Essentially, my page is about nonviolence.
“I am a vegan because after much learning and thought about the issue, I have come to see enslaving, exploiting, or intentionally killing an animal as morally equivalent to enslaving, exploiting, or intentionally killing a child. The only difference is one is socially acceptable and the other is socially unacceptable. That may sound shocking or “extreme” to some people, but it is only because we are so acculturated to devalue sentient nonhuman beings to the status of “things”. What is truly extreme is the violence of intentionally killing about 56 billion *land* animals annually globally for unnecessary food preferences alone. Unless you consider nonviolence and justice to be “extreme”, veganism is not extreme. ” ~ UVE Archives
My name is Trisha Roberts. I will do my best to explain (in my own simple way) 😉 my thoughts about veganism because veganism is an extremely important social justice movement. Nonviolence (including nonviolent speech) is my focus but with a very strong emphasis on veganism. Veganism is all about nonhuman animals. It’s not about human social justice issues although many human issues intersect and are influenced. It’s not about health or environment, but there are ancillary benefits for us. Vegans do not use animals for food, clothing, entertainment or other reasons. To be clear, veganism is about nonhuman animals and their right not to be used as property and it is the recognition of their moral personhood. Being vegan is not everything we need to do to live a nonviolent life, but it is an important and essential first step.
On “Veganism is Nonviolence”, I also address other forms of discrimination as well as speciesism because all forms of discrimination are all related and all cause violence. Where we have one form of discrimination — speciesism — we will have all forms – racism = sexism = heterosexism = classism = ageism = ableism and so forth. We must reject all these forms of discrimination in our lives.
Please note although there may be references to various people (religious and non-religious), this page approaches veganism (a political cause) in a secular way.
You do not have to be vegan to subscribe to my page 🙂 but I hope that after you view the information on this page, you will consider becoming vegan.
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“We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.~ Thich Nhat Hanh
A bit about the abolitionist vegan movement:
The abolitionist movement is a grass-roots nonviolent political movement. For abolitionists it’s not HOW animals are used that is the issue, (because there’s no such thing as non-abusive use) it’s THAT they are used that is the problem which needs to be addressed, and the way to do this is through nonviolent abolitionist vegan education. As abolitionist vegans, we recognize that all other animals deserve at least one right—the right not to be used as property—and veganism is the first step to taking that right seriously. Being vegan is the minimum standard of decency and ending the last great slavery is the morally right thing to do.
Here are the Six Principles of the Abolitionist Approach to Animal Rights: (Please get a hold of a copy of the book “Introduction to Animal Rights: Your child or the dog” Temple University Press, 2000 to find out more)
Disclaimer: I promote nonviolence exclusively. Although I link to this abolitionist resource because of the valuable nature of the research and theories it contains, I do not endorse or support any abuse, manipulation, defamation, intimidation, or other inappropriate behaviour from any persons surrounding the linked resource. Please do not reject abolitionism because of some abolitionists’ behaviour.
1. The abolitionist approach to animal rights maintains that all sentient beings, humans or nonhumans, have one right: the basic right not to be treated as the property of others.
2. Our recognition of the one basic right means that we must abolish, and not merely regulate, institutionalized animal exploitation—because it assumes that animals are the property of humans.
3. Just as we reject racism, sexism, ageism, and heterosexism, we reject speciesism. The species of a sentient being is no more reason to deny the protection of this basic right than race, sex, age, or sexual orientation is a reason to deny membership in the human moral community to other humans.
4. We recognize that we will not abolish overnight the property status of nonhumans, but we will support only those campaigns and positions that explicitly promote the abolitionist agenda. We will not support positions that call for supposedly “improved” regulation of animal exploitation. We reject any campaign that promotes sexism, racism, heterosexism or other forms of discrimination against humans.
5. We recognize that the most important step that any of us can take toward abolition is to adopt the vegan lifestyle and to educate others about veganism. Veganism is the principle of abolition applied to one’s personal life and the consumption of any meat, fowl, fish, or dairy product, or the wearing or use of animal products, is inconsistent with the abolitionist perspective.6. We recognize the principle of nonviolence as the guiding principle of the animal rights movement. Violence is the problem; it is not any part of the solution.
6. We recognize the principle of nonviolence as the guiding principle of the animal rights movement. Violence is the problem; it is not any part of the solution.
As I mentioned, I hope that if you are not already vegan, that information contained on this page my assist you in becoming vegan. Being vegan is very easy and it will be one of the most profound decisions you make in your life.
The main mission of this site (1) promotes the abolition of animal exploitation and reject the regulation of animal exploitation; (2) is based only on animal sentience and no other cognitive characteristic, (3) regards veganism as the moral baseline of the animal rights position; and (4) rejects all violence and promotes activism in the form of creative, non-violent vegan education.
There is a great deal of confusion about the meaning of “animal rights.” For some, any regulatory measure concerning nonhumans, such as increasing the size of battery cages for hens or a law requiring the “humane” treatment of nonhumans, involves “animal rights.” For others, “animal rights” means that nonhumans ought to have all the same rights as humans have. And some argue that certain animals, such as the nonhuman great apes, matter more than other nonhumans because the great apes have humanlike cognitive characteristics.
