Cheap and easy option

I’m writing partially in response to Rudi’s ‘Tofu with that?’ story (Echo, Mar 4) and also to the pro-vegan graffiti that has been recently appearing around town.

I am 21 and have been vegan for a number of years and just wanted to ask people not to be put off by some of the young vandals in this town, some of the accompanying more offensive graffiti, and their disrespect for property. Like most vegans, I choose the lifestyle for all three ‘categories’ listed in the article: ethical, environmental and health reasons. I’m asked pretty regularly why I’m vegan, and my answer is always of ethical nature; I couldn’t even watch an animal be slaughtered for my meal, let alone do the deed with my own hands, and therefore don’t believe I have the right to eat one. I don’t believe that anyone who could not watch an animal be slaughtered has the right to eat meat. And as Paul McCartney once said, “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian.”

If you see any validity in this proposal, I agree with Max Success, find Earthlings on the net or watch Meet Your Meat at peta.org. I thought the ‘Tofu’ article failed to clear up a common misconception that veganism is hard. It’s actually very easy. It’s easy on your health. It’s easy on your wallet. It’s easy on your conscience and your karma. It’s easy on the animals and it’s easy on the planet! You will never know what you’re missing until you try it.

Oliver Wilcox

Girards Hill


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