This article was published as part of Gandhi’s Be Magazine’s #BeTheChange series, exploring social and environmental innovation through the lens of nonviolence, shaping our own personal thoughts, choices, and actions as we commit to being the change we wish to see in the world.
By Missy Crutchfield
The Final Frontier of Ending Oppression Is the Vegan Revolution.
We must stop being in denial about the intersections of animal abuse, the meat and dairy industries, and the violence against women, the oppression of our African American brothers and sisters and other minorities, and the devastation of our planet and all of its inhabitants.
In his “Letters from a Birmingham Jail, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. passionately wrote, “For years now I have heard the word ‘Wait!’ It rings with piercing familiarity. This ‘Wait’ has almost always meant ‘Never.’ We must come to see that ‘justice too long delayed is justice denied’.”
We must face the fact that ending human oppression is not the end of oppression. Until we stop violence against the animals and the planet, we will never have peace. Until we end all violence and speak out for all beings, human and non-human, and for our planet, we are doomed to fail.
Mahatma Gandhi said, “The greatest of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “One day the absurdity of the almost universal human belief in the slavery of other animals will be palpable. We shall then have discovered our souls and become worthier of sharing this planet with them.”
Alice Walker said, “The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.”
It’s Time to Take Our Activism to Our Plates!
If you are serious about social justice, human rights, and being an environmentalist, then think seriously about going vegan.
If you stand for nonviolence, then think about going vegan.
If you stand for protecting water and want to save the planet, then think about going vegan.
If you want to know the fastest way to achieve world peace, then think about going vegan.
If we say that we respect life, then RESPECT LIFE. Walk the walk. Talk the talk and take animals and dairy off your plate. And, in the end, you will live a happier, healthier, and more compassionate life. Isn’t that what we are all hoping for as activists and change agents?
Our work for peace and nonviolence must uplift #AllGodsChildren and #AllGodsCreatures
Animal Rights is the Final Frontier.
Go Vegan to #VTheChange