The connection between veganism and feminism

I wrote this post quite a while ago, but for some reason I never posted it. Since the issue don’t really get outdated I decided to post it now instead:

There’s quite a debate about whether being a feminist also means you should be a vegan. This blogger claims that the two issues are deeply connected, mainly because the animal exploitation industry is highly dependent on exploiting the female reproductive system (even if this industry also exploits male animals in a high degree). Some feminists don’t agree at all, and feel that making such a connection is degrading to human women and to feminism.

I’m not really sure where I stand in this issue, but for me one thing is sure; veganism and animal rights are definitely connected to feminism, just like they are connected to other social rights issues. Some would maybe argue with this too, and claim that the struggle for animal rights cannot be compared with the struggles for equal rights no matter of skin color, gender, sexuality, or any other similar social issue, because one is about humans and the other about animals. I don’t think this matters, it’s all about changing our perceptions of the world, looking outside what is most convenient for ourselves and making this world a better place. The resistance we see against animal rights is the same resistance that was seen when people were fighting to for example end slavery and allow women to vote, and is also seen in the fight for other social issues, like feminism, still today.

What are your thoughts? Are feminism and veganism connected? Does being a feminist mean you should be a vegan?

Humans have no advantage over animals

I also said to myself, “As for humans, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals. Surely the fate of human beings is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath; humans have no advantage over animals. Everything is meaningless. All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return. Who knows if the human spirit rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?”

Ecclesiastes 3:18-21 (New International Version)

It’s World Animal Day again!

I just want to write this quick post to remind you guys that it’s World Animal Day tomorrow (October 4). World Animal Day is a global event that was started in 1931. In the beginning it was a way to highlight the situation of endangered species, but later on it has become a day to pay tribute to all non-human animals as well as to those humans who love and respect them (according to the World Animal Day website).

There will be a whole bunch of different events for and in tribute of non-human animals going on all over the world tomorrow and other days this week. You can see many of them listed on the World Animal Day website. You can also add your own event in case it’s not yet there.

Even if you don’t have time or possibility to join any event, give all the non-human animals in our world – whether free or in captivity, friend or unknown to you – a little extra thought tomorrow.

Colleen’s animal prayer

“My hope is that we can navigate through this world with the grace and integrity of those who need our protection. May we have the sense of humor and liveliness of the goats; may we have the maternal instincts and protective nature of the hens and the sassiness of the roosters. May we have the gentleness and strength of the cattle, and the wisdom, humility, and serenity of the donkeys. May we appreciate the need for community as do the sheep and choose our companions as carefully as do the rabbits. May we have the faithfulness and commitment to family of the geese, the adaptability and affability of the ducks. May we have the intelligence, loyalty, and affection of the pigs and the inquisitiveness, sensitivity, and playfulness of the turkeys.

My hope is that we learn from the animals what we need to become better people.”

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau