Hey kpickell, I just wanted to let you know that you are not the only one who feels like you do. I have already been attacked on here for promoting similar views. Strange how on VB
, the moderates are considered the extremists. Actually, I think there are more of us on here, but they have just been sufficiently cowed over time that they no longer speak up, or have begun towing the party line even when they don't necessarily practice it themselves.
I advocate rational intelligence over blind fanaticism. I long for a world that embraces vegetarianism and veganism, a world that sees these things common, healthy, and good. Maybe some of you are too close to the issue to realize this, but militant, fanatical positions against things like honey seem completely INSANE to the average person. They don't help convert people to veganism, they just make it seem irrational and it turns people away. It makes it easy for people to dismiss the entire animal rights cause as nothing but a bunch of idiots, diverting attention away from the TRUE horrors of slaughterhouses and factory farms. Bees have NOTHING on the meat industry and anyone that tries to equate the two is delusional.
I would rather see thousands of people reduce their meat intake considerably, even if they don't even become vegetarians, that see a small handful turn into full fledged vegans. On the grand scale of horrors occurring right now in this world, the plight of honey bees falls far, far down on my list.
I also don't believe that we should be living lives of fear and guilt over what we are eating. I think that all vegetarians and vegans, no matter how far they take it, should celebrate the positive impacts of our lives. I won't name names because its rather obvious, but I find the venom spewed by some of the vegans in this thread and others to quite saddening.