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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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Conscientious objection

The act of refusing to participate in a certain type of activity for reasons of conscience. The most common example is of those people who refuse to fight in a war either because they disagree with the reasons for the war or because they feel that war itself is morally wrong. Some people who refuse to take part in the use and killing of animals, or to use the products of such activity, consider this an act of conscientious objection. Conscientious objection is also associated with the tradition of civil disobedience, in which, as a form of nonviolent protest, a person who believes generally in following the laws of the state is willing to openly break certain laws that violate basic moral values or principles of conscience.

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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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