You Will Never Look at Your Life in the Same Way Again | Eye-Opening Speech!

You Will Never Look at Your Life in the Same Way Again | Eye-Opening Speech!

I just want to start by saying that I wasn’t born vegan. And I wasn’t even born vegetarian,
you see for almost 21 years of my life I consumed meat dairy and egg products, it’s not just that I consumed them, I loved them. I loved how they tasted,
I’d have them every single day of my life. I looked forward to the flavors and the textures. I looked forward to getting that nutrition,
that satisfaction from consuming those products. I’d get a Domino’s pizza pretty much every single week, two for Tuesday. I’d always get Texan BBQ and always get Meat Feast
and it’d always both come with extra mozzarella and cheesy stuffed crust as well. I went into my local KFC so often that the people who worked there knew me by my name and knew my favorite order was which was a Zinger Box Meal with extra hot wings.
So when I went in they said: ”oh hi Ed”, ”you want your Zinger Box Meal with extra wings?”
and I’d be like ”absolutely, please as quick as you can”. You see I loved the flavor of these products.
I really enjoyed them. I used to wear things made out of leather
and wool and silk and down. I’d buy cosmetics like shampoos and shower gels without ever considering whether or not they were tested on animals. And going to the zoo was literally
one of my favorite things to do and I did it because I was an animal lover,
I liked observing these animals. I thought it was a nice thing to do to see them, I enjoyed seeing these animals. You see this wasn’t something,
or veganism wasn’t something that I was born with. The morality of veganism wasn’t something that
I was born with it’s something that I grew and educated myself on
and learned more and more about. Now everything started to change for me
about five years ago. I was having a pizza with a friend and my friend was veggie and I wasn’t at this point and I said to him: ”should we get bacon on the pizza?” and he said: ”no”. And I said: ”why not?
Why would you not want to get bacon on pizza? I mean bacon belongs on pizza,
can you even call it pizza if there’s not bacon on top?” And he said: ”Ed, I don’t think an animal should die
for a pizza topping”. I said: ”What are you talking about?
These animals are bred for that purpose. We give them life,
they give us bacon”’. Bacon his life, right? That’s what I used to say,
I was one of those bacon is life people. But ironically bacon is very much death. Now at that point I had never once really contemplated
why I consumed animals. I had not ever really once contemplated
why someone wouldn’t eat animals. The concept of just consuming animals was so normal,
it was so natural, I thought it was necessary. It’s what I did everyday, so why would I question it? Now four years, around four years ago, May 2014 I came across this story in the news, it was in the BBC news, it was about truck carrying 7,000 chickens crashing just of the M62 near Manchester. And it really disturbed me this story because the journalist was talking about hundreds of these animals had died on impact in fact I think in total it was 1,500 of the birds died on the impact alone, but what disturbed me even more was that there were hundreds more of them
that were alive. But they were mutilated they had broken bones and broken wings their faces were literally hanging off and I saw pictures of it their faces were hanging off their combs were hanging off, their beaks were hanging off. And they were alive. And they were suffering. And they were in pain. And I remember reading this article and thinking
how horrible it must be for these animals and what terrible suffering they must be enduring but at that very moment it dawned on me
that in my fridge there was chicken breasts and chicken thighs and yesterday’s KFC. And therefore I was a hypocrite
for feeling sorry for these animals when the only reason they were there in the first place was because I ate their flesh and therefore demanded that they be slaughtered on my behalf. So that moment, when I was reading that article,
caused me to question. Question my lifestyle, question my actions, question things I’d never thought to question before. It made me say to myself how do I morally justify
doing these things to animals? Are my taste buds more important than their life? I was a hypocrite for feeling sorry for these animals Because they were there because of me. So I made the choice that day to change my lifestyle
to change what I ate, I became veggie. And then I learned more about
the dairy and egg industries and eventually became vegan. Now the purpose of what I’m about to say to you
and the purpose of this film isn’t to make you feel bad. It’s not to say that you’re
a bad person because quite simply that isn’t true. It’s not to say that you’re consciously living an immoral lifestyle because again quite simply that isn’t true. The purpose of what I’m going to say in the purpose of the film is to make you question yourself in the same way that that truck story or
the truck crash story made me question myself. It’s to make you maybe question the lifestyle that you’ve been living all your life and make you ask the questions that I asked myself. Are my taste buds more important
than the life of an animal? How do I morally justify taking the life of an animal
if it’s unnecessary? These are the questions, the rhetorical questions
that I was forced to confront within myself. And hopefully maybe you’ll question yourself with. Now if you get an idea and you put that idea into society long enough
it becomes a societal norm. Now if you keep fueling that societal norm,
over time it forms part of society’s culture. You pass culture from generation to generation,
it becomes tradition. Now we need only look across the world right now to see that culture and tradition are not
good benchmarks for morality. Let’s just consider first off that in some cultures across the world it’s acceptable
to treat a woman as less than a man. We would hardly consider that to be moral. In some cultures it’s acceptable to perform
female genital mutilation, but again we would hardly consider that to be moral even though it’s very much a traditional practice. Let’s apply this logic and way of thinking to a situation
where it’s non-human animals that are being oppressed. The Yulin dog meat festival is an annual festival
where tens of thousands of dogs and cats are bred into existence, they’re mutilated, they’re killed and ultimately they’re eaten. Is it therefore moral to kill and eat a dog if doing so
forms part of the community’s culture or tradition? What about in Bok Nal where again an annual festival where tens of thousands of dogs and cats are killed. Is that moral? What about in Japan where every year
