I Don’t Like Animals, But I’m An Ethical Vegan…

For the lady who said to me “To be honest love, you are preaching to the wrong person. I’m not a fan of animals and I like the taste of meat”.

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For those of you who have known me for a long time, you’ll know I have never been an ‘animal lover’. I was never into dogs, cats, or wanted a pet- I was more into Barbie and Disney princesses. In fact, as I got a bit older I even joked about being Cruella De Vil

It’s hard to believe this now, because I have been vegan for over two years and have started to take part in vegan outreach and animal activism events. Yes, for most of the vegans I know, they are vegan because they are ‘animal lovers’ and they don’t want to see something that they love suffer in anyway. The thing for me is, I don’t really ‘love’ animals, I never have and I probably never will. If a new born puppy and a new born baby were brought into the room, I wouldn’t look twice at the puppy and go straight for a cuddle with the baby. And yet, I’m vegan?

What I am trying to say here is that, when you see something suffering you know it is wrong. You could probably go as far to say, you can hate someone but still want to help them if they were in pain. Call me a raging hippy all you like but we all know that humans don’t like to see suffering. Take a look at how angry we get when there is a world disaster, and yes I’m sure there are a lot of you who eat meat, dairy and eggs but were outraged by the Yulin Dog meat festival. But, you were outraged because there was suffering being inflicted upon a helpless being, human or other.

The sad thing is that, these meat, dairy, egg, and fashion industries are so deeply engrained into our society that people prefer not to think about the suffering that actually goes on. So we only think as far as meat and cheese coming in a packet, not that it is or has been taken from another being. The media makes this very easy with ‘happy meat’ and ‘free range’ and ‘humane slaughter’. We don’t want to see, even think about the suffering of these animals that we consume, because we know that it’s wrong.

That’s why, I think, you get people like me saying they are ‘not a fan of animals’ to justify their consumption of animal products. But I don’t think you can really use it as a justification. The connection is still there. You can still empathise with suffering even if it is the suffering of something you do not ‘love’.

So, if you really ‘love’ animals and still eat them and their bi-products you might want to have a re-think. An if you are not really that bothered like me, do you want to be the kind of person who supports suffering of any kind?

13 Reasons You are a Commitment Phobic Vegan

So you’re a vegan. You’ve been persuaded by Gary Yourofsky’s ‘Best Speech Ever’, cried at the horrors of Earthlings, and been outraged by the facts presented in Cowspiracy. Yet, your vow to never eat animal products again has never followed through. Lets face it, it’s hard being vegan, and sometimes you just really want some cheese on your chips that’s not made of tofu.

 

1) Don’t lie, you’ve all been on one of those guilty midnight cheese runs… but sorry, who actually likes vita life?

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2) That leather jacket you waited ages for and got for your 16th birthday… It’s vintage darling!

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3) Also the French don’t understand vegetarianism, let alone veganism.

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4)And then there’s those pesky biscuits Mary brought into the office.

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5) Do prawn crackers at a Chinese restaurant reaaaaally count as fish?

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6) And FYI that wine your drinking… most likely isn’t vegan, it’s got some sort of fish bladder in it.

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7)And you know what tastes really good with wine…

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8)Until the next day when you realise most pain killers aren’t actually vegan.

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9)This is when Freelee would tell you that Raw Till 4 will cure all of your bad habits.

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10) But it’s okay because you only binge out once in a while, and you still just want to eat ALL OF THE VEGETABLES.

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11) Because you don’t want Tim Shieff to be like

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12)  And that would be bad because Tim=Vegan God.

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13) But in all seriousness do your bit and don’t get too worked up about being 100% ethical, life is too short.

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All About That Bass, Yay or Nay?

The new hit artist ‘Megan Trainor’ has captured the eyes of many with her supposed ‘body positive’ song, ‘Bass’ being used to mean bum. Her lyrics include ‘I see the magazine, working that photo shop we no aint’ real’ and ’cause every inch of you is perfect, from the bottom to the top’. Well, I can safely say that she won’t be congratulated on her grammar any time soon! However, these lyrics do raise awareness to the impossible standards that magazines and celeb culture impose on young people.

However, she still uses her body, and male attention to show her worth ‘boys like a little more booty to hold on at night’. This is not really liberating young people from the pressures of body image, instead it is just creating a new standard. You could say that Megan is simply jumping on the back of this new ‘booty culture’ in which artists like Miley Cyrus and Nikki Minaj have started twerking for entertainment purposes. This was once used in traditional West African dances rather than a method of performance or a publicity tool. Some may say that twerking is not sexist because women are constantly shamed for revealing their sexuality (aka, slut shaming). However does this new fad harm the younger generation? As someone with a sister of 9 years old it worries me that she could be singing lyrics about her arse! More over I have a friend, who is currently working in a primary school and she states that girls and boys between the ages of 5 and 12 are constantly singing along to Minaj’s ‘Anaconda’: lyrics include ‘my anaconda don’t want none unless you’ve got buns hun’. Of course to us, it is obvious that she is singing about sexualised body parts. However, I hope that these children are naive enough to believe that they are singing about musical notes, snakes and baked goods.

Not only is Trainor appearing to be jumping on the bandwagon with this ‘booty culture’ she is criticising girls who are slim: ‘you know I won’t be no stick figure silicone barbie doll’ and ‘go ahead and tell those skinny bitches that no..’ This really doesn’t seem any more body positive than the magazines that she is criticising, you could say that she is simply reversing the standard of what is acceptably ‘beautiful’. On a lighter note I feel that Lily Allen’s ‘Hard out Here’ comments on the issues surrounding ‘booty culture’ and body image in a humorous and captivating manner.