The title of this post is not a contradiction. Let me back up a minute. According to Wikipedia, there are different uses of the word "speciesism." In one sense, it's the idea that value (or moral consideration) for living creatures should vary depending on their species membership alone. Thus, we may treat a mosquito differently … Continue reading Speciesist and Vegan
In March of last year, renowned (and controversial) animal rights activist Gary Yourofsky retired from his decades-long career of speaking out in defense of animals. He toured the world, delivering speeches to large audiences on the immense suffering of animals and the virtues of a vegan lifestyle. He spoke with reporters on TV and gave … Continue reading Gary Yourofsky
As vegans, we hear a lot of the same rhetoric time and time again: I just couldn't do it, I could never be vegan. You are protein deficient. Plants feel pain. And so on. One of the oddest excuses for continuing to eat animals, in my opinion, is the whole "I eat meat for survival." … Continue reading Bad Excuses: Survival
I have long wondered why hearing someone -- such as myself -- referred to as "a vegan" is a pet peeve of mine. Every time I've heard it over the past six years, though, it's bothered me, and I think I've figured out why. Language matters. The words we use can reflect or diminish agency, … Continue reading A Note on Language
Thinking of all the people you know and love who don't ascribe to veganism, and who thus consume copious amounts of animal products, can be overwhelming. You may wonder: How can they not see that it is wrong? On some level, most people probably do understand that it is wrong, but they feel that eating … Continue reading Tempering Our Expectations
Although most people overestimate the difficulty of transitioning to veganism, it is a lie to claim that it's a breeze. As with any lifestyle change, veganism requires an upheaval and reassessment of one's daily routine. There's a learning curve, to be sure, but once you've ironed out the wrinkles you can return to the automaticity … Continue reading The Worst Thing About Being Vegan
There is a peculiar tendency, especially among social justice warriors who advocate intersectionality, to reply to anybody promoting a vegan lifestyle with some variation of “but poor people can’t be vegan.” This is almost inevitable during any debate on the topic of veganism, and it occurs so frequently and reliably such that it deserves a … Continue reading Veganism for the Poor?