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|I am an 11th grader living in the United States. I enjoy many television shows, movies, video games, and books, and waste my time obsessing over them. My drawings are generally traditional, but I recently began getting back into the digital medium. I am always willing to talk and am rarely gone from the computer for more than 12 hours.|
Hi, guys. I've been gone for a while, but this is something that I would really like to be read.
I’ve recently chosen to become a vegan, and I want to share my reasons for this decision. I would greatly appreciate if people were to read this, because I feel it’s something I want people to understand.
I am a vegan because, in short, I refuse to support a system that is sustained by cruelty. I want to stress in the beginning that I believe that every person should make this decision by themselves, and it is something that an individual should weigh their morals internally. So please know that I am not judging anyone that chooses to consume animal products. My personal morals happen to outweigh the comfort and ease of consuming animal products. However, I should also state that I won’t just accept excuses like “it’s too expensive,” because it’s really not. Many breads? Vegan. Potato chips? Vegan. Many crackers? Vegan. It CAN get expensive, but it really doesn’t have to be. If you weigh your morals differently than I do, then accept that as your reason rather than excusing your decision with excuses.
But anyway, back onto my reasons. I’ll start at the beginning, when I decided to become a vegetarian. I decided to do this because I couldn’t condone the act of factory farms. Animals are being kept in truly revolting conditions, and my conscience couldn’t stand having my comfort be at the expense of archaic cruelty. I set the rule for myself that if I couldn’t kill an animal myself, or I couldn’t go to these factory farms and look at the animals, I couldn’t allow myself to eat meat and profit off of the system.
I was happy with this for a long time. I thought I was now in a system that worked. But, I’ve recently had to face the uncomfortable fact that, as long as I continued to consume egg and dairy, I was still supporting the cruel and twisted system I was when I was eating meat. Because dairy cows/egg laying chickens are put through the same conditions, except they are made to live out their lives suffering instead of being killed. I asked myself the same questions I did when I became a vegetarian- would I be able to go to a factory farm, look at all of the animals being de-beaked, taken from their mothers, kept in suffocatingly small cages, and overbred and live with myself? I decided that I couldn’t.
Now, I’ve also heard the excuse several times already that I could just “eat/drink from animals that were well treated” by purchasing grass-fed milk and cage-free eggs. While I definitely, DEFINITELY urge people to do this if they decide to consume animal products, I have a counter point. While a vegetarian, I ate food at restaurants. I ate pizza from pizza joints. I ate candy with chocolate. I can almost guarantee to you that the dairy and egg from those foods were not grass-fed cows and cage-free chickens, because treating the animals well is not the default. If someone can get an official statement or proof that a restaurant DOES do this, please correct me, but I would find it difficult to believe because it’s just not cost-effective.
So if I was a vegetarian, I’d still be supporting animal cruelty. And I just can’t condone the system, especially when there are just as many delicious vegan substitutes that I can choose from. It’s the same reason I don’t buy and skin products unless they say “cruelty-free” or “not tested on animals.” Because I don’t believe that animals should be tortured and killed after they’re determined to not be productive. So this is my reasoning. I’d love to share vegan recipes or have conversations with anyone who wants to. Thank you for reading, if you have.