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Why Truly Compassionate People Are Not Yet Vegans

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Every single compassionate person on earth, experiences the same thoughts with the knowledge that an animal has been killed. That feeling is sadness.


He feels sadness for the animal who had to endure pain and whose life has ended. If it's a young animal, we mourn for the mother or father. If it's an adult, we are sad for the offspring or wonder about the lifelong mate. If it's a pet, we feel sorrow for the humans who will forever miss their companion. Those with compassion, mourn the loss of a life.

  • A momma raccoon lays dead on the side of the road hit by a car.
  • A baby rabbit screams while it is being killed by coyotes.
  • A horse that has become lame, is shot.
  • A beloved old dog, full of cancer, is euthanized to end his pain.
  • A frightened, young male cow is shot in the head, then, once fallen, has his throat slit.

When I said that every compassionate person on earth has the same thoughts of sadness when an animal is killed, I really did mean it. Omnivores do not, necessarily, not lack compassion. They lack awareness.

Omnivores who are truly compassionate human beings, are lovers and protectors of cats, dogs, horses, pets of all kind, wildlife of all kinds. However, they are not necessarily lovers and protectors of animals that are currently being used for the consumption of humans.

Omnivores, who are truly compassionate human beings, simply have not given the time to ponder the shortened life of a cow or a pig or a sheep that is being raised for slaughter. They give no thought to the life that once belonged to that piece of flesh in the grocery store aisle, tightly wrapped in cellophane and neatly packaged.

Imagine this.

Immediately after birth, the calf, is taken from his mother. He was the product of forced rape. Humans tied her to a cage, so that she had no choice but to become impregnated. She is kept alive solely for the purpose of making milk. In order to keep making milk, she must keep having babies - all of which will be taken from her directly after birth.

For days, she mourns loudly for her offspring for many days, and then she mourns silently, while her body continues to producing milk that was meant for her stolen calf. She is impregnated again when her milk supply gets lower, after about 60 days, until the next birth, when again, she gives birth. The cycle continues.

She is given hormones, to make her udders unnaturally large and heavy, for the purpose of producing even more milk.

After many cycles of pregnancy her offspring being taken life and her milk taken, she is shipped to the slaughterhouse where her throat will be slit for her meat.

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The newborn calf that has been taken, has been moved to a new facility. He is given a commercial milk replacer because the milk from his lactating mother that was naturally meant for him, is saved for human consumption. The calf will also be raised in a cage where he is chained to restrict his movements - the purpose of which will prevent him from getting too lean and too muscular.

Normally, he would live 20 years, however, when he is about 4 months old, he will be taken to the slaughterhouse. His tender, young meat makes him a desirable commodity.

Once at the slaughterhouse, the terrified fully young calf, and those that have been raised along side him, all know their fate. The sights and smells make it obvious. Without hope, they scream with fear. As bad as life in a cage was, the young baby calf still values and wants his life. But it's taken. Like his mother, he is shot, and then his throat is slit.

His flesh now sits, tightly packaged in cellophane, with other pieces of flesh around him. The stories of the flesh of the others around are equally depressing, yet different.

The kind and compassionate omnivore is simply in denial, whereas the vegan is aware and once he decides to become educated, changed.

Big business, societal 'norms', marketing, misinformation, parental values and even peer pressure - at any age, may prevent the compassionate omnivore to prevent the compassionate omnivore from educating himself on the issues surrounding the mass production and death of animals for human consumption.

Even after deciding to come to terms with the truth and deciding to learn the truth... even after finding it necessary to watch videos from a slaughterhouse, the compassionate omnivore may once again, slip into denial.

But not for long. The truth will play on the mind of the compassionate omnivore. When looking at the neatly packaged piece of flesh in the grocery store aisle, tightly wrapped in cellophane, the images of the cow in the slaughterhouse, her blood spilling on the floor as her throat is violently slashed will come back to mind.

The piece of cooked animal flesh in front of them will no longer be something they find palatable.

The difference between a vegan and a compassionate omnivore is awareness.

The difference between a vegan and the compassionate omnivore, who has decidedly become aware, is just a matter of time.