Wednesday, January 02, 2013
But…where do you get your protein?
Since I’m doing a talk called Occupy the Climate: Hurricane Sandy, Eco-Activism, & the Vegan Option on January 12 in NYC, I figured I’d preemptively address some frequently asked questions and frequently made comments, e.g.
“Veganism is for elitists.
I’d urge you to examine how your food choices negatively impact the working class you wish to help. Inside the slaughterhouses, the animals are not the only ones suffering. The meat industry, along with its low wages, long hours, and dehumanizing work, has the highest job-related injury rate and by far the highest rate of serious injury—and at least half the workers are women.
GoVeg.com adds: “According to the U.S. Department of Labor, nearly one in three slaughterhouse workers suffers from illness or injury, compared to one in 10 workers in other manufacturing jobs. Slaughterhouse workers are also 35 times more likely to suffer from repetitive stress injuries than their counterparts in other manufacturing jobs.” Of course, with many undocumented immigrants and poor Americans working such jobs, it remains unknown how many injuries go unreported.
One of my recent OWS photos:
Noise Demo Against the Prison-Industrial Complex: D31Share