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Shopping isn’t activism: It’s time for the vegan community to put the animals first again

But who really thinks it's vegan activism to buy dairy-free ice-cream from Ben & Jerry's, which is owned by Unilever, the villains of vivisection?

CHAS NEWKEY-BURDEN: ‘Some activists believe we can simply spend our way to paradise. They say all we have to do is march into the supermarkets, cram our trolleys with vegan products and, before long, mankind will have decided to stop exploiting animals. Cruelty will be swept from the shelves. It’ll be Veganuary all year round. These people are constantly telling us to ‘vote with your pound’ and ‘show there is a market’. But who really thinks it’s vegan activism to buy dairy-free ice-cream from Ben & Jerry’s, which is owned by Unilever, the villains of vivisection? And who thinks that spending money at exploitative companies like Tesco and McDonald’s can ever be part of an ethical lifestyle?…

If a burger chain offers one vegan option, should we ‘flex our vegan muscles’ and give them our wages? Or should we remember that they are still a burger business: profiteers who routinely exploit the slaughter of terrified cows? It seems odd to me when people are so proud to hand over their money to big companies, yet slow to support animal sanctuaries, whose owners work hard and only just survive. It’s time to put the animals first again… Give me a shouty activist over an entrepreneur every time. As Unoffensive Animals put it at the Animal Rights march in London: “We’re not here to make the vegan food aisles bigger, this is about animal liberation.” Exactly – let’s put compassion ahead of consumerism’. SOURCE…

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