they slaughter thousands of dolphins. Is that moral because its traditional? Or in the Faroe Islands where every single year they slaughter thousands of pilot whales. Again is that moral because it’s cultural? But if it’s not moral for other cultures to kill
dogs and cats and whales and dolphins why would it be moral for us to kill
cows and pigs and chicken and sheep and ducks and geese and all the animals
that we kill and consume in this country? And can we really justify that behavior by saying it’s something we’ve always done or it’s cultural or it’s traditional. Now it always strikes me as so strange that we have
this moral hypocrisy in society. Where we view some animals
as different to other animals. Why is that? Why is it that so many of us in society get so angry and upset at the notion of a dog being hurt and killed? But laugh at those that get angry and upset at the notion of a pig or a cow or a chicken being killed. The Winter Olympics were just done in South Korea And I find it so jarring because people were outraged that in South Korea they have a dog meat trade. People were calling on a boycott of the Winter Olympics saying that some of the athletes shouldn’t go because they have a dog meat trade. Because they kill and eat dogs. There were some of the athletes there that actually rescued some of the dogs from the dog meat trade and they were called heroes. They were seen as heroes, as animal rescuers, as lovers of animals, but while they were rescuing those dogs they were going back and eating chickens and cows and pigs. Why is it that we have this moral distinction? After all, all of these animals are alive. They all think they all feel they can all suffer they can all show compassion and receive compassion and most importantly they all deserve
to receive compassion. So what gives us the right? What gives us the right to arbitrarily point the finger and decide who lives and who dies? What gives us the right to inflict
pain, suffering and ultimately death on to an animal that wishes to avoid
pain, suffering and ultimately death? Now one of the most commonly cited justifications
that people use to try and excuse our consumption of animal products
is the notion of a food chain. Now food chains are incredibly important. They help maintain natural ecosystems, they help maintain natural population sizes of wild animals. Inherently ecosystems help maintain the ecology
of the areas of the world in which they exist. They are fundamental to the survival
of those ecosystems. Now what we do to animals
when we selectively breed them, when we forcibly impregnate them, when we take their babies away from them, when we mutilate them, when we exploit them for what isn’t ours
like their milk and their eggs, when we take them to slaughterhouses
hang them upside down and cut their throat has nothing to do with a food chain. It resembles nothing
like you would see in the natural world. It has nothing to do with maintaining healthy population sizes or maintaining the ecology of environments. What we do to animals
cannot be compared to a food chain because it couldn’t be further detached
from a food chain. Now if I brought a pig into this room now, say a live pig and I said to you kill this animal
using what you are biologically given, because all natural animal eaters in the wild kill the prey that they eat using what they were biologically given which is their claws and their canines. So if I said to you kill this pig using
what you’re biologically given, how many of you think you’d be able to do that? I mean let’s be honest when you try to maul that pig, that pig would probably roll over and accept
a little tickle of you. And let me tell you that pigs absolutely love belly rubs, if anyone’s ever spent time with pigs you can vouch this, they love belly rubs. When you were trying to maul that pig that pig would roll over and accept a belly rub right there in front of you. You see, the utensils that we have for killing
are very rudimentary and very crude. We’re not effective predators. But let’s say for the sake of argument that you do kill that pig and now in front of you is not only a dead pig but that pig carcass is now open. You’ve effectively butchered the pig and in front of you lays the open carcass of that once living pig Are you gonna eat the raw meat? What about the organs,
like the intestines and the cartilage and the tendons and the ligaments and the brain,
all that nasty stuff that we don’t like to think about? Are you gonna eat that? Are you going to eat around that? What always strikes me as strange is that
when people see these parts of animals they say that it puts them off their food. When people see graphic content like this
they often say to me I don’t want to see that it’ll put me off my food. Why? Why would seeing the process of how meat and animal products turn up on your plate put you off eating them? If you were naturally meant to eat animals not only would you be able to watch them being killed you’d be able to kill them yourself yet so many of us feel the opposite of hunger when we see animals being killed. We feel repulsed, we feel angry, we feel sad, we feel frustrated, we don’t understand why they’re suffering so much. If we were natural animal eaters
this wouldn’t faze us at all yet that’s one of the most common things
that people say to me. ”I don’t want to watch the documentary
because it’ll put me off my food”. Why is this? How many stories do we see in mainstream media
but also in social media of people say eating a KFC and they find like a piece of
chicken brain in their KFC and they’re outraged. They’re so angry, they tweet at KFC and they say:
”KFC how dare you? I found a piece of chicken in my dead chicken meal”. In fact there was a headline that said something like: ”students find dead chicken parts in their fried chicken”. Well, what else you expecting to find? It’s a Fried Chicken Box Meal
of course you’re gonna find dead chicken parts. When you find a piece of brain or a piece of kidney
or something that you didn’t expect to find then all of a sudden you find that repulsive,
or they find it repulsive and it puts them off their food. Is that not strange? Why do we find the body parts of animals abject
if we think that we’re supposed to eat them, and that we’re naturally designed to eat them? Say I bring a cow into this room now,
and I present you all with a freshly sharpened knife. And I say: ”who of you will cut the throat of this cow?”. Would any of you volunteer to do so? Say instead of a cow it’s now a six-month-old lamb
that I bring into this room and I say: ”who of you will decapitate this lamb,
