This is going to ruffle some feathers (corny I know) but I’m not “vegan for animals.” Matter of fact to be honest, I hate that term and I’ll explain why.
See, my reality and the collective reality WE have experienced is going to deter us from having an attitude of that nature. I like animals. I like cats. I like dogs. I know animals are intelligent, have emotions, etc., and I believe they should be treated accordingly and respectfully.
I don’t have an issue with animal cruelty activists and people who choose to go vegan for that reason. More power to you. But what I DO have an issue with, is when activists treat animals as if they’re on par with human beings. That’s where you can miss me wit that bullshxt.
I’m black. If you’re gonna be an activist and protest about saving animals then you shouldn’t have any problems protesting and fighting for the justice of other human beings.
But guess what…I don’t particularly see those people KTSE when it comes to black people so I’ll pass on the whole “vegan for animals” movement.
Like this type of shxt.
What I do care about is our health. Vegan may not be the cure to a perfect lifestyle, or the solution to having impeccable health. But it’s a positive step in the right direction and encourages good habits and behavior that can be carried on in other areas to improve our quality of life.
That’s what I care about. That’s what matters to me. That’s the essence of my plant-based lifestyle. If I can help encourage my parents to make healthier choices so they can live longer, happier, and healthier than I’m happy. I’ve done well. If I can get someone else to do the same. I’m ecstatic. It’s a chain reaction.
I enjoy hearing somebody excited to talk to me about a food choice they decided to make regardless of whether it was because of me or someone else. I’m pleased that they have me as someone they feel comfortable having a conversation about it with.
It’s about growth and I’ll continue to sow seeds where I can in hopes that they take root and provide life and nourishment for others.