I was watching the world news today which got me thinking about all the people living in poverty in far away countries with little to eat. Many of these people have to hunt fish, small animals, and even things like snakes and bats to eat or else they will literally starve or be malnurished. Unfortunatly these people do not have the luxury to just drive down to a Whole Foods type store and buy soy meat like we do. Wouldn't it be a little unfair to hold them to the same expectations we put on ourselves as vegans. It would be like telling them if they didn't grow it in their own dirt than they can't eat even if it means starving. These people depends so much on the nature around them to survive. Now I am completely against how animals are treated in western food production and I know animals are also cruely treated in far away countries as well. But I feel it is a little unfair to ban the consumption of animals all over the world especially to those whose only alternative is to starve. Does anyone have any thoughts about this, I am just curious to how other people feel about this.
My opinion is if they must eat to survive and they can't plant ANYTHING, and as long they kill ONLY to eat and the don't torture the animal, I GUESS that is surviving. I just think that we should get a group together and send them so e good, earthy, vegan food.
Being a follower of eastern philosophies I don't see animals and humans as being equal. I think animals should be respected and not harmed--but that doesn't mean that being a "vegan" means that I value animal life more than human life. If a bear attacks a human I would harm the aggressor to save the life of the human. And if someone was starving in a foreign country--I would understand their need to kill an animal in order to survive. I have spent time in Tibet, a very spiritual country, and I can see how no vegetation can grow in their region. Tibetans live off of yak products and barley because that is all that is available to them. It is presumptous of us and out of touch with reality to assume that everyone in the world has the choices we have. Being able to be vegan is a luxury that is not realistic for most of the world.
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