Ethical veganism results in a profound revolution within the individual; a complete rejection of the paradigm of oppression and violence that she has been taught from childhood to accept as the natural order. It changes her life and the lives of those with whom she shares this vision of nonviolence. Ethical veganism is anything but passive; on the contrary, it is the active refusal to cooperate with injustice
We should always be clear that animal exploitation is wrong because it involves speciesism. And speciesism is wrong because, like racism, sexism, homophobia, anti-semitism, classism, and all other forms of human discrimination, speciesism involves violence inflicted on members of the moral community where that infliction of violence cannot be morally justified. But that means that those of us who oppose speciesism necessarily oppose discrimination against humans. It makes no sense to say that speciesism is wrong because it is like racism (or any other form of discrimination) but that we do not have a position about racism. We do. We should be opposed to it and we should always be clear about that.
The future says: Dear mortals; I know you are busy with your colourful lives; I have no wish to waste the little time that remainsOn arguments and heated debates; But before I can appearPlease, close your eyes, sit stillAnd listen carefullyTo what I am about to say; I haven't happened yet, but I will.I can't pretend it's going to beBusiness as usual. Things are going to change.I'm going to be unrecognisable. Please, don't open your eyes, not yet.I'm not trying to frighten you. All I ask is that you think of meNot as a wish or a nightmare, but as a storyYou have to tell yourselves -Not with an endingIn which everyone lives happily ever after, Or a B-movie apocalypse, But maybe starting with the line'To be continued..'And see what happens next. Remember this; I am notWritten in stoneBut in time - So please don't shrug and sayWhat can we do?It's too late, etc, etc, etc. Dear mortals, You are such strange creaturesWith your greed and your kindness, And your hearts like broken toys; You carry fear with you everywhereLike a tiny godIn its box of shadows. You love festivals and musicAnd good food. You lie to yourselvesBecause you're afraid of the dark. But the truth is: you are in my handsAnd I am in yours. We are in this together, Face to face and eye to eye; We're made for each other. Now those of you who are still here; Open your eyes and tell me what you see.
I am opposed to animal welfare campaigns for two reasons. First, if animal use cannot be morally justified, then we ought to be clear about that, and advocate for no use. Although rape and child molestation are ubiquitous, we do not have campaigns for humane rape or humane child molestation. We condemn it all. We should do the same with respect to animal exploitation. Second, animal welfare reform does not provide significant protection for animal interests. Animals are chattel property; they are economic commodities. Given this status and the reality of markets, the level of protection provided by animal welfare will generally be limited to what promotes efficient exploitation. That is, we will protect animal interests to the extent that it provides an economic benefit.