Thanks for the inspiration AndyBa. Like I’ve explained elsewhere on here, I’m not very good in an argument and get crushed quite quickly. The more I believe in the issue, the more upset I get when people disagree and do not take my opinions into account. I’m hoping being on this site will help me to develop my arguments and give me courage and confidence to stick with my vegan choices.
As to why people are so threatened by veganism…it’s a difficult question. Vegetarianism is easier to explain. The animal has to die so you can eat it. But dairy products? Most people, I’ve found, justify their own actions by refusing to believe what goes on in the mass production of eggs, milk etc. They just don’t believe. Cows being continually impregnated so they keep producing milk, battery farmed eggs from stressed out, traumatised chickens, all the rest of it. I remember one discussion where the simple fact that all mammals produce milk during pregnancy, then STOP when the young grow up, was quite blatantly denied. How annoyed was I with this person who was a mother herself and should have understood that? She seemed to think cows were milk-producing machines. We never even reached the stage of discussing the quality of life available to a cow who is kept pregnant all the time. How would WE like it, for example?
The argument then seems to be ‘but if I buy free range, organic or whatever it’s surely ok?’ The concept of milk, eggs, whatever, belonging to the animal and not being ours to take is too hard for some people to get their heads round. It’s not even human food. Cow’s milk is for baby cows as human breast milk is for baby humans. I used to ask people if they would consider drinking a human’s breast milk in their tea and they’d look at me like I was mad. But it’s actually more human food than cow’s milk.
I’m waiting for the day when it is possible to manipulate the gender of the pregnant cow’s foetus. Males will be wiped out. This is quite clearly insanity.
Anyone seen the advert on tv just now (I’m in Scotland) for some yoghurt, where the cow is running along the beach and the patronising voice over is talking about helping her fulfill her dream and thanking her for the yoghurt? It makes me want to smash up my tv. Though that wouldn’t help anything much.
Anyway, rant over.