For several years there seems to have been a sustained campaign to slim down and reduce the meaning of veganism. What with the push towards reducetarianism and "strategies" about veganism that not only start by defining veganism as a diet but also suggest that non-veganism is the "best" way to promote veganism, it seems to me that we have some defensive work to do.
Veganism is under attack.
At this year's Dublin VegFest, I will be giving a talk, the title of which is also the title of this blog entry.
This is the synopsis...
- Social movement theory suggests that, when a movement grows, some of its core values may be challenged by new members – and there may be a push towards moderation.
- The vegan social movement began in 1944. It was much more radical than people realise. It was started at the time of World War II, run by a conscientious objector who saw veganism as part of the peace movement. Indeed, Donald Watson declared it the “greatest cause of Earth,” while others saw veganism as integral to the moral evolution of humanity.
- However, there is indeed a push to de-radicalise and moderate the meaning of veganism in the 21 st century. “Reducetarian” ideas such as “vegan before six,” “vegan except for bacon,” “lacto-vegan,” “seagan” (eating fishes), and generally “making exceptions” to the vegan diet are gaining popularity.
- There is also an attempt to redefine veganism as a diet only. At the same time, the public are more vegan curious than ever. Now is the time of consistent ethical veganism. This talk explores recent events, and seeks to reaffirm veganism as a justice-for- all philosophy that can challenge cultural speciesism.
If you want to understand the extent to which veganism is currently under attack, see these videos.