(Opening Photo: PolkadotsAndPuppies)
For my family and friends.
The Vegan Movement is not a ‘belief system.’
It is not a ‘fad’ or a ‘lifestyle’ or a ‘diet.’
It is not something that one aspires to be.
The Vegan Movement is aligning moral value with knowledge.
Being vegan is living the values taught me by you.
It is, at its core, an acceptance that all animals matter morally,
regardless of where the line is drawn
between the non-humans and ourselves.
It is an understanding that non-humans have capacity to suffer,
and they suffer because of us, regardless of what we see.
We choose to look away, unwilling to accept that we are responsible.
The only thing that separates you from me is action.
Let this be your call to action.
(All photos are not mine, borrowed from the Internet.)
Don’t Harm Others Unnecessarily
Our parents taught us that intentionally killing or torturing another living thing for pleasure is sick and perverse, and that it’s just as wrong to dare or hire another to do our bidding to the same. As little kids loving animals, we just already knew this to be the way.
Similar to removing the tips of your fingers
Necessary for mayonnaise, scrambled eggs, quiche
Have Mercy When You Kill Another
We were taught by the men in our lives that killing another to be eaten as food should be done swiftly and with mercy, hunted with respect for both the species and the land alike. When domesticating an animal, it was to be done with care and kindness to its fully lived life — never with intended brutality or thoughtlessness.
Turkeys genetically manipulated to grow large and fast
Necessary for American Thanksgiving
Don’t Be A Bully
We learned at church or synagogue or mosque that all life is precious and sacred and amazing — not just our own. The world is bigger than ourselves. Our faith leaders told us that as people of God, we have a duty to protect and care for those who are weak or could be easily harmed or manipulated by the more powerful.
Foxes and rabbits caged, electrocuted, skinned
Necessary for fur coats, pet food
Males And Females Are Necessary
We learned from teachers and with our families that males and females have equal worth, no matter the apparent differences between us. Neither is better than the other, and neither wants to be made less or meaningless due to an accidental gender flip-of-a-coin. Both sexes are equally required in order for a species to continue, and both sexes value his/her life equally.
Millions of dairy males don’t make milk
Infant death, sperm, or veal is his purpose
Billions of egg-laying males don’t lay eggs
Ground up or suffocated alive days-old
Necessary for mayonnaise, urban yard ‘hens’
Babies — All Babies — Need A Mother’s Love
The women in our lives taught us the powerful strength in the bond between a mother and her infant. Even as we grew older, Mom hurt when we hurt and if we were separated unexpectedly or — worse — upon our death, she might wish for her own death to ease the horrible pain in her heart. The mammalian maternal connection cannot be denied; it is no longer thought to be reserved for humans. It is real and it is eternal, and it encompasses thousands of different species.
Calves separated from cows at birth
Necessary for sour cream, iced cream, cheese
Rape And Enslavement Is As Violent As Murder
We are taught by society that the oppression or enslaving of others by those more powerful is something to be condemned, and that taking from others (rape, kidnapping, murder, theft) without consent comes with consequences. Rape cannot be made to be ‘more kind,’ murder ‘more compassionate’ or kidnapping ‘more merciful.’ Every living thing values its life in its own way. To be a civilized society, these must not be allowed as a general means of doing business with others.
Pig ‘production,’ includes rape, kidnapping,
and premature death
Necessary for bacon, lard, gelatin
Related Posts and Pages:
- Get V-educated
- Vegan Holy Grail! Chcolate Cake and FAQ
- Easy recipes, right here and growing at DirtNKids
- Why Greens?
Bless you…you are all vegan in your hearts already!
So what’s stopping you from becoming action vegans like us?
Clue me in. Maybe I can help.