vegan

Necessity or yearning

Anglais

    In the early appearance of mankind, humans lived from farming and hunting in order to survive. The morality of that lifestyle had not been questioned at that time because the survival of the human kind depended on it. As humankind evolved, its ways and technologies changed too and with that, knowledge evolved. As a result many found ways to find all the needed nutriments for their bodies without hunting and harming animals. Some even found ways so that they would not consume animals or their products. They’re known as vegans.

Altered Perceptions

Behavior is strongly influenced by the psychological factor of perception. Tying that into the food industry, more specifically animal industry, perceptions of meat varies- specifically between two different contexts: “everyday context” (relating to buying, preparing and eating) and the “production context” (relating to primary production, slaughtering and meat processing). Consumer perceptions are not set in stone and may change, however, how and in what direction consumer perceptions alter is difficult to foresee because of the amount of complexity that drives the change. 

Evolving Your Views: Animal Waste

Dairy farms handle approximately 15 gallons of manure per cow per day.  A large animal feeding operation (AFO) can easily house over 1,000 cows per farm. Scale that up to the 450,000 varying animal feeding operations in the United States, and we have a major problem: animal waste.

Environmental Issues Posed by Meat-Based Diet

Many overlook the detrimental environmental effects their diets pose on the surrounding environment each and every day. Although one may strongly advocate for sustainability through recycling, composting, or simply producing less, many often forget the very threats their dietary practices may cause. 

Would You Eat That? Inviting Your Pet to Dinner Takes on a Whole New Meaning

Anglais

It has always baffled me that Americans are able to claim to be animal rights activists while simultaneously sitting down to a nice steak dinner. It seems to me that “ignorance is bliss” should be a slogan printed on every neatly packaged corpse able to be purchased in a super market. Namit Arora, author of “On Eating Animals”, brings up an interesting point: why are we okay with eating some animals, such as chickens, pigs, and cows, but are outraged at the idea of eating “cute” animals such as cats and dogs (p. 28)?