First, Alex Chernavsky made me spit my Amaranth Flakes and Almond Milk (unsweetened vanilla) this morning.
"As an eternal omnivore, I get a small, secret little thrill when one of my vegetarian or vegan friends breaks down and eats fish, meat, poultry or dairy."
"To me, Miltner's sentence is roughly equivalent to saying, 'As someone unfettered by any sort of moral code, I get a small, secret little thrill when one of my pacifist friends breaks down and shoots someone in the head.'
There should be no joy in seeing someone abandon their principles."
I might not have said that, or that way, but it certainly is striking.
"You mention dog attacks, but you don't mention that more ppl are killed by horses than exotic pets, that habitat destruction is exponentially more detrimental than collection for the pet trade, and that almost all animals live longer in captivity than in the wild. Exotic pets are easily sensationalized – that is why they are in the news."
There's a lot in there that begs for deconstruction. Anyone . . . anyone . . .
"Do humans even have the right to make other living beings into objects of production that we can kill even when it is unnecessary to do so, merely for our pleasure?
The words 'animal rights,' 'vegetarian,' and 'vegan' are some of the most mocked and emotionally loaded terms in our language, even in very liberal circles. One has to wonder if a multibillion dollar meat industry hasn't had a part in making these words and the ideals behind them seem so laughable to so many people.
Soy has become the new evil food, and it is often said that vegans and vegetarians are hypocrites because they eat processed foods that are bad for the environment, and their diets are pretentious.
In fact, many of the studies that show negative effectives of soy are funded by the meat industry, and it is often ignored that the reason soy is so damaging environmentally is because the vast majority of it is grown to feed factory farm animals — this is the soy that is destroying the rain forest.
It's flattering that people think that the demands of vegans could be the cause of such huge global effects. However, it is not the small number of vegans and vegetarians who are misusing soy — it is the meat industry and the millions of omnivores who eat their products."
The comments for this article, though they do contain a lot of the usual nonsense, also have some gems to use in conversation, and all in one place. Check them out!