Before I started researching where my food came from, I frequented chick fil a weekly and considered bacon a staple of my breakfast diet. Now, my favorite food is gardein meatless chicken strips and I fly through cartons of almond milk.
The ubiquity of meat consumption and animal products makes veganism and plant-based lifestyles seem drastic. It goes without saying that although I champion veganism, I sometimes fall short of the expectations required of me, both fortuitously and intentionally. The peer pressure of friends, family, and societal normalities makes it easy to fall back on old habits. The fact that milk is an ingredient in seemingly every flavored chip brand always sneaks up on me.
But regardless of what your habits are now and how much you know (or want to know) about where your food and clothing comes from, it doesn’t take away from the truths that are being unveiled by animal activists worldwide. The #dominion documentary, which seemingly relies on pathos to get its point across, presents logos and ethos within its images that many refuse to believe is normal or standard practice. No matter how you look at it, being an animal lover is morphing into a different meaning. But the fact that “we’ve always eaten meat” is probably the number one reason I’ve heard that veganism isn’t a viable lifestyle to live. Religious and secular spheres also play a large role — predominantly the Bible that mentions “dominon” over animals and that we were gifted animals by God.
From friends and family that have challenged me and this lifestyle, saying that “its too hard”, “I like meat too much”, or “just buy organic”, I empathize with you completely. It is really hard. Of course I miss meat. I wish organic farms were as good as they are cut out to be in their marketing. But you should question your upbringing, question the norm, and look at the facts to make an educated decision on how you should carry yourself. #dominionmovement #vegan #animalliberation #animalcruelty #meatfree #animalrights