Why do vegans flip out at the slightest provocation? Why are we so sensitive and quick to jump down people’s throats? Why do we have to be so annoying and self-righteous?
Why is it that vegans can sometimes flip out at the slightest provocation? Why are we so sensitive and hostile? Well I’ve addressed this question once before in my video What Vegans See, and today’s video post will be a slightly different take on the subject. Possibly a little less diplomatic.This video is for my non-vegans out there to perhaps better understand why we vegans sometimes react the way we do. [tweet this]
Just a note, you may want to at least watch the intro and outro of the video above to not miss the ridiculous theatrics..
Many people who watch my videos comment on how grounded and calm I am. Well, I can tell you that is certainly not always the case. I’ll give an example how I can lose my cool. And while I cannot presume to speak for all vegans, I think this is one the major sources of vegan freak outs.
The work that I do requires watching hours and hours of gut wrenching footage of humans doing the most brutal, despicable and inexcusable things to animals. Branding cows in the face and searing off their horns. Slicing into the scrotums of cows, pigs, and sheep and ripping out their testicles without anesthetic. People forcing their arms into the rectums and vaginas of dairy cows to impregnate them then taking their babies away as soon as they’re born and seeing the mothers cry for days until they lose their voices. All so humans can have their milk.
Cramming chickens into filthy cages and sheds where they lose their feathers, suffer from massive infections, lameness, blindness, and neurotic behavior. Throwing day old LIVE baby chicks into grinders or sealing them up in garbage bags to suffocate. Anally and genitally electrocuting foxes, mink and raccoons and ripping off their skin while they’re alive just to use their fur as trim on a winter coat. And then tearing the feathers off of fully conscious ducks and geese for down, as if the coat didn’t have enough blood on it.
Cutting off the teeth and tails of baby pigs, notching their ears and castrating them all without anesthetic. Slamming baby pigs into concrete floors for a horrifying and painful death because they aren’t growing fast enough. And, for the most humane treatment of all, lowering pigs into CO2-filled gas chambers to burn from the inside out in an absolutely excruciating death.
In case you think I’m exaggerating or these are isolated incidents of abuse, let me assure you that these are common practices in the animal products industries. I urge you to at least watch this video, which shows the most humane method of killing animals that the industry has to offer.
So after watching all of that, after hearing their screams, their eerily human shrieking, sometimes for 12 or more hours in a row in order to create a video; after watching farm and slaughterhouse workers kick and punch and maliciously shock with electric prods; after seeing some of them relish this abuse and verbally mock and laugh at and spit on these animals; after seeing hundreds of feeling, living, aware, sentient beings fight for their lives and struggle to the very moment their throats are slit and the blood pours from them in waves as they gasp and choke on their own fluids while workers start hacking off their body parts because god forbid you slow down production; after all of that, I look in the comment section, and there it is: “mmm, Bacon.”
Or “being vegan is too hard.”
Or “but lions eat meat”
Or any number of disproved, ungrounded tired responses that people have been offering for thousands of years. Literally thousands.
So maybe, just maybe you can understand why, in that moment, I’m not brimming with patience and compassion for that person.
I always try to give people the benefit of the doubt. While I’ve heard every possible response and excuse, this may be the very first time they’ve asked a question. But after looking into the eyes of living beings being brutalized, torn apart while still alive, having their babies taken from them, sometimes torn directly out of their body cavities, after hearing their last breaths, and knowing, with a sinking heart that they are one of trillions that will die that way this year, it’s hard not to flip out when someone attempts to defend such inexcusable, sadistic and vicious behavior with a pathetically empty justification, asinine utterance, flippant dismissal or aggressive verbal attack.
We vegans are painted to be overly sensitive, to be over-reactive, to be inserting ourselves into your business and telling you how you should live your lives.
Well here. Let’s say all of that is true. Let’s assume we are jumping into everyone’s personal lives. What’s worse? Us telling you how to live your lives or you telling others how they have to die? All so that you can have a sandwich or an omelet or a fur trim on your coat. Things you can still have using non-animal alternatives.
The only thing worse than paying someone to enslave, abuse, rape, torture, mutilate, and murder another being for your pleasure, is to turn around and mock the very life that you so casually destroyed. [tweet this]
Now I know not all non-vegans react this way. But this video is about explaining why vegans flip out. And it’s usually because one too many of these non-vegans have piled on the crap until it reaches a tipping point. Anyone would snap.
It’s hard to be rational in an irrational world. It’s hard to be compassionate in a caustic culture. It’s hard to be aware in a society that’s asleep. And it’s hard to be caring when so many around you mock your efforts and the very victims you’re fighting for. [tweet this]
If you’re one of those people who throws up objection after objection against veganism. If you think loving bacon is enough reason to keep killing pigs, if you think it’s the circle of life or the way of our ancestry or that animals don’t feel, I have a challenge for you. [tweet this] Go to a slaughterhouse. Look into the eyes of the animals as they wait in fear. Watch them try to escape. Watch as they have the life drained from them. Watch as some of them are hacked apart while they are still breathing and awake. Look them in their eyes as they glaze over and are coated with their blood. Lean in real close. And see if your justifications hold up.
