Saturday, March 31, 2007

The charade of veganism part 1: Veganism's inconvenient truth

There are many in the AR/vegan movement that like to label their lifestyle as "cruelty-free". It's a term that seems to get thrown around quite a bit. Indeed, one need only Google "cruelty-free living" and links to several guides to "cruelty-free living" will be provided. But just how "cruelty-free" is the allegedly "cruelty-free" AR/vegan lifestyle? Is it really all it's cracked up to be , or are ARAs only doing lip service to the term? I think that closer analysis reveals that the "cruelty-free" lifestyle is rather hollow indeed. Consider this. Most grains, fruits and vegetables are grown in large-scale agriculture. These large farms use machinery to cultivate, harvest and process the crops. The fields on farms are often home to small animals such as field mice and birds, for example. These animals are often run over by, or get sucked up into the machinery during harvesting, cultivation, etc. Not only does this cause animal death, can you imagine the suffering involved in being chopped up alive in the bowels of a combine? Additionally, the use of land for agriculture also deprives some wildlife of valuable habitat, particularly wetland species such as waterfowl. Furthermore, grain elevators, where harvested grains are stored, employ poisons, traps, and other such methods for controlling mice, rats, and other pests. Yet more suffering and death. Finally there is the pesticide issue. Unless one is only consuming organically or veganically grown produce and grains, something I doubt most vegans do, the foods they are eating come from crops that have been sprayed with pesticides to control insects, which are, of course animals. Yet more massive animal death. The fact of the matter is, large scale destruction of animals IS involved in production of most so-called "vegan" foods. No matter how hard the AR community tries to spin it, this fact cannot be denied. In the next post, we'll look at some of the excuses and rationalizations offered by ARAs when they attempt to dismiss what is their own hypocritical "inconvenient truth".

2 comments:

Halv said...

Wow...comparing the unfortunate and unintended killing of small animals during produce farming to the fully intentional killing of animals for meat production is really stretching it. That's like saying someone who accidentally hits a deer with their car is the same as someone who goes hunting. Your getting desperate Grizz.
But your attention seeking ways continue....and sadly I'm helping it along by writing in.

MarkH said...

Actually organic farming uses pesticides too, they just use organic-approved ones. Putting up a sign that says "organic" doesn't make the deer, rodents and bugs stop eating the food.

So instead of organic chemicals they use things like sulphur, or freeze dried ladybugs to control pests.

There is no such thing as cruelty-free farming, as anyone who has actually grown food will tell you. If you don't protect the crops somehow, pests will eat it.