October 1, 2015

Vegan of the Year Award 2015

I woke up one morning to receive congratulatory notices on my Facebook profile stating that I had won 'Vegan of the Year' Award. I didn't even know I was nominated! 

September 29, 2015

FREE public Vegan Educational Event ~ Tamarac, Florida September 25th, 2015 ~ Butterflies Katz speaker

On September 25th, 2015, I co-produced and spoke at an event that was FREE to the public and included a free meal and dessert. My presentation was entitled the ABC's of Veganism. At the time of this event, I am a few days away from my 58th birthday and my 37th Veganniversary. The presentation explained that veganism is ... anti-speciesism, animal rights, nonviolence, respect for animals, harming less, a social justice movement, etc. It was very well received by 100-150 South Floridians. While I'm no super athlete or babe, I have been living without any "meat" for 46 years, living without demanding animal exploitation for food, clothing, products and practices for 37 years - and doing just fine! Forty-five years ago, they all said to me "you will die; where will you get your protein" - but I didn't die and I have no illnesses and don't take pharmaceuticals. They were wrong. We CAN live vegan - therefore we should. It makes no sense to unnecessarily choose to exploit, violently assault, and kill other feeling and conscious animals. However, the presentation was by me, but not about me. It was about animal RIGHTS theory and the fundamentals of veganism. The age range of the audience was from 7 to 70's and very receptive, as we volunteers showered them with love, Vegan Truth, and good vegan food and gifts. We had a table of (abolitionist) vegan literature and Keith and Elena offered education and support; representing South Florida Vegan Support Group. 

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Watch video footage of the speech by Butterflies

September 28, 2015

I'm a Vegan; One Movement, Many Voices ~ Newly Released E-Book

This compelling anthology of over one hundred short essays reveals that vegans come in all colors, sizes, nationalities, ages, and a myriad of philosophies. Vegans may identify as an abolitionist, anarchist, egalitarian, ecofeminist, anti-sexist, anti-consumerist, socialist, philosopher, or animal rights advocate. They may define themselves as a kid, teacher, social worker, vet, dietitian, lawyer, punk, artist, writer, even an ex-animal farmer. Vegans may be a vegan-lifer or a late-starter. They may be vegan mothers or anti-natalists. They may be Christian or vehemently anti-theist. They may be super athletes or not. While highlighting diversity among vegans, the compilation also shines a light on the golden thread that binds all vegans together. This compilation is a mind-expanding and inspirational read for vegans and non-vegans. 

If you have met one vegan; you've not met them all. 


