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How to Create a Vegan World: A Pragmatic Approach In This Thought Provoking Book, Tobias Leenaert Leaves Well Trodden Animal Advocacy Paths And Takes A Fresh Look At The Strategies, Objectives, And Communication Of The Vegan And Animal Rights Movement He Argues That, Given Our Present Situation, With Entire Societies Dependent On Using Animals, We Need A Very Pragmatic Approach How To Create A Vegan World Contains Many Valuable Ideas And Insights For Both Budding Advocates For Animals And Seasoned Activists, Organizational Leaders, And Even Entrepreneurs Frustrating and problematic book, in that the world the author wants to work towards will only be vegan i.e., free of animal use to the extent readers don t go along with his suggestion that they shouldn t argue for an end to all animal use Leenaert is a long time supposed vegan, whose main interest is in growing the vegan movement i.e., on gettingpeople to self identify as vegan , because of the consequences he thinks that will have for animal use and who argues for a red Frustrating and problematic book, in that the world the author wants to work towards will only be vegan i.e., free of animal use to the extent readers don t go along with his suggestion that they shouldn t argue for an end to all animal use Leenaert is a long time supposed vegan, whose main interest is in growing the vegan movement i.e., on gettingpeople to self identify as vegan , because of the consequences he thinks that will have for animal use and who argues for a redefinition of veganism to allow people to call themselves vegan so long as they mostly whatever that means avoid using animals and animal products.While this is partly understandable lack of exposure is veganism s Achilles heel it is also both morally problematic veganism isn t primarily about ego considerations such as group membership being allowed to call yourself X , but about the choice not to treat animals as things property and unnecessary, given that veganism is now finally entering the mainstream As such, I find the popularity and spread of these ideas both via this book, and the workshops he organizes with Melanie Joy quite worrisome and frustrating.That said, because the bar is basically lying on the ground when it comes to this category of book, a lot of the practical suggestions Leenaert makes about how to behave will probably be helpful to most vegans And a lot of the points he makes about problematic advocacy are good, though Leenaert refuses to point out that the main parties encouraging such behavior are the corporate charities, ranging from HSUS to PETA to dXe, all of whom engage in useless single issue and welfare reform campaigns which form a great business model, because they won t stop animal use , and basically none of whom encourages its activists to become better advocates by learning to explain their reasons for being vegans, and for why their interlocutors should consider veganism as opposed to decreasing your meat consumption and what have you Foron that, see Francione and Charlton s Animal Rights The Abolitionist Approach and ADVOCATE FOR ANIMALS An Abolitionist Vegan Handbook I say supposed because he frequently intimates that he doesn t consider consistency a requirement for being a vegan, who isn t clear whether he himself consistently refuses to use animal products, and who encourages readers who do consistently eschew animal use, to hate themselves for doing so, by repeatedly suggesting that their actions are ineffective and or bad for animals , by suggesting that such rigidity will turn away non vegans, as though those are relevant considerations when it comes to morality Analogous to telling off human slavery abolitionists for refusing to us humans as slaves out of a worry that slave owners will find their behavior obnoxious which only makes sense if you believe that avoiding that people dislike your actions isimportant than not treating others as your property I m the publisher of this book, so I thought I d say a few words about why I decided to publish it I m a vegan ofthan two decades and my publishing company, Lantern Books, reflects many different approaches to nonviolence including that of treating animals well and no longer consuming them Given that vegans remain a very small percentage of the U.S population, it s clear that veganism is either undesirable, too difficult, or impossible to imagine for the vast majority of folks, no matte I m the publisher of this book, so I thought I d say a few words about why I decided to publish it I m a vegan ofthan two decades and my publishing company, Lantern Books, reflects many different approaches to nonviolence including that of treating animals well and no longer consuming them Given that vegans remain a very small percentage of the U.S population, it s clear that veganism is either undesirable, too difficult, or impossible to imagine for the vast majority of folks, no matter how much they may wish or say they wish to not harm animals So, as a vegan, a reader, and a publisher, I m always open to new approaches Tobias book is a very refreshing and, to my mind, convincing case for vegans to climb down from our lofty perches and start being very hard headed about how change happens and how people can be moved in the direction of veganism His fundamental message is that we need to stop harping on identity and emphasize actions we need to stop setting impossible goals and move toward practical, achievable steps and we need to recognize that encouraging people to change will take a great deal of support, flexibility, and creativity, and less judgmentalism, rigidity, and absolutism It s a challenging message for many vegans to hear, and I don t agree with everything Tobias says But I m very, very glad he said it and I m delighted to be his publisher The animal rights movement has been waiting for a book like this I cannot recommend it enough. How to Create a Vegan World is the best, most comprehensive and immediately practiceable book I have read on the topic of vegan advocacy so far Tobias Leenaert recognizes that creating a vegan world is a momentuous task, different from anything else undertaken before by social movements, and that achieving it amounts to muchthan the combined effort of convincing 7.6 billion individuals to go vegan The good news he brings is that it may actually require much LESS effort, if and only if we How to Create a Vegan World is the best, most comprehensive and immediately practiceable book I have read on the topic of vegan advocacy so far Tobias Leenaert recognizes that creating a vegan world is a momentuous task, different from anything else undertaken before by social movements, and that achieving it amounts to muchthan the combined effort of convincing 7.6 billion individuals to go vegan The good news he brings is that it may actually require much LESS effort, if and only if we get our movement to bestrategic The roadmap he sketches to achieve vegan critical mass, enlightened by the helpful metaphor of climbing mount vegan, is clear and can inspire many novel ways of campaigning, as well as ways to improve the effectiveness of current campaigns I especially liked the chapter on Environments It shows the many great opportunities that are still waiting to be realized when we change focus from getting individuals to adopt the vegan identity to making gradual changes on a societal and institutional level towards avegan world.Tobias writings have for years been an inspiration for the vegan advocacy work of Viva Las Vega s in The Netherlands Reading this book has reinvigorated my commitment to being as effective and strategic an activist as possible I am very happy that this book will now be available to vegan activists around the globe to read and cannot wait to share it with my colleagues

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