Invitation to contribute photo to “I unequivocally reject slavery that’s why I’m vegan”

That's why I'm vegan!

Here’s my (Trish Roberts from Tasmania AU) contribution 🙂 “I unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why I’m vegan!” Vegans do not use animals for food, clothing, entertainment or other reasons.

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.

They will be posted in my public albums on LiveVegan and Vegans for Nonviolence. I will update you here and on LiveVegan on when this happens and you can view the various contributions

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. 🙂

Check out the photo gallery so far of vegan declarations on LiveVegan

http://ow.ly/nuE8i

Here’s Ashwin’s contribution. He was the first person to respond to my invitation to contribute on my page LiveVegan. Thanks Ashwin 🙂

Ashwin: "I unequivocally reject slavery that's why I'm vegan"

Ashwin: “I unequivocally reject slavery that’s why I’m vegan”

Join us in this vegan declaration.

Cheers

Here’s a few more sent to me recently 🙂

Coree : "I unequivocally reject slavery that's why I'm vegan"

Coree : “I unequivocally reject slavery that’s why I’m vegan”

Giselle

Giselle: I unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why I’m vegan”

Demetra
Stefani
Andre

susana

Kelly

Kayti

Signe

daniel

Paty

Nicolai


lauren

Aurelia

Diane

Růženka

Karine

Karyn

Patricia

Charlie

Angela

Valentina

Sandra

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Valerie

Tamara

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Shirley

Mikael
Mikael: I unequivocally reject slavery that’s why I’m vegan

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Raquel

Raquel: I unequivocally reject slavery that’s why I’m vegan

Rayne

Rayne: I unequivocally reject slavery that’s why I’m vegan

Tani Deepavali Nawaz

Tani: I unequivocally reject slavery that’s why I’m vegan

Sanna

Sanna: I unequivocally reject slavery that’s why I’m vegan

Amy

Amy: I unequivocally reject slavery that’s why I’m vegan

Bournonville
Bournonville: I unequivocally reject slavery that’s why I’m vegan
Michelle

Michelle: I unequivocally reject slavery that’s why I’m vegan

nancy

Nancy: I unequivocally reject slavery that’s why I’m vegan

Chris

Chris: I unequivocally reject slavery that’s why I’m vegan

Allison

Allison: I unequivocally reject slavery that’s why I’m vegan

Imogen

Imogen: I unequivocally reject slavery that’s why I’m vegan

Serena

Serena: I unequivocally reject slavery that’s why I’m vegan

Melissa Close from Brisbane

Melissa: “I unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why I’m vegan”

Paige

Paige: I unequivocally reject slavery that’s why I’m vegan

Linh La : I unequivocally reject slavery that's why I'm vegan"

Linh La : I unequivocally reject slavery that’s why I’m vegan”

Maria:  I unequivocally reject slavery that's why I'm vegan"

Maria: I unequivocally reject slavery that’s why I’m vegan”

Clare "I unequivocally reject slavery that's why I'm vegan"

Clare “I unequivocally reject slavery that’s why I’m vegan”

Dede "I unequivocally reject slavery, that's why I'm vegan"

Dede “I unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why I’m vegan”

Valentina "I unequivocally reject slavery that's why I'm vegan"

Valentina “I unequivocally reject slavery that’s why I’m vegan”

Alex "I unequivocally reject slavery that's why I'm vegan"

Alex “I unequivocally reject slavery that’s why I’m vegan”

Although nonhumans are unable to make the ethical decision to be vegan (vegans do not use animals for food, clothing, entertainment or other reasons & reject the property status of nonhuman animals), here is Leron's nonhuman friend Copper :)

Although nonhumans are unable to make the ethical decision to be vegan (vegans do not use animals for food, clothing, entertainment or other reasons & reject the property status of nonhuman animals), here is Leron’s nonhuman friend Copper 🙂

Scott: I unequivocally reject slavery that's why I'm vegan"

Scott: I unequivocally reject slavery that’s why I’m vegan”

Auti “I unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why I’m vegan”

Auti “I unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why I’m vegan”

Magdalena "I unequivocally reject slavery that's why I'm vegan"

Magdalena with Mara “I unequivocally reject slavery that’s why I’m vegan”

Maïna Toronto I'm vegan photo

Maina : I unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why I’m vegan”

Bethany

Bethany with Sookie: I unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why I’m vegan

Beau: "I unequivocally reject slavery, that's why I'm vegan"

Beau: “I unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why I’m vegan”

Mercedes:  "I unequivocally reject slavery that's why I'm vegan"

Mercedes: “I unequivocally reject slavery that’s why I’m vegan”

Adrienne with her friend Rocco (vegan): I unequivocally reject slavery, that's why I'm vegan"

Adrienne with her friend Rocco (vegan): I unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why I’m vegan”

Elin: "I unequivocally reject slavery that's why I'm vegan"

