In human history, no conduct has generated more vacuous excuses than animal use.
Attempts to justify animal use have generated some of the most profoundly silly statements ever made.
The desire to consume animal products has clouded some of the most brilliant minds who ever lived, reducing them to making statements that a small child could easily see are just nonsense.
If animals matter morally, we cannot morally justify eating, wearing, or consuming them. Period. End of story.
You can try as hard as you want to come up with excuses, justifications, and rationales. You will, however, only generate nonsense.
Going vegan is the only rational response to the recognition that animals matter morally. If you reject the idea that animals are things that exist only as resources, you have no rational option other than to go vegan.
If you are not vegan, please go vegan. Veganism is about nonviolence. First and foremost, it’s about nonviolence to other sentient beings. But it’s also about nonviolence to the earth and nonviolence to yourself.
Gary L. Francione
Board of Governors Distinguished Professor, Rutgers University
©2014 Gary L. Francione