what is sentience
A "sentient" being is any living thing that have nerves and a brain. Just like us, animals used for food, clothing, entertainment and for medical and cosmetic testing are sentient. Animals and insects feel pain, experience fear and are aware of the world they live in.
What is speciesism
Speciesism is to discriminate (judge and treat differently) between one sentient being and another based on their species. A very easy example of this happening is a pet owner loving their companion animal but eating other animals with no thought. Thinking that their pet has the right to live but the animal killed for food does not have that same right is speciesism and very unfair!
Why should some animals have rights and not others? If a dog is abused by their owner, the owner is held responsible and punished. If a pig is abused by a worker, the law says that is o.k - but does that make it right? Ask yourself these questions:
1. Does every animal have the right to live?
2. Does every animal have the right to be protected from abuse?
3. Does every animal feel pain?
5. Does every animal want to survive?
If you answered 'yes' to all those questions...you're thinking like a vegan!
the knock on effect
Every action causes a reaction and has a 'knock on effect'
Vegans consciously think about what effects their actions have. Making sure to only support companies that are in-line with their morals and beliefs, buying products that do not add to any global issues, using products that are animal testing free, eating foods that do not pay for animals to be harmed.
You have the power to influence others too. If you respectfully educate your friends of family with information about veganism which means they change their habits too - think of all the animals who could be spared! Every vegan that talks about it, buys vegan options and influences others to do the same gets us closer and closer to a vegan world where animals are not used by humans.