Vegan for Their Health, Not Mine

Thoughts from a long-term vegan

Pax Ahimsa Gethen
4 min readJun 21, 2022
Scotty and Magnolia, bovine residents of VINE Sanctuary, July 2018. Photo by Pax Ahimsa Gethen, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

Content notes: Weight, suicidal ideation

Happy Solstice — Summer here in the Northern Hemisphere, Winter in the Southern — to my readers.

For Pride Month, I was recently interviewed by Hope Bohanec for a podcast episode on “Trans Vegan Voices”.

I was flattered to be asked, as I haven’t been active in vegan or animal rights activism lately. But veganism is one of my most important values, as a constant expression of my commitment to non-violence. As I note in the podcast, Ahimsa — Sanskrit for “do no harm” — is literally my middle name. This applies to animals of all species, including humans, whose penchant for deadly violence is much in the news lately.