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A Classic Argument for Veganism

Story ID:10252
Written by:Suzana Margaret Megles (bio, contact, other stories)
Story type:Musings, Essays and Such
Location:various various usa
Year:2015
Person:David Coats
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Yesterday on Care 2 – I read Abigail Geer’s post “If You Knew How Your Meat
was Killed, Would You Still Eat It?” It was provocative and interesting. It also
drew almost 300 comments.

I read a lot of them and many were very good in their defense of a vegan diet.
But out of all of them – I liked the one Samantha sent in quoting David Coats
from Old McDonald’s Factory Farm.

For me it is brilliant in its simplicity, truth, and clarity. I believe it will stand
on its own merits in this short post. If you are in a straddling position about
whether to make a diet lifestyle change, I think Coats’ reflections on veganism
will certainly enlighten and help. Here it is:

“Isn’t man an amazing animal? He kills wildlife-birds, kangaroos, deer, all kinds
of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice, foxes and dingoes – by the million
in order to protect his domestic animals and their feed. Then he kills domestic
animals by the billion and eats them. This in turn kills man by the millions, because
eating all those animals leads to degenerative- and fatal- health conditions like
heart disease, kidney disease, and cancer. So then man tortures and kills millions
more animals to look for cures for these diseases. Elsewhere, millions of other
human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could
eat is being used to fatten domestic animals. Meanwhile, some people are dying
of sad laughter at the absurdity of man, who kills so easily and so violently, and
once a year, sends out cards praying for Peace on Earth.”

While I could relate many more good comments, I rather just let the reader reread
Coat’s “classic.” Who could say better and more succinctly than he the many
solid reasons why adopting a vegan lifestyle makes a lot of sense? In that ONE
paragraph I gleaned SIX reasons why veganism should be sought. They are:
WILDLIFE DESTRUCTION, FARM ANIMAL FACTORIES, HEALTH PROBLEMS, RESEARCH
CRUELTY, WORLD HUNGER, AND HYPOCRISY.

And guess what- I thought of a SEVENTH reason. Have you also? Think on it, and
then scroll down to mine. I think many of you will not latch on to it on your own. I
hope I am wrong.

While reading other people’s comments, I had to smile recalling one woman’s
defense of eating meat was that we need B-12 which can only be gotten from a
meat diet. I replied to her –it’s too bad that when God made Adam and Eve
vegetarian - He didn’t know this.

Then a man questioning my reference to the Old Testament said that the world
was 200 million years old and our first ancestors were meat eaters. Wow – what
a stat! When I looked up how old the earth was –quite of few of the sites said
that the earth was billions of years old. Whether these scientific “facts” are true
or not – whether our first ancestors ate meat or not, for me at least -I think that
I will stick with the Old Testament.

And of course, I’ll stick with Coats’ rationale. It seems to me very current, relevant,
and true. And now to my SEVENTH REASON for becoming vegan. -THE ENVIRONMENT.
Did you also get it?

Re this reason -ask the people living near Toledo who this past year found their
portion of Lake Erie polluted with algae bloom – a result of the factory farm seepage
of animal waste from nearby factory farms.

Can you imagine what it must be like to suddenly not have a clean water source?
I hope the state of Ohio will address this problem so that the people depending on
a clean Lake Erie will never live through this nightmare again.

Hopefully, these 7 reasons will help people searching for a better and more healthful
lifestyle will come to realize that veganism is a benevolent lifestyle- one which most
of us will never find a reason to abandon.

And to the lady who said that we need B-12 from meat- when I recently sprained my
foot and had occasion to see a doctor (a rarity), I asked for a B-12 shot- thinking I might
need it. Wrong – a required blood test not only revealed that I didn’t need a B-12
shot but I found that my blood work was good for this vegan of 31 years. That’s a
testimonial I think anyone would be happy with, and it is all due to the compassionate
lifestyle I adopted in 1983 – thanks to the inspiration of my beautiful dog Peaches.