Why should vegans lie to non-vegans about the virtues of abstaining from one kind of product of exploitation (i.e., flesh) but not all others (i.e., forced use, skin, secretions, blood, bones, etc.)? Veganism hits at the heart of the matter. That is, veganism makes the statement that slavery is wrong. Vegetarianism, on the other hand, simply states that slaves should be used to death just like any other form of non-veganism.
Think, then Go Vegan!
I pretended it was complicated for two years when I was calling myself vegetarian who ate liquid meat and other dairy products and I was still comfortable with making unnatural food for my employers and my friends. I even said it’s okay to have fish oil to my sister, that it’s ok if it’s for her health. The whole time I thought it was being ethical and it was enough. Nobody told me otherwise until a person who wasn’t even vegan said how contradictory vegetarians are, but vegans are not. It only took a simple thing like that to make me vegan, imagine if I heard it a lot more often and explained to me right away like that, I would’ve been vegan at least 13 years earlier!
~ Lai Sityar (July 29, 2011)
What is the point of trying to persuade anyone to go “vegetarian”? Vegetarianism = enslavement, torture, exploitation and slaughter of animals. Why spend our time and resources trying to convince people that is a worthwhile thing to do, instead of waking them up to veganism? The time is now. It has always been now. 🙂
~ Elizabeth Collins (July 27, 2011)