“the fate of most livestock is that they are murdered by their benefactors”

Charlottes-Web-Terrific-Garth-Williams1Read E.B. White’s poignant explanation for writing Charlotte’s Web (io9):

A farm is a peculiar problem for a man who likes animals, because the fate of most livestock is that they are murdered by their benefactors. The creatures may live serenely but they end violently, and the odor of doom hangs about them always. I have kept several pigs, starting them in spring as weanlings and carrying trays to them all through summer and fall. The relationship bothered me. Day by day I became better acquainted with my pig, and he with me, and the fact that the whole adventure pointed toward an eventual piece of double-dealing on my part lent an eerie quality to the thing. I do not like to betray a person or a creature, and I tend to agree with Mr. E.M. Forster that in these times the duty of a man, above all else, is to be reliable. It used to be clear to me, slopping a pig, that as far as the pig was concerned I could not be counted on, and this, as I say, troubled me. Anyway, the theme of “Charlotte’s Web” is that a pig shall be saved, and I have an idea that somewhere deep inside me there was a wish to that effect.

Solution: Go vegan.


Speaking for myself

I’m no longer calling this blog “Vegan Ithaca,” but rather, “Living a Vegan Life in Ithaca” – and it’s no longer going to attempt to catalog vegan goings-on in Ithaca. That is too big a task for me! I felt like I was representing the views of others, or that folks would think that I was trying to represent others. So now I’m only representing myself and my own views, on this site. For more about this, please click here.

I had a bit of a revelation in 2012 – namely, that I don’t have to speak for anyone else, and I don’t have to work toward anyone else’s goals. That’s a very liberating idea! I can really hold myself back when I’m worried about whether I’m stepping on someone else’s toes. So to that end, I made this change, and started a Tumblr. My hope is that this reframing will help me to feel more free in my advocacy, so I can be a better ally and a more effective activist. We’ll see how it goes.

Please feel free to click the follow button to your right (or the RSS link), so you’ll get updates. I really value feedback, so please do tell me what you think of this change, or of the Tumblr. Thanks for reading!

Vegans oppressing vegans

I know I’m oppressive at times, in my language and in my actions: I have white privilege though I’m of mixed race, I went to an ivy league school so I have academic privilege, I have acquired American and economic privilege that makes a lot of my vegan choices easier and more plentiful than they would be otherwise. And where there’s privilege there’s oppression, whether we intend it or not.

On that note, especially if you’re white and/or unaware of the concept of intersectionality, please check out this incredibly honest and insightful video from Breeze Harper (via Vegans of Color): Black Vegan Mammy-ism: Sacrificing My Emotional Health for the White Vegan Status Quo

VIDEO: I have a confession

Want to see a vegan cry? Here you go. This is the first time I’ve ever made a video like this. Yesterday I did something I deeply regret; this is me repenting. I’ve never been this honest and open before, about how I feel about animals, so it’s a little scary, but I think it’s something I have to do to be true to myself and my ideals.

Click here to watch and comment on the video. Thank you!