Simply put, I became a vegan because I know that all earthlings, who are capable of feeling fear and pain, should never feel those feelings. And while I did not become a vegan because I feel some overwhelming spiritual pull towards animals, to me, the bigger oxymoron is the fact that so many who claim to be animal lovers… eat animals.
I’m talking about the sort of people that break car windows to save a dog from dying in a hot car…on their way into a burger joint. The ones who spend their Saturday volunteering at an animal shelter, and their Sunday at a family BBQ eating hotdogs. The ones who are on social media, sharing their outrage over the death of Cecile the lion, all while eating their chicken salad sandwich.
This is speciesism. To look at some animals as companions, and others, who have the same ability to feel love and pain, and who have the same (or higher) intelligence levels, as FOOD, creates this overwhelming disconnect between our values and our practices. Pigs, cows, and chickens, along with all farmed animals have personalities. They are lovable. They are affectionate. The reasons we love and bond with our cats and dogs are the exact reasons one should choose a vegan life style.