This is my first post on a critique of a digital story, selected scholarship, more academic. To be honest, I’m not entirely sure I understand the perimeters of this assignment. Since my blog focus for this course is my vegan journey, I am going to seek out digital stories related to this topic. Blending vegan journey and academics is where I get a little lost. Here goes, if I missed the point of the assignment, I’m sure someone will let me know.
The link above to a digital story that makes the argument that there needs to be a distinction between veganism and a plant-based diet.
As I am still very new to living a vegan lifestyle, so I am eager to take in as much information as I can. The article was effective in sharing the information, to make the reader think about the topic. As I think about the distinction between them, I am a bit torn.
Veganism is a broad term to incorporate; not eating animal products, not wearing animal skins, not using products that were tested on animals, and not going to places that enslave and exploit animals.
People that eat a plant based diet, are looking for the health benefits of such a diet but might not be concerned about the well fare of animals. I did say “might”.
This is where I am a bit torn. As I am learning more and more about the treatment of animals in farming industries, I feel more and more passionate about treating animals with compassion. I am realistic in my thinking that there will always be people who eat animals, but the way these animals (raised simply to be consumed by humans) are treated shouldn’t bring stress and pain to the animals. I think that these animals should also be feed the diet they are designed to eat, meaning grass not grain and able to live outside of a tightly enclosed space. I am also concerned about animals that are used to be tested on. This too upsets me and I have started to purchase products that are not tested on animals, again no needless stress and pain on the animals. Do I wear leather, no not purposely, but with knowing that animals will most likely always be raised for food consumption, I think that all parts of that animal should be used. Again, if there are people that will always eat animals, there are going to be people that wear leather. Have compassion for these animals and make the most of the loss of their life. Does this mean I’ll purchase leather, no absolutely not but others probably will. I also enjoy going to zoo’s and such. I of course want these animals treated kindly and are in an enclosure of decent size and they have proper water, shade, etc. These animals should also have good veterinary care. Do I want to encourage putting animals into zoos, not necessarily. Capturing animals and enslaving them just for the sake of having a zoo type place for the public, is wrong, but there are animals that need good homes because they can’t go back into the wild. A zoo or animal sanctuary can help these animals live the rest of there lives in a safe place. Allowing visitors to these places, helps pay the bills to feed and care for the animals. I guess I’m somewhere in the middle of being a full fledged vegan and just a person eating a plant based diet.
This one page article that has information on both sides definitely was thought provoking. The writer presented the topic in a way that was knowledgeable and open minded, even bringing in a social aspect. He talked about how many celebrities ‘go vegan’ only to eventually revert back to eating animals after a period of time. Celebrities are not the only ones that go vegan to just end up being an ex-vegan down the road. It happens. Like many, many things, this topic is not black and white. There are many sides. I keep saying it, but I strongly think that no matter what side you are on; meat eater, vegan, vegetarian, plant based diet eaters, you should educate yourself. Then make your choice based on what you have learned, what you believe. Doing something just because a celebrity does it or because its the ‘cool’, ‘trendy’ thing to do, isn’t a good enough reason. We all have the ability to choose, so choose what is right for you.
I’m going in the direction that is right for me. Obviously, I have opinions that aren’t always in one direction on this topic, but that’s just it, they are My Opinions. There is no right or wrong, just choices. Go make some, preferably educated ones. My that’s your choice.