Vegan is our natural state of being. Therefore, we don’t need to become Vegan as we already are Vegan if we would not deliberately hurt an innocent animal unnecessarily. However, we all have to go Vegan in order to align our actions with our already deeply held ethic of not hurting innocent animals unnecessarily.
Further, we need to go beyond Vegan. Veganism is an ethic of non-harming, but that is not an adequate response to the ecological predicament we face. Wild animals are dying because we have polluted their habitats with plastic trash and chemical effluents. Wild animals are dying because we poisoned their water and their food. Most of all, both wild and farmed animals are dying because we are killing them deliberately.
Imagine that you woke up one day and discovered that the entire human population of India had been wiped out when you were sleeping. Imagine that nightmare repeated every 12 hours. That is the level of normalized violence and carnage we deliberately commit on the animal kingdom. Carefully compiled statistics show that we kill 74 billion land animals and 0.97-2.7 trillion sea animals every year. A 50% reduction in meat consumption would mean that we would be killing an India-sized population of animals every 24 hours instead of every 12 hours.
This is not a serious response to our ecological challenges.
To seriously address the ecological challenges we face, we have to go Beyond Vegan. We not only have to stop killing animals deliberately for any purpose whatsoever, but we have to start taking affirmative action. We have to actively assist in the recovery and rebirth of the animal kingdom in order to maximize the probability of getting out of this planetary death spiral alive. We need to clean up the habitat, food and water sources for animals and actively re-wild the planet. This means that we need to create a new system of normalized nonviolence which promotes such activities, instead of trying to change monetary policies in the current system of normalized violence. Indeed, the nature of currency generation in the form of loans fosters the normalized violence in the current system. Therefore, any proposal which continues to tweak policies in the current system is not serious.
The Green New Deal is not serious.
The Paris Climate Accord is not serious.
Let’s get serious. We face a stark choice: go extinct or undergo the greatest transformation in human history, bar none!
From Carnism and Speciesism to Veganism;
From death and cruelty to love and kindness for animals;
From diseases and divisions to health and unity for humanity;
From a culture of consumption to a culture of compassion;
From a scarcity mindset to an abundance mindset; and
From a money driven economy to a service driven economy.
What will we choose?