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Evaluating the Impact on Animal Welfare and the Environment: Carnism vs. Veganism

(Carnism on the left. Veganism on the right.) ''In today's world, our choices and preferred ideologies have profound implications for animal welfare and the environment.'' - Michael Corthell , The Vegan Project The ideologies of carnism and veganism represent two distinct approaches to our relationship with animals and the natural world. This essay will examine and compare the impacts of both ideologies, with the goal of determining which has the least detrimental effects on animal welfare and the environment. Carnism is a dominant ideology that conditions people to consume animal products without question. It encompasses the belief that eating certain animals is normal, natural, and necessary while considering others as mere objects for exploitation. It normalizes the violence and cruelty inherent in animal agriculture, perpetuating a systemic disregard for the rights and well-being of non-human animals. Carnism, as an ideology, centers around the consumption of

Why Being Kind, Especially to Animals, is Good for Us

  "Kindness to animals ripples through our souls, nourishing our well-being and connecting us to the innate compassion within." Michael Corthell Being kind to animals, including refraining from consuming or commodifying them, brings several benefits to people. Here are some ways practicing kindness towards animals is advantageous for individuals: Ethical considerations : Choosing not to eat animals or use them for any purpose acknowledges their inherent value and respects their right to live free from harm. This aligns with principles of kindness, compassion, and justice, promoting a more ethical lifestyle. Improved personal health : Adopting a plant-based diet, which excludes animal products, has been associated with numerous health benefits. Studies show that a well-planned vegan or vegetarian diet can lower the risk of heart disease, certain types of cancer, and other chronic illnesses. Choosing plant-based alternatives also encourages a higher intake of fruits, vegetables

Veganism Equals Kindness and Compassion

  "Choosing veganism is not just a dietary preference, it's an act of kindness and compassion towards animals, the planet, and ourselves. It's a conscious decision to live in harmony with all living beings, and to choose peace and love over hate and cruelty."   - Michael Corthell , The Vegan Project Veganism is a lifestyle that involves avoiding the use of animal products for food, clothing, or any other purpose. It is a choice that is often made for ethical reasons, including kindness and compassion for animals. Veganism recognizes that animals are sentient beings capable of feeling pain and suffering, just like humans. Therefore, it advocates for the ethical treatment of animals, and the avoidance of any practices that cause harm or exploitation. Veganism is about kindness and compassion because it seeks to promote a world where all living beings are treated with respect and dignity. By choosing to follow a vegan lifestyle , individuals are making a conscious decis

[Health] Wellbeing & Veganism: Connecting with animals

  In this third opinion piece as part of our Wellbeing & Veganism research programme, Researcher Network member, Summer Philips , considers the link between nature, animals, happiness, and wellbeing. If humans could purr, one would imagine they would do so frequently. We are tactile and emotional animals and experiencing happiness and pleasure are favourite pastimes. We don’t need detailed scientific studies to be able to acknowledge the feelings we experience when we are emotionally uplifted, however, the scientific theory is interesting. Evolutionary theories suggest that humans didn’t evolve into their current physical form and then have emotion conveniently dropped in, but that emotion has evolved with us on our journey to where we currently stand. (As an aside I would like to note that we stand on a branch of the evolutionary tree and certainly not at the top of it! I would suggest reading Frans De Waal [1] for more on what he terms ‘antropodenial’.) Have you ever spent time

[Meme] Mary had a little...

In Christianity, the lamb represents Christ as both suffering and triumphant; it is typically a sacrificial animal, and may also symbolize gentleness, innocence, and purity. When depicted with the lion, the pair can mean a state of paradise. A lamb also symbolizes sweetness, forgiveness and meekness. A lamb is a young sheep that is still weak and defenseless when unprotected and alone. Because of this, lambs are targeted by predators because they present easy prey to them. When lambs are left on their own, they either get hunted down or stuck and lost, so they need guidance. Continue