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Social Justice Reasons to Become Vegan
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Social Justice Reasons to Become Vegan

Choosing to become vegan is a big step in someone’s life. Although everyone has their own reasons for doing so, some people opt for being vegan because of the social justice frame involved. There are several people, to begin with, who now call the mistreatment of animals “speciesism”, a new term that most still aren’t aware of. This means much more than telling people to eat healthier, to support the animals, or to prevent cancer. This is a movement that encompasses many forms of injustices across the globe.

The companies that abuse animals are definitely using living beings as slaves and profit from them. Even though the vegan’s target is animals, we know that corporations also do this to humans and our natural resources; therefore, any action that speaks out against corporate greed is beneficial to all forms of abuse, slavery and environmental destruction. Speciesism is about human’s superiority in the circle of life, but this belief goes beyond humans vs. animals. Any form of discrimination stems from people thinking they are better than other living creatures or humans.

After, there is the problem of malnutrition across the planet. The feed used for animals meant for human consumption worldwide is enough to nourish the entire planet three times. In the US, the cattle (not chicken, nor pork, or any other animal is included here) alone consume enough to feed the entire continent of Africa. If Americans stopped eating meat, Africans would no longer starve! Furthermore, a large part of the grains meant for livestock comes from people living in third world countries; their farm land is confiscated or purchased at laughable prices since they very often don’t understand the cost of life and wind up living in miserable conditions on the outskirts of large cities. Most are aboriginals who only know farm life or, worse, still lived in the wild when their forest was clear-cut (as is the case in the Amazon). They are at a loss when they are forced to move to cities; they end up on street corners, begging for food and money.

With time, loss of space and resources will only increase violence. Some say that the planet as a whole has no choice but to become entirely vegan to continue living. If not, wars are predicted – that’s right, oil will no longer be the reason to take up the arms; food will be the last big war, some say, right after water.

To top it off, working in a slaughterhouse is considered the most dangerous manufacturing job that exists. Of course, there are jobs that are still a bit more dangerous – mines and the army come to mind – but when a mix of dying and suffering animals, along with sharp objects, is what is involved, one can understand why this could be a safety hazard.

Veganism is the answer to several of the world’s major problems. Let’s continue to promote the fair and compassionate diet!

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  1. Veganara
    Veganara
    Voted. Very well-expressed and compelling Annie! As you say, veganism is really a movement for social justice, it is not just to save the animals, but also to save people and the planet. I have written about all these things too in my previous blogs, but I think you have encapsulated it all better in this blog! I always remember an American Indian proverb (often quoted by vegans and environmentalists) which goes: " Only when the last tree has been cut down; Only when the last river has been poisoned; Only when the last fish has been caught; Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten. " You may have heard that before. What we have to do is try to make people aware of these issues BEFORE it gets to the point where they have ravaged all the world's resources! You reminded me of that with your comment that the last great war on Earth could be over food.
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  2. Daniel Garcia
    Daniel Garcia
    Vote #4. I would agree with Veganara that you really wrote a compelling post. As a person who lives in a developing nation aka third world country, I have personally witnessed this migration from rural to urban setting you speak of. "Furthermore, a large part of the grains meant for livestock comes from people living in third world countries; their farm land is confiscated or purchased at laughable prices since they very often don’t understand the cost of life and wind up living in miserable conditions on the outskirts of large cities." The price of land here where I live is roughly $10 per square meter. When my dad bought it, it was about $4. The neighboring mountainside used to have a settlement of about 1000 hectares - a whole community was relocated and they got paid 100,000 Pesos each (Roughly $2500) up to 1,000,000 Pesos ($24,600). They were given a vacant lot to relocate on aside from the cash remuneration - but the thing is they didn't know any other livelihood aside from foraging and cutting down trees.
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  3. Mark T
    Voted! Great post SnakeWitch! What is your source for: "The feed used for animals meant for human consumption worldwide is enough to nourish the entire planet three times." I would love to use that.
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  4. moregreensplease
    moregreensplease
    Well put.Wow, I'm fired up!
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