News from the Natural World: Avocados from South America, not eggs from down the road – sensible militant vegan conservation ideas.
We have a new top contender for the most sensible militant vegan conservation idea. But first, we must separate militant vegans from normal vegans. Normal vegans are well-meaning humans who are doing their part to limit animal suffering and reduce their negative human footprint. However, it is the rise of militant Veganism that threatens to undermine all the good that many Vegans have done. But we’ve seen this all before, it just has another name, Religion.
Religion too has an overwhelming majority of peaceful, well-meaning followers who are trying to leave the world a better place and following the God that their culture, tradition or belief gave rise to. But militants have hijacked these religions. They sit in colossal cathedrals and mosques of great wealth and protect child molesters and tell women not to drive. It is these same militants who have taken over Veganism. They are quite simply people who love power and self-righteous ranting.
Whilst many argue that the Veganism movement has helped persuade many people to eat less meat there are others who argue that it has done more harm than good. Maybe many people are eating less meat and animal products out of guilt and awareness of what humans have done to the planet. It’s not because of Veganism it’s because they want to reduce their negative impact on the earth. But Veganism claims to have a monopoly on wanting to eat fewer animal products. This is nonsense. You can care about the planet, promote conservation, fly less, eat fewer animal products but still enjoy an organic free-range egg from the smallholding down the road. Veganism doesn’t have a monopoly on reducing your meat intake.
Avocados From South America, Not Eggs From Down The Road
But militant Veganism abhors this reasonable approach. This has clear echoes of other religions and their baseless claims that they invented morality. Catholic Christianity also claims that despite many misgivings it invented morality. Despite being responsible for the widespread and rampant raping of small boys, complete destruction of indigenous communities in the name of God and the amassing of hoards of wealth at the expense of the poor. The Catholic church still argues that “Yes but the ten commandments are good. Do not kill, Do not steal. We invented these and people would be lost without them.” What absolute utter bollocks, humans all over the globe in a myriad of self evolutionary tribes developed unique codes of ethics and morality without the help of a Christian principle. These are basic elements of human morality, you don’t need religion to recognise right from wrong.
It is much the same with Veganism. You don’t need to be a Vegan to recognise that the mass industrialisation of the meat industry is utterly horrific. Also, you don’t need to be a Vegan to know that most animals in the western world suffer terrible abuse, hormone injections, cramped conditions and a life of abject misery. Furthermore, you don’t need to be a Vegan to want to limit the suffering of animals. But you’re also not a bad person if you think that eating an egg from a local smallholding seems to make more sense than ordering loads of Avocados all the way from South America.
More Sensible Militant Vegan Ideas
Really you should never put too much faith in one group because every group is made up of humans and some humans are always going to turn into evil militants. Don’t be too quick to throw your lot in with a new group just because it’s trendy. Ask yourself is it really wrong to buy an egg from a local smallholding down the road than it is to buy avocados from a massive supermarket that has imported them from South America? You can literally see over the wall of the smallholding and see the chickens roaming around a large expanse of wild, happily pecking away and laying eggs when they please. That avocado though, where did it come from? How much water was used to grow it? How much carbon was used transporting it from a forest in the Amazon to my house in Cumbria?
If you can’t answer those questions but a militant is shouting at you that you’re evil for eating the egg then you know that maybe this group is not really the right one to be listening to. Also just ask a militant vegan how they plan on feeding the 468 million indigenous people who depend on eating animal products for their survival. They’ll say that “Well that’s ok, it’s just for their survival. But we will help them develop and eventually we will spread the vegan message. We will go over there and build Whole Foods and get them onto Soya Milk. Eventually, they will see the error of their ways and see that Veganism is the way forward.”
White westerners trying to force indigenous people round to their simplistic and one track way of thinking. Remind you of anything? A bit similar to the way western religions and missionaries went around the world and spread their message isn’t it. How did that turn out?
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