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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, June 30, 2015

How I Define Veganism First and Foremost

When I say I'm vegan, I'm now defining it in the most serious of terms, to get it through people's heads it's not just some fad. So I define vegan as (which it is) a political, social justice movement. This definition, in my opinion, makes it sound a lot more powerful, and places it where it deserves, alongside other issues like, pro-life/pro-choice, human rights, GLBTQ rights, etc. which are also political, social justice movements. Then if I talk further with the person, I go into detail what veganism is all about.

People never say they are, for instance, pro-life, for human rights, etc., because of ethical reasons. Why should animal rights activists?

Saying words like "ethical", "philosophical", (or "plant-based", which is a term I have never used) just doesn't hold power like saying "political" and "social justice"; there seems to be more respect when those two words are stated. This is from my own personal experience when I speak to people.

So I tell people I'm vegan for political, social justice reasons.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Disturbing Hate and Ignorance

I read some very disturbing news today within the animal rights community and I commented on them on my Twitter account. I want to elaborate on the subject more here in my blog. The following in quotes were my Tweets:

"You don't win people over with hate. Yourofsky is going about it the wrong way."

Gary Yourofsky that is. He's been a long-time animal activist that talks a lot of hate, but now, he appears to be shouting more than ever that he is a misanthropist. Yourofsky doesn't even know what misanthropy means. By definition, being misanthropic means:

"A person who dislikes humankind and avoids human society."

If he really was a misanthropist, he would not be in the public eye. He certainly would not be a part of social media, but he's on Twitter, Facebook, etc. networking with other vegans...A real contradiction.

"(Any and all vegans promoting eating a huge amount of bananas) needs education on healthy vegan nutrition..(They are) going about it the wrong way."

I put in parenthesis because on Twitter I addressed a specific person's website, but I found out at least one other vegan believes in eating a lot of bananas, which is, nutritionally speaking, extremely ill-advised and dangerous.

"Sad and ignorant animal activist Gary Yourofsky spouts hate toward ALL humans because we--deliberate or not--cause harm--SO DO ALL ANIMALS."

Yes. Apparently Yourofsky doesn't know a lot about animals.

"Even vegetarian animals kill by stepping on ants. ALL BEINGS KILL in one way or another."

Also, I wonder does Yourofsky realize that some animals also torture and kill for fun. He (and his worshipers) needs to do more animal behavior research.

"Yourofsky makes no sense. He's fighting for beings he should hate according to his statements."

As I have stated above. But I do have this scary thought; I hope his anger toward all humans, which includes himself, and why he is suddenly publicizing this so much about his hatred, doesn't turn into some mass suicide a la Jim Jones as some twisted ultimate sacrifice for the "love" of animals. He does have very loyal, obsequious followers....

"This world is not perfect, so we love and fight for animal rights and human rights because we are compassionate, common sense beings."

People are not perfect gods. Animals are not perfect gods. Both species far from it. Some animal rights people should stop treating animals like they do no wrong and realize animals are guilty of committing heinous murder like humans. But the answer isn't to hate all beings--or be specieist and just hate humans. It's not even in our nature to be that way as human beings. Since this world and its beings are not perfect, and we are all in this world together, the best and sensible thing to do is the above.

"Hate gets us nowhere. Love gets us everywhere."

News flash Yourofsky: You get nowhere hating everyone. Let's see:

'HEY YOU! I HATE YOUR GUTS, YOU DISGUSTING HUMAN! Oh, and let me tell you about living cruelty-free.'

Yeah, talk like that will really fly well in helping the animals. NOT! It doesn't work that way. I'm sure it will help Yourofsky in getting a crapload of publicity in hating everyone (maybe that's his only agenda, afterall), but he sure won't change people to become cruelty-free with that attitude.

"______ bananas (fill in the large amount of bananas to eat) a day diet type vegans: hope they get nutritionist checkups, as they may have diabetes."

And I hope Gary Yourofsky gets a physcian's checkup as with spouting off all that hate toward all humans and himself, he may have severe high blood pressure.

"Interesting how telling truth, common sense and speaking in love gets some people so upset. That's scary and sad. #BrainWashedByOthers"

Sigh. It is.