Yesterday, my 3 year old goddaughter nominated me to take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. This has left me with the difficult challenge of explaining to her, and my omnivore friends, why I vowed not to engage in the game. You see, the challenge presents ethical problems for plant-based vegetarians and vegans. For me personally, I choose not to give money to or promote a charity that funds unnecessary animal experiments. Also, my belief is that money and time would be much better spent encouraging people to convert to a plant-based, whole food diet to improve their health.
It was never my intention to write a post about this subject, or even to get involved in the debate. I was simply going to avoid taking the challenge. However, if you click on this link you’ll see a video from the Eco-Vegan Gal and chef Jason Wrobel discussing their reasons for not accepting their nominations either. Working along similar lines to the Ice Bucket Challenge, they are inviting others to join the discussion and keep the debate moving, and they have inspired me to write this post.
My intention is not to judge those who choose to take part in the challenge, everyone has a right to support whichever charities they want. This post is simply my response to my nomination and why I politely decline.