Animal Rights Is Reason Enough – guest blog post by Vegan Musings

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A friend showed me this poster by an Abolitionist Vegan writer on Facebook called Vegan Musings (I’ve been following their awesome posters since soon after I became Vegan, which was in the end of the summer of 2013. Please check them out in the link provided).

It’s the perfect answer to the argument that some people try to use that “We have to focus on educating people about plants-only diets and how factory farms impact the environment because arguments about morality won’t get people to go Vegan”. Below is a record of the text that is on the image:

The Reason why veganism (i.e. not owning, exploiting, killing, or in any other way intentionally harming other animals) is important is not that practicing it or understanding how it impacts others and the whole world benefits humans, human justice issues, human society, and the environment on which we all depend (which it does). It is NOT that injustice to other animals informs injustice to humans (which it does). The reason why veganism (i.e. respecting the basic inherent rights of other animals and living accordingly) is important is that it is what’s right for other animals whose rights are violated. Not harming a particular group of persons intentionally means not doing wrong to them because that’s good and right for them.

Veganism is important because it’s important to the ones we won’t be harming anymore. And that reason should be more than a sufficient reason why it should be important to us, who cause this harm to them. Anything else is an inevitable beneficial consequence of living a life without deliberately harming other animals. Because these consequences can be positively transformative for core matters of all life, we should understand why it is so, as well as understand their interconnection, interdependence, and relation to veganism, but they are not WHY we primarily ought to accept the truth of animal rights and be vegan as a result.

When we want to end an injustice towards someone, we have to advocate directly for the ending of that injustice so that people understand that it’s wrong and they stop practicing it.

When one advocates anything else by using veganism, or what one may call “veganism” but isn’t, as means to that end, one doesn’t address the significance of the moral value of the lives of the persons who are immediately subjected to injustice, but treats them instead as a source of problems or solutions for others. Those others then become more important than the ones being subjected to the initial injustice, who are not even valued as individuals to begin with, and who are not viewed and advocated for as the true victims of that injustice.

Consequently, one discriminates against the victims, perpetuates speciesism, and doesn’t promote veganism.

Nonveganism is wrong because it is wrong for other animals. If people don’t understand this and act on this understanding, the using, killing and other ways of intentionally harming other animals will never end because humans won’t realize that speciesism is wrong and won’t become vegan, although some forms of injustice to other animals may change appearance. If one understands this simple and natural concept, then one can also understand the connection of this violence to other forms of human violence; the consequences of this violence to the essence of humans, human society, ethics among humans, and the planet; and advocate accordingly.

Vegan advocates should be able to realize that a justice cause is important in itself for the victims it represents and that this is exactly what everyone else should also understand.

Other animals are not the means to our ends, whether the means are their exploitation or their nonexploitation.” ~ Vegan Musings

If you’re not already Vegan, and you think animals matter morally, then please go 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.

Thoughts on diluting the vegan message

“The harm is incalculable as they peddle misinformation, sowing confusion and misleading those whose quest for information is genuine. Because unlike those who firmly believe that they’re Henry VIII or a visitor from Mars, when it comes to veganism, misinformation costs lives. Billions of them every year. Humanity’s victims are depending on us for a clear and consistent message as they stand quaking in the slaughterhouses awaiting their turn for their precious and only lives to be hacked from them for our convenience.”


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.

There's an Elephant in the Room blog

sad-pigToday, one of the topics in cyberspace is sites, groups and individuals that call themselves ‘vegan’ when they very plainly are not. ‘So what’s the problem – aren’t they harmless?’ I hear some ask. So I found myself considering two aspects of this; the first is the fact that this hijacking and redefining of a concept such as veganism happens at all, and the second is that these phoney groups always seem to manage to gather followers.

It’s extremely encouraging to see veganism – true veganism – becoming more prevalent and mainstream in the world and that can only be a good thing.

However we live in a culture of media addiction where presentation triumphs so often over substance; a culture of celebrity worship, a culture where ‘trends’ are the star by so which many steer their moral compass through the shifting seas. ‘Vegan’ is becoming a ‘trendy’ word and as a result, there are those who…

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Self Righteous Suicide: An Alcoholics Journey Home

“I now know what life is about, what is important. I know the reasons why we say do not judge people. I have seen the true power of love. The true power of forgiveness. I have seen magic. I have seen what it feels like to be at the end, with nowhere to go, and people thinking you are some monster.”

And this is why we do not judge the character of a non-Vegan, but only their actions. Anyone can wake up and be reborn. ANYONE. But when you tell people this is not true, you negate that. You make reality worse by telling people that reality is not better.

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.

SHOW ME THE MONEY: A Story About Professional Farts

Awesome post about “mental illness” and who really needs to be examined.

