“Dominant, violent ideologies use a set of social and psychological defense mechanisms that enable humane people to participate in inhumane practices without fully realizing what they’re doing.” – Melanie Joy
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.
Butterflies Katz, who runs the blog Veganism: A Truth Whose Time Has Come, recently hosted a short essay writing contest called “Why I Will Always Be Vegan.” My essay was one of the 50 winners! Here it is: Why I … Continue reading
“Life is such a precious gift and I feel grateful for every day that I’m here. I’m vegan because I don’t want to contribute to ending the lives of others who want to be here just as much as I … Continue reading
“[T]he human appetite for animal flesh is a driving force behind virtually every major category of environmental damage now threatening the human future—deforestation, erosion, fresh water scarcity, air and water pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss, social injustice, the destabilization of … Continue reading