There is definitely a link between being Highly Sensitive and going Vegan.
I challenge any HSP to watch Earthlings or learn about animal agriculture and NOT go Vegan. We are naturally highly empathetic and, trust me, once your eyes are opened, you can never see things the same again. It is like you escape the Matrix.
My eyes are scarred from the things I have seen. Years ago, I had no idea how cruel Mankind could be. It seemed so normal to eat meat every day. And I LOVED eating meat.
Most of us are brought up in a way where we are so disconnected to the reality of mass farming and slaughterhouses.
Becoming Vegan has changed me for the better.
I have been Vegan for around 4 or 5 months, which really isn’t very long. But some people claim they couldn’t go a day without meat – let alone without any animal products. Whilst this is obviously untrue, people don’t want to have to change their habits and imagine a plate of whatever they usually eat, less the meat. It’s no wonder the idea of going Vegan seems unappealing and difficult.
And I won’t lie. There are some challenges in becoming Vegan.
It has become a lot easier as time has gone on, but most restaurants are not catering to Vegans. To me, it’s crazy to see how hard it is to eat without supporting such cruel industries.
Once I made the connection in my mind that I was paying industries who profit off of suffering, it was easy to go Vegan. I was paying for animal cruelty, and yet I called myself an animal lover and would never dream of hurting one myself.
And with that said, this blog post could become terribly long. There is so much to say and so much to explain to those who – like me once upon a time – are unaware of why Dairy is cruel. Or why the Egg industry is cruel. People believe what they are told and are too busy to look into things themselves. And so ‘Free-range’ or ‘Organic’ must mean the animals are treated well … right?
If only it were true …
I am not going to be able to say everything I want to in this one post, so if you have any questions please do ask and I promise to come back to you.
My heart is irreparably broken from what I have discovered.
The greed of man. The evil man is capable of. The way these poor animals are exploited and used. They are treated like nothing – just a number. Nothing is given back. All we do is take, take, take. We are destroying the planet in a way I never understood before I became Vegan.
Did you know it is estimated our Oceans will be Fish-less by 2048 unless we rapidly start to implement big changes?
Did you know that Livestock covers 45% of the Earth’s land? Animal agriculture is the cause of the largest mass extinction in 65 million years (which might not sit well with anyone who believes the Earth is only 3000 years old and Eve was made out of one of Adam’s ribs).
A farm of 2,500 dairy cows produces the same amount of waste as a city of 411,000 people. And we are told to recycle some pieces of card and to turn of the standby light of our Television. What a joke.
1-2 acres of Rain-forest are cleared every second because of animal agriculture.
More than 150 BILLION animals are slaughtered every year – not including those killed in laboratories for drug/cosmetics testing.
Some scary, but very real, facts right there. It can seem hard to imagine.
Being Vegan means far beyond just eating a certain way. It is no fad diet – and there are plenty of those going around. It is a belief that life is precious and should be treated with respect and compassion. It is a stand against oppression and cruelty. It is an understanding that you cannot put the words ‘humane’ and ‘slaughter’ together. It is an awakening of the soul. And that awakening can hurt.
When you realise what humans do to animals – for food, entertainment, fur, leather or just sick pleasure … it’s all very upsetting. I have lost sleep over these things and I feel I can never be truly happy again.
I want to share a video that made me cry.
I should mention I hardly ever cry. I usually just feel numb when I get depressed. I can enter a state of derealization, where everything feels distant. Probably an in-built coping mechanism to deal with intense emotions.
But the man in this video is a real life hero. And being a hero in real life doesn’t come with glory. Being a hero doesn’t mean you were built with monster strength or superpowers. It means you are brave enough to face what one should never have to face. It means you risk your life and accept the chance you might die for something you believe in so deeply and know is right.
Let me introduce Marc Ching from the foundation, Animal Hope & Wellness. Here is a real man, with a heart the size of Everest. He went over to China to fight against the indescribable cruelty within the Dog Meat Trade. Because China (or some people within China) have some very broken traditional beliefs, they think that the meat tastes better if you torture the animals before killing them. You might already be aware of this because of the spark of outrage over the Yulin Festival.
However, the Yulin Festival is just one small segment of such cruelty.
Tens of Millions of dogs are killed throughout Asia each year for food. They also kill dogs and cats for leather, so FYI – if you wear leather, check the label. If it says ‘Made in China’, you might be wearing the skin of a dog. Not that this should be any more sickening than wearing the skin of a cow. Many people – the one’s that even stop to think about it – think that leather is produced as a result of the meat industry. Nope. Cows are killed purely for leather. I know this information may be a lot to take in, or maybe you are waiting for a silver lining …
I just want to raise some awareness about the injustice in our World. Animals are the most oppressed and nearly all of this stuff is kept hidden in our culture. All so little Timmy doesn’t have to question where his Happy Meal or McNugget’s came from. If little Timmy happens to ask, his Mother will tell him lies because she is too ashamed.