I'm a vegan lifer ~ Coby Siegenthaler
I'm a vegan kid ~ Marc Bernstein
I'm a vegan vegan ~ Achim Stößer
I'm a vegan human ~ Fiona Oakes
I'm a vegan Asian-American ~ Doris Lin, Esq.
I'm a vegan antinatalist ~ Marcus Dredge
I’m a vegan “Golden Rule-r” ~ Craig Cline
I’m a vegan dietitian ~ Amanda Benham
I'm a vegan abolitionist ~ Keith Berger
I'm a vegan bisexual ~ Nicole Thomson
I’m a vegan activist ~ Mo Orr
I'm a vegan introvert ~Jenny Chambers
I'm a vegan ecofeminist ~ Rachelle Howard
I’m a vegan philosopher ~ Ashling McEvaddy
I’m a vegan egalitarian ~ Hayley Howard
I'm a vegan rescuer ~ Emily-Kate Robertson
I'm a vegan soul ~ Suzanne Hanson
I'm a vegan human-being ~ Georgia Scott
I'm a vegan educator ~ Andy Mars, Ph.D
I'm a vegan boy ~ Danny Cohen
I’m a vegan pacifist ~ Rose Elliot
I'm a vegan broadcaster ~ Bob Linden
I'm a vegan, evolved ~ Carl Scott
I'm a vegan atheist ~ Barbara Noon
I'm a vegan socialist ~ Greg McFarlane
I'm a vegan pioneer ~ Megan E. Gallagher, Esq.
I’m a vegan anarchist ~Tessa Koekemoer
I'm a vegan punk ~ Mariana Cerovecki
I’m a vegan atheist ~ Robson Fernando de Souza
I'm a vegan animal rights advocate ~ David Cantor
I'm a vegan multiverse ~ Korina Knudson
I'm a vegan student ~ Danielle Gonzalez
I'm a vegan teen ~ Tikara Nothnagel
I’m a vegan pagan ~ Monica Lucas
I'm a vegan Buddhist ~ Dunia Arcos
I'm a vegan social worker ~ Sam Keaton
I'm a vegan artist ~ Karrel Christopher
I'm a vegan writer ~ Daria Zeoli
I’m a vegan abolitionist ~ Tara Maher
I'm a vegan anarchist ~ Abhijit Muduganti
I'm a vegan peacenik ~ Butterflies Katz
I’m a vegan futurist ~ Mark Turner
I'm a vegan writer ~ Lynley Tulloch
I'm a vegan mother ~ Dorota Nocun
I’m a vegan vet ~ Andrew Knight, D.V.M.
I'm a vegan visionary ~ Karen Call
I'm a vegan antinatalist ~ Aaron M.
I'm a vegan mother ~ Marty Davey
I'm a vegan Catholic ~ Theresa Göttl Brightman
I'm a vegan fruitarian ~ Tuya Lenga
I'm a vegan hippie ~ Norine Jameson
I'm a vegan teacher ~ Ida Koric
I'm a vegan gardener ~ Kate Bowry
I'm a vegan all-around ~ Dr. Moses Seenarine
I'm a vegan politician ~ Jessica McCallum-Miller
I'm a vegan teen ~ Xander Helmer
I’m a vegan fashion-designer ~ Kirsten Hughes
I’m a vegan fattie ~ Emma Henry
I'm a vegan artist ~ Sandra Suárez Ramos
I'm a vegan individual ~ Jennifer Nitz
I'm a vegan traveller ~ Wendy Werneth
I'm a vegan empath ~ Anne Kirkwood
I'm a vegan human-being – Elaine Silver
I'm a vegan lover ~ John Ulvang
I'm a vegan transman ~ Aiden Blight
I'm a vegan advocate ~ Richard H. Schwartz, Ph.D
I'm a vegan human ~ Edmund Handby
I'm a vegan proselytizer ~ Melissa Keller
I'm a vegan "parront" ~ Gina Seraichyk
I'm a vegan bodybuilder ~ Ally Cohen
I'm a vegan voice ~ Stephanie Hazard
I'm a vegan sportsperson ~Andrew Begg
I’m a vegan optimist ~ Lana Holmes
I'm a vegan believer ~ Charlotte Drene
I'm a vegan Albertan ~ Nicole Thomson
I'm a vegan-society-founder ~ Jordan Wyatt
I'm a vegan Buddhist ~ Albert Mah
I'm a vegan gardener ~ Carol Williams
I'm a vegan mother ~ Dubravka Vidmar
I'm a vegan Buddhist ~ Chen Li
I'm a vegan antitheist ~ Achim Stößer
I'm a vegan late-starter ~ Loretta Westbrook
I'm a vegan environmentalist ~ Kate Bowry
I'm a vegan carnivore ~ Sunny Anne Holliday
I’m a vegan naturopath ~ Kate Elliot
I'm a vegan feminist ~ Caitlin Murphy
I'm a vegan antisexist ~ Achim Stößer
I'm a vegan survivor ~ Jenny Rieck
I'm a vegan mom ~ Hilary Hedemark, Esq.
I'm a vegan trauma-survivor ~ Melissa Mitchell
I'm a vegan anti-consumerist ~ Wendy Scher
I'm a vegan man ~ Alan Preston
I'm a vegan zenpunk ~ Alexander Penley
I'm a vegan potterhead ~ Carmel Parlon
I'm a vegan atheist ~ Achim Stößer
I'm a vegan scanner ~ Peter Sharpe
I'm a vegan lighthouse ~ Jessica Davis
I’m a vegan alien ~ Oorvashi Manasweena Panchoo
I'm a vegan animal ~ Gina Seraichyk
I'm a vegan newlywed  ~ Clarissa Neudorg
I'm a vegan blogger ~ Anne E. McGuigan
I'm a vegan co-creator ~ Gope Earthling
I'm a vegan customer ~ Rachel Smith
I'm a vegan TinyHouser ~ Nina Zamudio
I'm a vegan lover ~ Petra Sindelarova
I'm a vegan extremist ~ Karen Call
I'm a vegan 16 year old ~ Tikara Nothnagel
I'm a vegan idealist ~ Danielle Gonzalez
I'm a vegan multifaceted person ~ Joshua Melchizedek

