It is possible for an advocate to attach favorite causes to Veganism and it result in the listener becoming turned off by the package. Typically Vegans are caring and compassionate beings that have a broad range of interests. Some oppose Ableism, fat-phobia, hetrosexism, and a large range of ‘isms’ and ‘phobias’. Others want to champion the awareness of environmental concerns. Yet others have extreme left or right wing political views which they wish to champion. All too often such persons and some blogs get their Vegan message all jumbled up with defending or opposing issues which are only distantly related to the elimination of exploitation of the non-human species.
The principle of ‘non-exploitation’ can be as far reaching as the teaching of ‘love thy neighbor as thyself.’ The application of these principles strikes resonant chords with many persons. However, I feel it is important that all of this baggage not be attached to Veganism as such. As a Vegan one may choose to concern oneself with saving the planet environmentally, but others may be disinterested in this pursuit. If they get the impression that in order to be a Vegan they ‘should’ or ‘must’ also embrace all these other interests as well, they just might reject the ‘package’ altogether. When this happens, one less person is enlisted in the reduction of exploitation of the non-human species.
Personally I have been turned off by several Vegan blogs which get so involved in the bruised feelings of some humans that the plight of voiceless animals becomes a marginalized issue. I feel it is in the best interests of Vegans to keep their message simple and succinct.
This article was contributed by Harry Hebert. You can read more from Harry at Harry’s Tidbits.