Approaching Veganism from Ethical and Physiological Viewpoints

Kerry McCarthy

Recently, I’ve been watching the videos of Kerry McCarthy (aka Kerry McCarpet). And I really like the way she explains the ethics and physiology regarding Veganism. She eloquently covers Veganism much better than I, in a very intelligent and articulate fashion. And she doesn’t resort to the “angry vegan” approach that others have adopted to drive their points across. It’s also apparent that her years of working in radio have helped her hone a very pleasing voice to listen to as well.

Below is a YouTube video in which she debates Veganism versus Omnivorism.

Losing Weight on a Vegan Diet

If you’re adopting a Vegan Diet to lose weight, you might be in for a disappointment. It’s true that if you’ve switched from a SAD diet (Standard American Diet) to a Vegan Diet, chances are you’ll lose some weight. However, if you’re going to be a Vegan and resort to eating potato chips and coke and beer, you are likely to fail. You need to get the majority of your calories from fresh fruits and vegetables.

Any diet, if followed in order to lose weight, can be successful at first. But once the weight is lost, many people tend to revert back to their old eating habits once the dietary goal has been achieved. I’ve been there many times, as I’m sure many others have experienced. You achieve the weight loss, and you slack off and the weight lost somehow comes back with a vengeance, and maybe you even gained more as a result.

But Plants Are Living Too!

Whenever there is a debate between eating animals and eating plants, someone typically asks the question, “Isn’t eating plants being cruel to plants?”

It’s true. Plants ARE living beings. They are alive. And unfortunately we have to eat living things in order to exist in this world.

But consider this. Plants are so low on the food chain that their consciousness (if they do have one, and there are studies that show that they do) is far less advanced than animals. In fact, the animals humans have been eating are mammals and are very close to our own physiology than we care to admit. They typically have a face, two eyes, a nose and a mouth. They have a brain and a nervous system that feels pain. Animals have been known to show emotions and express when they’re happy and when they’re sad. In other words, even though we can’t talk to them, animals have a consciousness and an awareness. If you slaughter them they will cry out in pain and express fear. Animals have feelings. They are sentient beings.

Plants might have some kind of awareness but scientific studies haven’t been all that conclusive. But, many Vegans are frugivores and they eat mostly the fruits of plants. They are simply the eggs and seeds of the plants and have no feelings or awareness.

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Carlos Rull

Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and

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