Here on Thought For Food so far, we have primarily focused on the health and nutrition side of living a plant based, vegan lifestyle. While that was initially our impetus for adopting this way of living, we quickly developed an awareness of greater social and environmental issues that are at stake as a result of our food choices. We now consider the three main tenets of veganism: Health, Ethics, and Environment. Today on the show, we focus on animal ethics and welfare, which is the primary reason we both continue living this way.
Like Jackson talked about in his conversation with Lisa Rimmert about activism, our goal with TFF is to provide information and education in a way that isn’t dogmatic or judgemental, and let our listeners come to their own conclusions. Neither of us are the type of person who feels the need to go out and picket at slaughterhouses or demonstrate in Whole Foods, but rather lead by example and express our concerns in a logical, mature manner through conversations and online activism.
Clearly, the conditions animals are faced with on factory farms and in other industries that capitalize on the exploitation of animals are horrendous and shocking. It’s an extremely debated question whether or not it’s ethical to consume animals and their products from a lot of different perspectives. Today, we aim to discuss our thoughts for the moral implications to consider about eating animals and touch on topics such as:
Statistics of what we’re actually dealing with on a global scale
The conditions that animals are subjected to in a variety of industries
Common arguments that are made to justify eating animals and our response
How the masculine ideal plays into this discussion
Why non-human animal suffering is actually a human issue as well
We feel extremely passionate about this subject, and hopefully you got something out of the episode and it made you think about food a bit more critically.
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-Jackson and Aaron
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