“Vegan alternatives are not inherently better for animals or the planet. Pleather and faux fur—staples of vegan fashion—are petroleum-based products. The environmental devastation caused by petroleum—climate change, oil spills, toxic water, acid rain, genetic mutations—are well known and vast. While many vegans will tout the environmental values of hybrid cars, bicycling, reusable shopping bags and eliminating demand for factory farms, the analysis rarely curbs the demand for couture. Sure, cows were not slaughtered for our beloved shoes, coats and belts. However, plenty of other animals were destroyed when their habitats were ransacked, covered in oil, poisoned and abandoned.
If the world as we know it were to go vegan, the dietary shift would not save animals or preserve land. Many of the plant-based products that vegans rely on come from subsidiaries of the largest food corporations. General Mills, Kraft, Heinz and ConAgra—big hands in animal industries—are the purveyors of some of the most popular soymilk, tofu, prepared food and meat substitute brands.”
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Too bad Zoe thought it would be a good idea to use one source for her article on veganism. Not that I wear a pleather suit with faux fur trim most days, but I highly doubt the about of patroleum used to make vegan friendly clothing come’s anywhere near the about of fossil fuels that are used by animal industries. The same can be said for Zoe’s misinformed conclusion that eating soy products is terrible given that so much deforestation takes place for the sake of growing soy beans (last time I checked, I ate way less than any cow). The gist of the article is that there is no way to do anything good for the world unless you join a commune somewhere, and that it is possible to do more harm than good as a vegan. I guess, on the internet, anything can be published by anyone. Oh you silly, silly, carnivores, when are you going to come to the light?
You are a drain on society. If you truly are a “high school football coach,” I can only hope that your students see, as I do, that you are a total moron and a jerk. I’m sure you thought it would be funny to pick on a young, and probably timid woman shopping for Tofurkey by brandishing the cuts of steak and rotisserie chicken you were buying. Oh the comedic genius. The thing is, if you choked on that meat tonight (we can only hope), that wouldn’t even make up for the amount of suffering you caused and ignorance you perpetuated during your life. Your life has been negative for the earth. You are a bigoted, speciesist, and sexist parasite.
I wish the worst for you and all the other carnivores like you.
If a foetus isn’t a baby even though it’s fertilised, then what is your issue with eating unfertilised [free range] eggs?
…eh, probably something to do with consent.
because, vegans do not eat any animal products. Regardless of how ‘humane’ the animals are kept. Personally, I think eggs are disgusting. I have never liked the taste and have never been keen on them. I guess it’s hard for most others to understand this.
Not to mention the terrible conditions in which egg laying hens are kept (yes, even if the carton says free range). Free range often means as many hens as possible crammed into a barn; maybe there aren’t any cages, but humane? I think not. Can I support this because I sometimes enjoy eating eggs? No.
Also, taking the entire pro-choice argument and boiling it down to the argument over personhood, or when life begins, or whatever you want to call it, is to show utter disregard for the movement itself. I honestly feel that the argument over personhood and when it begins is a republican/tea party ploy to distract the public from the real issues. Will abortion stop if it is outlawed. Nope, sorry. Does pro-choice mean pro-abortion. Nope again. I’m not advocating for people to have abortions, I am advocating for giving women and girls the resources and education they need to make the right decision for themselves, pre and post conception. This is about keeping abortion safe and legal so that it is available for a woman when she needs it. Cutting off resources to a woman in a time of need and vulnerability is exactly the kind of ridiculous callous behavior that I have come to expect only from the most fundamental conservatives (which is unfortunate, because I try so hard not to be disgusted by them). Better education. More medical resources. Choice for all women. And oh yeah, Go vegan too.
Only tells me that you’re afraid I’m right. If you ask why I’m vegan, I’m going to tell you why (I think it’s wrong to take another life for the sake of my eating and life style preferences). Of course eating whatever I wanted would be easier, and, of course, not thinking about where my clothing and cosmetics came from would be much easier. But it is because I hold the belief that every living creature deserves a life free of suffering that I choose to do as much as possible to make sure that I don’t use or consume any product that would result in said suffering. This is not an elitist stance. I believe something, and, because of this, I do something that upholds that belief. If you’re not vegan, I’m sure you can think of a similar belief-plus-resulting-action combo of your own. Maybe you believe it’s important to make good grades, so you study for your exams and do your homework. Same thing. You probably even think that, if I care about grades, I should also study and do my homework, right? So yes, I would love for you to be a vegan. Honestly, it would thrill me. We could cook together or have a vegan potluck or something. The fact that you get so defensive after asking me why I’m vegan and then accuse me of being self righteous simply doesn’t make sense. Then you explain to me that you don’t feel guilty, that factory farming doesn’t bother you, that the animals aren’t really suffering, that me being vegan doesn’t really effect anything, that you enjoy eating meat, oh yeah, and that you DON’T FEEL GUILTY. I’m sorry if I struck a cord, but your anger simply doesn’t follow. If you really disagreed with me, then you wouldn’t be angry, just like I’m not angry when you tell me that I my teeth were designed for eating meat. I simply know you’re wrong. Maybe that’s the problem; we both know you’re wrong.