I see this as an environmental, health and social justice movement. I see it as a step in evolution that we must take for a future of higher consciousness. or for a future at all. I used to hesitate with the thought of making this change. but after doing some research, I began also hesitating with the thought of going against all that I was learning. I realised that any excuse I had for not moving towards this way of life was an excuse for harming the environment, harming other beings and harming my body and mind. and any excuse I had was just an excuse; not a valid reason. so much I had seen as ‘normal’ was far from it once my perspective shifted. I asked myself, if I had to choose between pulling an apple off a tree or slaughtering an animal, which would I do to feed myself? which do I see more as food? why should the importance of non-violence just concern human to human interaction? every time I chose to buy an animal product, I was giving my money to support the multi billion dollar companies that lock and mutate chickens in tight cages, rape female cows for milk, throw living chicks into shredders, cut off pigs’ noses and slaughter 56 billion animals each year. just for us humans to eat.
and this industry is on top of that, damaging the environment and using the earth’s resources to do so. it takes 1020 litres of water to produce just one litre of milk. animal agriculture is responsible for up to 91% of the amazon destruction. it is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than the combined exhaust from all transportation. it is responsible for 20-30% of all fresh water consumption in the world today. it is the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution, and habitat destruction. and 82% of starving children live in countries where food is fed to animals, for the animals to then be eaten by western countries.
I was just oblivious to all this, as many of us are. we never questioned what we ate because everyone else ate it too. we’ve been unconsciously conforming. the industry is making us believe this is all okay. we’ve let ourselves be distracted. we see the flesh of sentient beings packaged with labels of ‘happy cows’ or ‘smiling chickens’ and don’t see the truth of what is really happening. the industry is a business. they don’t care for the well-being of animals and they don’t care about our health or the health of the earth. they are simply trying to make money and want us to believe we need to support the torture of these animals. most of the world is supporting this, whether consciously or not - but do you want to support this? when you are more informed, your perspective changes. it changes from needing animal products in every meal to seeing animals as life and not purely as food. they are sentient, breathing, conscious beings. the animals we eat are no different than the animals we keep in our homes as pets.
what we put into our bodies is fuel. and fuel shouldn’t come from torture and violence. we’ve been trying to fuel our bodies with the flesh of traumatised beings. our bodies do not need to hold corpses. our bodies are not for dead animals. our bodies are not a graveyard. our bodies can be gardens. and we can make a change. we can make a difference. the earth needs this change for survival. one by one we can realise this, it’s just a matter of how long it takes before it is a decision that resonates with us. because it necessarily will be. even if not now. veganism is not a trend or a diet. veganism is evolution. it is conscious living. and it aligns with love.