From an article in Vice (see screenshot) by Anya Zoledziowski, January 26, 2022.
“There’s no research to indicate that the percentage of anti-vaxxers or conspiracy theorists is any higher in the vegan community than it is in the general population,” said Christopher Sebastian, a vegan digital media researcher and animal rights scholar. “However, even if that percentage is consistent, they have the potential to do outsized reputational damage to the vegan movement.
Influential vegans who spread anti-vax beliefs could cast vegans as a whole in the same category as flat-Earthers or COVID deniers, despite the fact that people go vegan for a number of reasons, Sebastian said.”
“To be clear, most vegans are not anti-vax. A recent study found that as of December 2021, 87 percent of vegans in the UK had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine—a higher proportion than the general population. Many vegan societies also explicitly acknowledge it’s near impossible to avoid all animal-based products or services, and have proactively addressed concerns around animal testing and COVID vaccines.
About the ethical issue of vaccination, I’m repeating what I posted earlier:
Yes, the vaccines have been tested on other animals. 😓
But not taking the vaccine or even actively boycotting it will NOT change the system.
Vaccines or medicines don’t follow the consumer /demand logic like in buying food or cosmetic.
And by not taking them you not only put your own health at risk, but also the health of others, and especially people from risk groups.
➡️➡️ What we can do is keep advocating for the end of the use of other animals in experiments.
And also remember that the definition of veganism includes ‘as far as is possible and practicable“.
– Vegan Doctor: Boycotting COVID-19 Vaccines Won’t End Animal Testing
– Do Vegans Who Get a COVID-19 Vaccine Abandon Their Moral Principles? Yes — and No.
A good post on veganism and vaccination. Thank you 🌍