The war between vegans and meat-eaters rages on. Whilst most people understand a great deal more than ever before about the vegan diet and lifestyle, vegan activism still enrages some meat-eaters. I guess some people really don't appreciate being called a murderer whilst they're trying to enjoy their lunch break... Equally, I guess some people don't like watching others eat the flesh of animals on their lunchbreak... It's all very complicated. Continue scrolling to see how this complicated divide led to a KFC stand-off at a vegan protest in Sydney.

It's true KFC can be hard to beat...

For us meat-eaters, there’s nothing quite like the finger-lickin’ good of Colonel Sanders’ deep-fried chicken.

Of course, it can make us all feel guilty...

I mean, the general consensus in 2019 is that consuming meat is harming the planet and just plain cruel. We’re terrible people, but we just love fried chicken… what can we do?

It seems that younger generations have more profound respect for animals.

The generations coming up now are passionate about the environment, passionate about meat-free diets and anti-plastic…. Not to say that all of them are little Greta Thunberg’s…

Long-term vegans are witnessing how far the movement has come.

For those that can remember when supermarkets did not stock any dairy alternatives, when there was only ever one vegetarian option in a restaurant, and when that said vegetarian option was probably always cheese… they can see how far the world has come in accepting the vegan lifestyle.

Protests bring about change.

As much as we can make fun of the vegans lined up outside our local KFC, we should respect the time and energy these people have taken to cultivate their beliefs and attempt to bring about actual change.

How many of us ever imagined KFC would bring out a meat-free bucket?

I certainly never imagined it for one. Saying that most fast food places are starting to cater to vegetarians and vegans in their restaurants. I guess when there’s a demand, big businesses will adapt to meet it.

Vegans and vegetarians get way less stick than they used to.

Back in the day being veggie would mark you out as a “type” of person. Now so many people are adopting a meat-free lifestyle, it’s no longer really a thing.

More and more families are going meat-free.

There are even kindergartens now that have created completely meat-free menus, to teach kids about eating consciously.

So why the hostility?

There are plenty of meat-eaters that get real frustrated by vegans… especially the ones that protest. Threats to interrupt or disrespect their protests are not uncommon.

Vegan groups have come up with all kinds of ways to protest.

From dressing up as animals, locking themselves in cages to showing shocking images and playing gruesome videos… they come up with all kinds of ways to capture people’s attention.

Protests can become violent...

Depending on what the protest involves, the vegan activist could end up putting themselves in danger. Of course, those that do put themselves in the firing line believe the cause to be worth the sacrifice.

Those that detest vegans are certainly not afraid of them.

It seems that some people who oppose veganism think that anyone living a vegan lifestyle is weak, and a bit of a none threat.

It doesn't matter how serious the vegan protestors are...

If a meat-eater comes along that thinks veganism is dumb they tend to feel no qualms about making their opinions heard.

Which is exactly what this fellow did...

Whilst a vegan protest was taking place in Sydney, Australia an unknown man rolled up who proceeded to face the activists and eat an entire KFC meal.

The Sydney protest was a peaceful one.

The activists were not shouting, they did not get in people’s faces or demand to be listened to. They simply held up screens that showed the atrocities that happen at the slaughterhouses before meat reaches our plates.

Arguably the mystery meat-eaters protest was peaceful too.

I mean it wasn’t like he was throwing the fried chicken at the vegan protestors, or forcing them to eat it. You could argue he has as much right to profess his love of eating chicken as much as they have the right to protest their belief that eating meat is wrong… See? I told you it was complicated.

You can watch the video here:

Watch the footage for yourself and determine whether you think the man’s decision to eat his KFC meal at the protest was offensive or not.   Then continue scrolling to read about the angry parents who are not happy that their children’s nursery has gone completely meat and dairy-free…

Humans have been cooped up inside since COVID-19 brought our world to a standstill.

Thousands have now died from the virus and the spread of it doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon.

Lockdowns have been implemented all around the world...

Including Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and many parts of the United States.

It's safe to say that things are now deadly serious.

People all around the world are certainly feeling the strain and staying confined in their homes isn’t as easy as they imagined.

But staying indoors is potentially saving lives...

And it is also saving our planet.

The empty streets have made a staggering impact on the environment...

And this truly goes to show how the human race has severely damaged Planet Earth over the centuries.

Pollution levels are at an all-time low...

Since January, many parts of the world have seen a drastic drop in pollution levels since lockdowns were implemented.

Wuhan in China now has almost unrecognizable stats...

Wuhan is where the coronavirus initially started, and since the city’s lockdown back in January, nitrogen dioxide levels have dropped drastically.

And thanks to these drastic drops in pollution...

Mother Nature is thriving more than ever, with plants flourishing and wildlife making appearances in the most unlikely of places – including bottlenose dolphins recently swimming in the crystal clear canals of Venice in Italy that are usually overridden with tourists.

This is truly incredible to see...

And it goes to show how without us humans taking over the streets, the planet is slowly beginning to heal itself.

Endangered animals are also benefiting from these global lockdowns...

And nature has been allowed to take its course without any interruptions.

And now, something remarkable has happened.

Last week on March the 22nd, a shoreline in Paulista, a town in the north-eastern state of Pernambuco, Brazil, experienced the births of many endangered turtles.

This particular beach is a very popular tourist spot...

But in recent weeks, the beach has been left completely deserted after the state governor Paulo Câmara ordered a partial shutdown in the area, urging residents to stay indoors and restricting them from gathering on beaches.

The absence of tourists has made a wonderful difference...

Ninety-seven hawksbill sea turtles broke free from their shells and took their first cautious steps towards the Atlantic ocean, with almost no one around to witness the scene.

Hawksbill sea turtles are considered a critically endangered species.

The WWF explained how this species of turtle helps maintain the health of coral reefs as they remove prey such as sponges from the reef’s surface and they also provide better access for reef fish to feed.

It was a truly special moment.

The only people there were government workers, who managed to snap pictures of the baby turtles as they made their way down the beach.

The turtles had a little nudge, of course...

A statement from City Hall of Paulista says the hatching of the eggs and the first contact of the animals with the water was only possible thanks to monitoring work carried out by technicians of the Urban Sustainability Center.

Aside from being snatched by birds...

One of the biggest risks that face a baby turtle is being crushed by an unaware beachgoer, so these babies already have a stronger chance of thriving.

It's time to have a serious think about the way we treat our planet...

And these baby turtles are a prime example of how we need to be stepping back and letting Mother Nature take her toll. Make sure to keep scrolling to learn about the pollution decline in Italy since the country went into lockdown…
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