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The Reluctant Vegan: “He’s not vegan—he’s crazy.”

In response to The Reluctant Vegan: “He’s not vegan—he’s crazy.”, I made the following comment back on November 1, 2007:

Susie,

Several hundred years ago African Americans were thought of by the majority of people as “lowly animals” (i.e., chattel). Abolitionists of the day, calling for the end of slavery, were thought of as crackpots, cRaZy dreamers, agitators, etc. Fast forward to the Civil Rights Movement. Same thing. Martin Luther King Junior gave a brilliant speech stating African Americans want ALL of their rights HERE in the United States NOW. He was hated by many people and even called a communist by the FBI.

The list of people who were brave enough to tell the truth to the world even though the world wasn’t ready to hear them is long and bloody. But, if it were not for these brave “agitators” where would we be now? I take the bus to work everyday and thank goodness for all the brave “Rosa Parks” of the past that had the guts to stand up against injustice and do what was needed to be done.

Veganism: The boycott of an evil industry that enslaves nonhuman animals is still in its infancy similar to the abolitionist movement to end the Slave Trade in the late 1700s and then the abolitionist movement in the 1800s to end slavery altogether. Social injustice movements generally begin with a handful of people who against all odds do what is needed to wake the sleeping masses up and eventually persevere. Thus, if someone has the guts to nonviolently educate his or her class about veganism I applaud them. Just like I applaud those brave folks of the past who dared to teach that cRaZy theory of evolution.

In conclusion, Susie, please think about people of the past who tried their best to educate others and were wrongly shot down for it AND remember that it’s thanks to them, for example, that it is now “mostly” excepted that the world is not only round but is NOT located in the center of the universe.

Think, then Go Vegan!

Mice show evidence of empathy

In response to Mice show evidence of empathy, I made the following comment back on July 5, 2006:

What happens to the mice when you inject them with acetic acid? Oh yeah, they “writhe in pain” as you stated. So, it amazes everyone in the scientific community that a “simple” animal, a mouse, can empathize with another when she sees her cellmate in pain? To me, this just makes sense. No creature wants to feel pain. In fact, except for some really messed up human-animals, most sentient beings try very hard to avoid pain at all costs. Thus, this “experiment” is just another reason to degrade/torture animals we feel are “lower” than us in the name of science and the all mighty dollar. My question then, is when these poor souls are writhing in pain, do the perpetrators empathize with them? And if so, why won’t they stop this kind of madness and join the 21st century where truly valuable experiments can take place without all the needless suffering using computer modeling and other such things.

Think, then Go Vegan!

Note: In my original comment, which can be seen using the link above, I said “To me, this just makes since.” Rather than, of course, “To me, this just makes sense.” Yeah, as you can imagine, I was in quite the agitated state when I originally wrote the comment. So, anyway, for readability purposes, and because I am quoting myself, I couldn’t let this typo be so I fixed it. Thanks for understanding. 🙂

We’re all in for a very bumpy ride

As long as the majority of people see other animals as well as the environment itself as nothing more than an end to their own selfish means, we’re all in for a very bumpy ride.

Think, then Go Vegan!

I stand up against the Israeli occupying forces of Palestine

Veganism, whereby we stand up for the rights of others not to be exploited, extends beyond non-human animals. That is, veganism means standing up against the exploitation of ALL animals including humans. And thus, as a vegan, I stand up against the Israeli occupying forces of Palestine and look forward to the day when the rest of the world does the same.

Go Vegan. Go Peace!