Happy World Vegan Day to you all! Yes, that is today, 1 November 2012. I am so glad that there is a day devoted to it, and it is so encouraging that veganism is now a growing trend, all over the world. That is what gives me hope and keeps me going with this way of life, despite how hard it can be.
Today is also All Saints Day, which seems quite appropriate; after all, we vegans are all saints, aren't we? LOL! If only that were true....According to the rest of the world, we think we are saints, anyway, in our moral superiority! One thing we do have in common with religious saints though, is that we have ideals, and try to live our lives in accordance with them, often to the point of martyrdom, in the case of some people. There have certainly been cases of vegan “martyrs”: Barry Horne, for example, a well-known British vegan and animal rights activist, starved himself to death in prison, in 2008 whilst serving a sentence for acts of sabotage and criminal damage for the AR cause. A brave man, but I don't agree with his methods, and I believe you can do much more good alive and with your freedom, than dead or in prison.
Talking of prisons, it is not at all uncommon for ARAs to be serving prison sentences for activism that has been deemed “criminal” - sometimes that is true, sometimes not. Sadly, as we all know, there is a lot of persecution of activists by the establishment. This has led to the formation of the Vegan Prisoners Support Network here in Britain, and by all accounts the vegan food in prisons is much better than the standard fare!
So are we saints or sinners? A little bit of both I suppose, since we are all flawed human beings. We are just doing the best we can to make the world a better place, and it is so heart-lifting to see that veganism is becoming a serious worldwide trend. The Vegan Society itself is based in England, my native country, but there are similar organisations in all over the world now, which is should give us all hope. The Flaming Vegan itself is quite international, although US-based - bloggers from quite a lot of different countries, although I appear to be the only Brit! So blessings to you all, my fellow “saintly” worldwide vegans! :-)
Picture courtesy of www.evolvecampaigns.org.uk