cut their leg off and have a lamb shank?”. Would any of you do so? More importantly let’s say someone did volunteer
to do so, how many of you would object? How many of you would oppose
that person killing the animal, stop them or at the very least turn away, walk out
and pretend it’s not going to happen? Say you’re walking down the road and you see someone beating and abusing a dog. Do you step in? Do intervene? Do try and stop them? Or at the very least do you call the police? Now say instead of a dog it’s a pig that’s been abused, killed and beaten in front of you. Do you still object, do you still intervene? Do you still try and save that pig’s life or at the very least do you still call the police? Now say that pig that was being abused in front of you
is now being abused behind a wall where you can no longer see them. Does that now make it moral? Is the killing moral if it’s out of sight and out of mind? Or is unnecessary killing always morally reprehensible? How many of us would oppose seeing an animal
being killed in front of us but go home and eat fried pig flesh,
fried cow flesh, or a lamb leg? You see as humans we have
something called moral agency inherently this is what it all boils down to. Now moral agency means that we are able to make decisions based on a notion of right and wrong, but importantly it means we can be held accountable for the decisions that we make. Now animals in the wild can’t be held accountable
for the decisions that they make that’s why lions and tigers and bears
are not good role models for our morality. They kill out of necessity, they’re obligate carnivores. They have to eat animal flesh to survive. We don’t.
And because we don’t, our moral agency dictates that we are obliged to do or to purchase the products that contain the least amount of suffering. But it also means that if we choose
to buy a product that contains suffering we can and we should be held accountable
for the action that we make. I wanna do a little thought experiment. And the thought experiment goes:
there’s a cot with a baby in it and with this baby in the cot
there’s a live bunny rabbit and a strawberry. Which one does the baby eat and which one does
the baby play with? Think about it this way
the FBI states that most serial killers began their life harming animals when they were children. Ted Bundy harmed and abused animals
when he was a child, Jeffrey Dahmer harmed and abused animals
when he was a child. Why is it that leading criminologists and psychologists look at children who harm animals when they’re young as potential red flags for humans
who may one day grow up to harm other humans? After all a lion teaches their children to kill. A tiger teaches their children to kill,
a jaguar teaches their children to kill and yet for some reason
we discourage our children from killing. Why is this? Because it goes against our innate compassion. Now imagine in that cot,
imagine if the baby tried to eat the bunny rabbit. Right? We’d think well that child should
probably be looked after, we think there’s something wrong with the child
if they went to eat the animal. And yet when they grow up
that’s precisely what they do do, they eat the animal. So why is it that we don’t like
to see children harming animals? Now imagine if every child that was born into this world. Imagine if they were taught that the life of a chicken should be valued with the same respect that we give to the dogs that we cherish in our home
or indeed even to our own self. Imagine if every child that was born into this world was told to view the life of a fish in the ocean, a fish they’ll never meet,
a fish whose life may seem inconsequential. Imagine if that child was taught that that fish should be allowed to live their life without human inflicted pain and exploitation. How would that child ever grow up
to harm or oppress another human based on the entirely superfluous and irrelevant reasons like race or sexuality or ethnicity or whatever ridiculous reason it is that we choose to oppress each other over? How would that child ever grow up to harbor hatred
to other humans if they were taught that all life was precious? That all life should be treated
with respect, dignity and compassion and should be allowed
the basic fundamental right to live that life? Now the animal agriculture industries, they know that what we see in this footage and that what we see online is shocking
and that it upsets us and that it offends us. That’s why they don’t show us the truth. That’s why they give us marketing labels and ploys
to distract us from the reality of what is really going on. Now one of the best examples of this is free-range. This is something that I used to really buy in to, I thought that buying free-range eggs
was an ethical thing to do. You see when we see a box of free-range eggs
in the supermarkets what we do is we attribute our ideals of freedom
on to that box of eggs. Now freedom to us means being able to live the life that you want to live, do the things that come naturally to you, spend time your friends and your family
if that’s what you want to do. But most importantly freedom to us means
living without fear, Living in peace, living in harmony,
living without oppression, without injustice, living without pain. So when we see that box of free-range eggs
in the supermarket we say those hens must have lived a good life. They must have done the things
that came naturally to them, spent time their friends and family
if that’s what comes naturally to them. But most importantly we say those hens lived a life without oppression, without injustice, without fear and without pain We know that that is not true. We know that that is a lie. We know that free-range hens come from hatcheries where the males are gassed and macerated as soon as they are born. We know that the female chicks are often debeaked and placed into barns where they barely have any room to move and where many will never see the sunlight or breathe the fresh air until the day that they die. We know that all free-range hens
end up in a slaughterhouse with a knife being pulled across their throat. Make no mistake there is no freedom in free-range. There’s another thing we get told: humane slaughter. ”It’s acceptable and moral to kill an animal
if it’s done in a humane way.” So I could ask you the question:
how do you humanely take the life of an animal? But instead let’s think about it. The word humane means
having or showing compassion or benevolence, so instead of me asking you that question
let me rephrase it a little bit and ask you: how do you compassionately benevolently or humanely take the life of an animal that does not want to die for an unnecessary reason? You can’t. Humane slaughter is an oxymoron it can’t ever exist because we can never justify taking that life of an animal when they don’t need to die and therefore
