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  • 101 reasons to go vegan James Wildman

  • Good evening and thank you for coming.

  • My name is James, and I am the humane educator

  • for the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida.

  • Now, I am typically giving this presentation to a high school classroom,

  • so my audience is a little different. And I...

  • (Same, same level.) Same level. We will find out. We will find out.

  • So I pretty much know my audience.

  • And I can pretty much can guarantee that 99% of the kids in the class

  • are eating meat, dairy and eggs.

  • And there might be one or two kids who are vegetarian.

  • But it’s a very rare occasion where youll get a kid who is vegan.

  • When I speak to adults it’s a little different, you know,

  • I don’t quite know my audience as well.

  • So I want to get to know you. So here is what I want everybody to do.

  • I want everybody to please stand up.

  • Alright, now, if you are vegan, meaning

  • you choose not to eat any meat of the animal,

  • no flesh of the animals, no cows, no chickens, no pigs,

  • no turkey, and no fish, right surprise, surprise: fish is not a vegetable.

  • No dairy, no cow's milk, no cow cheese,

  • no cow butter, no cow ice cream and no eggs,

  • please have a seat.

  • So if you are a vegan, please have a seat.

  • OK. Now for the rest of you,

  • youll have to remain standing for the rest of the presentation.

  • Alright, everybody have a seat.

  • There is another benefit of talking to high school kids.

  • And that’s they are not afraid to participate in the presentation.

  • They will say whatever is on their mind. Whether I like it or not.

  • But with adults it's a little bit harder, it’s like pulling teeth.

  • Now this presentation is designed to be interactive,

  • meaning I want you to actually participate. I want you to engage.

  • When you think about the presentation, it’s like a Rorschach test.

  • I'll show you a picture...

  • and you... tell me what you see.

  • Alright. So the maturity level is the same as high school students’.

  • It is a mushroom, people. Alright.

  • How many of you have ever seen the movieThe Matrix”?

  • Alright, so more than half.

  • For those who have not seen the movieThe Matrix

  • There's a scene in the very beginning of the film,

  • where the main character is presented with two pills.

  • One blue . And one red

  • And he has to make a choice

  • If he chooses the blue pill, hell fall asleep

  • and when he wakes up, everything will be exactly the way it has always been.

  • If he chooses the red pill,

  • he will finally learn the truth.

  • And I'm here today to give you that red pill.

  • But let me make this very clear to you:

  • I'm not here to tell you what to do,

  • I'm not here to tell you how to think, how to feel

  • And I'm certainly not here to tell you what to eat.

  • I am simply here to provide you with information

  • What you do with that information is solely up to you.

  • So what does the Matrix look like?

  • Let me show you.

  • Now, despite what you might be thinking these two circles are not equal.

  • I repeat, these two circles are not equal.

  • One is in fact larger than the other.

  • What I need you to do, is to determine which one that is.

  • So please raise your hand if you believe the blue circle is larger than the red.

  • Alright.

  • Please raise your hand if you believe the red circle is larger than the blue.

  • Alright, very good.

  • Now, before I said anything about these two circles,

  • what was your first instinct?

  • Equal, right?

  • Because they look equal. The reason they look equal,

  • is because they are in fact equal. These two circles are identical.

  • You know, I just got almost everyone of you to raise your hand

  • and say that they are not. So what do we learn?

  • That you can be manipulated like that [clicks]

  • to believe in something that goes against your natural instincts.

  • Just imagine, just imagine as a child

  • you are taught that the blue circle is larger than the red.

  • If you say it enough times, you convince yourself that's the truth.

  • If youre told the lie enough times, it becomes part of your reality.

  • And if enough people were taught that lie,

  • that the blue circle is larger than the red,

  • then now it becomes part of the culture.

  • And if that culture then passes that misinformation

  • along to the next generation, now it becomes tradition.

  • And what we have to remember is that just because we have a tradition,

  • it does not mean it is morally acceptable.

  • Tradition and morality are not always the same.

  • I mean can you think of any traditions

  • that we once had in the United States of America that we no longer have?

  • That today we think back and that was immoral?

  • Slavery, right? Less than two hundred years ago.

  • And that was a tradition.

  • So the traditions we have today

  • does not necessarily mean that they are morally acceptable.

  • And as we evolve as a culture, so do our traditions.

  • Now, The Matrix is a story. It’s a story

  • when told enough times to enough people

  • it becomes a part of that culture. It becomes the tradition.

  • And this story is being told over and over. Everyday.

  • In fact, if you believe the image on the cartoon

  • is where you are getting your milk from, you are deceiving yourself.

  • This is a fantasy. It only exists in your head.

  • It’s a blue pill fed to you by the industry

  • to get you to buy their product.

  • This is the Matrix

  • the lie we tell ourselves about where our food is coming from.

  • The reality is far more disturbing.

  • 90 to 95% of the milk,

  • the meat,

  • and eggs that we consume in the United States are coming from these conditions.

  • This is called factory farming.

  • This is where you take thousands of hens,

  • Pigs,

  • and cows and confine them into warehouses.

  • In fact, every year in the U.S. 10 billion...

  • Yes, 10 billion cows,

  • Pigs,

  • and chickens are being slaughtered for food.

  • So what that works out to be is that every second in the U.S.

  • 300 animals are killed. Just like that.

  • So 300 600

  • 900 1200

  • By the time I am done talking today

  • therell be over a million animals that have been slaughtered.

  • And most of us do not even blink an eye

  • and I mean how is it possible that in the United States of America,

  • we can kill,

  • we can slaughter 300 animals, every second,

  • and not question that.

