Have you ever thought about going vegan? If so, you are not alone.
With more and more studies coming out to the public, like ones spotlighting the correlation between meat and cancer and exposing the factory farming industry’s negative effects on the environment, it’s hard to stay ignorant of the increasing visibility of veganism.
Here is a collection of quotes about veganism that doesn’t necessarily focus on statistics, but focuses more on the philosophical aspects and mindset of veganism.
- “When we wince at the suffering of animals, that feeling speaks well of us even when we ignore it, and those who dismiss love for our fellow creatures as mere sentimentality overlook a good and important part of our humanity.” – Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy by Matthew Scully
- “My point is that when you look at a rabbit and can see only a pest, or vermin, or a meal, or a commodity, or a laboratory subject, you aren’t seeing the rabbit anymore. You are seeing only yourself and the schemes and appetites we bring to the world-seeing, come to think of it, like an animal instead of as a moral being with moral vision.” – Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy by Matthew Scully
- “When a man’s love of finery clouds his moral judgement, that is vanity. When he lets a demanding palate make his moral choices, that is gluttony. When he ascribes the divine will to his own whims, that is pride. And when he gets angry at being reminded of animal suffering that his own daily choices might help avoid, that is moral cowardice.” – Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy by Matthew Scully
- “Why is taste, the crudest of our senses, exempted from the ethical rules that govern our other senses?” – Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
- “Think about it: Do you eat chicken because you are familiar with the scientific literature on them and have decided that their suffering doesn’t matter, or do you do it because it tastes good?” – Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
- “Our situation is an odd one. Virtually all of us agree that it matters how we treat animals and the environment, and yet few of us give much thought to our most important relationship to animals and the environment. Odder still, those who do choose to act in accordance with these uncontroversial values by refusing to eat animals (which everyone agrees can reduce both the number of abused animals and one’s ecological footprint) are often considered marginal or even radical.” – Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
- “Just how destructive does a culinary preference have to be before we decide to eat something else? If contributing to the suffering of billions of animals that live miserable lives and (quite often) die in horrific ways isn’t motivating, what would be? If being the number one contributor to the most serious threat facing the planet (global warming) isn’t enough, what is? And if you are tempted to put off these questions of conscience, to say not now, then when?” – Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer