Monday, October 10, 2011
Updated: Animals, Not Arguments
When I went vegan 20+ years ago, a common theme was to “win an argument with a meat eater.” Every topic was fair game, and every question or theory – no matter how tangential or absurd – was argued fanatically.
I fell into this trap, too, parroting the most outrageous claims about impotence, water usage, etc. It took me a long time to realize the point isn’t to show how much propaganda I had memorized, or to glorify my veganism, or to “defeat” a meat eater.
Rather, the bottom line is to help animals by helping more people make informed, compassionate choices....
The facts are simple, stark, and indisputable:
1. At this time, there simply is no magic argument that will convince everyone – or even a majority – to go vegan.
2. The health argument, as it is actually interpreted and acted on in the real world by non-vegetarians, has killed many many more animals than it spared.
3. Every additional argument we present to meat-eaters gives them more distance between themselves and their real and immediate connection to the brutality on factory farms.
The question we must each ask is: Will we work for the animals in the world as it is, or live in the feel-good vegan echo chamber? Each of us can make a real, significant difference. But we can’t afford to make my past mistakes or try to win an argument. Rather, we must focus on the animals.
Full article here.
Thanks to everyone who provided feedback on previous versions.