Let’s End the Vegan Civil War in 2017

The vegan civil war drama has been going on for some time now.

Sometimes we are having serious debates about serious issues. But most of the time it’s just senseless drama mongering. Often the people involved feel very strongly about their disagreements, particularly when it is about issues like health vs. the animals.

Ethical vegans often feel like they are mocked and belittled for their concern for animals.

Health conscious vegans can feel that because they are mostly vegan for their health, they are inferior vegans.

Vegan Civil War

For most of us, I think these differences are genuine and deeply felt. But there are times when we can make things work for the good of the movement. It’s very important to know the difference between being principled, and making mountains out of mole hills.

When vegans fight other vegans, it’s often the movement that suffers most. As Shakespeare pointed out in Romeo and Juliet, “civil war makes civil hands unclean”. It’s impossible to engage in much infighting without someone (or something) getting sacrificed. These things don’t usually end well.

A certain amount of debate is healthy, but it can also harm. There’s nothing wrong with pointing out the flaws in the arguments of others. It’s also understandable that we might disagree – strongly – with the ethics of others. But that’s a far cry from assuming they are horrible people.

We don’t live in a vegan world…yet

We live in a world where most people eat meat and other animal products. Much of our clothing is made from animals skin, fur and excretions (silk).

In this world, vegans are the exception to the rule. We know that this paradigm is wrong. And we are changing it.

I want to everyone to treat non-human animals with respect. I bristle a little when I hear so-called vegans telling other people it’s ok to eat meat and other animal products. Those things are not okay.

But I also believe that loudly airing our dirty laundry in public, and promoting violence in our speech is completely unacceptable.

 

I hope 2017 will be a year in which online veganism builds on its existing strengths and brings us all closer together.

Vegans can help the world hear the voice of the animals, especially when we stand together.

I want to live to see the cages emptied and the status of animals as property completely abolished. I think most other ethical vegans want the same thing. Let’s work together where we can, and where we can’t, we can hopefully state our differences and continue to focus on what really matters: building a vegan world.

Let’s pledge this year to engage in dialogue, not drama.

Remember: the animals deserves better, and so does this movement! Let’s bury the vegan civil war in 2016 and move on to bigger and better things.

Thanks for watching,
Margaret

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