James Wildman Discusses 101 Reasons to Go Vegan Transcript

But, if you would stop somebody from killing a pig in front of you and then go home and have this for breakfast that’s called hypocrisy. Just because it comes in a nice neat package all dressed up in the supermarket, just because you didn’t take the knife and shove it through their jugular just because you didn’t get blood on your clothes and just because you didn’t hear their screams, it does not mean that you did not participate in the killing. Every time we buy this product, we are supporting somebody else doing what we ourselves would not want to do, what we ourselves would not want to see, and what we ourselves would not want to hear.

Now, if you still see bacon, sausage and ham when I bring a pig into the room, what happens when I change it to… What’s that it supposed to – Here we go. All right. That’s the common response.

Now I never heard anybody say “yumm” nobody ever sees dog, food, hot dog. So, why not? Why don’t we see a food? What? We have been accustomed to view this animal as our pet. I mean, how many of you have a dog, or a cat, right? How many of you have a pig? Not so much. Alright. So…

But there are other cultures, there are other cultures and again, the cultural story for us is, “this is your pet”. In another culture, in certain parts of the world, they eat cats and dogs. That’s their culture, that’s their story they have been told. How do you feel about that? A lot of people think it is disgusting, right? I imagine every one of you probably thinks it is disgusting to eat a dog. Why would it be disgusting to eat this animal, and not disgusting to eat this animal? Why would it be wrong to eat this animal, and right to eat this animal?

And most importantly, why would it be wrong to kill this animal, and right to kill this animal? Culture. It’s culture, it’s the story, it’s the Matrix that we have been told. One culture sees this as a pet, this as a food. Another culture might see this as a pet, and this as a food. Another culture might see both as food.

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In certain parts of India, the cow is sacred. They would never think about eating a cow in certain parts of India. Is that wrong? Is that unnatural? That’s just the story they have been told. But culture is just a story . That’s all it is. It’s just make-believe.

What I’m concerned with is what is natural to the human species. Because every culture has a different story. But if you take someone from Asia, Africa, South America, North America, Europe, and we are all the same species. We are all human beings. So, let’s take a three-year-old from any country in the world and you put that 3 year old in the room and you line up 5 animals in front of that 3 years old, a pig, a dog, a cow, a cat and a chicken. Do you think the 3 year old will going to know which one to eat and which one to pet? What’s the 3 years old most likely going to do? Or try to do? Play with them all. He is going to try to play with them all. The 3 years old has to be taught, “no, no, no, no, don’t play with him, eat him, play with him, pet him.” That’s what we were taught. We didn’t choose our diet. Our diet is a learned behavior.

We were raised to perceive this animal as your pet and this animal as your food. But that’s not the natural perception. The natural perception is that they are all of our companions. So our parents chose our diet, based upon the cultural story. And if you have children you base their diet on the cultural story being told. Which is the same story.

Now, let me give you another example. If you take a baby and you put the baby in a crib and you put on the right side a baby chick and on the left side an apple, which one do you think the baby is going to try to play with, and which one do you think the baby is going to try to eat? Most likely it will put the inanimate object, in this case the apple in his or her mouth. And if the baby most likely will be peaked by the interest of the thing moving, in this case the thing being actually a living being, a chick. Now, if the baby tries to eat the chick, what’s the chick going to do? Run away, or peck at him.

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Now if you walk into a room with a baby in a crib playing with an apple and chewing on the head of a live chick, what would you think of that baby? It’s like demon baby? Would you allow that demon baby to play with your baby instead of a playmate? Probably not. So if it’s not all right for a baby to cause harm to an animal, even when they don’t know any better, why does it become more acceptable as we become older?

When we do know the difference between an apple and a baby chick. The question is do we find it acceptable to cause harm to an animal? Let’s find out.

If you would walk outside right now and you saw somebody taking a baseball bat to a dog’s head, what would you do? You would take action. At the very least you’d call the police, because you recognize it as a violation of this animal’s right to be free from harm. We are all given that right at birth. Every animal on this planet, whether it’s a mammal, whether it’s an amphibian, whether it’s a bird, a reptile, a fish, an insect, we are all earthlings. Human beings as well, we are all earthlings. And what do all earthlings have in common? Two things. We all want to live. We all desire to live. That is what creates the equality in all of us. We all want to live.

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