Actually, it doesn’t matter whether they are single or married, or in fact whether it is single or married men. The point is that media attention is being given to a vegan diet, as well as highlighting once again the horrific cruelty of meat and dairy production.
The best future we can have involving little or no exploitation of animals is to galvanise younger people to change their diet compared to the previous generation. To move form a predominantly meat-based to a plant-based diet is the only way to reduce our impact on the environment and to end the terrible suffering. If it were a few tweets, posts and messages from a role model such as Beyoncé then that will help, but to develop a business, with profit as its motive, based on vegan values elevates the message very considerably. The fact there might be money in the vegan market makes it far less fringe, especially in the house of capitalism and the free market – the USA. I think it starts to redress the imbalance given the amount of meat consumed in the USA!
Evidence from animal-friendly investment plans such as Cruelty Free Super in Australia demonstrates that it is younger women who are driving the vegan bus; they living a cruelty free lifestyle and, once they understand how their money is used they are also demanding cruelty free money.
Very interesting comments from the ‘leader of the free world’ (see the link at the end of this Blog). Just imagine how much could be done to protect the future of all living things on the planet if a fraction of the money spent on stopping the tiny proportion of ‘terrorists’ was spent on tackling climate change.
I suppose it is a starting point to have people like Obama acknowledge that climate change is such a major threat to us all. In a way, it is probably a brave thing to say as well because of the huge lobbying interests (wall of money) in the US which wants to downplay the whole climate change issue.
We need to see a concerted effort from the biggest countries to make climate change the biggest issue to focus on. Now, I am not downplaying the terrorist threat, but all too often it seems like the ‘threat’ is based on a desire for some democratic countries to restrict some of the freedoms the great unwashed have, by introducing ‘home security’ legislation. Climate change, however, is something that is going to impact on all levels of society, starting from the poorest (as always), and also involving the flora and fauna on the whole planet – everyone and everything is a loser (perhaps not the post-apocalyptic cockroaches – read into this what you will).
So, if climate change is at least equal to terrorism as a threat to our daily lives, then logically the climate change sceptics should be classed as terrorists. It’s difficult to see them as anything else really. The more vocal the sceptic, to use the terrorism analogy, the bigger the bomb they are trying to plant. Every woman, man, child, animal and plant on the planet is threatened by these terrorists and the authorities need to act to protect us.
Whilst it isn’t top of my bedtime reading list to read through reports from the US legislature, I did spot some very interesting commentary about the negative impact of meat on human health.
This report seems to make it conclusive that not only is meat eating really bad for human health, but the planet pays a devastating price as well. Using that well-worn question based on “what would an alien who came to earth think?” it would be really interesting to listen to the meat industry defend itself. Perhaps a bigger question for the alien to ask would be…”if it is clearly so bad for people and the planet, why do people still do it?” Well, therein lies the rub as Hamlet would say – we’ve been conditioned to see meat as a must have, even though it should really be the must avoid. Going back to Hamlet again, perhaps I could tweak the old Bard’s words a little for Hamlet to say…”alas poor Yorick, for he ate meat!
From an investment perspective, if the meat industry is damaging the health of people in developing countries, it doesn’t make much sense if your Superfund, pension fund or savings are invested in it. Why invest long term money in an industry which is damaging human health and the environment; by any stretch of the imagination that doesn’t sounds like a sensible long term strategy?
Anyone living a cruelty free lifestyle should be making sure that their money is cruelty free too. If you don’t, then you will be financing animal abuse and exploitation. Even for those who aren’t living a cruelty free lifestyle, there is still a very good case for them to invest in a cruelty free fund so they don’t the risk of losing money in the long term.