Like women and certain races that were enslaved and held no legal rights, nonhuman animals need legal personhood extended to them and must cease being viewed as the property of humans.
“I will continue to be a vegetarian even if the whole world started to eat meat. This is my protest against the conduct of the world.” Isaac Bashevis Singer – Nobel Prize winning author We live in a world where the vast majority of people consider it perfectly acceptable to use and kill nonhuman animals [...]
On this world vegan day, I think I speak for many vegan activists when I say that we, like the abolitionists before us, will continue to shout it from the rooftops and the hilltops, until the human race recognizes the inherent right of all sentient beings to be free from the shackles of slavery. We will continue to speak out on behalf of humanity’s innocent victims until we put a stop to the breeding-exploiting-killing cycle that keeps tens of billions of animals annually in chains of oppression, from factory farms to family farms, from battery cages to backyards.
A great many people become vegetarian for ethical reasons, in response to a strong sense that animals shouldn’t be mistreated on factory farms, or that they simply should not be killed for food. However, many individuals who eschew meat out of concern for animal interests continue to consume and use other animal products. Many vegetarians, in fact, upon removing flesh products from their diet, actually increase their intake of eggs and dairy, two products which result from extreme animal abuse.