From: VegAnimal ( -188.8.131.52)
Subject: "Justifying Death"-I disagree with Jo
Date: August 13, 2008 at 2:39 pm PST
In Reply to: Veganism & Medication posted by Rabbit on July 23, 2007 at 2:25 pm:
The only life you should justify death for is your own. It is not up to ANY human to justify an animals life or death. There are many alternative ways to do testing and their reactions on the body without testing on animals. The presciption industry continues to do it this way because people are still buying their products...
I disagree with Jo 110%.
Your statements makes it seem almost what we live for is to become known and famous. I have been a vegan for 3 years now. Do any of y'all know me? No. Have I changed many people's lives? Yes. Have I helped hundreds of thousands of animals in various ways? Yes. What I am getting at is, in my opinion, taking these medications is contradicting your veganism. Even the vegans who take the medications that were tested on animals might not ever "become known" or "benefit the reduction in suffering". If enough vegans and even activist would see the presciption market is winning this battle because we ALLOW them not to have alternatives. If their they lost thousands upon thousands of clients they would have no other choice but to change to what the public wants. Thats how companies work. If there is no buisness they have to bend to what needs and wants consumers want. I am actually really disheartend by this thread. It might be not many vegans/activists know how these things work or just haven't thought about it in this way. I'm not sure.
A perfect example of what I am talking about with companies is organic items. Until recently many people have not been very aware of being "healthy." Which has caused a spike in buying organic fruits and veggies. It is much easier to find organic foods everywhere and at a much more resonable price than a couple years ago. Even with fast food they have changed the way they prepare their foods. (Not saying fast food is any where close to being healthy) But the demands and intrests of their consumers they had to change to accomidate or else they lose customers and eventually go out of buiness. Simple as that.
Definitely a new way to look at medications.