Don’t try to church it up. Gorging on animal secretions and parts is disgusting. We’ve been duped our entire lives by companies trying to sell us revolting “foods.” Industries spend millions to spin products that if they kept it 100 would make you jump ship.
Let’s be real.
Veal is actually nutrient-deprived baby flesh.
Male calves born in the dairy industry endure short, miserable lives. They’re chained up inside a crate or small pen and fed an iron-deficient diet to make them anemic before they’re slaughtered.
Foie gras is a diseased organ.
This is no surprise, considering that “foie gras” means “fatty liver.” To create this vile product, geese and ducks are force-fed until their livers become painfully engorged and they can hardly breathe. Ducks used for foie gras are typically just babies between 8 and 10 weeks old when the force-feeding begins.
There’s nothing funny about cramming pipes down birds’ throats or the way they shake with fear during force-feeding sessions—all while having to subsist in cramped, filthy conditions. The idea of paying upwards of $100 to eat little bits of these birds’ diseased organs is absurd.
Eggs come from chicken periods.
Egg-laying is the result of a chicken’s ovulation cycle. If you wouldn’t squeeze soiled Maxi Pads to make an omelet, it doesn’t make sense to cook the end product of a chicken’s period for breakfast, either.
Most people are grossed out by the thought of eating the discharge from anyone’s ovulation, but everyone who is against exploitation—especially of females—should know that every year, billions of hens are crammed into tiny enclosures, denied everything that’s natural and important to them, mutilated without painkillers, and prevented from raising their young.
If that doesn’t make your stomach do somersaults, consider that every year, millions of day-old male chicks are killed—typically, ground up in a high-speed macerator or suffocated inside trash bags—because they’re worthless to the egg industry.
Bees are slaves, and you’re eating their vomit.
Bees collect and use nectar to make honey, which provides them with vital nourishment. A single worker bee may visit up to 10,000 flowers in one day and, over a lifetime, produce only a teaspoonful of honey.
These tiny animals are factory-farmed, much like chickens, pigs, and cows are. Bees reared for honey are fed just enough sugar water to ensure that their honey production continues—only to have their life’s work and food supply stolen.
To make honey, plant nectar is “sucked up” through a bee’s tongue and stored in an extra stomach, where it mixes with enzymes. After arriving back at the hive, the bee pukes the liquid into another bee’s mouth. This continues from bee to bee until the nectar is finally deposited into a honeycomb.
Yup, bee vomit.
Milk is the post-rape lactation of another species.
Like all mammals, cows produce milk only during and after pregnancy, so roughly every nine months, cows on dairy farms are forcibly impregnated to ensure that their milk production continues. Cows are restrained in what the farmers themselves call “rape racks” while insemination instruments and entire forearms are shoved into their vaginas and anuses.
And not to belabor the obvious, but it’s beyond ironic that humans enslave cows, pump them full of antibiotics and hormones, kill their offspring, and continuously molest them just to drink a liquid coming out of their infected udders that is terrible for human health anyway. The whole process seems pretty bizarre.
Plus, cows on dairy farms are usually killed for their meat after their milk production declines, and their babies are often exploited and tortured for veal.
Once you’ve recovered from the shock of learning what these products really are, want to try going vegan?
Instead of chicken eggs, use any of the various egg replacers on the market, or scramble some tofu. Replace honey with plant-based products like agave, maple syrup, or Bee Free Honee. Instead of dairy milk, drink almond, soy, rice, oat, or coconut milk, all of which are free of both cholesterol and cruelty. If you go vegan, no animals will be harmed in the production of your meals.
With so many delicious vegan options, you’ll never look back.