Every day in the media we are outraged by the behaviour of tyrants and despots. We declare our support for those whose basic rights are being denied. We are horrified by brutality and by senseless killing. We are sickened when we hear of torture and of unjustifiable imprisonment. We shed tears for the victims of oppression, for the mothers and fathers who mourn their lost families and friends, for the orphaned children whose worlds have been shattered.
And yet when we are not vegan, we are directly responsible for all of these actions, and many more. Every one of these is an unavoidable part of the process of using others as resources; the actions that we insist upon for the completely unnecessary products that we demand as consumers.
We have been taught that those individuals of other species whom we use ‘don’t mind’, or that they ‘don’t feel pain’ or that they ‘don’t understand’. But they do; they mind, they know; they know fear, and they know anguish and they hurt more than we could ever understand. Our sentient victims value their lives; these lives that we hack from them in blood and in terror, these lives that we destroy on a whim.
We all like to consider that we are fair and honourable, standing up for justice and defending the helpless and innocent. The words sound brave and noble, but they are meaningless as long as our own behaviour embodies everything we condemn. On the day we decide to put those values into action, we have no choice but to become vegan. Please make that day today.
The myth of ‘humane use’: http://www.peacefulprairie.org/humane-myth01.html