To Meat or Not to Meat
Cara Nicoletti
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I’m vegan; I do not eat, wear, or otherwise use (to the best of my ability) any animal products. It’s not a matter of “loving” animals for me; it’s a matter of justice for the oppressed, and causing the least possible harm to those who share the Earth with me.

The foundation of my animal rights activism is the stance that animals are people, not property. All animals feel pain and desire to live. There is no “humane” way to kill someone who does not want to die, and dairy and egg farming result in just as much suffering and death as raising animals for their flesh.

As a queer black trans person who spent years doing volunteer work in food justice, I am sensitive to the accusations that animal rights activists don’t care about human rights, and that veganism is for privileged people only. A growing number of people like me — members of multiple oppressed classes of humans — are spreading the message that one does not have to choose between animal rights and human rights. Dr. A Breeze Harper of Sistah Vegan Project and Aph Ko of Aphro-ism are two intersectional black feminist vegans to check out.