we can never do it compassionately or benevolently. Another thing we often get told is:
”happy cows produce happy milk”. This is something we’re going to hear a lot more
in the future I guarantee you. ”Happy cows produce happy milk”.
Let’s think about that for a second. Let me ask you a series of questions. Is the cow happy when she’s forcibly impregnated? Is she happy when her baby is taken away from her? Is that mother happy
when her baby is taken away from her? Is that mother happy when she’s exploited
for what she naturally produces for her child? Is she happy when she’s loaded into a truck or a trailer and taken to a slaughterhouse? Is she happy when the bolt gun is placed against
her head and the knife pull across her throat? Again make no mistake,
there is no happiness in the dairy industry. There is no right way to do the wrong thing. And exploiting animals, because it is unnecessary,
will always be the wrong thing and therefore there is no right way to do it. Do not believe the labels and the lies and the adverts and the propaganda and the scams of these industries that seek to make money from you. They operate on supply and demand, the only way
they can function is if people buy these products and people aren’t going to buy these products
if they know the truth behind them. So instead they lied to us to make us buy something
that otherwise we would not want to buy. Because then they make money from us,
then they can profit from us, then they can profit from the exploitation of animals. It is a lie, they have vested interests. Remember that when you see those labels
and those pictures of happy animals. Those animals are suffering,
they’re in pain and they will be until the day that they die. So the question often becomes. We agree or most of us agree
that what happens to animals is wrong. And perhaps it is immoral. So instead of abolishing the industries, why don’t we just improve the systems? Why don’t we just make the farms humane?
Why don’t we make free-range mean free? Now the reality is, even if we were environmentally and economically able to give all of these animals that we consume big green lush pastures, open fields
and allow them to do what comes naturally to them. Even if we found a system where we didn’t have to
take their babies away from them, where we didn’t have to mutilate them,
where we didn’t have to forcibly impregnate them. We will always, always, always have to take their life from them. That is a reality of animal exploitation. No matter what industry,
their lives will always be taken away from them and because of that
it’s irrelevant what quality of life we give them. The moment that we take them to the yard
or to the slaughterhouse to take their life that is abuse and it cannot be morally justified. Do not buy into welfare. Welfare is not there for the animals it’s there for us to ease our conscience. You see the animals don’t care what labels they’re given on the packets of flesh and secretions in a supermarket. They don’t care if they’re labeled organic
or grass-fed or corn-fed or high welfare. Those labels do not safeguard the animals. They make us buy the product.
They ease our conscience. Now what always strikes me strange, that when we protest against something like
the Yulin dog meat festival we don’t say it’s moral to take the life of a dog
if it’s done in a humane way. We don’t say its moral to take the life of a dog if they’re given bigger cages, or if they’re labeled free-range. We say taking the life of a dog for food is wrong and immoral and should be abolished full stop. No, ifs no buts. The petitions that we sign to end Yulin
are not asking for bigger cages. They’re not asking for different labeling,
they’re asking for an end to the dog meat industry and an end to the festival. So let me ask you. If the labrador stakes that’ll be consumed in Yulin, if they came of an RSPCA approved seal
would that make it moral? If the minced chihuahua being consumed in Yulin, If that came with a Red Tractor approved seal
would that make it moral? If we brought all the dogs and all the cats
that have been killed in Southeast Asia, if we brought them to this country,
took them to British slaughterhouses and killed them in the exact same way
that we kill the animals in this country would that make it moral in your eyes? And if it wouldn’t, why on earth would it be moral
to kill the animals that we eat using these methods? If you have companion animals at home
say like a dog, or a cat, a hamster, a rabbit, a gerbil whatever animal it is, if you have an animal at home
that you love and whose existence you cherish. If they needed to be put down and euthanized would you take them to a slaughterhouse to have that done? And if you wouldn’t that should tell you all you need to know about how humane a slaughterhouse can be. Now animals have one chance at life.
They have one existence. Who are we to take that one chance at life away from them because we value the taste of their flesh and their secretions? A meal to us lasts a matter of minutes. An inconsequential amount of time,
it’s a meal that we forget about as soon as we finished. But that meal has cost the entire existence of an animal We take their life for minutes of pleasure. What right do we have to do that?
Not only as a species, but as individuals. Let me ask those questions again. Are my taste buds, or are our taste buds
more important than life of an animal? How do we morally justify doing these things
if it’s unnecessary and if we don’t need to? Now as a vegan I eat all the foods that I used to eat. All the foods that I used to enjoy,
all the foods that I used to crave. I eat mac and cheese and spaghetti bolognaise
and lasagna and stir fries and curries and burritos and nachos and fajitas and tacos. I eat cupcakes and muffins and cheese cakes
and chocolate cakes and sweets. I eat the foods I used to love, all the food I used to crave, but now I do so without harming animals. There’s no dead animals.There’s no exploited animal secretions. There’s no gristle. There’s no hormones. There’s no antibiotics. They’re made from plants. How simple is that right? Sometimes people say to me veganism is restrictive, now before as vegan I had one type of milk: cows milk. Now I have oat milk and rice milk
and soy milk and coconut milk almond milk and cashew milk and hazelnut milk. I cook with ingredients and foods
I’d never heard of before I went vegan. When I used to open my fridge it would like a morgue,
it’d just be dead chickens everywhere sometimes the occasional dead cow maybe the occasional dead pig predominately dead chicken. Now when I open up my fridge it’s a garden,