I have gone off on a bit of a tangent, but my emotions are firing off as I write this. Please watch this video, where Marc Ching is interviewed about his Foundation and helping to save dogs in China. If there is a more inspirational man than Marc, please tell me who:
This video should have Millions of views, but people would rather watch Zoella and Nicki Minaj. If everyone would come together to fight to injustice and cruelty, we would see huge change overnight. But people are scared to confront the truth and to see how messed up our World is. It’s painful.
Marc has sacrificed his own sanity and peace of mind in order to help rescue and rehabilitate animals who would purposely have their legs cut off, or be boiled/skinned alive for a meal at some ridiculous festival.
But let’s go back to the Western World.
Pigs, cows, lambs, ducks, chickens and more …
People don’t really care so much about those animals. Slaughterhouse workers are obviously maniacs and yet people want to believe the animal had a good life and was treated with at least some dignity. Before slaughter, what conditions were those animals in? It’s shocking when you find out – but what do you expect? The planet isn’t big enough to let all the animals run freely like the cold-hearted companies would have you believe.
Because of the working pace within a slaughterhouse, it is well documented that the animals are often not correctly stunned (not that it sounds much fun to have electricity jolted into your brain in the first place), so these farm animals often have their throats slit while fully conscious. I have seen undercover footage where pigs are having their hair removed in boiling water … fully conscious again. That sounds familiar doesn’t it? Yet, people that love ‘Bacon’ will become hostile about the injustice of what ‘those people all the way over there in China’ are doing. If you are not Vegan, you are handing over your money and paying for these atrocities.
But let’s say you let the animals live outside on a field, as 1% of the animals raised for food do get this privilege. They have a nice time relaxing in the Sun. Maybe they face some rain here and there. They grow to a satisfactory size within a few months or years. They are ready to be turned into a burger, or bacon, or whatever.
If the animal has a bolt applied to its head and then its throat is slit while unconscious – so it doesn’t feel anything – is that okay?
Would it be okay if that pig was you? It almost makes it worse to take the life of someone who was happy and healthy, but ultimately I want to get the point across that murder is not humane or okay. Just like rape is not okay.
Humans like to argue, ‘But Lions eat other animals … other animals eat other animals’.
That’s true – some do. And yet we do not have the same instincts as a Lion. We do not sniff each others butts or salivate when we see a cow in a field. We do salivate when we smell fruit though. And strawberries don’t have to be gutted. They don’t bleed or scream. We are not carnivorous and have no biological need for flesh. Our bodies match that of a Gorilla – and they are naturally ‘Vegan’.
I used to be worried that I would suffer for cutting animal products from my diet. It’s so silly … Nobody really thinks Vegetarians are weird now. But once you stop breast-feeding (drinking cows’ milk) and eating chicken’s menstrual cycles, people label you as a weird-ass hippy.
There is so much social conditioning and if we were raised in a different culture, we may also think it’s okay to cause animals pain in order to make their flesh more tender.
Please open your eyes and think for yourself.
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There are so many myths about protein, calcium, iron … it’s ridiculous. As if everyone is super healthy on the diets heavily based around meat and dairy, right? Our hospitals are all empty because everyone has it figured out. Not that I’m saying meat and animal products are the ONLY problems with out diets and lifestyles. But, like we really are all going to become calcium deficient if we don’t have a pregnant cow on tap at all times? C’mon, use some logic, Jesus!
Please do further research by checking out ‘Cowspiracy’, ‘Earthlings’ and ‘Forks over Knives’. There are plenty of great YouTuber’s who can help you to understand the benefits of going Vegan (avoid ‘Freelee The Banana Girl’ and ‘Durianrider’).
At first, it was weird for me to eat a meal without meat on one side of the plate. But now, it’d be repulsive to have it there. I stopped drinking cows’ milk a couple of years ago, because I always knew dairy didn’t make sense. Once I realised the cruelty involved in Dairy, it was easy to stop buying cheese. I still have chocolate, but buy either Dark Chocolate or some bars from the ‘free-from’ aisle. It honestly tastes great. You can get these Hazelnut ‘Vego’ bars online, which are kind of expensive, but they honestly taste better than anything you’ve ever had.
I also stopped eating Red-Meat a couple of years ago, so the transition was pretty gradual for me.
I eat very healthy the majority of the time, because my health is important to me. Everyone has their own definition of what foods are healthy, but we can all hopefully agree that Fruit and Vegetables are the number 1 and 2 things we should be consuming every day. The variety in colour is appealing to our eyes for a reason.
I have a YouTube channel I have been running for a few years, which is separate to my new HSP-related channel. I have plenty of videos on Veganism (and mental health, and other things) if you want to check them out.
Here’s a link to one of my videos. I will let you look through more yourself if you wish to:
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I like to be able to talk with complete honesty and openness.
Thank you for your time today,