[V]eganism isn’t about maintaining a state of absolute purity. It’s about making informed choices to refrain from using animal products so that you remove yourself as much as it is possible from the cycle that perpetuates a demand for the continued exploitation of non-human animals—and by “possible” I really, really don’t mean “convenient”.
~ Mylène Ouellet (October 27, 2010)
As a vegan, I understand the need for humans to understand the value of non-human life. I understand the utmost importance to end speciesism, as it is the key to ending violence and oppression. As a gay vegan, I understand that without making strides to understand our own fellow human, and the broad spectrum of humanity—we are doomed on so many levels. As an activist, I know change is coming on all of those levels. 🙂
~ Tom E. Mendez (October 26, 2010)
Vivisection, for all its horrors, is only one of the many ways in which the human tyrant exploits the animal creation. We have been at war with the other creatures of this earth ever since the first human hunter set forth with spear into the primeval forest. Human imperialism has everywhere enslaved, oppressed, murdered and mutilated the animal peoples. All around us lie the slave camps we have built for our fellow creatures, factory farms and vivisection laboratories, Dachaus and Buchenwalds for the conquered species. We slaughter animals for our food, force them to perform silly tricks for our delectation, gun them down and stick hooks in them in the name of sport. We have torn up the wild places where once they made their homes. The million-year Reich of the master-species continues.
~ Ronnie Lee (April 4, 1975)
If you promote vegetarianism as the “compassionate” choice, you are giving people the green light to consume dairy and other animal products. That explains why we all know many vegetarians who have never gone vegan. Why should they when they are being told by the self-appointed experts that they have discharged their moral obligations to animals by being vegetarian?
~ Gary L. Francione (October 15, 2010)
Patient, relentless, and persistent abolitionist vegan education over years and decades by tireless abolitionist vegan advocates is the only thing that will erode and eventually end the disease and dogmatic cultural prejudice of speciesism and its symptom, the use and exploitation of animals.
~ Dan Cudahy (October 19, 2010)