Steak is a gift. It is one of the great things in life.
Bacon is also a gift. It is also one of the great things in life, though not as fantastic as a good steak.
We are meant to eat meat. We are engineered to graze on the greens around us, but for our bodies and brains to work the way they are supposed to we need periodic infusions of meat. This is how it likely was for generations and generations of humans before grains came on the scene. We are literally hard wired to run on animal protein.
For the record I am actually all for veganism. If that’s your thing, no skin off of my nose. I can see how for some people it makes sense. In fact, I can see how for some people it makes a lot of sense. But if you try to kill grilling, you’ll have to take the NY strip from my cold dead fingers. (And you don’t want to do that because meat is like, ewwwwwy.)
Eat your salad and be happy. Stay out of my business. (By the way that bread is going to kill you.)
Health arguments aside, the real issue at hand in these discussions is control. Taking a page from their environmentalist ilk, vegans constantly rely on alarmist tactics to advance their cause. And this agenda consists of more than just educational campaigns — it involves using a strong centralized state to carry out their dietary vision.
To achieve this zealous plant-based vision, these actors will ultimately have to control and regulate the means of production of meat. The US government already wields tremendous power over food through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA). These agencies, with pressure from anti-meat activists, can be used as vehicles to implement one-size-fits-all policies.
Central planning of this sort forms the bedrock of socialism and the latest anti-meat crusades represent another ambit that socialists will exploit in order to gain more traction. At its core, political veganism is the same fundamental philosophy but with different cosmetic features.