  • Because of the story we have been told. The story justifies the action.

  • If you say it enough times, you actually convince yourself that’s the truth.

  • And how many of you were told as a child you need to eat meat to get protein?

  • I know I was.

  • How many of you were taught you need to drink cow’s milk

  • to get strong bones?

  • Not dog milk,

  • not chimpanzee milk,

  • not elephant milk, not rhino milk,

  • not hippo milk, not tiger milk,

  • not lion milk, not giraffe milk,

  • not elephant milk, did I say that already,

  • I think you get the point.

  • Not even our own mother's milk,

  • we need to drink cow's milk to get strong bones.

  • The absurdity of drinking the milk from any other species,

  • and any other being beside our own mother,

  • when it said enough times, loses its absurdness.

  • So all were gonna do today

  • is to find out if the Matrix is telling the truth.

  • Now, the first we have been taught is that our diet is natural.

  • We eat meat, dairy and eggs, so therefore it must be natural.

  • So let's find out.

  • You have two images on the wall.

  • Alright, again. Remember the Rorschach test.

  • You have two images on the wall.

  • I want you to tell me all the thoughts that come to mind,

  • when you see the image on the left.

  • Do not be afraid to scream out. Nobody is going to get sent to the Principal.

  • What do you see?

  • Fresh, yum, sweet, alright?

  • If I came into the room with a basket of strawberries

  • that looked just like that, organic.

  • And I put it on a chair right here, now, what would be your thoughts?

  • OK, same thoughts.

  • What would you think if one of us got up and started chewing on the strawberries?

  • Maybe you want to join in.

  • If I come into the room with a basket of strawberries

  • how many of your mouths would start to salivate? You mouth starts to water?

  • If I take a strawberry and put it under your nose, what do you smell?

  • If I take a knife and slice that strawberry in half

  • and put that under your nose,

  • now what do you smell? Strawberries -

  • Note that all the sensations remain the same.

  • You see a strawberry and it looks like strawberry.

  • You smell strawberry, and it smells like a strawberry.

  • And you take a bite out of a strawberry

  • and surprise, surprise, it tastes like a strawberry.

  • Exactly, it’s a strawberry.

  • But, what thoughts come to mind when you see the image on the right?

  • Cute,

  • it’s kind of a rigged audience... you are in a vegan restaurant.

  • But you know, when I go to a classroom,

  • half the response, you get half of the kids, “Oh, cute, animal,

  • pig, Wilbur, Babe."

  • So half the class will see an animal and the other half of the class will see

  • bacon, sausage, ham, pigs, rib, pork and hot dog.

  • Those see a food. It’s one or the other.

  • Either youre seeing an animal, or youre seeing food.

  • Now, what would happen if I took one of the pigs living,

  • brought it into the room right here and put him right in front of you?

  • Does that change it? Now what do we see?

  • I mean, what would we think if one of us got up and start chewing on the pig?

  • Not very normal.

  • If I come into the room with a pig under my arm,

  • how many of your mouth starts to salivate? Alright!

  • If I take a pig and put it under your nose, what do you smell? Smell pig.

  • Just like if I take a dog and put it under your nose, you smell dog.

  • A cat, you smell a cat.

  • If I took a knife, and I sliced that pig in half. And put that under your nose,

  • Now what do you smell? (Blood.)

  • You smell rotting corpse, bacteria, decomposing flesh.

  • You see there is a process involved, and I am here today,

  • to show you that process of how you convert this animal, into this product.

  • Why should it be kept a secret?

  • Why should we not know what we are participating in?

  • And what we are putting in our body?

  • Now let’s make the situation slightly more realistic.

  • If I were to put a pig on this side of the room living,

  • and a butchers knife on the side of that room, how many people would be willing

  • to pick up the knife and take the life of that animal?

  • It’s very rare right?

  • And if somebody did that, that’s alright,

  • but how many people would try to stop that person from doing it.

  • Right. Would we try that?

  • of course, that’s compassion.

  • That is the greatest quality of the human race.

  • There is no other species on this planet

  • that has that level of compassion to extend to all living beings.

  • But, if you would stop somebody from killing a pig in front of you

  • and then go home and have this for breakfast

  • that’s called hypocrisy.

  • Just because it comes in a nice neat package all dressed up in the supermarket,

  • just because you didn’t take the knife and shove it through their jugular

  • just because you didn’t get blood on your clothes

  • and just because you didn’t hear their screams,

  • it does not mean that you did not participate in the killing.

  • Every time we buy this product, we are supporting somebody else doing

  • what we ourselves would not want to do,

  • what we ourselves would not want to see,

  • and what we ourselves would not want to hear.

  • Now, if you still see bacon, sausage and ham when I bring a pig into the room,

  • what happens when I change it to

  • What’s that

  • it supposed to

  • Here we go. Alright.

  • [Ooh.] Alright. Ohh, right? That’s the common response.

  • Now I never heard anybody sayyumm

  • nobody ever sees dog, food, hot dog.

  • So, why not?

  • Why don’t we see a food?

  • What? We have been accustomed to view this animal as our pet.

  • I mean, how many of you have a dog, or a cat, right?

  • How many of you have a pig?

  • Not so much. Alright. So...

  • But there are other cultures, there are other cultures

  • and again, the cultural story for us is, “this is your pet”.

  • In another culture, in certain parts of the world, they eat cats and dogs.

  • That’s their culture, that’s their story they have been told.

  • How do you feel about that?

  • A lot of people think it is disgusting, right?

  • I imagine every one of you probably thinks it is disgusting to eat a dog.

  • Why would