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)
Non-veganism is discriminatory, unnecessary, and unjustifiable violence perpetrated in the name of selfishness.
~ John Tallent (June 2, 2014)
Last night, I attended a local food-faith-community talk, where one of the speakers asserted that veganism is not practical because, for us to live, something has to die, and plants have lives too, and we shouldn’t consider their lives to be worth less. So, after challenging her assertion, I went home, did a few google searches and ran a few calcs. I always knew that eating plants actually saved plants, but I didn’t know just how well. Assuming 12 lbs of soybeans are required to produce 1 lb of beef, a single 4 oz beef serving kills 1 cow with a highly developed nervous system plus 150 soybean plants +/-. In contrast, if I ate 1 cup of black beans, 2 cups of mixed greens, onions, tomatoes, and mushrooms, plus a sweet potato, I estimate I killed 5-7 black bean plants, 1 collard green plant, 1 tomato plant (technically not killed, since tomato harvest doesn’t require plant death, but humor me here), 1 onion plant, 3-5 mushrooms, and a sweet potato plant. So that means that vegan meal killed 12-16 plants, vs 150 soy plants killed—murdered, dare I say—to produce a single 4 oz beef serving. Talk about a deep rationalization! We kill 10 times more plants by eating beef than by simply eating plants. And this person was a religious person! There are none so blind, as those who will not even consider alternate points of view.
~ Mark Rifkin (May 14, 2014)
Most of us, sadly, are addicted to the very food and quantities of food that hurt us most. Which, in turn, helps set the stage for obesity, diabetes, heart disease, various cancers, autoimmune disorders, etcetera. This being said, what the heck does this have to do with being vegan other than the fact that, besides dangerous processed foods, a lot of folks are also hugely addicted to equally harmful animal “products”?
Thus, when a typical food addicted person says, “I no longer want to exploit others, I want to be vegan!” we should all jump for joy and celebrate the fact that yet another person in this world wants to do the right thing regardless of their current state of health.
That is, whether the person looks like a model, or is severely out of shape, the only thing that should matter to the vegan community is that this person has had a change of heart and wants to do the right thing.
Think, then Go Vegan!
Many people say that vegans “judge” others for not being vegan.
What could be more “judging” than believing that other animals are so inferior to you that you have a justification for commodifying, using, and killing them for your own pleasure?
~ John Tallent (April 13, 2014)
Young man bagging my groceries: “Tofurky. I guess you’re a vegetarian.”
Me: “Nope. Vegan.”
Him: “So that’s more extreme, right?”
Me: “Not at all. I just don’t want to kill anyone if I don’t have to. Killing someone when you don’t have to is what’s extreme. Killing tens of billions of someones when you don’t need to is what’s extreme.”
~ Mary Martin Loder (February 25, 2014)
Teach a child how to fish and he will grow up to kill fish and decimate our oceans. Teach a child how to rescue, rehabilitate, and release fish and other marine life back into the ocean where they belong and he may grow up to be a compassionate person instead of a follower of cruel and unnecessary traditions.
~ Andrew Kirschner (November 18, 2013)
I get annoyed when ppl tell me we’re slaves (to the “system”, to the government, to our wages) and actually believe we’re slaves. Casually labelling ourselves as slaves disrespects what being a slave means. Especially when this is in response to explaining to them that farmed animals are our non-consenting property and slaves! But of course if we were slaves like the other animals who are discriminated against and exploited for not being human, we’d be in cages and cueing up for slaughter.
~ Renata Peters (November 17, 2013)
Telling a vegan how much you enjoy eating rare “juicy” and “tasty” baby animals doesn’t hurt the vegans. It just makes you sound like a childish psychopath. Find a new, clever way to troll. Cuz you’re pretty much looking at lame in the rear-view mirror. ~yawn~
~ Amy V Shepstone (November 17, 2013)
This woman in the supermarket is telling me she loves animals. I said that’s great[,] now live your values and go vegan. She says being vegan isn’t natural. I said that’s a myth, there are millions of vegans world wide that prove this to be untrue. She says I don’t care what you say, it’s unnatural! While she was walking away, I started thinking she must really care about being natural with her fake boobs, color contacts and bottles of soda in her shopping cart. 😦
~ Jamison Scala (November 16, 2013)