I’m Vegan But I’m Not An Animal Right Activist

Why We Should Separate Vegan from Animal Liberation Activism

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Before you throw shades on me and judge me affirming that I’m not vegan because I don’t care to fight for animal rights, well let me tell you one thing, just because you’re vegan that doesn't mean you own your fights of animal liberation. The animal right movement belongs to everyone who believes in their actions and causes whether or not you’re vegan. That it has always been. So what is all the fuss about being vegan aligned with animal activism and being an animal activist but not aligned with cruelty-free practices?

Donald Watson founded veganism movement in 1944, and since then, the definition of veganism has changed over time. According to the vegan society website, since winter 1988, the definition of veganism is as follow.

[…] a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude — as far as is possible and practicable — all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals.

But here is the original definition of vegan according to Donald Watson, the founder of the vegan society:

A vegan is a person who seeks to eat food exclusively from the plant kingdom. (Source: vegan society today)

Please re-read it carefully, that veganism has got nothing to do with animal right movement. It is, in fact, a way of living being abstain to all sorts of exploitation and cruelty to animals for our consumptions.

As you can see how the later definition of vegan(ism) has evolved from someone who only seeks to consume plant-based diets to the extension of clothing. I don’t know what’s going on here between vegan society and Donald Watson — and it’s another story for sure, but I stick with the one who introduced and found it.

In a recent Miley Cyrus’ podcast interview with Joe Rogan — log on your Facebook and Twitter if you have got no clue what I am talking about here. Let Miley Cyrus alone. Just because she’s no longer vegan and now a pescatarian, that doesn’t mean we should stop supporting her fight for animal liberation. Those people who made such nasty comments and memes about Miley’s past with illicit drugs don’t even realise they have to work out with their low emotional intelligence at some point. I hope Miley doesn’t read all the nasty comments about her.

I don’t know what Miley Cirus has got into, with this Omega 3 brain food thing, But from a vegan perspective, is she misinformed about plant-based omega 3 resources? Definitely, yes. We all, vegans, know it that plant-based omega 3 is everywhere from Kidney beans, chia seed, Brussel sprouts, and many more (more details here). But can you get plant-based omega 3 supplements? Absolutely yes. They are everywhere online and at your nearby chemist. Don’t be a snob telling me off I’m a vegan cheater, because I was an ex carnivore and a year of pescetarian myself, I still daily took fish-oil Omega 3 supplements. So just because I am a vegan, why can’t I take plant-based ones?

You vegan puritans, don’t judge me if I still wear my leather products, and tell me off ‘I’m not vegan’, but ‘plant-based’. I told you I am behind the original definition of vegan by Donald Watson. But first thing first, they’re all I’ve got in my wardrobe. I will wear my aged, scorned leather jacket, leather shoes and a leather belt until they are worn off. Please give me a break. I wasn’t born vegan after all, so were you. Give me time and space to transition myself to the completion of this vegan definition — if there it is the one you’re concerned.

And for all of you, vegan novices like myself, thumb up for your belief and inward compassion. Do it at your phase because you know yourself better than anyone, and don’t let other vegan snobs overthrow what you’ve achieved and believed. If they have all shades on you, remember we’ve all got compassion for them and us.

Sydneysider & storyteller. Raised a traveller and grown-up spiritual. I story-tell travel, mindfulness, spirituality & anything in between. talesoftraveler.com

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