Is Culture a Valid Reason to Not Be Vegan
People often bring up the fact that animal products are a part of many cultures traditional dishes, claiming that’s a valid reason to not be vegan. This is not the case. Animal agriculture kills trillions of animals per year, and culture doesn’t determine morality.
Animal agriculture kills more animals today than ever before, killing trillions of animals per year (if you include fish, which you should). Animal agriculture today is nothing like the cultural practices of a thousand or even a hundred years ago. Farming practices have gone from one farm being able to feed around 20 people, to 2% of the world producing food for the rest of the planet. More than half of grain produced in the U.S. is used for livestock production, which is enough to feed 800 million people. 40 million people in the U.S. suffer from hunger.
Just because something is traditional doesn’t mean that its okay, culture doesn’t determine morality. There are plenty of traditions that have ended in practice because they’re immoral. Animal agriculture is immoral and has changed significantly since meat became a cultural staple. If someone is capable of being vegan, they should be.
Additionally, there are plenty of cultures that have always eaten meat, there are also plenty of cultures that don’t. Plant-based diets are promoted in Jainism, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Veganism is traced back to ancient Indian and Mediterranean societies. If someone can be vegan, they have the moral responsibility to be vegan.