There is a movement to repudiate veganism as a necessary part of animal activism, at least in the animal welfare groups. Wayne Hsiung of DxE even maintains that veganism actually harms the movement.
Peter Singer calls being a consistent vegan “fanatical” and promotes “happy” exploitation. Many people perceive vegans, in some cases justifiably, as sanctimonious and critical of anything less than vegan “purity.” Organizations fear that promoting veganism may offend people who will then be less likely to donate.
The mainstream welfare groups, such as the HSUS, believe in making small steps if those steps will at least make life less miserable for animals in their time on this earth. They fight for bigger cages for chickens in their warehouses and crates large enough for a “veal” calf to turn around. Many focus on dogs and cats as victims because people who have no concern for chickens or cows love their pets. They have no illusions about abolition of animal agriculture, but they do what humane work they can.
I suggest that the welfare approach is a concession to the reality that most people will not abandon their favorite foods and turn vegan or remain vegan. It is pragmatic. It reveals the lack of long-term commitment that keeps the movement stalled.
Those of us who remain vegan believe that animals are sentient and valuable beings who evolved on this planet with us. But members of our species have relentlessly and remorselessly tortured and killed them for the most base and frivolous reasons. I personally believe that veganism is a moral imperative. It is not an end in itself but a philosophy for what we believe life should be about. It is the foundation for the choices we need to make for the other Earthlings.
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