People like to ask vegans all sorts of ethical/moral questions about what they eat. I totally understand and usually I assume people are just trying to understand what it really means to be "vegan". For some vegans it is a diet, for some it is a moral/ethical way of living which includes what they wear, what they ingest, and pretty much every decision they make in their lives, for others it is something in between. So, the questions come up...
"If a hamburger (or whatever non-vegan "food" you want to come up with) fell off a truck and you didn't actually pay for it, thus you haven't added to the suffering of animals because it will just go to waste anyway, would you eat it?"
No, I wouldn't. I don't miss 99.9% (I can't think of anything I miss right now, but it is possible someone could come up with something) non-vegan "foods" so I don't feel like I'm deprived. On top of this, I don't believe that animal products are good for humans to consume.
"At the animal sanctuary, did you eat the eggs from the chickens?"
No, we didn't. Again, I felt no desire to eat something that "shoots right outta chicken's ass" (couldn't help but quote Fried Green Tomatoes there). When I was volunteering at an animal sanctuary in Maryland, we put the eggs out (away from where the chickens) to be eaten by wild animals. Yes, the chickens were treated very well, but I still had no interest in eating their eggs.
Oh so many questions. They usually degrade to the "What would you do if you were in a plane crash over Antarctica and there was nothing vegan to eat? Would you die of starvation before eating something non-vegan?" and the like.
But, this post is really about addressing a serious question vegans often hear...
"What about humanely raised animals? Would you eat meat, eggs, dairy, if the animals were treated well before they were killed, eggs were taken away, milked?" I think this is a harder one for a lot of people to understand than shunning all products from "factory farms" which I think the majority of people agree are not healthy for anyone. With the "humane" animal products becoming more popular (yeah! for people caring about where their food is coming from and how it was treated), it is harder for people to understand why someone wouldn't just buy "grass-fed beef" and eat "organic milk/eggs". I am glad I now have a place to send people who are interested in the topic. Check out this site for information on the myths behind "humane".