9 Products You Should Stop Your hypocrite Vegan Friends From Using
Maybe I’m stretching an argument too far, but only because Pizza Hut and McDonald’s won’t tell you this. Nietzsche has written, “People don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed”. Our civic life is based on pleasure-seeking activities, and so we leave no stone unturned to ensure we have all the fun. From justifying cinematic voyeurism to remorseless nationalism, the popular argument is that we should respect an individual’s pursuit of pleasure. And if hedonism were all that we minded, there wouldn’t have been a problem. The trouble lies when the popular narrative makes an individual guilty of his or her liking, in the name of humanity and ecology.
Going vegan is fashionable. From lip balms to leather shoes, and pharmaceutical drugs to hair-conditioner shampoos, the consumerist market is a pro in selling animal waste. But a large section of compassion-ridden society feels consuming flesh is a sin.
They will quote religious dictations, or appeal your sense of sympathy towards the mute animals to prove your guilt. Nietzsche wept when he saw a horse was whipped mercilessly by his master, the myth continues. And when terrorism has become a cult, when Paris is washed with acid, your friends will find all ways to turn vegetarian between meals.
This post is not about ridiculing the good-intended vegans because not long back, I have been one myself. Besides, I don’t have much patience to communicate with superstitious people. Nevertheless, for those who feel guilty about consuming meat, it is my duty to expose the hypocrisy we live in.
For selfie-taking puritans who compete to conserve animals
Before figuring out some prohibited food for your vegan friends, let’s also recall that veganism has far less to do with your character than with your biological conditioning. Apparently, Hitler and Gandhi both were vegans. At his dining table, Hitler would describe the tyrannies of slaughterhouses but would not mind arranging the gas chambers. Gandhi feared he might be committing a grave sin by partaking in a non-vegetarian milk diet but that didn’t stop him from appealing Indian soldiers to join world war 1. The trouble of a modern thinker is not what path to follow, but whether to follow anyone without self-illumination. Who will judge who?
The pursuit of pleasure will always bear a shadow of pain. Nobel Prize winning novelist Coetzee writes: Pain is truth; all else is subject to doubt. And most of the arguments against non-vegetarianism revolves around the pain inflicted on animals. But are vegans sure they aren’t harming animals?
Here are the 9 products most vegans don’t see anything to do with animal cruelty.
1- The Dark Side of Cheese
From pizza to dosa, cheese has become essential to many cuisines. The place where I come from, no buffet can satisfy our appetite if Paneer items are missing. Coagulated by adding an enzyme called Rennet, (extracted from the gastrointestinal tract of animals), cheese is a rich source of proteins, fat, Phosphorous and calcium.
How do you suppose the enzymes are extracted? Let’s leave that horrible description to some other day. Discussing animal rights while consuming cheese-flavored potato chips, that’s a description we need to take up for the moment.
2- Milk and our amnesia
No, it can’t be true. Agreed that cows are instrumental in inciting riots, but what’s animal cruelty got to do with milk? Especially in a country which patronizes cows so much, cows suffer terribly so that milk becomes a regular diet for humans. Not just emotional loss (when baby calves are separated from mothers just after one day of birth), but also healthwise by depriving them of their mother’s milk. If the babies are females, good. What if they’re not?
Gandhi understood the case perfectly well. Those days, veganism wasn’t as popular as today, and yet he made a vow not to consume milk, eggs/meat for the entire life. In his old age, when doctors worried about his health and urged him to consume milk, he strongly declined their offers. However, upon his wife’s insistence, he later switched to goat milk. Why? For the tautologically scientific reason that his vow was not to take cow/buffalo milk, it said nothing about goats.
3- Strawberry drinks from Starbucks
Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.-The Strawberry Fields
Almost unapologetically, Starbucks admitted that it uses crushed parasitic beetles to color it’s strawberry drinks.
Would you like another strawberry juice the next time you hang out?
4- Heart-friendly edible oils
Not so friendly for animals. The Vitamin D they have comes from Lanolin, a common animal wax, borrowed from the sheep. What about the Omega-3 acids? They’re extracted from fish oil.
5- A Pig in a Poke
We’ve already spoken about cows. To ensure political correctness, I must include pigs, the riot-inflaming animal in Moradabad. Here’s what they suffer at the cost of peace.
6- I’m not Sugar coating it
Am I insane or am I insane? Sugar is derived from cane juice, what harm can it possibly do to animals? Think again.
