Vegans of Color

Because we don’t have the luxury of being single-issue

Joint Statement by a Group of Abolitionist Vegan Feminists for International Women’s Day March 10, 2010

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Check it out here (& there’s also a video). A lot of issues bloggers here (& elsewhere) have raised about sexist AR campaigns are addressed in this statement, which begins:

As abolitionist vegans and feminists, we oppose the use of sexist tactics in the animal advocacy movement. Ethical animal rights veganism is part of the logical conclusion of opposition to the exploitation of all sentient beings — both human animals and non-human animals. Opposing speciesism is incompatible with engaging in sexism or any other form of discrimination, such as racism, heterosexism, classism, and other forms of oppression.

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8 Responses to “Joint Statement by a Group of Abolitionist Vegan Feminists for International Women’s Day”

  1. Erika Says:

    Hell to the yes.

  2. Vincent Says:

    I really like this piece. I’m biased, since I am already an admirer of most of the authors, but still, deeply inspiring (thanks for the link). I wish this were a topic that everyone talked more about (along with the racism, the classism, the heterosexism, the ableism, the imperialism and all the other forms of ridiculous prejudice inherent to some parts of the animal advocacy community). We really need more inclusive but decisive discussion of these issues, not less.

    • Anon2 Says:

      Vincent, First, I am not a supporter of PETA, but IMHO bringing up all issues into veganism is distracting from the cause.

      I have also found it interesting how there are vegans wanting to include human animals into the issues of veganism, which has historically been about non-human animals..thus expanding the earlier direction to fit a new model. I understand the why…I just think its expanding a model which was not meant for that.

      As a side analogy:
      Could you imagine animal-loving human rights supporters going to (criticizing ) human rights orgs and implying they should also be inclusive of animal rights and help educate them to be more sensitive around animal issues in their campaigns, techniques etc? Or members within human-rights orgs spending so much time discussing non-human issues? My guess is they would be thinking ‘we have much bigger issues to discuss at hand: genocide, torture etc’. And they are right ( for them ) because at that moment that is the *human cause that they * are choosing to fight for.

      In as much as I am for non-human animals, that does not mean I ignore racism, homophobia, sexism, etc. by not fighting it at the moment. It just means that now my focus is non-human animals while trying to be aware of other issues, causes, discrimination etc.

      Thoughts?

      • johanna Says:

        Anon2, as ever I am baffled as to why you continue to comment & read this blog. Your comment here only increases the bafflement.

        http://vegansofcolor.wordpress.com/2010/01/06/notes-on-veganism-overly-defined/

      • Anon2 Says:

        Johanna, Over years I have seen the cause go through various local and national changes. There have been / will be / continue to be activists, blog contributors/commenters who are constantly undefining, redefining, picking apart definitions, etc which sometimes comes up creating conflict within participants of a movement.

        I read to learn what/how the movement and attitudes are changing for good and for bad. And this is not the only blog I read or comment on.

      • Gary Says:

        “Could you imagine animal-loving human rights supporters going to (criticizing ) human rights orgs and implying they should also be inclusive of animal rights and help educate them to be more sensitive around animal issues in their campaigns, techniques etc?”

        I would love this. For instance, if a human rights group was consdering a campaign that said “don’t treat us like cattle,” I would very much welcome people within the group saying “cows shouldn’t be treated that way, either; let’s change the message.” The criticism could be made in a constructive, respectful manner.

  3. supernovadiva Says:

    yes! thank you!


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