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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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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Become Vegan for the Right and Only Reason: For the Animals

I hear that how vegans should not push too hard in educating others about veganism, but I disagree and feel this is missing the point of why we become vegans in the first place. It's for the animals, not to please other vegans.

Look at it this way for example: I decide to continue being cruel towards animals--eating them--because some human was too hard on me in trying to get me to become vegan? What does the "pushy vegan" have to do with whether or not I would become a vegan? I would become vegan for the animals' sake not for the sake of pleasing some vegan.

People that use pushy vegans as an excuse not to become vegan really isn't becoming vegan for the right and ONLY reason anyway--for the animals. They are thinking of becoming vegan to please or get along in the vegan community, otherwise they wouldn't care how aggressive a vegan was. If they find that vegan too preachy/aggressive but they need support, then they should go to vegans that do a softer approach. 

I think how vegans educate others varies according to their style/personality. 

Gary Yourofsky said in an interview, during one of his lectures at a school that a person was complaining he was too preachy and aggressive with his approach. He said something like, "OK, how many people here feel I'm being too aggressive?" No else else raised their hand. He said to this person, "How can this be? They heard the same lecture as you, but yet they feel I gave the lecture fine." Gary then said in the interview that it doesn't matter how you talk to people about veganism; either people are ready to hear it now and become vegan or they are not at that time. 

It's about whether you want to hurt animals or not. Period. It's the facts in the message that changes one to being vegan--not any person. Tell it to a person strongly or softly, it's still the same news, the same facts.

So those vegans who turned omnivores again never were vegans for the animals anyway. They were just vegans probably for the sake of being social in the vegan community, like as if we are some kind of club, otherwise they would have said (If they felt the vegans were being pushy), "Screw you guys. I'm staying away from you all, but will stay vegan of course because I'm doing this for the animals."

It's all about the animals--and that's thee only way to stay a vegan for life. It has to be or otherwise that potential vegan, newbie vegan, or a vegan for years, will in time come up with some excuse to go back sooner or later to their omnivore ways.

So to those vegans who say, "I don't care how a person becomes vegan, as long as they do," should care. Because why a person becomes vegan is important to whether they stay vegan for life, or in a day, month, year or so to becoming an ex-vegan.

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