By Jonathan Allen | April 4, 2015
Being vegetarian or vegan is about making positive changes. Huge ones. For the animals, for your health, for future generations and for the environment.
It is choosing to not contribute to the industries that we know are exploitative, cruel and damaging.
When I was 16, I worked in a supermarket butchery for a few months. At the same time I was considering going vegetarian and had already cut my meat consumption down to just chicken.
When I left that job, I finally eliminated chicken from my diet. I came to discover that a lot of us have the privilege to go plant-based and supplement our vitamin b12, iron and omega 3 in a variety of ways that are not derived from animals.
I don’t believe in free-range farming, because to attach the term ‘ethical’ to exploitation and killing is a contradiction.
As consumers, we have a choice in what we put in our mouths and on our bodies; it is more conducive to be vegan and contribute efforts to organisations dedicated to helping animals than it is to support pseudo-ethical farming practices.
At the end of the day, you are still eating an animal that has been slaughtered against its will. How is that ethical?