Something about veganism did not gell. Though apalled I have also given up milk in periods in my life. There is something very incomplete about veganism when many of them 'give up milk', but stay part of an industrial corporate system which devastates the animals more than anything else does.
"I found a better phrase to describe "Vegans": "Pro-consumerism activists"."
(via Sun Son)
One basic theory about civilization that I have: We're all naturally moral, feeling beings. If these feelings are left alone (ie., the human mind is left in silence) it will find a very effective way to stop it. But, going against feelings, and towards arbitrary meaningless things is what civilization does. So, it incentivizes and finds a way to lay claim to "solve problems" just so its own machinations will not stop. It is self-serving, this culture's memes and it comes at an enormous cost to the environment, human health (including psychological torture of various forms).
So, veganism is one such attempt: to not acknowledge that it is consumerism which is causing animal cruelty but to trick people into the fallacy that *other forms of consumerism* (ie., business as usual) can solve this. The only "minor adjustment" (which turns out to be unfortunately a self-inflicted torture) is to ask those who are concerned to give up consuming this stuff. IF this is not hijacking people's concerns, I don't know what else is.
I mean, how can we pretend that it is not violence to *indirectly* hurt someone? (ex: I destroy your home, you die of starvation).