This Speech Will Change How You See Everything

This Speech Will Change How You See Everything


So, if you love animals, if you’re concerned
about the environment, if you want to be healthy. If you want to feed the world’s hungry, then
I’d ask that you just please place any prejudices you may or may not have aside and
listen. I’m not going to swindle you, I’m not going to make up any figures because I don’t
have too. So, for those of you who don’t know me, my name
is Emily Moran Barwick. I am an activist, an artist and an educator. I created the YouTube
channel and website, Bite Size Vegan, and I attempt to educate people about veganism
in friendly and digestible “vegan nugget videos” is what I call them. So, since we’re at a vegan festival, I’m going
to assume that everyone here is either vegan, interested in becoming vegan. You might have
been brought here by family or a loved-one, or got lost in the woods and you just kind of
ended up here…so. This isn’t like a test or a judgment, or a time
to look around and see what everyone answers, but just for my own knowledge to kind of shape my talk, can I just get a show of who is already a vegan? Now I know who to glare at in contempt…[laughing] A few of you…I’m just kidding. So, I’m hoping that this talk will be effective for
non-vegans and vegans alike. If you are vegan, I might still talk about things that you’re not
familiar with or maybe in a different way than what you’re familiar with, or perhaps help you learn ways
to talk to non-vegans about veganism. If you are non-vegan, I’m not here
to impose anything upon you or force anything upon you. I’m here, to help show what’s really going
on. And I would say that I’m here, if I can be so presumptuous, to help you live the values
that you already have. Most people identify themselves as animal-lovers and
even, I think, up to 60 percent of Americans identify themselves as environmentalists. Most people are concerned with their health
and living a long, healthy, happy life, and I would think, most people are also concerned about world hunger. So, not only does veganism align with all of these
values, but it’s our only hope for fixing the crises that are inherent within all of these
things. So, if you love animals, if you’re concerned
about the environment, if you want to be healthy, if you want to feed the world’s hungry, then
I’d ask that you just please place any prejudices you may or may not have aside and
listen. I’m not going to swindle you, I’m not going to make up any figures because I don’t
have too. I’m going to be transparent with you if
I don’t know something I will tell you that because believe it or not, vegans DON’T
know everything. I know that we like to sometimes think we do. So, there are four main reasons that people go
vegan, and we’re going to touch on each one a little bit. There’s the health impact,
which I’ll gonna only briefly address because there’s many people here at this festival who
can speak to this far better than I can. There’s environmental impact. There’s the sociological,
or human impact and there’s the moral or ethical impact. Before we start, I’m going to be throwing out
some numbers to help you grasp the enormity of what it is that we’re talking about today, and I’m gonna see if you guys can try to match what they represent. If you are not a numbers person, don’t worry because
we’re gonna talk about things that aren’t all numbers based. Because it’s really difficult for us to
wrap our heads around incredibly large numbers, we’re gonna do just a quick comparison. So, one million seconds, if you’ve seen my videos,
I’ve talked about this is 12 days. So a billion seconds would be what, like 24, 28? Anyone have a guess? 31 YEARS. So a trillion seconds is? Don’t worry I would not be able to do
this in my head. It’s 31,688 years. So, you can see there’s an exponential difference
between these numbers. I think sometimes it’s really difficult for us to conceptualize that. So now that we’ve got a bit of a scale to
work from here…here’s some figures. So we’re going to see what applies to these. So one
of these is the number of humans killed in wars in all of human history, every single war. Anyone
have a guess, which one this is? [from the numbers?]…Yeah which one that…[6-800…619 right?] It’s actually one billion. Okay, then the number of chickens killed
in the US in 2013. So, one country – one year. “Ah, 1 billion”…”7…7 1/2…” Yeah, it’s 8.6. We’ve got the number of people
starving in the world…right now. That’s 795 million. And the number of people we could currently
feed with the food that we are creating right now this second? “Probably the bottom…the largest number you have on there” Almost. It’s actually 10 billion. So, we can feed 10 billion, and the majority of that is or half of
that, is going to animals that we consume. So, the number of gallons per year for fracking in the
United Stated…which is like the big environmental evil of… “170.6 billion”…”yeah”…”51” It’s 70-140 billion gallons every
year in America. Number of gallons per year for animal agriculture in America? “34-76 trillion”…Yeah, so that some of these have a pattern. And this trillion, and again remember, so it’s a big difference there. And then we have, the percentage…these are kind of gimmes…the percentage of CO2 emissions from all global transportation, planes, trains
automobiles. “13”…Yep, 13%, the entire world. So of course the CO2 emissions for animal agriculture.
“51”…51. Now we’ve got number of humans to ever exist in the history of our entire species ever. “107.6”…”2.8…” Yep, 107.6. So that leaves the number of fish we kill
every single year. 2.8 trillion. So, we can see here that we kill 2.7 trillion more
fish every year than all humans have ever existed and that’s a number that still
