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, advocate, and animalogist Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s beautiful photo of herself with a beautiful friend. If I could be in Oakland, California this weekend, I would be thrilled to attend the Compassion in Action Conference that this extraordinarily dedicated, knowledgeable, articulate -- and of course compassionate – human being is hosting. Learn more by seeing her latest posts and clicking on the link in her bio at @joyfulvegan
. Or just go to www.compassioninactionconference.com. ************************* @joyfulvegan
’s caption for this pic was an excerpt from her essay "WHY I DON'T EAT MEAT" at joyfulvegan.com: . “Choosing not to eat animals out of compassion for them is an ancient response that harkens back thousands of years; only the words used to describe this impulse have changed. We tend to think of “veganism” as a new reactionary trend against what we call factory farming, but for millennia, men and women have been thinking about, writing about, and expressing distress over the violence inherent in killing animals for human use and consumption. My veganism is part of a long continuum of men and women – from ancient times until today – who stopped eating animals (and their eggs and milk) not because they witnessed a modern, mechanized, industrialized factory system but because they didn’t want to be part of the brutal and unnecessary process of turning sentient animals into butchered bodies. .
All that is to say, it is not how we breed, keep, and kill animals for human consumption that has been the impetus for vegetarianism for thousands of years; it is that we kill animals for human consumption. Throughout the centuries, the common thread in the arguments against eating animals is the fact that since we have no nutritional requirement for the flesh or fluids of animals, killing them simply to satisfy our taste buds – or habits or customs – amounts to senseless slaughter, and senseless slaughter is no small thing. It takes quite a toll on our hearts and minds. Ethical vegetarianism – outside of religious doctrine – is not a newfangled, novel idea. At its core is compassion, a universal principle