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I am still accepting essays for the paperback book compilation, to come in the future. Email me for specifics. veganpoet (at sign) hotmail (dot) com

September 22, 2015

Achim Stößer essays: veganism, antispeciesism, antisexism, antitheism....I've encountered a brilliant mind.

German: Achim  Stößer - Maqi (in English)

I've met many people that have inspired me on Facebook through the years. One stands out who does not spew the usual same stuff; but has a mind of his own; and a brilliant mind at that. These four essays are among the others in the newly published e-book 'I'm a vegan; One Movement, Many Voices' - however I wanted to publish them on their own. 

I'm a vegan vegan ~ Achim Stößer

Germany Maqi - for Animal Rights, Against Speciesism

At first glance, this may sound redundant. But actually, most so-called "vegans" are far from being vegan. For example, many vegetarians, some of whom practice a restrictive vegetarian diet without eggs or dairy, tend to call themselves "vegan". Some years ago an Australian study concluded that less than one out of ten self-proclaimed "vegans" were vegan.

Meanwhile, while "eating a vegan diet" has become popular, it is probably worse. Most of them changed their diet for health reasons. But veganism is not a diet, and no-one is vegan for health reasons. Whenever I state this, someone answers "but I am or I know someone who is vegan for health reasons". But that is just untrue. Eating a slice of turkey corpse every Thanksgiving (like "vegan" Bill Clinton) or a piece of cake baked by grandma "with love" (and eggs and butter) once in a while is not unhealthier than eating tofu instead (unhealthier for Clinton, not for the turkey). Eating food colored with cochineal dye, flavours made of cow fat, honey, visiting zoos, buying silken ties or furniture made from animal skin, vinegar, wine or juices fined with gelatin, horseback riding, shampoos that contain mink oil or other animal derived ingredients, clothes made of sheep hair, toothpaste that contains animal fat, etc. usually is not less healthy (for the consumers) than their vegan alternatives. Nobody would have to shun that for health reasons. Real vegans avoid this entirely, hence, they are not vegan for health reasons.

Those who do not avoid it are not vegan, but (pseudo)-vegan-foodists at best; someone who does not care about the life of other animals, veganism, and animal rights. The same holds for those who are "vegan" for ecological, religious, economic reasons, etc. This has to come to an end. By the way it is usually easy to recognize these pseudo-vegans when they talk about real vegans: they use words like "militant", "dogmatic", "only caring about their purity", "vegan police", "religious", "stubborn", "smart-alack", "aggressive", and so on to describe us – and to justify their own unveganism.

The only reason to be a real vegan is ethics. So, yes, I do not infringe animal rights, I am a vegan vegan.

I'm a vegan atheist ~ Achim Stößer

Maqi - for Animal Rights, Against Speciesism – Germany

Lunatics made up several thousand gods in the history and prehistory of humankind. Let us take a look at some of these gods and demigods, namely those of the predominant cults on Earth, called Elohim, Jehovah, and Jesus.

