Facebook, the so-called social network of our age, asks what's on your mind, so here goes:
At the risk of irritating some, I am sick to death of people who think they are better than everyone else because they - and only they - are the enlightened ones. You get to a certain age and realise that every single human on this beautiful and desperately abused planet is flawed. I founded Viva! out of an overwhelmingly strong need to DO something positive to stop people eating animals. To end the cruelty that upsets me so much on so many levels. And I have worked very hard at it with depressingly few resources. But does that make me perfect. Ha. I think not. Just ask my sons, ex husband, friends, family and staff!
Why then do some vegans seems to delight in criticising vegetarians, more than they criticise meat eaters? I have just received yet another diatribe from a fellow vegan declaring that vegetarians are useless and involved in cruelty as much as someone who has done nothing. This is destructive and quite simply wrong.
I have given public talks to many thousands of people, fielded thousands of questions, organised god knows how many vegan events and campaigns and I know that almost everyone changes their diet through a process of gradual change.
No surprise here my friends, that almost everyone gives up meat, then fish then dairy and eggs... hardly mind blowing information when we all know that most children are taught to eat animals from the people they love and need most in the world - their mum and dad. Then eating animals is reinforced by friends and schools. My sons have just started food tech at a secondary school and are the only veg boys in their classes.
Vegetarians do not eat baby lambs, sheep, calves and their knackered mothers turned into burgers and pies, lobsters more intelligent and complex than most of homo sapiens even begins to comprehend. Crabs, fish, beautiful fish, dolphins, whales, dogs, cats (as they do in S and N Korea and the Philippines etc), chickens - god there are almost one BILLION of these bright stars killed at 6 weeks old after a life in factory farms in the UK, piglets and their worn out mums (my favourite animal - yeh know I shouldn't have one), ducks (water babes incarcerated in soulless industrial sheds), prawns (what do we really know about their world), turkeys (I could go on and on about their beauty after homing the passionate and curious Bertie)...
My point - we have enough against us, everyone who is reducing meat, fish and other water animals, eggs, dairy, vegetarians, vegans... embrace each other, encourage, congratulate, understand, help, just support. N'est-ce pas? Just GET each other and be friends. And you are not perfect. No one is. OK so that's what was on my mind. Juliet xxxxx