I mean, I really don't get it. While reading through my beloved Countryside magazine tonight, I came across an article written by a vegan. She was very happy that they juiced carrots and used olive oil lamps in winter to save the environment.
HUH? Unless you live next door to an olive grove, where do you think the oil comes from? Where do you think the electricity comes from that you use to juice? So I went to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vegan to see what this was all about.
After reading the article, I REALLY don't understand why vegans won't eat eggs or drink milk or wear wool sweaters. I can completely understand the idea of opting out of commercial production (heck, I'm doing that myself) but why don't they just look up their local farmer who DOESN'T run a CAFO? I'm not exploiting my chickens . . .laying eggs happens whether I eat them or not. Sheep grow wool. Does it hurt them to be shorn? Nope.
So we have all these people who are eating cheese or meat "alternatives." Gosh, a lot of them are made from SOY. Roundup Ready? You betcha. How much gas or energy does it take to make that soyburger or your soy milk? How much more pollution is belched into the air to get it to you?
Then there's this to think about: plants scream when you cut or uproot them. http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=772
Then there's the bit (in my mind) that really stands out. If you scroll down the Wikipedia article, you'll see him with two dogs . . .that I'm sure he refers to as "his" dogs (thereby refuting his own statement).
Gary L. Francione, professor of law at Rutgers School of Law-Newark, is also a rights-theorist. He argues that "all sentient beings should have at least one right—the right not to be treated as property,"
It really seems to me that the vegan movement is a result of misinformation and laziness. Sure, if you don't CHOOSE to eat meat, that's your right, and I'm not going to stomp on you about it. However, if you think you're doing it to save the environment or save those poor CAFO animals, there are other avenues open to you that would be much more beneficial.
If anyone can explain this to me, PLEASE do so. I just don't get it.