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)
I have always hated bullying. When I realized I was bullying innocent animals, I stopped and went vegan. Animals don’t deserve to be oppressed, exploited, or killed — at the very least, we owe them veganism.
~ Jamison Scala (April 18, 2015)
Stop saying that vegans shouldn’t criticize other vegans. Obviously, all vegans are not the same, and all vegans do not believe the same things. All animal theories are not created equal, and some of them have done some real damage. Criticism is great when it actually has substance; in fact, it is necessary when it has substance.
~ John Tallent (January 20, 2015)
It’s OK to connect the dots for other people regarding our moral obligations toward other animals. In fact, many times it is necessary because of the damage done to the animal movement by the large animal organizations. Let people know: it is not simply that other animals are being tortured, killed, or live in “inhumane conditions” – it is that other animals are *sentient* and have an inherent right not to be *used* at all for human purposes, regardless of the conditions in which it is done in, and regardless of whether that nonhuman animal is being tortured or not prior to their death.
~ John Tallent (January 16, 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!
If your main form of “animal activism” is partnering with industry to promote welfare reform and happy exploitation, thereby increasing production efficiency and corporate profits and further normalizing animal exploitation, then you are one of the animal abusers’ best assets.
~ Gary L. Francione (July 20, 2014)
Living vegan means giving lots of things up, right? WRONG—it just means stop violating the rights you had no right to violate in the first place.
~ Roger Yates (January 1, 2015)
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)
I find it offensive that there are those in this movement who believe non-vegans are too stupid to grasp the concept and gravitate towards it on their own. Therefore, they assert that we have to dumb things down and use misleading messaging to trick people into making progress. Please! Be consistent and present the information in its entirety. No one is saying you have to go vegan overnight, but let’s not assume people are too stupid to grasp the full truth!
~ Ed Coffin (June 15, 2014)