Dear friends of truth and freedom,
If the value of people was measured by how much they cared about other people, you would be among the top 1%. Not only because you respect the rights of others, which in most places on this earth, would be remarkable in and of itself, but also because you advocate for those rights, often against all odds; sometimes at great personal risk, even for the most down-trodden of our species.
Thank you for persevering, decade after decade; speaking, film-making, marching, publishing, campaigning, and in any way you can, lifting our eyes from what is, to see what can be. As insane as our world often looks and feels, I do believe that without your voices of reason and compassion, we’d likely have no world at all.
Thank you for helping us to break through our prejudices, and expand our concept of who matters beyond ourselves, our family, our color, our country or our anything. It is through the lens of the progressive perspective that we are able to see clearly that because everyone matters to him or her self, everyone matters.
I am writing now, when time has never been more of the essence, to ask you to further expand your view of who matters to include the slaves even of slaves.
I am asking you to consider living the vegan ethic.
Focused as you are on social justice issues, I imagine that you are already aware of the growing debate over whether or not we have the right to forcefully deny life and liberty to other species, for the fulfillment of our personal pleasures. If you are not yet vegan yourself, you might be moving in that direction or have a friend or two who is. You may even be convinced by now that veganism is a reasonable solution to many of the world’s problems. Perhaps, you have secretly envisioned doing it yourself, someday… when you are ready.
I am asking you to consider that someday is now, and that you are ready.
If you are not yet sure, I humbly suggest that you discover the truth of exactly how everything non-vegan is produced, and then, ask your conscience how it feels about your being a part of such misery. I am confident that when that infallible voice answers, as it will, that any support of animal slavery is in direct opposition to your core belief in liberty and justice for all, you will know, with certainty, that living the vegan ethic is essential to living your values.
When you, the leaders of the progressive movement, summon your resolve to rise above this deeply-ingrained prejudice, people will follow your example with even more alacrity than they now follow your words. And others will follow their example, and still others theirs, on and on, exponentially, until our shared dream of a peaceful world becomes a reality.