Anonymous asked: This is a genuine question, if you caught head lice, would you get rid of them or would you let them stay on your head where they would survive? (I'm sorry if this sounds I'm being sarcastic or rude I'm honestly not meaning to be)
I would get rid of them because my health comes first and foremost. I’d do the same if I was infected with worms, or was bitten by a venemous animal and needed antivenom, or if I had a life-threatening illness and needed medicine tested on animals etc. Hopefully that answers any other questions people might be tempted to send!
People misunderstand veganism a lot in ways like this. It’s not about being a purist and being ~perfect~ no matter what the consequences. It’s about rejecting the ideology that animals are just products we can exploit for our own profit or amusement, and instead saying that they’re autonomous people that should be respected as individuals. This is why I eat products that say ‘may contain (traces of) milk’, because that almost always means the product was made in the same factory as milk-products and cross-contamination could have occurred, even if the end product has no animal products in it.
My veganism is a life-long protest calling for animal liberation, the destruction of capitalism, and a society that’s sustainable and respectful to all individuals. It’s a stand in solidarity with non-human animals who are exploited and abused and assaulted and killed daily, of which there are millions. It’s about avoiding as much harm as I possibly can, with the resources I have, and in the capitalist soiety I have to live in. I mean if there’s a way I can remove the hypothetical head lice without killing them all then I’d much rather do that, but it’s not always possible.
On a slightly different note, classist assumptions that everyone everywhere can go vegan, and ableist assumptions that people with sensory issues should just blend their food into smoothies forever so they can go vegan, are dickish things to say and also completely false. Something I feel should be a large part of veganism is accepting the limitations put on others by the society we currently live in, and working towards removing them rather than being classist, racist, ableist asshats.
Fingers crossed all of this made sense and I’ve cleared up more than one question with this!