Why Vegan: Part 1

It’s a hard question to answer. If anything, it was aligning our morals to our actions.

Every year, approximately tens of billions of land animals — cows, chickens, sheep, turkeys, pigs — are slaughtered for human consumption. That figure does not include aquatic animals or the countless numbers of male chicks killed after birth because they have “no use” in the industrial animal agriculture sector. Coupled with the culpability of the dairy industry, what else could an empathetic person do?

As for dairy: While it’s true dairy cows would be in pain if they were not milked, ask the follow-up question of why. A cow produces milk because she has a baby, just as a human does. The cow’s calf eventually ends up being taken from the mother and slaughtered for meat or raised to be a dairy cow just like her mother. 

Dairy cows are usually killed when they are 5 or 6 years old. Their natural lifespan is somewhere around 20 years. If we use the average American’s lifespan (about 79 years, per the CDC) in comparison, the average dairy cow would be killed before it was 20.

The animal agriculture complex has a lot of ways to try and convince people that what they’re doing is morally acceptable. They use words like free-range (just because a chicken is not in a cage doesn’t mean it isn’t packed in a henhouse in miserable conditions), humane, etc.

Ultimately, there are only a few fundamental questions: Is there a way to humanely end the life of something that is not suffering or something that does not want to die? Even if it is grass-fed, cared for, brushed, hugged, read bedtime stories, sung to and tucked in. The entire process of killing is removed from the chain of events. Our minds naturally equate living a good life as fulfilling and thus concluded.

The term “humane slaughter” is fundamentally oxymoronic. This is not euthanasia and putting an animal “out of its misery.” This is an organized mass breeding and killing for a meal many people won’t even remember a couple hours later. If there is any misery, it is caused by us.

On top of that, the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization estimates that we waste 20 percent of purchased dairy products, 35 percent of fish and seafood, and 20 percent of meat products. 

The more I examined my past, the more I recognized how uncomfortable eating meat actually made me to some extent. I loved animals, so how could I justify continuously eating meat meal after meal, every single day? 

Hardly any person is born and stays plant-based or full-fledged vegan. If anything, we arrived at this lifestyle because we kept our minds open. We only ask that you keep an open mind here, too.

Cruelty-Free as an Opportunity, Not a Limitation

Using veganism as our guiding principle, this site isn’t meant to shock and disgust you with slaughterhouse footage — which you should absolutely watch if you eat meat — it’s a chronicle of our attempts to get back to something more wholesome and easy to explain to a 3 ½ year old who loves animals as much as I do.

There are more ways to eat plant-based than ever. Grocery stores are packed with fresh produce year round, and the freezer sections are filled with substitutes and unique plant-based meals, too. 

That said, our mission is to make plant-based recipes and cruelty-free life accessible to all. There’ll be some unique spins to some Japanese cuisine, thanks to how I grew up personally, but overall, this is not meant to be a place that will have you buying expensive, exotic ingredients that you’ll only use once and left to languish and expire in the cabinet. 

Even if we end up helping people eat less meat or become more conscious about what they’re eating and where it came from, it’s a step forward.

Thanks for visiting, thanks for reading and thanks for your time.