At the gym this morning I was heavily questioned about why I am vegan. I honestly don’t mind answering questions and I am more than happy to spread the vegan message but not when I am having to explain as if I have done something wrong. The explanations shouldn’t have to lie with the people causing the least harm possible, the ones refraining from hurting innocent beings as much as humanly possible, the people who actually give a shit. You non-vegans are the ones who need to start explaining to vegans why you are so selfish, why you can’t just change, why you are destroying the planet we all live on, why you are breaking apart families and taking lives and why you act as though using animals is like oxygen and you’ll never be able to survive without it. This is on you. It’s not on vegans to make you understand a simple matter… YOU DON’T NEED TO USE ANIMALS SO JUST STOP.
~ Danielle Esau (September 9, 2015)
If you are trying to get people to go “vegan” for the environment or their health—PLEASE—could you not call that veganism. Just refer to it as eating a plant-powered diet or a plant-based diet. Thanks so much for being clear and truthful in your vegan education. Veganism is ALWAYS about not exploiting animals.
~ Marcia “Butterflies” Katz (August 30, 2015)
Five years ago today, I made one of the best decisions of my life. I became vegan. At the time I only knew a few vegans through Facebook. Had you asked me then if I thought a vegan world was possible, I probably would have told you it was many generations away. Becoming an activist and meeting so many wonderful, dedicated people has changed my opinion. I now believe it may even happen in my lifetime. The time for Animal Liberation is near. I hope to someday celebrate that moment with all of you!
~ Diane Gandee Sorbi (August 9, 2015)
I cannot tell you all how disgruntled I am at many of my nonvegan friends that, after 4 years of bombardment with my posts on veganism and nonhuman animal rights, continue to dehumanize and call for violence against so-called “trophy” hunters. You consider yourselves somehow morally “better” than them, yet you enjoy harming other nonhuman animals for pleasure at least as much as Walter James Palmer enjoys harming lions for pleasure. If you need a crash course in basic nonhuman animal ethics, seek out your nearest vegan friend for guidance on how not to be a flippin’ hypocrite with respect to your views on nonhuman animals. Thank you, and as always, live vegan.
~ John Tallent (July 29, 2015)
This flag symbolized racism and slavery and the fight to keep it alive in America. The Confederate States of America fell for good reason, and General Lee surrendered to Grant at the Appomattox court house on April 9, 1865. That this flag still flies all over places within our free nation is a dishonor to all who fought and died for that freedom and to free all slaves and end slavery in America forever. That this flag flew at state capitals is an insult to all African Americans and any people anywhere in the world that are enslaved. Slavery is a horrific human tragedy and one that should be eradicated from the planet but never ever forgotten. Those that fly the rebel flag (or any flag which represents slavery or opression) are traitors to our nation, to the world, to freedom, and are enemies of humanity.
~ Eric Wichman (July 10, 2015)
Veganism doesn’t mean any of the following: gluten-free, unprocessed foods, no oils, no bread, eating “humanely-treated” flesh/eggs/honey/milk/wool/leather/etc., or support for PETA.
Veganism simply means that a person believes in (and practices!) the abolition of all nonhuman animal use. It’s not a diet about health; it’s a philosophy about nonhuman animal rights.
~ John Tallent (June 27, 2015)
After fifty years of waving it defiantly in the face of the federal government, Southern conservatives are tripping all over themselves to take down the Confederate battle flags from their state buildings and monuments. This doesn’t mean the conversation is over.
Slavery ended in the 1860s, but just yesterday I read a statement from a Republican elected official somewhere down South. He said slavery was the first “Social Security” system, that it provided cradle-to-grave care for the slaves.
Slavery ended officially in the 1860s yet some still debate it’s merits. So yes, the conversation about the Confederate battle flag, what it represents, and where it should or should not be displayed will continue. But hopefully it will be relegated to invite-only gatherings of drunken bigots, back alleys, and country-club watering holes, where it belongs.
The Confederate battle flag belongs in museums, private homes, and private collections. It has no more business being displayed on public buildings than the Soviet hammer and sickle.
~ Booth McKeown (June 25, 2015)