Vegan vs. Carnivore

Vegan vs. Carnivore - by C-Section Comics

Howdy how’s it going, chief?
Some people hold the belief
that all beings are equally rated,
and all life is equally sacred

If you adopt this point of view
then antibiotics are taboo
(according to the above terms)
because it basically mass kills germs.

Others think it’s pretty neat
to take one’s life and eat one’s meat.
Cows and chickens, it’s pretty straight,
all should end up on our plate.

But where’s the limit? There’s a thought:
What’s OK to eat? What’s not?
Why stop at munching a cow?
Why not cats? Dogs? Humans? Wow…

Is killing for meat really fine?
Where will I draw my own line?
Animals are in real pain…
should I just accept them being slain?

And what about insects like ants?
What about eating only plants?
Can I live just on plants? Just sayin’…
And who said plants cannot feel pain?


Here are some more comics about veganism:
If Everyone was Vegan.
Becoming a Vegan.


I totally understand the logic of vegetarians. Livestock animals are indeed suffering in the harsh conditions used for growing livestock animals in the industrial world. I’m an omnivore myself (I hate the term “carnivore” because it’s inaccurate. After all, I eat meat products as well as plants). Still, it’s hard for me to argue for one side or the other. To my understanding, the boundaries that vegetarians and meat eaters set are totally arbitrary. If you think meat should be part of a human diet, and if you believe that all animals (humans included) are in this world to either eat or be eaten, then why stop at cow meat? Why not eat dogs? Cats? Humans? Because after all, it’s customary in some cultures.
On the other side, if you’re vegetarian and you believe that all life is sacred, why eat plants? Plants are just as living as animals. They have DNA, they reproduce. Studies show they can signal distress. The fact that they’re a different form of life doesn’t make them less living than us. And what about bacteria? As the comic suggests, every antibiotic you take is like a mass genocide for millions of living bacteria. If you think their life is worth less than the life of a cow, then you believe in a hierarchy of life. And in that case, you cannot argue with someone who says that that the life of a cow is worth less than that of, say, a human.
As mentioned before, to me it’s all arbitrary boundaries. I choose to eat meat, but I might as well choose not to, and it would make the same sense to me.
Think I’m wrong? Think I’m right? Let me know in the comments, especially if you have some interesting reading material that would you think would convince me or the readers of the comic to go one way or the other (keep the discussion polite please, rude comments will be removed).

If Everyone Was Vegan

If Everyone was Vegan - by C-Section Comics

If Everyone Was Vegan / by C-Section Comics

Livestock animals did suffer quite a lot of pain.
Conditions in those factory farms were actually insane.
The animals were crammed together into filthy sheds,
and didn’t get to feel the sunshine warm their little heads.

Jon was good of heart and couldn’t stand to see their ache,
the videos he saw had caused his gentle heart to break.
In their misery our Jon did not want to take part,
so Jon became a vegan, and did it with all his heart.

But one man turning vegan does not really change a thing,
so Jon tried talking to his friends in hope they’d follow him.
Most his friends liked eating meat, they didn’t want to stop.
He called them “carnivores” and almost blew off his own top.

So when Jon met the Genie he was genuinely glad
Finally a chance to make things good and fix the bad.
“You have one wish” said Genie and Jon told him with much glee:
“I wish that everyone was vegan, vegan just like me”.

“Granted” said the Genie, and this part was kinda neat:
Everyone immediately then stopped consuming meat.
No animal products, such as milk or eggs or wool.
To eat just rice and soy was suddenly considered cool.

As veganism spread to all the corners of the earth
Livestock animals lost all their economic worth
Farmers then stopped raising them, they too must make a living.
They opened the stockades and sobbed as animals were leaving.

Domesticated animals cannot live in the wild
and after they had been set free, all of them had died.
And so it happened that because of Jon’s extreme conviction
the animals he loved so much had suffered mass extinction.

A life of pain: better than death? Or is it maybe worse?
And can we put a stop to pain throughout the universe?
These questions are quite tough, I don’t have a real solution.
But a world with no meat eaters? I think it’s a delusion.

Animals are hurting, and it’s simple and it’s plain
that we must do the best we can to minimize their pain.
Free range farming feels to me like something rather smart.
It won’t solve everything. But it may be a humble start.


Final note

I’m not an expert on this subject – so if you have a moment,
and you wish to speak your mind, just tweet to me your comment.


More comics

Here’s a comic ’bout health aspects of consuming meat,
and here’s another wish whose outcome wasn’t very neat.