Confessions of a Part-Time Vegan
Elizabeth Spiers

Lots of good things in there.
I applaud your efforts to be health conscious and you are trumpeting the benefits.

Confusion can be lessened by using terms that are clear.

Eating “plant based” a little or more is a good thing from a health point of view. The term vegan comes from compassion for animals where one comes to the conclusion that using animals for our purposes is no longer OK for us.

Animals used, invariably becomes animals abused since stopping to be nice to them and catering to their needs reduces profits, sometimes in a big way. If we do stop and consider them it can become a slippery slope to where we can no longer use them at all. That is, once we cognite on how they are someone, not something, beings instead of things, and doing all those things that humans do; feel, elate, achieve, play, nurture, get lonely, grieve and mourn their dead, not to mention exhibit a fierce desire to stay alive.

When the realisation reaches you gradually or suddenly you find it impossible to be a part timer. You can’t be a part time parent in a full time relationship, or a part time lover when you have sworn your devotion. You can’t be a part time teacher in front of a class. ‘Part time vegan’ is a contradiction in terms. You can’t be kind to animals in the morning and then kill them in the afternoon.

So enjoy the benefits of part time plant based eating. When you open your wallet at the meat counter you fund misery and death. There is nothing part time about doing vegan. Once you decide to take part in a fun run, you stand up and you go do it. The commitment makes it easy not to stop for a beer half way, or sit on the curb and check Facebook. Saying veganism is hard is saying there is no commitment, happy to watch the runners on TV.

Call a spade a spade. Join the vegans when you see the animals for who they are and recognise the mayhem and slaughter they face as what these are: needless.