If you are a feminist and are not a vegan, you are ignoring the exploitation of female nonhumans and the comodification of their reproductive processes, as well as the destruction of their relationship with their babies;
If you are an environmentalist and not a vegan, you are ignoring the undeniable fact that animal agriculture is an ecological disaster;
If you embrace nonviolence but are not a vegan, then words of nonviolence come out of your mouth as the products of torture and death go into it;
If you claim to love animals but you are eating them or products made from them, or otherwise consuming them, you see loving as consistent with harming that which you claim to love.
Stop trying to make excuses. There are no good ones to make. Go vegan.
written by Gary L. Francione (via m00ki3)
Anonymous asked: so you think because I eat meat I don't love my animals that I would do anything for? and I don't love the animals at the SPCA I volunteer at three days a week? Or the animals at the wild rescue center I also volunteer at three days a week? That my plans to be a veterinarian aren't because I truly love animals? What about my retirement plans to open my own animal shelter? Yeah. I definitely don't love animals because I eat meat. Even though I dedicate almost 100% of my time to them.
Those things are to be commended, they really are. What you are doing is truly wonderful and I hope you keep it up. But those things only prove you love specific animals. You may dedicate almost 100% of your time to them, but you cannot claim to love animals while using the remaining 1% to sit down in the evenings and tuck into the flesh of a creature who lived and died in absolute agony. The two positions are wholly incompatible. If I engage in racist behaviour, while also supporting black rights groups, I am still a racist. Your behaviour makes it true that you are speciesist, regardless of what else you do. You cannot love animals while directly contributing to the enslavement and murder of 56 billion of them. It would seem that like so many others, you would “do anything for animals,” except stop eating them.
I suspect that like most people, you have not truly applied your philosophy on life and your ethical stance to your dietary habits. I admire you for the work you do and can only urge you to reflect on what you eat and whether or not it is compatible with your outlook on life.