Saturday, 1 August 2015

Shut up about Cecil the lion if you’re not vegan!

Cecil the lion - a majestic animal killed by a savage beast

Are vegans the only people who have a right to speak out about the death of Cecil the lion? 

Sadly, that's what some vegans are saying. I’ve read comments all over social media saying exactly that. 

As a vegetarian for 27 years and a vegan for 2, I think that's nonsense. I want everyone whether they are vegan or not to have compassion for animals - even if it’s only for some animals because what's the alternative - nobody except vegans and vegetarians caring about animals at all?

If you followed the rationale of vegans who say only they have the moral high ground to condemn this majestic animal being killed by a savage beast-

Eat meat? 
Why not just wear fur.

Eat dairy? 
Don’t waste your time eating free range organic eggs, just eat eggs from caged, battery farmed hens.

See a dog being mistreated? 
Well, walk on by because the animals you eat are mistreated every day. 

I would rather everybody showed some compassion towards animals than none at all.

We've all got families right? Most of them aren't vegan. But if we persuade them that the hunting of wildlife like Cecil is wrong, haven't we achieved something? If we persuade them to eat one vegetarian/vegan meal a week, isn't that progress? 

The message that you need to be vegan to speak up for animals is a damaging one. Maybe one day, those who condemn the killing of beautiful Cecil will go vegan, but they'll go too far the other way if they get shouted down by vegans for actually given a damn even if its for a lion in Africa. 

In an ideal world, nobody would eat animals and compassion would be shown to ALL living things, but this isn't a perfect world.

And, that’s how veggiegirl2011 sees it. 

Note - I'm not having a go at all vegans, just the minority who think they're the only ones with any right to protest about what happened to Cecil or any other animals. They don't draw people towards veganism - they push them away. 

Friday, 17 July 2015

Pity the price label pedigree dogs - its all about how much they cost!

This is how some people value dogs 

Today I spent way far too much time listening to someone who bought a pedigree puppy boasting about how much "it" was worth unlike "mongrels" and boasting about how he wanted the breeding ban on the dog because the poor thing is too closely bred lifted by Crufts so he could show "it" there. 

(As you can guess, he spoke about this beautiful girl dog like a piece of expensive furniture - it, it, it)
I thought three things -

One - you're a despicable human being to place a value on a beautiful creature and to fund the close breeding that leads to dogs with multiple health problems being born.

Folk like that should be made to go round dog homes/animal shelters to see all the unwanted dogs who will never get a home and who will, as seems to happen too often in America and even in the UK, be killed. 

Two - My "mongrel" rescue dog, Benjy is freaking amazing and unlike your poor wee soul, has no health problems (probably because he wasn't bred from very close relations like your poor dog). He's worth the sun, moon and the stars to me.

Three - I thought, you're a cunt. Sorry if that word offends you, but sometimes there are no words and hey, I'm Scottish every second word is a swear word. 

And, that's how @veggiegirl2011 sees it!

Here's some pics of my awesome "mongrel" rescue dog. Since my dad died, he's been my constant companion and he once almost broke the bathroom door down to get me when I was in there bawling my eyes out.

We got Benjy from the Dogs Trust in Glasgow:) The charity has rehoming centres UK-wide and never put a healthy dog down - unlike US centers.