I woke up this fine Monday to @themoodyvegan on Instagram sharing this article. I try to cocoon myself in ignorance for all the reasons I've mentioned here but this, I wasn't able to click away from.
I've been a voluntary ovalacto vegetarian (I don't eat meat but I do eat eggs+dairy) for more than a decade now because it felt horrible to me that an animal was being ripped away from everything familiar and everything it cared about (I was in my teens, pardon the flawed reasoning) and slaughtered (those horrendous moments before it died when it knew what was going to happen), just so I could enjoy a ''tasty" meal. I didn't want that shit on my conscience.
I don't talk about why I gave up meat much, not even people specifically ask why; I don't think too many people would *get* my poor-animal-and-its-family logic, plus it's really a personal choice, isn't it? I've also had plenty of judgment/ridicule thrown my way (vegetarians eat only grass haha/plants have feelings too, you know/now that you're married, you should eat at least chicken/what do you eat at BBQs/you should try one piece), not to mention the inconvenience it causes whoever is cooking because they end up having to make extra food just for me. But on the whole, I'm happy to report I have no FOMO whatsoever; I'm plenty happy with my paneer and mushrooms, thank you very much.
Please note that I also don't go around asking people to give up meat, not even my own hard-core non-vegetarian family, because I don't believe in shaming people for their lifestyle choices - that is just not my jam. I also acknowledge that human beings are near the top of the food chain and we might have a predisposed affinity toward meat.
My problem is when animals are mistreated to serve human needs. Do we really need to massacre animals before we eat them? Do we need farms to "churn out" animals and animal products? Do we need to beat an animal to death because you suddenly feel like a beef steak and mash on a fine Friday evening? Let's not even get started on "how holy cows are in Indian culture" when they're one of the most ill-treated species in the country, right up there with dogs.
And if *you* think you're ugly, a silk saree or a mink fur or even all the animal-tested cosmetics in the world are not going to make you pretty #FactOfLife.
We were outraged when that baby's body swept up on the beach. But how is it any less cruel to stick dead calf heads on a pole in front of mama cows to make them produce more milk? Who deemed human life to be worth more than an animal's? We're all species of different kinds inhabiting the earth right, one simply more evolved than another?
People (for lack of a better word) commit such acts of utter assholery (for lack of a stronger word) because there is always a market. Because drinking milk is an everyday affair in most households, beef is such a treat, or a meal without chicken/fish is incomplete. Because they think that, no matter what they do to the animals, it'll be worth it, for they will always ALWAYS get paid for their "efforts".
The point is, I'm going to try my hardest to give up dairy completely by the end of 2018 (this long a period because God knows I love my cheese, but I have to at least TRY, or I will never be able to live with myself). Giving up eggs might take a little longer for me, because nothing completely vegan is as good a source of protein (as far as my research goes), but I'm going to at least source it from conscious farms.
And I also ask you to make a change, some change, ANY change.
If you don't give a shit about the animals, then do it for yourself and your children; products from animals that have been injected with so many chemicals, with multiple infections, and very poor health do not sound like they're going to provide much nutrition, do they? I'm not asking you to go vegan tomorrow. Or at any point, for that matter, if that's not what you want. All I'm asking that you read up, educate yourselves, and make better, more conscious choices. It is not an expensive affair and even if it is, you can afford it, can't you, especially if you can afford that trip to Bali/Europe and trips to the mall and long-term tax-saving investments.
For the sake of equality. For the sake of a little less suffering in this world.
Please, give a shit.