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Veganism as a Religion

A newspaper columnist, Liz Jones, believes vegans should be afforded the same considerations as a religion. If someone wants to live a vegan lifestyle then please feel free to do so, that is your freedom of choice. Do not, however interfere with others freedom of choice to eat meat. 

We are lucky that due to the sacrifices made by previous generations we do not live in a dictatorship here in the UK. You cannot tell me what to eat just because of your beliefs, anymore than I can tell you to eat meat. 

Humans are Omnivores

Human beings are Omnivores, we are able to extract the nutrients and energy to sustain life from a mixed diet of meat, plants, algae and fungi. It is the word mixed that is important. There are certain elements essential to good health which are best sourced from a varied diet.

Amongst these are B12 which is only available from meat sources or certain bacteria. Vitamin C is another element that must be provided by our diet, the best source of which is the organ meats, with other sources such as citrus fruits available. 

Then there are our teeth. We have canine and incisor teeth like the carnivores, used for biting and tearing plus molars like herbivores for grinding/chewing. 

Humans are not Herbivores

Sheep grazing on an English hillside.
Sheep grazing on an English hillside.

The humans digestive system bears no resemblance to the herbivore. Herbivores digestive systems are specialised to digest the cellulose found in the plants cell walls, generally through microbe fermentation. Humans digestive systems are unable to do this, we have a basic enzyme based digestive system that breaks down our foods into simple compounds. These enzymes are unable to break down cellulose. 

What our digestive systems can do that a herbivores can’t, is digest starches and store the energy extracted from them. So whereas the cow for example may graze for upto 11 hours a day to consume it’s dietary requirements (not including the time spent digesting the feed) we can eat a mixed diet, store the energy and go about our daily lives until the next meal is required. 

As omnivores we are in the lucky position to be able to eat pretty much what we want, with the exception of grasses and various other plants. We can make a choice to eat a balanced diet including meat, vegetables, fruit etc. A reduced meat diet, vegetarian or vegan diet. This does not make us herbivores though, whatever we eat, we are still omnivores. 

Vegan religion

Praying Mantis
Praying Mantis

I am not against veganism but to class veganism as a religion smacks of idolatry and indoctrination. Will followers worship all animals? Does this include non sentient animals? Will there need to be special measures put in place to allow worship in the workplace? There are so many questions which I am sure Liz Jones would be happy to answer. 

Any group of people with similar beliefs brought together tend to start behaving the same, look at fashions, music, peer pressure etc. This is in effect how cults manage to survive, individuals wanting to comply with the majority, a dependance on a leader, not wanting to be singled out for going against the group and devaluing the beliefs of others outside of the cult. 

If people want to include their choice to eat a vegan diet with religion then why not join a religion that includes the vegan lifestyle rather than the other way round? Jainism for example which believes it is wrong to kill or harm any living being, respecting non-violence, non-acquisition, respect for others rights and truth.

Livestock

Cattle grazing an English Meadow
Cattle grazing an English Meadow

Then there is the livestock, what do people think would happen if nobody ate meat? Do they think there would be fields of lovely cows and sheep grazing our beautiful land? The reality is that our domesticated livestock would suffer and die. All livestock would be set loose so that land could be turned over to vegetable production, our domestic livestock relies on man to provide all of their basic husbandry requirements, set loose they would succumb to diseases, malnutrition, preyed on by predators and die. 

Meanwhile, the nation would be waging war on all pests and diseases of vegetables, the insect population, including the beneficial ones, would be decimated, rabbits and deer would be hunted to extinction, the whole ecosystem would collapse, the food chain would be broken and many related species would become extinct. 

The British eco-system is finely balanced, the farmers role in maintaining this balance is severely under appreciated. 

What do you think?

Please share your thoughts on this. I would love to hear from you. 

Thanks for reading

Justin

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Vegan Wool

People for The Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has run a publicity stunt asking the village of Wool in Dorset to change its name to ‘Vegan Wool’ to raise awareness of cruelty to sheep during shearing or as PETA describe it ‘stealing the wool’.

Statements made by PETA

During an interview with PETA director Elisa Allen on GMTV the following statements were made: Sheep’s wool is stolen without their consent and sheep lived quite happily before humans invented the shearing process, growing just enough wool to keep warm in the winter and shedding it naturally in the summer!

These statements are obviously made by someone who doesn’t know what a modern commercial sheep breed is! 

Domestication

Mouflon in the snow
Mouflon in the snow

The sheep was one of the first animals domesticated by man, thought to be between 11000 and 9000 BC in ancient Mesopotamia from the Wild Mouflon. Today sheep are completely domesticated meaning they are largely reliant on man to ensure their survival.  Whereas the wild ancestor may have been self shedding the majority of modern sheep breeds do not shed themselves.

Welfare

Sheep grazing in North Yorkshire
Sheep grazing in North Yorkshire

If as proposed by PETA we left our sheep to care for themselves, they would be responsible for one of the biggest animal welfare tragedies in modern history! Not only could the sheep not fend for themselves but you would find many thousands of sheep being killed by fly strike. Fly strike is a condition where flies lay their eggs in the warmth of the sheep’s fleece. The maggots that hatch out then eat the flesh of the sheep eventually killing it.

