I have postponed writing about vegans for a long time, but I believe it is necessary to do this, lest you be led astray. Because everyone who is looking for ways to make this world a better place will eventually run into the rhetoric of ethical vegans.
To clarify something, “vegans” are simply those who don’t eat anything which is derived from animals, as a personal choice. “Ethical vegans” state that human being are not entitled to eat or use anything which is derived from animals, that this is unethical.
So while the average vegan has decided to live a certain lifestyle, as a personal choice, ethical vegans insist that all of humanity should follow their example. By leaving no room for personal choice, they are essentially a cult which is based upon worshipping animals.
Ethical vegans don’t see any problem with this. “Just stop eating meat and using animal products. Good for animals. Good for people. Good for the planet. Who could object to this?” Well, I do. There are too many flaws in these theories to join this cult.
A vegan diet is always an incomplete diet, which needs to be supplemented with at the very least vitamin B12. The last two million years of our evolution we have eaten mainly meat, and to change this around 100% is an experiment of which we don’t know the long-term effects.
“Vegan diets can have many health benefits, but they may not contain all the necessary nutrients. To avoid a deficiency, a person should be sure to consume a variety of nutritious plant-based foods and consider taking supplements.” Source: Medical News Today.
It is popular to state that it will tremendously benefit the environment if you stop eating meat. Save the planet. Stop global warming. Yet how effective is this strategy? Is it based upon the idea that we should reduce or stop animal suffering, or on science?
“Lund University researchers have found that switching to a vegan or vegetarian diet is minimal in comparison to other methods of reducing carbon footprint. The data shows that in certain cases developing other eco-friendly habit in many cases can be more effective in shrinking your carbon footprint than switching to the ‘rabbit food’ diet.” Source: Consumer Freedom.
Now there is a lot to be said for ending factory farming the way it is currently done. There is far too much animal suffering for my taste as well. Yet you can actually use cows to reverse climate change, as I have stated in a previous post, “Greening the World’s Deserts.”
Based on all of this, I don’t believe that the solution is to stop eating meat. And the final point about the danger of ethical vegans as a cult is actually the most important one. Anyone who is talking or acting in a way that does not agree with ethical vegans is treated as an enemy.
Hunters, cattle farmers, and advocates of a carnivore diet all receive death threats on a regular basis from “ethical vegans.” These are not exceptions, this is common practice. Like this female butcher, who became the victim of a campaign of death treats.
There is obviously nothing wrong with loving animals and choosing to stop eating animal products. There is however something very wrong with a cult which wants to tell everyone in the world how they should live, not based on science, but on an emotional response to animal suffering. Please do yourself a favor and stay away from the cult of ethical veganism.