I once tried a vegan chocolate chip cookie.
I’m sorry no matter how you pretty up the packaging—no. Cookies are a very specific kind of happiness that can not, should not, be changed up. Butter is important.
I’m not exactly sure how I stumbled upon PETA’s website. I think it was something on Twitter, which I still have no clue how to navigate, but there was an article on Whole Foods. They are in trouble with PETA over their labeling. What I knew about PETA, prior to stumbling over my Twitter, could fit into a bag of properly baked cookies.
I knew they threw paint on people who wore fur. That they often had their spokespeople pose naked to solicit attention for their causes. I was pretty sure everyone that supported PETA was a vegetarian or a vegan. I don’t like or wear fur and I enjoy my burgers medium-rare, so PETA never made it past my doesn’t-pertain-to-me filter.
I should probably let more things through, care about more, but my brain health is limited by the fact that I still get lost picking someone up at the airport, so I need to be careful.
I skimmed over the article on Whole Foods. I was a bit disappointed, but I’ve suspected for a while now that organic and natural have gone from a necessary step to a green fields marketing money maker. I added to my mental list that I needed to be more vigilant, pay closer attention because I don’t eat animals that were not raised properly.
As part of the big bullying humans, it is the very least I can do.
I was preparing to click the website closed and then my eyes landed on the video Face Your Food. I had a lot to do, I didn’t have time to sit on PETA’s website. I should have closed down, finished my taxes, but I didn’t. I tapped play.
I will never ever be the same. I honestly wish I’d never watched it because I live by some version of Maya Angelou’s “Once you know better, you must do better.”
What played out over the eight minutes on my monitor had nothing to do with propaganda. It wasn’t about being an Independent, Democrat, or Republican. What I saw was atrocious on any level, in any country. It should keep the meat eater up at night, as well as the vegan.
I didn’t provide a link because I’m not sure I recommend that anyone watch it. I was on their site for over an hour and sick to my stomach by the time I finally turned away.
What has happened to us? When did “more and faster” silence right and wrong? Is it the gluttony of fast food or the massive grocery stores?
If a mere half of what I watched is true, if only parts are accurate, we have lost our humanity. There’s no need to worry about heaven or hell because if this is the respect we have for her, Mother Nature is certain to finish us off.
How we treat others, all others, from a dairy cow to the bees, is a reflection of who we are at our core. This has nothing to do with eating meat or hunting vs. only eating plants, this is lazy and so ugly.
There is no reason for us to behave this way. I trust no one now, with or without a recycled flyer, and until I find a local farm that I can inspect myself, my cookies are going to suck.
My thoughts from the laundry room. Scoot Over.