“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.
Image: In Defense of Animals