there’s so many colors. There’s such a beautiful array of foods
I look forward to cooking. Going vegan encouraged me to reinvent the ways that I cooked, cooking with ingredients that I’d never heard of. And because of that
I enjoy my food so much more than I ever did because it allowed me to reinvent
my culinary experience and explore flavors I’d never considered
as being something that I should eat. Now the American Dietetic Association
and the British Dietetic Association which are the largest bodies of diet
and nutrition professionals in both countries have categorically stated that a vegan plant-based diet is nutritionally adequate, healthy and safe for all stages of life
including pregnancy. What this inherently means is that every nutrient and every vitamin that we need sustain our healthy life can be obtained on a plant-based diet. What that fundamentally means is that the exploitation of animals
and the use of animals is completely unnecessary. It has no place in contemporary society,
it should be abolished. There is no reason for it to exist any more. We can survive on a plant-based diet eating the foods that come natural to us, eating the foods our body was designed to eat. Another way that I like to simplify this is the largest and strongest animals in this planet, or the land animals, the elephant, the rhino and the hippo,
all have one thing in common. They’re herbivorous. And hippos ironically have the largest canines of any land animal on this planet and they are herbivorous. So that kind of lays to rest that myth that our canines provide us justification to tear flesh because the largest canines belong to a herbivore. Now gorillas share 98% of our DNA
and their digestive tract is almost identical to ours and apart from the occasional insects
again they’re herbivorous. Now I’m not saying that we’re gorillas
or rhinos or hippos or elephants. But what I’m saying is that we do not need to eat meat
or animal products to be strong and healthy. There’s that expression that goes:
”man eats meat to be strong like an ox”, forgetting then ox eats grass. We do not need to eat animals to be strong. Now if it wasn’t so cruel it would almost be ironic
but it is incredibly cruel; our leading diseases and illnesses, diseases and illnesses that are currently affecting Western society, that affected my loved ones in fact, —things like heart disease, certain forms of cancer
like breast and prostate and colon, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis,
dementia, hypertension, strokes— all of these diseases and illnesses can be massively attributed to our consumption of animal products. What is so important to note is that a simple switch
to a plant-based vegan diet could not only prevent them, it can in fact reverse and treat some of them as well. There are people all over the West right now reversing and treating their heart disease and their type 2 diabetes by simply switching from animals to plants,
from animal proteins to plant proteins, from the foods that kill them to the foods that add quality and quantity to their life. Animal agriculture is also responsible for causing some of the worst environmental calamities that we are currently facing as a species. It’s responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions
than the entire transportation system combined. It’s responsible for
up to 91% of Amazon rainforest destruction. It’s also responsible for things like topsoil erosion,
land desertification and oceanic dead zones —which are vast areas of the ocean devoid of all life— in fact some scientists predict that by the year 2048
we could have fishless oceans. In our lifetime we could have fishless oceans. Animal agriculture is responsible for the fact
that we are in the next largest mass species extinction. Make no mistake, there is not a single living being
alive on this planet today that is not negatively affected by our consumption of animal products. So I could ask you the question again: are our tastebuds worth more than the life of an animal? But that doesn’t even cover it all. The question should be: are our taste buds not only worth more than life of an animal, worth more than our own existence,
worth more than the life of this planet and in essence worth more than
every single living being on this planet? What sort of future do we want to leave behind
for our children and our grandchildren? Do we want there to be a future left
for our children and our grandchildren? The information is out there. The United Nations has stated
that to avoid the worst effects of climate change the world needs to shift to a plant-based diet. That’s not a vegan activist telling you that,
that’s not a vegan organization, that’s not vegan propaganda,
that is the United Nations making a very stark and honest comment to people
saying if you do not change the way that you live, and it is such a simple change, we will be the ones to feel the consequences. We will be the generations that feel
the consequences of the actions that we make today. So I want to leave you with this series of questions. With the abundance of information that we have
at our disposal every single second of every single day. With the fact that we can get our phones out
and our laptops out and access not only this footage but information that is unbiased and impartial, information that shows the truth about the health consequences of animal products, information that shows the truth about
the environmental consequences of animal products, information these industries want to suppress. Is the fact that we can access that information,
does that mean that we have the moral imperative to start asking ourselves questions like
is it time for me to make that change? Can I still claim to be willfully ignorant? Can I still bury my head in the sand and pretend that my actions do not have a negative consequence on others? Or do we have to begin to accept
that every purchase that we make, no matter how inconsequential and small it may seem, has a profound effect on the lives of others? That every purchase we make in a supermarket
is voting for a different world? A world where animals are still abused
or a world where animals are no longer abused? Every single purchase that we make as individuals has a far-reaching consequence and a far-reaching impact that maybe we don’t quite grasp
but we have to understand exists. So the question I want to leave you with
and the question I want you to think in your head is: what excuse do I still have? What moral justification can I still use? And if I can’t think of one or if you can’t think of one
ask yourself this question: is it time for me to make that change? Thank you so much for listening.


