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Towards a Vegan-Based Ethic

Dismantling Neo-Colonial Hierarchy Through an Ethic of Lovingkindness

Micol Kates

The book draws links between colonial and neo-colonial power structures which have sought to maintain hierarchies of dominance, resulting in cruel practices towards people at the bottom of the hierarchy and animals, who, in a colonial mindset, only exist for human gain. To counter these harm-based ideologies, and practices, veganism, as an ethical movement, is seeking to give voice to all those who support animals, and the rights of animals, while also seeking to give a voice to animals themselves. Additionally, veganism seeks to challenge the old-guard power structures and cruel practices perpetuated by colonial and neo-colonial systems associated with the dominant Ego power structure. Vegan ethics represent a shift from the dominant Ego model of human relations represented by a pyramid of power towards an Eco model of human relationships in which all Beings have equal worth and agency.

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Foreword by Dr. Lisa Micheelsen

Introduction—Towards a Vegan Ethic

1. Understanding Colonialism, Neo-colonialism and Post-Colonialism and Their Relationship to the Eco and Ego models

2. A Brief Definition of the Ego and Eco Models

3. Shamanic Clowns, Fools and Children: Shifting the Paradigm

4. Buddhist Lovingkindness as a Path to Veganism

5. The Ego and Eco Models Further Explained

6. Why Veganism? How Veganism Can Topple Neo-Colonialism in Theory and Practice

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