environment

living vegan is a matter of justice.

 

I’M JUST SAYING THAT AT SOME POINT YOU REALIZE IT NOT ABOUT YOU.


I went vegan for the animals and only for the animals.
But as I’ve educated myself over the years, I’ve learned that living vegan is a matter of justice.
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It’s a matter of class justice.
It’s a matter of race justice.
It’s a matter of environmental justice.
It’s a matter of human justice as much as it is a matter of animal justice.
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That’s why when people ask me if it’s hard, I almost can’t even comprehend the question.
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Now before you judge that statement and use it as a reason to judge vegans, please understand that I don’t mean that in an egotistical way.
I’m just saying that at some point you realize it’s not about you.
But then you go a little deeper, and you realize that you actually benefit from the decision to give up animal products.
And then the only thought left is why you didn’t do it sooner.
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The simple decision of what you choose to eat can single-handedly eliminate the suffering and slaughter of billions of innocent lives.
Not to mention, take down the cruelest industries and wealthiest people on the planet (just to be clear, I’m not against them because they’re wealthy, but just like people who have made their billions by making people sick - think tobacco industry - or by enslaving women, I’m against them because of the means they have chosen to come into that wealth)
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Animal lives.
Human lives.
Mother Earth.
My health.
The degradation of this entire world ecosystem — all of it rests on what I choose to put in my mouth.
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So yes, it’s about our human responsibility.
I don’t know why we’re so afraid of that word.
It feels good to be responsible.
It feels good to know I’m doing what I can to reduce the suffering on this planet.
It feels good to sleep with a clear conscience at night.
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And yes, on a personal level, it feels good to know that I’ve slowed down the aging process.
It feels good to have a lot of energy.
it feels good to have clear skin and healthy intestines.
It feels good to put food in my mouth that I know came from the earth and not from someone who once had a heartbeat.
So it appeals to my self interest as much as it appeals to my desire to do good.
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To our collective growth,
Tara x