Lab Flesh And Anti-Speciesism – guest blog by Dan Kelly

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The following post about why “lab flesh” is non-Vegan was post by Dan Kelly on his Facebook timeline. It’s one of the best posts on this subject that I’ve seen:

“ ‘Clean meat’ is a speciesist term meaning flesh made from animal cells, blood products taken from fetal calves, hormones, antibiotics and additives to keep the cells growing. I’ll call it “lab flesh,” but it can be called biotech flesh, bioengineered flesh, clean flesh or any other indication that it’s not directly from a slaughtered innocent.

As most of you likely know, lab flesh is being developed for benefits related to the environment, health, and animal welfare. Industrial animal agriculture 1) is the worst polluter on the planet, especially when you combine air and water pollution; 2) damages ecosystems; 3) is a leading cause of deforestation; 4) generates salmonella, listeria, E. coli and other contamination of flesh and downstream vegetables, causing severe illness and death to humans; 5) is a major cause of heart disease, diabetes and other illnesses, and 6) is a life of torture, terror and hell to 65 billion innocent land animals and hundreds of billions of water animals, annually. If there were an Ig Nobel Prize for Stupidity, animal agriculture and its customers and supporters should win it annually. The developers of lab flesh seek to significantly reduce the six problems, even if they can’t eliminate them.

Antispeciesist vegans oppose lab flesh for the same reason most people would oppose creating human flesh for consumption (aside from cannibal diseases): flesh isn’t food. Lab flesh is a speciesist “solution” to the six problems.

Antispeciesist vegans are well-aware that there’s no stopping lab flesh from coming to market in the next 10 to 20 years, except possibly for difficulties in mass production. It will be one choice of many kinds of flesh available on the market, from traditional flesh from slaughtered or “hunted” innocents to lab flesh from various species: cows, chickens, pigs, dogs and others. It will amount to more speciesist choices of thousands of speciesist choices in a global, capitalist system. There are plenty of bioengineers and others who would love to get wealthy on the idea, and several billionaires and the giant corporations of animal agriculture are eager to invest in it, so it needs no encouragement from speciesist vegans. (Yes, some behavioral vegans can be quite speciesist in attitudes and beliefs.) Lab flesh will happen.

Lab flesh won’t put a dent in speciesism, though. People will still stalk and kill millions of free roaming innocents annually; still hook and net billions of water animals annually; still breed, confine and slaughter tens of billions of innocents annually; still go to zoos and rodeos; still wear skin and fur coats; still experiment on millions of dogs, mice and other innocents annually; still own and torture “pets”; and still bash vegan and antispeciesist advocates. Lab flesh will, at best, keep traditional animal agriculture at its present levels, instead of doubling over the next 30 years, and that’s if people actually choose it over traditional flesh. There will be marketing pushback against lab flesh, and it’s likely that many nonvegans won’t choose lab flesh over traditional flesh.

Lab flesh is what speciesists do, even if those speciesist are behavioral vegans and otherwise avoid using or consuming animal products. Being vegan and doing vegan and antispeciesist advocacy is what antispeciesist, abolitionist vegan advocates do. They are two different paradigms.

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions is one of the best known books in the philosophy of science. In the book, Thomas Kuhn popularized the phrase “paradigm shift” and explained that there is usually a lot of resistance to new scientific paradigms, and it often takes older generations of scientists dying off before new scientific paradigms are accepted, no matter how powerful the new paradigms are or how much evidence supports them.

Although there are significant differences between scientific paradigms and moral paradigms, including differences in the reasons for resisting new paradigms, resistance to new paradigms that are eventually accepted is at least as common for moral, social and cultural paradigm shifts as it is for scientific ones.

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The strong similarity between scientific and moral paradigm shifts is that proponents of each paradigm generally talk past each other when arguing for their paradigm, sticking to the logic internal to the paradigm they’re defending, logic which makes little or no sense outside of their paradigm. It’s like looking at the duck and rabbit photo and defending one without seeing the other. This doesn’t imply the paradigms are equally sound, or even close. Unlike the duck and rabbit photo in which both views are equally sound, in scientific and moral paradigms, one paradigm is usually far better at describing reality (in science) or far more coherent with generally accepted underlying values, such as objectivity and fairness (in morality).

As superior as a new paradigm may be, the new paradigm requires strong advocates if it is to ever replace the old paradigm. Without strong advocacy from start to finish, the old paradigm, with its own internal logic, will stay in place indefinitely.

