International activist and animal advocate Joey 'Carbstrong' shared a video of his heated radio debate with a beef farmer earlier this week.
During the debate, on an Irish radio show with presenter Frank Mitchell, the farmer argued that veganism is unhealthy, cult like, and unnatural – while Carbstrong emphasized the plight of the animals.
The farmer said that vegans force their views on others, calling veganism 'another new wave cult religion'.
Mitchell added that 'people surely should have a choice', Carbstrong was quick to respond.
He said that freedom of choice is a moot point when there is a victim involved - noting that 'the animal doesn’t have a choice'.
The farmer also said humans are natural-born meat eaters - citing canine teeth as evidence.
He argued that humans can live with fewer deficiencies, and less disease on a vegan diet - and that 'we’re filtering our nutrients through a dead animal’s body'.
He added that, in the absence of necessity, it’s not ethically permissible to kill animals despite what the farmer called a ‘smooth and slick’ slaughter method.
Mitchell noted that Carbstrong makes an effort you encourage compassionate advocacy, attempting to dissuade those with an overly aggressive approach - one that could hurt the vegan movement.
The advocate spent much of his time in Ireland last month training other activists on effective advocacy, as well as doing a Q&A at the Belfast Holiday Inn.
Emily Court is a passionate ethical vegan from Eastern Canada. She is a Challenge 22 Mentor, Digital Writer, and experienced animal advocate driven by issues of animal liberation and social justice. She studied at Dalhousie University, where her thesis highlighted intercultural and gender relations. She is an established public speaker, writer, and world traveller with a drive to provide a voice to those who might not otherwise have one. You can follow her on Instagram @emily.j.court or on Twitter @_EmilyJCourt_.
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