Of course they do not exist: El, Fu Xi, Artemis, Osiris, Mixcoatl, Wotan, Mielikki are as real as the Flying Spaghetti Monster and the Invisible Pink Unicorn, and Jesus walked on this planet just as little as Spiderman or Donald Duck does, although there were probably as many real itinerant preachers at that time as there are real ducks today. Nevertheless, according to those who made him up, this demigod Jesus preached hate and violence (Luke 14:26; Matthew 10:34; Luke 22:36). He also confirmed the Law (Matthew 5:18-19), including his imaginary father's commands to kill "witches" (Exodus 22:18), homosexuals (Leviticus 20:13), etc. And he killed two thousand swines by drowning them in a lake ("documented" in three of the Gospels: Matthew 8:26-33; Mark 5:2-13; Luke 8,26-33).

That is no wonder: like father, like son. His father is well-known for drowning all animals on Earth except for eight humans, seven pairs of every "clean" (i.e. "the beasts which ye shall eat" according to Leviticus 11) and two of every "unclean" non-human animals (Genesis 7). This god of course loves the "sweet savour" of burning flesh Noah offers him "of every clean beast" after the Flood (Gen 8:20-21). In the beginning he made "coats of skins" for Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:21). Their sons, Cain and Abel offered him fruit of the ground and animal corpses, respectively, and he preferred the murdered sheep, making Cain so jealous that he killed his brother (Genesis 4:1-9). After his global genocide, he told the human survivors: "And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth [...] and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered. Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you [...]" (Genesis 9:2-3). And on and on – pretty unambiguous. Sadly, even many atheists cannot discard this religiously induced speciesism.

This god committed and ordered the murder and mass murder of humans and other animals over and over again. So even if there were the slightest chance that such a deity like those called Adonai, Yahweh, or Allah exists, only a diseased mind would want to believe in them.

I'm a vegan antitheist ~ Achim Stößer

Maqi - for Animal Rights, Against Speciesism - Germany

In a society ruled by fascists, it is not enough not to be fascist yourself. It is rather mandatory to be antifascist. Likewise, it is insufficient not to be racist in a racist society, but an imperative to be antiracist.

Similar to the necessity of antifascism, antiracism, antisexism, antispeciesism, etc. it can hardly be denied that in this world of theistic hegemony it is by no means adequate to be atheist only. Of course it is better if someone cooks atheistic soup at home instead of participating in religious mania, but atheism is not enough: rather, it is necessary to take action against theism, antitheism is a must, an ethical imperative in the face of actually existing theism.

Because the consequences of theism have always been devastating, locally and globally, be it the bloody wars between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland or the Thirty Years' War, "God" in the German constitution and on Wehrmacht belt buckles, crusades, religious indoctrination of children in school, Conquista, blasphemy laws, omnipresent religious scenes of torture, witch hunts or simply the Christmas television program: it is not enough to fight only for the right not to be bothered by them, to fight for the separation of church and state, against the excesses of religion. Minimum requirement must be that no-one is hit by the machinations of the faithful.

Religion is not only the main cause for wars, racism, homophobia, etc., but also for speciesism. This does not only hold for so-called "fundamentalists" or "extremists" like bomb-throwing Christians in Belfast, Buddhist poison gas assassins in the Tokyo subway or the Islamic State, but is inherent to religion.

All this would not be possible without all the seemingly harmless "liberal" or "moderate" believers. All those hanger-ons from occasional Christmas Mass attendants to Bible thumpers, most of whom hardly (want to) know what their Holy Scriptures really say – even worse if they know – are way more dangerous than a smattering of suicide assassins.

Therefore, every animal rights activist (and animal rights include human rights, because we are animals) who wants to act ethically responsible and consistent and thus wants to be credible has to be antitheist.

I'm a vegan antisexist ~ Achim Stößer

Maqi - for Animal Rights, Against Speciesism – Germany

It is nonsensical to restrict rights to a certain species, just as it is nonsensical to restrict rights to a certain ethnic group. Hence every honest human rights activist has to be antispeciesist and animal rights activist and vegan. Conversely, as humans are animals, no animal rights activist infringes human rights in any way.

It is fatal that many still lack understanding what sexism means: discrimination based on a person's sex.

