Humane Myth has some great commentary about veganism:
“Veganism was born in the cataclysmic aftermath of World War II, a time, like this one, when many people wondered if humanity had the wisdom necessary to to avoid self-annihilation. As if in answer to the overwhelming dilemmas posed by a world war and the frightful power of the atomic bomb, [Donald] Watson and his contemporaries offered a humble path to peace that began with each person’s ability to refuse to participate in the exploitation and killing of others, be they human or non-human animals.
“It is important to remember that Watson’s rejection of animal exploitation did not occur in response to industrialized farming, but in response to what he saw going on at his uncle’s small scale farm, where he observed, ‘The idyllic scene was nothing more than death row, where every creature’s days were numbered by the point at which it was no longer of service to human beings.’”
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