Animal Writes
28 March 1999 Issue
A Vegan's Answer

With the passing of the annual Meatout on March 20th, we at ARO have
received numerous reports about reaction from meat eaters to vegetarians and
vegans using the day to educate. Often veg*ans were met with scorn or
ridiculed by those who feel a need to defend their choice of eating meat, even
to the point of grisly tales of what they will do to animals in the name of
vegetarianism. The following is a response that one of our staff members,
[email protected], gave for such a situation:

"Your insensitivity to the suffering of animals is an unfortunate flaw in your
character. Perhaps you would have less anger and guilt if you ate a more
compassionate diet. Sometimes people tell me 'you have a right to eat
veggies and I have a right to eat meat'. Please remember that your rights
end when they interfere with my rights. I have a right not to pay taxes to
support the billions of federal dollars spent each year on meat related
diseases. I have a right to protect the millions of wildlife animals that belong
to all the U.S. citizens that are killed each year because they are a threat to
the cattle industry. I have a right to demand saving the world's rainforests
that are being cleared to make room for cattle. I have a right to clean air
and water which are being polluted by the livestock industry. I have the right
to ask you to stop violating my rights."

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