There is also a general failure on the part of the contemporary animal-advocacy movement to recognize veganism as the baseline of the animal rights movement.
This site seeks to bring clarity and simplicity to the concept of animal rights. In order to understand the human/nonhuman relationship, we must distinguish between our use of animals and our treatment of animals. These aspects are different because whether we use animals at all for a particular purpose is a different question from how we treat them. For example, whether it is morally acceptable to eat animals at all is a different question from how we treat those animals and whether, for instance, we raise them in intensive “factory-farms” or in “free-range” conditions. Our use of animals is a separate matter from whether our treatment of them is “humane” or “cruel.”
Animal welfare concerns the treatment of animals and has as its central focus the regulation of animal exploitation. Animal welfare maintains that it is acceptable to use nonhumans as long as we treat them “humanely.”
Animal rights, as it is presented on this site, concerns the use of animals and has as its central focus the abolition of animal use rather than its regulation. We have no moral justification for using nonhumans for our purposes. Moreover, as long as animals are human property, animal welfare standards will never provide adequate protection to animal interests. A shorthand way of describing the view presented here is to say that all sentient beings should have at least one right—the right not to be treated as property. If we recognized this one right, we would be compelled to abolish institutionalized animal exploitation. We would stop bringing domesticated nonhumans into existence for human use.
2. The Importance of Sentience
The approach that is referred to in this site requires only that nonhumans be sentient—that they have subjective awareness—in order to have the right not to be treated as resources. That is, it is not necessary that nonhumans have humanlike rationality or other humanlike cognitive characteristics to be members of the moral community. This approach rejects the view, proposed by some animal advocates, that nonhuman great apes or other nonhumans matter more than other nonhumans, or are entitled to greater moral or legal protection because of their human-like characteristics.
3. Veganism as Abolition
Many animal advocates take the position that veganism is not required as a baseline principle of the animal rights movement. Some advocates do not even view vegetarianism as required, claiming that we can be “conscientious omnivores” if we eat animal flesh and animal products that have been produced in a supposedly more “humane” way.
This site also seeks to make clear that the moral baseline of an animal rights movement is veganism. Veganism is not merely a matter of diet; it is a moral and political commitment to abolition on the individual level and extends not only to matters of food, but to clothing and other products, and to other personal actions and choices. It is important to recognize that just as an abolitionist with respect to human slavery cannot continue to be a slave-owner, an abolitionist with respect to animal slavery cannot continue to consume or use animal flesh or animal products.
4. Abolition as Non-Violence
The animal rights position is the ultimate rejection of violence. It is the ultimate affirmation of peace. The animal rights movement is the logical progression of the peace movement, which seeks to end conflict between humans; the animal rights movement ideally seeks to take that a step further and to end conflict between humans and nonhumans.
Violence treats others as means to ends rather than as ends in themselves. When we engage in violence against others—whether they are human or nonhuman—we ignore their inherent value. We treat them only as things that have no value except that which we decide to give them. This is what leads people to engage in crimes of violence against people of colour, women, and LGBTIQ community. It is what leads us to commodify nonhumans and treat them as resources that exist solely for our use. All of it is wrong and should be rejected.
Moreover, for those who advocate violence, exactly against whom is this violence to be directed? The farmer raises animals because the overwhelming number of humans demand to meat and animal products. The farmer raises those animals in intensive conditions because consumers want meat and animal products to be as inexpensive as possible. Violence against institutional providers of animal products makes no sense. If we want to end animal exploitation, we need to educate the public about why animal exploitation is immoral. We need to get people to understand that animals are not things for our consumption and that can be done only through education–not violence.
The abolitionist approach to animal rights maintains that those who reject the exploitation of nonhuman animals should be ethical vegans and should engage in creative, non-violent vegan education.
It is, however, important to understand that taking a non-violent approach does not mean taking a passive position. On the contrary. Creative, non-violent vegan education is anything but passive. It is active opposition to all forms of animal exploitation. And as the abolitionist approach recognizes the connection between human and nonhuman exploitation, it advocates the active refusal to participate in the exploitation of humans as well and maintains that all forms of discrimination–racism, sexism, heterosexism, ageism, ableism, etc–represent violence and should, like speciesism, be rejected.
This page is an abolitionist animal advocacy site in an extremely speciesist society, the purpose of which is to share a perspective on animal ethics that is widely and intentionally censored in mainstream media. I have disallowed comments because I clearly favour the view that animal exploitation should be abolished. I make no apologies for being “one-sided” for nonhuman animals in a human-dominated world that is so one-sided and downright bigoted against animals.
Abolitionist links on this page claim to support the abolitionist approach to animal rights. I do not, however, necessarily endorse or agree with everything stated on these sites or any other links provided. To the extent that these sites promote: (1) any type of violence against persons or property; (2) welfare regulation; (3) any form of racism, sexism, or heterosexism; any kind of harassment, intimidation, slander, violence or abuse (4) endorse any of the large national animal organizations; or (5) promote “happy meat” or vegetarianism, I reject those positions. Moreover, I do not necessarily endorse links that are provided on those sites.
To find out more on how to become vegan
Please view this essay: Unpopular Vegan Essays / UVE Archives: Why I Am a Vegan and Why Hope and Fear Are Irrelevant