escapes our comprehension. There’s just no way to cognitively understand what that even
implies. 7.6 billion more chickens are killed in a single year, in a single country than
all humans who ever died from war. We have more than enough food to feed everyone
in the world right now, but globally we give around half of our crops to the animals that
we eat. Animal agriculture is using between 486 to 1,000
times more water than fracking, and is the leading cause of climate change.
So, as a species, we can see here, we’re killing our planet. We’re killing trillions of other beings, and we are killing
ourselves. And while eating animals may not cause of all the evils in the world
and the problems, its impact reaches far beyond our dinner plates as you can see here so. We’re going to take a look at them for the four
main reasons for veganism separately, and I’m do my best to address common questions
and objections, because my hope is that you’ll find, that even if you’re not vegan, veganism
is consistent with your own ideals and morals already. Most likely it’s very, very close
to your core beliefs as you are right now. As a note I just want to let you guys know I’m not gonna
be showing anything overtly graphic in this presentation. There will be some images that might be sad and
possibly disturbing, but nothing is going to pop out at you, and nothing’s going to be terribly
graphic by any means. So, most of us want to be good people. We do our
best. You know, most of us would never want to violently harm an innocent being or cause others unspeakable
pain. Most of us don’t want to destroy the planet or literally take food from the mouths
of starving children. You know, these are not actions that most of us would condone
or jump at the chance to participate in. Yet most of us, and by this I mean the human race,
are doing exactly this. You know, and I honestly believe that the vast majority of people who consume animals and their byproducts are not doing
so out of malice or inherent evil, but out of ignorance of the truth. And that’s why I’ve
dedicated my life to helping people see these realities. Because if we truly want to live
according to our values and be the good people that we strive to be, we must educate ourselves
about the truth and make decisions that are based on facts rather than fantasy. So we’re going to dive into some facts. Again, if you’re not a numbers person, bear with me through a couple of figures, and we’re going to
get to the not so non numbers stuff as well cause everyone learns differently. So, we’re gonna start with something most people can
get behind and that’s solving world hunger. Not everyone is an animal activist or even believes that animals
should have equal rights to humans. Not everyone even really cares about the environment. But
most people seem to agree that starving children deserve to eat so. We’ve all seen the commercials where you
can donate a dollar to feed a child in some developing country. The reality is, the
reason that these children don’t have food is because the food is going to the animals that we as
a race are consuming. As I said in our numbers game, we currently
grow enough food to feed 10 billion people, and that means the world’s population, and then
even more. The United States alone could feed 800 million people with the grain that we currently
feed to our livestock. So, the problem isn’t a lack of food. The problem is that
we’re feeding our food to our food. If the world adopted a vegan plant-based diet, we’d
have world hunger solved, and it’s pretty simple, really. And if we do care about the starving people
of the world, we need to stop stealing our food to feed to our food and just eat the
plant foods that we’re already making. So, this brings me to the really…the really only health point that I’m going to make. As I said, there are experts here and medical experts that you can find
online who are far more skilled in this area than I am. I do have an entire vegan nutrition
series on my channel with the wonderful Dr. Michael Greger of Nutritionfacts.org. If
you want to reference that for more information that will also be on the resource sheet for this talk. But a simple way of looking at the health
aspect, particularly when it comes to concerns about not getting x, y, or z nutrient, is
that: When we eat animals, we are filtering our nutrition through them. So, we’re eating, what I like to call, hand-me-down nutrition, and with hand-me-downs always comes wear and tear and weird smells. So, what I mean is that when someone asks “where
do you get your protein if not from meat, or where do you get your calcium if not from, you know, milk?” What I like to ask people is where did the “meat” get it’s protein from? And where did the dairy cow get
her calcium from? Invariably, the answer is plants. And when we try to get these nutrients
through the animals, we’re getting a lot more than we bargain for. We’re also getting the fat. We’re getting the cholesterol. We’re getting the acid-forming compounds that wreak havoc on our bodies. So let’s just cut out the middle animal and go
to the source. And so that’s, you know, that’s kind of what I’m going to talk about with health but. Now we’re gonna talk about, just briefly on the environmental aspect as well. I have a whole video that breaks this down in great detail with a lot of numbers
and snarkiness, called “Everything Wrong With Environmentalism.” That will also be
linked for you to check out later. In short though, our planet is in crisis. We cannot sustain
the way that we’re eating. Animal agriculture, as we talked about, is the leading cause of
climate change. As we saw, it’s responsible for up to 51 percent of CO2 emissions compared
