There are several roads to veganism and many individual views of it, but veganism is one thing and one thing only—a way of living which avoids exploitation whether it be of our fellow men, the animal population, or the soil upon which we all rely for our very existence.
~ Eva Batt (1964)
Why do people continue to conflate compassion to veganism? To be vegan is a moral baseline. It’s choosing to be ethical and just. To choose not to contribute to something evil does not mean you are being compassionate. Compassion is going out of your way to help someone. If I were to refrain from kicking someone in the street, that does not make me compassionate.
Can we stop acting like vegans are suppose to be some kind of compassionate, non judgmental being?
~ Tara Moon (June 8, 2018)
Vegetarians, and their Hezbollah-like splinter faction, the vegans, are a persistent irritant to any chef worth a damn. To me, life without veal stock, pork fat, sausage, organ meat, demi-glace, or even stinky cheese is a life not worth living. Vegetarians are the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit, an affront to all I stand for, the pure enjoyment of food. The body, these waterheads imagine, is a temple that should not be polluted by animal protein. It’s healthier, they insist, though every vegetarian waiter I’ve worked with is brought down by any rumor of a cold. Oh, I’ll accommodate them, I’ll rummage around for something to feed them, for a “vegetarian plate,” if called on to do so. Fourteen dollars for a few slices of grilled eggplant and zucchini suits my food cost fine.
~ Anthony Bourdain (2000)
I was also vegetarian before becoming vegan, thinking I was doing right by the animals. But after my eyes were opened to the realities of dairy, eggs, honey, down and all the other ways we exploit and torture animals, and more so to the understanding that animals are not things and deserve inalienable fundamental rights, I became vegan. Being vegan is easy and is especially rewarding, knowing that I’m doing everything I can to avoid causing suffering. There’s no reason to be on the fence, just do the right thing!
~ Christa Meyer (May 1, 2018)
Zoos are nothing more than animals imprisoned for society’s entertainment. Anyone who claims zoos are educational are full of that same stuff that gets shoveled out of the cages!!
~ Wally Tedrick (April 15, 2018)
When one accepts the obvious truth that *all* sentient non-humans are individuals, not things, deserving of life, basic respect and justice—and that the distinctions we make between species are arbitrary and designed to put us in positions of power and domination over them which invariably leads to victimization, exploitation and injustice—the only acceptable choice is to live vegan.
Exploitation of the vulnerable is NEVER acceptable. To live vegan is to take a stand against this exploitation. To live non-vegan is to directly participate in it for personal gain. The choice is clear—it’s time to live vegan.
~ Keith Berger (March 10, 2018)
Are we ever able to avoid causing absolutely no harm to animals?
Of course not.
However if anyone tells me that going to a grocery store and choosing to purchase any animal product is the same as accidentally stepping on an ant, I beg to differ.
~ Vanda Kadas (March 4, 2018)
To those who are serious about environmental Issues but who are still eating animal foods:
Please get serious *for real* about environmental issues. Stop consuming meat, dairy, eggs, and anything else animal. Environmentally friendly animal consumption is like health-conscious cigarette smoking. Nonsense.
~ Gary L. Francione (September 2, 2017)