How to Stop Letting Culture Determine Your Diet + Vegan + The Fight
If you had to kill your own meat every time, would you?
When you purchase a product, you tell the manufacturer to do it again.
1. Meat Eating Culture
Do you tend to not give this a second thought because of the excuse : “It’s too hard to go vegan?”
- Each year, U.S. Department of Agriculture–managed programs spend $550 million to bombard Americans with slogans such as these urging us to buy more animal foods. Although people in every age group already eat more animal than recommended and far more than our forebears did.
- Consumption of meat and dairy products, especially at the high levels seen in this country, can cause cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and a host of other illnesses
- Animal food producers impose $414 billion in hidden costs on American society yearly. These are the bills for healthcare, subsidies, environmental damage, and other items related to producing and consuming meat and dairy products. That means that each time McDonald’s sells a Big Mac, the rest of us pay $8 in hidden costs.
- In the last 15 years, two-thirds of American farmers didn’t receive a single penny from direct subsidies worth more than $100 billion—the funds mainly went to big corporations. The subsidy money spurs the growth of factory farms, which are surprisingly bad for local economies.
The 23,000 factory ships that patrol the world’s oceans have destroyed one-third of the planet’s commercially fished species. They also indiscriminately kill and discard 200 million pounds of non-target species, or “bycatch,” every day. Because of such colossal destruction and waste, the United Nations says fishing operations are “a net economic loss to society.”
- Farmed fish live in the same stressful, cramped conditions as land animals, and concentrated waste and chemicals from aquaculture damage local ecosystems.
- Connecticut, for example, legalized maliciously and intentionally maiming, mutilating, torturing, wounding, or killing an animal—provided it’s done “while following generally accepted agricultural practices.”
2. Why Reuse & Recycle
- No piece of clothing is fully sustainable or a perfect example of what “responsible fashion” looks like — there are many forms of sustainable fashion, all offering unique benefits and drawbacks for people and the planet. Do your research, understand which issues matter most to you, and do the best you can, when you can, to take steps in the right direction. Together, we can transform the fashion industry.
- When you buy an items pay attention to the packaging and think of ways to use it.
- Clothing designed and manufactured with human and/or animal rights in mind. Brands that produce these products usually prioritize a transparent supply chain and often encourage the preservation of cultural heritage through craft traditions.
- By 2050 there will be more plastic than fish
- Instead of purchasing the food containers are messengers reuse glass food containers that you buy from the grocery store.
- Clothing that is mended to preserve its original form, or altered to create an entirely new product, all with the goal of increasing the longevity of the products’ lifespan. These products slow the resource-intensive manufacturing cycle by using materials that already exist to create something new, while keeping materials out of the landfill.
- Try to avoid single use products like paper and plastic ware
- They recycled goods that you know have been recycled and not just because they have a recycle sign on it
- The US sends a BILLION pounds of used clothing per year, making it out 8th largest export!
- Fashions consumptions of resources, especially water and oil, is projected to double by 2030
Captive fishes have been known to recognize the humans who feed them and ignore those who do not. Balcombe recalls a pinktail triggerfish named Furchbar, for example, who learned to pick up a pebble with his mouth and tap on the glass to get his owner’s attention around feeding time—demonstrating not just interspecies communication but also tool use
3. Sea Animal Eating Culture
Many feel it’s better to eat a seafood diet, thinking that by switching from land animals to sea animals is better and they don’t have feelings.
- NPR: In his new book, What A Fish Knows: The Inner Lives Of Our Underwater Cousins, Balcombe presents evidence that fish have a conscious awareness — or “sentience” — that allows them to experience pain, recognize individual humans and have memory.
- “Their bodies are shaped differently, their eyes don’t blink, they’re bathed permanently in water and—while they make lots of sounds underwater—we don’t hear them because they’re transmitted in an aqueous environment,” Balcombe says. “But they are sentient creatures with the capacity to feel.”
- Fish are also quick learners, with strong memories. Despite the enduring “three-second memory” myth, even goldfish—which can live up to 40 years—can recall exact colors and locations of specific feeding tubes up to a year after exposure.
- For example, cleaner fish, which remove dead skin and parasites from other fish, can recognize up to 100 regular clients of various species. They even can remember when each client had their last appointmenta
Pigs are kept in a tight caged up up square where they can barley move squeeling for their lives and shot in the head. These mindless evil people talk down to them as if they were nothing and treated in a murderous way as if they enjoyed thr process of their death.
5. EARTHLINGS DOCUMENTARY
EARTHLINGS is a 2005 American documentary film about humankind’s total dependence on animals for economic purposes. Presented in five chapters (pets, food, clothing, entertainment and scientific research) the film is narrated by Joaquin Phoenix.
WHEN I TELL YOU THAT 15 MIN LATER INTO THE MOVIE I COULD NOT WATCH IT I mean I was balling my eyes out. So I was like I’m just going to listen to it.. It was just as bad if not worse because my imagination went wild!
Although I’ve seen other documentaries and was Vegan way before watching them…watching these documentaries reinforces the reason the going vegan is more than just health reason but rather for the animals. Documentaries such as:
The Game Changers
What The Health
Forks Over Knives
Earthlings (by far the hardest one to watch to personally )
Chickens also have families they have feelings aside from instinct. Free range doesn’t mean they are not murdered in torturous way. There beaks can be taken down so it dont turn in to cannibals because of how ill mannered they are caged up they are.
Our dependence on them is ironic..
- Pain is Pain
- They all die from pain
- Just because they are less intelligent doesn’t mean they don’t fell pain
- Like us they express and grief and emotion
- They are strong and intelligent
- They have the right to be here just as humans do
The Conclusion and What You Can Do
Over consumption of animals has led to artificial hormones, synthetic fertilizers, over crowded slaughter houses, growth stimulants, and more.
If you’re concerned about the creepy marketing, environmental damage, health risks, economic problems, or ethical issues that plague the meat industry, you can take action immediately. Make a choice to buy less meat (including fish) and fewer eggs and dairy products—or better yet, give them up completely. It’s one of the most powerful things that you can do.
Remember leather is dead skin and 25 million animals just in the US are killed for in tortured death not excluding execution for their fur.