Lab flesh is a small modification of the old, broken paradigm (speciesism and welfarism) that is incommensurate with the new paradigm (antispeciesism and abolitionism). The old paradigm relied on previous generations’ ignorance of modern nutrition science and other technological advancements. Modern nutrition science and other non-food advancements in technology have made the old paradigm obsolete. We have no need to use nonhuman beings. We must reject speciesism, reject lab flesh, be vegan for life, and strongly advocate that others do the same. You can’t expect new paradigm thinkers to accept old paradigm nonsense.

Antispeciesists are in this for the long haul over decades. We know we’re on the right side of history. We know lab flesh will come and go, eventually replaced by vegan meats as society’s moral paradigm gradually changes.”

If you’re not already Vegan, and you think animals matter morally, then please live Vegan. It’s incredible for the animals, easy and great for you, 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:
https://legacyofpythagoras.wordpress.com/2014/04/10/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, cis-sexism, 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.

What’s Wrong With Vegetarianism?

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I’m making separate posts on individual issues related to Veganism, so that anyone who wants a handy reference guide to each issue won’t have to go through my entire link list to find it. The links included in each individual post may not be updated regularly, so the Master List will be the only place to find complete updates. However, these posts will be comprehensive enough to cover most or all questions related to each issue.

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.

Here are explanations of why vegetarianism is not a morally coherent position:

Sub-Section 1B19b11:
What’s Wrong With Vegetarianism?:
“Commentary #1: Vegetarianism as a “Gateway” to Veganism?”

Commentary #1: Vegetarianism as a “Gateway” to Veganism?

“Some Comments on Vegetarianism as a “Gateway” to Veganism”:

Some Comments on Vegetarianism as a “Gateway” to Veganism

Click to access the-vegan-2010spring.pdf

“What Is Wrong with Vegetarianism?”:
http://uvearchives.wordpress.com/2008/09/09/what-is-wrong-with-vegetarianism

“Vegan and vegetarian: Why they are not similar”:
https://theresanelephantintheroomblog.wordpress.com/2015/11/07/vegan-and-vegetarian-why-they-are-not-similar

“I Wonder What Donald Watson, Founder of the Vegan Society, Would Think”:
http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/i-wonder-what-donald-watson-founder-of-the-vegan-society-would-think

“It’s Not 1946”:

It’s Not 1946

“The Need for a Vegan Society”:
http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/the-need-for-a-vegan-society

“Vegetarianism First?”:

Vegetarianism First?

Sub-Section 1B8:
Issues With Various Animal Substances:

Sub-Section 1B8a:
Milk:
“Cheese consumption is the largest enemy of cows & calves”:
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=346258155480729

“Happy Cows; Behind The Myth”:
http://www.humanemyth.org/happycows.htm

An article written by a former small-scale goat dairy farmer from the US:
http://www.humanemyth.org/cheriezell.htm

“Learn about the Goat Dairy Industry (including organic) here”:
http://www.milkmyths.org.uk/animal-welfare/nanny-state-truth-about-goats-milk

Meet the Woodstock Sanctuary goats:
http://www.woodstocksanctuary.org/meet-the-animals/goats

“”Humane Animal Farming?”:
http://www.peacefulprairie.org/humane-myth.html

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Sub-Section 1B8b:
Eggs:
“What’s Wrong with Backyard Eggs?”:
http://gentleworld.org/whats-wrong-with-backyard-eggs

“Backyard Chicken Farming Leads to Abandoned Hens”:
http://gentleworld.org/backyard-chicken-farming-leads-to-abandoned-hens

“What’s Wrong with Backyard Eggs?”:
http://peacefulprairie.org/backyard-eggs.html

Sub-Section 1B8c:
Honey:
“Why Honey Is Not Vegan”:
http://www.vegetus.org/honey/honey.htm

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:
https://legacyofpythagoras.wordpress.com/2014/04/10/master-list-of-vegan-info

How Living Vegan Includes The Rejection Of Our Participation In The Massive Ecological Problems Of Exploiting Animals

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I’m making separate posts on individual issues related to Veganism so that anyone who wants a handy reference guide to each issue won’t have to go through my entire link list to find it. The links included in each individual post may not be updated regularly so the Master List will be the only place to find complete updates. These posts will be comprehensive enough to cover most or all questions related to each issue, however.

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 the exploitation of nonhuman and 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-Out 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.

