anonymous asked:

Hello hello my friend! I have a question if you don't mind! Very controversial in the vegan community, from what I read at least. Do you think vegans can/should be eating bivalves (oysters, scallops, etc)? while they MAY be able to feel pain since they have a ganglia and some nerves I believe, they don't have a brain and thus a capacity to suffer ?

I really don’t understand what it’s controversial. These are, for most people, unnecessary luxury food items which are derived from animals. As vegans, we don’t consume animal products, it really is as simple as that. As for pain responses, we think they don’t experience pain as we know it, but that doesn’t mean whatever they do experience is invalid, we just don’t really know enough about them to say for sure. There is also the environmental destruction and the human impact which is involved in the farming of shellfish. Wouldn’t it be far better to err on the side of caution, especially considering that almost no one requires these products in any way? I have a post which discusses oysters and with reference to pearls specifically here, which you may find helpful.