Kristen S Aldrich ,
“My family is differently dieted from me and we make compromises, why am I automatically un-compassionate and violent.””
is not about you and your intentions; it is about the choices you make.
I certainly believe you are very goodhearted. However, goodhearted
people, just like I believe non-vegan people are in general, do make
violent choices that certainly doesn’t demonstrate love and compassion
toward our nonhuman fellow sentient earthlings. I did it myself. I
became a vegan last autumn after almost 28 years of thinking that it was
right to hurt and kill animals for trivial and unnecessary reasons such
as food (when we know everyone can survive and thrive on a vegan diet,
see below). How can you love and demonstrate compassion toward an
individual that you enslave, hurt and kill for food. They value their
lives as much as we value our lives. Why can’t we respect their
fundamental and basic right to live?
all animal products, not only meat, is causing the enslavement,
exploitation and killing of nonhuman animals. E.g. milk cows are heavily
exploited and usually get killed when they are 5 years old in the milk
industry, after a live of misery, and getting their calves stolen after
each pregnancy, in order so that man can take the milk of the cows.
Learn more here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rg3Yfdbs24I&feature=player_embedded
Humans evolved eating a starch-based diet (many ate some animal products) (see: http://www.drmcdougall.com/video/starch_solution.html
), however this isn’t relevant for the morality. We have the choice and
opportunity to eat a vegan diet, and choosing not to do so, is
inflicting unnecessary suffering and death upon our fellow sentient
All people can get all nutrition they need on a vegan diet: http://www.drmcdougall.com/
“I can't force them to change their entire lifestyle for my morals.”
and killing other sentient beings for animal products isn’t any
subjective moral-issue, it is about our obligations in our treatment of
non-human animals. You probably agree with me that animal abuse is
morally wrong, and to follow what you believe in morally, necessitates
going vegan: http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/a-note-about-michael-vick/#.UajvlJxc18E
is not elitism, just like be against racisism, hetrosexim, sexism and
any other discrimination, isn’t elitism. All opposition against
discrimination is certainly without compromise.
I was raised by hunters, animals dying doesn't really bother me.” This
is just because you are disconnected to who the animals, what they feel
and their inherent moral rights. This is the case for every exploitation
and discrimination, that the person inflicting harm upon another being
is disconnected to the victim, and doesn’t understand the suffering and
violence he/she is inflicting and how it effect the victim.
this in all well-meaning. Only veganism will make us and all the
animals truly free, a non-discriminatory, nonviolent and compassionate
lifestyle to all living beings is the only way for peace. As long as we
sow suffering and violence towards our fellow earthlings, our culture
will be inflicted by violence.