Great article!
Susmitha P

Hey Susmitha! Thank you so much for reading and commenting. As you would have noticed, in India, politics plays a major role in our food consumption. The right wing, especially now, heavily influences beef consumption in particular, but barring that I’m unaware of lobbying for meat in India. In my opinion, however, that’s besides the point. There are two ways of approaching this problem and changing attitudes with respect to animals: 1) from within the system i.e. working with the government and 2) from outside the system i.e. changing people’s attitudes towards our use of animals. Working within the system restricts you massively, and that is how nearly all animal welfare organisations function, as I have noted in the article. In order to truly effect change, we need to educate people and work around the societal conditioning which has largely influenced the way in which we view animals. Heck, even I was a non-vegetarian for the first 21 years of my life, revelling in voluntary blissful ignorance. Animals should no longer be considered as means i.e. food, clothing, etc. but as ends in themselves.

While there is lots to write about health and environment wrt meat, I am a vegan for ethical reasons, and would like to focus on this from the perspective of the animals. However, I would be more than happy to have a discussion on the environmental and health impacts of the same as well.