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    The basis for peace is respecting all creatures. We know we cannot be kind to animals until we stop exploiting them -- exploiting animals in the name of science, exploiting animals in the name of sport, exploiting animals in the name of fashion, and yes, exploiting animals in the name of food.

Cesar Chavez, American Civil Rights Activist

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The act of converting a living being, a principle, or the natural environment itself into an "object" that is used, compromised, exchanged, or consumed in order to make a profit, satisfy a desire, gain publicity, accrue power or pursue some other goal that very often has an addictive quality. The process of commodification does not respect the inherent dignity and worth of those it acts upon, and is therefore destructive to the fabric of community and the web of life.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Given that we domesticated these animals, doesn’t that give us the right to use them?

What about indigenous people who kill and eat animals, but do so in a way that respects the animal's spirit?

My religious tradition doesn't forbid killing and eating animals, so that makes it okay, doesn’t it?

Conscientious objection
Non-violent social change
Path of conscience
Privilege of domination
Values-based activism


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