I Have No Reason To Ever Go Vegan
If you're a vegan and easily offended, I'll warn you that you may be offended by this story, so view at your own discretion. However, you still really need to hear this, so if you're vegan and not easily offended, or if you'll be offended but know you'll get over it, read this. This is not intended to be harsh or offensive, but only to educate you with the hard facts.
First of all, let me tell you that I am not some heartless bigot who cares nothing for living things. I don't go around beating ferrets with a club just for the fun of it. I don't enter dogs in fights to kill each other. I get no amusement from harming God's beautiful creation. People who do that are just sick and disrespectful.
Also, one more thing. If you're Buddhist or Hindu, this doesn't apply. I know about your beliefs in reincarnation, so I can understand why using and killing animals could be equivalent to using and killing humans. The other group I excuse is the group who just doesn't like the taste of meat. You don't like meat; therefore, you don't eat meat. That makes sense. Just like I don't like salad; therefore, I don't eat salad. Completely logical.
However, most vegans/vegetarians I know do it for the animals. Like it's some big ethical issue. KILLING ANIMALS IS WRONG! MILKING COWS IS WRONG! Okay, let me tell you some things.
Killing animals is part of nature. If people stopped killing animals, other animals would kill animals. If we didn't eat chicken, hawks would instead. If we didn't eat pork, wolves would instead. If we didn't eat beef, bears would instead. Then what would you do? Try to teach those animals not to eat each other? I hate to break it to you, but they would probably eat you before you got the chance.
So now, let's just hypothetically suppose that we stopped eating animals, AND animals stopped eating each other. Then what? The population of every species would drastically increase because they would live much longer. Eventually, the population would increase so greatly that there would be no more room on the Earth for them or for us. Animals would eventually have to take over the world, as humans aren't the most populous species on the planet.
Veganism doesn't only imply that you don't eat animals, but also that you don't eat animal products. This means dairy products. Okay, now think about this for a minute. When a cow's (or goat's) udders swell up with milk, it's because that milk needs to COME OUT. If we didn't milk those cows, their udders would burst. Of course the calves would come and nurse, but seriously, how are you helping a cow by letting her udders fill up excessively? I'm sure it's a relief to have the milk come out. If you've ever been a nursing mother, isn't it a GOOD thing to let your baby nurse so that you can empty out all that milk? Doesn't it get painful if you don't?
CAN you survive on pure plant and fungus products? Yes. You can make sure you get the right proteins from the right foods at the right time. Make sure you eat the right beans every day in order to obtain all 11 essential amino acids. But if you just eat meat, you don't have to worry about that. All meats have all 11 amino acids. So why waste your time striving to get all the right proteins from vegetables if you can just do a favor to the environment by eating meat and regulating animal populations?
Have you ever thought about plants and fungi? They are living things too. They grow, reproduce, and carry out biological functions. So why don't we have "plant rights?" You're murdering innocent plants when you eat asparagus. Think about that pain that the poor asparagi have to go through when they're dug out of the ground, and their stems are chopped off. And what about fungus rights? Oh the agony that those mushrooms have to endure when their caps are cut off to be tortured and put on a burger with Swiss cheese!
Also, there is the whole other issue of hunting. I don't hunt, but I support it. Some meat eaters that I know still don't support hunting because they think it's "animal cruelty." They are willing to buy slaughtered meat from the grocery store like beef, pork, fish, and chicken. However, they refuse to eat wild game like venison, elk, or duck because somehow, hunting is more cruel than agriculture. Can someone please tell me how shooting a deer and letting him die in three seconds is more cruel than hanging a cow upside down and cutting its neck until its blood drains out over several minutes to an hour? Which would YOU rather die of? Being shot or being slaughtered?
One more thing, if none of this has convinced you. You can avoid eating meat as much as you want. Nobody is stopping you. But you're not stopping anything either. The next time you go to Kroger and look at a steak and say, "I'm not buying that because I want to save a cow's life," look at the steak again. And again. Once more. How are you saving a cow? IT'S ALREADY DEAD. You're not saving animals by not eating meat. The animals are already dead. You're just leaving the dead animal there for someone else to eat.
I like animals. I really do. I would hate to see my dog get killed. I would hate to see anybody's beloved pet get intentionally killed. But that's nothing compared to seeing another human get killed. Call me "prejudiced" because I think humans are more important than animals, but I don't care. I do care more for humans. All these vegetarians are avoiding animal products to save animals, yet they do nothing to save human lives. Yes, there is a lot of animal cruelty in the world, none of which I support. I really do dislike animal cruelty. It's disrespectful to God's creation. However, I don't get involved in those animal rights groups because we still have much worse things happening to humans than we have ever done to animals. There is still human slavery in the world. There's still war, violence, rape, and murder of innocent human beings in the world. Let's worry about that first, okay? Once people stop killing other people, THEN maybe I'll start worrying about killing animals.
It's all part of this beautiful thing God created called the food chain, or in the words of the Lion King, the Circle of Life.
Seriously, give me one reason I should go vegan. I challenge you.