Do all vegans value animal lives as much as human lives? That probably depends on the vegan. As goes for any activist of any social justice movement, it may come as a surprise that not all vegans have the same train of thought.
From my own personal point view, I wouldn’t necessarily say that I would put the needs of of an animal before the needs of a human. When it comes to the infamous, inevitable question “if you had to save an animal or a human, and you could only save one, which one would you choose,” I would definitely choose human. But of course, that isn’t to say that in modern day, many people have the choice to save both and still choose to harm an animal unnecessarily. Most times I try to explain the way I feel about animals, I normally compare farmed animals to dogs. I love all animals, so choosing not to eat the body of one animal while I cuddle up with another just because they have different faces is an easy decision! If I don’t need to cause suffering to an innocent, loving, curious cute little baby piggy, why would I?
That’s just my personal view though. After making the vegan switch, I did my research and followed online forums just like any plant-eating nerd would! And honestly, not all vegans even like animals. Of course, this brand of vegan is more rare. Even most omnivores claim to be animal lovers! But despite that some vegans may feel animals are gross or annoying (I know, it stung just typing it! Their words, not mine!), they can still acknowledge that animals have the ability to feel pain, and that it is not our right to take away the life of any being that wants to live.
As Philosopher Jeremy Bentham said, “The question is not can they reason, but can they suffer?”
Signing off for the Sentient,