Why I Love Vegans

Written by Sun, Co-Founder of Gentle World

I love vegans, first and foremost, for their heightened sense of justice and compassion, in choosing to avoid, as far as possible, products and businesses that exploit anyone’s body, in any way, for any reason.

Akin to abolitionists of human slavery who believe that it is morally wrong to force living, breathing human beings into slavery, vegans have taken that belief one step further, by including living, breathing non-human beings… and for this, I love them even more.

When I look out into our sad, mad world, in which the laws of all lands perpetuate the slavery of animals, I see the violence and cruelty such prejudice breeds. I see the terrifying plight of its victims. I see the unbearable burden it places on the collective conscience of humanity. And I am heavy-hearted.

Then, I turn my gaze to the horizon, and my heart is lifted at the sight of the rising tide of vegans… each one living proof that it’s possible for human beings to evolve their nature from that of predator to one of protector.

By rising above their desire for all products of oppression, these otherwise ordinary people have made the extraordinary decision to free their slaves, thereby striking not merely at one oppressor, but at the roots of the whole rotten business of slavery.

I ask you… How can any lover of justice not love anyone who has the integrity to stand with the tiny minority who are willing to free the lowliest of slaves, considered by the vast majority so insignificant as to be expendable?

Vegans recognize the inherent right of every animal, human or otherwise, to be the sole owner of his or her body, and they acknowledge our ethical responsibility to treat every body with respect and even reverence for the mystery that gives them life.

Without the need for holy books, rituals, prayers, or obedience to anyone or anything beyond their understanding, simply by listening to the one voice inside them that they do understand, vegans know, as everyone with a conscience knows, that slavery is wrong… whoever be the slave and whoever be the master.

I love vegans for being the most powerful force I see for the evolution of our species, because until we, the people, are willing to free our animal slaves, our own higher nature will remain enslaved.

 

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5046 comments

Ros G.
Fathoning Gone fishingabout a year ago

Individually..........we "Love Vegans" but our Governments hate them.....in their eyes they are dangerous terrorist.......trying to impose their way of life on us all...that's why all these "Ag Gag" Laws are being introduced...... across the Globe............

Mary B.
Mary B.about a year ago

Brian.... just because you are left wing is a cop out......I am very left wing in my country too but I am not ashamed of that.... that fact that you hide means to me that you are not to be taken seriously. You saw that carol was able to get someone's middle name that wasn't on a profile.... How do you think that was possible, Brian?.....If you're that afraid maybe you shouldn't be here at all. It's pretty easy to hide behind a computer screen and trash talk....one minute you agree with some things I say and the next you are calling me a liar.. Which is it

Brian F.
Brian F.about a year ago

Mary Everyone trash talks. Suba uses the term "vegan fanatics" and calls women "heretics". I agree we all need to tone it down. I don't like the name calling either, but we can't just act like one side does it. I took my profile off. The reason is I have many left wing progressive views and I know their are many people who dislike me for them. Unfortunately we live in a dangerous world, and just like extreme right wing radicals kill abortion doctors, it's not safe to disclose too much about yourself. I've told people that I'm an omnivore, so it's not like I've hidden that.

Brian F.
Brian F.about a year ago

Thanks

Mary B.
Mary B.about a year ago

Brian.... Carol takes down everyone with her trash talk and you know it. "Meat shills" ??? Today she took down Dale and Dale hasn't been involved at all....... Make sure you really know what side you want to align with......You tell this thread that I lie.... please share with all members just what I lie about......please tell us why an omnivore tells me I'm a hypocrite (I have always said I'm an omnivore)....tell us why if YOU have nothing to hide, why you decided to hide your profile ?.. WE don't.....BTW... Tell us just what "team" I'm on... you mean I have friends on C2 with many of the same interests? Animals, politics, health care, women's issues ?? Those things?

Brian F.
Brian F.about a year ago

Mary If you think that some of Rainbows comments are good, that is your opinion. Personally I find it offensive for someone to say that most factory farms treat their animals humanely. Even if PETA is an absolute fraud, and falsifies all their video's which is untrue, and the animals are never beaten, which we know they are, imprisoning animals in factory farms in unnatural environments until they are slaughtered is extremely cruel. Think of sea World and zoo's where animals are kept in small confined spaces all their lives. Rainbows other comments that dirty coal plants don't pollute, and that he wants more of them, as well as his stance that Global Warming is not happening, is equally troubling.

You seem to be a little arrogant and bigoted, don't you think? You condemn Carol for her remarks, and yet you say nothing about Rainbow's horrible remarks. I guess because Rainbow's on your team, you protect him, and throw anybody on the other side to the Wolf's. If your so outraged by the remarks of Carol, who you disagree with, then you should be equally outraged by the horribly cruel remarks Rainbow has made. It seems very hypocritical of you to say nothing about the cruel remarks that Rainbow has made.

Brian F.
Brian F.about a year ago

Thanks

Mary B.
Mary B.about a year ago

Brian....another very juvenile post from you.....Where you source you food from is following on your "groups" preoccupation about OUR food and what we eat and what WE do to prevent suffering.....is it your exclusive right to ask?......you and yours are so busy getting Rainbow suspended, I'm quite sure some of his remarks are just to get a rise out of you.......for the most part he leaves very informative links and information. More than most of you do.
I was just reading some of your political postings and you write very well when you're away from some here.....You should think for yourself here too

Brian F.
Brian F.about a year ago

Mary What does it matter where I source my food? I realize your upset with Carol's comments as I am equally with Rainbow's. For all I know, maybe Carol is right, and you are a troll along with Suba, Rainbow, Gerald and the others. I realize Rainbow is not here, but it is deeply insulting to hear Rainbow say that most factory farms are humane, and that Global Warming is not happening. Does Rainbow speak for you? You are not Rainbow, but you allow him to make his stupid comments and never challenge him on it. If you believe factory farms are bad and that Global Warming is happening then don't associate with those who don't share your beliefs. It's time that you show some courage and call Rainbow out for his asinine comments.

Brian F.
Brian F.about a year ago

Thanks