Being vegan makes me sometimes a walking target for criticism, judgement and questions of all kinds. The most common questions are about how I get my protein/calcium etc, but some people are telling me that I’m wrong as the humans are meant to eat animals in order to survive. “It’s about our existence and health”, they say. These people are certain that we must get all or some of our nutrition out of the animals bodies and out of the milk that they produce. Nothing personal, as they say, it is really not nice that the animals are suffering from the process, but hey – it’s them or us.
To those of you that are getting really upset now, reading all this non-sense that I’m getting here and there, I tell: please! Most of us thought that way exactly, and not even too long ago! As a child, my parents used to read me books that taught me that animals grow in a farm. Not in the nature! In a farm, man made farm. I learned, as a child, that the cows are here to provide us with milk and meat and leather, and so are the other farm animals. There were no other reason for me to think otherwise. If you will make a decent effort to remember, you will notice that our parents and teachers back then used to tell us that “the cow give us milk and meat”, and that the “chicken give us eggs” and so on. GIVE US. The animals give us. Only now I understand that the animals give us nothing. WE TAKE. And how we take! With huge suffering all the way – from birth to slaughter time.
It took many years until I realized the truth as I see it today. The Idea that not only we can have all the nutrition we need without hurting a single animal, bat also we can be much healthier and full of great energy was amazing. And that’s the truth as many people just don’t see, out of ignorance or other reasons. Most people simply believe that we must consume animals for our health; they start explaining me about this “world food chain” where we must eat animals in order to survive. I bring my opinion to the table; some agree with me and some not. But I have to admit that I see a growing awareness to the healthy eating Issue, where people realize the importance of replacing the meat with the plants.