Contribution to Book
VeganismsCritical Perspectives on Veganism (2016)
Those of us living in affluent consumer culture under late capitalism, where plant-based alternatives to meat and dairy are readily available, are morally obligated to adopt vegan practice. The source of this obligation is grounded in a widely held belief, namely, that—all else being equal—unnecessary suffering and premature death are bad things and that acting with relatively minimal cost to oneself to contribute to a decrease in violence, objectification, domination, exploitation, and oppression is something we should all aspire to. When I say that we are obligated to adopt vegan practice, not just any type of “vegan practice” will do, so I want to argue for a specific type of veganism I call political veganism. I will do that toward the end of this chapter since I first want to establish that it is morally wrong for the vast majority of us living in high-income, highly industrialized, consumer cultures—such as the majority of us living in the Global North—to consume animal products.
EditorJodey Castricano and Rasmus R. Simonsen
SeriesThe Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series
Citation InformationJones R.C. (2016) Veganisms. In: Castricano J., Simonsen R. (eds) Critical Perspectives on Veganism. The Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham