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Equality, Compassion and Empathy – Being Vegan

Not a day seems to go by without an ‘equality’ issue being raised. Where many are offended and take issue where there is inequality in subjects relating to gender, religion, disability, ethnicity, race, etc…

Although no one has been physically harmed… it is that it ‘isn’t right’. It doesn’t feel right. It follows, that if we want a fair society then there needs to be equality in all areas.

It is probably fair to say that for many, taking issue with inequality, even when it doesn’t affect ourselves, means that we are being compassionate – possibly even having empathy.

Compassion: If someone shows kindness, caring, and a willingness to help others, they’re showing compassion. This is a word for a very positive emotion that has to do with being thoughtful and decent.

I understand this. I really do. best fake ids,Where we need to live in a society where we care for others and where everyone has equal opportunities. Although, I do question at times whether being ‘politically correct’ goes too far, but I guess the line for what is and what isn’t PC may vary for many of us.

The thing is this – generally speaking, where some people have an issue about inequality or something ‘isn’t right’, people are not physically hurt. It is their thoughts and emotions that feel ‘offended’. fake ids,It is understandable that people care and it affects their feelings – humans are ‘sentient beings’. We also want to live in a world that is fair.

Sentient describes things that are alive. A sentient being can feel, perceive and sense things. They have an awareness of surroundings, sensations, thoughts and an ability to show responsiveness. Having senses makes something sentient, or able to smell, communicate, touch, see, or hear. All sentient beings have an awareness of themselves they can feel happiness, sadness, pain and fear.

The thing that I don’t understand is the cognitive dissonance that the same people who show compassion towards other people, don’t show the same type of compassion towards animals – and yet animals are sentient beings. The compassion that is displayed towards other people is often for ‘hurt feelings’, unlike the lack of compassion for animals where the hurt is physical, and often resulting in death.

Animals, whether they are a Dog, Cat, Pig, Cow, Sheep, Whale, Dolphin, Robin, Nightingale, etc have the ability to communicate, particularly with others of their species – they feel happiness, sadness, pain and fear.

Isn’t it, therefore, reasonable to assume that when an animal is taken to a slaughterhouse to be killed, then that animal will feel fear,Scannable Fake ID, sadness and pain – likewise, the squeals and calls resulting from their fear and pain will be heard from other animals waiting to be slaughtered? And this, just to satisfy the taste buds of people.

In the slaughterhouse – an electric shock to the head, a bolt through the brain or a throat slit…

At the end of their life, when a pet is taken to the vet to be ‘put down’ humanely – how many pet owners would be content to know that the same type of killing would be used to end their pet’s life?

It is this lack of compassion that I find hard to understand – where people can be so outraged at some injustice that feels morally wrong, no person will have been physically hurt – and yet, at the same time, that same morally-offended person will sit down and eat a dead animal that has been physically abused, hurt, and killed. And all of this, simply to satisfy that person’s taste buds.

So yes, I do understand being compassionate, but it shouldn’t just apply to other sentient beings who happen to be humans. For meat eaters, the next time you feel outraged at some ‘injustice’ maybe question why you think it is okay to know that animals will have been physically abused and killed, they will have felt fear and sadness and pain – just to satisfy your taste buds.

If you want to find out more…
Watch Earthlings, Cowspiracy and check out Melanie Joy on Carnism (why people eat some animals and not others).

Also – The China Study – which is about the health benefits of a plant-based diet.

Veganism

Vegan PizzaVeganism is currently one of the biggest food trends. This has led to a huge increase in meat-free products from existing food producers, and also providing opportunities for new vegan businesses.

The number of new vegan food products being launched in the UK is at an all-time high. Major news outlets regularly publish news items about new products being launched. For some, it may seem like a profitable bandwagon, BUT… if it helps people eat more vegan products, then it has to be positive.

As many scientists and environmentalists have reported, a decrease in animal product consumption constitutes the “single biggest way” to respond to environmental challenges such as the climate crisis and biodiversity loss.

From the Vegan Society: “Although statistics vary, it is safe to say that it takes at least three times the amount of water to feed a meat eater compared with that used to feed a vegan. For example, it takes 15,500 litres of water to produce 1 kg beef, contrasted with 180 litres for 1 kg tomatoes and 250 litres for 1 kg potatoes.

Consuming animal products is incredibly resource-intensive. Globally, farming uses about 70% of the planet’s accessible freshwater. This is compared to around 20% for industry, and about 10% for domestic use.

Vegetarian (Meat-free) vs Vegan

While the trend is for plant-based food, vegetarian (meat-free) products sold in the shops usually contain ingredients originating from animals. While products labelled ‘vegan’ should mean they are entirely plant-based and free from animal produce, “meat-free” or “vegetarian” products often still contain milk, dairy or other animal-based ingredients.

Alongside the new vegan products, there are various established brands that still fall into the vegetarian category – such as Quorn and the Linda McCartney range. Vegans can only hope that over time, these brands will see the benefit of changing the ingredients in order to include the vegan market – it currently seems like a missed opportunity.

With the food industry evolving and adapting, it would seem to make sense for the label of ‘vegetarian’ to become defunct and to be replaced by ‘vegan’ as surely this is better for animals, the environment and for human health, together with being a profitable market for those that only care about profitability.


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