First, let me say that Veganism is not a diet. It’s an ethical stance that the intentional exploitation of nonhuman animals by human animals is immoral.
I’ve seen many people saying that they’re Vegan, but that Abolitionist Veganism is too extreme for them.
There is no difference. All Veganism is Abolitionist Veganism.
The people thinking that there is Veganism and there is Abolitionist Veganism just haven’t thought it through completely.
Veganism is a categorical rejection of speciesism. It’s nothing less.
Abolitionist Veganism means that we believe all intentional exploitation of nonhuman animals by human animals is completely immoral and needs to stop.
So, Abolitionist Veganism and Veganism have literally no difference.
It’s not that there are different levels or types of Veganism, it’s just that many people just haven’t studied Veganism enough to realize that it’s all really just one concept.
What sense does it make to say that you don’t exploit animals, but then say “Abolitionist Veganism is too extreme” or “We can be Vegans without being Abolitionist/Not all Vegans are Abolitionist”?
If Veganism means exploiting animals is wrong, and “Abolitionism” means to end all exploitation, then how are the 2 different again?
Also, when it comes to being active about Veganism:
When people claim that it’s ok to merely refrain from consuming animals, but that there is no need to go any further, what they’re saying is “I enjoy being part of the club that I see Veganism as, but promoting the idea that exploitation is immoral is too difficult or somehow dangerous for me.”
If we don’t get over this mindset, how can we consider ourselves to have courage in our own moral convictions?
For some further reading on why no human should promote anything less than Abolitionist Veganism, please view these other posts of mine:
To see what the only morally justifiable form of animal advocacy is and what we desperately need to start doing:
If you’re not already Vegan, and you think animals matter morally, then please go Vegan. It’s easy and great for you, incredible for the animals, and wonderful for the planet. If you’re already Vegan, please educate non-Vegans about why they should go Vegan. Please rescue, volunteer, adopt, foster, spay, and neuter the nonhuman refugees of domestication whenever you can. Please feed your nonhuman family Vegan where you can. These things are the most important, morally responsible things to do and are desperately needed by everyone.
To learn more about Abolitionist Veganism and the issues I’ve outlined in this post, check out The Master List Of Vegan Info:
Disclaimer: My only goal with this list is to produce as comprehensive a resource for Vegan information as possible. I am 100% Abolitionist Vegan and 100% against exploitation of nonhuman or human animals, any type of violence against human or nonhuman persons or property, welfare regulation, any form of speciesism, ethnic bigotry, genderism, ableism, heterosexism, etc., any of the large governmental or non-governmental nonhuman animal organizations, “happy meat,” vegetarianism, veg*nism, Meat-Free Mondays, or other forms of reductionism and anything else that makes it seem like any form of violence or exploitation of animals is ok. If any of those positions are endorsed on any site in this list, or any language is used to imply that, it’s not that I included that link because I agree, but simply because I don’t control every bit of information on all of these sites.