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!