Leave Vegans Alone!

Why is it that people can be so quick to judge a vegan when they can’t see what the non-vegans around them who are doing wrong? The articles “Animal, Vegetable, Miserable” and “Sorry, Vegans:Brussels Sprouts Like to Live Too” both target just that.

To read both articles, click the links below

Op-Ed Contributor – Animal, Vegetable, Miserable – NYTimes.com

Sorry, Vegans: Brussels Sprouts Like to Live, Too – Vegsource.com

 For both articles, “Animal, Vegetable, Miserable” and “Sorry, Vegans: Brussels Sprouts Like to Live, Too”, the central argument was that food choices are difficult to make so most humans will continue to eat animals and pay little attention to the increase in animal slaughter. From the article, “Animal, Vegetable, Miserable”, Gary Steiner had some supporting ideas of his own. He felt that most humans simply did not care and were not concerned with animal welfare. If they did care, they would learn the facts and adjust to the vegan lifestyle. However, this was not the case. He also mentioned that maybe people find it difficult to abide to the rules of veganism because the current society is so caught up in themselves that their beliefs could clash with others. Steiner, himself, claimed to have lost friends because of his animal ethics. In the other piece written by Natalie Angier, “Sorry, Vegans: Brussels Sprouts Like to Live, Too”, the argument has the same main point but focuses more on the life of plants. She compares plants to human behavior and believes that they too have similar traits. Angier backs up her claims with expert quotes who have proved that plants do indeed breathe, feel, recognize and listen. Such experts have found out that certain plants can sense and react when an insect comes in contact. After pointing this out, she concludes her argument by noting that all animals, including humans, must hunt and consume something in order to survive.

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As of late, more and more people have begun to show interest in animal care and have started to go vegan. Although, as a whole, the entire world’s population is only 0.5 percent vegan, that is still a lot to start with. So, we need to realize that there are people out there who are trying to save animals as well as trying to keep this world alive and safe. Just like in any other situation, when one person is much more different than the rest of a group of people, that person gets picked on. This is exactly how non-vegans treat vegans. It’s like people are trying to find reasons to point fingers at others doing the right thing and telling them that they are not completely right when what they, themselves, are doing is completely unjustified.

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