I should really take my own advice. Know what? I will. Starting with the contents of yesterday’s post, Source Materials on Donald Waston, over at The Abolitionist Approach. Let’s check them out together…
I trust people who don’t realize the costs of having their turkey dinners this weekend, will be willing to learn. Might I suggest starting here?
We’ve just begun another month, yes it’s October. Where is the time going? Anyway, as it just so happens, this month marks my 5th Veganniversary! Wow, it’s been 5 years? Both, with respect to, it’s only been 5 years? And, I can’t believe it’s been 5 years, already? Kind of strange, now that I think about it.
Point is, it’s been 5 years since I started taking animal advocacy seriously, at least personally. My “outreach” could use a lot of work. But, that said, it all started with a “simple, yet effective,” act. Â My going vegan. I’ve been rather sensitive to animal issues for going on 15 years, but, speaking from experience, my efforts really didn’t mean much until I swore off all animal consumption. And, honestly, it was, by far, the best decision I’ve ever made.
Let me count the ways;
So I’ve spent a fair amount of my time recently — the past 6 months seems to be a nice round number — thinking, or better yet, re-thinking how I really feel about a number of things. My approach to ethical veganism and animal rights specifics being most significant.
My previous stance didn’t stray too far from the Francione school of thought;
“[T]o provide a clear statement of an approach to animal rights that (1) requires theÂ abolition of animal exploitation and rejects theÂ regulation of animal exploitation; (2) is based only on animal sentience and no other cognitive characteristic, (3) regards veganism as the moral baseline of the animal rights position; and (4) rejectsÂ all violence and promotes activism in the form of creative, non-violent vegan education…”
That said, and recent gaffs aside, I can’t say my views have changed all that much. Meaning I still think much of what I thought, but I’m no longer convinced it’s a “strict,” or, more specifically, such a black or white issue…