  1. The speech that turned me vegan, thank you Ed, if you never went to my uni I know I still would be stuck in my old ways ! Thank you so much, best decision I ever made, I'm so thankful for your time and effort you put into saving innocent lives ! It works and it changes the world and people. I am so much happier being a vegan.

  2. I just wanted to thank you. Thank you for being vegan, thank you for reaching out to people and being an activist and thank you for inspiring me and other people. Thank you for telling the truths and not being afraid or hiding. This speech was the reason I became a vegetarian and I am now transitioning to be vegan. I am so grateful to you, you opened my eyes and made me realize the truths and changed my way of thinking. Please never stop doing what you are doing

  3. The truth is that there really isn’t a “best diet” the diet you think is the best is what you work with the best. It’s possible to live up to 100 either if you’re vegan or not. I like being flexible with my eating habits. I would recommend eating 87% plants and 13% meats. But I’ll tell you from my experience that I saw meat eaters that are way more fitter than vegans probably living longer and that’s because of foods and planning.

  4. All vegans please attack here < i love this content and its crazy how true and factual he is when he speaks. But i eat meat💁 i love the message but i dont know how to cut it out. I actually prefer vegetarian or vegan meats for the taste! But no i cant fully cut meat out. No real motivation to switch. I have no stance on it but im open to change🙏

  5. thank you from my heart. vegan for 2 yrs, i know all of this but i like listening and hearing people who have a nice speech about this very important issue.


  6. I think he stupid. Listen Let me challenge you. God Killed sheep and made clothes for Adam and Eve for them. God allowed Issac to live when Abraham Obey God told him to killed his son. God given Abraham a Ram to kill to cover the shame of sin in front of God. He tell us killing animals are a sin . Since man was created God allowed us Human to have over animals . God allowed our Foods to be eaten. Why you say it is our fault that we mistreat animals because we buy food. We need to eat . Just cause I eaten chicken I no kill animals I buy it the person whom killed the animals are sin not us consumers. God told Moses and his followers every child born male must be Circumcised when they are born these were Gods law back then to be righteous . This man is a fool. Human even in Moses time have killed and feasted in Animals. God himself given prophets animals to kill.

  7. what a waste of time, eat some meat buddy… see yourself in a mirror you look really skinny and unhealthy, there are a lot of vegans that are coming back to eat meat because veganism is ruining their lives.

  8. Ok I went vegan for a while and I weighed 119 pounds and I had to go back to eat meat because when I finished being vegan I lost 24 pounds and I looked like a skeleton 😞Srry🤷‍♀️

  9. I've watched many videos on the subject and was still living with my head in the sand, but this speech covers it all, and it is the last kick in the butt that I needed. Will have to ditch ice cream, cheese, sushis… that won't be easy, but well worth it, I'm sure.

  10. Hippos are not humans. Gorillas gorge on insects….skipped over that didnt you. We need to eat animals. Diseases come from veges. Avoid veges. You will die of malnutrition.

  11. What utter shit this is……boring……rubbish….ill researched… just want a restaurant and get patrons from fear….

  12. Never seen a cave painting of a salad mate….. you are seriously a flog to suggest that eating meat is not a natural thing for humans to do. We have been doing it since the human was created… go back to uni… study something useful.

  13. I have just seen the first 3 minutes of the video and I already feel you man . I turned vegetarian because I want to be a veterinarian and I felt like a hypocrite because I wanted to save their lives and hope they can live their best life but yet I was eating them and we’ll I’m in my 3rd year of being vegetarian and eventually I’m hopeful that once the time comes I can become vegan

  14. will shooting a cow in the head or heart be humane..will that be a quixker death…briscket tatse good confused…

  15. Couple arguments aren’t correct, killing animals with what we were given “biologically” Human’s were biologically born with higher capacity brains as an advantage, equivalent to a tiger using size, speed, claws. Humans use tools. Bow gun knife. Because our brain as an advantage allows us to think outside the box and out smart “prey”.

    Human babies aren’t self sufficient, so they would t be able to kill the rabbit, nor would they be-able to strictly survive off strawberries. I did enjoy this speech, very calm and productive however biologically we are OMNIVORES.

  16. Nothing is stronger than an idea whose time has come.
    ~ Victor Hugo
    and i think veganism is IT now.
    i wish i was smarter 10-20 yrs ago, and i hope i am smarter now.
    was just lucky to be vegetarian then, and vegan now.

  17. Thank you Ed. I have watched this video several times. I am a proud vegan. It was the best thing I have ever done, I am just sorry I was not born a vegan 🌱…… but we all make mistakes….
    God bless you for your effort and work! This is an amazing speech!
    You are an amazing human being!

  18. Yo no offense this is one of the most low iq brainlet tier posts I've ever seen. Your entire argument is based on the idea that animal life has worth apart from the nutrition that it provides humans

  19. This is a brilliant speech- truly life changing. Watching this video has inspired me to switch and question my dietary habits till date. I don't think anybody can argue against this or hold up any excuse for continuing to eat meat. Thanks for such an eye-opener, I'm glad I watched this video, and I regret not having watched it earlier. 🌱

  20. I love the way you approach this by telling people that they are not bad people for their lifestyles but show people the moral repercussions. Even though I disagree with these views I was willing to listen to your talk because nobody is going to change or reduce meat consumption by being told they are evil, being told that would block out the conversation immediately.

  21. As a Mediterranean, I went vegan 15+ years ago and I never been to a fast food 'restaurant'. It's not so much in our culture (fortunately!). Living in the UK for a while I am still in shock to see how american fast food it's so settled in this country. Burger and chips and a chocolate bar are considered 'food'. No wonder why there are so many people with morbid obesity. Surely the diet wasn't like that in the 40's and 50's.

