Sometimes I post pictures of cats and talk about video games or tv.
Sometimes I reblog or point out oppressive systems that piss me off.
Today, as you see whitewashed images of a post-prison, unarmed, grandfatherly Mandela, please remember that he was someone who had the pride and courage to take up arms against his oppressor. Mandela fought in a guerilla war against white supremacy in South Africa, as did many others all across the world. Our own CIA alerted the SA authorities to Mandela’s location, which is what led to his 27 years behind bars and the medical condition which felled him today. Our government was responsible for that crime, and still holds our own anti-apartheid militants behind bars. So when you see Obama crying his crocodile tears later today remember that he would imprison a modern Mandela, that he arms the apartheid government of Israel, that he refuses to pardon those who fought against the corporations propping up the South African government here in the US, and that he has done everything he can to crush the kind of dissent that Mandela stood for.
Selfie game so off tonight
I’ve always wanted to know if vegans get angry at other carnivorous animals for eating other animals.
This is actually a really interesting question. I might be meant as a troll, but I’m going to go ahead and answer it earnestly anyway.
Honestly though? I think some do, in a way. I know some people who raise their cats or snakes (for example) as vegans. While this might not be a case of anger, they clearly at least “take issue” with carnivores being carnivores.
This is not the case for, I think, most vegans. At least, not in my experience. Part of being vegan is respecting animals, and that includes respecting them for what they are. A lot of vegans will make arguments about animal autonomy, and their inability to consent to a variety of things. It doesn’t make sense, prima facie, to argue for animal autonomy and then force them to follow an ideological diet that is not well suited for them. Animals can’t “consent” to ideological shifts any more than anything else.
Some vegans will make that argument, and then go right ahead and feed their cats vegan food. Some cats do kind of ok on this, others look sick as hell. Dogs are pretty omnivorous, so they seem to do alright on vegan diets… But to my mind that still undermines the ideal of making space animal autonomy. Dogs can’t consent to dropping 50% of their diet for the sake of pacifist or environmental concerns.
This is a tension that spans across the vegan community. People have very strong feelings across the spectrum. My feeling is that I need to respect my animals for what they are. Some vegans will go even further and say you shouldn’t have pets at all, because that’s a violation of animal freedom.
I haven’t spoken about wild animals yet. I think, in general, there’s more of a consensus here. Nobody gets mad at lions for being lions. The vegans who get mad at people do so because they think people have the capacity to make compassionate choices and just choose not to. That part is far from a universal assumption, but I do think it’s safe to say that, no, vegans don’t get mad at wild animals for doing what they need to do to survive.
TLDR: vegans disagree about whether or not it’s right for pets or livestock to eat animal products (with conflicting theories of animal autonomy), but most accept that wild animals will eat what they eat.