I’m going to bed with a bucket beside me tonight.
The stress I’ve experienced over the past week has reached incredible levels, and I thought it would all peak on Saturday and go away considering the events of the day. It didn’t - it continued to climb until today, wherein I walked around in a daze for the entirety of the day, burping bile and feeling dizzy for reasons I couldn’t really identify. And then I realized what today is.
Today is August 5th.
Tonight is the one-year anniversary.
I wish I wasn’t alone right now.
This is a brilliant man. Just about everything you need to know why people go vegan.
This speech. Just, damn.
Oh, fuck no.
I made it only a couple minutes in before this guy just compared the slaughter of animal for food to rape and the Holocaust.
No, asshole. Not even close.
Rape is an unlawful sexual assault meant not for sexual pleasure but instead for a power stance over the victim.
The fucking Holocaust (and other cultural genocides) were/are the systematic eradication of a specific human race(s) based on preconceived notions of racial purity and worth.
I am both a rape victim and of First Nations heritage, which means my family has been part of the cultural genocide in Canada.
I will not tolerate this shit. Even if this guy hadn’t immediately done what I expected him to (ie. compare things that are not comparable just for the sake of reaction), you should know that just because you don’t consume animals doesn’t mean your diet is cruelty-free; what about all the migrant workers that pick your tomatos for around a dollar per 27lb bucket and do backbreaking work in the sun all day only to take home next to nothing? Or the fact that thanks to “health-conscious” Western consumption, the price of quinoa has risen in both Bolivia and Peru to the point that the people who live there and grow it can no longer afford to eat their own crops and are instead subsisting on junk food (which in and of itself will introduce more health problems on a larger scale thanks to the extra processing)? How about all the people on food stamps who can’t go spending their limited funding all on produce, which has some of the highest prices on food? Oh, right - veganism is for the privileged only.
Factory farms suck, and everybody knows it. Do your best to support more sustainable food production - use farmers markets if you can afford it, grow what you can if you have access to a little square of land. Be conscious of your eating habits. Just don’t come shoving this bullshit around like it’s gospel, because it’s not.
Okay. First off, I am so fucking tired of hearing people say that it’s too expensive to have a plant based diet, or that only the privileged get to have that diet. I am a perfect example. I spend at the very most $60 a week, and that’s only if I buy Tofurky or some other kind of fake meat or cheese. The majority of the time, I barely have $120 after my rent and bills are paid for each month. Not to mention that I still have to buy food and litter for my cat. About the food stamps. I see people walk out of the store with twelve cases of pepsi, a bunch of cookies and shit, and then a bunch of frozen pre-made meals. All of that shit is extremely unhealthy or expensive. Today my girlfriend bought enough kale for three meals for around $1.50, and that was at a small business.
As for the workers; I am aware of the hard work they put in. I do as much as I can to buy from farmers markets (which I have actually found to be cheaper than the stores.) I will be honest and say you got me on the quinoa, but it’s the same exact thing or worse when it comes to farming meat. To be honest it’s all the same shit in America too. Do you see all this stuff going on about GMOs and what not?
I will say that I don’t 100% agree on the rape issue, but I do see the connection. They shove their arms into the cow to get her pregnant then snatch away the baby when they are born. I don’t know. That sounds pretty close to rape to me. As for the holocaust, it’s the same exact thing, just with a different species. If you don’t even pay attention to the species factor it’s far worse. At least during the holocaust they didn’t breed humans to eat them or constantly impregnate them.
They point of veganism is to do that smallest amount of harm possible. It’s to be the least amount of evil. If I could just eat dirt or drink water to live I would, but I can’t.
You’re tired of hearing it? I’m tired of living it. I’m tired of knowing people who go without all of the time because they can’t afford to feed themselves and their kids and pay the bills. You have to buy food for your cat? I certainly hope you aren’t attempting to be vegan with that one, because that can literally kill your naturally-carnivorous pet.
Re: quinoa - It’s the exact same thing or worse when farming meat? That assumes that all meat farming is the same, which is it not, and that all meat consumption comes from farming - it doesn’t. Starving humans and erasing culturally-normative diet is totes comparable to raising a herd of goats to feed your family with! And of course I see GMOs being an issue, but large, monoculture farming is also an issue because it unbalances the local environment, introduces foreign species, and destroys habitat.
Are you actually comparing me and my experience to a fucking cow? Cows to women? To men? To children? Fuck you. Rape ruined an enormous portion of my life. Do not compare my psychological trauma to anything else.
And the Holocaust, which I already explained as a racially-driven eradication of a group of people based on perceived value or worth is not the fucking same as an animal being raised to provide nourishment to another living thing. My family members were killed because they weren’t white and left to rot in mass graves. My people had their culture stripped from them because it wasn’t European, and to this day are mocked by hipsters who want to take our sacred symbols for fashion statements. My grandmothers have been reduced to skulls in headdresses on t-shirts. I don’t even know half of my family because residential school rape tore my father away from my grandma at birth so he could be given to a white family and erased from the status line as an indian.
You come from a place of privilege. These things you are trying to compare are not comparable to consuming animals for sustinence. You are insufferable.