My plan for this blog is to post my experiences at the end of each week, but I’ve recently faced some predicaments and I’d like to get your opinions.
Like I’ve mentioned in my previous posts, my reasoning for going vegan is all based on the well-being of animals. My purpose is to live my life in a way that causes the least harm to living creatures, be it human beings, ferrets, puppies, cows, bees, or spiders. By choosing to forego foods and goods that contain animal products, I believe I am taking a huge step in the right direction. Here’s where my quandary comes into play: I’ve stopped buying these foods and goods, but what if I already have them?
I have a few purses made of leather that were given to me as presents. Do I get rid of these? The damage has been done. By wearing them, I am not furthering the harm to that particular animal, but am I supporting the harm of other animals? Does my choice to continue to use the products I already have, in a way support the exploitation of animals?
Similarly, I went to a vegetarian/ vegan restaurant this weekend for brunch. Though I ordered my meal vegan, it came out with an egg on it. I sent it back and then spent the rest of the day wondering if that really did any good. That egg was just thrown out, so is it worse that the chicken was exploited just for the egg to go in the trash?
I guess what I’m wondering is if the representation is more important than the act. Do I make more of an impact if I refuse all products regardless of the situation, or am I causing waste and demeaning the animals’ lives even more by destroying the products already made? (By this, I don’t mean I’m going to go out and buy a leather purse just because it has been created already, but the product is already in my closet – it’s been purchased, the act has already been supported.) I’d love to hear other vegans’/ vegetarians’/ meat eaters’ opinions on this. Please comment with your thoughts!