Flopsy, mopsy, cottontail & peter
Remember Beatrix Potter’s little rabbits that live in constant fear of Farmer Brown? Well they are in a cinema near you from February 9. This is timely as Joanne Lee is ramping up her Direct Action Everywhere army of vegans to assault and harass diners, ruin social engagements and seriously impact one of Australia’s largest private industry employers – the food and hospitality industry. Having ruined the evening for diners at Rare Steak in Melbourne on Saturday, January 27 she is drawing up battle plans to take on similar restaurants and ‘slaughter houses’ across the country. Why? Because her vegan foot soldiers are on the side of all the Farmer Browns, aka the vegetable and fruit farmers, of the world.
Farmer Brown produces a vegan menu. One that his little band of rabbits enjoy eating because they are herbivores. To grow this food he and all the other Farmer Browns must stage an ongoing war against all the wildlife that used to call that valley, that prairie, that grassland, that forest or that pasture ‘home’ in order to convert these landscapes into human plant-food factories. To the Farmer Browns all wildlife, from microbial life to the huge world of invertebrates, to the reptiles, rodents, grazers, seed eaters and plant eaters (like bunny rabbits) are vermin. To destroy or exclude such ‘vermin’ the vegan food providers of the world employ a huge arsenal of technologies to shut all other species out of their farms. From fencing to massive in-house sheds, to shooting and trapping, to pesticide spraying through to genetically modified plants that repel unwanted insects – this is an ongoing war against the natural order of life on this planet. And the devastation of life is appalling as even the world’s greatest servants to all living things – the pollinators such as bees – are in severe trouble due to the nicotinoids in pesticides and the GMO repellent plants that prohibit them from feeding. The real truth behind the vegan diet is that it is totally inefficient, requiring much greater farming effort across many plant species to inadequately fund what is our hunter gatherer biology. And, after all this agricultural effort, the vegan still requires chemical factories to supply the missing essential vitamins, proteins, fats and minerals in their diet. We are omnivores and that is a good thing because we can feed ourselves from across the animal and plant kingdom and thus tread our 7 billion feet a little more lightly on our world. Our diet options spread from moths, crickets, cockroaches, grubs, snails and slugs to rodents, birds (even their nests), reptiles and sea creatures through to grazing and foraging animals as well as the huge plant kingdom. This diet has ensured our own survival through to being the species currently overwhelming the world. Reduce this diet to just the plant world and the environmental impact is appalling as we are eating off other species’ habitats thus reducing their range, numbers and genetic diversity… all the way to extinction. In short, Vegans are Habitat Eaters.
Perhaps the worst health issue of the vegan diet is the lack of cholesterol. Yes, we can make our own but at considerable metabolic cost. Every cell in our body needs cholesterol, our hormones are derived from it and it is involved in Vitamin D production. Most importantly, our evolution depended upon dietary cholesterol to power the development of our larger brain. This possibly started when early bipedal hominims used their considerable upper body strength to crack open the long bones of kill left by predators and then to suck out the energy and cholesterol rich marrow. To this day marrow is a sought-after food being the hero of the classic dishes like Osso Bucco and French dishes served à la Moelle. Low cholesterol levels are now implicated in Alzheimers and memory loss while parents who put neonates and infants on a vegan diet are liable to be charged with child abuse due to the intellectual impairment/mental retardation effect of a diet lacking in cholesterol. Without adequate animal-derived cholesterol our brain development is starved. Mental retardation is one of the worst legacies of famines.
There is this much-vaunted ‘empathy’ by vegans for animals – especially ones they consider sentient, a concept touted by Peter Singer who has claimed that we ‘used to be hunter gatherers’ but have somehow now changed our physiology. Sorry, Peter, stay with your esoteric wanderings amongst your thoughts as the science is quite adamant about the fact that we, biologically, remain hunter gatherers to the pit of our stomachs. The sentience argument is an interesting one as researchers have discovered that a bacterium will actively move away from a perceived toxic substance – which is more than we can say for the sentience of most human 18+year olds! It also is an argument that excludes species with lower perceived subjectivity from being valued life forms. Hence plant producers spare no thoughts to all the pests from invertebrates to vertebrates they eradicate by poisoning, shooting or trapping.
Joanne Lee wants to remove the service of animals (whose populations animal husbandry has purposefully expanded) ‘for food, clothing or entertainment’. To that could be added tools, fertiliser, medical uses and pharmacopeia. All while she and her band of vegans are eating their way through the habitats of the web of wildlife that grazing/foraging animals leave largely intact. So Joanna urges her band of Direct Action Everywhere vegans to continue to disrupt and damage, claiming that people are ‘disconnected’ from the reality that the meat on their plate came from – horror of horrors – an animal. Joanne, the disconnection rests with you and all vegans who fail to comprehend the global environmental and wildlife damage your inadequate diet wreaks across all species of plant and animal.
But perhaps there is a reason for this lack of reason, your brains are starved of cholesterol.