Animal rights is the most un-extreme philosophy I can imagine. It is about nonviolence. It is about compassion. It is about not harming and not causing suffering and not killing when we don’t need to. That is it. It is really, truly that simple.
“ if we could help relieve someone or some animal from suffering today, or making their life a touch easier with our kindness, then that day we lived was not in vain.” - Lonely Traveller, Sereno Sky (2014)
Since becoming a Vegan, I have come to realise this. The wider you open your eyes, the darker the world becomes. No matter how hard you try, you can never close them tight enough. The truth sears an everlasting image of the suffering into your retina. From then on, you’ll eternally understand that ignoring the pain of others is truly the cruellest action we can do as conscious beings. Inaction is the plague of the world.
2. Where are you from?
3. How long have you been vegan for?
4. Tofu or seitan?
5. Favorite vegetable:
6. Favorite vegan documentary:
7. Favorite vegan artist:
8. Favorite animal rights quote:
9. How many animal companions do you have? What are their names?
10. Last dessert you ate:
11. Which farm animal do you connect with the most? (P.S. we know you love them all)
12. Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?
13. Ever been to an animal rights protest?
14. Ever been to a farm sanctuary?
15. Pizza or burgers?
16. Extra avocado or no avocado?
17. Spicy or mild?
18. Best vegan meal you’ve ever had:
19. Favorite ice cream flavor:
20. Any vegan family members besides you?
21. What’s your own unique form of animal rights activism? Cooking and sharing vegan food? Sharing information? Putting vegan stickers in grocery stores? etc.
22. What vegan gift would you love to receive?
23. No vegan friends (yet) or are you lucky af?
24. On a scale of 1-1000 how tired are you of arguments against veganism?
“Our culture will go vegan, transform, and flourish, or it will continue brutalizing animals, humans, and the earth to its self destruction. We are not the only species on this planet, and we cannot continue to usurp the wisdom of the web of life here.”
— Will Tuttle
Photographed by Hof Butenland Farm Sanctuary. (Don’t delete caption)
Veganism is not about vegans. Vegans are people with all sorts of good and bad points. But that says nothing about veganism. Vegans are often the messengers of veganism, but don’t confuse the two. Veganism is the understanding that animals value their own lives and bodies, that animals have an interest in continuing their existence and avoiding suffering and that animals have the right to be treated with respect and justice and not to be treated as property. The logic of veganism stands independent of any individual vegan person.
Eventually I realized that all animals, including humans, exist for their own reasons, with their own interests. This was a profound revelation for me because that nagging little voice in the back of my mind had always, since childhood, told me that I wasn’t living to my full, authentic potential, that there was something inherently wrong. All my life I had observed the community that existed in a cow herd, how they grieved for a dead calf or herd mate that had been shot by a deer hunter. I had witnessed the joy a cow experiences when she is let out into a fresh new pasture or calves running and kicking up their heels with each other in the field. I now knew for certain that regardless of the rationalizations I had created, when I killed an animal and saw that light leave their eyes, by extinguishing that divine spark, I had broken a sacred trust.
Harold Brown. Former Beef Farmer and founder of FarmKind.