This is a blog for those of us whom are tired of hearing good vegan people apologize for making omnivores uncomfortable about their choice to eat animal flesh or dairy or for “putting them out” by having to eat vegan in our presence.
I’m never going to act as if it’s OK for you to eat the flesh of one of my friends just so you don’t feel guilty, and the same goes if you’re wearing someone elses skin or fur.
Ask me questions about my veganism and I’ll gladly give you information on what happens to animals because of people’s eating and clothing ”choices” and I’ll show you that you can be strong and healthy without eating flesh or dairy and you won’t freeze to death without wearing another being’s skin, but after I clue you in you’ll have no excuse to keep contributing to their horror, you’ll have to decide who you are going to be from that moment on, will you be the person who had no idea and then changed your ways or will you be the person who had no idea and now couldn’t give a shit because you’re too fucking lazy to change ? I’ll tell you one of my favorite quotes here, it’s by Jonathan Safran Foer, author of the great book “Eating animals”
“We can’t plead ignorance, only indifference. Those alive today are the generations that came to know better. We have the burden and the opportunity of living in the moment when the critique of factory farming broke into the popular consciousness. We are the ones of whom it will be fairly asked, What did you do when you learned the truth about eating animals?”
If you want to feel comfortable around us, stop having animals tortured, enslaved, raped, skinned alive and killed directly on your behalf, until then live with the knowledge that I am surviving just fine without anyone being harmed or killed intentionally just so I can live, it’s 2012 we don’t have to eat animals so I don’t and you shouldn’t either.
I was a meat eater, I wore leather, I was living as if it were “normal” because I thought it was, or maybe because I didn’t THINK at all, I just went along oblivious of the pain and suffering that I was so far removed from and yet directly supporting, and then I learned and changed, and you can too.
Give it some thought and then experience what it feels like to be able to hold your head up high with the knowledge that you are no longer a contributer to the biggest and most deeply entrenched “ism” in the history of man “speciesism”.
Some of my best friends are non-human animals and I will defend their right to live lives free of pain, suffering and horror until the end and if you can’t understand that, tough shit, I’ll do it with or without you, but I’d much rather do it with you by my side.
I never saw you, but I know you. I never touched you, but I feel you. I never met you, but I miss you. I know you’re gone, but I won’t forget you. I couldn’t save you, but I fought for you. I am an Animal Defender and always will be..
Looking Forward to reading your mind sir!
LOL Thanks, we’ll see if you still feel that way after I get rolling.
In solidarity with you and others who share this ethics view, all the way. We have to be really strong and really clear.
What a powerful and well put message. Pretty much what you were saying last Saturday evening. It’s this passion that moves things forward. See ya soon & WFAS.
Exactly. Well said. Can’t wait to hear more from you!
I look forward to your words of inspiration, and solidarity.
Mike, I love your blog!
Welcome to blogging! We need your voice!
Over the years I have become more and more of an apologetic vegan. Eating without causing suffering is a beautiful choice. Your blog gives me some more confidence!
Well Vic, I don’t know where you are but, you should try and make your way over to the Woodstock farm animal sanctuary one of these weekends and get your vegan batteries recharged.
Mike, you are so fuckin’ awesome. I can’t wait to get up to Woodstock to hang out with you again.
Mike told me this story yesterday of the steer he rescued from slaughterhouse, it was so powerful, it never occurred to me before, that animals go into a slaughterhouse, but that the steps are not designed for an animal to leave alive, and he led a crying 600 lb animal, DOWN the stairs, over the severed legs of goats, and out of there. He put the animals face in between his hands, and they looked into each others eyes, and Mike said “its now or never, we are getting out of this place now” and put the halter on, and led him down the steps. Cannot wait to visit Woodstock Sanctuary, and meet the brave Vegan Makers, which is what Mike calls the rescues.
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