Veganism is a social justice movement and a philosophy of nonviolence towards all sentient beings. It’s an Animal Rights movement, not an environmental one. However, there are incidental benefits to consuming a plants-only diet and many of those are environmental. Here is all the info I’ve collected so far for The Master List on these issues.

Section 4:
Ecological (primarily):

Sub-Section 4A:
Video Section:

“Making the Connection – Why Vegan? PART 1”:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnlVS3sw_-s

“Making the Connection – Why Vegan? PART 2”:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmMMm2Vh8YQ

“Sustainability and Food Choice: Why Eating Local, “Less” Meat, and Taking Baby Steps Won’t Work”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fws0f9s4Bas

“Planet Earth Is You – Carlos Chavira”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PAe1pZAewE

“Green Gold” – Documentary by John D. Liu:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBLZmwlPa8A

“Forest Gardening with Robert Hart (Complete)”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBQCKK4sLhg

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Sub-Section 4B:
Text-Based Info (primarily):

Sub-Section 4B1:
Environmental Destruction And The Solutions To That (primarily):

“We can’t keep eating as we are – why isn’t the IPCC shouting this from the rooftops?”:
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/aug/08/ipcc-land-climate-report-carbon-cost-meat-dairy?

“UK could slow climate clock by converting animal farmland to forest and still grow enough protein”:

UK could slow climate clock by converting animal farmland to forest and still grow enough protein

Book Review: “Food Choice And Sustainability: Why Buying Local, Eating Less Meat, And Taking Baby Steps Won’t Work” by Dr. Richard Oppenlander:
http://www.ourhenhouse.org/2014/02/book-review-food-choice-and-sustainability-why-buying-local-eating-less-meat-and-taking-baby-steps-wont-work-by-dr-richard-oppenlander

“What Would Happen To All The Animals If Everyone Went Vegan?” by Will Tuttle:
http://www.onegreenplanet.org/uncategorized/what-would-happen-to-all-the-animals-if-everyone-went-vegan

“Response to Criticism of Cowspiracy Facts”:
http://www.cowspiracy.com/blog/2015/11/23/response-to-criticism-of-cowspiracy-facts

“New estimates of the environmental cost of food”:
http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2018-06-01-new-estimates-environmental-cost-food

“Reducing food’s environmental impacts through producers and consumers”:
http://science.sciencemag.org/content/360/6392/987

“Number of Animals Killed to Produce One Million Calories in Eight Food Categories”:
http://www.animalvisuals.org/projects/data/1mc

“Livestock And Climate Change”:
http://www.worldwatch.org/files/pdf/Livestock%20and%20Climate%20Change.pdf

“Livestock Impacts On The Environment”:
http://www.fao.org/ag/magazine/0612sp1.htm

Peer-reviewed studies on livestock grazing impacts:
http://www.cof.orst.edu/hart/hartstudies.html#link%20to%20studies%20on%20livestock%20grazing%20impacts

“Top 10 Reasons Why It’s Green to Go Veggie”:
https://www.downtoearth.org/go-veggie/environment/top-10-reasons

“Food choices, health and environment: Effects of cutting Europe’s meat and dairy intake”:
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959378014000338

“Evaluating the environmental impact of various dietary patterns combined with different food production systems”:
http://www.nature.com/ejcn/journal/v61/n2/full/1602522a.html

“Meeting the demand: An estimation of potential future greenhouse gas emissions from meat production”:
http://www.nathanfiala.com/Meeting%20the%20Demand.pdf

“Land”:
http://www.vegansociety.com/resources/environment/land.aspx

“Environment”:
http://www.woodstocksanctuary.org/learn-3/global-environment-issues/environment

What goes into a burger:
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/06/27/155527365/visualizing-a-nation-of-meat-eaters

“Eco-Invasion: Laying out the facts about invasive species”:
http://eco-invasion.blogspot.com/2009/11/general-misconceptions.html

“Climate Change” July 2009:
According to Elke Stehfest, it is necessary to cut global GHG emissions by 2/3 before 2050 to not exceed a critical point of warming. This is estimated to cost $40 trillion USD. By drastically reducing animal consumption, we can cut the bill by 50% or $20 trillion dollars.
Study:
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10584-008-9534-6
Report:
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16573-eating-less-meat-could-cut-climate-costs.html

“International Journal of Climate Change” June 2012:
The World Preservation Foundation estimated that the savings were closer to 80% or $32 trillion USD.
Study:
http://ijc.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.185/prod.142
Report:
http://www.worldpreservationfoundation.org/blog/news/global-warming-can-be-kept-below-2c-affordably-through-steep-reductions-in-livestock-production