Apparently, sugar cannot be processed without some animal cruelty. Cane sugar juice is produced after passing it through natural carbon, which is bone char. That’s why sugar gets its white color. Any idea how we convinced the animal to donate their bones for this purpose?
7- The dandy with a piece of candy
Every child is fond of it. It is made using gelatin, again derived from animals. Gelatin is produced when we process cow/pig bones and connective tissues to extract collagen. Being an organic thickener, candy bars like Starburst and Altoids are the commercial translation of animal cruelty.
Now suddenly the pseudo-animal lovers have begun revolting against it, and so gelatin is replaced by starch. Where does starch come from? Plants. But seems our apathy against cruelty is restricted only for zoological species, it is perfectly okay to cut down trees for food, as per the popular argument. Richard Manning asserts how we have destroyed the planet with our over-ambitious agriculture plans. that a wheat field is a clear-cut of the grass forest.
For now, help your vegan friends with a list of vegan-candies recommended by PETA, if only they care.
8- Beer: Helping ugly people have sex since 1862
Not much of a strawberry-fan, are you? Never mind, what about Alabama Song? The lyrics :- For if we don’t find The next whisky bar I tell you we must die.
A must-have for all cool-party animals, wine consumption is good for the heart. “Beer is made by men, wine by God” quotes the medieval German theologian Martin Luther.
Whether God or man, you will need fish bladders (isinglass) to clarify your drink. Leaving aside what fish think about it, it’s high-time you asked your vegan friend to check if their booze is vegan.
9- Cosmetic products: What You Like — When You Like
When I asked how she coped with break-up, my ex-girlfriend said, “I won’t cry for you, my mascaras is too expensive.
Whether we choose to cry or not, the cosmetic industry seems to misunderstand the extension of personality part. Snopes reveal that nail polish and mascaras are made using fish scales. Scratch more and you’ll discover animal carcasses to be the common ingredient in moisturizers, lipsticks, foundations, eye makeup. And I bet you already knew that sunscreen and lip balms cannot be manufactured without putting shark liver oil in them.
No one can deny the presence of Lanolin in shaving creams. Most men can’t clean themselves without using sheep-based animal wax. Besides that, anti-ageing creams use Vitamin-A rich retinol, easily derived from animal body. With many alternatives to retinol available, it’s your duty to inform your friend about these six cruelty-free anti-ageing creams.
And the list can go on and on. Even the strictest vegan cannot deny the sorry case of animals in pharmaceutical industries. From Carmine to Insulin, and Heparin to Vaccines, modern human sustenance will end epidemically if we stick to our agenda of not consuming animal-derived products.
I am not technically qualified to decide if our agriculture alone can support human food demands. Nevertheless, I would never pass judgments on non-vegetarians without estimating the agro-economic downfalls if the diet is restricted to plant-based diet alone.
Choosing between Hitler and Gandhi?
If I cook meat, I am racing towards increasing worldwide conflict, uncontrolled environmental imbalance leading to unprecedented global warming, bringing leftist fears in the bloodiest colors. Of course, if I am rich, it doesn’t matter much, but poor people can’t escape the epidemics and famines that will follow my carnivorous instincts.
Taking the counter situation, we can hope to end most of the antibiotic resistant infections worldwide, if we choose to become vegans. We know some 14.5% of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions is solely attributed to the meat industry, which is a grave concern even for the nihilist lobbies. But shouldn’t the holier-than-thou vegans realize the chaos they are triggering when 1.4% of world’s total GDP comes from livestock production? Are we prepared to witness the havoc where 1.3 billion people turn jobless if the world turned vegan overnight?
Recent analysis of historical propaganda have revealed that Hitler wasn’t a vegetarian after all. In fact, he loved eating stuffed squab, which is pigeon. And Gandhi got goat milk to sustain his health, albeit reluctantly. Sure there must be a middle ground for us who want to conserve our planet and yet not rob the people off their jobs of livestock production. Let’s start first by dismissing the propaganda fuelled by extremist vegan lobbies and check ourselves from funding organizations which offend the public health. Also, we can think of finding alternate methods of producing meat, particularly those which involve methane-releasing ruminants such as goats, cattle, sheep etc.
Soon we’d be entering 2050 when the population is predicted to touch 9,8 billions. If we wish to accommodate 10 billion humans on Earth, it’s high time to begin allocating the resources in a strategic sense.