and say that vegans claiming the high ground is like religous people claiming the moral high ground on things like gay marriage?
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Hmmm I eat eggs and milk products but I don't eat animal flesh. And, I find it saddening how many people think vegans are pushy maniac animal worshipers. One day I would like to either 1) go vegan or 2) raise my own meat and have my own chickens (milk isn't a necessity) so... as soon as I take the step from vegetarian to vegan, I'll become a self righteous animal right's zealot?0
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Well, I could go into biology as did @hellionthesage already, but I'm not an expert in this field, so I'm gonna put it into very simple words. See, even if I grant you that eating animals or their byproducts is ethically wrong (or at least questionable), believe it or not: I can live very well with that. I can live with that without feeling bad in the slightest. Why? Because I do what I believe lies in my power to do.
Let me give you an analogy: climate change. Now, I come from Switzerland, where people don't fight about silly questions such as "is climate change real?" as they do in America. As an educated person I know about the dangers of climate change and I try to act against it in my daily actions. However, my mom has a work colleague who takes this to a whole different level. This woman set it in her mind that she wants to live as impact-free as possible. She doesn't own a car, she only uses public transportation (which is one of the best/densest in the world in my country). She never goes on vacation, although she'd have the money for it. She doesn't turn on the heating in the winter. She never takes a bath, she only takes quick shower and only with cold water. etc. etc. Now, I admire this woman very much. I really do. I am truly impressed by people who can be so disciplined with themselves - and planet earth will certainly thank them. However, I just can't do it. I want to live cautiously and I do care deeply about mother nature and our environment but I don't just want to exist. I want to live. I want to have some fun, you know what I mean? This is why I try to find a perfect balance in everything I do: can I enjoy my life and still do the right thing more or less? As for climate change, there are several things I don't do. For example I don't own a car. I also don't have anyone who gives me rides. If my destination is in another city, I always take the train. If it's within my city, I ride my bike (my best friend so to speak, I use it daily). The majority of the food I eat is organic. I try to eat seasonal. I try to safe water and energy etc.. However, I do love travelling. It's one my greatest passions. This is why I do fly quite a lot (1-2 times a year). I know it's a bad thing to do, but it's an important factor of what makes my life worth living. It makes me happy. That's why I do it. With eating animals or their byproducts it works very similarly for me. I do watch out quite a lot what I eat. As I already said, I mostly eat organic food,2
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