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- Please find the Notes and Suggestions for Presenters at the end of the slide deck.
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And watch out, Vegan 202 is coming in 2019! Credited translations of Vegan 101 are also possible.
Grateful for your vegan commitment,
NOTES AND SUGGESTIONS FOR PRESENTERS
Slide 2 (Veganism is a social movement): Someone might ask if this means veganism can be compared to human rights and anti-slavery movements. No two fair-minded movements are comparable. Yet veganism does have fairness itself in common with others, and, according to its founding members, “continuity” with human anti-slavery work.
Slide 4 (Vegans seek to end our use of other animals entirely): Here you may expect possible diversions. What about fleas? See Slide 5.
Slide 5 (Vegans commit to living as closely to the ideal as personal circumstances permit): This is how adhering to veganism was explained by the original vegans: to be carried out in one’s life as far as personal circumstances permit. Although that gives some space for incomplete adherence in practice, it does much more in the reverse way. It challenges us to strive with all the strength we can muster.
Slide 27 (“But… But…”): The objection that we’d be better off asking for humane treatment of other animals doesn’t hold water. Humane treatment, for land animals, often means less crowding, and perhaps access to pasture (in theory). Already, we usurp massive space with our domestication, driving many free-living communities to extinction. How can sprawling animal agribusiness fit with veganism, then? We can't supply space to purpose-bred animals without usurping habitat from large carnivores and other free-living beings. The Earth is finite.
Moreover, as Justin Van Kleeck has said, “vegans start from the premise that exploitation and killing of other beings for our own ends is unacceptable, and we seek solutions…beneficial for all involved. Husbandry starts from the premise that other animals are here for us to use and consume, and all we have to do is be nice. So vegans seek harmonious coexistence without holding a knife to anyone’s throat."
The presentation in general: Someone might ask why off-limit food items aren’t listed anywhere in this presentation. Where do we draw the line? Is honey off-limits? The original definition (https://ivu.org/history/world-forum/1951vegan.html) states unequivocally that honey is not part of the vegan’s diet. Honey is food made for bees by bees. (https://veganplace.wordpress.com/2014/03/19/who-owns-the-bees/) It’s a matter of respect to avoid it when there is simply no need for bee products in our diets or lives.
Yet all sorts of further questions could come up about how far a person is to go when defining the category of animals—and sometimes these questions will veer into tangents and perhaps be seized upon by critics who object to veganism as rigid or controlling. Attending to the vegan principle is not so much about drawing the line as about striving not to exploit. Veganism is not a set of commandments. It’s a principled commitment to think with appropriate depth about respect, to think with appropriate breadth about empathy, and to act accordingly—to the best of our power and for the rest of our life.