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Being Vegan in a Speciesist World

My advice to people who are not 100% confident about their commitment to vegan living is to do everything you can to educate yourself about why you are making this change. Read about it, learn about it, and keep reading and learning until you reach the point where the products of animal slavery no longer appeal to you. Once you really understand the reasons for being vegan, there is no social challenge that will make you question your resolve, and no degree of pressure will cause you to be tempted to break your commitment.

If you find that those around you do not understand your way of thinking, and if you feel that you are alone in your perspective, consider the positions of some of the greatest minds in history:

Albert Schweitzer:
“Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

Leonardo da Vinci:
“The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men.”

Mahatma Gandhi:
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

Count Leo Tolstoy:
“As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields.”

Socrates:
“The highest realms of thought are impossible to reach without first attaining an understanding of compassion.”

And remember… You are in good company.

 

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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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