People say that being a vegan creates a social problem in that others may react negatively. But isn’t that the case if you take a principled position on any issue, whether it’s racism, sexism, heterosexism, violence as a general matter—or speciesism? The key is to educate others about why you take the position.
~ Gary L. Francione (March 7, 2011)
There are many reasons to go vegan, including justice; fairness; health; ecology. There is only one reason not to go vegan: palate pleasure.
~ Gary L. Francione (May 29, 2011)
To say that a being who is sentient has no interest in continuing to live is like saying that a being with eyes has no interest in continuing to see. Death—however “humane”—is a harm for humans and nonhumans alike.
~ Gary L. Francione (May 15, 2011)
Before I became vegan, I spent a couple of months working my way toward it. During that time I referred to myself as transitioning to becoming vegan. I understood that you’re either vegan or you’re not. There is no sorta, kinda, or mostly about it. It’s like referring to yourself as a doctor when you’re still in medical school.
~ Diane Gandee Sorbi (June 5, 2011)
Until it requires absolutely no change on my part I won’t subscribe to it as there is no point in it. Animals are our slaves and we should be allowed to do what we want with/to them.
~ JMO (May 4, 2011)