I’ve probably mentioned it on this blog at least once or twice, but my husband is vegan due to animal rights reasons. He hasn’t always been vegan during our relationship, but for the past four years veganism has been a steady part of our household and life. I think he’s in it for the long haul, and I support him in his choices.
That being said, I’m not vegan.
I’m also not planning on becoming vegan (though I’ll never say never) despite having this conversation multiple times with Tim, seeing all the documentaries, and reading many articles. At the end of the day, I simply don’t have an ethical problem with consuming animals and animal byproducts as part of my diet. I do get upset about the factory farming and mistreatment of farm animals, but that’s a separate though related issue.
My husband knows me and knows I’m an animal lover. Though he disagrees with my choices, he let’s it go and rarely steps on the vegan soapbox. The question has certainly been posed before (by him and by other vegans) as to how such an animal lover or a horse person could be okay with consuming animals?
It’s interesting, and I can’t 100% put it into words. No, it’s not because I “can’t live without bacon” (note to meat eaters: please do not ask vegans/veggies how they can possibly exist without bacon… they don’t appreciate it). And before you pull the “oh but I bet you think horses are just so much worthy than cows” double standard line… I also am not against horse slaughter with the current state of breeding in this country.
I’m not here to judge anyone’s choices, but curious on the topic. Are horse lovers in general more vegetarian/vegan prone because we love animals so much? Or on the other hand, are we actually more aware of livestock/farm life from our horse experience and therefore fall into the more traditional dietary habits? I suspect the later.
Not here to step on anyone’s lifestyle choices or start a shit storm, but I am simply curious. Share your thoughts in the comments if you like!