For example, in Germany male genital mutilation, infant circumcision without medical indication, causing serious damage, has been legalized recently. Globally, more than a billion men are victims of this barbaric custom, which massively infringes the human right to physical integrity, causing the death of many children, but they are just boys; hence only circumcising girls (one hundred million victims, i.e. one tenth) is prohibited. Even our constitution is sexist. Article 3 hypocritically states that "men and women are equal". But Article 4 only grants "special protection and care-taking" to "mothers", while countless fathers have hardly any or even no contact with their children because of their gender alone.

Article 12a reads: "Men can be compelled to serve in the armed forces, the Federal Border Guard or a community service" and "Women may by no means be compelled to armed services". So this murderous compulsory service affects men alone. And although men are victims of domestic violence as often as women there are women's shelters everywhere, but only few men's shelters.

Sexism means, let me remind of this, discrimination due to any gender. Instead alleged antisexists redefine feminism as antisexism. When real antisexists dare to criticize discrimination of men they are lumped together with masculists and defamed as sexists. At the same time feminism (the word alone is telling enough) is just as sexist as masculism. Although it may have been different in medieval patriarchal theocracies centuries ago or still is today in Iran or Vatican City State, a common definition of feminism using the word "equality" is as mendacious as the common claim that "Islam" ("submission") means "peace", or animal welfare labelled as animal rights.

Antisexists and animal rights activists who still try to adorn themselves with the term "feminist" (or "welfarist") have to realize that finally.

Animal rights activists, hence antisexists, antitheists, antispeciesists. etc. therefore have to fight also animal welfarism, vegetarianism, religion, and feminism.

September 19, 2015

My position on Veganism in a Nutshell

I would be vegan even if animals were exploited on green pastures rather than factory farms. My position is not about horrific treatment in factory farms or on the way to being slaughtered, (of course that's despicable), but about any animal's birthright under any conditions not to be objectified for human use. Animals should not be made slaves to humans any more than humans should be made slaves to other humans. I am pro-rights; fundamental rights of anyone who can feel and has consciousness, not to be harmed in my name. My educational efforts and campaigns are based in RIGHTS of anyone sentient not to be enslaved, exploited, sexually-violated, and/or violently assaulted by humans; who can live vegan.
I am anti-violence to any being; human or other animal. It is my life's stance. I have been successful for nearly 4 decades through vegan living.

I use my advocacy time to educate people about the vegan ethic. Veganism is comprehensive and inclusive of all species of animals and all ways they are harmed by humans. 

I tend to focus my energies towards those who are already interested. I hold FREE public vegan educational events, admin groups where people who are interested can join, etc. I have found that there are plenty interested already, so I focus on them; with the ultimate goal of reaching a "tipping point" in human consciousness. I believe the Golden Rule and treating anyone sentient (human or other animal) with basic respect. Therefore, I like to offer welcoming, FREE public-service events with a FREE vegan meal and education. I also like the written word; because I became vegan from someone's writing. 

I don't have to use graphic shocking imagery which is unnecessary when you are talking from an animal rights-based position; as it is not about “treatment” or poor welfare standards in certain situations, but about any being's birthright not to be violently assaulted and used at all, by humans. I prefer to use imagery that depicts "the way it should be"; beautiful images of humans being friendly to other animals.

I don't ask others to follow my personal form of advocacy. I realize we all come from unique perceptions and people want to campaign from what they feel is true to their beliefs. I only mind if they misappropriate the very definition of veganism - a non-hypocritical way of life that seeks to exclude all forms of cruelty and exploitation of animals for food, clothing, entertainment, experimentation, labor, breeding, etc.

I look up to veganism. I don't put other activists on a pedestal. I put the vegan ideal on a pedestal. I consider the vegan ethic and the Light from the Sun to be my leaders and what I follow. 

I realize that many humans are conditioned by society where it is socially accepted to abuse animals; eat and wear them, buy products that were tested on them, etc. I try to alter the perceptions of humanity and lift them up to seeing the vegan ideal, rather than lowering the literal meaning of veganism to meet “where people are at”. I would not feel right diluting the vegan message; it's a Great Truth and we should be cultivating the vegan in everyone. I don't see vegan living as the "end-all-point" or that we should "take baby steps to get there" -but- "the first step" or "the least we can do". 

