In my country, the food habits of the people can be divided into 3 major categories:
Vegetarian: Eat plant and milk products (No egg,
Non-Vegetarian: Don’t let the name deceive you,
these guys eat everything like egg, fish, meat, plant, and milk products.
Eggetarian: This is not really a word in any
dictionary, but this is what we call these people who eat primarily vegetarian
food and occasionally eat eggs.
These days there is the rise of a new food habit called
“Veganism” in India, which basically advises to rely only on plant-based foods
and don’t eat any animal products, not even milk? The meaning of “Veganism”
could be different in a global view, but this is what it means in India.
You must have heard the phrase “catch them young”? This was used by information technology companies in India, which meant start training school-going children on IT so that when they grow up they are ready for the industry. Similarly, those who want to peddle their own ideologies also are preaching it mostly to school children. Because their minds are delicate and they accept things easily if you have an impressive speaking style.
There are people whose videos I see on YouTube speaking in
front of young school children and telling them that they must avoid consuming
milk and milk products to save the cows and buffalos from a lot of torture.
Here is my response to them:
Person or entities like dairy farms that keep cattle and
sell their milk could be doing injustice to the cattle and their calves, which
should be taken cognizance of and such people should be penalized. They could
be extracting more milk from the cows and buffalos, not leaving any for the
calves. But in rural India many people, mostly farmers keep cattle at their
homes and treat them like family members. Those in the Hindu religion mostly don’t even eat beef, so they
don’t kill them for meat either. I don’t see any problem in consuming the milk
of such domestic cattle. Not sure why these “veganism” spreaders in India are
spreading rumors to not consume milk at all.
Now let’s see what would happen if we boycott all milk
products. For this, let’s see what are the primary uses of cattle in Indian
homes and dairy farms.
Milk (Almost everyone consumes milk and milk
Dung (Used as one of the best natural manures in
the agricultural fields)
Meat (Eaten by some communities in India)
Now, as per the “veganism” folks if we boycott #1 and #3
above then of course no one is going to keep cattle just for #2 which is the
dung. What it means to me that after several years the cattle could go extinct
like the dinosaurs.
My advice to the veganism guys would be:
Don’t just show one side of the story; show the
entire scenario, not everyone is cruel.
Don’t just tell about the problems, provide well
thought out solutions too.
What looks like truth to you may not be the same
for another person, so don’t preach your thoughts to school children.
My thoughts for everyone:
If you are a non-vegetarian, I understand you
don’t have any grudge on the animals. You’re eating meat because you’re
habituated, probably because you’ve been eating it since childhood. If someday
you feel it's not good for you or it’s cruel for the animals, you may drop the
habit. I don’t judge you on the basis of what you eat.
2. If you’re a vegetarian and confused by the articles and videos of “veganism” preachers in India, then don’t worry. If possible make sure your milkman takes good care of his cattle.
VeVeganism is a movement to promote industry based food businesses, that's it. Watch fully the video given below to understand. But yes, if you have a sedentary life style then you better go vegan, because you can't digest pure cow milk.
NOTE: The intention of this article is not to hurt or offend
anyone. It’s just to say “don’t believe anyone’s words blindly, use your own
brain and then draw a conclusion”.