150 years ago, Americans would have thought you were absurd if you advocated for the end of slavery. 100 years ago, they would have laughed at you for suggesting that women should have the right to vote. 50 years ago, they would [have] loudly objected at the idea of African Americans receiving equal rights under the law. They laugh at us now for suggesting that animal slavery be ended. Some day they won’t be laughing.
~ Gary Smith (June 30, 2011)
Vegans who are cruel to humans are actually speciesists—as humans are an animal species. I don’t like snakes, but I’m not cruel to them. I ignore them. Veganism is about not exploiting and being cruel to animals; and since humans are in fact animals—it is nonvegan to be cruel to them.
~ Marcia “Butterflies” Katz (April 28, 2015)
“What can you eat [as a vegan]?” he asked. I answered[,] “I can eat everything including your cute three year old daughter. But when morals and ethics get in the way, your child and every other animal are off the menu.”
~ Anita Mahdessian (January 14, 2015)
It seems to me it’s the welfare PeTA inspired “vegans” who trend toward violence. My theory is that their lackluster milk toast support of any kind of significant social change leaves them feeling as impotent as their movement is. Thus, once they realize what they’re doing leads nowhere, some turn towards violence as a last ditch effort rather than abolition (i.e., clearly stating slavery in any form is wrong and calling out for the end of it). Too bad too, because the more people we have telling the unvarnished TRUTH, the better for those we’re striving to help – all animals including ourselves.
P.S., When I say “PeTA” above I mean any of the so-called “Animal Rights” groups who support the very same industry they claim to be fighting against. That is, anyone who supports anything other than veganism and the utter annihilation of slavery – not just the regulation of it – directly or indirectly supports the continuation of the enslavement, torture, and outright murder of billions upon billions of sentient animals every single year.
Think, then Go Vegan!
The 4th of July is about celebrating our independence from Great Britain to murder native Americans, enslave black people, oppress women and eat dead animal parts. Let’s celebrate this 4th of July by spending millions of dollars blowing shit up while people are homeless and starving in this country … because you know it’s all about that patriotism.
~ Jamison Scala (July 3, 2014)
Language is important. The very definition of slavery is the treatment of one group as property to be bought, sold, and forced into work by another group. If non-human animals are not slaves, are they then free? There are not many animals I know of that exist within human society who voluntarily engaged in this system. Cows do not clock in and clock out. They don’t go home to their families. They don’t have conversations in the lunchroom. And the only retirement package available to them at the end of their painful lives is a violent death when their usefulness to us has run out.
Of course, coming to terms with the sobering reality of slavery is probably the most difficult mental hurdle to overcome when having these discussions. Because if we are forced to acknowledge that slavery is wrong and that non-humans are slaves, then we have a moral obligation to talk about abolition. The repercussions for our economic structure and, indeed, our way of life could be devastating. But I imagine it wasn’t easy for pre-Civil War Americans either.
~ Christopher-Sebastian McJetters (June 13, 2014)
Today is World Vegan Day. Every day should be World Vegan Day. Nonviolence is not about one day a year.
Vegan. For justice. For peace. For health. For the planet.
~ Gary L. Francione (November 1, 2013)