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There are animal welfare vegans and animal only-fight-against-other-vegans abolitionist vegans. V-EGANISM is neither. Just as there are positive things and negative things about conservatives and liberals, there are positive things and negative things about welfarists and abolitionists. V-EGANISM avoids all 4 "political parties", and remains as an independent in thoughts and actions, only choosing what is right and just for animals, humans, and the environment. V-EGANISM however does have a mission statement which is how the founder of veganism, Donald Watson, originally coined the word's definition. It was a perfect definition then and it still is a perfect definition now! So the following paragraph is V-EGANISM's official Mission Statement--and nothing more, nothing less, we are simply called, "Vegan Activists", with no additives:

"V-EGANISM educates people and helps people and animals regarding the political and social justice cause, Veganism, which is a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude--as far as is possible and practical--all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing, cosmetics, household products, entertainment, service or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals, and the environment."

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Task Force Phone Conference

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I had my very first phone conference this afternoon with 6 other people as we discussed ways of getting the word out more regarding having reverence for all lives, based on the Unitarian Universalist 7th Principle:

Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Which, in simpler terms, means we need to take care of our planet, Earth, the home we share with all living things.

The one-hour phone conference went very well. We came up with a lot of great ideas, and decided to keep several old ideas that work. We also made some clarifications about certain issues. We decided to have another meeting--be it via phone or online--sometime in the near future.

I'm really looking forward to our next meeting!


  1. I'm really glad it went so well. You've got me thinking about respect for all living creatures. I am conflicted on this since I have such a fear of insects and all creepy crawlies, mice, rats, possums, and flying things like bats... etc. I respect them in that I am find with them being in their own environment, but if they get into my home or something then I have an issue. I'm not sure how to rectify that if I were to join the UU church.

    1. Most people who are UU members are not vegetarian or vegan; I'm hoping to find those that are within my congregation so we can start a group (needs to be at least 3 people to get it going) and then contact LoraKim (a board member of the national UUAM) to become officially established as a UU Animal Ministry chapter in my church. That's how it works through the system.

      Adherring to all 7 UU Principles is a work in progress for all UU members. Nobody's perfect. :)

      There are ways to get unwanted animals out of the house, but depending on how bad the situation is, like if there's a lot of bugs or mice in the house, then I personally look at the health issue. Outside wildlife can carry many diseases so I would use methods to kill them, but then use preventive measures, like sealing cracks and holes, to keep them out.