While the title of this article may be silly or lighthearted, the subject matter is not. The majority of humanity lives in this perpetual state of self-denial in which one claims that they love animals, but not enough to give up eating meat and/or products derived from animal suffering. What kind of love is that really? It would be equivalent to saying you love your partner but not enough to change literally anything you do for them. What people really mean when they say that they love animals is: I think animals are really cute, but I like my taste buds mean more to me than their lives.
If you really don’t care about animals, at all, and prefer your “tasty” foods, then please continue on your way with your arguably disturbing lack of empathy for other living creatures. However, if deep down you do feel love in your heart for animals, you need to challenge yourself to line up your ideologies and your actions, because what you do and what you spend your money on shows more and matters more than what you think and feel. If you like animals, don’t eat animals. If you like animals, don’t support or empower industries that keep them in tiny cages and cold, dark factories with workers who are all too happy to work out their violent tendencies on creatures who can’t speak up for themselves and have no way to communicate their harsh realities.
Let’s be clear, veganism isn’t perfect! There are food ethics issues that would span far longer than anyone would probably care to read in one post and the mainstream vegan movement itself can be hugely problematic and oppressive. Creating models for sustainable, class and race inclusive, fair food and fashion markets is no easy task. The movement certainly needs to do better, but it won’t get better if the same group of people lead, control, represent, and organize everything. More participation, means more voices, means more dialogue, means (hopefully) a more inclusive, well-developed movement.
The good news is it’s easier than ever to be vegan. Thanks to the Internet and people who care about animals, there are lists upon lists upon lists that show you foods you never knew were vegan, as well as where to find vegan foods in stores you probably already shop at. These lists, guides, and roundups are gifts from the vegan goddesses.
- Tons of Vegan Finds At Walmart
- 30 Foods You Probably Didn’t Know Were Vegan
- Accidentally Vegan Food List
- The 11 Vegan Food Hacks You Didn’t Know You Needed (but You Totally Do)
- 500 Common Foods You Didn’t Know Were Vegan!
- 13 things you didn’t know vegans can’t eat
- 9 Fast-Food Finds You Didn’t Know Were Vegan
- A Vegan’s Guide To Good Nutrition
- 30 Casual Perks of Going Vegan
- Torture and Infanticide: Why Vegans Don’t Eat Dairy
- Top 10 Healthiest Vegan Milk Alternatives To Dairy
- Your Definitive Guide To Vegan Chocolate
- These 25 Vegan Cheese Alternatives Will Make You Quit Dairy Forever
- The 10 Best Vegan Designers
- 15 Reasons To Stop Eating Meat
It really isn’t that hard to transition vegan if you have the motivation and resources available. It all starts with the first step, though, so take the step or stop saying you love animals.