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Why I Love Vegans

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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7:58AM PDT on May 27, 2014

Well, sorry to hear these circumstances, as you mentioned that you were boarding at a farm (for the summer?) and I feel that your hostess was certainly remiss in not informing you of the fact that the cow that you had tended to was no longer alive, especially if you must have told her how you enjoyed tending to the cow, perhaps discussing this cow with her at times.

Some who live on farms are used to the life and death cycle that is part of farm life, but if they have a person that has come to the farm and is boarding (especially if the person is possibly from a city or is not from a farm) then the least they could have done was to be thoughtful enough to inform you that the cow was no longer alive before you went out there, especially you had no idea of what had been done.

I don't know if the cow was killed because she had health difficulties after her difficult birth or if she was raised to be food for the family farm, but whatever the reason, your hostess was certainly not very tactful or compassionate when she did not tell you about what was going to happen after you spent time caring for the cow. Most farmers on a small farm would at least have done that much.

3:31AM PDT on Oct 25, 2013

I'm sorry for your loss Diane L. The death of our animal companions is unbearable.

When in my late teens, I was boarding on a farm. I tended a cow who was unable to stand after a difficult birth. Each day I would take food and water to her, turn her and offer her fresh grass...and each day she would lift her head and greet me with the softest low and lick my hand when I stroked her. I grew to love her in exactly the same way I loved my dogs and cats...unconditionally and joyfully.

I came home one day to find my long-lashed friend was gone. My hostess told me she was in the barn. I dashed to the building expecting to see my companion's health improved.

Instead she was a butchered carcass, chopped up with her body parts on a trailer.

As a direct result of the death of that beautiful creature, and from that day forth, I have divorced myself from the abuse of killing and eating animals. It is the most effective and loving action we can take for them - and so worthy celebration.

7:09AM PDT on Aug 31, 2013

Diane...I sent you an email the other day...I hope you got it.
I know, it doesn't get any easier no matter how many times we lose a furry friend.
We must be grateful that we were so blessed to have their love while we could....and cherish the memories.
They each own a special place in our hearts where the love lives forever.

2:54AM PDT on Aug 31, 2013

Sorry for the double comment. Not sure what happened there! I hit "add comment" and got this weird WHITE page that said "Cannot display Webpage, try to re-establish connection". I hit the "back" button and the silly, little clock thing kept spinning and then my comment showed up still sitting in the white box as typed, so I hit "add comment" to send and it went, but went TWICE.

Go figure.........Friday night and no "techs" working in C2, so if this is a tech issues, probably won't get fixed until Monday, IF it continues. Nite, everyone!

2:51AM PDT on Aug 31, 2013

Thank you, EVERYONE, for the very kind words! Sometimes it's worse to have to make the decision to end a pet's life (as I had to do with my girl) vs. having them die from an accident or sudden illness or injury. You keep wondering, what IF the next day the veterinarians who do research find a cure for the condition that caused that decision to be made.

Suba, it's been 4 years since I lost my last cat (well, I still have 4) to cancer in her jaw, and that was just 4 months after having another PTS due to organ shut down and he was a rescue pushing 21 years of age. Both were old and both were in pain and suffering, but it was still hard to tell the vet to "end it". 3 years ago, I lost my 34-year-old Half-Arab mare (again, organ shut down and the vet had to "end it"), and then last year, my 24-yr-old Arab mare to cancer. My Golden that was my bestest buddy in the whole, wide world had cancer and he left on Jan. 2, 2012. This is getting "old" to me. Not sure what I'd do without my 4-legged friends, but I'm surely not finding letting one go becoming any easier.

2:50AM PDT on Aug 31, 2013

Thank you, EVERYONE, for the very kind words! Sometimes it's worse to have to make the decision to end a pet's life (as I had to do with my girl) vs. having them die from an accident or sudden illness or injury. You keep wondering, what IF the next day the veterinarians who do research find a cure for the condition that caused that decision to be made.

Suba, it's been 4 years since I lost my last cat (well, I still have 4) to cancer in her jaw, and that was just 4 months after having another PTS due to organ shut down and he was a rescue pushing 21 years of age. Both were old and both were in pain and suffering, but it was still hard to tell the vet to "end it". 3 years ago, I lost my 34-year-old Half-Arab mare (again, organ shut down and the vet had to "end it"), and then last year, my 24-yr-old Arab mare to cancer. My Golden that was my bestest buddy in the whole, wide world had cancer and he left on Jan. 2, 2012. This is getting "old" to me. Not sure what I'd do without my 4-legged friends, but I'm surely not finding letting one go becoming any easier.

2:58PM PDT on Aug 29, 2013

Diane and Teresa,
I am so sorry you're going through such a difficult time right now. I also lost my beloved Maltese, "Tyler" (14 yrs. old) just 6 weeks ago. I know how you're feeling right now. The void they leave is sometimes insurmountable. He was the love of my life. I hope it can bring you some comfort to know we are all here for you. Bless you both.

2:17PM PDT on Aug 29, 2013

Linda, Glad to see you back. :)

11:40AM PDT on Aug 29, 2013

Teresa and Diane....SO SORRY! My 15 year old Scottish lassie, Aberdeen, left my life and my bed two weeks ago. They leave paw prints all over our hearts. People who say "It's only a dog" have no clue. If you cannot find love in your heart for an animal, something is deeply wrong with you! Chin up ladies. Remember the fun times and the love.

10:26AM PDT on Aug 29, 2013

Teresa & Diane, So sad to hear about your critters...... I am glad you were there with them till the end.

Not a day goes by when I don't miss my baby Molly (the one in my picture) who died suddenly 4 years ago.

Coming months will be hard missing them all the time, but know that we are all thinking of you.

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