Archive | June 2012

Let's bring the focus back to where it needs to be, on the animals

One of the statements that depresses me most is when vegans who were long-time vegetarians say, “I just didn’t know.” As animal liberationists, it is our duty to make sure people know. It is our duty to speak the truth, confront injustice, [and] creatively work together to end the animal holocaust. Let’s bring the focus back to where it needs to be, on the animals.
~ Gary Smith (June 23, 2012)

I always looked at it from the animal's perspective

Since going vegan at the age of 13, I have always believed in promoting veganism. I always looked at it from the animal’s perspective. If that were me in the slaughterhouse, if I were a slave to another species, I wouldn’t care if I got a bigger cage or if I were gassed to death instead of having my throat slit. The thing I would want the most, and would hope for for my children’s future, would be to no longer be considered as someone else’s property. An individual in control of her own life.

Free.
~ Emmy James (June 11, 2012)

Trust me, we like food

I always wonder where the myth that vegans don’t like food comes from. All day long I see vegans posting pictures of rich, complex and delicious looking meals on their FB walls. Get two or more vegans into a room and the conversation quickly turns to food. Trust me, we like food. We don’t like oppression, exploitation and violence.
~ Gary Smith (June 14, 2012)

The animals are not destroying the Earth. Vegans are.

You can say what you will, but I’m not a vegan. I believe that we all have a right to our opinions & I was trying to point that out. I say don’t tell me what to eat & I won’t tell you what to eat. I don’t want to see dogs & cats die for whatever reason. The animals are not destroying the Earth. Vegans are. Plants breathe in carbon dioxide & breathe out oxygen to help us survive. You plant eaters are destroying the very things that help you breathe. Plants are alive, yet you kill them for food. Who’s the bad guy now?
~ Joella J. Brooks (June 12, 2012)

So, why do I care what people believe?

A staggering 46% of Americans believe that god created humans in their present form within the past 10,000 years, according to a USA Today/Gallup survey conducted this year from May 10th to the 13th. Not only has that number not changed much in the past 30 years since Gallup first asked the question on Creationism vs Evolution, it’s actually gone up 2%, from 44% in 1982 to 46% in 2012!

Gallup’s Frank Newport told CNN, “Despite the many changes that have taken place in American society and culture over the past 30 years, including new discoveries in biological and social science, there has been virtually no sustained change in Americans’ views of the origins of the human species since 1982. All in all, there’s no evidence in this trend of a substantial movement toward a secular viewpoint on human origins.”

So, why do I care what people believe? Why won’t I just let them have their fun?

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The core reason I am vegan

I feel everyone has the right to do whatever it is they wish to do in life AS LONG AS what they choose to do doesn’t step on someone else’s rights. This is the core reason I am vegan.

Think, then Go Vegan!