Abolition, Liberation and Veganism

I'm glad The Vegan Police has a post discussing "Abolitionist History 101: Animal Abolition and Racism." In the post, The Vegan Police challenge the post-racial appropriation of "abolition." The post seeks to challenge readers ignorance and encourage us to dig deeper and learn something about the past and present abolitionist movements with regard to the historical and ongoing captivity of Blacks and other people of color in the United States. (Read more...)

Veganism και κατάργηση των φυλακών

Έχω παρατηρήσει πως όταν οι άνθρωποι μιλάνε για “ανθρωπιστική μεταχείριση” αναφέρονται συνήθως είτε σε μη ανθρώπινα ζώα είτε σε ανθρώπους που είναι φυλακισμένοι ή διαφορετικά, θεσμικά περιορισμένοι και ελεγχόμενοι. Εικάζω πως αυτό έχει νόημα από τη στιγμή που το να κρατούνται άνθρωποι σε κλουβιά και κάτω από πλήρη έλεγχο έχει κοινά χαρακτηριστικά με το πώς τα μη ανθρώπινα ζώα αντιμετωπίζονται γενικά στην κοινωνία μας. Παρόμοια, ο όρος “κακομεταχείριση” εφαρμόζεται συνήθως στην μεταχείριση των μη ανθρώπινων ζώων, στα ανθρώπινα παιδιά και στους φυλακισμένους ανθρώπους. Στην πραγματικότητα, η “ανθρωπιστική μεταχείριση” και η “κακομεταχείριση” είναι πραγματικά συνδεόμενοι όροι με τον πρώτο να προτείνεται ως μέσο αντιμετώπισης του τελευταίου. (Διαβάστε περισσότερα ...)

Εφαρμόζοντας μη βίαιη άμεση δράση

Ο Veganism είναι μια αρχή που απαιτεί την άμεση απόρριψη της χρήσης και της εκμετάλλευσης όλων των ζώων, όσον είναι ανθρώπινα πρακτικό. Κατά συνέπεια, στην πράξη, η αρχή του veganism οδηγεί στη μη βίαιη άμεση δράση. (Διαβάστε περισσότερα ...)

Γιατί ο Veganism και οι εμπρηστικές βόμβες δεν αναμιγνύονται

Σε μια πρόσφατη δημοσίευση στο La Chola blog, η brownfemipower χρησιμοποιεί την εμπειρία και τη γνώση της για τον φεμινισμό και τα άλλα κινήματα κοινωνικής δικαιοσύνης για να εξηγήσει «γιατί οι εμπρηστικές βόμβες δεν πρόκειται να λειτουργήσουν» – (“why fire bombing will not work.”). Η ανάλυση της αγγίζει πολλούς από τους λόγους για τους οποίους δεν υποστηρίζω τις εμπρηστικές βόμβες, και γενικά το ALF (animal liberation front -μέτωπο απελευθέρωσης των ζώων). (Διαβάστε περισσότερα ...)

Why 'Vegan Oppression' Cannot Exist

I'm a strong believer that it's a mistake to appropriate the experience or struggle of any oppressed group or individual to further our own cause, especially if our advocacy is not designed specifically to address their exploitation. As such, I believe it is inappropriate when we use how other groups are the targets of oppression to describe being vegan or to use their struggles against oppression as a metaphor for the vegan movement. I say this for the simple reason that vegans as a group are not ourselves the targets of oppression. (Read more...)

Veganism: Θεωρία και πρακτική

Ο Veganism είναι μια επαναστατική πράξη. Είναι η στοχαστική δράση της μη εκμετάλλευσης. Ο Freire γράφει ότι, "εάν υπερτονίζεται αποκλειστικά η δράση, εις βάρος του στοχασμού, η λέξη μετατρέπεται σε ακτιβισμό" – δηλαδή "δράση για χάρη της δράσης." Όταν μερικοί χρησιμοποιούν τον όρο "Veganism" για να υποδηλώσουν μια διατροφή ή μια καταναλωτική δραστηριότητα μετατρέπουν τη λέξη σε δράση για χάρη της δράσης. (Διαβάστε περισσότερα ...)

Political Correctness, Political Expediency, and Veganism

The following is was written for and originally published on the Living Opposed to Violence and Exploitation (L.O.V.E.) blog.

While L.O.V.E. takes an anti-oppression approach based on the vegan ideal of nonexploitation, there are many nonhuman animal activists who fear that as long as veganism takes into account the oppression of human animals, it will take away from opposing cruelty to nonhuman animals. The argument goes as follows: if we advocate against oppression as it targets human animals whilst advocating against oppression as it targets nonhuman animals, then people – having a finite amount of resources – will refuse to oppose the exploitation of nonhuman animals since it would include the "baggage" of being "packaged" with also opposing the exploitation of human animals, something, it is assumed, potential nonhuman animal activists are likely to be disinterested in. (Read more...)

The Absurdity of 'Triage' and the Need for Social Change

In response to a recent blog post by Steve of L.O.V.E. on "Holistic veganism," Elaine Vigneault responded that she works within a "triage" framework. I understand the "triage" concept as Elaine and others use it in relation to nonhuman animals, but I also think it's a flawed and problematic metaphor.

Triage is where a degree of urgency is assigned to those with wounds or illnesses in order to most effectively treat the patients or casualties. By definition then, triage takes place after the harm has already happened, and is therefore incapable of dealing with the cause of that harm. As Steve says, it's about handling the consequences of exploitation without actually addressing the exploitation as the cause. So I think Steve hits on exactly why is "triage" is failing, and is doomed to always fail. Read more...

Taking the Exploitation of Bees into Consideration

Congratulations to Noah Lewis for successfully raising the funds he needs to update the "Why Honey is not Vegan" site!

In the first official update to the site, Noah talks about being biased toward a vegan world. I think he make a great argument about how veganism is about creating a world based on nonexploitation, which of course means starting from a bias favoring the nonexploitation of other animals.

I've noticed this is contrary to some who attempt to take a "nonjudgmental" position by making concessions for some forms of exploitation, such as the exploitation of honey bees. Read more...

Real Food Comes from Plants

The sight of slabs of flesh should horrify and disgust any sensitive person if they exercised their inborn compassion. Habit has dimmed their native kindliness. Their palates have become abnormally corrupted and conditioned by taste for dead food, its flavoring and odors. People who eat slaughtered creatures everyday find it hard to imagine what to substitute for meat, not realizing that meat is the substitute for vegetables. – Helen Nearing, Simple Food for the Good Life

October 1st is World Vegetarian Day, and one thing I think would bring about a great deal of positive change is for us to do away with the obsolete idea that plant-based foods are somehow a "replacement" or "substitute" for animal-derived pseudo-foods. I cringe nearly every time I read these terms in cookbooks and other dietary literature written from a vegetarian perspective. (Read more...)