I don’t desire to be that vegan. You know, the one with no sense of humor. The one whom omnivores are afraid to invite out to eat with them because there may be comments made about what they order.
I don’t do that. But I feel compelled to say that while I can laugh at myself as much as the next person, when you joke to me about how much you love bacon or foie gras, it really does tear me up a little inside. What I don’t think most people realize is that for many vegans like me, killing a pig for your taste buds is not much, if at all, different than killing and eating a dog, or even a human being. I try not to put myself above animals. I don’t believe that they are here for us to use and abuse.
Every once in a while I post something on my Facebook page about animal abuse. I don’t do it all the time, but sometimes a video or article will really grab me and I feel it’s worth sharing. I will always be indebted to PETA for sending me that magazine with photographs of animal abuse that caused me to go vegetarian many years ago, so you never know when a message will touch someone.
What’s interesting is how few people comment on these links, or even bother to watch them. I have thousands of friends on Facebook and when I post certain things, I get tons of views and comments. Not so with the animal videos.
If you are unable to watch what really goes on in factory farms and slaughterhouses, shouldn’t you at least reconsider what you put in your body?
I know lots of people who tell me they only eat animals from “humane” farms, yet they order meat in restaurants all the time. And really, what is a humane farm anyway? Most of these animals, even if they may have actually eaten things nature intended them to eat and their feet have actually touched grass, end up in the same slaughterhouses as the factory farmed animals. Really, don’t kid yourself. If you order meat, dairy, etc., you are paying someone to abuse an animal. Period.
I really, truly believe that so much of the violence in our society starts with how we treat our animals. If we continue to ignore the way our fellow earthlings are treated and what that does to those who torture and consume these wonderful creatures, we are doing ourselves and our world a disservice.
Veganism is pure joy to me. I am so thankful for the way I look and feel and to know that with the things I eat, wear, etc., I am voting for a more compassionate world. I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything. I do realize though, that everyone is on their own path, and that’s why I don’t judge others for making different decisions than the ones I make.
I love you just the way you are and I love to laugh and be happy, just as you do. I’m not asking you to change for me. I really can endure a lot. But please consider my feelings when you make jokes about killing my friends.