to the 13 percent of all global transportation. It also uses a third of the earth’s fresh water,
up to 45 percent of the Earth’s land, and is responsible for an incredible 91 percent of Amazon destruction with 1-2 acres being cleared every second for animal agriculture. It’s also the leading cause, one of the leading causes of species
extinction, ocean dead zones, and habitat destruction. So, the efforts that we make to recycle or shower less
are rather insignificant in comparison when we really look at this impact. So, something astounding, a single pound of beef takes 2,500 gallons of
water to create, and 16 lbs pounds of grain, which is where our food is going
as we’ve learned. So, using the average American consumption of
dairy and eggs for the year 2000, which was the most current year with the most thorough data that I could find. To match the water savings alone, not even talking about other aspects of being vegan for one year, you would have to not shower
AT ALL for 66 years if you took daily 15 minute showers or close to a 100 years
if you took daily 10 minute showers, both with water saving shower heads. And this isn’t even getting in-depth with species
extinction, land and water pollution, the Amazon rainforest destruction, and all the other
ways that animal agriculture is decimating our planet. But here’s the take-away from the environmental
reasoning for veganism: We’ve reached a point beyond personal choice, beyond “you
eat how you want to eat and I’ll eat how I want to eat.” This is a global crisis
and it’s not about you or me anymore. We say that children are our future but what
future can they have when we are eating the planet to death? So, the world cannot sustain
meat, dairy and egg production. It just simply can’t. And this isn’t propaganda, it’s a
truth that’s even more inconvenient than Al Gore so. The solution to this, luckily, is so simple
and it’s something that everyone, every single person can do. We may not be able to single-handedly
stop oil drilling in Alaska or get companies to cut their carbon emissions, but each
and every one of us can choose what we put in our bodies and where we spend our money.
So, we can literally save the planet one meal at a time, and that’s pretty mind-blowing. It’s a people’s revolution in the purest sense of the word. So, now I’d like to move into what I personally
find the most important aspect of veganism and that’s the moral and ethical impact.
As a species, we have a very large and an impressively resilient disconnect with how our food is
made. We may understand, of course, that hamburgers come from cows and bacon comes from pigs, but what
that exactly entails, we prefer to keep in the dark. So, our reasons are many, but the main ones seem
to be that we have to eat animals and byproducts because of their nutrition. Or
that it’s natural for us, it’s written in our genes. It’s in our biology. Our ancestors
ate meat, you know, look at my canines, all of those. Or that animals eat other animals and
it’s the circle of life. If you can go fell a gazelle with nothing
but your bare hands and teeth, then ,yes, eating meat is natural for you. If you can
bite into the hide of a living cow and enjoy the blood, the lymph, the fat, the bones, the tendons,
then yes, eating meat is natural for you. If you see road kill and you get the munchies,
then yes, perhaps eating meat…you’re meant to eat meat. But we have to look at how we eat animals. We have to
hide the whole process. We only interact with sterilized, disguised packaged remnants and
then we cook it, we slather it with spices and glazes and all kinds of crap, and then think
to ourselves “how primal am I? I’m so in touch with my ancestors!” You know, and maybe that’s not you. Perhaps you don’t
agree with factory farming, and you only eat, you know, the cage-free eggs and the grass-fed beef. Within all of these reasons lies the heart
of our disconnect. We’re going against our very natures and who most of us believe ourselves
to be: compassionate, good people who would never harm an innocent creature. I mean we’re animal-lovers
after all. Well that’s a whole area unto itself. If
there’s one thing that unites humanity across all colors, races, creeds, religions, cultures,
whatever, is that we love certain animals and we eat other animals. If you live in the West, you
love dogs and cats, and you eat cows, pigs, and chickens. If you’re Hindu in India you love
the cows but you abstain from all flesh, but you eat dairy. If you’re in one culture you eat dogs and dolphins, and in
another culture you shun the flesh of pigs. But favoring one group of animals over another
is as universal as it is arbitrary. When we take a step back from our cultural ideas about
eating animals, there’s nothing worse about eating a dog than a cow, or a dolphin than
a chicken. It’s just based on our conditioning. I mean, what makes one okay to eat and the other was abhorrent? And is it because dogs are meant to be pets and
cows are raised to be eaten? But, you have to think, tell me, like how does being raised for food make it okay
to be killed? If I raised my dog for food or, god forbid, raised a child with the intention
of killing it for food, does that…how does my intention make that death any more excusable? And how is it any
less horrific for the individual who’s dying? So, I mean we’re talking about taking a life here.
And there’s a perception that animals sacrifice their lives for us. The circle of life: they
die so that we may live. But all you have to do is look into the eyes of an animal that’s awaiting
slaughter and see the terror and the panic, you watch them fight for the last second of their lives
to know that they are NOT willing participants in this. No matter how it’s done, killing
