There would be plenty of other vegans if we just promoted Veganism!

I’d think the first step in caring for animals is not to hurt them at all, if we told people about ethical Veganism, “I’m vegan because I don’t want to hurt animals in any way I can possibly avoid”, then it doesn’t sound so freaky, or radical, or hard, or weird. There would be plenty …

I pity them greatly, but I must be mum, For how could we do without sugar and rum?

I own I am shock’d at the purchase of slaves, And fear those who buy them and sell them are knaves; What I hear of their hardships, their tortures, and groans, Is almost enough to draw pity from stones. I pity them greatly, but I must be mum, For how could we do without sugar …

This is the plight of America's vulnerable and those we exploit abroad

This is the plight of America’s vulnerable and those we exploit abroad, whether in restaurants, hotels, agriculture, domestic work, the sex trade, or on US offshore military bases, and seldom do courts provide justice. It’s America’s dark side along with an appalling record of crimes and abuses, including imperial wars, torture, and looting the national …

Anti-slavery abolitionists wouldn't have wasted time and energy on each other's indiscretions

Anti-slavery abolitionists wouldn’t have wasted time and energy on each other’s indiscretions, because emancipation was the goal, not personal purity. Yes, it’s a bit hypocritical to use slave-produced sugar in your tea, if you’re an abolitionist, but obsessing about such things wasn’t going to lead to the end of slavery. I don’t think “purity veganism” …