Why Being Vegan Shouldn’t be Seen as a Lifestyle for Only Some of Us
I hear it often and I know it’s meant as an acknowledgement of how I define myself, but having compassion for animals and therefore being vegan shouldn’t be thought of as only for a small group of people who have an unusual affinity for animals.
Most human beings have at least some sympathy for other living beings and will not deliberately do them harm.
If compassion for animals was simply something that was unique to a minority of humans, a quality that makes one person or thing different from another (like very strong artistic talent or musical ability), it would be useless to try to persuade others to at least consider why they would want to go vegan.
Vegans come from every walk of life, every age group, every color, gender and even political viewpoint (although I surmise most vegans lean a little left politically).
Those who’ve gone vegan after realizing the unnecessary harm humans cause animals are dog lovers or cat lovers or horse lovers, or not even any of those things but simply walking a path that honors (and avoids harming where possible) other forms of life.
I believe everyone who loves animals should absolutely do their homework and realize that loving animals (or even simply being concerned about them from an ethical standpoint) is not compatible with the current social order, i.e. man’s domination and brutality towards other creatures used for food, entertainment, research and clothing.
I long for the day when all who would never do harm to an animal themselves will refuse to hire others to do it for them.
The majority of people need to see that vegans are really no different from other people who care about animals–they have simply made the connection between what they already believed and what their actions actually support.