You wouldn't know it by looking at me, but I'm a very nervous dog. I don't like people approaching me or my mom (I'm very protective of her.) Today I went in public and I had to wear a muzzle because mom doesn't trust other people not to stick their hands in my face which really scares me. People did not respect my muzzle or my patch that says to "Give Me Space." I was still a good boy and didn't react to people with no manners. I got an ice cream treat for being so brave. Me and mom hope that people learn good manners and respect for animals. Make sure you know how to approach an owner and their animal! #nervous#nervousdog#scareddog#givemespace#manners#awareness#respectanimals#approachwithcaution#muzzle#dog#dogsafety#yellowdog#reactivedog#donttouchmydog
Whenever I'm able to, I do not attend events where refusing to support the enslavement of animals will be seen as just another “option”. Right after I went vegan, over two years ago, I decided I was no longer going to attend any social gatherings where animal flesh and secretions would be served – even if there would be any “vegan options” available (btw, I feel like there's something inherently fucked up about the term “vegan options”. The term seems to be closely connected to the idea that being vegan is just a “personal choice”. It seems to imply that veganism is just ONE out of a number of options we have. For instance, people often characterize vegan cheese as the “alternative” to dairy cheese, but that feels like a trivial way to put it. Nonvegans, the alternative to vegan cheese, and all other “vegan options”, is mutilation, rape, imprisonment and murder. The “alternative” to veganism is slavery. The idea that consuming animal products is the “alternative” to being vegan is a bit like the idea that committing rape is the “alternative” to consensual sex. If you're ethical, veganism should not be seen as a mere “option”; it should be seen as a moral OBLIGATION). Anyway, I don't go to social gatherings where animal products will be served. I know that many vegans argue that we should attend these events because they provide us with an opportunity to do activism. Honestly, I'm not convinced by that argument. For starters, it is estimated that Americans spend about 80 minutes of each day eating. Are you seriously saying that's the only occasion when you'll be able to talk to your friends and family about veganism? I feel like attending those occasions would send the wrong message, you know? Like, imagine that we live in a society where dog fighting is legal and popular. Every day, for about 80 minutes, people in this imaginary society sit down to watch dogs fight to death. Would you attend these dog fights, not to try and stop them, but simply to socialize with the people enjoying the “event” while, every now and then, explaining why you're against dog fighting?
Anyway, those are some of my thoughts on the subject. Let me know what you think!