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Emily Moran Barwick (BiteSizeVegan) says
Wow thank you so much for telling me this Mike!
Hi Emily we have found your videos both entertaining & highly educational, my daughter is wanting to support your efforts but I have never used my credit card in such a way & not real computer savvy. Can you explain this step to me please as even if I’m not 100% on board yet would be looking forward to joining ” the nugget army ” or Jade is at first.
Emily Moran Barwick (BiteSizeVegan) says
Hi Helen. You can do a one-time donation through PayPal here (just put in an amount and hit the send button, then uncheck the box before doing the final send).
If she wants to have perks and be part of the Patreon community, go here and click “become a patron.” Hope that helps!
Hi, Emilie! I recently became a vegan about a week ago. I was so saddened by the cruelty of the animals that I decided to make an effort to change the way I life my life. However, I am still very new to this concept and although I dont like to admit to ignorance I don’t understand the health risks of milk. I’ve recently switched to almond milk, however every time I search up the health risks of milk, most of the recent articles debunk the “myth” of milk being hazardous to your health. Besides ethical reasons, is milk as harmful as I have been lead to believe?
You’re so fucking awesome, Emily. Great video! So inspiring. Thank you so much for all you do.
Laura Martino says
As my mom used to say, “That’s about the size of it.” You are walking right in Henry Bergh’s footsteps, founder of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Thank-you for witnessing and testifying. Tell it! I am 25 years as a vegan this week and will keep working to open people’s eyes to the dignity of animals and their right to life on their own terms.
You tell ’em, Emily. I wish I had your “gonads.”
Thank you for dedicating your life to saving animals! You are an inspiration. I have been vegan for 3 years and often feel very isolated in my rural community. Your videos help to subdue my frustration and loneliness, in addition to giving me valuable information for discussions. I look forward to seeing you at my first March to Close All Slaughterhouses in Toronto.
One of your best,as usual,daughter s read protein power,paleodiet,etc,so now think childhood Krishna conscious childhood diet,has harmed them,vegans need Pink Sarees for the animals,thanx
Total respect for watching that awful footage for the work you do!
I cannot imagine how people are able to bare the pain of shooting or editing such footage. I just want to stick my fingers in my ears, close my eyes and shout something in order not to hear and see the torture animals go through.
I try to do my bidding in my own way, but I couldn’t do what you do! But I most certainly admire it because of how hard and necessary it is!
So thank you!
Patrick | Vegans Rising says
Great video. No need to be soft about it, this is the way it is.
I got someone tell me once they could never be vegan. I said why? They said “because bacon”. So, that comment they left on your channel hit home for me.
Thank you for all that you share. You said it clearly. What gets me are three things out of many.
One is that statement of ‘vegans are too sensitive’. That reflects on the other, in that omnivore and
‘carnivore” humans are not sensitive enough. The second is about the humans that are switching
to the ‘happy animals”. The issue of their slaughter, of course, is completely overlooked, and the
fact that they are not willingly being victims. The third, is the ‘carnivore” humans, who glorify their
yummy diet, proclaim they feel terrific, that plants are evil, motivate others to do the same, have no
compassion toward animals they kill, and, refuse to admit they are incredibly bored and constipated.
Me, whole food ethical vegan for 25+ years. cheers.
Emily Moran Barwick says
Rachel, I feel you! I hardly think it’s a matter of being too sensitive. It’s more so that we are actually connecting with the reality of things. If most people truly connected to what their choices are inflicting upon living beings…if they actually had to face it, or even inflict it themselves, I’m sure they’d be emotional. This is another post of mine on this matter.
The humane myth is one of the things I am most passionate about. My speech from Ireland is all about shining a light on that. And this speech delves into the harm of humane rhetoric in activism.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts!
Agreed. Humans live with their cats and dogs and understand their needs and emotions. However, farm animals and fishes are foriegn to them and they are trained to view them as food, objects, products, as if they have no emotions or need to live. I grew up doing this and then I gratefully woke up. Yet i never “argued” with anyone and said eating animals was necessary. I knew it was wrong.
However, animal ag does profitable damage control by hiding the truth and using mind control and psychology to keep customers. Keep customers believing they are good humans with happy sounding labels. The excuses for continuing to eat animals is endless. If every human was forced to work in a slaughterhouse for a days shift, 99% would go vegan as the reality of what goes on would be revealed.
We know the details so I will not go on and on. Anyway someone has to speak for the voiceless victims. I pray and believe “we are” actually living in a vegan world of Gods’ original design. Have a great day.
Emily Moran Barwick says
If you didn’t catch it, I recently did a whole video on the psychological damage slaughterhouse workers have from their work. It literally breaks the human psyche! That’s the power of what we REALLY do to animals for food. It actually breaks people to witness it. Hard to say it’s acceptable, done “humanely”, etc, etc.