an animal is killing a being who very much wants to live, just as you and I do, our dogs,
and our cats do. Killing is never humane. It’s never gentle. It’s never kind. Not
even when it’s labeled cage-free, free-range or humane. Free-range chickens can be crammed
in sheds one top of another with a little screened door so that they can see outside but not actually go outside and that legally, that is “free-range”. These labels only bring comfort to consumers,
not to the animals. So I mean, just put yourself in their place and tell me how would I have to treat you
to make it okay for me to kill you? And it’s just absurd when we look in it in that way. So, the insanity of all of this is that we don’t
need to kill animals. We’re better off letting them live, for our health, for the planet,
for the hungry, and certainly for the animals themselves. And don’t worry, they’re not gonna overrun
us if we don’t eat them because we won’t be breeding them anymore. The food industry, like any industry,
runs on supply and demand. Stop demanding they’re gonna stop supplying. The consumers have
the power here. All we have to do is take it. So, I’d like to touch on dairy and eggs
and some of the less-discussed aspects of veganism. A lot of people will say, “I’m just going to go vegetarian.” And usually this is with the best of intentions. Many people don’t know that dairy and eggs
are far crueler than meat is. I think most of us grow up with the idea that the cows just make
milk constantly so milking them isn’t bad and possibly even beneficial to them. In reality,
cows’ bodies in this manner work very much like our bodies. They produce milk after they’ve given birth.
They carry their babies for 9 months just like we do. They lactate just like we do, and
then they stop, just like we do. So to get cow’s milk, she has to be repeatedly
inseminated, which is a nice word for raped. The device used to secure the cows is literally
referred to within the dairy industry as a “rape rack,” so this is not a term that’s been dreamed
up by activists. Once a cow gives birth, her baby is taken away from her and if he’s male, he’s sent to to the veal industry. Now, I’d dare say that most non-vegans are even against
veal. The calves are tied down. They’re unable to move and then they’re slaughtered when they’re only
weeks old. But veal would not exist without dairy. Every cup of yogurt, every scoop of
ice cream is tied to the death of these baby calves. And the mother cows experience a horrific agony
all of their own. Now cows bond intensely with their calves and they will cry for days when they are
taken. A former cattle rancher friend of mine, she turned vegan when she witnessed her cows chasing
the trailer as it took their children away. She says they cried for days and they only stopped
when they lost their voices. This is not anthropomorphizing. This is a mother’s grief and it’s utterly
heartbreaking to watch. So, after being forced into pregnancy after pregnancy,
having their children violently taken and getting infections from frequent milkings,
the mothers of the dairy industry finally give out when they’re about 4 or 5 years old, and they’re termed “spent.”
Allowed to live free of this exploitation, cows can live up to 20 years or more. But their
bodies give out decades before their time, and the dairy cows are then slaughtered for cheap meats
and pet foods. Now, on a lighter note with all of this, you kind of have to think
about the absurdity of drinking the milk from a cow. I mean, like who decided this was the animal
to suckle from amongst every other animal? You know, I imagine some guy in a field who’s eyeing a cow,
a wild dog, maybe a moose and then he says, “that’s the one!”, you know. No other animal is weaned from their mother
and then says, “Now I’m old enough to go suck on the boob of another animal!”
Cow’s milk makes no sense for us! It’s nutritionally designed to grow a baby cow
into a thousand pound plus adult rather quickly too. But our nutritional needs are completely different
and rather than help us grow big and strong, milk and dairy cause serious damage to our
systems. Now, as a bonus, the infections that cows
get from the frequent milkings transfer to their milk. So, there’s actually a legally allowable
amount of pus in milk, which they call the somatic cell count. There is also antibiotics and
feces in there. So, it’s basically Pus, poop and drugs! Which kind of makes you rethink like rocking the milk mustache…a little bit. So, now we’re gonna touch on eggs really quick. Eggs are one of the
hardest for people to grasp ethically I believe. We don’t have to impregnate the chickens, they’re
just going to spit these out anyway, right? And in a sense, yes they do, but layer hens suffer. They’re
crammed into these battery cages on top of one another. They’re driven to cannibalism, literally pecking
each other to death. And as I said earlier, the cage-free farms really aren’t any better.
The farmers manipulate the light and the temperature of the coops to trick the chickens into these unnatural
biological rhythms so that they’re gonna produce far more eggs than is natural. And all the while
depleting their bodies of nutrients so that they also are going to be dying prematurely, called “spent”, once again, by the industry. But the darkest part of egg production is
what happens to the chicks. You see, we’ve segmented our animals and we’ve genetically manipulated them
to such an extent that we only have two kinds of chickens: We have layers and we have broilers. The broilers
are the ones we eat. The layers are the ones that give us the eggs. And the broilers, as an aside, are made to grow
so insanely fast that they’re slaughtered at about 42-43 days old. So, the full-grown looking
