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My name is Erin, but everyone calls me Red and that's just fine with me.

I'm a certified VLCE and Vegan Nutrition Specialist, fitness professional, public speaker, writer, consultant, kitchen wrangler, problem solver, host of the popular vegan podcast Red Radio, and right-hand-woman to vegan Wunderkind Chef Jay Astafa. I also co-founded The Seed in 2012, and continue to organize events across North America.

By night I'm a muay Thai practitioner, runner, Bikram Yogini, and tattoo collector. I share my pad with a vegan human, a vegan dog, and two carnivorous cats… all rescued. I hail from Toronto, Canada but Brooklyn, NYC is home.

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- I probably love you too much (c.b)
I know they're not synonymous, but aren't they both valid terms describing something specific?

apple-connor answered:

carnism (link to a short video by melanie joy—the person who coined the term “carnism”) focuses on the hypocritical relationship between the animals that humans eat (pigs, cows, chickens, and fish), and “pet” and “companion” animals (dogs and cats) in westernized societies. the word is intended to draw attention to the fact that we should care about “food” animals just as much as “companion” animals. this ignores that even “companion” animals are also seen as inferior to humans because of speciesism—which is what vegan advocates should be raising awareness of and trying to destroy. its only purpose is to change how *some* animals are viewed as food, and not how they are marginalized only because they aren’t human. just because someone wouldn’t eat a cow, doesn’t mean that they find it immoral to exploit them, or even that they’re aware of and are against their oppression. 

because of the heavy focus the word holds referring to someone’s diet/”lifestyle”, the word is irrelevant for vegans to use as it can be inclusive of vegetarians since it challenges the idea of killing animals for food which implies that killing is the only injustice worth talking about. discussions often include anyone who would just prefer a plant-based diet for any reason other than the opposition of species oppression (e.g. environmentalism, animal welfare, personal health, etc.).

anti-carnism also prioritizes advocating for the rights of marginalized animals considered food over every other marginalized species—which is speciesist . diet-centered activism is such a detriment to the animal rights movement, and it’s being caused by members within the movement.

advocating anti-speciesism incorporates everything and then some that anti-carnism covers, but not vice-versa. why would we focus on the right for *some* marginalized animals to be considered at a level the majority of the population still sees below humans? that is not veganism. changing the perspective of others to respect the autonomy of all marginalized species in the way we demand respect for humans is the goal of veganism. 


wow this is actually really good insight that I hadn’t thought of before.


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