Once we are on top of the coronavirus pandemic, hopefully sooner rather than later, life will never be the same again. Economies have been decimated, world leaders humbled and people’s lives fundamentally altered.
From a vegan perspective, the vegan lifestyle can only now seem even more attractive than ever before. It was already becoming increasingly established that eating meat and animal related products was not good for human health. And then came this. But still, “we’re top of the food chain” was a claim that vegans heard as to why eating animals was somehow justifiable. But a pinnacle position now completely undone by a virus, right?
The coronavirus crisis is the clearest sign yet that we should steer clear of exploiting and consuming other species. It’s an animal virus that’s jumped across to infect us, our bodies can’t handle it and now we’re undone.
There are those that will still say “but I like my burgers / steak / bacon / cheese and this isn’t the same.” But then that’s just a short hop, skip and jump from “but I like my horse / ostrich / bat soup.”
Then there’s been swine ‘flu, bird ‘flu, mad cow disease and so on. This time, it’s an animal related virus and it’s gone cataclysmic. We were simply (relatively) lucky with all those other previous animal related outbreaks.
Clearly, eating animals isn’t good for us and it sure isn’t good for the animals. And now, maybe, just maybe, there is a creeping realization that feasting on another species, any species, just isn’t meant to be. It’s just not. And now nature is, harrowingly, inflicting payback time.
At times of crisis, people like certainty and what they know. But this is something fundamentally different. For sure, the coronavirus will come to pass. However, the lives we lead, the way we look at things, the things we eat, will never be the same again. Veganism will undoubtedly help us all adjust to the new reality that is to come.
Dave Hewitt – British vegan spreading the word from the shores of Lake Erie, Ohio! Doesn’t matter where you live though – life is life! Go vegan – for the animals, for your health and for the planet.