How can you come to Kaikoura and not eat some freshly caught fish or lobster??
The place is named after lobsters.
Nin's Bin is the place to go.
Freshly caught on the day.
Completely local and sustainable.
Why would a vegan at home eat fish when traveling though?
I refuse to be an ungrateful and impolite fool when a great feast is being hosted by someone ,
Or when a kind and hospitable gesture is being offered.
I take what I'm given,
whether it's fish, meat or fruits & vegetables.
It is a basic sign of respect towards others,
and shows an open heart of acceptance,
willingness to embrace others,
âand that you are here for a full experience with people.
I sincerely do not think being Vegan is the solution to saving the environment:
I'm vegan when I'm home eating alone,
but definitely not when I am with family, out with friends, or when I travel.
I do believe in being vegan for health benefits,
for a clear conscience,
for the ð of animals.
It's not nice to kill,
or to think that my eating something indirectly may contribute to killing of all those precious earthlings,
& damaging the environment
which I care about so very much about,
Definitely are the key motivation for maintaining a very vegan menu for myself.
But thinking on it further,
I really don't think the problem is the consumers of animals,
It's the producers and suppliers at the source that are the culprits for all that is wrong.
You can't completely change the whole world's meat & fish consumption.
It is as intrinsic part of people's culture as it may be some's sole food source.
The problem with farming and fishing industry is not killing the animals for food though.
It's how fish & meat are being harvested for food.
Never forget that being vegan is a First World luxury.
To flaunt it is like a åè±ª flaunting a D&G / Prada.
Most people in the world do not have the option BUT to eat meat, especially the indigenous communities who live close to their food source.
The real problem is,
unlike the indigenous communities,
commercial farmers and fishing companies ruin the environment and people's lives while they're producing food to be supplied for mass profit.
Their methods are reckless and cause great damage to land and ocean and marine life.
E.g. Brazil faces drastic challenges when it comes to illegal land grabs and clearing away the Amazon rainforest just for build livestock farms.
The problem with sushi is not the people eating the sushi.
Can you even imagine Japan without ð£,
Koreans without fried chicken,
Mongolians without milk?
Eating non-plant-based diet is not Wrong.
It is the giant fishing companies & logging companies & farmers at the source of the supply chain who are in the wrong.
It's the fishing trawlers that take giant fish from sea without farsighted consideration.
It is not the consumers that are cruel.
It's those greedy companies that are committing crimes against the animals and the natural environment that we all share with them.
The world can in fact very well live with a constant shortage of fish and beef.
People can always eat/make something else.
People can easily live with emptier meat shelves.
Consumers can work with "Sorry, low supply..."
It is the suppliers
and commercial enterprises
that enabled and continue to practice unsustainable farming & fishing
that are the problem.
The focus created by all those documentaries,
I say, is So off.
Rahui is the best and wisest practice.
As consumers, we should be focusing more on placing pressure on ensuring that all nations are to make unsustainable environmentally damaging ways of fishing and farming illegal,
and impose irreparable fines that must be paid off,
Or let offenders face years of imprisonment for anyone or any company that ever try to do it wrongly.
Governments should be enforcing rahui on all land and waters, invest budget in strict monitoring system in place to regrow all ocean life and replant all forests that have been chopped down.
Consumer habits are easy to change.
All it takes is to change what's made available.
Consumers will pick up what is supplied to them.
Consumers will take whateverâs put on the shelf.
Consumers won't go on protest for sustainably produced products that come with lower supply.
Consumers will also easily switch to using the sustainable options like glass-only, only rattan-only, linen-only, bamboo-made, home compostable packaging if thatâs all there is.
It is the suppliers that MUST change their ways.
It is the overfishing fishing companies and rainforest choppers that MUST be stopped.
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