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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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Non-violent social change

An approach to the transformation of society that rejects violence in favor of methods that powerfully educate and persuade without the deliberate infliction of harm or damage. As practiced by Gandhi, nonviolence includes the avoidance not just of physical violence, but also psychological violence, such as inducing fear, and involves maintaining respect and concern for the oppressor as well as the oppressed. One common misunderstanding is that those practicing nonviolence are passive and avoid confrontation. In fact, the goal is often to create a confrontation, not for the purpose of damaging or dominating those oppressing others, but for the purpose of bringing out the true nature of the injustice. The practice of nonviolence requires strict adherence to principle, self-discipline, humility, and courage.

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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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