For those who don’t have a clue what veganism is, just take a look at the original definition coined by the English animal rights advocate Donald Watson in 1944: “Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.”
Personally, I adopted a plant-based diet first and foremost because of health reasons, but, of course, the animal rights aspect is a swell bonus to the whole thing, but I’m not, and I’ll never be, a vegan. Implementing that philosophy 24/7 for the rest of my life is impossible. If you are a militant vegan reading this, please don’t start pointing at me, screaming that I deserve to die because of my leather bag.
I used to consider my self vegan for one month when I started my plant- based diet in August 2016. Stressing that everyone should adhere strictly to a vegan philosophy is ludicrous. We all have different lifestyles preventing us from being vegan: some of us rely on non- vegan medication for survival, some of us work in a non-vegan job etc.
The second issue which irks me is the very popular term among vegans, “cruelty-free.” I can’t help myself, it ignites my anger. Guess what: there is NOTHING cruelty-free in this damn world! We all participate, some of us passively, in the oppression of humans and animals everyday. When you proudly want to call the strawberry cake you baked “cruelty-free”, think about the laborers who collect the precious little strawberries. How about their work conditions? Do you think they earn a decent wage? Have health insurance? Vacation? Enough free time to spend with their family? Is this cake really cruelty- free?
The mass exploitation of people and animals is fueled by capitalism. A small group of people profiteering while the majority of people work. To drive up their profits this small group of people seeks to produce more goods, faster and cheaper, while keeping the wages of the workers as low as possible. That means overproduction of everything destroying the environment built upon, again, human and animal oppression. My sweet little vegans, feel free to show pictures of dead animals and call it activism (have fun with that!) but nothing is going to change so long as this exploitative system is ruling the world.
Have a look at my favorite vegan dishes: