Fast Food: Different Strokes for Different Folks
While waiting, the woman in front of me kept complaining to herself that she felt sluggish, and she repeatedly dropped her cell phone and keys for no apparent reason. The first of her two sandwiches was a foot-long sub with turkey, cheese, and mayo: Her sandwich required the suffering of three different species of animals! Her second sandwich was a 6-inch sub with meatballs, melted cheese, and a garlicky butter spread; this Exodus 23:19 violation of a sandwich had no vegetables on it whatsoever.*
My motivation to be vegan is the ethical issue: I refuse to support the institutional cruelty to animals that's inherent to commercial animal agriculture. But I am happy to know that I'm eating healthier than the average American, even when I'm "pigging out" on fast food. When given the choice of the two stories above, the second meal seems utterly repugnant.
* Truth be told, the prohibition against mixing meat and dairy products comes up three times in the Bible.