I never confuse the meaning of veganism with a plant-based diet or a plant-powered diet. Eating a plant-powered diet is a big part of being vegan, but only a part. One can eat a plant-based diet for many reasons other than non participation in animal exploitation. There is one reason to be vegan. It is clearly in the definition. Veganism is always about not exploiting animals for food, clothing, products, and practices, to the furthest we are capable.

Since veganism is not really about YOU – but about THEM, I don't tend to try to get someone to go vegan for their own personal benefit. I do mention that there are personal benefits. It is freeing to our spirit that we are living our life with the knowing that we don't harm animals. It is uplifting to our soul and enhances our life to live according to what we know is right. And if someone does not know that it's right not to hurt animals; my role is to help them to empathize, to care, and not to infringe on animal's inherent rights. 

Since we can live vegan, I believe veganism is for everybody – a Universal Truth. It's something everyone needs to evolve to seeing and doing. If humanity embraced vegan living; we could save the world from environmental devastation caused by farming animals, and the violence that plagues this planet. We could attain Peace on Earth quite literally, if humans evolve to the vegan way of life. Many long term vegans have proven that vegan living is a viable and preferable alternative to what is now considered the norm. I believe becoming vegan evolves us and helps us become who we are meant to be. If I try to get you to go vegan, I am not asking you something that will harm you or anyone. 

Vegans are the pioneers ushering humanity into a more civilized way of living on Earth that has far reaching benefits to the planet and all its inhabitants. Helping others to become vegan and making it easier for everybody to become vegan - is the perhaps the most important work we can do.

I have made certain "vegan stands" through my 37 years of vegan living. I am vegan-sexual and have been for 3.5 decades. I don't desire to be intimate with someone who has no issue with animal (ab)use. I won't eat in a non-vegan restaurant. I try to support and promote vegan-owned businesses, as they will make it easier for others to be vegan. At age 25 (3 years after I became vegan) I saw that I was still participating by being employed by restaurants, and so I made a stand to stop working for animal exploiters. 

When I do live with nonvegans, at times, they are fed vegan and educated about veganism. If I rescue animals that do not want to eat vegan, I find them a more suitable home. No one is going to get me to participate in nonveganism. 

I don't believe in buying animals ever, as I don't see animals as objects that can be bought and sold like slaves. I don't believe in breeding other animals or anyone but yourself (and I don't believe in that either). I see it as sexual violation to breed animals, and unethical. I only rescue animals. I feed them a balanced and supplemented vegan diet and instill in them not to kill other animals. I don't recommend to "adopt/foster" without saying feed these rescues a vegan diet, simply because I don't believe in rescuing animals to feed them other tortured and murdered animals. I don't participate in feedings carnivorous animals. 

I prefer certain species of animals - and humans are not the top of the list. I often prefer living with dogs (fed a plant-powered diet), deer, bunnies, ducks, birds - over humans. However, I would not ever harm or kill any species of animal (including humans) intentionally or pay someone else to do it for me (by being nonvegan). I show basic decency to anyone. 

I try to rid myself of all indoctrinated speciesism, sexism, racism, ageism, nationalism or any discrimination based on irrelevant criterion. That is a part of my vegan advocacy and personal growth.

I have a strong stand against "wrongful conviction" in humans and the same for imprisoning victims of other species....capturing animals from the wild and forcing them to entertain humans and live in prison, purposely breeding animals to bring harm to them, etc. I have a strong stand against "breeding" or sexually violating individuals, of any species. I have a strong stand on using a someone like they are a something; turning the bodies of animals into a reproductive machine for human use. I have a strong anti-slavery stand; whether humans or other animals. I only would purchase fair-trade. Anyone against slavery must be vegan.

When it comes to animals in the environment that are introduced or so called "pest animals" - I don't kill or harm them. I believe in sterilization bates, not poison bates. I'm an environmentalist, but I'm vegan first. So I won't kill or harm animals that may be bad for an environment. If I did, humans would surely be targets, as there is no species of animal that is more a pest to the planet. I am not humancentric. I see the big picture that includes humans, all other animals, and the planet we all share. 

