I thought I was mostly nonviolent

Before I became vegan — before I stopped using animals for food, clothing, entertainment and other reasons — I used to think I lead a mostly nonviolent life. I used to do whatever I could for injured or “homeless” animals when I came across them. I attended rallies and protests for all kinds of human social justice issues. I was horrified when I would hear stories of animal abuse and cruelty, but meanwhile I would sit down 3 times a day to ingest violence. I would wear the skin of a sentient being on my feet. I would wear the woollen coat of a sentient being on my body and so forth. My animal use was like breathing.

One day I accidentally came across some information about the dairy industry. I was mortified. I could not believe that I had been participating in this unspeakable violence. I realised I had been living an unconscious life. I could not believe that this could be taking place and be viewed as morally acceptable.

Dairy is great violence. Please go vegan

Dairy is great violence. Please go vegan

Even though I was vegetarian for much of my life, I was still participating in great violence because I was still eating and wearing animal products and viewing animals as resources. For most of my life I mostly accepted without question the speciesist position that other animals are our property. I am sad that it took me so long to wake up from my speciesist haze. I call it a haze because I didn’t really question what we were doing. I mostly took it all for granted that this was the way it was supposed to be.

Speciesism is so powerful and pervasive. It’s frightening really that I was completely indoctrinated and could have gone on that way for the rest of my life.

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