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Veganism is the very basis of animal rights. Veganism is the recognition that other animals, like humans, can and do suffer as a result of the way we treat them for food, clothing and in science. It is also the realisation that all animals possess a desire to live, and an ability to suffer, which should not be violated for reasons of taste, pleasure or convenience. Forcing unnecessary suffering or death on an individual is a violation of morality at it's most basic level - and all events of taste, pleasure and convenience are unnecessary by their very definition.

Veganism means cutting animal products out of your diet - which makes no nutritional difference so long as you eat a fairly varied plant based diet, and in the majority of cases will make for a much healthier and longer life. The nutritional value of meat, eggs and milk is hugely overestimated, mainly as the government produces most nutritional advice and it is within it's best interests also to keep the sales of these products high given their importance to the short-term economy (and so to get them re-elected for the next 4 years). Any good nutrionalist will tell you things like Omega 3, protein, and the rest of the 'things only in animal products' myths are in fact easily, and better obtained from healthier plant sources.

Veganism also demands the refusal of humans to wear the skin of other animals as clothing - a practice well out of date, even in consumer's minds now, but cleverly avoided by those companies using cow skin (leather) in their products, and fur trims. Faux versions of both leather and furs exist and are even available in high street shops, as well as abundantly on the internet, so even if the skin's 'look' is 'needed', there is no reason for anyone to need a living creature to suffer/have their life ended for a fashion.

Finally, Veganism means not domesticating animals, using them as sources of entertainment, or using them as testers and subjects in our experiments. In a world of fairly advanced scientific techniques, and a high street full of cosmetics, there is no need to be testing anything on those who do not wish to be experimental subjects.

A switch to a vegan lifestyle is easier now than it has ever been, and is by far the simplest and most effective way of taking a stand against animal cruelty, or towards the recognition of animal rights. It involves simply taking a few hours out of your year to buy different products, and yet saves on average 90 living creatures every year. There really is power in your choices. Please contact us for a free copy of our forthcoming 'Compassionate Guide to Living in Aberdeen' or join our mailing list in order to be notified when it has been posted on this website.

Alternatively, please visit the Vegan:UK site for help and advice on becoming and staying vegan.

Animal Rights

Animal rights is at the very beginning of thought on animal ethics. If an individual can experience life, why should a difference in abilities, looks, or intelligence levels determine that they should have no interests other than their utility to others? It's this message that is at the base of all our campaigning. 

We don't agree that 'welfare standards' and 'single issue campaigning' are effective methods of Animal Rights advocacy, and actively speak out against them. For more information on this subject please read 'The Call to Reason' which can be found on our 'Why AR?' page.