Making t/ Connection Chp 7 Ethics

Making t/ Connection Chp 7 Ethics

I’ve always been a vegetarian my whole life,
so I’ve always respected animals to an extent. My boyfriend challenged me to become a vegan
because he has done the vegan challenge for a month, and I was inspired so I went into
it with full enthusiasm and I got all the benefits: I felt good about myself, I got
lots of vitality, I lost weight as well. I’m proud of myself and I’m, more than anything,
proud of the fact that no animal is harmed by what I eat. That’s what I think veganism is about, living
in harmony with everybody. Our thinking about non-human animals is very
confused. People that have chosen to live a cruelty-free,
plant-based lifestyle are baffled as to why other people have not made the connection. Many of us live with companion animals such
as dogs, cats, and rabbits. We share our homes with them, consider them
members of the family and we grieve when they die. Yet we kill and eat other animals that,
if you really think about it, are no different from the ones we love. This is known as speciesism, a prejudice against
members of different species. Most people don’t question their habit of
eating animals, they’ve been brought up to believe it’s normal behaviour. But causing suffering should never be considered
normal. According to the United Nations Food and Agricultural
Organisation, humans kill approximately 56 billion animals for food each year, and this
doesn’t include fish. This quantity can only be achieved by factory
farming animals, which can lead to diseases such as bird flu, swine flu, BSE, and MRSA. Antibiotic resistant microbes are the result
of the overuse of antibiotics. Over half the antibiotics in the UK are given
to farmed animals, not humans. Farmed animal diseases can spread to humans. Behind window-less walls it’s easy to turn
a blind eye to the horrific reality of factory farms and slaughterhouses. You may think this footage is old, that things
are not like this anymore… wrong, this is exactly what it’s like, and what happens to
the farmed animals who live outside is not too dissimilar. Free-range chickens will usually be slaughtered
for meat at eight weeks and organic at around twelve weeks. People see cattle and sheep grazing in fields
and think they’re okay but they’ll also be sent to slaughter, like all animals bred for
food. Factory farmed and free-range animals are
treated as commodities and their individual needs or preferences are not respected. It’s not just to produce meat, every year
millions of farmed calves and chicks die in order to produce milk and eggs. Male chicks don’t produce eggs and are not
profitable for meat production, so are killed the day they are born. Laying hens, when their egg production starts
to fall are also killed long before their normal life expectancy. It’s no fun for cows either, in order to produce
milk, the dairy cow must give birth to a calf. As soon as the calf is born, they form a strong
bond with their mother. Yet within a few days they are usually separated,
causing extreme distress. Male calves do not produce milk and are usually
shot at birth or sent for veal production and the female calves are added to the milk
production line like their mothers. Three months after the loss of their calf,
while still producing milk, she’s usually made pregnant again. She’s put through this exhausting procedure
three or four times until she too is deemed redundant and killed. More than 20% of dairy cows sent to slaughter
have been found to be pregnant and the skin from these unborn calves is used to make soft
suede. Many people assume that leather is an incidental
element of the rearing of animals for meat. It’s not. It’s used to produce shoes, jackets, wallets,
gloves, and furniture. So purchasing leather goods helps make the
rearing and killing of animals a profitable concern. Just as we have tried to end racism, sexism,
and ageism, we can also try to end speciesism. Enjoying a plant-based diet and vegan lifestyle
is the ultimate protest against animals exploitation. It’s taking action everyday to reduce animal
suffering and death by decreasing the demand for all animal products. I don’t like watching the animal cruelty footage
but by us watching it together we can make a difference, we can empower ourselves by
being educated what is going on and then change it. With the mounting evidence, compassion, our
health, the environment, water pollution, supporting developing countries, food security,
rising population, sustainability, the rainforest, when people ask “why are you vegan?” perhaps the question should be “why aren’t
you?”. Please make the connection.

17 comments on “Making t/ Connection Chp 7 Ethics

  1. TheVeganSociety Post author

    Thank you for watching & for your feedback! With Making the Connection – fine dining, amazing athletes, bouncing babies & more, we inspiring non-vegans in 8 Chapters – IF YOU persuade non-vegans to watch it 🙂

    So please share the link to our Youtube channel with friends & family. Do tell us too – what are non-vegans saying about 'Making the Connection'? Where have you shared it?

  2. John Callaghan Post author

    I like it, but it's a bit dubious. If we had killed all digestive bacteria, we wouldn't digest an inch of grass anymore. Bacteria are 'animalistic', but if you leave the pigs out, at least most Muslims will be happy. So it is a good step ;-). Chicken's eggs, yes it IS cruel, isn't it. A reflexion of how the animal world survived for ages, after Ford came around, and we hung all the pigs in a row. Thx for making us conscient, greetings. Oh, and the 'nights' under the herbs fight back, smoking.

  3. starksenterprises Post author

    This is serious! Killing ALL (or damn near all!) Male chicks upon birth is sick! I eat chicken and fish but do struggle with it and this just might put me on the straight and Narrow!

  4. Martin Doyle Post author

    Very powerful video that re-affirms my veganism. I hope this gets seen by non-vegans. The future is vegan.

  5. TheVeganSociety Post author

    @starksenterprises You may like to try out Vegan Pledge and Mentoring service – check our website for details and to sign up. Rob

  6. TheVeganSociety Post author

    @hillybegs Hi! We have a large community over on facebook at /TheVeganSociety, or you could sign up for our Vegan Pledge at vegansociety,dot,com/veganpledge and get some targeted support. Best of luck, I'm sure you will enjoy living vegan! Rob

  7. TheVeganSociety Post author

    @LisaNovasBitch Capitalism may amplify the problem, but the exploitation of animals exists outside of it too. Rob

  8. TheVeganSociety Post author

    @ruckman007 Thanks for your kind words! You could try our free vegan mentoring programme we can link you via email or phone to an experienced vegan to help you with day-to-day advice? It is quite straightforward these days to switch to vegan versions of most things, like ice creme, plant milks, creme cheeze etc. – but having a vegan buddy can make it easier! Good luck!

  9. S Daniels Post author

    it's not difficult to become vegan, it's really easy if you put your mind to it – it just needs some thought and why shouldn't you be taking the time to think about what you are eating – people are lazy, they don't want to think about what they are eating they just want it 'there and then' in front of them! Stop saying to yourself 'it's difficult' 'I can't do it' – of course you can, it's so easy to be vegan in this day and age, just needs a little 'thought'!

  10. Hannah Patch Post author

    This video made me cry :'( Those poor creatures! No innocent creature deserves to suffer and die like they do. Go vegan! If its too hard try going vegetarian first. After watching this I'm going to try vegansm again. I am determined. Ty for the video. More people should go vegan x

  11. AmericanWarrior1776 Post author

    No animals are killed by a vegan diet… Well save for the insects killed by insecticide, the birds and and small animals killed from poisoning after eating those insects, the fish killed when the insecticide is washed into the rivers and ponds, the rodents killed by tractors during harvest. More animals die from producing plants than meat….

  12. AmericanWarrior1776 Post author

    @VeganSocietyAmanda Still doesn't change the fact that more animals are killed farming plants than meat.


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