DJ Rob Soundz follows vegan lifestyle

August 4, 2016

The differences between vegetarian and vegan

DJ Rob Soundz follows vegan lifestyle

To avoid confusion, allow me to first mention the difference between two commonly used terms: vegetarian and vegan. Vegetarian is basically a diet – it implies not eating the meat of any dead land or sea animals. Mostly people choose this diet for health reason. Vegan is considerably different from vegetarian – it is not just a diet, but a lifestyle. Vegan means that a person does not use (or minimizes the use of) animal products and by products in his or her life.

Regarding diet, this means that someone also does not eat the meat of any land or sea animal, but also does not eat any eggs or dairy products (two concentration camp-like industries where chickens and cows are enslaved, exploited and tortured). But vegan goes beyond diet. It also means that a person does not wear any clothing made from dead animal products (leather and fur being the two most obvious examples), does not go to zoos (where animals are held captive and are enslaved against their will), and does not use products which have been tested on animals (like certain cosmetics).

The reason I go vegan

Rob Soundz

The philosophy behind all of the lifestyle elements of veganism is that in modern society, humans don’t need to exploit animals to live a happy, fulfilling and satisfying life. Animals are sentient beings capable of suffering, and therefore they should get equal consideration and treatment to human beings. It’s a philosophy based minimizing harm wherever and whenever possible, on peace with, and compassion for all living sentient beings on the planet.

This philosophy is exactly what I identified with when I was thinking of becoming a vegan. I became a vegan because I love and respect ALL animals, not just the ones that have a cute image like dogs and cats.

For me, it was easy to remove eggs and most dairy products out of my diet. But I did need some time to let go of the gorgonzola cheese on my pasta. I’ll never argue that some animal products taste great. But the future of the planet and the welfare of animals is simply more important than satisfying my taste buds, period.

It is really not difficult to become vegan. All it takes is the decision and some effort to find plant-based alternatives for the animal products that you use in your life. It can be done in just a couple of hours of surfing on vegan websites. And simply refrain from going to zoos or any other places where animals are held captive against their will for unnecessary human benefit.

The challenges as vegan

While it is easy to become a vegan, the real challenge for vegan people is convincing others to do the same. Veganism is an ideal, it comes from the heart. Therefore, every vegan will feel the desire to convince others to become vegan as well, and thus reduce animal suffering. But because the use of animal products (especially in people’s diets) is so very common and considered normal (and even promoted) in almost every society worldwide, it is hard to break through this common misperception, and people tend to fall into automatic psychological defense mechanisms when confronted with the highly uncomfortable truth.

However, as animals don’t have a voice to speak up for themselves, it is only humans who can act as a voice for them, and it will take a lot of lobbying to change society’s general mindset about animal exploitation. Just like human slavery was abolished because more and more people spoke out against it, animal exploitation will also be abolished once enough people speak out against it. Will you be one of them?

Rob Stoutjesdijk, Bali, July 2016.

Esther Ariesta-Rantanen

Hello, I am Esther! An Indonesian woman who married a Finnish man and lives in Finland. I am a vegetarian and blogger. I have a Bachelor's degree in education and I am a certified trainer. In addition to helping people through blog posts, I also share some of my personal life here.
Esther Ariesta-Rantanen

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