When we eat dairy or meat in a restaurant…

Via Waylon Lewis
on Aug 10, 2013
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I honor those who hunt and fish their own kill over those who pay for it to be abused, misfed, taken from family, forcibly impregnated, penned, fastly fattened to the point where he or she can’t walk, and/or wrapped in plastic and flown/shipped/trucked to be consumed casually and without personal connect or respect.

Veganism is far from perfect, of course, too. I don’t care about perfect. But you should know free range is a sham, grain and corn feed is painful for cows, etc etc…and big dairy is horrendous. Small farms are the answer, and they’ve been getting killed off.

When we’re not vegan at restaurants that do not meet our otherwise-commendable standards, we’re supporting factory farming. Which, as many of us now realize, is torture. That word may be intense, but it’s not offered as an accusation. None of us are perfect. Veganism isn’t perfect.

As I took care to say above, hunters and fisherpeople kill, but do so more directly. Local eggs are great, truly, but the male chicks are still all killed. Same with dairy. Realizing that eating vegetarian is still killing made me go vegan.

Also, as a meat eater for many years, I grew more curious about the facts of my actions than the delivery of the PETAs of the world. I’d encourage all of us to care less about tone and more about our own actions, and their effects, for which we are directly or indirectly responsible.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


2 Responses to “When we eat dairy or meat in a restaurant…”

  1. Kelly says:

    I am facing it. At this moment I am changing from a vegetarian to vegan, I became a veggie over 10 years ago especially because of the horrors associated with factory farming, all the while, lazily consuming dairy and eggs. Yes, we are not perfect and I will not beat myself up over it, but give myself a high five for making the change. What else can I do to fight factory farming? I want to change the world beyond just my going vegan. I want my livelihood and work to be dedicated to fighting against factory farming. Anyone have suggestions on how to get started?

  2. Basma says:

    Love the article. I recently became a vegetarian, but still eat eggs and dairy. I’m finding it difficult to make the switch to vegan, but I know I need to, now that I’m aware of how the animals are treated. Good luck Kelly.