All Lives Matter!
Veganville City’s task has been difficult since the very beginning, trying to make the gap between vegans and non-vegans smaller each time, by providing education in a peaceful way and using civil dialogue to express some really important arguments. Here’s our article about a protest that occurred today and in which, the -probably- misguiding intro of the article will be explained fluently.
We joined the local vegan protest against an event that was being held in the Agricultural University of Athens. The event was called Ka touba Farafina yé (meaning: Africa Blessing) and during that event, lambs were being painted with non toxic blue colored paint, from a seed called Indigo. At the same time, those fifty-four lambs would represent each one of the countries that exist within Africa and their wool would be used for creating a huge carpet in hopes of peacefully making all fifty-four countries cooperate with each other.
As ambitious and in good will, this project went on, the fact that animals were used without their free will is something we all disagreed on as members of the vegan society. We decided to peacefully join the lecture and speak with mr. Aboubakar Fofana, the artist who was behind this project and speak about our arguments.
Before heading on with the article, it should be said that I respect and love Africa as a continent (along with other countries around the world of course). We (as vegans), also owe a lot to the people of Africa in terms of agriculture, since many of the techniques we use today in order to produce crops, were actually invented by them. Africa is like a huge paradise, rich in flora and with a very long history that begins long before ancient civilizations. Despite its beauty though, Africa has been facing problems for years, with wars braking out in almost every part of it, poverty in many of its countries and hunger raging even in major cities of its wealthiest countries. The people of Africa, however are like the lions, always standing tall and continuously struggling to survive. One of my wishes as a child was to see a world without wars and still believe in a world without wars, poverty, discriminations and cruelty.(food for thought: Africa could become a totally vegan-friendly and cruelty-free contnent, just like Australia, should the people have the means of living in a more “western”-like life. The reason why Africa can’t follow the west, is exactly because the west -including every strong country around the world in any place around the earth- won’t share their technology with other countries and that is exactly the reason humanity cannot walk forward as one. This will also be described again, later on).
I spoke to mr. Aboubakar, right after his speech was over and we had quite an interesting conversation, clearly stating that I disagree with his choice in terms of art, although I wish Africa and the rest of the world are going to live in peace in the future. It might sound wrong to many people from the vegan society that I open calm discussions with non-vegans, but remember what I said at the beginning of the article. Veganville City’s purpose is to make the gap between us disappear. I have said it again once, but I still believe it would be a great idea if each nation held a vegan educative expo once a month (minimum) so as for non-vegans to get a better view of what we believe in and understand our cause. After all, the best way to change the world is to educate them and offer them the means of being more efficient.
One thing that should be referred was that some of the non-vegans attending the speech, said the well known quote: “you are killing trees, so there’s no difference”. Make no mistake! Killing an animal means that it will not breed new life and that its life will be taken. On the other hand, all animals help in the reproduction of plants in their very own way, just I had previously explained in a very old, but interesting article of mine. To give a short explanation, bees are the ones that help in plant reproduction the most, although squirrels and small animals help by spreading the seeds around the forest (after forgetting or mistakenly dropping a few of them while traveling) and bigger animals (such as cows) help in plant reproduction through their excretions. As for humans, one could claim that traditional agriculture helps in plant reproduction, since some of the crops fall back into the ground, giving life to a new plant (and that’s also the reason traditional agriculture should strongly be supported worldwide).
It was also claimed by some of the spectators, that should the sheep be set free (meaning every herbivore), they would be eaten by wolves, so that would not make any difference. As for that, the answer is simple: wolves, as well as every carnivorous animal hunt down and kill animals for food, because they do not have the technology or the education to do so. Imagine a wolf being able to drive, talk, read and pretty much do what a human could do. In that case, it would be totally fair to tell the wolf that eating animals is cruel, as the wolf would have an alternative to preserve the ecosystem and survive without using any means of cruelty, although the wolf wouldn’t have chosen to do so. That’s how veganism and ecology in general works. And that brings us to the final conclusion.
Over the years, humans have overcome many difficulties and lots of things have changed. At first, they lived in caves, dying of starvation and cold. They invented fire and shortly after, they invented their first tools and began creating their first civilizations. They were still weak and without the means of protecting themselves or the environment though. They lived in small villages and would often raid each other’s village for food and supplies. Medicine was almost nonexistent back then. Their civilizations grew into towns, cities, then castle-towns and then industrial cities and villages, almost like the ones we see today. At the same time, technology offered them alternatives to bypass some of the time-consuming and cruel methods they were using and replace them with new ones, for instance, it would be extremely rare to see people riding horse-cabs or using a trireme to travel. Humans have the means of producing food from crops, helping in plant reproduction, reducing the consumption of water and resources to up to 40-60% in most cases and avoiding animal cruelty. They also have the means of using non-polluting resources. Veganism and ecology are all about that and Society ought to educate and aid all people around the world, providing them with the means of creating a better, more efficient, healthier, safer and peaceful future for all living beings!
I would like to congratulate the members of the vegan society who gave their own speech, presenting and making clear why they disagree with this exhibition, for being peaceful and civil and for, once more explaining why it is wrong to use animals as objects. Animals should not be used as items to demonstrate and people should work together in order to achieve a brighter future and that includes everyone!