What I’ve noticed, is something seems ‘fanatic’ when it isn’t familiar. As a vegan may seem ‘fanatic’ to someone who is non-veg, someone non-veg may also seem ‘fanatic’ to a vegan. Human beings tend to get caught in the trenches of what we believe to be right or moral. You believe that exploiting humans is wrong. How far would you go to prevent a human being from being exploited? I am vegan, and I don’t really talk much about it, (at least not in person– social media doesn’t count), unless the subject is brought up, but I know many other vegans who boldly express and share the reasons why they believe it’s important that we all know the way we treat animals in order to have them as food. We all have varying degrees of being comfortable standing up to what we truly believe in and what we truly believe is less than we’d like to see in our world. But if you suddenly found yourself in a world where literally caging and consuming humans was normal, you’d also be a fanatic for speaking out against it in that world. I mean, even though it may go against your morals, at the end of the day, acceptance is a must. Otherwise we just ostracize each other, and then none of us can grow and learn.
Do Vegans really not care about people?
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Robert GrilloWhy should we care about animals when there is so much human suffering in the world?
This is a false dilemma. There is nothing to prevent those fighting human oppressions from simultaneously rejecting the exploitation of nonhumans by abstaining from the consumption of animal products. Indeed, those concerned about the fate of our planet and of future generations of humans should go vegan for those reasons alone. As the WorldWatch Institute recently concluded: “The human appetite for animal flesh is a driving force behind virtually every major category of environmental damage now threatening the human future — deforestation, erosion, fresh water scarcity, air and water pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss, social injustice, the destabilization of communities, and the spread of disease.”
Helping animals does NOT require the highly complex solutions that are required to address most of our worst social ills. All we need to do is make some straightforward, daily choices not to buy animal products, and we’ve just eliminated 99% of the unnecessary suffering we cause to animals. As demand for animal products declines, artificial breeding declines as well and the industries that profit from exploiting billions of animals annually shift to other non-animal based resources. While we may still have some detrimental impact on animals, we will have effectively ended the gratuitous and deliberate exploitation of animals for food as we know it today.
As activist Bruce Friedrich writes: “Every time I sit down to eat, I cast my lot: for mercy, against misery; for the oppressed, against the oppressor; and for compassion, against cruelty. There is a lot of suffering in the world, but how much suffering can be addressed with literally no time or effort on our part? We can just stop supporting it, by making different choices.”
We should care about other animals because they have the same capacity for suffering as we do, because we already believe that it is wrong to harm animals unnecessarily, and because the choices we make to protect animals also protect vulnerable and poor people, as well as the environment.
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Cappy —– “Put your efforts into fixing poverty or child abuse. Start off with something that is universally hated, then one issue at a time, make your utopia.”
I know this may seem like a surprise to you, but it actually is possible to fight poverty, child abuse, human and animal exploitation, imperialism, sexism, homophobia, and many other injustices at the same time. And, if anything was universally hated, it wouldn’t need any activists. To make people wake up, it takes action, not rejoicing in your own choices.