This is probably one of the most random posts I’ll ever write, but if you read my Dragon’s Loyalty Award post from the other day, I mentioned that it is unlikely that I will ever become a vegan. So I decided I’d write a post about the reasons why I’ve made this decision. I’d just like to say that this isn’t a “vegan-bashing” post! If you’re a vegan and you’re reading this (which I’m assuming you are), this has nothing to do with your choice of being a vegan. It’s simply a post about why I am not one.
Choices. We are bound to make a choice at some point during the day, whether it’s a what should I eat for lunch? or a more serious what am I going to do if I don’t get the grades I need? You get me? Personally, the choices we make about our diets are hugely important, but not a lot of people realize just how important. I am a meat eater, but I hate going to places like McDonald’s or KFC because they’re just so… greasy. It puts me off, and what’s worse is that the meat they use has probably come from a battery farm somewhere in the middle of Central America. I can honestly see why this sort of thing will put people off eating meat permanently, but it just frustrates me when people who happen to be vegan, or vegetarian get angry at someone who eats meat, but is against battery farming. I probably sound like a massive hypocrite.
The vegans I know have told me that being vegan is “the healthy way”, but I just find that a little bit ridiculous. It’s not always about what you eat, but how much of it you are eating. Eating a lot of red meat is bad for you. Eating too much protein is bad for you. But if you don’t have enough of these things, it is also bad for you. It’s the same with fat and sugar: too much is unhealthy, but it’s important that it is a part of your diet, because your body needs it. So I won’t become a vegan, because I don’t want to cut out a great big chunk of food from my diet, just because according to some people, it’s “healthy”.
I have a friend who physically cannot become a vegan. And I don’t think she can be a vegetarian either. Why? Because she has a severe nut allergy, which means she can’t eat a lot of the vegetarian or vegan substitutes. Being a vegan is only possible for a few people- in the Western world, we are lucky enough to be allowed this privilege of choosing our diet. But in other, poorer countries, their choice is somewhat limited. So again, when I hear vegans saying that “everyone should become vegan”, it annoys me so much, because not everyone can.
It seems that the reason why I don’t want to be a vegan is because of the attitudes of a lot of vegans. I know not all of them try and force others to change their diet, but it’s the ones who do that really bug me. I read someone’s post recently which started out about the killing of Cecil the Lion, (which I find absolutely disgusting, by the way) and they then went on to talk about how killing chickens, cows and pigs is no different than killing this amazing creature. I just want to point out that farm animals are bred to be killed. It sucks, but people do in fact need meat. We have canine teeth to prove that one. If any of you watched “The Last Leg” on Channel 4 when John Cleese was on, he said that it’s okay to kill farm animals to eat because they are stupid, and they should be eliminated as fast as possible or something, whereas lions are clever animals and the minute someone goes and kills a Lion… well. That’s not cool.
I’m not really sure where that was going. I wasn’t planning on talking about Cecil the Lion in this post… oops.
Anyway. So why aren’t I a vegan? Well, at the end of the day it’s my choice, and I don’t think that it’s something that should be forced on others. I know a couple of vegans, one of which is a friend of mine, and whenever I meet someone who is a vegan I just feel like there is some form of judgement going on when I eat something they don’t think should be eaten. Does that make any sense?
Oh, and one other thing. Vegans don’t eat honey!? Like… what the heck? I understand why vegans don’t eat cheese or have milk… but honey? Freaking… honey??? Bees are supposed to make honey! It’s not harming the animal if people eat honey. (I don’t know if you could tell, but I am a honey addict.)
As I said, this wasn’t supposed to target all vegans around the world, it is simply my opinion on the whole thing. And it is my choice on what I eat.