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.

takingthemaskoff

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“I do not like that man, I must get to know him better.” -Abraham Lincoln

I often hear people wonder out loud why there is such a high rate of recidivism, why do our patients come back, and why is there a high rate of repeat “offenders” in the Mental Health System. We can’t fix Mental Illness they say. We can’t “cure” it. The problem is we are trying to cure the wrong people. It is the staff that needs to be “cured,” or fixed. Not the patients. The patients are not the problem. The staff members and the stigma of society is the problem. I can give many examples of my over 20 years as a staff and patient to describe it. This is one that really sticks out to me.

She walks in she is wearing and old dress, it has stains on it. It may be the…

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Are Some Animals More Important Than Others?

Are Some Animals More Important Than Others?

Another great blog to watch. I predict great things from them in the future.

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.

The Vegan Choice Blog

I never really put much thought into this before I went vegan.  It’s amazing what happens when you open yourself up to other points of view, sometimes quite shocking.  The longer I am vegan, the more aware it feels I become.

 One such observation I made was the apparent inconsistencies in how our society treats certain types of animals when compared to others.  Take for instance dogs.  People care deeply about and love their dogs, incorporating them into their homes and calling them members of their families.  You would be hard-pressed to find a neighborhood without dogs.  There are non-profit organizations everywhere you turn rescuing dogs, rehoming dogs, caring for dogs.  There are even organizations that elicit your emotional love of dogs on television and in print in an attempt to get you to open your wallet and give them money…and lots of us do to the tune of approximately

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We Have Always Eaten Meat

We Have Always Eaten Meat

Great explanation of the basics of Veganism.

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.

The Vegan Choice Blog

Is it justification enough to continue eating meat, dairy and eggs merely for the fact that we have done so in the past?  Just because humans have done something in the past, doesn’t mean it is right to continue doing so.  

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Is PETA Justified In Killing Healthy Animals?

On the subject of whether PETA is justified in their stance that all and feral cats should be rounded up and killed instead of using TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) and all pitbulls should be killed:

I’m 41 years old and have been rescuing nonhuman animals for over 30 years now. For the past 4 years I’ve been “officially” rescuing, socializing, and re-homing stray and feral cats (I’ve been Vegan for 2 years btw). I currently have 15 in my rescue (my 2-room apt.) and my family has 8 more in the other section of our house (15 rooms in a broken down 130-year-old home in Ct.).

I don’t hate any one person or any group of people. I try not to hate at all. I try to focus on love, respect, justice, and kindness, for all sentient beings.

However, there are some things I dislike very much about PETA.

PETA kills 85% of the healthy animals that are surrendered to them (not euthanizes, that is a term that means killing only in the circumstances of catastrophic illness or injury). PETA’s stance on pitbulls (as stated publicly by Ingrid Newkirk herself) is that they should all be killed, simply because they are “dangerous.” Despite the fact that smaller dogs account for a larger proportion of the attacks on humans each year.

Newkirk also believes that all healthy feral and stray cats should be rounded up and killed, “to prevent their future suffering.”

In my work, I’ve had to release some cats back to where I trapped them. Believe me, it was not my first choice. If I could have found homes for every single animal, I would have gladly done whatever I could to see them safe and sound indoors for the rest of their lives. However, there are just not enough safe homes for animals around here as we would want. A small percentage of cats, even with socialization (and I’m an expert on that) will not tolerate staying inside for the rest of their lives, especially when they’ve lived most of it outside. It’s a hell of a job trying to get most feral cats to even tolerate being touched, let alone being kept indoors 24/7. I’m not saying it’s impossible, just difficult.

Still, I managed to get at least 45 kittens and quite a few adult cats adopted out in the time I was most active in rescue. I TNRed many, many more.

Would it be better to put all the stray cats in homes? Of course. Are there some strays that will die a painful, slow or pointless death? That would be yes as well. But the truth is, many of those cats can live perfectly long, healthy lives if they are taken care of in feral colonies by responsible, loving people. We need many, many more of those people.

Killing healthy animals by the thousands is not only not going to help this problem, but it will actually make it worse. Taking strays and feral cats out of their neighborhoods and killing them actually increases the number of cats in those neighborhoods, since the ones left behind will ramp up their reproductive cyles to fill the niche left by the missing cats. TNR actually halts that process and decreases the number of cats overall. I’ve personally seen this happen many times.

And killing them is incredibly immoral. Killing healthy animals is not the answer, no matter how you dress it up as “humane” or “painless.” The truth is, nonhuman animals have a fundamental right to live out their lives free from the threat of being killed simply because we don’t want to be responsible for their suffering. Guess what? We are responsible. We got them into this mess, and killing them is NOT the way to get them out. It makes much more sense to give them moral justice and be compassionate at the same time.

True justice means choosing to let healthy animals live their lives and face their end on their own terms, not arbitrarily choosing to end the lives of some because we can’t find a better solution than to just destroy who we can’t control. We can never know for sure which cats will live long, happy lives outdoors and which ones will suffer. Justice is not always about reducing suffering. There is a moral reason to allow nonhumans to remain outdoors, if your only other option is to just kill them outright.

