Arch Enemy vocalist Alissa White-Gluz recently talked about being vegan, explaining how she was born and raised in a family of vegetarians, ultimately tracing her vegan roots back to childhood days.
Chatting with Peta2, Alissa said that her mother made sure to clarify early on about the way the food we're eating is made.
The singer got more involved with the issue during her early teen years, making a "conscious decision that I was gonna absolutely minimize any amount of suffering that I would induce on any other living being."
"I'm definitely vegan for ethical reasons, but all of the other benefits, like the environmental benefits, health benefits are a happy bonus," Alissa said.
"The second on your tongue is not worth a lifetime of torture. That fleeting moment of tasting something isn't worth somebody else's life and you actually don't have to sacrifice any taste to go vegan anyway, since there's such a wide variety of delicious food included in the vegan diet," she added.
Discussing the matter of "humane slaughter," White-Gluz called the term an oxymoron, stressing that "there's no humane way to slaughter a living being."
"Think about the term 'humane slaughter' and try to apply it to a human being. Would you ever think that if somebody was murdered, but they died instantly from a bullet to the head, that it was OK because it was a humane murder? Absolutely not," she said.
"People ask me if it's hard to be vegan? Absolutely not. It would be hard to not be vegan."
In a separate Facebook post, Alissa added, "Although we just scratch the surface here, the reason I'm so passionate about living vegan is because it benefits the environment (fauna and flora), humans in other parts of the world, animals and my own health. I've been vegan for 15 years now and I have yet to find a lifestyle that gives as much back to the planet. The way I see it, I am lucky to be alive and well and I only wish the same for others.
"The facts are there, it's just a matter of accepting reality and choosing to be a part of the solution instead of the problem," the vocalist concluded.