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The Quickest Way to Destroy a Movement
environment, to human health, and of course has made any consumers of animal-based products culpable to the unimaginable suffering, cruelty, enslavement, and rights violating treatment of other sentient beings.
Under such an environment, we have sometimes lost our way, and we have done really ill-thought-out-things that are now coming back home to roost in ways nobody could have foreseen. This is the direct result of removing ourselves from the animal kingdom, by treating other animals as a commodity, we separate them from us, and that is a great way to justify their needless suffering by our own hands. Much like the mindset of anyone exploiting humans in the same way, those exploited must be thought of differently, even if it is only a subtle difference in order to justify the cruelty in our minds.
Such false justifications have led to another unforeseen outcome, hunting commodified animals into extinction, as many animals are in risk of, which has created an insatiable black market for these animal foods/products. Unfortunately, a commodified life comes with all sorts of unmanageable conflicts of interests and environments of moral hazard.
One such hazard is the belief that those causing harm to animals should be harmed themselves. After a recent photo made the rounds on social media of a psychotic-smiling Rebecca Francis, posing next to the dead corpse of a giraffe much like a serial killer would do - calls for her death began to ring out in vegan circles online.
Cheers erupted from some vegans when the murdering ivory hunter, Ian Gibson, was trampled to death by an elephant, and while that did bring a certain ironic brevity to the situation, I'm sure his passing brought horrific grief to his loved ones. Also making the rounds on social media was the story about a former army veteran working with Veterans Empowered to Protect African Wildlife (VEPAW), who are currently training those on the front-lines of protecting endangered species from violent poachers.
Some vocal vegans have conflated the stories together to conclude that killing humans who kill animals is just or right. But, that is dead wrong, and goes against veganism. Dealing with violence against animals by killing the human animal to end the murdering of other animals is a failed philosophy, you cannot end the needless murdering of animals by murdering more animals. Those protecting endangered animals from poachers are not killing the poachers for killing the animals, they are killing the poachers in self-defense when the poachers try to kill them in response to the authorities preventing them from poaching.
If we want to make a vegan impact on those committing horrific and senseless killings of other animals, then we can use any of the numerous solutions found here, that do not involve the further oppression of sentient beings with the use of violent force.
Calling for violence against psychotic and heartless humans killing for sport or finance, only undermines our efforts to end needless violence against all animals, including the human animal. Most vegan activists already know this, and are at the forefront of creating change through non-violent means, we put those activists and their efforts in serious peril when we speak of violence in association with our advocacy for veganism.
Speaking of violence gives justification to the industries and governments protecting the racket on animal exploitation and abuse, and we vilify ourselves by becoming violently radicalized, and we begin marching towards a path of self-destruction as a movement.
Veganism is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in one's diet, as well as following an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of sentient animals. A follower of veganism is known as a vegan.
Distinctions are sometimes made between different categories of veganism. Dietary vegans (or strict vegetarians) refrain from consuming animal products, not only meat but also eggs, dairy products and other animal-derived substances. The term ethical vegan is often applied to those who not only follow a vegan diet, but extend the philosophy into other areas of their lives, and oppose the use of animals and animal products for any purpose. Another term used is environmental veganism, which refers to the avoidance of animal products on the premise that the harvesting or industrial farming of animals is environmentally damaging and unsustainable.
The term vegan was coined in 1944 by Donald Watson when he co-founded the Vegan Society in England, at first to mean "non-dairy vegetarian" and later to refer to "the doctrine that man should live without exploiting animals." Interest in veganism increased in the 2000s; vegan food became increasingly available in supermarkets and restaurants in many countries.
Vegan diets tend to be higher in dietary fibre, magnesium, folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E, iron and phytochemicals, and lower in calories, saturated fat, cholesterol, long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, calcium, zinc and vitamin B12. Well-planned vegan diets can reduce the risk of some types of chronic disease, including heart disease, and are regarded as appropriate for all stages of the life-cycle by the American Dietetic Association, the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council, and Dietitians of Canada. Because uncontaminated plant foods do not provide vitamin B12 (which is produced by microorganisms such as bacteria), researchers agree that vegans should eat B12-fortified foods or take a supplement.
Claude Morton, Column Editor: Claude Morton is an independent contributor, who mostly writes articles on politics, Veganism, philosophy, or local events. Claude has contributed to a variety of print and online outlets including Yahoo!, MovieMaker Magazine, and the Ann Arbor News. From Claude; I’m in the 1%, no, not that 1%. I’m a vegan, indie filmmaker, libertarian socialist, and a pacifist. I champion freedom as much as equality, and love discussing solutions about our country’s biggest dilemmas. ... (more...)