Is eating meat really a personal choice?

Time and time again I hear people say that it’s a personal choice to eat meat. This excuse is probably the most frustrating to me because it’s just so untrue. Here’s why-

A meat eater’s diet does not only impact themselves but other individuals as well. One example is the people who live near factory farms. In order to avoid limits on water pollution, factory farms will spray the disgusting liquid from cesspools over nearby homes. It fills the air, infects people’s lungs, and makes them sick.

If that’s not enough, when compared to a vegan diet, a meat eater’s diet produces significantly larger amounts of greenhouse gasses, uses significantly more water, contributes to far more deforestation, and of course, kills billions of farmed animals and sea animals every single year. Clearly, such a diet is not just personal.

While choosing what to eat may seem insignificant to you, we must realize that this free choice is actually an illusion. We are so privileged to be able to eat mindlessly that we don’t even stop to consider the true cost of our meals, or that our ‘freedom’ means the exact opposite for so many of our fellow earthlings.

So you see, eating meat is the farthest thing from personal. Not only does it affect the lives of countless animals and humans, it affects the entire planet.

The good news is that there’s a solution. When we educate ourselves, we can use that awareness to make smarter, healthier, more compassionate decisions– like choosing to go vegan! This leads me to one of my favorite quotes from a sanctuary called Edgar’s Mission– “If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others, why wouldn’t we?”

Please share and let me know what you guys think.

 

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