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Being Vegan in a Speciesist World

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Being Vegan in a Speciesist World

I will continue to be a vegetarian even if the whole world started to eat meat. This is my protest against the conduct of the world.

Isaac Bashevis Singer Nobel Prize winning author


We live in a world where the vast majority of people consider it perfectly acceptable to use and kill animals for food, clothing, entertainment and other unnecessary purposes. Not only do we enslave, exploit, torture and slaughter animals by the tens of billions every year, we do so in order to provide ourselves with food that is not healthy for us, and other products that we simply do not need. The growing number of vegans who live healthy, fulfilling lives is a testament to this fact.

Not only is this extreme violence against animals sanctioned by the legal structure of society and accepted almost without question by most people, but in some kind of bizarre confusion, it is actually promoted, encouraged, and even celebrated. This is true to such a degree that, when an individual chooses to reject violence against animals, and makes a personal commitment to provide for themselves without participating in this carnage, that individual does so at the risk of being criticized, insulted, ridiculed, and perhaps even accused of committing some sort of offense against society.

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Angel Flinn

Angel Flinn is Director of Outreach for Gentle World a non-profit educational organization whose core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making the transition.


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11:28AM PDT on Oct 24, 2013

Wonderful article -- thank you. Thanks also for the quotes.

5:35PM PST on Dec 29, 2011

working towards being vegan...

5:43PM PST on Dec 1, 2011

I went Vegan 7 years ago and I never looked back, it was the best thing I ever did!

8:20AM PST on Nov 20, 2011

to roger b. if you fel you must eat meat please eat organic. research why.

8:19AM PST on Nov 20, 2011

go organic vegan. best decision you can make for yourself and mother nature

10:38AM PST on Nov 12, 2011

What bothers me is that animals eat animals too.
If this planet is a creation and not a spontaneous occurence then what kind of creator would be so damn cruel.
Still, as humans we do have the choice which animals do not. We can, not only survive but do better by putting compassion first rather than our taste buds.

12:27PM PST on Nov 10, 2011

I have enough on my regret list. Adding the pittifully short and tortured lives of slaughtered meat for my salivatory pleasure isn't going to be one of them.

12:04PM PST on Nov 7, 2011

flax seed :) Make sure it's ground though, if not, your body won't absorb it.

7:10AM PST on Nov 7, 2011

James, if you can find a ***cheaper*** way for me to obtain those oils and it happens to be vegan, I would appreciate it.

7:06AM PST on Nov 7, 2011

Dear James, from my limited understanding, it is the DHA, EPA, and other Omega 3 oils in fish oils that keep me from being so depressed that I am in danger of killing myself.

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