i agree that colonialism fucked up many cultures n forced them into assimilation but those things shouldn't automagically take away critical thinking or ignoring ecology. it sucks that some indigenous ppl have to resort to killing certain animals for food but our ecosystem needs to be sustainable for all beings on this planet to live. theres no ideology behind that its just how ecology works. id be ok w cultures killing certain species as long as its done in an environmentally sustainable way.
god this message has a lot to unpack
there’s literally a huge problem in the north american arctic with the massive overpopulation of seals. the anti-seal hunting campaign literally has nothing to do with ecological balance or sustainability - a lot of it lies in the white perception that indigenous hunting practices are inherently ‘savage’ and ‘cruel’. seals are cute and white people don’t want them to be killed - but apparently the white slaughterhouses full of suffering, struggling cows and chickens and pigs are fine
also not all indigenous peoples “resort to killing certain animals for food”. lots of our peoples kill animals because certain animal skins/sinews are required to make our traditional goods like drums, moccasins, clothing, etc.. some of us kill animals for food because it’s a part of our culture, not because we’re “forced to”. some of us really like moose meat. like.
like… killing animals is something indigenous people did long before white people got here and told us to stop?
also the phrase ‘id be ok w cultures killing certain species as long as its done in an environmentally sustainable way’ REALLY does not sit well with me. it’s not up to you to give indigenous people the thumbs up to engage in our own culture? the implication that indigenous peoples need to get their own traditions approved by their white colonizers is really really gross
your message has a lot of colonialist undertones and i hope you can see why
hi brontë! i was wondering if you could maybe give me a quick pros and cons of veganism that you've experienced personally? i told both my parents that i want to be vegan and my mum was really positive but my dad said he was disappointed and now i feel a bit crap. thanks! x
sure! i’m sorry to hear about your dad :(
there are honestly so many pros, but here are just a few of them:
i know i’m helping animals - this was the main reason i went vegan, and it really does make such a difference. the meat industry kills around 198 animals per consumer per year, so that’s how much difference you’re effectively making (particularly by increasing the demand for vegan products, and so visibly decreasing the demand for non-vegan products)
i feel better in myself - i have a genetic iron deficiency, and my iron levels have been the healthiest they’ve been in years since i’ve been vegan, because veganism makes you more aware of what you’re eating and i’ve found it much easier to keep my vitamin and mineral levels up because lots of vegan products advertise those things very clearly and are more concerned with promoting health and wellbeing
it’s fun! there’s a sense of community around veganism, and i was really never a foodie before, my diet pretty much consisted entirely of soup and pasta, but now i get excited about trying new vegan products and meals and restaurants, which is an unexpected pro!
honestly the only con i can think of is that most cafes and restaurants have limited vegan options which makes it harder/less exciting to eat out at a non-vegan place, but in a way that’s also a pro in that i went from eating on campus every day when i was just veggie at uni to making my own food to bring with me, so i ended up saving hundred of pounds in food expenditure (plus it makes going to vegan food places all the more exciting)! it also takes a little bit of time to familiarise yourself with less obvious non-vegan ingredients (like these ones) which can make food shopping a little bit more difficult at first, but you’ll be surprised at how quickly you get used to it!!
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