“Nature” July 2013:
A more recent estimation of the global cost of “battling” global warming is $60 trillion dollars- or $30 trillion for 50% reduction and $48 trillion for 80% if these reduction in costs are still applicable.
Study (note: this is behind a paywall):
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v499/n7459/full/499401a.html

WPF June 2013:
“So there we have it – what’s killing the Great Barrier Reef is cattle.”
“…72% of the reef’s hard coral has died since the 1960’s…”
“…Fine silt (the major coral killer), over 75% of which comes from grazing lands… Nitrogen pollution, mostly particulate, from sediment erosion of grazing lands… Phosphorous pollution, mostly particulate, from sediment erosion of grazing lands…”
Study:
http://www.reefplan.qld.gov.au/about/scientific-consensus-statement/sources-of-pollutants.aspx
Report:
http://www.worldpreservationfoundation.org/blog/news/cattle-not-climate-change-killing-the-great-barrier-reef
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Vegan food forest in Arizona. Credit: Off Grid Athlete on Youtube

Sub-Section 4B2:
Sustainable (Veganic) Farming And Communities:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stock-free_agriculture

“Robert Hart”:
http://www.veganpeace.com/famousvegans/profiles/robert_hart.htm

Posts on this issue by Anders Branderud:

http://bloganders.blogspot.no/2014/04/vegan-permaculture-vegan-ecological-and.html

“Terra Frutis”:
http://www.terrafrutis.com

“Vegan Agriculture Network”:
http://www.goveganic.net/rubrique22.html

“Vegan Organic Network”:
http://veganorganic.net

“Veganic Gardening and Farming Resources” on Gentleworld:
http://gentleworld.org/veganic-gardening-and-farming-resources

“Club Veg’s website for Veganic Farming resources”:

Veganic Farming

“The Vegan Book of Permaculture: Recipes for Healthy Eating and Earthright Living by Graham Burnett”:
http://permanentpublications.co.uk/port/the-vegan-book-of-permaculture-recipes-for-healthy-eating-and-earthright-living-by-graham-burnett

“Spiral Seed”:
http://spiralseed.co.uk

“Stockfree Organic Services”:
http://www.stockfreeorganic.net

“One Path to Veganic Permaculture: From Organic to Veganic and Beyond….”:
http://veganicpermaculture.com

“Sunizona Family Farms”:
http://m.sunizonafamilyfarms.com

“My Vegan Corner of the World”:
http://thevegantruth.blogspot.com/2015/03/my-vegan-corner-of-world-by-long-term.html

“Build a $300 underground greenhouse for year-round gardening”:
http://www.treehugger.com/green-architecture/build-underground-greenhouse-garden-year-round.html

“Veganic Gardening At Home”:
http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/2014/07/veganic-gardening-at-home

“No, Cows Don’T Make Fertilizer”:
http://appliedmythology.blogspot.com/2013/03/no-cows-dont-make-fertilizer.html

“Impressions from the 3rd Grade Farming Field Trip”:
https://www.facebook.com/notes/stephen-augustine/impressions-from-the-3rd-grade-farming-field-trip/4782848227858

Sub-Section 4B3:
Debunking Anti-Vegan Environmental Arguments:

“Top 5 Climate Change Myths Debunked”:

“Why Vegan Diet Failed In Land Use Study”:

Sub-Section 4B4:
GMOs:

Sub-Section 4B4a:
Videos:

“Genetic Roulette: The Gamble Of Our Lives”:
https://archive.org/details/GeneticRouletteTheGambleOfOurLives

“Daniel Bissonnette, at March against Monsanto, Vancouver”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGhRuO0JMzY

Sub-Section 4B4b:
Text-Based Links:

“How GMOs Unleashed a Pesticide Gusher”:
http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2012/10/how-gmos-ramped-us-pesticide-use

“Impacts of genetically engineered crops on pesticide use in the U.S. – the first sixteen years”:
http://www.enveurope.com/content/24/1/24/abstract

“USDA downplays own scientist’s research on ill effects of Monsanto herbicide”:
http://grist.org/article/usda-downplays-own-scientists-research-on-danger-of-roundup

“Too many stacked crop trait genes?”:
http://westernfarmpress.com/management/too-many-stacked-crop-trait-genes

“Are GMOs Worth The Trouble?”:
http://www.technologyreview.com/view/525931/are-gmos-worth-the-trouble