I believe in helping animals living in the wild. Even if they are not exploited, some of the most horrific torture I've seen on film is predator animals horrifically killing a baby animal; eating him/her alive. Animals in the wild need help too. And we should help anyone who needs help, if we can. Also, my dog friend Kisses was rescued from living a free life in the surrounding woods where she had been abandoned. I believe she lived a longer and better life with me than free-living in the woods without human intervention. She obviously agreed, since she was able to run away into the surrounding forest at any point, but she never did. Therefore, living free of human intervention is not always better ~ however, for the majority of animals, it would be.

I do believe in hunt-sabotage. I do believe in peaceful protests and standing outside animal exploiting businesses to voice objection to their marketing lies and violence. I do believe in nonviolent civil disobedience and protest. I do believe in public activism and educational stalls and events. I don't believe in any violence to anyone; so no arson to animal exploiting buildings. Someones can be in that building; birds, rodents, and other small animals. Plus you are adding to air pollution for those in the neighborhood. (And they will just set up business somewhere else.) I do believe in rescuing and saving animals from animal harmers; if you can and if you have a good home for these rescues. They can't generally be freed into the environment. It's not stealing. Animals should not be property of humans so they can torture them. The law does not have right on its side, at all times. I follow the laws of my conscience above the laws of government. If I somehow can rescue someone from a life of misery, I will and I think that is right - even if the law considers them someone's property. I don't. If I could have "stolen" an African-American slave during the time of legal slavery, I would have. If I could have stolen "a Jew" from a Nazi concentration camp, I would have. Hitler was an elected official. A hunter walked through my campsite and killed a deer that I befriended; he was perfectly within his legal rights. Sometimes the legal laws are not what is REALLY RIGHT.

September 17, 2015

The ABC's of Veganism

A = Animal Rights ~ Antispeciesism ~ Veganism is fundamentally interwoven with both.

B = Boycott of products derived from animal use. Direct action and economic activism.

C = Consistent, Comprehensive, Cruelty-Free ethic inclusive of all animals, all ways of harm.

D = Diet...veganism is not synonymous with a plant-based diet. It is an....

E = Ethical position. To say "ethical vegan" is redundant. It IS an Ethical position, not a diet.

F = Farmed animals in sanctuaries are essentially the same as our dog and cat Friends.

G = Golden Rule; Do unto all animals; human or other animal, as you want them to do to you.

H = Harmlessness in action.

I = Injustice ~ Veganism is the response to the Injustice of harming animals unnecessarily.

J = Justice for All - Equal rights for victims of violence; animals/humans equally able to suffer.

K = Knowing ...Veganism is something we can Know first hand from within, not hearsay.

L = Love Animals; many say it; vegans mean it. Don't have to love animals, to not harm them.

M = Makes sense. Why harm feeling animals when we don't have to? It just makes sense.

N = Nonviolence.  Veganism is intrinsically married to nonviolence.

O = Objection to the Oppression and Objectification of Others.

P = Peace on Earth - Many pray for it, but vegans are doing what will actually create it.

Q = Questioning. Vegans question for themselves if what is accepted as normal - is right.

R = Respect - Veganism is the least we can do to show basic Respect to ALL animals.

S = Social justice for the rights of anyone Sentient. A Solution for what ails our planet.

T = Truth; a timely truth for the benefit of 'the whole' and the planet we all share.

U = Universal Truth; everyone should find the vegan within them; it is Uplifting to our spirit.

V = Various Vegan Views. If you've met one vegan; you have not met them all.

W = Worldwide, rapidly expanding movement from Berlin to Boston, California to Croatia.

X = X-ray vision into the brighter future that will ensue from humans embracing vegan living.

Y = You...Veganism is not about YOU, but it's up to YOU to help end animal abuse.

Z = Zero Tolerance for animal exploitation, cruelty, and use - and it's not just lip service.