nopityfitness reblogged your post: May I ask what is your stance on hardcore militant veganism? I have become a vegan about 5-6 months ago, and I keep hearing all of these arguments concerning human privilege and speciesism and it’s really hard for me to consider veganism anything more than a personal choice. The problem is, when I do say it’s a personal thing I get pegged as a phony vegan and a rape apologist(because of the milk industry). I am just getting tired of this bullshit.
WRONG. SO FUCKING WRONG. If everyone on…planet didn’t eat
“If everyone on the planet didn’t eat meat there would be no demand for it, and farms would stop breeding and inhumanely killing animals. And the WHOLE PROBLEM WOULD STOP. ”
That’s true, but seeing as not eating meat isn’t an option for the majority of the planet, it’s only ever going to be hypothetically true. Veganism isn’t even an option for everyone in the richest countries. Until that situation changes, your goal is unachievable.
“Don’t even try to compare the suffering of animals to the suffering of humans. Are they both fucked up? Yes. But what America does to animals is absolutely by choice, they are not a product of circumstance.”
Animal suffering is not a ‘choice’ made by ordinary people, it is an inevitable consequence of the economic situation in which the industry operates. What do you mean when you say that human suffering is a “product of circumstance”? Working humans suffer from exactly the same economic system as the animals do: namely they are forced to produce maximum profit for minimum remuneration.
“So when I chose to NOT eat meat don’t fucking tell me it wont stop the problem.”
But it won’t. There is only one criteria by which to judge the effectiveness of any political tactic. Results. Veganism has been around a long time, expanded across the globe, and what has been the effect on the meat industry? Has it even slowed down marginally? Does it show any signs of doing so? In the absence of any positive results, where does your confidence in this tactic come from?
“Thats like telling people not to VOTE”
hehe. You’re right, voting has as much chance of changing society as veganism does.
“EVERYONE has a voice and can use it to protest what they chose. ”
That’s true. But I’d always advise people to protest in ways that might actually change things, and not in ways that have consistently failed. The tactic of trying to persuade everyone in the world to stop eating animal products can’t work, it hasn’t worked and it shows no sign of working in the future. Time to reevaluate.