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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.

‘Cult
religion’

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’.

Natural

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.

Compassionate
advocacy

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

Emily Court is a writer and content creator published in Plant Based News, Raise Vegan, Living Vegan and The Financial Diet. A self-described "recovering vegan hothead," she is now a pragmatic member of Vancouver's vibrant and growing plant-powered community. Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, she holds a BA in Spanish and certificate in Intercultural Communication from Dalhousie University, where her thesis focused on topics of cultural and gender-based discrimination....