING FED TO ANIMALS COULD GO TO STARVING PEOPLE
While 750 million people go to bed hungry every night, one-third of the world’s grain is fed to farmed animals. A typical Western meat-based diet can only feed 2.5 billion people: a plant-based diet will feed every one of us.
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I have often a strange feeling that I am living in ancient times – it’s like the world has not quite yet caught up with my views. We often hear about slavery, human sacrifice, and disabled babies being thrown out of cliffs, with a feeling of detachment because it’s something that happened so long ago – something associated with old barbaric cultures of the past.
Indeed one of the reasons the holocaust is obviously so shocking to us is because it happened less than a century ago, which is really unimaginable. Yet it’s very strange for me to see people living their lives with no guilt whatsoever when as a direct consequence of their diet, billions of animals are being murdered every year. And were this happening out of utter necessity and the need to survive I wouldn’t question it as it would be part of nature. But at this day and age with food choices so plentiful the reasons for consuming animals are purely because of its taste and nothing more. That of course is an act so selfish that it angers me.
Just so that people have a tasty meal on a daily basis they subject live sentient beings to the most gruesome lives and deaths. Animals who have no voice of their own to fight for their rights like blacks, women and gays have had.
I think it’s time people become more conscious about their actions and the direct consequences of them. I think it’s time that happened with the masses and not only with a few who have access to information and the time and intellect to ponder about it.
So, not everyone can get used to being a vegetarian – for those people, perhaps it’s worth trying Flexitarianism.
That means a person who’s mainly vegetarian but on occasion will eat meat for social or cultural reasons.
I think this is a great way to start off, then you slowly eat less and less meat until you can be a full vegetarian.
Any cut in meat consumption helps, so I highly encourage you all to try this out!
There’s something incredibly liberating about writing a poem.
I didn’t follow any metric rules or strict rhymes, but the message is there and is one very close to my heart.
Mouth touching death.
Murder of the innocent.
Stale bodies devoid of breath
Unnecessarily heaven sent.
How can guilt not stop you?
When full knowledge you possess
Of the suffering that they go through
Full of blood, pain and distress.
Surely it tickles your taste bud.
But is it really sensible?
They pay it with their blood
And your reward is dispensable.
For the sake of a bit of meat
We deprive them of happiness
With disregard them we treat
And kill them all in masses.
And not single thought is spared
For those who gave their life away.
They died in pain and scared
Just so you live another day.
But they feel just like you do
Yet throats are sliced on your behalf.
Pre-packed they come to you
No flowers, grave or epitaph.
About a month ago I came across this documentary that I believe everybody should watch before their next meal.
It explains the term “specism” and shows what goes on behind the scenes of a few industries that use animals as if they were products and not like the sentient beings that they are.
If you can’t stomach it, then you shouldn’t stomach the resulting product either.
Eating meat is an unnecessary cruelty. We can live perfectly healthy lives (even healthier than meat eaters) without putting innocent creatures through pain and suffering – so why do it?
“A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral.”