To those who are serious about environmental Issues but who are still eating animal foods:
Please get serious *for real* about environmental issues. Stop consuming meat, dairy, eggs, and anything else animal. Environmentally friendly animal consumption is like health-conscious cigarette smoking. Nonsense.
~ Gary L. Francione (September 2, 2017)
I’ve had enough of veganism. When I looked in the mirror this morning all I could see was a lion looking back at me with long, beautiful, sharp canine teeth glistening in my mouth. My headful of ancestor’s hair is matted with the blood of dead vegetables and everywhere I go I hear the screams of kale being destroyed. My eyes are heavy with the weight of lentils being bred to be killed and my limbs are sorrowful calcium-deprived sacks of all the insects I have killed in my quest for so-called ‘peace.’
As I stepped out into the warm air of the deserted island upon which I found myself stranded, I noticed that Hitler had drawn a circle of life in the sand. I am sick to death of being such a judgemental Nazi. Who am I to speak when I live in paradise amongst free-range tribes, eating expensive rice and beans, all the while breeding carrots to be killed? I mean at least they were grown right?
Vegans be like I love vegetables, especially my pet ones. I don’t really care so much for farmed fruit tho. It is MY personal choice to pay others to pluck them from the trees and vines upon which they grow. They are humanely sliced and diced and made into smoothies. The Bible says it is ok to eat fruits and veggies because we eat the whole thing, apart from the stones and pips which are then put into various wobbly desserts and treats for children so that’s ok then.
Some folks think the terms slavery and holocaust belong solely to us humans. It’s most likely because these folks think humans are in some way superior to all the other animal species. And thus, to compare us to them is unthinkable. But, this is just people being speciesist. Which, like racism, sexism, and heterosexism, is deeply ingrained into our societal DNA. Especially, speciesism. Thus, besides looking forward to the end of such horrific events, I also look forward to the day when we all can agree that injustice is injustice no matter who the victims are.
Think, then Go Vegan!
There is no such thing as humanely killing and using someone against their will. Animals have complex relationships, they have a will to live just like humans. It’s not our right to take their lives, they live for themselves, we shouldn’t have to justify their existence, but we have to in this world where their rights are taken away from them.
When you think about veganism, remember it’s not about the food, it’s not about our personal health, it’s about these innocent animals.
Everything else is a benefit.
Veganism is the moral baseline. Any challenge we face with living vegan isn’t remotely comparable to what the animals endure everyday.
Keep this in mind if you ever need to remember what we are fighting for.
~ Olivia Jai (May 26, 2017)
There’s a HUGE difference between someone who is vegan – one who does their best to say “NO!” to the exploitation of others – and one who hasn’t yet become vegan. Calling anyone trying to be vegan vegan makes as much sense as calling someone who’s trying to be an Olympic Gold Winner an Olympic Gold Winner. Moreover, to worry about hurting their feelings because they may stop “Going for the Gold” unless you lie to them and call them vegan even if they are not vegan is equally ridiculous.
Think, then Go Vegan!
At the gym this morning I was heavily questioned about why I am vegan. I honestly don’t mind answering questions and I am more than happy to spread the vegan message but not when I am having to explain as if I have done something wrong. The explanations shouldn’t have to lie with the people causing the least harm possible, the ones refraining from hurting innocent beings as much as humanly possible, the people who actually give a shit. You non-vegans are the ones who need to start explaining to vegans why you are so selfish, why you can’t just change, why you are destroying the planet we all live on, why you are breaking apart families and taking lives and why you act as though using animals is like oxygen and you’ll never be able to survive without it. This is on you. It’s not on vegans to make you understand a simple matter… YOU DON’T NEED TO USE ANIMALS SO JUST STOP.
~ Danielle Esau (September 9, 2015)
If you are trying to get people to go “vegan” for the environment or their health—PLEASE—could you not call that veganism. Just refer to it as eating a plant-powered diet or a plant-based diet. Thanks so much for being clear and truthful in your vegan education. Veganism is ALWAYS about not exploiting animals.
~ Marcia “Butterflies” Katz (August 30, 2015)