In a landscape of farm animals and wide scaping countryside, Chipping Campden is a location of undeniably tranquil beauty. However no one would consider the implications of what some of us would consider tradition. The act of being vegan not only eradicates the formerly mentioned meat and fish but also all other animal by-products and thus classes it as the most ethical diet known to man. The reasoning behind it is that the product of an animal belongs to that animal and I, as a human, have no right in disrespecting, oppressing and degrading that animal to gain what originally isn’t and was never meant to be mine. In this series of articles, I will be creating a framework to reason veganism and educating those unknowing of it.
Shockingly, only a small 3.25% of people in the UK would categorise themselves as either vegetarian or vegan in 2016 which, as a young, British born advocate for the well being of animals, I find this statistic haunting. Although in our culture we preach for the freedom of animals, there seems to be a double standard leering in the shadows of our moral code. Why kill one animal and protect another? This is a question constantly raised in the vegan community and as Gary. L. Francione once stated “if you love animals but find veganism extreme, then you are obviously confused about the meaning of love”. As a society we have become accustomed with the methods in farming such as slaughter and enslavement that throughout the decades have been sugar-coated as free-range and ‘ethical’. Yes, you may argue that these free range animals have lived in what some may consider suitable conditions however the premature nature of their deaths argues a different side to all farming. That it is an unnatural and highly macabre method of food production which is unnecessary to gain a fulfilling and beneficial diet. The opposite to this is a diet supported by leading dietitians, as well as research showing it can prevent the three most deadly cancers, macular degeneration and cardiovascular disease. Although seemingly radical in its views, veganism is something that effects every single element in my life and is something I am extremely passionate about and hence forth I hope you can join me in my journey as a young and passionate vegan.