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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.

BIC Classifications

  • Society & social sciences (J)
    • Society & culture: general (JF)
      • Social issues & processes (JFF)
        • Animals & society (JFFZ)

BISAC Classifications

  • Nature (NAT)
    • NATURE / Animal Rights (NAT039000)

THEMA Classifications

  • Society & Social Sciences (J)
    • Society & culture: general (JB)
      • Social & ethical issues (JBF)
        • Animals & society (JBFU)