Monday, December 24, 2012
The Vegan Police
I was on my motorcycle, with the letter "V" on its tank, stopped at a red light, when another motorcycle, with the letters "VP" on its side fairing, pulled along side me.
The rider shouted over at me, "WHAT DOES THE 'V' STAND FOR?"
"For 'Vegan', and for 'Victory'." I answered. "And you 'VP'?"
"FOR 'VEGAN POLICE'!"
"HOW VEGAN ARE YOU?"
"I'd say about 99%."
"THEN YOU ARE NOT VEGAN AT ALL!"
"And you are 100% vegan?"
"DO YOU DOUBT ME?"
"I know you're not."
"HOW DARE YOU!!!"
"Well, maybe you can enlighten me. How much time do you spend on attaining your first 99%?"
"HARDLY ANY TIME AT ALL!"
"And on attaining your last 1%?"
"99% OF MY TIME, AND WORTH EVERY SECOND OF IT! WHAT IS YOUR POINT!?"
"Hey, nice bike by the way. Synthetic seat?"
"NO LEATHER, IF THAT'S WHAT YOU'RE ASKING!"
"COLD HARD STEEL, STRAIGHT FROM THE GROUND."
"And the switches?"
"PLASTIC, FROM PETROLEUM."
"And the tires?"
"RUBBER, FROM TREES."
He should know that none of these are vegan in their manufacturing processes.
The light turned green, and he laid rubber on the asphalt, which is not vegan either.
His Holier-than-thou attitude, however, probably involved no animal product at all, except perhaps a good dose of testosterone.
I'm about as vegan as the next vegan, but apparently, not vegan enough for the Vegan Police (VP).
VPs are bullies who happen to be vegans, nothing more, nothing less.
The latest unwarranted arrest-attempt is by one initialled B.C., who insults all horse-lovers, horse-devotees and equestrians as being "Welfarists" (see the first [HORSE-LISTENER] thread on my wall), and me by name on her wall as a "Slaveowner", with "sexist" and of course "ego" thrown in somewhere in the mix. She also grouped me in the same sentence with the HSUS, God forbid. I wonder how "ego" entered the equation, since the entire blog was about horses, though I have a good idea from where, and from whom, it had sprung.
An ear-mark of the VP is that they seldom know anything about what they are attacking. This B.C. obviously knows nothing about horses, yet presumes to lecture those who have cared for horses their entire lives.
Another ear-mark is that they seldom read carefully, if at all, what they almost always prematurely launch in criticising, which causes them to miss their mark by miles. Another VP initialled O.P., in the previous VP post, looked at the first few lines of the [Horse-Listener] blog, which uses my personal experience as a lead in to the main body which is entirely about horses, and slammed the entire blog as being "self-absorbed".
Another ear mark of the VP is their self-contradiction. When pushed to the logical limit, their argument breaks down. A prime example is their main thrust - "human domination of animals", which up on their Cloud-9 they believe they're above. I'd bring them back down to earth with the questions: How many wild animals - bears, deer, raccoons, skunks, snakes... live in your house, which occupies the piece of land that used to be their habitat? How non-dominantly did you take over their homeland for your own, and evict them from their homes? I recommend the Eric Clapton song [Before You Accuse Me, Take a Look At Yourself] for their self-reflection, if they are capable of it.
Some say that vegans should tolerate the VP as a matter of mere differences of opinion. No, it is not. It is a matter of the VP's arrogant, aggressive, offensive, superior, belittling, insulting and holier-than-thou ATTITUDE.
Besides, VPs give the Vegan Movement a negative image in the public eye, and are therefore counter-productive to the vegan aim. As long as Veganism is ruled by the Vegan Police, I will still be a vegan, but will not belong to the Movement. They have no power over me.
Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)