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Veganism is Justice 4 All

A presentation from the Dublin-based Vegan Information Project (VIP) about the justice-for-all philosophy of veganism.

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Veganism is Justice 4 All

  1. 1. VEGANISM JUSTICE 4 ALL VEGAN INFORMATION PROJECT
  2. 2. Donald Watson Donald Watson, the co-founder of The British Vegan Society said that veganism was the “greatest cause on earth”
  3. 3. This is because veganism is a very big idea about human relations with other animals, each other, and the planet on which we live
  4. 4. Founded in 1944 as a social movement, veganism is part of the peace movement – which takes the idea of peace beyond the barrier between human animals and nonhuman animals. Those who started the vegan movement saw veganism as a central part in the moral evolution of humanity
  5. 5. This means that we move away from killing and refuse to let others suffer for our wants. Vegans are here to declare peace in the 21st century
  6. 6. One of the main focuses of veganism is to oppose the violence we inflict on other animals when we use them
  7. 7. This is an animal rights stance that takes rights seriously. This means that we see the other animals who can feel pain and joy; who can suffer physically and emotionally, as rights bearers and we say that the human use of other animals – on farms, in slaughterhouses, in laboratories, for example, are rights violations
  8. 8. Veganism is not – and never has been – just about opposing animal rights violations: it is about justice-for-all. It is about human rights, issues of food security, and respect for the environment as well as the way we exploit other animals
  9. 9. We at the Vegan Infor- mation Project look at things in what’s called an intersectional way – that means we understand that oppressions are intertwined or entangled
  10. 10. Both oppression and liberation struggles are entangled. Sociologist David Nibert writes: “The social changes that will lead to the liberation of both humans and other animals will and must be inseparable”
  11. 11. We believe that violent oppression of others is wrong – whether on the basis of species, gender, “race,” sexual orientation, social class, and so on We cannot solve any of these problems in isolation
  12. 12. NONHUMAN ANIMALS Vegans do not eat animal products. We do not wear wool, leather, silk, or fur. We do not use products that have been tested on other animals. Many vegans also avoid items such as palm oil, sugar, and other cash crops
  13. 13. HUMANS Many humans suffer because we exploit other animals. Some of the most serious human illnesses are associated with eating animal produce. Those who work in slaughterhouses are often poorly paid for very dangerous work. Many vegans are concerned about human exploitation in food production, for example, the child slavery in the production of some chocolates. Many are also concerned about human slavery in the manufacture of clothes
  14. 14. FOOD SECURITY Eating animal produce is very wasteful, of land, crops and water. In a vegan world, there would be no food shortages in “developing countries” – everyone would be fed
  15. 15. ENVIRONMENT Animal agriculture has a major impact on the environment and is the leading cause of climate change. For example, animal use creates 18% (some estimates are 51%) of greenhouses gases – more than all transportation Visit: http://www.cowspiracy.com/
  16. 16. Veganism is regarded by many animal advocates to be the moral baseline of the animal rights movement
  17. 17. However, we know that only a few people “go vegan” overnight. If you are interested in the vegan philosophy of justice-for-all, contact us and we’ll do our best to answer all your questions
  18. 18. The Irish Vegan – http://irishvegan.ie/ - is a useful resource for new vegans in Ireland. You can find information on eating out, vegan nutrition, travel, recipes, and shopping here [The Vegan Information Project does not necessarily endorse all the information on this site]
  19. 19. JOIN THE GROWING VEGAN REVOLUTION IN IRELAND

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