Vegan: Is a cruelty-free, peaceful world truly attainable?
By Joseph Connelly
At the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Shanghai on October
20, President Bush told leaders of the 21 nations assembled that the
terrorists who struck the World Trade Center were trying to bring about
a collapse of world markets. Governments around the world are asking
their citizens and businesses to join the fight against terrorism by
While the U.S. government is doing its part by dropping $2,000 bombs
on $10 tents with the mistaken and sad belief that this will somehow
produce peace and security, it is vitally important that all who desire
a truly free and safe world direct their votes to products
and businesses that practice and preach a consistent message. As Einstein
said, You cannot simultaneously prepare for war and peace.
Many vegetarian, animal, peace, and social activists work on the premise
that they speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.
Throughout history, groups of oppressed beings and those assisting with
their liberation have often joined together and supported one another
economically as one strategy to overcome prejudice or injustice. This
holiday season, as the world spirals into chaos, you have an opportunity
to direct your resources to those individuals, organizations, and businesses
that sincerely strive towards creating the world in which most of us
desire to live and work. How can you accomplish this? By being conscious
of where and with whom your dollars are spent.
During our lifetimes each of us has the potential to spend millions
of dollars. Imagine the difference we could collectively achieve if
we directed all of our spending to vegan-owned and supported companies,
from vegan wedding resources to companion animal food, chocolate gift
baskets, organic cotton and hemp clothing, bed-and-breakfasts and fresh-baked
vegan goodies. By using VegNews, Satya or similar publications as a
resource, individuals and businesses can find what they are looking
for across a broad spectrum of their needsa guide to help them
Vote Vegan with their dollars and with their hearts.
By Voting Vegan you show your support for companies that dare to be
different. Very often these are small companies that have a difficult
time finding capital and funding from so-called mainstream
sources. Your way of life and philosophy have already created the demand
for their products. By patronizing cruelty-free, socially-conscious
businesses over their less ethical competitors you can ensure their
survival and assure that tomorrow it will be easier to find environmentally-
and animal-friendly goods.
Finallyand most importantlywhen you spend your holiday dollars,
loonies, pounds, and yen on cruelty-free products, you speak loudly
for the animals and the environment by becoming their voice. When you
support companies that truly care, you allow the vegan, animal, peace,
and environmental movements to survive and attain sustainability. By
doing so, you help these movements and their ideas (and ideals) become
successful, legitimate, and accepted. The Earth and all beings benefit.
May we all enjoy peace and happiness during this holiday season...and