Why isn’t Sonic the Hedgehog vegan? It doesn’t really make any sense. You spend years and years battling Dr. Eggman trying to prevent the robotizing of animals and the planet, or protect animal life. What does Sonic do? He eats animals. He boasts his Chili Dog like it’s nobody’s business. There’s so much cognitive dissonance in the world that we don’t even stop to think that Sonic is eating the animals that he saved.
Think about it – You travel through each zone which is filled with toxic waste, and mechanical enemies are turned against you. Each enemy represents an animal that is put through factory farming. They are turned into food for us to consume, or to use as tools. In the game, I’m not really sure what purpose they serve as mechanical animals. In Sonic CD, you get a glimpse of the past, and future if you may fail to stop Metal Sonic and Dr. Eggman.
So what does Sonic do? Sonic BOOM. Blasting throgh the forces of robots, he successful defeats Dr. Eggman, freeing the animals to continue to be used to create food.
So, in this world, what would happen if Sonic came to terms with the fact that he was fueling himself on the creatures he was so desperately trying to save? Let’s speculate for a bit. Dr Eggman is one foe, and Sonic is learning and grows as a hero. He travels to the place to where the animals are transformed and he sees a glimpse of what he is fighting for. There is no reverse button to change the animals back, his artists had protected Dr. Eggman’s mission. The view is horrible and gruesome. He couldn’t believe it.
Dr Eggman laughs as the industries side with him, and Sonic is captured by the Elite Enforcers. His friends have to spread the word of the trap that was set by Mecha Sonic. He was made out to be the enemy, as Dr. Eggman poured his funds into campaigns against the animals. That the animals were the enemies, and they must be robotized for humanity to survive. Sonic wept in hopelessness, as a chili dog was slipped under his cell door. He had eaten the friends he fought for. A hero would not submit to such evils of his past. He would keep this friend with him. This friend became his power. This was the last time Sonic ate a chili dog.
Tails and the crew arrived at the Perma Region, an area covered in frozen tundra. All they could do was record this horror. Mechanical Zeplins floated around the area, plunging huge hoses into the ground. The enemy forces had arrived there, attempting to continue the process of convincing humans that saving themselves by becoming robots would save the world. That a mecha Earth is the answer, so he poured toxic sludge into the waters from large oceanic harvesters gathering the fossil fuels of the area. The friends long past. The clouds of toxic methane fogged the area, as the heroes lined up to attempt to preserve the land.
They saw nothing but destruction, and death. As they revealed to the world the truth behind the actions of Dr. Eggman, the world started to awaken but it was too late for many. For the process of robotizing had started, and the journey was long from over. Sonic was released after the footage was released in his defense. The large industries were well protected by their fortresses constructed in greed. What could the heroes do but to uncover the other horrors of this society in darkness?
Maybe Sonic just needs a well balanced vegan diet high in protein. The world may never know.