“TNR has been going on for many years and apparently it does not work, otherwise there would eventually be no more feral cats.”

1. Killing healthy animals is immoral. It does not matter if it “works” or not (it doesn’t, it makes more cats, not less). If you think it’s not immoral, then why not just kill homeless humans too? Because you think humans matter more than nonhumans? We don’t. Each nonhuman values their lives just as much as each human does. Might as well kill millions of humans to reduce their population too.

In addition, each life of each individual “prey” animal is not more important or valuable than each life of each cat. Killing is not the answer. It never is.

2. TNR has never been done on a large enough scale to effect the entire population of cats in each country. There are still huge numbers of cats in large numbers of areas in many countries where TNR has never even been considered… those people either just ignore cats or kill them in a misguided attempt to curb their populations. And cats travel when they need new food sources or territories. So unless enough people stop supporting killing of healthy animals and start contributing to the TNR efforts, we’re going to keep having these problems.

Plus, it’s not a case of “we TNR cats for ____ years and then we’re done.” It needs to be mandatory until domesticated cats don’t exist anymore. If we stop TNRing while there are still cats extant, the problem will just resurface. We don’t need more people thinking that it’s morally justifiable to violate nonhuman rights through thinly disguised violence, no matter how well-intentioned. What we need is for more people to go Vegan and educate others on Veganism, which will eliminate the problem of domestication entirely. And in the meantime, the only morally justifiable stopgap measure is TNR, combined with rescue and feeding our nonhuman family Vegan wherever and whenever possible.

3. Human breeding of cats is still ongoing. Even if we TNR almost all the ferals and strays, we’re still going to have more intact cats getting out into the wild and adding to the homeless cat population. Breeding for fun and profit needs to end.

Newkirk and PETA also regularly praise the people who institutionally exploit animals so they can sell flesh, dairy, eggs and honey for their “Happy Meat” and “Humane Slaughter” programs.

All of the big “Animal Organizations” are corrupt and useless when it really comes to helping animals in any significant way. If you want to understand why, I have some info here:

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PETA:

http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/media/links/p2900/newsweek-magazine.pdf
https://www.facebook.com/nathanwinograd/photos/a.159167054107547.34833.159092957448290/776534612370785

“Deconstructing PETA’s Thinking”:
http://thevegancommunicator.wordpress.com/2013/10/06/deconstructing-petas-thinking

“PETA: A Corporate Tangle Of Contradictions”:
http://veganismisnonviolence.com/2012/04/02/peta-a-corporate-tangle-of-contradictions

“When Sex Doesn’t Sell: Using Sexualized Images of Women Reduces Support for Ethical Campaigns”:
http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi/10.1371/journal.pone.0083311

“PETA fat-shames in ‘Save the Whales’ campaign”:
http://feministing.com/2009/08/17/peta-fat-shames-in-save-the-whales-campaign

“PETA Names Part-Time Animal Abuser and Misogynist Ricky Gervais Person of the Year”:
http://veganfeministnetwork.com/peta-names-part-time-animal-abuser-and-misogynist-ricky-gervais-person-of-the-year

“PETA cool with lobster death – if at the White House”:
http://washingtonexaminer.com/peta-cool-with-lobster-death-if-at-the-white-house/article/2530980

“PETA employees’ prosecution exposed a shocking (and deadly) practice”:
http://www.examiner.com/article/peta-employees-prosecution-exposed-a-shocking-and-deadly-practice

“PETA’s Death Cult, Part 1: Celebrities Getting Naked in the Name of Euthanasia”:
http://dysarm.com/petas-death-cult-2

“PETA’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad History of Killing Animals”:
http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/03/petas-terrible-horrible-no-good-very-bad-history-of-killing-animals/254130

“Controlling an animal as deadly as a weapon” or how PETA advocates killing all pitbulls:
http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/openforum/article/Controlling-an-animal-as-deadly-as-a-weapon-2629558.php

“Don’t turn your back on feral cats” or how PETA advocates killing all feral cats:
http://www.opednews.com/articles/Don-t-turn-your-back-on-fe-by-People-for-the-Eth-101022-19.html

“Strange but True… PETA’s stance on Feral Cats…”:
http://www.feralchange.org/#!petas-policy-on-ferals–seriously/c10cq

https://legacyofpythagoras.wordpress.com/2014/06/17/the-moral-confusion-in-single-issue-campaigns

We don’t need PETA, HSUS, ASPCA, and all these huge, bloated, “Animal Charities” to save all the homeless cats and dogs, completely put an end to domestication, and help all the animals of the world. What we need is for me and you and everyone else to go Vegan, rescue, volunteer, adopt, foster, spay, and neuter the nonhuman refugees of domestication and educate others about these issues.

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.