Being Vegan – Make Every Vote On Your Plate Count
By Paul Graham
Las Vegas Informer
We had an election this past week. As far as the White House goes it seems like about half the country is very pleased right now and another little less than half not so pleased. It is my hope that we can find some middle ground to work on and start to get some things done. Goodness knows we have a lot to work on. I was disappointed with the outcome of Prop 37 in California to require mandatory labeling of GMO’s and bring at least one of our states into modern times with most of the rest of the world. This was a proposition that was leading in the polls until corporate giants like Monsanto put almost $50 million into a campaign to defeat the proposition. Money might not be able to buy you love but it can buy you lies.
I just found out yesterday that California still has around 800,000 uncounted votes. How does that happen? I understand now that they have until Dec. 6 to finalize the vote. That does not seem right or efficient. Another area of our election process that needs help. So maybe the approximate 500,000 vote gap on this proposition could close somewhat. I think this would be important for a lot of reasons. What I do know is that this is not over by any means. People are already gathering for the next battle in California and other states are following suit. If anything this process only infuriated more people and will only attract greater numbers to this battle against these corporate monsters for the right to know and choose.
What I really want to say today is that the election process is not over…in fact it is on-going. Every day we have the power to cast some very powerful votes. Every day we cast votes on how we are going to live our lives and the impact that it is going to have on the world around us. We cast a vote on what we are going to wear and if those clothes and accessories have been fashioned at the expense of an animal or even another human forced to work in terrible working conditions somewhere in the world. We also cast votes two, three, or more times a day on what will go on our plates. I would hope that every vote cast in any election will contribute to making a difference, but I am convinced that the vote on our plate will have a definite impact upon our health, the life or death of animals, and the future of our environment.
With every decision that we make to not partake of animal products on our plate we contribute to saving the life and well-being of animals. We are not talking about supporting party platforms or policies or laws, but lives of living and sentient beings. By adopting a vegan lifestyle, a person over the course of the year can directly impact the lives of hundreds to thousands of animals, reduce their environment footprint upon the planet, and impact almost every area of their physical health in a positive way. What can possibly be any more impacting than that? Each one of us has the power to vote before us every day on how we are going to live. Are we going to live for ourselves or can we possibly live beyond ourselves and vote with our lives and our plates to respect the lives of all living creatures and this planet that we occupy together.
Be assured that this is an election that we can win every time. It is above any party affiliation. It is above liberal and conservative. It is above fiscal cliffs and policies. It is about life. The life of 60 billion animals a year is at stake. The life and health our planet is in the balance. Our physical health can be optimized. This past election showed the power of community and bringing people together for a common purpose. That was a positive part of humanity that was shown forth. It also brought out some of the worst of humanity in the fighting, negativity, and even hatred that was evidenced during the election process. We can be so much better than that. Here is our chance to vote every day for kindness and compassion. Here is a chance to be better. It is time to rock the vote on our plates…for life and for health.
Paul Graham was born and raised in Northern California and has lived in Las Vegas since 2004. He is a top wedding officiate, a green Realtor and writer. He has a daily vegan food blog www.eatingveganinvegas.tumblr.com which is 365 days and 365 vegan meals in Las Vegas. He can also be reached at email@example.com or www.facebook.com/EatingVeganinVegas.