Elin: “I unequivocally reject slavery that’s why I’m vegan”

Estelo "I unequivocally reject slavery, that's why I'm vegan"

Estelo “I unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why I’m vegan”

Sole "I unequivocally reject slavery, that's why I'm vegan"

Sole “I unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why I’m vegan”

Piper: "I unequivocally reject slavery, that's why I'm vegan"

Piper: “I unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why I’m vegan”

Marta :  "I unequivocally reject slavery, that's why I'm vegan"

Marta : “I unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why I’m vegan”

Ida "I unequivocally reject slavery, that's why I'm vegan"

Ida “I unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why I’m vegan”

Amanda and her daughter: "We unequivocally reject slavery, that's why we're vegan"

Amanda and her adorable son Liam: “We unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why we’re vegan”

Milja: "I unequivocally reject slavery, that's why I'm vegan"

Milja: “I unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why I’m vegan”

Olivia: "I unequivocally reject slavery, that's why I am vegan"

Olivia with her friend Dexter: “I unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why I am vegan”

Toni: "I unequivocally reject slavery, that's why I am vegan"

Toni: “I unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why I am vegan”

Lawson:  "I unequivocally reject slavery, that's why I am vegan"

Lawson: “I unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why I am vegan”

Leron: "I unequivocally reject slavery, that's why I am vegan"

Leron: “I unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why I am vegan”

Anar is from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia: I unequivocally reject slavery, that's why I'm vegan"

Anar is from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia: I unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why I’m vegan”

Margo: "I unequivocally reject slavery that's why I'm vegan"

Margo: “I unequivocally reject slavery that’s why I’m vegan”

Laurice

Laurice: I unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why I’m vegan”

Stephanie Newman

Stephanie: I unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why I’m vegan”

Anna Fisher

Tiffany: "I unequivocally reject slavery, that's why I am vegan"

Tiffany: “I unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why I am vegan”

Gurgi: "I unequivocally reject slavery, that's why I'm vegan"

Gurgi: “I unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why I’m vegan”

Carla: I unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why I am vegan”

Brooklyn

Brooklyn

Nicole Chaniac from France “I unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why I am vegan”

Jonathan from Maidstone Kent UK I’m Vegan photo

Annachaira: "I unequivocally reject slavery, that's why I'm vegan"

Annachaira: “I unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why I’m vegan”

Alan: “I unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why I am vegan”

Laetitia: “I unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why I’m vegan”

Anderson: "I unequivocally reject slavery, that's why I'm vegan"

Anderson: “I unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why I’m vegan”

Koji from Brazil: “I unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why I’m vegan”
Kaleigh: "I unequivocally reject slavery, that's why I'm vegan"

Kaleigh: “I unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why I’m vegan”

Ben: "I unequivocally reject slavery, that's why I'm vegan"

Ben from Gold Coast Qld AU: “I unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why I’m vegan”
Jillouise: "I unequivocally reject slavery, that's why I'm vegan"

Jillouise: “I unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why I’m vegan”

PJ: I unequivocally reject slavery, that's why I'm vegan"

PJ: I unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why I’m vegan”

Angie: "I unequivocally reject slavery, that's why I'm vegan"

Angie: “I unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why I’m vegan”

Amy: "I unequivocally reject slavery, that's why I'm vegan"

Amy: “I unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why I’m vegan”

Darren from Brighton UK: "I unequivocally reject slavery that's why I'm vegan"

Melissa "I unequivocally reject slavery, that's why I'm vegan"

Melissa “I unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why I’m vegan”

Gary "I unequivocally reject slavery, that's why I'm vegan"

Gary “I unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why I’m vegan”

Sarah "I unequivocally reject slavery, that's why I'm vegan"

Sarah “I unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why I’m vegan”

Kelly "I unequivocally reject slavery, that's why I'm vegan"

Kelly “I unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why I’m vegan”

Judith  "I unequivocally reject slavery, that's why I'm vegan"

Judith “I unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why I’m vegan”

Emmy  "I unequivocally reject slavery, that's why I'm vegan"

Emmy “I unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why I’m vegan”

Briane  "I unequivocally reject slavery, that's why I'm vegan"

Brianne “I unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why I’m vegan”

Patrick and Sarah  "We unequivocally reject slavery, that's why we're vegan"

Patrick and Sarah “We unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why we’re vegan”

Josephine "I unequivocally reject slavery, that's why I'm vegan"

Josephine “I unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why I’m vegan”

Nina  "I unequivocally reject slavery, that's why I'm vegan"

Nina “I unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why I’m vegan”

Jeannie "I unequivocally reject slavery, that's why I'm vegan"

Jeannie “I unequivocally reject slavery, that’s why I’m vegan”

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.

May the sun one day rise on a vegan planet

May the sun one day rise on a vegan planet

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