chicken carcasses you can buy are actually babies. But back to the layer chicks. So, in order to
have this consistent supply of eggs, we have to have more layer hens, because, especially because
their life expectancy is so low. But we only need females. The males have no place
in the egg industry because they’re not broilers, so we can’t eat them. And it’s
a regular practice, and by regular I mean on an international scale, to throw them into
a grinder alive. So, they are also sometimes smothered alive by being dumped into trash-cans. By
some estimates, billions to trillions of newborn chicks are disposed of this way every year.
And I say estimates because we don’t even care enough to keep track of this. So, how can we, good people, animal-lovers, pay
people to grind up baby chicks when they’re fully conscious? How is that something that we
can start our days with? What kind of person does that? Or what kind of person pays for
that while refusing to take any responsibility? Now onto a less horrifying but slightly more disgusting
side of the egg issue: the eggs are basically a chicken’s period when you think about
it. I mean, chickens only have one hole, called a cloaca. And from that whole they poop, they pee,
they secret fluids, and they pop out eggs. Now, I don’t know about you, but I prefer my food not to
come out of a glorified anal-vaginal combo, thank you very much. And now just to kind of touch, like I said, on some of the more “fringe” areas
of veganism, I do have videos on my channel and website addressing wool, honey, silk,
and fish. And you can look into those for more information. But I would like to start
wrapping up so I can take any questions that you guys have. But first, I wanted to play a short video. I was going to show a graphic video when I was first planning this talk but I’ve
decided instead to show one that is not graphic. I do however want to say that I think watching
graphic footage, meaning the reality of our food industry is absolutely vital for
those who choose to continue consuming animal products for a number of reasons. First, most
people will not believe it until they see it. And number two, if we choose to eat animals and their
byproducts, we should know what it is that we’re supporting. And number three, these animals deserve to
have their stories told, because these are stories that we as a society go through great pains to hide from
ourselves. And if you don’t believe some of the things
I’ve mentioned today or you want to see them for yourself, again please do contact me through
my website or email and I can send you footage. If you do eat animal products but can’t handle
watching the footage of these products being made, I would just ask you to meditate on the
question “If it’s not good enough for your eyes, why is it good enough for your
stomach?” That said, this video is
not graphic, but I feel it effectively captures the horrors of the animal products industry
and conveys in 2 minutes more than I have in this entire talk. [Loud bang] [Cow cries out from inside] [Loud bang] We cannot watch that and say that the animals
that we kill for our food don’t know any better. Or that they die peacefully and humanely. They
can sense the fear. They can smell the blood. And they fight. They fight to the end. In my years of being vegan and speaking with
many, many non-vegans, I have yet to hear one reason that even comes close to justifying
putting a sentient being through what we just watched. Not one. You know we don’t need to eat animals. We benefit
in every conceivable way from not eating them. The good news is, being vegan doesn’t
mean that you have to give up taste or even give up your favorite foods. These days there exist vegan
alternatives for every meat, every cheese, dairy creation, even eggs. And you can find
recipes for making your own even if you don’t have the ready-made alternatives in your area
or maybe they’re too expensive. And I’m not here to say anything against eating a whole
foods, fresh organic produce diet, which will do wonders for your health. But the truth is the animals
don’t care what we eat as long as it’s not them. And the planet doesn’t care as
long as it’s not being destroyed. So yes, you could be a junk food vegan. Is it the best
thing for your body? Probably not, but veganism has many options and room for a multitude
of dietary approaches that are all equally ethical. Veganism is the most powerful tool that we have
for saving our planet, for ending world hunger, for improving our health when we eat health-consciously,
and for regaining our compassion- for becoming the people that we believe ourselves to be: Good
people. And good people don’t take food from the
mouths of starving children. Good people don’t destroy the planet, leaving our children futureless.
Good people don’t kill newborn babies. Good people don’t rape, torture or murder. Yet
good people everywhere are doing all of these things with every single bite. But we have the power to stop all of this and
that is the beauty of veganism. It happens on an individual basis. You are the change.
You decide what goes in your body. You decide whether you want to continue to have others
kill for you. You decide whether you want to continue consuming death, terror, and heartbreak. You decide. And my hope is that you’ll decide to go vegan. Thank you…[applause] Hi it’s Emily from Bite Size Vegan and I wanted to thank you
for watching this talk. Thank you for listening, and even more important, for hearing. If you enjoyed
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following my speech, which will also be posted on my channel and website, and linked at the
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79 thoughts on “This Speech Will Change How You See Everything