“37 Million Bees Found Dead In Ontario, Canada After Large GMO Corn Field Was Planted”:
http://www.herbs-info.com/blog/37-million-bees-found-dead-after-large-gmo-corn-field-planted

“StarLink corn recall”:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/StarLink_corn_recall

“An overview of the last 10 years of genetically engineered crop safety research “:http://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Nicolia-20131.pdf

Non-GMO Shopping Guide:


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Sub-Section 4B5:
Other Environmental Solutions:

Recycling water:
http://greywateraction.org

“Garbage Warrior – Full-Length Documentary”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNYFlcV9R1w

Intermarché – “Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2nSECWq_PE

“Local food, food miles, and carbon emissions: A comparison of farm shop and mass distribution approaches”:
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0306919208000997

“The World’s Largest Indoor Farm Produces 10,000 Heads of Lettuce a Day in Japan”:
http://inhabitat.com/the-worlds-largest-indoor-farm-produces-10000-heads-of-lettuce-a-day-in-japan

“Edible film made from essential oils can protect foods better than plastic”:

Edible film made from essential oils can protect foods better than plastic

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Sub-Section 4B6:
Environmental Lists:

Another link list on Veganism and ecology:
https://www.facebook.com/notes/vegan-philosophy-forum/environment-note-by-rudy-steffen/229266517259531

This Section Of The Master List On my blog:
https://legacyofpythagoras.wordpress.com/2014/07/05/ecological-problems-of-exploiting-animals

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:
https://legacyofpythagoras.wordpress.com/2014/04/10/master-list-of-vegan-info

Is Veganism A Diet Or A Health Plan?

On Veganism as a diet/using the health aspects of a plant-based diet to educate people about Veganism:

Veganism is a moral stance against human animals intentionally using nonhuman animals for our interests, not a diet. although there are powerful health-related and environmental incidental benefits to consuming a plants-only diet, that is exactly what they are: incidental benefits. Not the basis for Veganism. I don’t agree with telling people that Veganism is a diet or a health plan, because it not only confuses people as to the truth about what Veganism actually is, but it shoves the nonhuman victims of our exploitative actions once again to the back or the line in regards to who we have moral consideration for.

I don’t agree with trying to use human health or the environment as the driving forced behind decreasing the exploitation of animals by arguing that Veganism is based on anthropocentric concerns. I do agree with using the moral aspect of Veganism as the driver behind decreasing animal exploitation. I don’t agree with volunteering information about a plants-only diet to pre-Vegans when discussing Veganism. I do agree with telling people about the health aspects of Veganism if they bring that subject up and we explicitly tie that into the conversation about the moral aspects of Veganism. I don’t agree with telling them that a plants-only diet is more healthy than a non-Vegan diet unless they make the opposite claim. I do agree with telling them that there is nothing at all unhealthy about a plants-only diet and showing them that the scientific evidence is unanimous on this. Basically I am in favor of waiting until any claim is made by the pre-Vegan about diets to then reservedly discuss the evidence for plants and health.

When we educate on Veganism and Animal Rights we have an obligation to be precise and clear with our advocacy. We need to make the distinction whenever and wherever it’s needed that Veganism is about animal rights, health is about health, and environmentalism is about the environment, but when we educate on any aspect of diet or the environment we can also tie it to whatever aspect of animal rights it relates to, without muddying the waters of educating about Veganism, by giving an explicit explanation of the issue in question which makes all the relevant distinctions.

I don’t agree with engaging in SICs (Single Issue Campaigns) but using the idea that people can start by eliminating animal substances from their diet as a way to transition to Veganism is not an SIC. 99.99% or more of animal exploitation is for “food.” Once you learn why it’s morally wrong to consume an animal’s flesh and secretions in your diet, you begin to understand why you can’t then keep exploiting them in all the other ways that we do.

I don’t agree with Vegans telling pre-Vegans that they should go vegetarian, engage in “Meatless Mondays”, baby steps or any other half-measures. I don’t agree with praising people for promoting those things. I do agree with praising people for reducing the amount of animal substances in their diet and other decreases in consumption, but I also believe we should never fail to take the opportunity to gently explain to them why a mere decrease in consumption is not the end goal, and thus why they need to go all the way immediately.

For some more clear thinking on this issue please read Professor Gary Francione’s essay here:

http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/veganism-morality-health-and-the-environment

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:
https://legacyofpythagoras.wordpress.com/2014/04/10/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.