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Joey Carbstrong, vegan activist: The myth of humane slaughter and why vegans have an obligation to convert meat eaters

LAUREN JAMES: ‘The vegan lifestyle – eschewing all animal products in favour of alternative materials and a plant-based diet – is increasingly being adopted worldwide. Health-related or environmental concerns convert many people to veganism, but for Armstrong the most forcing reason is to end the animal suffering he believes is an unavoidable outcome of the meat and dairy industries…

“‘I need to eat animals to be healthy’ is easily refuted because eating animals is killing us through heart disease,” says the Australian animal rights activist, known online as Joey Carbstrong. “‘It tastes good’ isn’t justification for anything immoral; neither is tradition”… He says, “I hear, ‘Where I buy my meat they’re killed humanely’, but you can’t kill anyone humanely. Humane means to show compassion. You can’t take away someone’s greatest gift in a humane way…

The campaigner feels strongly about what he sees as the responsibility of all vegans to be active participants in furthering the movement. “When you become a vegan, you’re realising you’ve been causing harm to innocent beings and you’ve tried your best as far as practical to stop causing harm. But that is a neutral position; it doesn’t mean you’re doing something fantastic, it just means you’ve stopped doing something horrific or contributing to something that’s horrific”…

He continues: “You also know about this horrific thing that’s happening and if you stand by and watch, that’s akin to standing by and watching someone abuse their wife and not saying anything. If you didn’t intervene, then you become complicit. That’s why I think it’s an obligation for vegans to be active in whatever positive way they can”.’ SOURCE…

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