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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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I would like to thank, in a broad way, everyone who has done important research in the field of animal rights, and whose research has had an impact on my own, namely Peter Singer, Carol J. Adams, Michael Pollan, Namit Arora, Lesli Bisgould, Wendy King, and Jennifer Stopford.

In a more specific way, I’d like to thank my amazing professor, Dr. Lisa Micheelsen for her constant support, encouragement, and breadth of knowledge. If everyone were to have a professor as awesome as she is, I think we’d all be truly unstoppable!

I would like to also thank my awesome mom, Dr. Isabella Colalillo Kates, for her tireless editing help, and her constant support. My sister, Samantha for being very supportive, my aunt Dr. Giuliana Colalillo, Catherine Legere, and our fur family members, past and present: they are loved.

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