A friend of mine sent me a message on facebook, asking me how to go vegan <3 I’m so happy and excited.
I’m so happy, anxious, and anguish that I think I may trow up (if you’re asking yourself why, it’s because in a couple of minutes there will be a 90 minutes long reportage on national television on the treatment animals undergo in Chile, and the work of EligeVeganismo.
Today, at 22.15 pm, an full length chapter of national program “En la mira (In sight)” will be about the treatment animals get in slaughterhouses and factory farms, and the work of EligeVeganismo. It’ll be 90 minutes long. It’ll be in primetime. National TV. Every TV in Chile will be able to see it. Right after the news.
I’m incredibly amazed and happy. It’s amazing to see where out work has gotten to. Hundreds or thousands of persons will see it tonight and finally question what they do to animals. Some of the journalists who participated into this went vegetarian, which is at least a little step in the right direction (I met them once but haven’t seen them since, so I’m not sure if they went vegan or vegetarian).
I’m profoundly proud of my fellow activists, particularly the ones who are working investigating places like slaughterhouses, dairy farms, factory farms, etc. I know how depressing and stressing it is, and I know I wouldn’t be able to go to such places every week, month after month. They are so fucking brave and deserving of my admiration.
I just hope that tomorrow will be a much better day than today, and that we’ll wake up to a much better world.
Tom Regan, professor emeritus of philosophy at North Carolina State University, is a rights theorist who argues that animals possess inherent value as “subjects-of-a-life” – because they have beliefs and desires, an emotional life, memory, and the ability to initiate action in pursuit of goals – and must therefore be viewed as ends in themselves, not as a means to an end. He argues that the right of subjects-of-a-life not to be harmed can be overridden only when outweighed by other valid moral principles, but that the reasons cited for eating animal products – pleasure, convenience and the economic interests of farmers – are not weighty enough to override the animals’ moral rights.
Gary L. Francione, professor of law at Rutgers School of Law-Newark, is also a rights theorist. He argues that “all sentient beings should have at least one right – the right not to be treated as property,” and that adopting veganism must be the unequivocal baseline for anyone who sees nonhuman animals as having intrinsic moral value. To fail to do so is like arguing for human rights while continuing to own human slaves, he writes. Francione sees no coherent difference between eating meat and eating dairy or eggs: animals used in the dairy and egg industries live longer, are treated worse and end up in the same slaughterhouses.
people apologize to me for eating animal products in front of me.
“Omg I’m so sorry that I’m eating this steak/chicken/cheese/eggs in front of you!!! :( :( :(“
DO NOT APOLOGIZE TO ME.
I am not the individual being harmed.
Go to those factory farms, go right up to those animals and say to their faces that you are sorry.
But I doubt you can, because you have so much guilt about it if you feel you have to apologize to me. You’ll just get all pissy and make up some bullshit excuse as to why you have to eat that “food”.
I usually follow their statement with “What difference would it make if you weren’t eating it in front of me, but still eating it?”
I previously did not give this idea credit, but it’s really true: people become conscious of their actions the moment they’re aware a vegan is with them. But we’ve got to get them past that - I want people to be aware of their actions when I’m not there to make them feel conscious.
It’s a weird experience though. Someone could ask you, “Are you vegan?” and you just say “Yes” and suddenly it’s like the air has changed.
They look down at their plate of chicken parmigiana and think, “Does this upset them?” or “Are they judging me because I’m eating this in front of them?”
Being vegan in the presence of other people then isn’t just enough. It’s not enough to make people aware that someone else might have a problem with animal exploitation, environmental decay, and various human rights violations involved in animal agriculture. The goal is to make people aware that this animal product might be a problem in and of itself.
When people apologize to you specifically, I feel like we’ve got to let them know it isn’t about you/me/us, it’s about the broader implications. Broad horizons make for well-rounded, ethical people =]
I shall take this as my new motto :D