World Vegan Day, And The Reality Of Not Demanding A Vegan World

Yesterday was World Vegan Day, the day where we celebrate our vegan-ness, and there are a number of events happening across the country over the next few weeks.

It was 68 years ago that the word vegan was used, and the first Vegan Society was formed.

I have to wonder how often Donald Watson and those who formed the Vegan Society heard the excuse The world won’t go vegan overnight or whether it is only something that has gained momentum over the past few years?

Whilst I have written in previously that the vegan movement these days seems to be more about social acceptance rather than social justice[1], I recently came across the below quote by Donald Watson.

A common criticism is that the time is not yet ripe for our reform.
Can time ever be ripe for any reform unless it is ripened by human determination?

The more we shy away from using the word vegan, talking about veganism or even standing up for it, the more we admitting defeat.

Here are some of the consequences of not promoting veganism.

  • A farmer in Victoria is on a mission to create a super sheep out of six different breeds[2]
  • A company in the US has released a line of beef which it claims results in healthier animals, and meat that taste better and is nutritionally better for the consumer, including being higher in the essential fatty acid, Omega 3.[3]
  • Graham Peart, who is a passionate Merino enthusiast, and farm consultant, says he wouldn’t care if a Merino ewe had “two heads” if she produced plenty of profitable wool and lambs.[4]
  • 18,574 tonnes swt of lamb was exported during October. The highest amount on record. 5,000 tonnes more than the same time last year, and 800 tonnes more than the previous record set in October 2007[5]
  • 141,294 head of cattle were killed in the week ending 26 October 2012. This is the highest number so far this year, and only exceed by the over 142,000 number recorded in w/e 28 October 2011[6]

I make no qualms about including the figures listed above or if this article is seen as brutal or harsh.

This is a life and death battle we are facing.

The lives of individuals, who if they were able to talk, I am sure would be asking us why we are still allowing this to happen as the bolt from the captive bolt gun crashes through their skull, rendering this sentient being unconscious and unable to feel pain

As global demand for animal products increases, isn’t it time to start promoting veganism and not using animal products?

Before I hear some defeatist response about a the world not going vegan overnight, or baby steps or whatever, remember the world didn’t know it needed an iPhone or iPad until they came out, and not look at what’s happened to them.

If the 1-2% of Australians who class themselves as vegan all stood up for veganism, how much of a change would we see overnight, and in the coming days, weeks, or even months?

References:
1: AusVegan.com – Social Justice or Social Acceptance?

2: ‘Super sheep’ from best genetic mix
Retrieved 01 November 2012

3: Beef Central news briefs 1 November
Retrieved 01 November 2012

4: Peart says keep Merinos `in balance’
Retrieved 31 October 2012

5: Lamb exports hit new monthly record
Retrieved 01 November 2012

6: Weekly kill reaches 12-month high
Retrieved 30 October 2012