Today we had birthday coffee at my place, and I showed my family my “vegan” tattoo. Here’s an approx of the discussion that followed with my dad’s girlfriend:
Her: What if you change your mind?
Me: Well, if you become vegan it’s for life, or you’re not vegan. It’s like if you’re against rape, you’re not suddenly going to change your mind.
Her (getting upset): It’s not the same thing. Rape has nothing to do with eating meat. I respect your choice to be vegan, but you have to respect my choice to eat meat.
Me (getting angry): Well, you know what? I don’t. Because I think it’s wrong. Eating meat is death and torture and it’s wrong. And yes, it’s rape, because that’s what they do to the cows. They rape them with artificial insemination and then steal their babies.
Her: The cows don’t understand things like that.
Her: They can’t comprehend their babies being taken away.
Me: Really? You think cows don’t have motherly feelings? Carrying a baby for that long and then having it taken away.
Her: I believe it’s instincts
Me: I think you should go to a farm and see the cows yelling for their babies after they’ve been taken away.
Also there was something like this:
Her: You must respect my needs to eat meat. I only eat what I catch and no more.
Me: But you don’t. You don’t catch your food.
Her: Well if I went fishing I would only catch what I intend to eat.
Me: You wouldn’t kick a dog, but you’ll eat a pig, which is much worse. I don’t get it.
I wanted to say so much more, but I was feeling pretty angry.
~ Michaela Österlund (August 18, 2012)
We can’t control others but we can control ourselves and if we decide that doing X is morally wrong and harms others (human or nonhuman), we should just stop doing X. We don’t need a support group. We just need a spine.
~ Gary L. Francione (August 17, 2012)
I often get asked, “at what point do you draw the line? At what point do you stop caring? Are you a BACTERIA Activist? Surely not.”
Well, as far as I’ve read, there would be absolutely no life on Earth at ALL if it weren’t for bacteria, so, yeah. Since I see life as a good thing. Shelley Williams the Bacteria Activist reporting for duty! 🙂
~ Shelley Williams (August 10, 2012)
The three most difficult things about being vegan are: (1) being asked by people who consume rotting flesh and mucous whether my diet is healthy; (2) meeting an astounding number of people who are obsessed with the issue of plants feeling pain; and (3) being told by people that it must be difficult to be vegan.
~ Gary L. Francione (August 6, 2012)
Veganism isn’t about what products someone currently owns. It’s about justice. That is, veganism is a mindset that says it’s wrong to exploit others regardless of the perceived benefits. Thus, a vegan can own a product of slavery that they bought prior to becoming vegan BUT a vegan cannot continue funding the institution of slavery. Only non-vegans do that.
Think, then Go Vegan!