There’s a sense that if you pay for Fairtrade you don’t have to worry, like seeking absolution in the church. But there is no such thing as an ethical cup of coffee, because the commodity brand economy has never been ethical. People need to be aware that when they’re buying a coffee they’re buying a long and complicated network of labour and it does involve women and children. If you want economic justice, you’ve got to do a lot more than pay £2 for a cup.
~ Bryant Simon (May 27, 2007)
As with any other form of industrialized animal use, consumers have the choice either to participate in it or to refuse the products of exploitation and opt out of the demand-supply cycle altogether. Humans have no need for animal products, and the increasing number of vegans on the planet is a testament to how easy it is to live a healthy, fulfilling life without participating in the systematic abuse and unnecessary killing that goes on in the animal industry every day.
~ Angel Flinn (July 8, 2010)
My concern, let me emphasize, is not with small-scale family farms. I have no problem with the many hard-working families who treat their cows well, take care of the land and try to bring a healthy product to market. My problem is with the much larger agribusiness enterprises, the factory farms to whom the animals in their care are nothing but sources of revenue.
~ John Robbins (July 13, 2010)
Always keep in mind why you are doing it and who you are doing it for. If you are ever questioned, be confident about it and do not feel like you should keep it quiet. If you, like many, know that nonhuman animals should be given equal consideration and that they should not be, under law or in any other way, classed as “things” but instead as persons, then go Vegan and tell others why you are Vegan—You may just help them make the shift.
~ Sally Thompson (July 14, 2010)
When I first became vegan it was not because of Love for other animals as much as respecting their basic right to their life. As I became vegan, I created many interspecies relationships where I learned to love other animals & see clearly their personhood. From that love, I wanted to devote my life to working towards saving them. From living in the natural world & loving it, I wanted to work for saving it too.
~ Marcia “Butterflies” Katz (July 21, 2010)
In a way, the whole notion that no-one can speak out against injustice until they themselves are pure is elitist and exclusionary. How exactly is a poor single, working mother of two, for example, supposed to live “off the grid,” and always buy food from an organic farm and never be part of the vast exploitation which typifies the modern industrial world? She can’t. But she can live her life as best she is able, avoiding the direct exploitation of others, even in the difficult circumstances she finds herself in.
~ Tim Gier (July 19, 2010)