  22. Eating clean meat and not buying some cheap meat is a better choice and ok. People need to understand that they don't need meat every day nor every week. I'm a performance athlete and my diet is mostly plant based. Should I eat eggs or meat then it's organic and from a farm with no mass animal husbandry.

  23. I'm already vegan and every word you say speaks straight to my mind! Thank you Ed for your passion and your love for the animals!💓🙏

  24. So does this mean your pro life? Because if your not your a hypocrite. If you can kill a child in the womb because it's your choice you cant preach the animal welfare line. Talk about suffering!

  25. Veganism is a great fast. But not a long term diet plan for any human. As an x vegan I hope you will all nourish yourselves again once your body falls apart.

  26. What gives you the right to say who has rights? First your going to have to define where your morals come from? Eating eggs is no different than killing unborn children yet you want us to stop eating eggs? You make no sense? Unborn children love belly rubs as well, what utter hypocrisy!

  27. Epic speech but was wondering if you could be still be considered vegan if you regularly bought biscuits that contained eggs and milk?

  28. Would be interesting to hear Jordan Peterson’s take on this given the diet that he and his daughter are promoting. For context I’m a Peterson admirer in other respects and acknowledge that in their particular cases their health concerns need to be considered.

  29. The Earthling documentary had me crying for 2 hours. It's very hearthbreaking to discover my part in this. I'm now going to be vegan for the remainder of my days. I can't continue to cause such horrific events. Animals have feelings to.
    Thank you, for opening my eyes to the real truth.

  30. 4:27 "Taking the life of an animal if it's unnecessary."
    That's the thing it is necessary if you want to live a long life. The reason vegans don't get cancer is they die sooner or wake up and quit this stupid cult.
    No vegan has lived to or past 100 years old that I know of.
    Go watch some ex-vegan videos and get a balanced view.

  31. This is probably the video that made me vegan a year ago. Now I have two friends who have gone veggie and are pretty much vegan (getting there) because I've spread what you've taught me :). Thanks Ed 💚

  32. Mate if you ever saw a chicken being slaughtered you wouldn´t think they were compassionate. Ive watched a chicken being slaughtered in the run and the ducks and other chickens immediately went and drank the blood off the ground. I was trying to turn myself vegetarian at the time so I thought watching a slaughter would do the trick but it didn´t. The dude who killed them didn´t get red flagged as a serial killer, or go on to murder anyone either. But seriously though. To say we weren´t "naturally" made to eat meat is a weak argument. The ape isn´t naturally able to get in to some nuts with shells but they figured out how to use rocks to crack them open. Theres an eagle that flies up high with large bones and drops them on rocks to crack them open to get to the marrow inside. The weren´t "naturally" able to do that but figured out how. We weren´t naturally meant to make beer with grain but we figured out how. Our brains have allowed us to use tools, like so many other species to eat things which our hands may not have been able to kill, but with that one youre selecting species and ignoring others. We are perfectly capable of killing and eating birds and insects with our bare hands so are we "naturally" allowed to eat them?

  33. Hey a bit off topic from the video but i had a question (asking in good faith not trying to be rude or anything) but if we were able to grow our own synthetic meat and have animals produce milk indefinitely using genetics would vegans be allowed to consume these products without it breaking their veganism? (trying to go vegan but still eating fish and chicken on occasion while reducing my dairy intake) also if we could make materials that mimic-ed leather but had to originate from at least one piece of leather or the same for the synthetic meat (so one cow one pig one chicken had to die to feed everyone so we celebrate them and make sure their life was amazing instead of killing billions) love your channel by the way! 😀

  34. i think these moral hippocratic actions of deeming certain animals worthy comes from humans deeming themselves more worthy than any other animal to live and to acknowledge that we arent the most important animal on this planet.

  35. Moral conundrum here, probably the wrong place to come for advice but here goes. Is it hypocritical for a vegan to also be pro-choice?

  36. The vegan movement is going to help speed up every rights movement you can think of. Such as Palm oil which many already know is destroying the Amazon and destroying the health of the soil. Moving away from monoculture to polyculture will rehabilitate our land. I'm new to the vegan culture/movement/diet but already am benefiting healthwise and feel good about myself as well. This will push us to a new level of respect for the planet and eachother.

  37. Also a lot of people go hunting, and work in slaughterhouses, the reason a lot of people find it unfamiliar and may be freaked out by it is because they never saw it or had to do it, they are very far removed from nature. And its different killing them for fun (as in young Jeffery Dahmer) and Killing them for food.

  38. I now find myself seeking out these videos to get educated. I'm making the vegan movement now after 31 years on Earth. It's the obvious choice. Did the first full Vegan big shop yesterday it was beautiful. You were also right about it re-inventing the culinary experience, lots of new meal ideas, my girlfriend and I feel so much better not consuming animal products.

  39. I watched this video over a month ago and it made me go vegan overnight. I've been vegan since watching it and I'm never going back, my only regret is wishing I had gone vegan sooner

  40. Thank you, Ed. I've finally woken up. I really appreciate the way you presented this. It was real, soothing to the ears and most importantly, profound. It's time that I took off the rose colored glasses. I listened to a song after listening, looked at my cats and began to cry. That was a definite wake up call. 👋

  41. Anyone who doesn't want to watch a gay dude cry about cattle, what he says is basically "Eating animals is wrong cause they can feel stuff."
    Also he thinks humans are herbivores, fucking lunatic.
    Now back to my BBQ

  42. Strange that he's a native speaker that never took time to learn how to pronounce the TH (think, thought, thighs…) as F. He says fought, fighs…. Even though he's so well spoken. How the hell does anybody grow up never picking that up is beyond me.

