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An Essay On Veganist Thinking

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Definition: Veganist ~ A vegan activist, one who is actively involved in their role as a vegan and who campaigns for change regarding animal rights and vegan issues.

I never really heard of the word “veganist” before, but I was doing a Google search and came upon this website.

Compassion versus Veganist Thought and Actions

No doubt, people in general tend to associate PETA with fringe vegan activism. And there has been stories of PETA activists throwing red paint on ladies wearing fur coats, and other activist stories that paint the organization as purely negative.

Let’s take a look at the true definition of Veganism:

Veganism is the practice of eliminating the use of non-human animal products. Ethical vegans reject the commodity status of animals and the use of animal products for any purpose, while dietary vegans or strict vegetarians eliminate them from their diet only.[1] Another form, environmental veganism, rejects the use of animal products on the premise that the industrial practice is environmentally damaging and unsustainable.

In reality, Veganism is a more compassionate lifestyle with regards to the treatment of animals. It is a philosophy that treats animals as sentient beings that should have basic rights within the environment, as opposed to treating them as commodities.

Taking A Closer Look At Animal Rights

Basically, for me, this experience really hit home.

A long time ago… I was visiting The Philippines, and there was a celebration. And they were going to kill a pig for this celebration.

Since I was a guest there, I guess they thought it would be a great idea for me to slit the pig’s throat to drain its blood. And upon much coaxing, they got me to the point where I was actually holding the butcher knife to the poor pig’s throat.

I couldn’t do it! The pig was squealing and crying the whole time!

And it was at this point in time that I questioned the whole process of killing animals for food. Just remembering this incident makes me want to cry buckets.

I just could never justify why some animals were killed for food and others were kept as pets. It just seemed like a hideous form of animal racism…

And, I could never understand why animal lovers loved and cared for certain animals while others were thought of as a food source.

I’ll bet that if people could actually see how animals are treated at the factories, farms and slaughterhouses, they would at least think twice about eating meat again.

Paul McCartney Talks About Slaughterhouses

“If slaughterhouses had glass walls everyone would be vegetarian.”Sir Paul McCartney

WARNING: Below is a documentary narrated by Sir Paul McCartney. In this video are graphic images of animal abuse and torture, of farm animals living in their own filth and excrement.

Other than my need to feel a better sense of well-being through dietary actions, I also feel a sense of compassion towards other living creatures. I think there is a definite karmic reaction to the way mankind treats animals for food. And I feel that eating further down the food chain is a better way to help the environment.

“Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”Albert Einstein



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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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