And so you're harvesting them like an apple or anything else you've been cultivating

Every single day I saw this turkey. I fed him; I cleaned up after him; I picked him up and held him; I gave him water. You watch them grow and then it’s time. They aren’t children. They aren’t babies that you’re going to, like, educate or whatever. They’re farm animals, and that’s what they’re …

Christ gave humanity permission to eat all animals

Contrary to the limits in diet proffered by animal rights activists, Christ gave humanity permission to eat all animals. By declaring all foods ceremonially clean, Christians were no longer bound to follow the restrictions of Kosher Laws (Mk 7:19) and could enjoy the flavors of pigs and lobster with divine blessing. Christ’s actions towards animals …

Even the most doted upon slaves are still slaves

Nonhumans are our slaves. We use them to satisfy our ends. Speciesism allows this by degrading nonhumans into the class of things and resources. Some members of this slave class, an infinitesimal proportion, are viewed affectionately and treated relatively well. Yet the fundamental relationship of subjugation and domination remains constant. Even the most doted upon …

The exploitation and intentional slaughter of sentient beings

Choosing to consume animal products is a choice to partake in the exploitation and intentional slaughter of sentient beings. Given our wide variety of food choices today, we can easily refuse to partake in such exploitation and slaughter. In many cases, such as this one, drawing lines can be very appropriate and strongly defended, especially …

You just need a basic understanding and a will to change for the better

Being a vegan means we break from a violent enculturation which leads us to believe animals, who are biologically no different from humans, are here for our use—that their existence is meant for our pleasure and their welfare is limited by our mandate to use them for our means. You don’t have to be crazy …

It makes you consistent and unequivocal in your eschewing involvement in the exploitation of nonhuman animals

Veganism isn’t about sometimes choosing to exploit animals for your taste-buds, your vanity or to accommodate your budget. Veganism isn’t just about “diet”. If you consume animal products, you’re not vegan. It’s a simple definition and if you stick to it, it does not make you a “fanatic” or a nitpicker—it makes you consistent and …

I don't see anything really wrong with that

I think we can be ethically conscientious and recognize that sometimes there are going to be compromises. Sometimes it’s going to be very difficult, very inconvenient, to get the best choice, so we’ll settle for something else. As you were saying before with the steak, there’s a little bit of room for indulgence in all …

Veganism is a matter of justice

[L]et’s stop talking about veganism as a matter of compassion, benevolence and other nice-sounding, but ultimately anthropocentric missives. The idea that we are “being kind”, “acting compassionately”, or “saving lives” just by being vegan is misguided. It’s also paternalistic. Veganism is a matter of justice, and it reflects the absolute minimum of justice that I …

If you're not comfortable with what you're doing, you might want to examine why

At the end of the day, you’re going to have to live your life on your own terms. If you’re comfortable with what you’re doing, then there’s really not much I can do to change that. If you’re not comfortable with what you’re doing, you might want to examine why. ~ Dino Sarma (January 19, …