Vegan Manifesto Manifesto (definition): a written statement declaring publicly the intentions, motives, or views of its issuer.
I started writing this piece after I received my April 2011 VegNews magazine. #98 in the article, “The Vegan Bucket List” is “Pen your own vegan manifesto.” My vegan manifesto is long and rather academic but here it is…
“ANIMALS, PROPERTY, SPECIESISM & VEGANISM”
Animals deserve, at minimum, one basic right: the right to exercise control over their own lives. Every living being is owner of their own body. Human and non-human animals are cohabitants of planet Earth. Every living being deserves to be treated justly. Just as we want to live, we should extend the same courtesy to others– of same and different species– who also seek comfort and who withdraw from threats to survival. Regrettably, humans have overwhelmingly chosen domination over harmonious coexistence. It’s now time to discuss the underlying problems which cause our collective human psyche to believe it is acceptable to exploit living beings. It’s now time to implement the practical solutions to these problems.
Part 1: Problem Identification
1a) The Property Status of Animals
Animals of all kinds on planet Earth are considered the property of humans. Humans breed, use, commodify, exploit, buy/sell, neglect, abuse, kill, and consume animals as a direct result of the property status applied to animals. When considered as property, animals have value only in their ability to provide something that humans want. Humans want animal-derived food, clothing, and consumer goods; Humans want to be entertained by animals; Humans want to use animals in myriad scientific applications and want to benefit from them.
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