I’m now two thirds of the way through my first month as a vegan and am all set to continue, hopefully for the rest of my life.
This week I have hit a new dilemma as preparing meat for the children to eat made me feel physically sick to the point of retching.
I always said that lifestyle choice should be down to the individual and I never had any intention of forcing my views onto my children.
Veganism is not about food. It is a way of life, a philosophy that underpins our existence.
As such, it cannot be imposed but must be accepted as rational truth by each person who dedicates themselves to ending the slavery of animals for the benefit of humanity.
Being humane, being human.
I have no wish to indoctrinate others but I would ask readers of my blog to educate yourselves and make informed choices.
There are practical reasons for wanting my children to be vegetarian as a minimum. We throw an awful lot of food away. If the children became vegan or vegetarian then we could use up leftovers and do more batch cooking.
My children have eaten several vegan meals in the last few weeks and I think they would easily be able to get the right nutirents to support their growth. My fears are that I don’t want to enforce a choice on them. I don’t want to make their lives awkward when others are tucking into sausages at parties or school.
Veganism is still seen as different and unusual. Food brands and restaurants are making an effort to be more inclusive but choosing to be a vegan in our current society is life limiting. Labelling is grossly inadequate and inconsistent. Opinion is the media is unflattering at its kindest.
In the news this week, they have been discussing the planetary diet which significantly reduces the amount of meat and food that we eat for the sustainability of the planet and human race.
I am fully aware that there are controversies and problems associated with veganism in terms of farming methods and the militant actions that some take. I have written before that as humans we should be kind to ourselves just as we should to animals.
Thinking of the harm we cause to animals is not a pleasant topic. I thought that 20 years of vegetarianism had made a difference but by continuing to consume animal products I was still perpetuating the killing process.
My dilemma is that if I showed my children the images and videos which haunt me, they would choose veganism, or at least vegetarianism, instantly. However, I believe they are too young to see the cruelty that we inflict and want to protect them. At the same time, I want to protect their future health and that of the planet by reducing their meat intake. Yet my children are individuals with the freedom to choose their own way in life, to find their own happiness.
But don’t all children of all species deserve the same…?