Call for Submissions: Booklet on Veganism

7 Sep

Veganism gives us an opportunity to reduce our impact on non-human animal suffering and on the environment around us. Veganism as a lifestyle choice has, to some degree, become a norm within radical movements. But it is not without its problems. Can everyone be vegan? Is veganism a privileged position? To what extent are radical movements creating a new moralism? Is veganism lifestylist in its focus on individual dietary choices rather than collective solutions?

Whilst some criticisms of veganism are valid, “vegan-bashing” is still popular within radical movements and beyond. Is this something to resist, and if so, what tactics are necessary? How do we build a radical, rational, inclusive and intersectional veganism?

We are putting together a project called “Critical Veganism” which seeks to examine some of these issues in print. We want to produce an accessible booklet of personal experiences, academic and non-academic writing on the above topics. Do you want to be involved? Please send us a summary/abstract of what you want to address to nakedvegancooking[at]gmail.com by October 15th 2012 

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4 Responses to “Call for Submissions: Booklet on Veganism”

  1. pauljw11 September 7, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

    Re: “How do we build a radical, rational, inclusive and intersectional veganism?”—I would have thought that the aim would be for veganism not to be radical, but commonplace, or am I misinterpreting what is meant?

    • radicalrabbit September 7, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

      In my view, a radical veganism would be one that acknowledged that a lot of modern animal cruelty (like factory farms) are as a result of a capitalist economic system / class society / profit motive and take that into account into how we “do” veganism.. so not just about changing individual dietary habits but also a wider engagement in other struggles. Of course, commonplace veganism would definately be an improvement on what we have now, but I reckon we need a class conscious veganism, rather than a liberal/individualist one. If that makes sense! 🙂

      • pauljw11 September 10, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

        Whilst I would agree that a lot of modern animal cruelty is a consequence of capitalism, thgere has always been animal cruelty, and long before the notions of capitalism, communism, agrarianism etc. were thought of people were routinely eating animals, and many were mistreating animals by making them carry too heavy a load, putting them fighting them against each other for “sport” and the like. I certainly would like to see a socialist society, but I am going to have to disagree with you say that I don’t particularly see why such a society and a vegetarian/vegan society would go hand in hand. Similarly I would like to see a society in which we are free to be naked, but I don’t see why a clothing optional society is especially related to a vegetarian/vegan society. Just my opinion

  2. Jane Easton September 14, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    Yes, there has always been animal cruelty and exploitation. However, our knowledge about animals – sentience, intelligence, emotion, pain – has changed. Welfare laws are an imperfect reflection of this awareness but they don’t do nearly enough and regulations are routinely ignored. Animal Aid’s recent undercover exposures of UK slaughterhouses make this shockingly clear – including those approved by the Soil Association. Working as an animal killer is a brutal and brutalisaing business but we all have to take responsibillity for animal cruelty in our societies. However, multinational capitalism with its way of commodifying everything and everyone and the sheer scale of factory farming and slaughter makes traditional farming methods look idyllic, even though they too were cruel. (And just because people say prayers over animals’ bodies and all the rest doesn’t make it OK – that’s more about we humans trying to make ourselves feel better than it is about the animals imho!) I’d recommenf ‘Eternal Treblinka’ for a look at the industrialisation of meat production adn slaughter. Very thought provoking if shocking. Also, Melanie Joy’s ‘Carnism’ youtubes and her book: ‘Why we love dogs, eat pigs and wear cows’ for a very mindful look at the cultural stuff underpinning our use and abuse of animals.

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