My Reblog of The Week. This honest and well-stated post needs to be read.
“Think of how differently we might be received by the billions of people who eat animals if we presented our plea as follows:
We support freedom for all animals. We try to avoid causing harm to any and all animals but we are not perfect. We try to make decisions every day that spare animals from confinement, abuse, and death. Sometimes it’s easy — for example, not attending the circus, zoo, or a seaquarium, buying products that haven’t been tested on animals, not wearing fur, leather, or wool, and not ordering or making food made from animals or their byproducts such as steak, hamburgers, eggs, and cheese.
At the same time, we realize the wood we buy, the plastic we use, and even the vegetables we eat all contribute to some form of disruption of our ecosystem, suffering, and death. For us, it’s not about being perfect but about trying to make the world a more humane place by reducing our harmful impact. If you care about your health, animals, and our environment, perhaps you will try as well. We will not judge you for falling short because we all fall short of our goal but rather we will aim to provide you accurate information and inspire and support you as you learn the truth about the impact of the decisions we make.”
It will serve the animal protection movement well if the so-called vegan community concedes that our lifestyle is not cruelty-free. It may also serve the cause of promoting freedom for animals well if we avoid a debate over who causes more harm to animals, human health, and the environment and shift the focus to inspiring people to show more compassion for animals which in turn achieves desired outcomes. We need to pit ourselves against our friends, family, and neighbors less, eliminate their reasons to feel defensive and resist change, and work smarter to find common ground to benefit animals. The psychology of persuasion is an art and we should heed its lessons.
Our Cruelty Footprint
People who don’t eat animals still bear responsibility for cruelty to animals. Examples abound. We have a carbon footprint that contributes to greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. Our wood furniture came from a…
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