Monday, October 18, 2010

Vegans and leather. What's your opinion?

I think it depends on your feelings, emotions, reasons for becoming vegan. Personally, I won't buy any more leather products but I can't afford to throw out and replace everything in my life with an animal product ingredient. The plastic in our phones has animal components yet we're not chucking our iPhones yet ... at least I am not.

I'm all for the, "Do what you can and do what you want to," approach as long as it moves in a direction that starts to reduce animal use. I say go vegan but love the idea that we are teaching people to exist without animal products by instituting Meatless Mondays.  Of course I think every meal should be meatless but it's still a step in the right direction.

I think we also should put our resources, limited as they are, towards the BIG issues. We're not going to stop the profitability of the beef industry by fighting against leather belts and shoes.  We will put a dent in their bottom line by advocating veganism as a way of life.

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