  1. With all the graphic videos out there, the one in this speech is the one that caused me to stop using animal products 4 years ago. I didn't even need to see the graphic videos, just this one with that poor baby trying to back out/turn around/get away. Showed me everything I needed to know.

  2. I was calm throughout this entire speech, taking in everything that was said, even though it made me so sad. But as soon as I saw that video of the cow tears literally streamed out of my eyes and I felt like a scared child.. That poor little cow did nothing to deserve being so terrified and nor did any animal that has ever lived. I can't imagine anyone watching that and not wanting to rescue her straight away…

  3. The number of vegans in the UK has risen by 360% in 10 years, but lets be honest, as the demand for animal products drops and farms that don't convert to arable firming close, the animals aren't going to be set free in the wild to eat the crops, they're not going to be adopted by vegans they are going to be euthanized. My diet 98% plant based but when it's 100% I'll never describe myself as vegan, let's keep it real.

  4. Such an inspiring video! I have a pet cow, 3 horses (2 are rescues), 2 dogs and 5 rescue chickens, and never would I dream of using any of them for my benefit. Having saying that, I do ride my horses, but I have absolutely nothing against that, specially the way I ride. I have rescued 2 of the horses I now own and I rehabilitated them because they were previously abused by heartless human beings. I do ride bitless, often bareback, and I only ever use natural horsemanship methods. It's actually my job to rehabilitate horses, and I take it within my responsibility to rescue all the animals I can. 😂

    What's your opinion on this?

  5. I've been vegan for many years and so totally agree with everything you offer to your audience in this speech. I have seen pretty much all the available video from slaughter houses. I still find the non-graphic video you used to be one of the most powerful of these. What I feel is more than simply the intellectual understanding of what the cow experiences – it is a totally visceral connection which is so deep, so very primal it is hard to fully describe. Of course, I have no need to see the graphic nature of what happens on the other side of the door. However, for others, the whole truth may well necessary – but on this point I'm uncertain. The shock value of seeing actual slaughter will only have an impact for those open enough to allow themselves to take it in. Regrettably, a considerable portion of the population are so numb or callous as to be unaffected. Reaching that group will require more than just a speech. It will I suspect take a sea change in social attitudes so massive as to impact virtually everyone. You are at the leading edge of creating such change. Thanks for your courage and dedication.

  6. Dude. That cow was afraid. You can't argue.
    Who the fuck tazes a cow.

    I cried. I'm going vegetarian, if not vegan. Fk that, man.

  7. I disagree, in my opinion she did skip over a few important topics such as describing how to "naturally" get vitamin B12 which is an essential vitamin for human survival and the way we get this essential vitamin is through red meats contradictory to many rumors there is no other way to be vegan and get this essential vitamin other than through supplementation of it. I assume that this may be why she avoided the subject, but I may be wrong in that aspect. Also I would like to point out that the consumption of meat is not the problem, nor is it how we kill them, other means of "slaughter" are much more gruesome and much crueler than how we kill our animals. A lion kills a gazelle by first pouncing on it and then sinking it's teeth in before the animal is even completely dead. If it struggles the lion will scratch until the struggle is over. I do agree that steps need to be taken to lessen the output of Co2 but I don't think that everyone being Vegan is the best solution.

