… Or trash your meat—I guess that’d probably be the better way of putting it, right?
Here’s the transcript if you can’t watch the video:
“Hi, I’m Mayim Bialik for PETA. I decided to team up with PETA for this campaign, largely because PETA sort of is the industry standard for veganism, and I think also, as a mom—as a mom of two vegan kids, I think it’s really important to put kind of a young mom face on this aspect of veganism, which has completely compatible with being a parent and raising healthy kids. One of the main inspirations for me towards a decision to complete veganism was Jonathan Saffran Foer’s ‘Eating Animals’, and I refer to that as the nail in the coffin for me. It was really after that book that I had both the education and the confidence, and the personal conviction to be able to say, ‘I don’t know where to draw the line anymore, I’m not going to draw it. I’m going to step over the line, and there’s been no turning back, and some of the best advice that I’ve ever gotten, is what I tell other people, and it’s actually information I got from PETA. Find the foods that already do not require meat. And find the foods that do not necessarily require dairy, or for what substitutes you can find that are palatable. So, my favorite question is when people say, ‘What do you eat?’ and I list all of the things that they also eat, just without thinking about it being vegan, so, pasta marinara, salad, and Mediterranean food in particular, and Asian food in particular. Those are things that often do not have meat or dairy as part of their ingredient list. There’s an age for children raised either vegan or not, where they start to put together the world, and their plate. We decided to kind of let it happen organically and went to gentle rescue farms with our boys. We take them places where we describe what happens to the animals before, but some were left to die on the side of the road, that some were used and abused and when they weren’t needed anymore, and nobody cared about them. There was two major shifts for me when I became vegan. I never had a sinus infection or had been on antibiotics since cutting out dairy. I’d obviously had an allergy to dairy that I’d had my whole life that was called “seasonal allergies,” but why are they all the time? It’s like every-season allergies. I’ve noticed that my true seasonal allergies are much less severe now that I have cut out dairy, which is amazing to me, but I think the most significant shift for me was I used to feel guilty. Even as a child, I felt very guilty about eating animals and never thought that there was something to do about it. And as I got older, it became clearer that there are things that there’s lots of things that I can do and traces I can make, and so, to me, the lifting of any guilt associated with consuming an animal, or using an animal for my clothing, or my pleasure, that guilt is completely gone.
I like your story, Mayim. I do. And I really, really like you, too. But there’s nothing you can say or do to convince me that PETA shouldn’t maybe change their campaigns around to be a little more people-friendly. I mean, are we going to have to start eating each other, eating other people, for PETA to realize that we humans are animals, too? PETA doesn’t have a bad message, though I do like myself some sausage and steak and milk and ice cream, but maybe if all of their promos were as person-friendly as Mayim’s here is, it’d be a little bit more well-received by the people who think they’re a bunch of freaks, you know?