abolitionist vegans

Vegans are not asking you to become overly sensitive tree-hugging animal lovers

We just want you to realize that the reaction you would have at someone beating a cow because they liked how it felt should be the same reaction as someone killing and eating a cow because they liked how it tasted.

This isn’t some crazy hippy shit. It is applying logic and reasoning to our ethics when it comes to how we treat other sentient beings on this planet.

Veganism is not just a diet. It is not just a ‘lifestyle.’ It is a nonviolent act of defiance. It is a refusal to participate in the oppression of the innocent and the vulnerable. It is a rejection of the insidious idea that harming other sentient beings should be considered a 'normal’ part of life. It represents a paradigm shift toward a new default position that violence for pleasure, amusement, or convenience can *never* be justified.
—  Gary Francione
We can no more justify using nonhumans as human resources than we can justify human slavery. Animal use and slavery have at least one important point in common: both institutions treat sentient beings exclusively as resources of others. That cannot be justified with respect to humans; it cannot be justified with respect to nonhumans—however “humanely” we treat them.
—  Gary L. Francione
Why You Won’t See a “RIP Harambe” Post from Me

Over the last several days, all of social media has been covered in memes, articles, statuses,and tweets, all memorializing a gorilla named Harambe who was shot in a zoo last month. My question to nonvegans is this: Why?

Why on earth do you care? How could you possibly give a shit? I don’t buy the line that it is because Harambe’s species was endangered. These social media rants are not mourning the decline of a species. They are mourning the ‘needless’ death of a sentient creature. You complain about how sensitive vegans are, and about how we overreact, but you become a ball of tears and rage when an animal of a specific species dies….You are disgusted and morally repulsed by animal cruelty–unless it is cruelty that you cause…then you have the audacity to claim that vegans are the self righteousness ones?

Your hypocrisy is unbearable.

You won’t see me memorializing an unfortunate gorilla who happened to have a name. His carcass can be thrown onto the heaping pile of the billions of animals that have been brutalized and killed  by humanity in just this year. I mourn for all of them, even those that never had the luxury of a name, or the slightest hint of human empathy. I honor them not by posting a status, but by not participating in their abuse and exploitation.

Ethical veganism results in a profound revolution within the individual; a complete rejection of the paradigm of oppression and violence that she has been taught from childhood to accept as the natural order. It changes her life and the lives of those with whom she shares this vision of nonviolence. Ethical veganism is anything but passive; on the contrary, it is the active refusal to cooperate with injustice
—  Gary L. Francione
Eating Around Non-vegans

Yes, I get very uncomfortable and anxious when I am around food that contains animal products. It makes me nauseous and emotional. Because of this, I typically choose not to eat with non-vegans. Let’s be clear about something: The problem is not that I am “overly sensitive” to animals….The problem is that non vegans are GROSSLY desensitized to the suffering of animals. How would they react if someone was eating a dog carcass in front of them? Would a non-vegan be expected to sit by while someone kicked their dog in front of them? Would the non-vegan say “I respect your choice” or “baby steps” or “to each his own”? Hell no! Making vegans seem “overly sensitive” is a very clever way to try and dismiss the undeniable injustice that non-vegans WILLINGLY AND HAPPILY inflict upon sentient creatures.

Maybe instead of asking yourself why vegans are so sensitive, ask yourself why you can gleefully support the exploitation/abuse of BILLIONS of sentient creatures for your own pleasure and feel completely fine. The problems in this world do not stem from empathy, but apathy.

I am not well-versed in theory, but in my view, the cow deserves her life. As does the ram. As does the ladybug. As does the elephant. As do the fish, and the dog and the bee; as do other sentient beings. I will always be in favor of veganism as a minimum because I believe that sentient beings have a right not to be used as someone else’s property. They ask us to be brave for them, to be clear for them, and I see no other acceptable choice but to advocate veganism. If these statements make me a fundamentalist, then I will sew a scarlet F on my jacket so that all may know I’m fundamentally in favor of nonviolence; may they bury me in it so that all will know where I stood.
—  Vince J. Guihan
Every one of us has been conditioned by the propaganda of a highly speciesist society – a worldwide culture that is extremely prejudiced against the interests of those animals who did not have the good fortune to be born onto this planet in human form. And yet, every one of us has the power to break free from this indoctrination. Becoming vegan is simply recognizing and admitting who we really are – it is the opportunity to become who we would be if no one had ever taught us that it’s okay to turn our backs on the needs and rights of our fellow animals, that it’s okay to ignore their pain if it leads to our pleasure.
—  Angel Flinn and Dan Cudahy