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How vegan are you?

I guess this question boils down to why are you vegan in the first place?  I was ovo-lacto until I found out my son is lactose intollerant so I switched us over to vegan diet with great results so far.  But I do believe that eating meat (not dairy!) is healthy occasionally, just not on a daily basis.  So I decided to take the stand for myself and my son that as long as I kill the animal myself (as in hunting and fishing) then it is okay to eat meat, and eggs are okay if I raise the chickens myself so I know they have a good life.  Of course, I don't have a fishing liscence nor a hunting liscence, nor do I own chickens, and I can't own chickens because of where  I live.  I am strick to not support the meat dairy or egg industry due to the horrible cruelty that goes on.  I am not going to give them my money, because by doing that I am in essence doing it myself!  But if I fish in a river and catch the fish, the fish had a good life, free, lived as a fish is supposed to live, and I kill it, then I will be sure to kill it as quickly and painlessly as possible, and I will be respectful of it and it's feelings. 

I think part of the reason I feel this way is because I love fishing, and I love to eat the fish I catch, it is one of my very pleasent child hood memories and I want to raise my son the same way, to be respectful of what you eat.

Does that  make me a horrible vegan?

... I'm wondering how many people who are vegan on the basis that they should not kill or cause harm to life are also against abortion for the same reasons?

Oh, aggplanta-- now you've gone & done it! Before we go down that road, check out the *16 pages* about this very topic at that was a good go-round, but I'm not sure I can bear to do it again!



Aggplanta, I think your abortion reference sort of came out of left field, frankly. I was following along with your CJD references (this is one of my favorite arguments against eating meat--hear me UK?) and then BOOM. It's there. I'm not sure I'm making the connection. Check out the other thread, and let's keep this one streamlined!


As for myself I'm pro-choice and vegan. Perhaps someone else would see that as hypocritical.

Read the other thread... there are plenty of pro-choice vegans about! Basically, humans are incredibly diverse, and even within a narrow slice of the social strata (i.e. those who value food ethics/ veg*n lifestyle) there are many views represented. You are neither hypocritical or alone in your standing on this issue; there are good-hearted vegans (like there are good-hearted omnis) who see this issue from broadly divergent perspectives. Such is human nature.



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