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Don’t erase us by calling veganism ableist

Veganism is sometimes accused of being ableist by pointing to the fact that ‘not everyone can be vegan, due to disability or chronic diseases’.

This holds a misunderstanding of the very definition of veganisme, which includes the phrase ‘as far as is possible and practicable’.

By calling veganism ableist, they are also erasing the existence of disabled vegans and chronically ill vegans.
Yes, we exist. And we are doing our best to avoid the use and abuse of animals, as far as is possible and practicable in our lives. And that is possible to a very large extent.

Veganism isn’t ableist. Those who invoke this as an accuse to dismiss veganism and animal rights are.

“Veganism is a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.”

[ID: Meme – Disabled vegans exist.
Chronically ill vegans exist. Don’t erase us by calling veganism ableist]

This is not ignoring that some vegans and animal rights activists/organisations themselves are ableist.
Which also needs adressing and is an issue raised eg in the interviews with disabled vegans on Crip Humanimal.

Geertrui Cazaux (Trudi). Vegan. Gardener. Wife. Disabled. Writer. Activist. Caretaker. Ex-academic. Wannebee drummer. °1970. Belgium. Vegetarian since mid '90's and vegan since 2010. My main motive has always been the ethical perspective, although I am also inspired by the environmental and health aspects. Writing about veganism, animal rights and ableism on Graswortels.org, Brugesvegan.com, and CripHumanimal.org

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