Fighting for animal liberation and an end to speciesism
Please take a few moments to watch this video. I believe you will find it quite interesting.
My wife brought our daughter, Kyra, to the pediatrician a few days ago. While in the waiting room, she snapped a few photos from a book lying there. It promoted a vegan diet. In fact, it stated that, “Meat is not essential in the human diet. By understanding the nutritional value of the available alternatives, eliminating it can be easy and healthful.” The book went on to disclose the health hazards associated with meat and dairy products. It even revealed how meat is addictive. (Click photos to enlarge)
It’s no wonder that such reading material would be in a physician’s office. Any doctor who keeps up on newly released medical journals and research findings knows that humans should not eat meat. Since I became vegan, I have had two doctors praise me for my diet. Dr. Campbell, in Massachusetts, even told me that being vegan was the most healthy thing that I could do. The recent movie Forks Over Knives explores the issue in depth. It reveals research conclusions spanning over decades that has been conducted on literally billions of people. The film also explains how and why the government perpetuates the myth that we must have meat in our diet.
The movie Earthlings approaches the need for a vegan diet from a completely different angle – compassion. As Woody Harrelson says, it is “A must see for anyone who cares enough to know.” I also agree with Professor Peter Singer that “If I could make everyone in the world see one film, I’d make them see Earthlings” Nevertheless, there are those who refuse to watch it and those who refuse to finish watching it.
What the United Nations has said here is nothing new. In September of 2008 we read that the “UN says eat less meat to curb global warming”. In June of 2010, it was released that the “UN urges global move to meat and dairy-free diet”. Of course, if you have seen The End of the Line, you already know that our oceans are headed for disaster by the year 2048 and the only thing that can be done to save the planet is for everyone to go vegan.
So pick your flavor. You can alter your diet for yourself and for your loved ones so that you can live longer, you can change your eating habits because you have compassion for the animals of this planet or you can become vegan so that you can do your part in saving the world and all of its inhabitants. “Compassion and love are not a luxury. As the source both of inner and external peace, they are fundamental to the survival of our species.” – Dalai Lama
If you choose, however, to remain an omnivore despite the vast media that would encourage you otherwise, you should announce your decision. I do not condemn nor do I hold accountable those who have not been urged to watch these films or read these articles. I cannot cast blame on anyone that simply has no clue as to the inevitable demise of Mother Earth’s children; but the time shall come when the world finally “gets it.” The time will come when everyone will understand that the diet of each and every one of us has a part in the salvation of destruction of life on Earth. When this global awareness is finally reached, people will be enraged with their governments for not issuing an emergency alert much sooner. Even more, they will be livid with those who were privy to this information and yet chose to have an active hand in killing their offspring. So be open in your decision if you refuse to become a vegan. Let the world know that you are its true enemy and that, despite all your actions, you are the “inactivist” that did not change one bit where it matters most.
This is the part that really counts. This is where you show your true colors, not just to the world but to yourself as well. Are you really so self-centered that pleasure from your taste buds is prerequisite over all else? How can you rally to save dolphins, whales, turtles, dogs, cats, etc. when you are sentencing their descendants to extinction? What is your real agenda? Do you go to a protest or sign a petition because it gives you a warm feeling inside? Is your activism actually penance for the animals that suffer and die to be your tasty morsels? Or is it because you like being a part of a group and you just love the attention? In any case, it all goes back to whether or not you are selfish or selfless. We need to know. We need to know now who you really are. “We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I’m tired of hearing the petty excuses! Go ahead and campaign to save sharks or seals, but don’t try to convince me that it is nothing more than a hobby! Just be honest and admit why you do what you do, because it most certainly isn’t because you are altruistic. “You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.” ~ James D. Miles
“The most compassionate form of giving is done with no thought or expectation of reward, and grounded in genuine concern for others.” – Dalai Lama
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