Veganism is about upholding the rights of animals and yet people still find a way to make it about themselves.
Life is Suffering: A critique of vegans in the West
In the wake of my partner being attacked by a number of vegans regarding a post they had made, I had some thoughts to consolidate and dedicate to words. Here goes.
Vegans are typically looking at people who can go vegan but are simply unwilling. Obviously living in a food desert or having a rare disease that would actually prevent them from going vegan are not the target of these posts or discussions. Even though it is possible for people on a ketogenic diet or who are gluten intolerant to live a vegan lifestyle. I accept there could be diseases out there preventing it, I just haven’t been introduced to them yet.
A few things you said are incorrect though. It is utterly false to say only rich westerners can afford to be vegan. A vegan life style consists of some of the most inexpensive items such as beans, grains, vegetables, and fruits. Things like fake meats, cheeses, and other vegan dairy products are totally unnecessary. Frozen or canned veggies and fruits can be substituted for fresh if that’s what one has available to them. Meat and dairy is subsidized by the US government because of the high cost of there production. The price of these items are still high despite this. Some of the poorest countries in the world have a high percentage of vegetarians and this is because it is inexpensive.
Another issue in what you said is about plants feeling pain. That is NOT proven. That study was preformed in the 1960’s and was proved false by numerous other scientists. Plants reacting to light and touch does not signify nor prove consciousness. Plants do not have a brain or a nervous system and it just simply has not been proven that they can feel pain. Another thing to point out is if you want to limit suffering you would go vegan because animals bred for food eat a large amount of plants before they are killed. If you truly believe plants suffer despite the proof not being there and still care then you would limit their suffering by going vegan.
I agree that those in food deserts, living in areas where they have to hunt/fish to survive or who have rare medical issues should not be guilt tripped or shamed for not going vegan. The fact is though that so many people can but simply choose not too. The issue isn’t about those who can’t but those who won’t.
Animal rights cannot move forward if we all tip toe around refusing to speak up for the rights of animals because were scared of offending those who cannot become vegan right now. They should stop being so self centered and realize this movement is not about them but about the animals and that we are obviously not aiming our activism at them specifically. It’s like white people or cis people throwing a fit when someone disses those groups as a whole. If they aren’t directly involved in racist or transphobic behavior then they should be bright enough not to get offended by it.
Animal ARE sentient, conscious, feeling beings who deserve rights and these rights need to be upheld by those capable of doing so, humans.
I hope this makes some of you in a better mood. Because I’m feeling quite over the day. But this helps a bit.
This post makes me want a duck.
Bigger ladies rocking it on the dance floor
If you think big ladies can’t dance then watch these videos and slink away in shame.
"Quiet people have the loudest minds."
“The most important decision you make is to be in a good mood.”
"To my mind the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man." - Mahatma Gandhi
“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing” – Mother Teresa
“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans”. John Lennon
The wise are mightier than the strong, and those with knowledge grow stronger and stronger.
A little shout out to the shy guys out there!
It’s sometimes tough to be shy in contemporary society, especially when those who openly express themselves are seen as more competent/confident than those who are a bit more, well, inward. We say “[insert your favourite swear word here] that!” Amount of time spent socializing does not a smart person make. And, frankly, if we trust anyone’s comments, they’re Stephen Hawking’s, right?
I’m constantly mulling things over in my mind well people are chattering endlessly. I am not hateful/jealous of outgoing people but there are times I feel less interesting/intelligent because of my quietness. When words do come out of my mouth they are typically deep, controversial, or passionate in nature or are completely absurd jokes that most people don’t seem to understand.
Badly injured rhino whose horn was taken after it was darted by poachers.
This is really important. Don’t dismiss the ivory trade issues. Elephants and rhinos are suffering.
GOD DAMN POACHERS. FUCK.
This makes my blood boil
>:( WHY DO PEOPLE DO TERRIBLE THINGS
"Danielle Susan Ruger", set this tortoise on fire and then threw him all over the street.
I don’t have much information on it, but that one of her friend’s on Facebook saved this horrendous video to his phone before she deleted off of Facebook. Apparently, she’s from/located in Orange Park.
Please, if you can in any way, report this person right away!
She needs to pay for torturing this poor animal now.
SIGNAL BOOST NOW
OMFG THIS BITCH LIVES IN MY CITY? FUCK THIS. How old is this post?! All I can think about is what happened to the poor baby after this shit. jeesus this person needs to be locked up, least of things. Is that a bowl of water in the first photo!? Then set on fire!? FUCK my night.
To my understanding, this all happened yesterday.
Her and her friend attend Ridgeview high school.
Please report “Danielle Susan Ruger” and “Faith Hope”!
This will no be over with till they pay for what they did to that poor animal, I assure you of that.
As soon as I figure out where to report them. I will.
Poor little tort didn’t survive :( and these guys are endangered. I can’t imagine a human being doing such a pointless and evil thing. the girls are currently not being punished. Sorry for your pain my friend 💚🐢
Here is the petition. Please sign and signal boost.
^^^^^ There is the petition, guys! Sign it! So close to getting the signatures needed!