|"Why I hate vegans"|
Stanford University has some of the richest, most well-connected students in the entire country – students who will go on to be hugely influential in the future.
Earlier this week, two highly successful and well-spoken individuals were scheduled to explain to these Stanford students why eating meat is unethical. The event had created a great deal of buzz and gotten a fair amount of press.
What happened? “Protesters” came in and shouted and chanted.
You might think it is horrible that anyone would try to prevent the animals' message from being presented to this important audience. However, it is even worse than that. The protesters made sure that the audience was left with a terrible impression of vegans and animal advocates. As the Stanford newspaper reported, the audience booed the screamers.
Under the guidance of Occam's Razor, which says that the simplest explanation is probably correct, what is most likely going on here is that the meat industry is much more sophisticated than we ever imagined. What a coup for them – not only trying to keep an important audience from hearing the thoughtful case for living ethically, but actually poisoning their minds against vegans and animal advocates!
As much as I loathe the meat industry for their utter callous brutality, I have to hand it to them – this is truly a brilliant strategy to protect your exploitative business.
Think this is sarcasm, or far-fetched? Think again.
One step forward, two steps backwards...
Leaving such a bad impression could very well close people off to the animals' plight for the rest of their lives. As the most rejected leafleter on the planet, I have little doubt that a good portion of my rejections come from people who have a bad impression of vegans and animal advocates due to activists' public tantrums they have witnessed, heard about or viewed online. Such tantrums are the perfect excuse to dismiss the already uncomfortable topic of animal suffering.
Thank you for your insightful posts Matt, I agree, leafleting, being informative, kind, gentle and offering terrific vegan food is the best way to help animals.
This is a brilliant way of framing the situation. I love your blog Matt!
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