Shearing the sheep is one of the main processes in avoiding fly strike, along with preventative chemical treatment and the expert care of the shepherd/farmer keeping the sheep in optimum health and closely monitoring at least twice daily. 

Backfire

I believe this publicity stunt has backfired ‘big time’. PETA have exposed themselves as a group that has unrealistic, idealistic views of livestock of which they have no knowledge whatsoever.

UK farmers

I am firmly against animal cruelty of any kind and know the majority of farmers in the UK are also against animal cruelty. Why would someone spend a lifetime raising a flock of sheep, spending vast amounts of money to keep them in peak condition, spend many sleepless nights caring for them, to then be cruel to them? 

UK farmers have some the best welfare standards in the world, they are passionate and knowledgeable about what they do, working tirelessly to provide quality products for people around the world. 

Want to support animal welfare? Then support British farmers

Anyone wanting to support animal welfare would find the best way to do this is to support the British farmer. Buy British meat and produce safe in the knowledge it has been reared/produced to the highest welfare standards anywhere in the world.

Please let me know your thoughts.

Thank you 

Justin

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Gender Equality

A visual representation of gender equality

Firstly I agree with equality. Everybody should be treated as an individual human being with their rights, responsibilities and options not affected by their gender.

However you cannot get away from the fact that men and women are different. So I get very frustrated when women demand to be treated the same as men. If women want to be treated the same as men then they don’t believe in equality.

Crime

It seems to me that many women use the equality card when it suits them. Just recently it has been reported that women sentenced to less than twelve months jail terms are to be given community orders instead. The reasoning? Custodial sentences under twelve months don’t rehabilitate and women are harder hit because they have responsibilities of child care etc. Hogwash!

The sentence should be set by the crime not by who committed it. If they have child care commitments why are they breaking the law? If custodial sentences under twelve months don’t work, then ban them for everybody. 

Equal Pay

Equal pay, again the job role should carry a set value regardless of who is fulfilling the role. When recruiting, the best person for that role should get the job, regardless of their gender. You hear stories of companies getting criticism for employing more males than females. If during the recruitment process it was deemed the male was better for the role than the female then great.

Here’s a true example. We had to call an ambulance for my father, the ambulance duly arrived with two paramedics, they assessed my father quickly and efficiently, diagnosed a heart attack and prepared to transport to hospital. However when faced with getting down the stairs I was asked to take one end of the chair because the female paramedic was unable to carry him. Now don’t forget I believe in equality so it wouldn’t matter if it was a man who couldn’t carry him, either way in my opinion they were not fit for the job.

A Minority

The trouble with so many of these issues is that the few spoil it for the majority. I believe the majority of women are fighting for equality and I support them. It is the few women who go further and demand unrealistic outcomes that spoil it for everybody. 

My Solution

Take gender out of the equation, we must not be pressured to make decisions based on gender. Treat everybody based on their individual values, merits and the facts. We should not be scared to say no to people because of what others may say. Let’s have a little commonsense. 

This is What I Think – What About You?

Please comment below. I would love to know your views on this subject.

Thank you 

Justin

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How to Eat Biscuits

Chocolate digestives

It has been reported that a lady asked via twitter if she was correct to eat a chocolate digestive with the chocolate on the bottom to enjoy maximum chocolate. Outrageous I say.

It would appear that McVities though, claim their biscuits are put through a reservoir of chocolate, meaning the chocolate is on the bottom. But that doesn’t mean you have to eat them that way, does it?

If I’m being posh and put biscuits onto a plate to share, I will always put them chocolate side up. Then if dunking in my tea I will eat them chocolate side up.

However just to confuse things, sometimes in the summer I will dunk a chocolate digestive into a glass of cold milk and then I prefer them chocolate side down. So many choices!

Then of course there’s the problem of having to break the biscuit to fit it into your cup and if you fracture the biscuit, it drops into your cup! They are pretty good dunkers though, not like rich tea that just have to get mildly moist and they take a swan dive into your brew. Sorry going off topic there.

Penguins

What about penguins (the biscuits not the birds), I’ve been told to bite opposing corners off then dunk in my tea and suck the tea through the penguin. What the blazes is that all about I just end up with fingers covered in chocolate and an asthma attack!

A friend also said to treat a twirl (not a biscuit I know) like a penguin and bite off each end and then suck your tea up through it. I find that weird, mind you considering my friend that’s not really surprising!

To dunk or not to dunk?

As you can probably tell, I am definitely a dunker. A drink is just too wet without one! There’s a strange satisfaction in judging the ultimate length of time to keep the biscuit in your drink , soaking up as much drink as possible and then rescuing it before it falls into the ‘drink’. Mind you have you ever noticed how some biscuits seem to take all of your drink? Dunk a couple or five and your cup is half empty!

What do You Think

Please comment below and let me know the different ways in which you eat your biscuits, I’ll put all your comments together and see which is the most popular way to eat various biscuits.

Justin

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