As an animal lover I am a pretty dedicated vegan. It is not always easy or pleasant to be a vegan around non-vegans. So I was so happy to find this article:
And, yes, I am confident in saying that veganism is better for animals, for the environment, and for health.
The author, an omnivore, writes about the big event of the Popeye's chicken sandwich. And says ..."the irony of the sandwich going viral at the same time as heartbreaking pictures of the Amazon rainforest on fire. Many of us, myself included, engage in painless, performative environmentalism. We’ll give up plastic straws and tweet passionately that someone should do something about the Amazon, yet few of us make space in our worldview to acknowledge the carcass in the room: the irrefutable evidence that our addiction to meat is killing the planet right before our eyes. After all, it takes only a few minutes of investigation to learn that there is one overwhelming reason the Amazon is burning — to clear ground for cattle ranching and for the cultivation of soy, the vast majority of which goes not into tofu but into animal feed, including for fast-food chicken."
And let's remember.... "the squalid, overcrowded, constantly-lit, 40-day life span of the typical factory-farmed, fast-food chicken."
This author is asking..."as a fellow omnivore and a person concerned about the planet’s future, I want to ask you to do something much more simple: to alter how you think about vegans."
He says, "I want to urge you to give vegans a chance — to love and to celebrate them instead of ridiculing them. We need more vegan voices, because on the big issues — the criminal cruelty of industrial farming; the sentience and emotional depth of food animals; the environmental toll of meat and the unsustainability of its global rise — vegans are irrefutably on the right side of history. They are the vanguard. Climate scholars say that if we are ever to survive a warming planet, people will have to consume far fewer animals than we do now. We will all have to become a little more vegan — and if we are to succeed in that, we will have to start by saluting vegans, not mocking them."
Apparently vegans are viewed more negatively than atheists and immigrants, just slight better than drug addicts.
I can honestly state that I often do not mention I am vegan because of the response I get. I am not trying to be smug or anything when I admit it. But inside I might be feeling a bit like I want to start arguing about how much better off I am because of my veganism. I am slender (most of my friends are always trying some new fad diet because they are so overweight), most of them have to take medications (none for me), they have more aches and pains than I do, and I have lost some friends and family members who did not eat healthy and died too soon.
I think my friends know that veganism is healthier. How could people not know that when the studies out there are pretty conclusive? And same thing for the environment, veganism is better and could help save the world. And don't get me started about animal cruelty.....
So why do people still eat meat? Is that momentary pleasure worth hurting your body, the earth, and the animals?