Welcome to The Thinking Vegan

By on February 7, 2011

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Welcome to The Thinking Vegan. You’re probably asking yourself if the world needs yet another vegan blog. The answer is obviously yes. At least I hope so.

The focus of the blog is on veganism as a social justice movement, as opposed to a dietary plan. Veganism is an ethical philosophy that encompasses the prohibition of animal use for food, clothing, entertainment, scientific “research,” labor and pets.

The blog’s philosophical bent is abolitionism and liberationism, which does not support any use of animals. I do not believe in reform measures or incremental ethics. There is no magical ladder that one climbs to become ethical. We all make real-world decisions and engage in behaviors that are either ethical or unethical. Veganism is the ethical choice.

If you have made the choice to move in that direction, I hope you will find support and encouragement on this blog. I will not, however, pat you on the head if you feel good about your choice to use animals. If you are looking for someone to validate your consumption of “organic” or “free range” or “grass fed” or “family farmed” animals, you may need to find another blog.

The Thinking Vegan will include articles and postings, short notes and ideas, interviews with thinkers and doers in the vegan/animal rights community, guest posts, and a thinking vegan’s take on newsworthy events.

Your comments are encouraged so please contribute to the discussion. I can guarantee that we won’t always agree. However my hope is that through this blog, with the feedback and participation of others, we can learn and grow as vegans and as animal rights activists.

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  1. Vegyogini
    February 7, 2011

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    Beautifully written post! I’m looking forward to the posts yet to come.

  2. Lisa
    February 7, 2011

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    Gar-Kezia,

    I am so glad that I know you both. You are an inspiration. Thank you for all that you do.

    -Lisa

  3. Stephanie
    February 8, 2011

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    Am so very pleased to see this blog up and running! You and your wife ARE inspirations, even though I am not an abolitionist (in my heart I am, but in practice, I think achieving animal welfare is already a very lofty goal). Of course, I do not use animals, nor do I support their use, so I do live as an abolitionist. One of these days (AR2011?) I look forward to meeting you and your lovely wife in L.A. (or the Bay Area).

  4. Eco-Vegan Gal
    February 8, 2011

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    Gary, I am beyond thrilled that you started a blog. The world needs your voice and I really look forward to following your writing on here. : )

  5. Jessica
    February 8, 2011

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    I am so excited for this blog! Thank you for taking the time to make it! 🙂

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    February 8, 2011

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    I haven’t much to say on this time but do you have twitter account, so I can follow your latest blog entries.

  7. Shannon Keith
    February 8, 2011

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    Awesome Gary! Great idea and wonderful blog so far!

  8. Avistrange
    February 8, 2011

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    This is exciting, Gary!

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