I get off work pretty late some nights and despite the fact that my family is in bed and snoring, I need to unwind a bit before being able to attempt sleep. One of my rituals is to search Google for vegan and animal rights news. Some nights the stories that reach the top of the list are ridiculous or not really news at all. Other nights, my search is packed full with information. Tonight there was one that has my head spinning and I am not really sure about it so I wanted to share to see what you all think.
The piece that caught my attention was, “Vegan Sellout List” Publicizes, Shames, and Threatens Former Vegans, by Juniper Russo. In her article she writes about how she has been added to a website called exvegans.com where they basically describe, post pictures and call out ex-vegans all over the country.
On the exvegans.com mission statement it states “vegan sellouts- those who are aware of the suffering caused by meat, dairy, egg, fur, and leather production, yet choose to look away while the animals suffer,” which I have to admit I have trouble wrapping my head around and I would love to hear an answer about how individuals are able to deal with this aspect when converting away from veganism. Despite my inability to understand this, I am not sure I agree with what this website is doing
In my opinion it seems like a lot of energy is being used that could be redirected to help those who are interested in becoming vegan or possibly saving animals. I mean the part of the mission statement that I shared explains that the individuals being shamed, have the information and it hasn’t made a difference in their choice, what good is shaming them going to do for anyone? Please give me your take and tell me if I am missing something.
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