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A friend of mine linked me to a great article "Eating Animals and the Illusion of Personal Choice" by Robert Grillo.
Of all the rationalizations we make for eating animals in an age when we now know that eating animals is not necessary for our health or survival, many people today are borrowing a popular slogan I call “the personal choice defense.” It goes something like this: “My decision to eat animals is a personal choice.” And it is usually followed by a statement sympathetic to their vegan and vegetarian friends, acknowledging that they too are making personal choices that are right for them. Yet, upon closer examination, the choice to eat animals, whether it is never, once a week or every day, is never strictly a personal choice. Eating animal products is indeed exercising a choice, but the repercussions extend well beyond one’s personal preference. Here are five key reasons why:
1. Eating animals is made “personal” only upon public scrutiny
2. There is no free choice without awareness
3. Merely “personal” choices do not have victims
4. Justice informs our choices
5. The negation of choice
Each point is explained in the article, which I’ve linked, and I recommend reading the whole thing, which is short but nonetheless informative.
One of my favorite lines is, “they [animal product consumers] have made this issue personal precisely in response to you making it public. Making the issue personal is a nice way of saying, “I don’t want to be judged or held accountable for my actions that harm animals.” So this is not so much an attempt to defend eating animals as it is a defense intended to block any further discussion or evaluation.”
I’ve had this “personal choice defense” reaction countless times from friends, family, and strangers, which I, and I’m sure other veg friends, find very frustrating. The article easily breaks down that defense.