From: Rabbit (125-237-163-103.jetstream.xtra.co.nz -220.127.116.11)
Subject: Veganism & Medication
Date: July 23, 2007 at 2:25 pm PST
I already posted the following on the Pub but didn't get much
I'd like to get some opinions from vegans regarding medication and
whether you take it or not, taking into account that all
pharmaceuticals are tested on animals. I recently attended a talk by
Jeffrey Masson on vivisection and it got me thinking. I'd already had
in the back of my mind that I was a hypocrite for being on medication
when in all other aspects of my life I do my utmost to avoid
participating in animal suffering, i.e. by avoiding eating certain
foods, cleaning my house with products not tested on animals etc. Yet,
I've been on various medications over the years. What are you thoughts
on this? Even if the medications are saving a person's life, if the
person is against animal experimentation, then how can they justify
being on the medication when by taking it, it seems that they are of
the belief that their life is more important than laboratory animals'
lives and that it's acceptable to them that animals were subjected to
experiments and then death.
Anyway, I'm now medication free and it's not easy, in fact I'm
struggling with two health issues which could be managed with
medication, and I don't know what path to take. I didn't post this to
get the go-ahead from you to say go back on the medication. I just
need some advice, feedback and thoughts from other people who are
vegan for ethical reasons. There's no point discussing this issue with
doctors or meat eaters as I know what they would say.
By the way I've already read Jo Stepaniak's view on this topic and it
doesn't ring true for me, much as I respect her.
Thanks for your guidance.