There are many vegans who are not atheists, and many atheists who are not vegans. But people are becoming vegans the same way they become atheists – both are the triumph of rationality over socially ingrained beliefs. Should we think about connecting the two?
As the abolitionism grows in popularity, it has challenged prevailing ideologies in the nonhuman animal rights movement. As a result, many vegans perpetuate untruths about abolitionism warranting a brief response for clarification.
Non-human animals don’t have the ability to voice their interests, so an analysis of beliefs, tactics and possible outcomes is the only way to know if we are doing the right thing, rather than getting carried away with our own beliefs and prejudices.
Almost everyone agrees today that we must treat animals ‘humanely’ if we are to use them. Welfarism accepts that the moral issue is treatment; while abolitionism maintains that all animal use is wrong, and veganism is the only moral solution.