T i m
2021-01-06 10:37:45 UTC
It was interesting to see an advert on TV earlier: 'Eat balanced',
showing the highly glamorised ideal of beef cows grazing on green
pasture with the commentary telling us they will be eating plants that
we can't eat that is just grown with rainwater ...
and eating it (meat) is a good source of vitamins (and it displays B12
on the screen) but with no pictures showing the bulk of the animals
that never see grass (esp worldwide), are fed on soy from devastated
rain forests and bolt gunned in the head and their throats cut?
Hardly a 'balanced' view of the whole process is it and no mention
that 70% of the B12 that is made is fed to livestock so that we get
some from it when we eat their flesh (when it would be better for *us*
to eat it directly).
"Where else can I get vitamin B12?
If youre cutting out meat, fish, dairy and eggs you can get vitamin
Fortified foods (e.g. yeast extract, some breakfast cereals, some
plant alternatives to milk and milk products). Supplements."
Ah yes, 'supplements', like the ones we give to the livestock?
And if you can get it from elsewhere, why would you kill an animal to
get it, and no mention that many people (so meat eaters) are B12
deficient in any case?
Look deeper into the 'campaign' and it cites / references a counter
attack against veganism, a group of people who simply don't want to
cause pain and suffering to animals? Who on earth would 'push' the
continuing pain, suffering and exploitation of innocent creatures who
don't want to die? Oh, that's right, those purveying the stuff who are
"Food Advisory Board members ensure they practice in line with their
associated professional codes of conduct, including: HCPC Standards of
Conduct Performance and Ethics, BDA (British Dietetic Association)
Code of Professional Conduct for BDA members, the Royal Society of
Biology, the Royal Society of Medicine, the Learned Society of Wales
and the Medical Defence Union."
I *think* this is the same BDA (along with the ADA) ... who state:
"British Dietetic Association confirms well-planned vegan diets can
support healthy living in people of all ages"
'Well-planned' = 'balanced' of course but with no mention of *having*
to exploit animals to do so.
So we are back to the exact same thing as the big tobacco companies of
the early days, pushing their product as being 'good for you' and cool
adverts with cowboys and film stars smoking when anyone with some
common sense would know it to be bad for you.
I do get it though, if you have been brought up and so conditioned /
de-sensitised to the rights / feelings of innocent animals that we
exploit for no good reason (we don't *need* to eat animals to survive,
lions don't have choices or access to the supermarket and at least
lions have the teeth and digestive systems to do it) how you might
want to carry on doing it.
The meat and dairy industries have just poured £1.5M on this campaign
(and time will tell if any of it was our money, like the £500M the Gov
spent of our money pushing milk a while back).
I wonder what vegans themselves are trying to 'push', other than not
Cheers, T i m