  43. God bless you Ed. Your speech really moved me and made me think of my lifestyle and the impact its having on animals. U made me vegan so thank you

  44. I feel touched by this video. I feel such a hypocrit and I can't believe that it took me this long to stop the excuses and simply stop eating death. I am starting today and I am taking all my family with me.

  45. 3 months ago I clicked on a video of you and it gave me a huge sense of guilt. Thank you that I am a vegan for 3 months because of you. I feel good!

  46. Eating meat is neither unnecessary nor are vegans avoiding to kill animals – veganism results in significantly MORE and UNNECESSARY ANIMAL DEATH… But you're all too full of yourselves, just like your narc 'friend' in the video you're blindly supporting does this to steal the attention and energy of sycophants like all of U – to even WANT to hear the whole truth about how farming plants kills millions of animals yearly.
    THIS animal death, IS unnecessary…

    Large scale farming of plants is much, MUCH worse for both fauna and flora and takes considerably more energy – than just letting a bunch of cows out on pasture… You're all willfully ignorant egotistical hypocrites! Not to mention the fact that plants are alive and fight for survival and reproduction et cetera too, and even show signs of rudimentary 'consciousness'. Your / his AGENDA, is all about EGO – but I truly hope U all can find the strength and introspection in the future to finally realize this… Peace

  47. It is so hard to be vegan and watch as those around you devour dead carcasses and animal products, knowing they are causing suffering. It's unbelievable the amount of greed and laziness in the world right now.

  48. Just went vegan a week ago and so glad I found this speech. It further cements why I made this lifestyle change 🙏🏼

  49. Cult vegan leader preaching ethics and morals while completely dismissing the fact humane farms exist and animals are needed for survival in food deserts and 3rd world countries and b12 is required for basic human survival. Holistic farms exist where animals graze peacefully, free of cruelty and pharmaceuticals. Where the farmers care, let the cows keep their calfs, and when the time comes, the animal is sacrificed in an instantaneous and painless manner and proceeds to produce nutritionally dense food for 800+ people.

    I support these farms. I would have one if I could so I KNOW the animals lived a good life and were put down free from stress. Vegans should support this too. This is the compromise we all must come to because it is impossible for everyone to be vegan and the health risks far outweigh the benefits in the long term.

  50. I don't disagree, but i have 3 thoughts. 1. many children in other countries and those who are born on a farm are taught to kill. 2. If there is no way to humanely kill an animal, the same is true for humans. 3. People eat meat for pleasure, but also for nutrition. Nutritional supplements & medication are often not vegan, but they are still necessary. Still, I do want everyone to at least aspire to be vegan. I hope the vitriol against veganism lessens in the future.

  51. Vegan diet is a farce. We are omnivores and meat was one of the leading ways we have evolved into the advanced species that we are. The amount of land we would need to farm to feed just one person is not sustainable. Look at the damage vegan fad diet had done with things like almonds and the disaster that is causing or avocados. Meat offers a compact form of energy that we can use in an efficient manner. We are not designed to eat massive amounts of vegetable matter in a sustained manner. I had two friends who had to leave the vegan diet because they got sick from it. They went to all the specialist and it did not help.

  52. Amazing speech Ed! I am making the change. It is sickening how these industries have brainwashed society into thinking that this is a normal way of living all because of corporate greed. Thank you for your work and helping people see the reality

  53. I love this speech. He isn't harsh about it, not dissing those who do eat meat, etc., just explaining his view and doing a wonderful job at getting the point across. Unfortunately I am in a position where I must eat meat or starve due to financial problems and the person I chose to spend my life with. I wish I could just show this video to people who question me or put me down and have them understand why I am the way that I am. I don't care if you eat meat, I really don't. I will not stop you. But I've learned that in doing so, I'm held back from eating what I used to eat on a daily basis. "Not enough protein. So unhealthy." "Disgusting, no flavor at all. Where's the bacon?" "Can you even call that food?" "You need meat to survive, don't kid yourself." "Just eat the bloody steak, it'll do you some good!"… Any person who has asked/told me something similar to that, please watch this… I know it probably won't do any good, but I hope at least one person will stop the judgement of those who choose not to consume animal products or use products tested on animals, whatever it may be.

  54. Do you have any idea how much money is generated from zoo's. How much time and research is spent of learning about animals, conserving and recreating their environments, breeding programs, re populating and relocating species facing extinction? No, I didn't think so. Now do abortion?

  55. Remarkable – information without preaching or hectoring. Calm logic superbly presented. Should be compulsory viewing.

  56. Well. I’m not a vegetarian. I don’t think animals are on the same level of humans. I don’t really see why we place animals on the same level of people when they are clearly not people. But I’m open to reasons why.

  57. I watch it not even known what it was about and I was speachless. It helped me so much in my journey to stop consuming animal products.

  58. WoW what a mind blowing speech.
    I have been vegan for 25 years and it was still good to hear the plight of animals
    put forward in such a compelling way.
    Thanks for all you do Ed.

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