Friends, I invite you to take a photo of yourself holding a sign saying:
“I unequivocally reject slavery that’s why I’m vegan!”
Your photo can be in black and white or colour. It can be as creative as you wish, as long as the photo is of you holding a sign with that message. If you wish you could alternatively have the message in the background made out of different materials as long as it is not photo-shopped in. 🙂 If I could please request that those who make submissions to please keep to the suggested script having no other messages or promotions on their clothing or their photo. Creativity of course is encouraged. 🙂
Then email your photo to the email address in the “contact” section of my site.
Please put in the subject line of your email “I’m Vegan photo“. If you wish, let me know your name and where you live (it’s up to you) and I will add it along with your photo.
And please remember if you are not vegan, please go vegan. It is much easier than you think and it will be one of the best decisions you make in your life. Vegans do not use animals for food, clothing, entertainment or other reasons. Vegans reject the the notion of “happy” animal slavery and that even if “happy” slavery and “happy” animal products did exist it would still be unjust. (To find out more -> Freedom’s New Frontier: A Guide to Animal Rights). Vegans embrace justice and nonviolence. To find out more on how to become vegan, here’s a link to some good vegan resources on my site 🙂 -> Becoming Vegan
Feel free to share this post with your friends and family and encourage them to join in. Let’s present to the world the most important truth that using nonhuman animals as resources, as “things”, as property is unimaginable violence, a great injustice and is absolutely morally unjustifiable. Let’s be morally consistent in our lives and as well as rejecting discrimination against individuals in our own species (e.g sexism, racism, heterosexism etc), let’s reject speciesism. Let’s unequivocally oppose nonhuman animal slavery by becoming vegan. 🙂
Here’s Ashwin’s contribution. He was the first person to respond to my invitation to contribute on my page LiveVegan. Thanks Ashwin 🙂
Join us in this vegan declaration.
Here’s a few more sent to me recently 🙂
July 30, 2013 UPDATE: 🙂 Someone made a comment on LiveVegan today about the “I unequivocally reject slavery that’s why I’m vegan” photos saying that while they enjoy seeing the photos, they think the statement is limited. They went on to say that rejecting slavery is not why they are vegan. They said they would not harm “free-living” animals who are not enslaved, and that is part of being vegan. They said they do not believe in enslaving others, but they also don’t believe harming, oppressing, objectifying, and violently assaulting animals; whether they are enslaved or not.
And this is basically my response:
The statement “I unequivocally reject slavery that’s why I am vegan” is a direct statement against the legal property status of nonhuman animals. I would imagine if one rejects using animals for food, clothing, entertainment and other reasons, then one rejects exploitation/harm/oppression/objectifying, violently assaulting and so forth. Period. All animals, whether domesticated or not, are viewed as property by society.
To further elaborate. All animals –whether domesticated or not — are viewed as legal property. If a person decides to go into a national park to murder animals for entertainment / food or whatever reason, they will probably receive a fine (if this activity is deemed illegal under law regarding appropriate activities in national parks). They will probably receive a financial penalty because the nonhuman animals in that national park are viewed as legal property of the national park. Therefore they are viewed as property by us, and that person has damaged our property by killing animals in the national park.
If a person goes ‘hunting’ in the “wild” and they murder a “free-living” nonhuman animal, they are legally able to do so because of the property status of animals. It’s not considered murder, because animals are property. It’s not considered murder because nonhuman animals are not recognised as persons (a legal term) under the law. Humans (and corporations) are recognised as persons under the law. If they murder “too many” “free-living” nonhumans in the “wild” for entertainment/food, then they might receive a fine because it is reducing the number of animals for us to either look at for our entertainment, or they may receive a fine because they are reducing the number of animals for other people to murder them for entertainment / food.
The fact is *no* nonhuman animal (“free-living” or domesticated) in our speciesist society is exempt from the legal property status we have assigned them. So when we say “I unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why I am vegan”, I reject that nonhumans are legally property (whether domesticated or not) and all that means. I reject that nonhumans (whether domesticated or not) are slaves (property) and I reject that it is acceptable and legal to exploit/harm/objectify/assault/oppress them because they are deemed property by law. If we make this statement that we reject animal slavery unequivocally, then we reject animal slavery in all its forms. We reject *any* harm done to *any* nonhuman whether domesticated or not. I hope I have explained this adequately.
PS: Please note I put quotation marks around “free-living” because no animal who is considered property is legally is free.
UPDATE 30th July 2013:
Someone made a comment about “pets”:
“I know that some vegans reject the idea of having animals in their home, because they reject the idea of “pets””
My edited reply: It’s unfortunate that some vegans reject caring for dogs, cats and other animals who need adoption/fostering. They fail to understand our moral obligation to care for these refugees of domestication. Adopting or fostering nonhumans from shelters is part of vegan activism. We have created this terrible mess for them by domesticating them and they now live in a netherworld. Even in the best situation they are completely dependent on us for food, what time they eat, what they eat, shelter, vet care and even when they die. And no matter how much we may love them, they are still considered legal property by society. There are also hundreds of thousands of “street” & free-roaming animals who were once “pets”. They are refugees of domestication and most live very difficult and suffering lives. It’s a tragedy and it’s morally wrong to turn our backs on them. Some vegans need to understand this issue and not re-victimise these refugees by refusing to adopt/foster. Adopting and fostering brings love in to our lives and their lives. It’s important.