Commonly asked vegan questions
In this series we debunk a number of commonly asked vegan questions that have people either not willing to join the movement or using it in an endless onslaught of questions to someone who is. If you have any questions you need answering, leave it in the comment section below.
Free-range is fine though right?
No food from animal sources are fine. Let just remember if you’re tucking into some ‘free range’ eggs you’re still eating a chickens period…. mmm tasty! Seriously though, free range doesn’t mean an animals treated well. Far from that actually.
Free-range simply means they aren’t kept in cages however, it imposes no restrictions on the environment they live in, size of the outside area, number of animals, or space per animal. Oh yeah, and they’re all still murdered. It’s just a word to dress something horrible up, just like we have the term ‘bacon’ for a dead pigs meat and ‘beef’ for the flesh of a cow.
For example, free-range hens typically have their beak ripped off at birth (imagine someone cutting your nose or dick off, not nice eh?) and only have 1 foot of space per bird which is like a human living in a 1 meter square space. Although, chickens are able to live to 12 years old they’re often slaughtered at only 1 year into their life and all male chickens are destroyed at birth. Imagine if we did this to humans, it would be a crime. But no, humans think they’re so much better and so much more deserving of life than other animals. Free-range is not okay.
But cows need to be milked, don’t they?
You’re right, they do!
Only by their children though. Do we have to go around to all the recent mum and milk them? No. So, why do you think it’s necessary to have to milk cows and other animals?
This is one of the more commonly asked vegan questions. To start with, milk isn’t just incredibly bad for your health, cause obesity, diabetes and osteoporosis but the treatment of the animals is disgusting. No animals should be locked in cages for the alleged ‘benefit’ of humans. Milk is only ever for the child of the mother who gave birth to it.
To make this more relevant, imagine constantly raping and artificially inseminating a woman just so you could collect her milk. Rape, abuse, assault etc. but if we do it to an animal who is very similar to a human, in the fact they are ALSO SENTIENT BEINGS, it’s absolutely fine. How has the human race developed to think we’re more deserving than any other life? All life is precious, humans are just arrogant (there is hope though!).
We need leather to make thing’s though, what would we do without it?
Do you really need the skin of a dead animal? Didn’t think so!
This post found on Veganuary sums it up perfectly:
Many people feel buying leather makes use of the whole animal and so reduces waste from the meat industry. However, leather is less a by-product and more a highly profitable part of the industry. Buying leather directly supports the meat industry; therefore the same ethical and environmental concerns apply.
For example, much of the softest leather comes from unborn calves or newborns, such as those slaughtered for veal, or even unborn calves. Most animals kept for leather endure the same appalling factory farming conditions as those raised for food. Even so called ‘free-range’ animals may not fare better. Indian cows are a source of leather and are transported across the country, often in horrendous conditions, to states where it is legal to slaughter them.
Leather production has a high environmental cost: to begin with, most leather is from methane-producing cows, a factor in climate change. Also, much leather that claims to be Italian is actually from ranches in the Amazon rainforest which, in some cases, have been set up on illegally cleared land. Finally, leather tanning is a highly toxic process – both for people and the environment – which is largely outsourced to developing countries that pay the price. In Bangladesh, for example, the Buriganga river, which runs through a major leather-production zone, has been declared “ecologically dead” as a result of pollution.
There you have it, if you want anymore commonly asked vegan questions answered then drop them in the comments below or get in touch over here!