Sometimes I think that veganism is an poorly thought out feeling of guilt for existing.
The main impetus behind veganism is this vague notion that as humans we have a negative impact on other species in particular and the planet in general. This makes us immoral creatures, the theory goes, for choosing to exist in the same fashion that we have lived for the past several million years. Suddenly, in the last 0.0025% of our history, killing animals for meat and clothing has become immoral and wrong. Other animals should not die to support our existence, the vegans will say.
The main problem with veganism is that it is a moral decision that tries to use health as a justification. Vegans usually deflect justifying their lifestyle in direct terms, which is to say they falsely claim they are vegans for health reasons when the truth is their reasons are morally based. I say falsely because there is absolutely zero scientific evidence to suggest that a vegan diet is the optimal choice for health. All evidence is to the contrary, that numerous other diets offer significantly less compromises to one's health. Specifically, the lacto-ovo vegetarian diet and the so-called flexitarian diet (aka the occasional vegetarian) are demonstrably healthier by any standard. There are probably several other diets that are even healthier, but none more clearly superior (if marginally so) than those two.
So the fact is that veganism is an compromise, accepting an inferior diet so as to lessen one's impact upon other animals and the planet. It is cruel and immoral for other animals to be slaughtered to support our lifestyle, so the thinking goes. Nevermind that other animals kill to support their lifestyle. Nevermind that in the wild almost all sentient animals die horribly painful deaths by starvation, lingering disease, or being eaten alive by predators ripping at one's throat. Nevermind that death by old age is a rarity in the wild. Nevermind that farmed animals are almost always killed in a quick and painless manner unmatched in the wild. Apparently vegans don't watch Animal Planet. No, in the last few decades the idea of killing animals as a part of our lifestyle has become unacceptable to some misguided souls.
This compromise has a negative impact on health and welfare. Fur is murder they say? Fur is natural, sustainable, enviromentally friendly, and as it so happens nearly unmatched for warmth compared to using synthetic, environmentally unfriendly materials. To add to the hypocrisy, any so-called vegan who owns leather products is merely buying fur with the hair scraped off. What does leather and fur have to do with someone's health? Nothing. Vegan diets are healthy and natural? No, the evidence has to be twisted into a pretzel logic knot to come up with that conclusion. Most of the so-called evidence is taken from lacto-ovo diets and then perverted to fit the vegan way of thinking. Which is to say that lying about the evidence is okay if it saves a cow from being milked or a pig from being turned into delicious, succulent bacon. Mmmmmm, bacon.... If meat was so wrong to eat it wouldn't be quite so delicious. That's how nature works.
The upshot is that if someone is sacrificing the quality of life for their own species in favor of another species, they're commiting a form of auto-genocide. Hey, if that's the way you feel then maybe it would be more efficient to put a bullet in your own brain. Or just stop having so many children. How about standing on the street corner and handing out condoms? Picket the local Catholic Church to protest their stance on birth control. Write letters to your conservative Republican congressman asking why he he'd rather export guns than birth control? But this passive-aggressive form of guilt and slow suicide must stop.
Some see a cute bunny. I see Rabbit Stew eating in the garden. Maybe we should just leave him alone and let the coyotes eat him. Or not.