Wow, this is amazing! I love all his tweets, so thoughtful and intelligent. Yes, human rights and animal rights should have the same weight, there should be no "exclusivity"! Thanks girl :)
Lenna, I know right? Sometimes when I tell people I'm vegan they're like, "Oh, I can't be vegan, I'm a humanitarian." I mean, they TOTALLY go together, and you can't really have one without considering the other. If you care about people, you wouldn't let them starve while fattening up pigs, cows and chickens so you could have your "protein." If you cared about people, you wouldn't force them to work in unsanitary conditions, again just so you could have your "protein."
This is a really great video - I like the breakdown between 'welfare' and 'rights'. Very informative - Plus, he has a very good disposition about him.
Stephanie, you got the point. You know, if people could/can kill other men in the name of God, then they would kill animals in the name of humanism, evolution, higher principles, whatever they call it... BTW on Franicone´s website there is a really interesting article on why being vegetarian is not exactly better than being omnivore and why he things being vegan is the best option..
Wow such an inspiring man! In my opinion there shouldn't be a difference between animal and human rights. As long as people think killing and exploiting animals is alright then I don't think this "world peace" thing can be achieved. Some major changes in the general thinking need to be done. I'm loving your veganism related posts! :]
Callie, agreed :)Lenna, I totally agree with the vegetarian thing. You're still exploiting animals, and even if you're not eating dead animals, they're still dying just for you. Male baby chicks are killed just after birth because the egg industry doesn't see the value of their lives, and the veal industry IS the dairy industry. After I found that out, I couldn't feel good about being a vegetarian who eats animal products and decided to go all the way or else it wasn't worth it. I always think it's hilarious when people go vegetarian for health and moral reasons. Uh, exploiting animals and supporting killing isn't moral/ethical, and dairy and eggs are so high in fat and cholesterol that you can't call them healthy, not to mention that the protein causes a whole list of diseases.
Paulina, TOTALLY AGREE <3 Haha when I first started my blog I thought it was gonna be all about recipes but that's not what it's been like lately.
Stephanie, you are totally right with your opinion about vegetarians/vegans! This is such an interesting debate:) Once I saw a documentary about chicken/eggs industry and I was horrified! I tried to tell myself "Hey, they are only chicken", but I knew it wouldn´t work. Chickens are as alive as we are and there is no reason to treat them unhumanly, we just cannot justify that. Cows used for milk have as bad or even worse living conditions as those used for meat. And what is all that fuss about eating fish - why there are so many people thinking that fish is not an animal and it is ok to eat them? Open any book on biology or just listen more carefully in the biology classes at any high school and you will learn that fish is animal. Killing fish, cows, sheeps, using them for milk, cheese etc. is not neccessary. We humans hate to be used (emotionally, physically, by bosses or partners...) but we are ok with using animals to fill our cravings.
Lenna, I know right? Hah it's so good to finally meet someone who shares my opinion. I don't know anyone who has even given up meat let alone gone all the way veg, so I <3 the vegan bloggy community. Fish is just as much a sentient being as someone's dog. I can't stand it when people say they're vegetarian but they still eat fish. Is fish a plant? Nope. Then you're not veg.
You are right! And I am also glad for the vegan community here in the blogworld, becuase I know NO vegans or even vegetarians at all, so sometimes it may get a bit challenging to "explain myself" all the time :)When you see the terrible conditions that chicken breeded for eggs live in, or that fish breeded for the market live in, you just cannot turn your eyes away... When you want to live according to the ethical principles and get the health and mind benefits, you need to make huge changes. Vegetarianism is just a "half-way", and you just cannot half-love animals or be half-against killing animals in the name of food...
I like that half thing. If I ever have to convince vegetarians of veganism then I'll definitely use that :D