Contrary to popular belief, even though I am vegan I do not love all animals. That is, although I do love some human as well as nonhuman animals—such as many of my family members, friends, and adopted companions—I do not love every animal on Earth.
In fact, the idea of an “animal lover” sounds rather odd to me. Seriously, who really loves all animals? Or, most likely to be more precise, who loves all nonhuman animals? Now, I’m sure there will be comments from folks who claim to love all animals, but I still think it’s an odd statement. First and foremost, how can someone love someone else (and we’re talking trillions of them here) who they’ve never met?
Secondly, what about ticks? Yes, they are animals just like humans, kittens, puppies, and baby seals are animals. Do “animal lovers” love ticks? All ticks? Because, if they don’t then the term “animal lover” needs to be downgraded to something less encompassing such as “loves some animals” which, of course, would apply to me as well.
Lastly, for me the term “animal lover” when used in the context of animal rights, or let’s just call it what it is—the other antislavery movement, sounds too much like what proslavers called abolitionists of the past. That is, back in the days when human slavery was all the rage, it was common for an antislavery advocate to be called an “‘N’ word lover” by those who supported slavery and was most certainly not meant as a compliment.
But, to each his/her own. Now, back to me. I may not love every human and nonhuman animal on this planet, but I most certainly respect them enough not to use them as slaves. Hence the reason I am vegan.
Being vegan, for me, simply means standing up against those who enslave others. That is, everyday I make an effort not to support industries that enslave, torture, and/or murder others regardless of who or what species they are. Why? That’s simple, I am vegan because slavery is wrong. Hey, now that would make an excellent quote. 😉
Think, then Go Vegan!