I Will Admit I'm a 'Hater' of Animal Abuse and Murder.
Do non-vegans realize that when a vegan points out their hypocrisy it is not 'hating'. Taking animals to slaughter, exploiting animals through forced labor, abuse and death, and buying the results of this exploitation needs to be spoken out against. I can't help but feel disgust with those who try to silence opposition by calling it 'hating'. The opinion that non-vegans want us so badly to keep to ourselves is the opinion that they should stop murdering and abusing animals for their profit and/or pleasure. Sure, I know some vegans use emotionally charged words and comments that confound the message they hope to get across. But so many of us are articulate and clear while remaining mostly kind in our delivery and yet we are lumped in as 'haters'. The comment that I left on the a farm blog that discussed taking lambs to be slaughtered (while describing it as if the action made the woman a saint) was basically, 'People, including those who love animals, do not need to exploit animals to make a living.' And I was deleted and blocked from her page. I completely understand if someone said something intentionally mean, foul or violent sounding. But my comment was simply making the point that claiming to love animals while exploiting them is hypocritical. And this was in response to her saying she wished that no animal had to be harmed. If this is 'Hatin' then I will have to continue to do just that. For I will not pat someone on the back for betraying the trust of baby animals so that she can turn a profit on their dead bodies and abuse the living ones to make products from them too (until they cease to be useful and end up meeting with the ultimate betrayal too).
This woman and people like her will be the object of scorn in the history books when we look back on the history of mankind. She will rank with the slaveholder that whined about how hard it was for him to 'care' for his slaves and complained about those damn abolitionists attacking his 'benevolent and paternal' system. The similarities between the slaveholder and the farmer of animals is so similar as to be hard to tell the difference. And they will be ranked with the Nazis in terms of their ability to mindlessly hand out death and suffering to victims that did nothing to deserve it while claiming it was for the greater good. There is no where to escape in the history books for unrepentant animal abusers. They will be shown for what they were. People unwilling to seek out the truth or hear it when told to them (or even consider the possibility that they may be wrong to cause so much harm and suffering). They cannot just say, but I didn't know. Just like ignorance of the law is not a get out of trouble free card, not bothering to question if causing death to so many animals might be wrong is not a get out of being a decent person free card. But just as true, the vegan community openly welcomes people who see the mistakes of the past and address it through change. We understand the difficulty some face in seeing and addressing the need to make changes towards how we treat animals when raised by a world filled with ignorance. We just ask that they join in our crusade to right the wrongs done to animals for too long! We owe animals so much more than this, but it is a start.
But ultimately, I far prefer being wrongly called a 'hater' by some closed-minded person than being someone who abuses and murders animals and is patted on the back for being a nice murderer who kills and abuses the 'right' way.