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Regrann from @lomanchego - As ethical vegans, we are always trying to educate others and inspire them with our actions to emphatically commit to the vegan lifestyle like we do, but more often than not, our pleas fall on deaf ears.
It turns out that itâs not enough to discuss the evils of factory farming, the enslavement, torture and death of millions of animals, the disease-inducing Standard American Diet and the negative environmental effects of consuming animal products. Despite our best efforts, most people will not change unless they are ready and willing to commit to a different path.
As human beings, we seek consistency in our beliefs and attitudes, and when there is a conflict between behavior and belief, something must change in order to eliminate or reduce those feelings of discomfort. This is a powerful motivator and usually leads to a willingness to change oneâs behavior without feeling pressure from or persuaded by someone else to make different choices.
Tom considers himself an animal lover, he rescues shelter animals and participates in fundraising events and protests for other endangered wildlife.
BUT, Tom consumes animal products and these actions have him participating in the enslavement, torture and death of farm animals.
Tom may be unaware, based on his cultural norms, that rescuing shelter animals but consuming farm animals is a form of moral relativism and is inconsistent with his beliefs about himself as an âanimal loverâ. If this is brought to his attention and the discomfort is profound enough, Tom can reduce the conflict between belief and behavior by choosing to abstain from the commodification of all animals in all aspects.
Plain and simple. Align your actions with your ethics.
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