“Animal agriculture is incredibly harmful, and is a major driver of climate change. The UN recently released a report that said “animal products, both meat and dairy, in general require more resources and cause higher emissions than plant-based alternatives”. Animal products cause a huge amount of deforestation. Factory farms and slaughterhouses also contribute to a large amount of environmental racism, especially in poor communities. Production of animal products harms or kills many native communities in South America, both through deforestation and murders committed by ranchers.
Factory farms produce a massive amount of pollution, and a single farm can produce over one and a half times more toxic waste in a year than the entire city of Philadelphia. The CDC estimates that livestock produce between 3-20 times more waste than all of the people in the USA. This pollution invariably leads to runoff into local water systems, which can lead to both groundwater contamination and ocean dead zones. Water contamination is further compounded by the fact that livestock currently uses up about a third of the Earth’s fresh water.
Animal agriculture also leads to development of antibiotic resistant bacteria, which are a serious health risk. It is also important to examine the animal suffering caused by production of animal products.”
I crossed out the last paragraph because while I want the information to be available, I feel like with so many people making a conscious effort to hurt animals when there is an alternative, people are more inclined to listen if they know they’re hurting their race or themselves. Even if you did think veganism was a personal choice because we’re somehow entitled to kill animals knowing there is no scientific or medical reason to do so; there is no way that we can somehow justify the funding of environmental racism, terrorism and murder. Everyone who consumes or otherwise purchases meat is partially responsible for this. If you are not against the meat industry, you are for it with your money.
There are many reasons why people think that they can’t be Vegan; anemia, diabetes, eating disorders, poverty, various allergies, many reasons. I try to be as read up as I can to address everyone’s health concerns with as much accuracy as possible- and so far there hasn’t been a deficiency or illness I’ve heard of so far that couldn’t benefit from a plant based lifestyle and I’ve been happy to help all that need it.
I do understand, though, that people are wary of eating Vegan because of many myths that they’ve heard about it. The meat industry spends trillions of dollars advertising animal products as good and healthy when there’s plenty of evidence otherwise- because they have something to sell. As a Vegan there is nothing I personally gain from worldwide veganism that everyone else wouldn’t gain also, a safer cleaner and thriving planet. This is why I find it odd when people assume I have some sort of agenda. The only thing on my agenda is saving animals, the earth, and the people who inhabit it including myself.
For this reason it is absolutely ridiculous when people think that making a conscious decision to not be Vegan knowing there is nothing that inhibits them from doing so at all is somehow okay and acceptable. A personal choice doesn’t have any victims, eating meat has 2 billion farm animal victims a week, 7 billion human victims worldwide, the ENTIRE ocean, the atmosphere as a whole, the animals that lose their home or are killed when 90% of the amazon is being destroyed for animal agriculture and the list goes on and on.
By choosing to eat meat you are saying you don’t care about the workers being forced to be in horrible and dangerous environments because they have no other choice of employment, you don’t care about your own health and what animal products are doing to you, you’re willing to destroy the entire world for your taste buds, it doesnt matter that poc are dying right now because of climate change and nothing besides bacon really matters to you.
Veganism isn’t a personal choice that you can choose to be or not to be. It isn’t fine either way. I’m not going to respect you either way. It’s the moral baseline and the only way we can survive and live in peace. Everyone can either go Vegan now before it gets worse or we’ll be forced to go Vegan in a few years once we’ve caused more significant irreversible damage and then no one will be Vegan because the human race will go extinct.