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This is a friendly public service announcement from me, a vegan, because I know how you feel.
You feel like vegans don’t respect you because they don’t think you’re doing enough for the animals. You feel like vegans go about it all the wrong way and give you a bad name. You feel confused because, shouldn’t vegans be on your side? You don’t understand why vegans think that you’re hypocritical, and you don’t know why vegans say you’re not really an animal lover. You think that vegans just think they’re better than you because they can cut more things out of their diet. You dismiss vegans. You tell people that you’re vegetarian, that you love the animals, but you can’t respect vegans because they don’t respect you.
I think, somehow, we have our wires crossed.
The majority of vegans don’t go out of their way to make your life miserable, or anybody’s life miserable. They just find it difficult to stay quiet when somebody is hurting their loved ones. That’s all. Vegans often get angry, but only because others start spouting their hypocritical bullshit and refuse to budge on their opinion even when they’re shown cold, hard, facts.
But that’s another story. I’m here to tell you why vegans have a problem with vegetarians. I’m here to tell you why you’re not on our side. Listen closely.
If you’re vegetarian, it’s probably for one of a few reasons. One of those reasons might be a moral one. Something like “Killing animals is wrong!” or “Using animals for our personal gain is wrong!”. If it is, here’s why being a vegetarian isn’t helping:
- Dairy. In order to produce milk, a cow has to have given birth. They aren’t miracle machines. There has to be a baby cow in order for the milk to be produced. So, by drinking milk, you’re making the following happen: The cow is forcefully impregnated, in a way which is indistinguishable from rape except, as you may point out, that it’s a cow not a human. Does that matter? I think cows shouldn’t have to have a human arm shoved in their arse and then a bull’s semen forced into their vagina just so you can have milk, whether you want to call that rape or not isn’t the question - the question is, is that ok? But, obviously, that isn’t the worst part of it. The worst part is what happens after the cow is born. The calf is taken away from its mother. Sometimes immediately. Sometimes after a couple of days. The mother will lament its lost calf for weeks, while the calf is either tied down and unable to move until it is killed for veal, or it is killed to go in dog meat, or it is reared for a year or two (this rarely happens) to be used as human meat. The calf is killed. I’ll repeat that. The. Calf. Is. Killed. If you’re a vegetarian because you don’t want to contribute to the deaths of animals, by drinking milk and eating dairy you are doing just that. You are paying for milk stolen from an innocent animal, which is then taken off and killed, leaving the mother distraught, only to have to go through the whole thing again and again.
- Eggs. Ok, this one you have to understand. It’s pretty simple. In order to produce eggs, a chicken has to be female. Right? Because an egg is a chicken period. Got that? Ok. So, male chicks are useless. Got it? They have no use. It doesn’t matter if the eggs are free range, organic, or factory farmed. In order to produce the laying hens, male chicks are born too. Guess what happens to them. The male chicks are killed. Not for meat, not for dog food, nothing even remotely close to that. They’re either stuffed into plastic bags and left to suffocate, or they’re ground into a pulp. They are not used elsewhere in the industry. They are just senselessly killed. By buying eggs, you are paying money into an industry which breeds chicks only to kill half of them. You are paying for male chicks to be killed in the most gruesome ways.I’m not telling you this because I think I’m better than you for not contributing to these industries. I’m not telling you this because I think you’re a horrible person for not thinking about this before. I’m telling you this because I was once a vegetarian who thought I was doing everything for the animals. I even avoided fur, leather, silk, wool. I even refused to buy cosmetics which weren’t vegan. I even refused to buy from companies like Unilever and Procter & Gamble because they tested their products on animals. But I never asked whether anything died because of my eggs, or my milk. I thought; they’re byproducts. That’s ok. It’s all produced naturally anyway. That’s fine, nothing dies.Well guess what. Animals do die to produce your milk, and your eggs. Animals suffer to produce your milk and your eggs. And if you’re a vegetarian for ethical reasons, this shouldn’t be OK with you.Please do some research. Please make the change to vegan, because if you really love animals, vegan is the only way to avoid harming them.
Language is a powerful tool. The words we choose do more than name or describe things; they assign status and value. Be careful, then, how you choose words that refer to non-human animals, for you may be using expressions that maintain prejudices against them.
Referring to a non-human animal as an “it” strips him or her of dignity and perpetuates the view that other animals are objects, inferior things or property.
Referring to people who share their homes and lives with non-human animals as “owners” or “masters” connotes slavery, and we should be uncomfortable with the connotation. Friends, companions or protectors is preferable.
Avoid calling other animals “living things.” They are living beings.
Refer to non-domestic animals as free or free-roaming, not “wild” or “wildlife.”
When referring to animal suffering and death caused by human action, use painfully explicit words that reveal the true facts. “Euthanize,” “put to sleep,” “sacrifice” and “destroy” are favorites of animal researchers (and some animal control people) while “cull,” “harvest,” “manage” and “thin the herd” are favorites of hunters, trappers, and their ilk. These words mean kill, so say kill.
Guilty people try to cover up their horrifying cruelties against, and backward exploitation of, non-human animals with deceptive euphemisms like the ones above. Say it like it is, and correct others when they don’t, so that people will realize the true nature and full extent of the suffering we inflict on other living beings.
Watch out, too, for expressions that convey contempt for animals. “Son-of-a-bitch,” “bird-brain,” and “hare-brain” are insults at the expense of animals. Think of alternatives to calling a person a “snake,” “turkey,” “ass,” “weasel,” “chicken,” “dog” or the like.
Liberate your language, for it’s an important step in liberating all animals!
—By Noreen Mola and The Blacker Family Animals’ Agenda, 6, no. 8, October 1986, p. 18, Quoted in The Sexual Politics of Meat by Carol J. Adams