Sunday, June 9, 2013

Standing together

There is an effort from some vegans that we vegans need to stand together regardless of our differences, some huge and against very nature of veganism and animal rights.  It would be great if we could stand together as a group advocating for all animals. But sadly we cannot. I wonder will we ever can. How can we stand together if some vegans reject basis claims of animals rights, those people reject fundamental right of sentient being, right to live, reject veganism and the notion that the problem is use of other animals, not the treatment. These differences can’t be overcome, they are the foundation of animal rights. You see the problem with standing together for animal rights with someone who rejects it.

I read a while ago that if wouldn’t be good if we speak with one message, can’t remember the exact words. Really, sending consistent message to the people is apparently bad. It would be bad for PETA and other business would lose money if vegans who would start advocating unequivocally for other animals, stop doing speciesist single issue campaigns.  Groups who advocate for human rights send one consistent message, like racism is wrong, not some racism is ok. They are more and less successful because they are consistent and they don’t compromise, why would they, they know what are right, the know that they are fighting injustice.

Why can we vegans be like human rights advocates? Don’t compromise on the fundamentals, send one message that all animals have rights, that you cannot use them. Only in animal rights movement you can be for rights of sentient beings and use/killing of those sentient beings.

We too fight injustice, the injustice that some many don’t even recognize, that makes it hard and the reason why some many vegans choice to do SICs and advocating vegetarianism. It hard to fight against something that so many non-vegans say it doesn’t exist. But it’s not impossible to achieve our goals, a world without animals use. That may be pipe dream, but almost every social movement started as such. We must strive to better ourselves and the world and its start with individuals who choice to become vegan and with that passion advocate for veganism, for all animals. Future may be already doomed, if people are content with current state of the world. We can always be better and we can when we choose to. I am not saying we need to be perfect or strive to be, I suggesting that we can improve ourselves and the world.

I will not stand with vegans : who advocate for "saving" other animals when in fact they advocate, therefore support killing other sentient beings; who kill other animals and encourage other to do so; who write death threats to people with whom they disagree; who demand worship and paint other vegans who dare to question their sainthood as violent. But I will stand with vegans who tirelessly advocate for all animals, for their rights, who are saving other sentient beings by adopting and encourage others to do so if we they can, who teach others how to be vegan.

I didn’t wrote this post to create divide among vegans, because that would be impossible, we are already divided, not because someone’s desire to create divide, but because of people who think this movement is about advocates and not other sentient beings and I wanted to point out you can’t stand with someone who reject fundamental principles of your positions. And maybe¸ maybe some vegans who reject foundation of animal rights, veganism would reconsider their position and start advocating for veganism, for all animals, human and non-human. 

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