by Rhonda-T Warren
When we hear the term veganism, most of us have thoughts of tofu, kale and wafting patchouli. The idea that veganism is a diet consumed by free-spirited bohemians is a common misconception. In fact, veganism is far from a diet—it is a matter of social justice.
The Vegan Society defines veganism as a “philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment…”
Veganism is simply rejecting the premise that sentient individuals be considered property to be used for any purpose; not for clothing, entertainment, experimentation—and certainly not for food. Vegans eat plants; just plants. Fish are not plants, honey is not a plant, and neither are eggs or milk.
Rhonda-T Warren is co-founder of Terra Farm Sanctuary located in northwest Spokane County. Terra Farm Sanctuary is a small, niche, vegan sanctuary providing a safe home for animals who have been abandoned, abused or exploited, to peacefully live out their lives. The founders value compassion and peace, and endeavor to create a community based on the ideals of veganism as a justice movement, with the abstention from commoditization, objectification and violence toward all beings. For questions about Abolitionist Veganism, and plant-based alternatives to mainstream products, reach out to info@TerraFarmSanctuary.org or visit TerraFarmSanctuary.org.
*Photo credit: Allie Raye Photography