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QUESTION:

What is your opinion on veganism and vegans?

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11 comments

  1. I think killing animals just cause they taste good is (clearly!) wrong but I don't really wanna put in effort to change it so I just eat them anyway since they're already killing them. I'm the type of person who doesn't even vote cause I don't think it'll make a difference so it's hard for me to see how not eating a dead piece of meat is gonna make a difference.

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    1. Uh... just in case that sounded sarcastic like I'm making fun of people who don't care about important things and are just lazy and stupid by comparing to the voting thing... I just wanted to clarify that I was being sincere...

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  2. Hi! I've been a vegan for almost 10 years for ethical (and more recently, environmental) reasons. There are a lot of us on campus!

    It's a bit late to join this term, but we have an awesome and very active veg club on campus: https://www.facebook.com/UWVegeration/ You don't have to be vegan/vegetarian to join, by the way! We regularly have cooking classes, potlucks, play board games, and go volunteer at an animal sanctuary once a term.

    I think that sometimes people think negatively of vegans, because there used to be a very vocal, kind of mean minority who didn't really think about what kinds of activism were effective (and how to not be a jerk), but a lot of us are completely normal.

    I personally used to not reveal that I'm a vegan unless I absolutely had to because of prejudices people used to have against veganism, but that seems to be lessening now (or maybe I've just stopped caring about what people think?). Anyway, I've also come to realize that by being open (and not pushy) about it, hopefully more people will alter their lifestyles (if they can, barring medical reasons) to be more compassionate.

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    1. edit: I wrote #2 in kind of a rush. I hope it all makes sense!

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  3. Absolute nonsense. A heathy vegan diet is incredebly difficult to attain. The health affects of red meat are highly debated and personally I function much better on a diet high in animal fat and moderate to low in carbs. Ethically I think it is slightly hypocritical to eat meat and not have ever killed an animal your self. This has caused me to start looking into going hunting. Hunting was a part of many cultures for thousands of years. Often with strong ties to notions of spirituality and masculinity. I understand the perspective of those who take issue with the treatment of animals on comercial farms but, at the risk of sounding cold, the availability of affordable meat is more important to me than the feelings of animal as mindless as cows.

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    1. It is slightly hypocritical to criticize the methods of commercial butchers if you eat meat and have never killed an animal yourself. But if like me you don't give a flying fuck about the conditions of tasty animals, you're being entirely consistent.

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    2. "Ethically I think it is slightly hypocritical to eat meat and not have ever killed an animal your self."

      Dafuq?

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  4. My parents are vegetarian (close enough) and they insist it's healthier. I disagree though because you don't get nearly the same amount of energy from dinner or lunch so they are constantly snacking on junk food such as chips. I've called them out on it before but they just brush it off.

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  5. Meh, it's a personal choice, you do you. But personally I disagree with all three of environmental, health, and ethical reasons for it.




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  6. There are several studies that have shown that plants can feel a form of pain and can even emit distress signals when they are being harmed. Therefore it stands to reason that if you're vegetarian or vegan to try to eliminate suffering, you're failing. Plant life is treated with even more disrespect than animals because they can't express pain in the same way we and animals can. How does that make you feel, vegetarians and vegans? In short, the only way to not cause suffering to another living thing is simply to die.

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    1. We just have to wait for transhuman technology that will allow our bodies to harness solar power directly.

      I just hope those photons don't emit distress signals.

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