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The Vegan Market is Shaking up the Status Quo

News I love to hear.

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This video gives me great hope because it’s clear that when the powers that be are threatened, change is most definitely happening.

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Why don’t vegans accept your choice not to be?

The choice to eat animals offends me – as does the defence of this choice. I see no difference between dogs and pigs, but many people who defend their carnism, apparently do. They love and pet dogs but care nothing for pigs. That’s insane moral logic.

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Non-vegans will often wonder why vegans can’t accept their free choice to eat differently. They reason, “I accept their choice to be different. It’s unfair for them not to return the courtesy.” But the two concepts are not comparable.

Imagine that you went to a high security prison and spoke to an inmate, incarcerated for killing multiple people. You ask him how he feels about non-murderers, and he says:

Urgh, I hate non-murderers. I think they should all convert to murdering. It’s the right thing to do.”

You’d be astonished, because that would be insane. In real life, your inmate friend would be highly unlikely to do this, because assuming he is unrepentant about the whole affair, he is an amoral agent in this scenario.

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I am the Voice of the Voiceless

Wonderful woman, way ahead of her time. Ella Wheeler Wilcox. At least she never witnessed the horror of factory farms, though – a heinous post WW2 creation.

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Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Often those of us fighting for a kinder world for all animals encounter resistance, even if it’s gentle resistance from friends and family.

Sometimes I find myself weary of defending the cause and quite frankly too tired at times to go over why.

It’s at these times that I think of a woman far ahead of her time by the name of Ella Wheeler Wilcox.

She was born in 1850 and died in 1919, and was an American author and poet, and she speaks directly to my heart.

Her best-known work was Poems of Passion. Her most enduring work was “Solitude”, which contains the lines, “Laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep, and you weep alone”.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox cared about alleviating animal suffering, and no doubt wept alone, as so many of us fighting this uphill battle have done.

Often when I have no words left…

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Peace Begins on Our Plates

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I love the synchronicity of the Universe.

Just a few minutes before I logged on to Facebook, I was thinking about how most of us long for peace in our world–an end to conflict, wars, terrorist attacks, brutality.

What we often fail to realize is that a peaceful world cannot be born until each of us chooses a peaceful relationship to others, and that includes the sentient beings we share this world with.

Now to the comment about synchronicity.

At the Vegan for the Animals page, a man named Don Robertson posted this phrase:

“PEACE is… Predatory Eating Affliction Coming to End”.

I don’t know whether he thought of it himself or not, but how perfectly it expresses what I was thinking–and in a clever and cool way.

The truth is that we cannot achieve peace until we realize that it begins with each one of us.

It’s disingenuous to…

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‘If my life depended on it’ – my careless words

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goats-1993649_960_720Today in a conversation, I found myself commenting that I would be unable to do something (it was drawing actually) ‘if my life depended on it’.

Some time later, it occurred to me just what a careless, throw-away term that was for me to have used. It was meaningless. I suddenly realised that I had no concept of doing something, or indeed not doing something, as ‘if my life depended on it’.  In my life as a member of the dominant species on the planet, and a relatively privileged member at that, there are very few actions that I would consider taking or not taking that would automatically result in my life being forfeit. I have no experience of living under the weight of a death sentence imposed on me by another sentient individual.

I found myself reflecting on how this phrase about life depending on actions, applies to the victims of the brutal…

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Let Me Ask a Question

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For the majority of us, we love our cats and dogs as family members.

I ask a question.

Would you speak out for cats and dogs if the culture you were living in ate them?

If you suddenly found yourself in a foreign country that treated cats and dogs as we in the western world treat cows, pigs, chickens and turkeys, would you find that you couldn’t notspeak against the cat and dog meat business?

Vegans are frequently maligned for speaking out against the violence we inflict upon innocent “food” (and other) animals, but I have a distinct feeling that the majority of pet lovers who value their dogs and cats would suddenly be feeling exactly as we do and unable to keep quiet on behalf of the animals who can’t speak for themselves.

It’s an honest question worth contemplating, isn’t it?

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“It’s Not Like Someone is Right and Someone is Wrong”

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see hear speak no evilI’ve heard this one before, and so has everyone else when you have a disagreement with another person; and in some cases, it’s true– i.e., when someone likes chocolate better than vanilla and the other person likes vanilla over chocolate. A simple difference in tastes.

But let’s take a closer look at this thinking when someone is defending a position that causes unnecessary suffering, such as why it’s o.k. to use animals (“God gave them to us to use”, “it’s tradition”,”we need animal products”, “we’re used to doing it”, etc.).

No one likes to feel they’ve been mistaken about something, and no one likes to have someone tell them how to think or feel.

I get that completely.

But if someone truly believes it’s o.k. to use animals, most of the time that person hasn’t a real clue as to how “using” them causes unimaginable suffering to sentient beings who…

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