In 21 days, 2 young women have single handedly spared the lives of 8 chickens; 7 fish; 5 lambs; 5 cows and 1 octopus. Quite a feat, don’t you think?
You might be wondering how they accomplished this. Did they break into slaughterhouses and free some beings destined for a life of slavery? Trespass on a farm and smuggle some adorable lambs out in their car? Attack a fisherman holding a few fish captive in his net while they wriggle and writhe?
They renounced meat.
Yep. That’s it. In an effort to live a healthier lifestyle, after being raised and conditioned to eating meat all their lives, they simply went cold turkey (excuse the pun!) They bravely experimented with nutritious vegetables; superfood smoothies; heaps of hummus; vegan lentil burgers and refreshing fruit salads. And they LOVED it.
Both Heidi and Zahida reported weight loss, more energy, and a faster metabolism, coupled with a newfound love for and interest in alternative foods. Listening to them talk about food and health is like hearing my own thoughts being verbalized sometimes.
People go vegan for many different reasons. Sometimes they’re imitating celebrities, the likes of Jay Z and Beyonce, or they’ve watched Earthlings and are now put off the idea of eating meat again. And some do it for the health benefits, like Bill Clinton. The reasons are irrelevant. The fact is those people are not eating animals anymore, and that’s what counts.
I know many vegans who are against trends like ‘Meat free Mondays’ and get up in arms about people not eating meat one day of the week, but continuing to do so thereafter. Would they rather those people eat meat on Monday instead, to remain consistent? Is it only vegans who are allowed to not eat animal products? I find that logic rather extreme. I prefer to live by the philosophy that every little step taken towards non consumption of animals is a win in the books for veganism and animal rights. Most importantly it’s a win for the animal that gets to live.
So, next time someone asks you for advice because they want to be vegan, even if just for a week, put aside your judgment and disdain against them for eating meat, and instead, help, teach and nurture. If you can’t do it for your own peace of mind, do it for those happy, free and alive animals. Because veganism is not about us, it’s about them.
“It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living, by its purely physical effect on the human temperament, would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind.” ― Albert Einstein
“I did not become a vegetarian for my health; I did it for the health of the chickens.” ― Isaac Bashevis Singer