What Would You Do?

Let’s play a fun game in which we imagine a scenario. 

Warning: It’s unlikely to be fun. 

For this game, you need to imagine yourself with a friend. So before you try and imagine the scenario, have an idea of someone specific you care about beforehand.

I’m imagining my dog. 

Now if you’re ready, let the game begin!

The scene I would like you to imagine begins with you and your friend. You’re both being dragged into an enclosed outdoor space by some strangers. The strangers are bigger and stronger than you.

Next, you notice one of the strangers has a knife. A really big knife.

One of the strangers grabs your friend. Your friend is dragged on to the top of a table.

The stranger is about to kill your friend. 

Take a second now to close your eyes and imagine yourself in this situation. Imagine the scene. How do you feel? 

When I try to imagine someone about to kill my dog, I experience a whole mixture of emotions – some that are hard to articulate in a blog article. I experience an overall feeling of dread, the hairs on my arms stand up and I get a sinking feeling in my belly. I don’t like how I feel. 

Whilst watching your friend about to be killed, what do you do? Would you try to hide, would you try to help your friend or something else?

Take a second now to close your eyes and imagine yourself in this situation again. What would you do?

I hope I would be brave enough to try and save my dog.

The reason I’m asking you to imagine this scenario is because I recently came across a video. If you don’t want to watch the, very short, video… I can describe it.

There are two pigs. One of the pigs is screaming. Two people are holding down the first pig on a table and they are about to slaughter the pig. The second pig then knocks into one of the men which also helps the first pig fall off the table and briefly get away. There is lots of screaming. The second pig tries to attack one of the men. The pigs then cower together in a corner. 

How do we explain this emotional response from the second pig? My guess is that the pig was trying to save their friend. For me, this video demonstrates that pigs feel fear, desperation and emotional attachment to other beings. 

Do you disagree?

So the next time you eat pork, try to imagine the scenario above. A scenario in which a pig saw another pig about to die and, for a short time, he tried to stop that from happening. 

Pigs are intelligent, social beings that are not deserving of the suffering they endure because of our selfish desire to eat them. This can be said of every animal. 

Now for the selling part…

For anyone that has the tiniest feelings of remorse for animals after reading this article, then I would highly recommend for you to check out Veganuary. Veganuary is a pledge to go vegan for the month of January. Over 200,000 non-vegans have already signed up for Veganuary 2020. If you sign up, you’ll have tons of online support, plus you always have me cheering you on in the background too. 

I want to help you guys go vegan, so if you want to start your new year by being a compassionate human being, try Veganuary.

Merry Christmas. Happy New Year. Go Vegan 💚

32 thoughts on “What Would You Do?

  1. MaJAc Collection says:

    It’s scary to imagine such thing. I’m a part time vegetarian because of my husband. I do not eat pork, beef, and goat but i sometimes eat chicken, turkey and shrimp because my husband likes them and i get tempted. It’s hard to be a vegan right now.

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    1. The Crumby Vegan says:

      Thanks for your really interesting comment, MaJac 🙂

      I think it’s great that you have cut out certain animal products and I can understand that some are more tempting than others. I felt the same about cheese before I gave it up. There may come a time when our cravings for chicken (for example) will not mean a lot to you anymore, when that day comes I’ll be ready for any questions you have about great tasting chicken substitutes 🙂

      I really appreciate your very honest comment 💚

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    2. Geddy says:

      Imagine how hard it is for the chickens, turkeys, and shrimp! It’s the easiest time in history to be vegan – there are recipes for alternatives to just about everything, and most are available pre-made in any supermarket.

      I felt tempted a few times early on – for those who are interested in going vegan but still think of animals as food I recommend watching Dominion. It’ll change your life!

      Good luck

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    1. The Crumby Vegan says:

      Ah that’s great that you made an effort to go vegetarian, Djiksea.

      It is harder to go vegan in circumstances where you don’t fully control what you eat, in those circumstances you can’t be necesarily held responsible. Maybe instead of trying to go vegan because it may create friction with your parents, you could talk to your parents about veganism, the benefits and maybe watch a documentary together (I would highly recomment What The Health).

      I think it’s fantastic that you enjoyed going vegetarian though. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions 🙂 💚

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  2. You, Me and Benny says:

    YIKES this was hard to read. The only thing I really eat is Chicken and that’s not even a lot – I thought about going vegan or vegetarian but where I live we are limited on what we can purchase so it’s hard to do!

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      1. You, Me and Benny says:

        Yes – actually here it is. We don’t have many fresh things, no farmers markets nothing like that and at our local grocery store a lot of the fruits and veggies are either gone ASAP or old and not in good shape to eat. If we want a lot of fresh things we have to travel for it. 🤷🏽‍♀️

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  3. Michele @ ourredonkulouslife says:

    I just said to my husband earlier tonight I want to eat more Vegan meals. I have been trying on and off for the past year, but it has been hard because my husband and step-daughter are very big meat-eaters. I really do think I will sign up.

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    1. The Crumby Vegan says:

      Ah Michele your comment is soooo wonderful! I can’t tell you how much you’ve made me smile 🙂

      It can be super hard to try and be different around our family when they are strongly set in their ways, so I can totally empathise with how you feel.

      Please do let me know if there is anything I can do to support you, even if you don’t sign up I am here 💚

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  4. semmarys moorthy says:

    I am not a vegan. It’s really hard for me to be one. But every time I pass by those videos on FB or other social media where animal abuse and another kind of videos I really think to change but it’s really hard when you see the food.

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    1. The Crumby Vegan says:

      It sounds like you are a very empathetic person.

      I can understand you have strong cravings for particular types of food but there are alternatives for everything now. Let me know if there is an alternative for something you would like to try and I’ll find it.

      Also, it’s good to learn about the benefits of not eating the foods you’re craving. When you can, check out the documentary What The Health. It’s a fantastic documentary and has virtually no bad images.

      I can understand it’s tough for you, but I can assure you that the animals find it tougher 💚

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  5. gloriousheights says:

    Oh that’s hard to imagine.. I know where you are coming from my mom is a vegan and that’s because she once saw a butcher :p
    I’ll be honest I’m not a complete vegan but I’m not a hard core meat lover. Chicken is mainly what I eat.

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    1. The Crumby Vegan says:

      Chickens are also often the animals that suffer the most in the farming industry 😦

      Have you tried chicken alternatives? I’m sure your mum would know some great products for you to try. KFC have also just brought a vegan chicken burger. If you have one local to you then I would definitely suggest that you try it, it’s supposed to be amazing! 💚

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  6. Bobbie Yaga says:

    I am a vegan. It’s not difficult, once you make the connection. When the pigs are braver than some people, we must recognise the moral agency. Watch Land of Hope and glory documentary and you can never deny their rights to live.

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