First, there was Melissa Bachman who became an object of hatred for shooting lions in South Africa.
Blond and perky Kendall Jones has caused an uproar with Facebook photos of her smiling alongside dead lions, leopards, zebras and rhinos. (Daily News)
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And everyone is upset with Jones, just as they were with Bachman, and calling her names and making misogynistic (and sometimes explicitly violent) statements about her.
So here’s the question: what is the difference between these two women and everyone else who isn’t vegan.
Answer: There is no difference.
So this sort of event should help anyone who is paying attention recognize that speciesism and sexism are deeply intertwined.
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