  8. So sad that cow wanted to escape run, if it was wild it would have ran. This was excellent. I have seen truth of chickens grou nd and calves taken and Mother going after, the pigs by man being hit to death the eggs are the period. Our society has lied to receive money from pharmacy Co Milk industry Meat industry. This is not What God gave for us. It all began after flood not enough vegetation for Survival. But years ago man never did, our teeth are for grinding. lion panther tiger whatever for tearing they have different stomachs then us. But Gorilla Elephants cows zebra's and deer and on on eat plants herbs Monkeys fruit they are strong. There are body builder Vegans. We have been raised in lies and mistrust non scientific medically sound.

  9. I'm totally making a vegan thread on Twitter tomorrow 😌 your points are so unarguable I love it 👏👏 stay awesome Emily !

  10. Very good lecture. I think the video of the cows was a good choice seance it showed the fever of waiting to go next, reminded me of the Jews waiting to be shoot next by the germans in WW II

  11. Im guessing the "graphic videos" you want to send people show raw meet being cut because i do not eat the organs and blood of animals

  12. Took notes, I'm giving my third talk on veganism on haloween in a college. Let's do it for the animals. You are awesome Emily, an inspiration for us all.

  13. Thank you SO MUCH for this speech, Emily!I've found it one of the best speeches on the topic, and recently my mum has ditched dairy because of it – learning about the cruelty in the dairy industry. :)She also seems open to other changes in the future and is very supportive of my veganism and my fiancee's (and vegan baby on the way…)

  14. Omg that cow was terrified I feel so bad for it I was desperately trying 2 escape it could smell the blood and sense the fear of the other cow! It was trying to turn around and was backing right up I want 2 go vegetarian now and then later go vegan!!!! 😰😰😭😢

  15. Have been trying to go Vegan. It is hard for me. Your channel is a big help. Just recently started watching. Sorry about your dog. I have a big pooch myself and am way too attached to him. I will continue to work toward becoming fully Vegan. Thank you for the time and effort you put into your channel. it is appreciated.

  16. That cow…just utterly heartbreaking. The world should watch this. Everyone who laughs at me being vegan and makes daily jokes about eating bacon, burgers and KFC should watch this. It's just so cruel and so wrong 😢

  17. Emily you're the most inspirational person I have ever heard of or seen. You turned me vegan and I'm so happy and proud to be one, because of you. I love you so much, you're my idol ❤

  18. I cried so much for the cows. I still am crying. I am a new vegan, and it is people like you who have made me feel that this is the right choice. Thank you.

  19. this speech was adorable, but there are some seriously flawed arguments there. the first being that our livestock, cows especially eat grass naturally, yes they are supplemented with grain and very low quality corn, but mostly grass……we can't eat grass. so your numbers are likely off, and how much more would we have to eat to get the same calories and nutrients? where is that number? secondly, water does not disappear. drinking it doesn't make it vanish. we can't run out. it is sweated, and pissed right back out and re-used by mother earth. third, we evolved to eat meat. your argument against it hinges on human beings magically appearing in the exact form we have now. we evolved like any other species, and we are now adapted to eat cooked meat. fourth, a lactating mammal will lactate indefinitely providing there is proper stimulation and nutrition. a breastfeeding mother can continue lactating until their kid is 30 if they wanted to. fourth has to do with being an animal lover. i love certain animals not all. just like i love certain people , not all. lastly, animal sentience……….its simply unproven. there is no convincing evidence for it. and from a neurological standpoint, animals have a brain that is much too primitive for any higher function. they are essentially robots. the "emotions" we think we see, and the behaviors we think we recognize, thats just us projecting our own humanity on non human creatures. this video was supposed to blow my mind. but i see the same tired arguments that still crumble under scrutiny.

  20. Thank you!!!! ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

  21. Being "raised" for food is FAR worse. I'd rather be raised as a pet then be eaten one day suddenly.

    Imagine being raised for the sole purpose of being cooked. I'd rather be born dead.

  22. no. this didnt change everything. as usual, there are logical fallacies, and outright untruths. if i raise my own animals humanely on pastured land in harmony with nature, and eat near the end of their natural life, and kill them peacefully (like by pulling out the O2 in a room so they fall asleep painlessly), 3/4 of these arguments collapse. and no, im sorry, but there are countless stories of people who tried years to make veganism work and couldnt. so no it's not an ideal diet for ALOT of people. all monkeys at a minimuk eat loads of insects. oh and people… UN Agenda 21 heavily supports veganism. that speaks volumes in and of itself.

