End Animal Slaughter contributor LAURIE TURUNEN is an artist, and is currently writing a vegan cookbook. In this short article she asks us to consider our assumptions about why it’s OK to eat meat, and urges us to adopt a healthier, more compassionate vegan diet.
Humans who believe they are nice people, yet support the kind of injustice and savagery to animals required to produce the meat they eat, really need to ask why their “niceness” is selective.
If I said I would get hold of a dog, forcibly inseminate her, take her baby away if it’s a boy and kill it, take her milk, repeat the whole cycle again until she can’t take it any more and then kill and eat her, would you think this was OK. Why then is this OK for a dairy cow?
Do you willingly support the worst inhumane atrocities to others who experience pain just like us? If you were being tortured and mutilated, kept in a tiny smelly cage, soaking in your own excrement, waiting to be violently slaughtered, would you want everyone to just mind their own business?
If you eat meat, would you be able to kill the beautiful lamb in this photo? No??? Then how natural is it for humans to be eating animals? Humans are not lions, tigers or bears so we should stop pretending we have the same instincts.
It is time for you to stop and think about what you have been so programmed to believe is necessary or ethically okay. Killing and chopping up animals to eat them is neither.
Going vegan is the awakened, compassionate thing to do. I don’t care how addicted you are to eating dead body parts or how much you believe you need them. You don’t need them and your habits are easy enough to change.
Eating low fat vegan, mainly fruits, vegetables and herbs, does the body a lot of good. For example, there are studies that show that eating heme iron from meat increases the likelihood of heart disease, cancer and diabetes significantly! It’s the non heme iron from plants, like leafy greens, vegetables, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, beans, legumes and some grains, that is the healthiest type of iron for the human body.
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine among other medical bodies support a plant based diet, and state that plant-based food is superior to meat. All plants contain protein and vital nutrients to keep you healthier. Protein is NOT the most important nutrient in our food! Even if you believed it was, there is more than enough of it in plants.
Our food should not be barbaric. Eating animals is nothing but that. If we eat meat and dairy, then it is time for you to go deep and question your heavy programming, misinformation and lies that have been drilled into you since birth.
Adopting a vegan diet is the healthiest, most sustainable and compassionate thing to do. What’s more, with so many choices now, it is easy.
Have mercy on animals and improve your own health by going vegan.