Positions

Caring Veg Community is invested in total liberation for humans and nonhuman persons. Therefore, we investigate the way multiple oppressions are intertwined and oppose the roots of those oppressions. These are our positions on several key issues (in alphabetical order).


Abolition of cops, ICE, and prisons

CVC supports the abolition of the prison-industrial complex.

Adoption of nonhuman persons who are unable to live in the wild

CVC supports adopting non-human persons who would otherwise suffer.

Anti-capitalism

CVC encourages all activists to educate themselves about and participate in the fight against capitalism.

Anti-colonialism

CVC encourages all activists to educate themselves about and participate in the fight to eliminate the unjust realities created by colonialism.

Anti-diet nutrition

CVC encourages all activists to seek nutrition advice that originates from an anti-diet perspective, for example see Taylor Wolfram’s resources and our intro to vegan nutrition resource. Since restrictive dieting can exacerbate eating disorders, we oppose the promotion of diets like the whole food plant-based diet and weight-based promotions of veganism.

Anti-racism

CVC encourages all activists to educate themselves about and participate in the fight against white supremacy. For one relevant starting point from a vegan perspective see Aph and Syl Ko’s work.

Anti-speciesism

CVC asserts the fundamental moral equality of all persons regardless of species and denies human superiority.

“Being plant-based is easy” messaging

CVC opposes any messaging that ignores the fact that various populations and individuals face specific barriers to eating plant-based diets.

Comparing animal oppression to specific forms of human oppression

CVC opposes the use of direct comparisons between non-human oppression and specific forms of human oppression. That being said, CVC encourages messaging that reveals the common roots of non-human and human oppressions.

Conspiracy theories

CVC does not welcome the expression of conspiracy theories in our spaces. There are numerous conspiracy theories out there, but some common ones to beware of are anti-vax, anti-mask, or QAnon conspiracy theories.

Disability liberation

CVC encourages all activists to educate themselves about and participate in the fight for disability liberation. For a starting point, see Sunaura Taylor’s Beasts of Burden.

Environmental justice

CVC encourages all activists to educate themselves about and participate in the fight for environmental justice.

Fat liberation and body neutrality

CVC encourages all activists to educate themselves about and participate in the fight against weight and size discrimination. For one relevant starting point from a vegan perspective, see Chelsea Lincoln’s work.

“Go plant-based now” messaging

CVC opposes telling people that they must immediately adopt a completely plant-based diet. Instead, CVC encourages a transitional approach to adopting a plant-based diet.

Indigenous Land Sovereignty

CVC encourages all activists to educate themselves about and participate in the fight to return lands traditionally inhabited and cared for by Indigenous peoples to their care.

Internationalism

CVC stands in solidarity with all peoples and struggles for justice regardless of national boundaries.

LGBTQIA+ and queer liberation

CVC encourages all activists to educate themselves about and participate in the fight for a a world where all people, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation, can lead their best lives.

Mutual aid and solidarity

CVC believes in empowering those around us through mutual aid and solidarity,

Pseudo-scientific promotion of plant-based diets

CVC opposes health-based messaging based on pseudoscientific or exaggerated claims of health benefits. Reputable scientific sources for the health benefits of plant-based diets include the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics position statement on vegetarian diets and various materials from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Purchasing non-human persons as “pets” (pet stores, breeders, Craigslist, etc.)

CVC opposes the commodification of non-human persons.

Rehabilitative, restorative, and transformative justice

CVC supports approaches to criminal justice that rehabilitate those that have committed crimes, restore victims of crimes and those impacted by crime, and address the root causes of crime to facilitate greater social cohesion and justice.

Rewilding

CVC supports rewilding formerly domesticated non-human persons where this can be done safely and effectively.

Shaming messaging

CVC opposes any plant-based diet messaging that could be construed as shaming people.

Trans- and sex worker-inclusionary feminism

CVC encourages all activists to learn about and participate in the fight against the patriarchy. We do not welcome sex worker exclusionary or trans exclusionary ideas in our space.