Resistance to Going Vegan: Excuses and Responses

If you love animals, why are you still eating them?

Pax Ahimsa Gethen

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The author poses holding Ricky, a rooster, at PreetiRang Sanctuary. Pax is wearing a purple hoodie, tinted eyeglasses, and a faded black AIDS Walk San Francisco 2000 baseball cap. Photo by Ziggy, November 2016.

The Coronavirus pandemic has brought renewed attention to the harm animal agriculture inflicts not only on our fellow animals, but humans as well. From the origins of COVID-19 in a wet market, to the spread of infection in slaughterhouses, people have had plenty of good reasons to stop consuming the products of this deadly industry.

The decreased availability of animal flesh (“meat”) in grocery stores, along with stay-at-home orders that have greatly reduced communal food sharing, have added to the reasons why now is the perfect time for people to go vegan. Why vegan, rather than vegetarian or just cutting down on meat? Because the needless suffering and death of animals is not limited to those raised and killed for their flesh, nor to “factory” farms; the production of dairy and eggs, even on so-called humane and free-range farms, involves just as much carnage. And the consumption of dairy is harmful to the majority of the human population, especially people of color.

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Pax Ahimsa Gethen

Queer agender trans male. Black vegan atheist, pacifist. Pronouns: they/them/their. funcrunch.org, patreon.com/funcrunch