Five years ago today, I made one of the best decisions of my life. I became vegan. At the time I only knew a few vegans through Facebook. Had you asked me then if I thought a vegan world was possible, I probably would have told you it was many generations away. Becoming an activist and meeting so many wonderful, dedicated people has changed my opinion. I now believe it may even happen in my lifetime. The time for Animal Liberation is near. I hope to someday celebrate that moment with all of you!
~ Diane Gandee Sorbi (August 9, 2015)
I cannot tell you all how disgruntled I am at many of my nonvegan friends that, after 4 years of bombardment with my posts on veganism and nonhuman animal rights, continue to dehumanize and call for violence against so-called “trophy” hunters. You consider yourselves somehow morally “better” than them, yet you enjoy harming other nonhuman animals for pleasure at least as much as Walter James Palmer enjoys harming lions for pleasure. If you need a crash course in basic nonhuman animal ethics, seek out your nearest vegan friend for guidance on how not to be a flippin’ hypocrite with respect to your views on nonhuman animals. Thank you, and as always, live vegan.
~ John Tallent (July 29, 2015)
This flag symbolized racism and slavery and the fight to keep it alive in America. The Confederate States of America fell for good reason, and General Lee surrendered to Grant at the Appomattox court house on April 9, 1865. That this flag still flies all over places within our free nation is a dishonor to all who fought and died for that freedom and to free all slaves and end slavery in America forever. That this flag flew at state capitals is an insult to all African Americans and any people anywhere in the world that are enslaved. Slavery is a horrific human tragedy and one that should be eradicated from the planet but never ever forgotten. Those that fly the rebel flag (or any flag which represents slavery or opression) are traitors to our nation, to the world, to freedom, and are enemies of humanity.
~ Eric Wichman (July 10, 2015)
Veganism doesn’t mean any of the following: gluten-free, unprocessed foods, no oils, no bread, eating “humanely-treated” flesh/eggs/honey/milk/wool/leather/etc., or support for PETA.
Veganism simply means that a person believes in (and practices!) the abolition of all nonhuman animal use. It’s not a diet about health; it’s a philosophy about nonhuman animal rights.
~ John Tallent (June 27, 2015)
After fifty years of waving it defiantly in the face of the federal government, Southern conservatives are tripping all over themselves to take down the Confederate battle flags from their state buildings and monuments. This doesn’t mean the conversation is over.
Slavery ended in the 1860s, but just yesterday I read a statement from a Republican elected official somewhere down South. He said slavery was the first “Social Security” system, that it provided cradle-to-grave care for the slaves.
Slavery ended officially in the 1860s yet some still debate it’s merits. So yes, the conversation about the Confederate battle flag, what it represents, and where it should or should not be displayed will continue. But hopefully it will be relegated to invite-only gatherings of drunken bigots, back alleys, and country-club watering holes, where it belongs.
The Confederate battle flag belongs in museums, private homes, and private collections. It has no more business being displayed on public buildings than the Soviet hammer and sickle.
~ Booth McKeown (June 25, 2015)
Why do we get upset when we hear about cats or dogs used as food in other countries? All animals matter not just cats and dogs and dolphins. They all feel, they all value their lives. Let’s look to our own actions before criticising other countries for killing the “wrong” species. If farming cats is offensive to us then maybe we ought to think about not inflicting violence and slavery onto pigs, chickens, fishes and cows by becoming vegan.
~ Renata Peters (June 20, 2015)
When the injustices of the world seem too big to overcome and we feel small and powerless, that isn’t the time to give up. It’s time to be determined and consistent, to stick with it and speak the truth until the job is done. Oppression isn’t ended overnight, but that doesn’t make it never ending. The history of the world is filled with unexpected changes to the status quo. If you are passionate about justice, peace, and nonviolence, what other option is there but to continue to bring these values into the world, day by day, with each word and deed that you choose? Passion is contagious. There is no doubt that a thousand years from now the world will be a very different place. The kind of place it will be in that future depends on what we choose to say and do now.
~ Edward J. Immel (June 13, 2015)