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Let me preface this entire story by just saying that I have nothing inherently against vegans.
Personally, I firmly believe that Man was created to consume and be sustained by meat-based protein.
So long as I’m not being preached to, a vegan’s diet is wholly their personal business and they can live their lives as they see fit.
But that’s the catch.
When it comes to someone’s personal business, I want it to stay that way.
Getting in my face and telling me that I’m an immoral and depraved individual for liking a tasty filet mignon is not how you get me to see your cause.
And apparently, that method didn’t work when vegans accosted butchers in Leeds, England.
The incident in question, which occurred in late July according to mrctv.org, shows vegan protesters verbally abusing and interfering with the business of two butchers.
Now, the butchers likely could’ve called the police, considering the protesters were actually hampering their business.
Instead, the two took matters into their own hands and dispensed some Grade-A justice.
First, one of the butchers simply chased after the protesters, shooing them away with two fistfuls of meat. The flailing arms are a classic technique that has worked on pigeons for years.
The other butcher, however, went for the psychological warfare. The second butcher grabbed a pig’s head, and simply kept it’s dead eyes focused on the protesters.
While the slapstick antics are all good and fun, and exactly what obnoxious protesters deserve, it does underscore a darker side to all of that zeal.
Again, it’s one thing for an adult to decide that a vegan diet would best serve them from a nutrition and morality standpoint.
But there is a real danger when they start trying to push that belief in an openly hostile manner.
It can affect another person’s livelihood, as seen in the video above. But even on a private level, people who feel the need to subject their children and pets to vegan diets are actively hurting their loved ones.
Growing children need actual protein in their developmental stages. And no, soy and tofu-based protein doesn’t cut it. But at least children can voice some semblance of protest.
Vegan pet owners who subject their cats and dogs to similar diets are actively working against nature. Canines and felines are natural-born carnivores. It’s blatantly ignorant to suggest otherwise.
Which is all to say, the aforementioned butchers should be commended for their restraint. Veganism may work for some. But to aggressively push it on those around you is worse than any treatment of animals (after all, we’re talking about the treatment of your fellow man) and those protesters lost all semblance of a moral high ground.