First post: " tired of the vegan life."

Explanation: "I think it stems from 1. not having animal rights as the core of my belief and action (I believe in animal welfare, meaning a good quality of life and a quick, humane death, but not animal rights, meaning that animals are entitled to the same civil rights as people); 2. therefore feeling out of sync with the majority of vegans, who are overwhelmingly animal rights activists; and 3. finding tons of really good options in this area for animal products procured in ways I find ethically, socially and environmentally acceptable. *sigh* After 6 months of thinking and reading and writing about this, I realize that what I should have committed to was eating food produced in a away that does not compromise human safety and wellbeing; does not cause significant environmental impact; and supports small-scale, sensitive to animal welfare husbandry. What I object to is the "factory" farming system, not the act of eating animals."


Rebecca Martin
08/02/2010 00:04

Great Explanation.


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