Recently I saw a news clip that mentioned how Oprah and 378 of her staff took a challenge to become vegans for a week
. While we would never contemplate becoming vegans ourselves, we have no problem with others becoming vegans... the lack of protein will make you a much less contentious opponent to conquer.
Through the years I have met many people who have attempted the vegan or vegetarian diet methods. Some stick with it - they may even be alive still. Others see the error of their ways and convert back to a natural omnivorous diet. As an amateur philosopher, I could imagine the merit of eating like a rabbit for awhile in order to appreciate how tasty they really are. But I will save that research for others.
Personally, I cannot even talk about an animal without wondering - if not just a little - how tasty that little varmint might be on a platter. Medium rare with a side of potatoes and gravy, please. I recently entered a discussion pertaining to the plight of dolphins who stray into fishing nets while chasing the tuna which the nets were intended. These days the store shelves are chock full of "Dolphin Free Tuna" but what about the cans of "Extra Dolphin Tuna"? I'm not saying we fish the mammals out of the sea - whalers already tried that - but what's the harm in offering a wider variety. It almost seems logical that if there were wider variety of meats being offered then we wouldn't be eating any one animal into extinction anymore.
There is seemingly no end to my meaty cravings either. I watch nature shows like others might read a menu. Just the other day I watched a PBS Nature special on hummingbirds and thought to myself, "yeah, they are small but if you got enough of them you could at least make an appetizer." I remember as a kid going out bass fishing on my grandparents lake and noticing that while I wasn't reeling in any lunker bass, there were plenty of monster bullfrogs ringing the lake with their stomach rumbling croaks taunting my hunger pangs. By the next day I was back out on that lake with a slingshot, knockin' those big bulls out and tossing them in a gunny sack. I must've bagged at least twenty of 'em - that's 40 legs. We chopped off the legs, pulled off the skin, then soaked them in salt water and the next morning had deep fried frog legs for breakfast. In some regions that's an expensive delicacy!
So what is it with vegans that makes them turn tail at the sight and smell of a juicy porterhouse steak? Is it the face of the animal? I never looked into the eyes of most of the things I've ate - save for potatoes. The good butcher takes care of the sensitive part and I am able to just see the steer for it's inner beauty. Do vegans have a problem with eating animals that have a brain and think? Hey, I say if that deer was thinking about anything but food and sex then he probably wouldn't have ever strayed into the cross hairs. Not to mention that modern science has uncovered plenty of plants and other non-animals that portray signs of thought and intelligence. I'm no botanist but isn't a venus fly trap a plant? Would a vegan eat one of those? Possibly vegans are just looking to eat healthier. But how can they be healthier without obtaining all the essential vitamins and nutrients that are only possible through the consumption of other animals? The results of one official study on the effects of a vegan diet showed that the majority of it's followers were severely suffering from malnutritian. In that study,55% reported loss of muscle and muscle tone on the diet, 55% also reported difficulty staying warm - a thyroid condition, 59% were plagued with food cravings, A whopping 67% reported scattered thinking, 46% felt they were looking older than they should, 54% felt run down and chronically tired, and 59% didn't feel like exercising or working while on the diet.
So, way to go Oprah, you just turned 378 of your friends and co-workers into weak little zombies for a week.
Pass the BBQ sauce.