“Just how destructive does a culinary preference have to be before we decide to eat something else? If contributing to the suffering of billions of animals that live miserable lives and (quite often) die in horrific ways isn’t motivating, what would be? If being the number one contributor to the most serious threat facing the planet (global warming) isn’t enough, what is? And if you are tempted to put off these questions of conscience, to say not now, then when?” – Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals
“All beings are fond of life, like pleasure, hate pain, shun destruction, like life, long to live. To all life is dear.”- Acharanga Sutra 1.2.3.
“Every time we say, ‘Don’t tell me. I don’t want to know,’ we limit the potential for growth,
for change, for making possible everything we want to be and everything we want this
world to be. So we walk around with blinders on, complacent in our comfort zones
because we’re afraid to change. To me, that’s limiting. That’s restrictive.”
– Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
“Being vegan is easy. Are there social pressures that encourage you to continue to eat, wear, and use animal products? Of course there are. But in a patriarchal, racist, homophobic, and ableist society, there are social pressures to participate and engage in sexism, racism, homophobia, and ableism. At some point, you have to decide who you are and what matters morally to you. And once you decide that you regard victimizing vulnerable nonhumans is not morally acceptable, it is easy to go and stay vegan” ― Gary L. Francione
I just had possibly the most awesome weekend of my vegan advocate life – though eating that donut from Hot Beans at the Toronto VegFest in September is a close second! On Saturday I helped out with a guided tour … Continue reading
By Gary Francione
You don’t need a theory of animal rights to get you to veganism. You don’t even need to believe in human and nonhuman equality to get to veganism.
If you believe–as most people believe–that: (1) animals matter morally; (2) because animals matter morally, we cannot justify imposing “unnecessary” suffering on them; and (3) pleasure, amusement, or convenience cannot suffice as “necessity,” then you are already committed to stop eating, wearing, or using animals in any situation in which there is not compulsion or real necessity, such as being on the desert island or the lifeboat with no access to plant foods.
Veganism is not in any way “extreme.” What is “extreme” is saying that you believe that animals matter morally but acting in your life as though they were merely things.
So what are you waiting for? Follow through in your conduct with what you say you believe. Go vegan.
If you are not vegan, please go vegan. Veganism is about nonviolence. First and foremost, it’s about nonviolence to other sentient beings. But it’s also about nonviolence to the earth and nonviolence to yourself.
by Bruce Friedrich There are three concepts that animate my decision to eat a vegan diet. First Eating a vegan diet applies the “Golden Rule” across the species barrier. Most people seem to understand this concept where dogs and cats … Continue reading
Those who read about my journey in the last year toward coming to Animal Place know that I was also on a road toward midwifery education. Last March when I was gearing up for a career catching babies I never … Continue reading