They don’t want this to be known

Acharya Prashant
7 min readAug 8, 2023

The following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.

Questioner (Q): When I see how meat is produced, how vaccines are produced, how wool is produced, how silk is produced, it seems so obvious that I am contributing to that cruelty by consuming those things. But it seems that the rest of the world does not see that; it seems like a crazy world out there, where people are pretending to be righteous and peaceful and good.

An elephant was shot by a hunter in Africa, and people who were eating meat were saying how cruel it was. When I pointed it out to them and asked, “What’s on your plate?” they got very angry and ended the discussion by saying, “I need it for my health!” It seems so obvious, but it’s something that stops people from believing it. Sometimes when they see the animals being killed they change their mind, but not very often. It seems so obvious, so why does it still continue? Why do people resist change?

Acharya Prashant (AP): See, propaganda has to be met with publicity. You know the Foundation had a TikTok account? It got banned because we were posting videos opposing meat consumption. Now I am told that when my videos pertaining to carnism and animal cruelty are posted on YouTube and Facebook and we seek to promote them, the respective companies, apps, do not allow them to be promoted.