It’s 2018, and being a vegan seems to be more and more common. People have different reasons for why they become vegan. Some do it for dietary purposes, some do it because they want to lose some pounds…others do it because, well, it’s the cool thing to do.
Meat lovers have their reasons for eating meat, Vegans have their reasons for NOT eating meat. The two tend to butt heads, as any two opposite sides of an argument tend to do. But recently, the debate has been around something else when it comes to being vegan. The topic of discussion is the idea of “cruelty-free”.
So what exactly is the argument? Well, meat-eaters are arguing that being vegan doesn’t necessarily mean “cruelty-free”. These people are arguing that just because certified products are considered “cruelty’free” by organizations like Cruelty Free International, they aren’t entirely innocent. They note that you can see this by looking at the food industry as a whole.
An article written in the New York Times called “Good Vegan, Bad Vegan” noted that vegans have a way of making meat eaters look pretty rough. The article brought in the Netflix documentary “What The Health”, saying that it brought some misstatements such as eating an egg a day is as bad as smoking five cigarettes. But Meat-lovers have a problem with vegans passing as being cruelty-free.
Meat-lovers have noted that things like forced labor, exploitation of workers, hazardous and extreme working conditions among other things are pretty common issues in the food supply chains. They added on that Agriculture is even responsible for 70% of child labor.
According to ecorazzi.com: “sometimes it’s easy to compartmentalize ethical issues and to forget that abstaining from one moral wrong doesn’t eradicate all others”. The article argues that most vegans are proud that they are eating food that’s cruelty-free. But they forget about other issues of social justice and injustice. Specifically of humans.