Is the world scared of veganism?  »

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Came upon this video from the Vegan Society recently and I got to say, I’m into it. I know lots of people get touchy when you compare animal suffering to human suffering, but it’s not really comparing the suffering, it’s juxtaposing radical ideas and societal movements people said were improbable or downright impossible. I know it’s also comparing injustices, but it’s not saying such and such is a greater injustice than something else. It’s just like, a faction of people opposed this and were actually able to change things.

People often can’t seem to understand that kind of thing though. It’s like my example* I’ve given in the past, about how it feels to be vegan in an omni world:

They get mad AT ME for being vocal about my veganism, and I’m like, OK, what’s something that actually upsets you? How about sex trafficking? What if sex trafficking was in your face every waking hour and everyone you know and love isn’t just compliant, they are standing in a line leading out of the brothel eagerly awaiting their turn.

I told this to a (very smart) omni friend and she was like, I don’t think that’s a good example to gain empathy from omnis because people will reject the idea that animal suffering is the same as human suffering. I’m like…? I didn’t say the SUFFERING was the same or even similar, I didn’t say anything about suffering at all. I was relating the experience of opposing animal suffering in a indifferent world to something I think most omnis actually do strongly oppose, i.e. sex trafficking. How does that message not make it through? It’s not like I’m calling factory farms the animal holocaust, I’m trying to relate two experiences to build understanding. Sigh.

*Self-quoting is the new reading.

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