animal rights advocacy

The easier it is for people to be vegan, the more vegans we will have. So let’s take a minute to appreciate the vegan restaurant and business owners, clothing and beauty lines, activists, and educators who are paving the way. Thank you all so much

Vegan tags

So like, why are the vast majority of posts with the vegan tag about food? (The food pics never end! Don’t get me wrong, it all looks delicious…) But, it’s no wonder people think that eating plant based means that you’re vegan…

I’m not saying that we shouldn’t make food pic posts; but I am saying that I want more posts with good vegan discussion. We’re doing this for the animals, right? Then let’s talk about THEM. They’re dying every day, millions of them! Can’t that be what compels us to speak? Animal rights are what matters the most, not what I ate for breakfast.

Who gives a fuck how social an animal is or how smart an animal is. All animals deserve to live, regardless of how any animal “measures up” to humans’ standards. It is no better to exploit one animal as it is to exploit any other animal. We need to stop thinking the whole fucking world and everything and everyone in it revolves around us. 

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That animal rights advocacy organization which shall not be named has started trying to scare people into going vegan by convincing them that dairy products cause autism, so I clumsily photoshopped their hateful propaganda into something posAutive.

Tagging “softautism” because the end result reminds me of the sort of stuff they post.

In fact, if one person is unkind to an animal it is considered to be cruelty, but where a lot of people are unkind to animals, especially in the name of commerce, the cruelty is condoned and, once large sums of money are at stake, will be defended to the last by otherwise intelligent people.
—  Ruth Harrison (Animal Machines)
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I don’t usually post things like this, but this is the condition of the fish at my local Walmart. I remember seeing this as a child and crying to my mom to save them all. After a while this inhumane treatment of fish was normalized for me.

I implore you to make a rating or comment to your local Walmart if you see these conditions. I’m making complaints to corporate and would love support for this issue. If you do comment or make a rating please do so with the hashtag #fishmatter

Please share this message, let’s stop this!!!

Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man or woman.
—  Arthur Schopenhauer

“In 2006, Congress passed the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, a bill conceived of and advanced by the American Legislative Exchange Council, a corporate-sponsored conservative think tank and lobbying group that champions pro-"free market” legislation. The new law criminalizes actions aimed at “damaging or interfering with the operations of an animal enterprise,” including First Amendment activity such as pickets and boycotts. The legislation was crafted explicitly to empower law enforcement to squelch hitherto legal, above-ground animal rights advocacy, after a group of activists called Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty nearly shut down an infamous multinational animal testing corporation through purely legal means. Activists charge SHAC’s target, Huntingdon Life Sciences, with killing hundreds of animals a day through their toxicity testing business, which involves practices such as injecting puppies with pesticides. Undercover footage has shown Huntingdon technicians punching beagle puppies in the face and dissecting a live, conscious monkey. Under the AETA’s predecessor, the Animal Enterprise Protection Act, six SHAC activists were convicted as terrorists for posting publicly available information on a website. They were sentenced to a combined 23 years in prison. The new law was created because the animal enterprise lobbies felt that those penalties did not go far enough.

This year, laws were passed in Iowa and Utah that make it a crime to take a job at a factory farm for the purpose of shooting clandestine video footage of animal abuse. As with the AETA, these laws were a direct response to the success of an animal advocacy group using legal means to expose industrial cruelty – in this case an undercover video by Mercy For Animals. The FBI has already recommended prosecuting undercover investigators under the AETA as terrorists.“

Just in case you still believe these people have nothing to hide. 

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whoaitspatricia  asked:

You do realize that not everyone can afford a vegan lifestyle, right? It's definitely not accessible...

Well, it just so happens that I wrote about this on my facebook page a couple of weeks ago. So here goes:

I’m a disabled person of color living under financial duress, and vegan. Suggesting that being vegan and supporting animal rights is inherently a result of white, abled or middle class privilege, means that you’re erasing the experiences and opinions of people of color, disabled people and others who are vegan. It means you’re tokenizing us and our experience in order to accommodate your views.

Does veganism suggest some form of privilege? Yes. But so do most things posted and advocated on this page. Being a feminist requires privilege. Being anti-racist requires privilege. Being an activist requires privilege. Identifying as bisexual or trans requires privilege. Being online requires privilege! For heaven’s sake, writing and publishing a book requires enormous privilege. If you’re comfortable being on this page without calling me out on my privilege regarding any of those things, but feel compelled to call me out about veganism, better check yourself.

Veganism can be intersectional.
Veganism can be feminist.
Veganism can be anti-racist and anti-colonialist.
Veganism can be all these things and many more.

When discussions about veganism are shut down so automatically, it makes me suspect that the real issue here is less about racism, ableism or classism than it’s about maintaining people’s deeply-ingrained complicity in animal exploitation and slaughter.

Do people face barriers around veganism? Yes. Not everyone can be vegan. Concessions often have to be made.

Presuming that I advocate the contrary without having asked me about it or troubled to learn more about my position means you’re automatically putting me on the defense for being vegan. It means no matter what I think, say or do - no matter how I practice my veganism or animal rights advocacy, I’m going to be accused of these things.

It means the issue here is not truly justice. It is not a discussion. It is about perpetuation of animal exploitation and slaughter.