  23. Being vegan is so easy!
    I've only been vegan for 12 days and I don't have dead animal cravings anymore 😀
    I crave bananas and cereal now 🙂 Much nicer and more delicioussss

  24. that idiot man who was constantly giving shock to that cow, i swear i would have myself in jail for harming him brutally.

  25. We need to stop being squeamish.  If people watch violence on tv, why reject watching this reality?  People will never understand the consequences of the eating actions if they do not watch this sad reality.

  26. It does not mean only eating vegetables like a rabbit.  There are plenty of products, Tofurky, Gardein, Beyond Meat.  They can be seasoned to our taste. And conscientious company leaders continue working on more products even more appealing.

  27. Emily, this is what the world needs. Thankyou. Please know that I, for one, am also working to bring true compassion to the Animal Beings.

  28. What actually happened to the cows in the video? It was so horrifying to wacht that cow being so scared.. i went vegan a few days ago and it’s kinda hard but no food is worth an animal having to suffer their whole entire life!

  29. 14:20: I actually Saw this programme…with an elderly man..in England…who took his little pick-up Toyota… went out in the countryside.. and gathered roadkill!! I kød you not. It was the grossest thing! He even said, that he liked hedgehogs and foxes the BEST! I was really, really, really close to puking!

  30. its not healty to not eat meat its not healty for our world if we just left all animals live all over..

    vegitarians and vegans shu eat more meat.. look at her ffs its just bones she got… and that not healty

  31. Ive been a vegetarian for about 4 months now and today, the first day of 2019, i decided to go vegan thank you

  32. Being Carnivores is in Our blood, there is nothing we can do about it, btw, point me to any vegan who has been a vegan over 3 years and is not skinny as shit and actually healthy, mentally, physically.

  33. Thank u thank u thank u all love n im encouraging people I know to watch ur stuff u r awesome I've only achieved at changing 1 person to vegan but that was 20 years ago before all the support I get now plus doctors n wonderful people like u I'm working on another now who is also a bible beater they're the most difficult cause God tells them to eat animals

  34. Okay so,this is my third day being vegan. I watched this video and some Gary's ones and you guys changed my mind so much.
    I have never classified myself as an animal lover,I used to avoid my dog and I never cared about him and all animals.
    But…I always cared about social concerns and peace. I figured out the thing that I hate most its hypocrisy.
    If I know the truth of something and I don't try to change it or even stop it, I'm a hypocrite. That's it.
    Now I have opened my eyes I have changed a lot. My parents were surprised when I told them last week I wanted to turn vegan,really surprised.
    I feel in peace,I feel I'm doing something worthy that is part of myself.
    My dog is my bestfriend,and I don't get tired looking at his eyes and telling him I'll never let him go.
    thank you.♡♡♡

  35. That short video of the cow always make me ball my eyes out! I showed my mom that short video as well. She was mortified she is also working on becoming vegan! I am also helping her! I bake vegan bread and give it to her! She makes different things! Black bean burgers, vegan baked beans! She definitely does have a vegan heart!!! She can't watch the more graphic videos she always looks away and covers her ears and asks me if it is over yet! I'm glad I finally made the switch to being a vegan for over a month now! I was vegetarian since 2003.

    I thought because of my Auditory processing disorder and A.D.D. I couldn't learn how to cook meals for myself. It was over welling for my brain. I definitely gave up drinking milk and would have nut milks. Although I ate ice cream, because of the cost of vegan ice cream! I would have eggs here and there. I would more so have milk and eggs from desserts! I couldnt give up cheese!

    I also live in a big hunting area! So there wasnt that much to pick from! But I am finding ways to make it work!

    Thanks to YouTube and videos I have seen. I think I saw Earthling Ed first! Which helped me give it up! I watch the very graphic documentaries and I watch the educational documentaries!

    I feel so much better and I'm cooking, baking, making banana ice cream and smoothies!!! I am learning what my bodies needs!
    #plantbasedfortheanimals #plantbasedfortheplanet
    #plantbasedformyself

  36. Recently started eating vegan again…this video has helped remind me of all those reasons and allowed me to understand the disconnect. Excellent speech and very informative. Will scribe to your channel. Thanks, Alicia. 🙂

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