Vegan Chocolate – I’m Kind of an Expert
The vegan movement started with a few people, but it’s grown into something bigger than anyone could have imagined. People are starting to realize that animals don’t feel pain or suffer from disease. They’re just objects used for food. And they shouldn’t have to pay for our pleasure!
Nowadays there are many vegans out there who believe that animal products aren’t good enough anymore. There are even some who go so far as to say that no one should consume any animal product at all.
I think it’s great that people are becoming aware of how wrong their ways of living are.
But what happens when they actually start eating meat? What if they decide to eat dairy products? What then? How do we react to such changes in lifestyle?
Well, I’m going to tell you how we react. I’ll give you my own personal experience as well as those of other vegans around me. Then we’ll see which way is right for us all.
What Do You Think About Eating Meat?
When I was younger, I didn’t really care too much about eating meat. I don’t know why. I just never really thought about it. It wasn’t until I saw a video of animals being slaughtered that I realized how horrible it was.
I remember getting sick to my stomach as I watched a man take a metal pole and hit a chicken over the head until it died. He then twisted its neck until it snapped and proceeded to do this to multiple chickens without any hesitation at all.
I never really ate meat after that. I thought about it from time to time, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. It felt wrong somehow.
I didn’t really consider myself a vegan at first. I just avoided meat and ate whatever else I wanted.
I started to learn more about the meat industry and became increasingly more sickened by what I learned. I decided that I didn’t want to contribute to such cruelty anymore and I became a full-fledged vegan.
Now I consider myself an Animal Rights Activist. I wish to bring the animal industry to an end and save as many animals as possible.
What Do You Think About Eating Dairy?
When I stopped eating meat, I also stopped eating dairy. It wasn’t really that hard since I never really had a big sweet tooth anyway. If anything, I started eating more vegetables than ever before!
I learned that the veal industry is actually supported by the dairy industry. If you stop drinking milk, you ultimately stop supporting baby cow enslavement and slaughter.
I think if everyone thought about it, they would realize that milk is really baby cow blood. Cows produce milk with nutrients for their children. So think about that the next time you go to drink a glass of milk.
Sometimes I wonder if humans would kill baby humans the way they kill baby cows. Probably not, because look at all the dairy products they sell! If people thought that chocolate ice cream was made out of human babies, I doubt if they would buy it.
What Do You Think About Eating Honey?
I used to love honey. It’s so delicious on some toast or mixed into a bowl of oatmeal. But once you learn how they take it from the bees, you’ll never want to eat it again.
I mean, I guess I understand that humans are predators and all of that. But humans don’t normally kill more than they need to.
You see, bees make more honey than they can actually store and eat themselves. So if they have a big harvest one year, they’ll naturally have a smaller one the next. But humans come in and steal all the excess honey without respecting the bees’ ability to replenish.
The worst part is that they smoke the bees out of their hives first. This causes the bees to become confused and fly in a disoriented way. If they run out of honey, the bees will eat their reserve supply of pollen which gives them diarrhea. This makes them more likely to get caught in their hives and die.
If you care about animals at all you won’t support this cruelty. You also won’t want your food products associated with it.
What Do You Think About Leather?
This one is more debatable. I know a lot of people like to wear leather, and it isn’t inherently obvious that animals were harmed for it like in the honey or egg industries.
However, the leather industry is pretty sketchy. There have been instances where animals were skinned alive to produce “white” leather. This is especially common in countries with less regulation and poorer working conditions.
Another major issue is buffalo and bison skins. It is estimated that over 5,000,000 buffalo/bison are killed every year for their fur. This has contributed to the near extinction of this animal.
I think you should avoid leather if you can, but I don’t think it’s as bad as eating chicken or cow.
What Do You Think About Honey Bees?
I actually have a separate article about bees on this website. Check it out!
What Do You Think About The Fish Industry?
I used to love tuna fish. My mom and dad would always buy it for me in bulk from Sam’s Club since it was so cheap. I know from researching all this stuff that I can’t eat tuna anymore. It makes me sad because it was one of my favorite foods!
