The 8th deadly sin has to be cruelty. We can put on our blinders on and go about our daily lives as if our actions don’t have consequences, but that is far from the truth. Even the simply act of eating a meal carries with it an incredible amount of destruction and cruelty when we break it down. The destruction of land for growing feed, the transportation of that feed, the breeding, confining and raising animals for food, the waste that’s produced, the transportation of those animals, the cruel slaughter methods and the negative impact eating animals has on our health. If that’s not cruel to every living thing on earth, then I don’t know what is. From a moral and ethical viewpoint, no matter how you look at it, it’s cruel and it’s wrong. Eating animals is not only cruel and harmful to the environment and the animals, it’s harmful and cruel to ourselves. The very act of killing a sentient being that does not want to die for mere palate pleasure is wrong and should be recognized for the cruelty it is. We can pretend that there’s a hierarchy to all us who share this earth, but that’s just a suggested notion to provide an excuse and cover for our actions so we can sleep better at night. Whether it’s being cruel to others, being cruel to an animal, cruelty must be recognized for what it is. Imagine if we removed cruelty from our lives, if every action was premeditated and thought out to ensure there was no suffering, intended or unintended. What would that world look like? It’s not a farfetched dream, it’s a reality for many. If we could just get over ourselves and think of others, cruelty would diminish. The air would be clean, our rivers, lakes and oceans would breathe clean, our lands would relish and the health of ourselves and our children would flourish. Removing cruelty from your diet is one giant leap to a better world. Even our mental health is positively charged when we develop a cruelty free lifestyle. I’ve been vegan for many years and the healing transformation of adopting a diet and lifestyle that does it’s best to do the least amount of harm has such uplifting qualities that my only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner in life. The acts of cruelty that most don’t even know exists in the farming world carry’s a weight that is shared by those that die for your plate and those that purchase and consume it. If karma exists, it surely has its eye on those that eat without thought, consideration or remorse.
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