Pretty much my whole life I’ve grown up being open to the idea of not eating meat. Growing up people around me had been vegetarians and later vegans. So I’ve always sort of seen this truth and way of living as something very easy to understand.
You know, up until recently I never really had watched any educational documentaries on this subject. I was never really influenced by a group or movement or even a tailored understanding of veganism. So for me, really this was life, this is the way you are supposed to think. Growing up consciously aware of the issues that I now address through veganism. I never had this sudden realisation that I had to stop and change my lifestyle. Because for me it was always just there. As I grew so did my diet and my lifestyle. So it had always been a part of me.
I have, since a young age, thought about the environmental issues that the meat industry is causing. It wasn’t until I got older that I began to become more diplomatic with my views on veganism. I began to want to spread the message that veganism isn’t just about one thing, it is many. We are not only protesting the mistreatment of animals but we are fighting to save our world from methane gas, global warming, and the greenhouse affect. That is something that has become a great focal point to me.
It wasn’t until recently I began to meet other vegans. And I had assumed that vegans all shared the same understanding of all these different issues that veganism can address. I then realised that global warming issues and PTSD in slaughterhouse workers, animal species extinction are not always issues bought to the focal point of veganism.
For me, veganism is a political issue, which needs to be taken seriously in order for all species on our planet to continue to inhabit the world in a safe and healthy environment. But I came to realise for others, veganism is a spiritual journey.
I began listening to environmental activists and global warming specialist and I wondered to myself my animal agriculture was not being mentioned as one of the top leading causes of global warming. Are these people fighting to end global warming also vegan?
I’ve seen a lot from vegan activists exposing the cruelty within slaughterhouses and the ill-treatment of animals in many different situations such as cosmetics. Then, on the other hand, I have seen many climate activists discussing carbon footprints produced by electricity, cars and coal industries. Yet I rarely see the two coincide. Whilst I admit climate change is a fight vegans are working towards I find that it is not the main focal point of veganism and is often pushed down the list below animal treatment.
I then decided to watch cowspiracy, with the thought that its focal point will, of course, be animal welfare. Although to my surprise the documentary focused on global warming and how much impact animal agriculture had on this issue. It answered all of the questions I had held in my mind about environmental activists.
This issue that seems to be in plain sight with the correlation between veganism and climate change is that climate change charities and environmental protection professionals do not want to address the issue of animal agriculture. It is clear that these charities and professionals do not want to talk about the issue because their focus is numbers. They need people to join them and with numbers, it shows success within their charity and business. People are not willing to change a part of their life so drastically and as we see continuously people choose their own pleasure over accepting the truth. Therefore, these companies will not ask that of them. And like cowspiracy sheds light upon they are very unwilling to address the animal agriculture’s role in global warming.
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