Tuna is an apex predator, so it does not have many natural predators itself. This means that fishermen can drain the oceans of them without having much effect on the tuna population. This is bad because if the tuna population gets too small, it leads to a phenomenon called “fishing the bottom of the barrel”.
When you fish the bottom of the barrel, you end up catching all the smaller fish that eat plankton and whatever is left over. This results in a major loss of food for other sea creatures. It can also lead to a phenomenon called an “ecosystem collapse” where there’s nothing left to eat and everything starts dying.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium has a guide that lets you know which fish to eat. Here’s the link to it:
What Do You Think About Honey?
Honey is made from bees using nectar as a food source. When a bee gathers nectar, it goes back to the hive and puts it in a special part of the hive called the “honey sac”. The honey sac slowly drips until it becomes honey.
Honey is a pretty good alternative to sugar. It’s great on lots of breakfast foods like cereal or even pancakes. It can also help with allergies and it has healing properties. I definitely still eat honey, but only the “organic” honey that comes from wildflowers.
I actually have a jar of it in my room!
What Do You Think About Silk?
There’s a major problem with silk: the silk industry takes advantage of insects and spiders. Silk moths and spiders don’t exactly have great lives while they’re alive.
So, I recommend against buying silk because of the conditions the insects are kept in. It also takes a ton of energy to process it. You would be better off buying cotton, which is much more sustainable.
What Do You Think About Ivory?
Elephants don’t even have an enemies besides humans. Man has been taking advantage of these gentle giants for thousands of years.
Ivory is mostly used for decorative purposes. It’s pretty obvious that elephants shouldn’t be killed just so people can have pretty things.
What Do You Think About Medicine?
Just because a drug has “cure” in the name doesn’t mean it actually cures anything. The pharmaceutical industry makes billions of dollars a year only to come out with drugs that often times do more harm than good.
Did you know that the drug “Vicodin” is a mixture of hydrocodone and acetaminophen?
Acetaminophen has been found to cause liver damage in only weeks of use! Overdosing on Vicodin can be even worse because it causes severe breathing problems.
The solution to all these problems?
Drink more booze!
In most cases, natural medicines work better anyway. There are lots of plants in the world that have medicinal purposes.
Why not just use those as opposed to some man made drug?
What Do You Think About Pollution?
Pollution doesn’t just come from cars! It can be caused by a lot of things like factories, power plants, and even your home!
You might find it odd that houses can cause pollution.
Have you ever smelled the gas that comes out of the stove when you turn it on?
Sometimes you might even experience a small explosion when you light the burner. This is because your stove is burning the gas, which contains things like methane and propane.
These gases can build up in your house and cause explosions and fires. Sometimes the pollutants that these cause can even seep into the ground and cause damage to the air we breathe.
But there’s more! Everything that you plug in at home, from your TV to your microwave, is all run by electricity.
Where does the electricity come from?
Mostly coal and oil. Burning these things causes not only air pollution, but it is also causing climate change.
Don’t think that you’re home is the only thing causing pollution though. Cars are also a major cause of air and noise pollution. The government has been trying to build more highways and roads in order to accommodate more cars, but this just creates more pollution.
Wouldn’t it be better if we used our roads more efficiently?
Natural gas might be a solution to our energy problems. Unfortunately, building more pipelines to bring natural gas from the ground to the power plants causes a lot of environmental damage.
What is the solution?
Researchers are working on new ways to harness wind, solar, and geothermal energy. We should start using these instead of oil, coal, and natural gas. Nuclear energy is also an option, but it causes even more problems than it solves.
What Do You Think About Animals?
Lots of people enjoy fishing, hunting, and keeping pets. These people argue that they are not hurting the environment because they are only taking what they need.
Do you agree or disagree? Why?
You’re walking down the street when you see some boys chasing a rabbit. They catch it and start pulling off its fur to make themselves a coat.
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