but what if i was walking in some far off country and came across a wild sheep that had just fallen from a crag, dead on rocks in front of me? could i gather some sticks and roast roughly cut pieces of its meat on a small fire? could i eat cruelty free mutton?
i couldnt. but why not?
because... because... i dont have a ready answer.
the act of being a vegan, at least for this one, goes beyond a protest against cruelty to animals. and it's not just an unexplained physical revulsion. it is something to do with sanctity. the sanctity of animals maybe, but more or at least as much, the sanctity of myself. i just know that eating animal products is, in any circumstances, wrong. and i havent figured out why.
that potentially opens the door to all kinds of mumbo jumbo justifications. except i dont use it as a rule, as a law, that faith can justify anything. it is specific to this one thing, at the moment. i may need to use it again in the future. i may not. i'd rather not. i like reason. and maybe i will work out a reason for not eating wild sheep. it may just take time. in the meantime i stick to my law and a little faith - i dont eat animal products.