Lastly, even though your vegan patronage may be encouraging these corps to "appease" vegans by offering them vegan options, it does NOTHING to pressure the company into changing things, like for example, replacing a scalding alive process with controlled-atmosphere killing (a much more painless way to die). What will encourage these people to make these changes in their treatment of animals is not demanding vegan options of them, but boycotting them until they make the changes. Once the changes have been implemented, then fine, have your taco bell burrito if you really cannot do without it. But for now, please dont stand in the way of activists FIGHTING these places until they improve the conditions for the billions of animals they murder annually.
Where is it that you are buying your food that isn't supporting the same types of companies? While unfortunately there are no 100% vegan grocery places where I live, there are LESSER of two evils kind of choices. I wouldnt support McDonalds anymore than I would like to support Dominian or Loblaws (the big grocery chains here). While Whole Foods sells "organic meats", Dominian sells what I am sure are factory farmed meats and LIVE lobsters. Clearly, the choice is one of lesser of two evils. But it is an important choice nonetheles, especially if veganism is about reducing suffering. I reduce suffering when I choose to give my money to Wholefoods instead of to Dominian. I reduce suffering when I go to Joe Blow's diner (small, sole-prioprietorship) and buy a vegan taco there instead of lend financial support to McDonalds.Arguably, one may even say that McDonalds is the lesser of two evils compared with Taco Bell (or any Yum brand company), because at least McDonalds agreed to peta demands for improved animal welfare conditions. Yum brands has been dicking peta around for over a year now, and I guess I have a special distaste for the company because of things that I have personally overheard Yum Brands execs say at the various protests I have attended. So please, I am imploring all vegans - if you insist on vegan fast food, DON'T hinder peta's and activists efforts of trying to pressure Yum by campaigning for a boycott. Go to MCDonalds or Buger King, but skip the support of Yum.
Personally I would like to see more and more vegan food available at the places most people eat. I would like for it to be easy for people to choose vegan food. That simply will not happen if restaurants offer vegan options and nobody buys them. You can burn down all the McDonald's if you want.
People will get their burgers elsewhere. Much more effective to offer them tasty vegan options and show them how easy it really is to be vegan. I agree. But the difference between us is that I would love to see less MCDonalds and more vegan places, making vegan places more mainstream, abundant and accessible, instead of helping to sustain places like McDonalds, who may offer vegan "options" but will still continue to kill animals and the environment.
I would say if you want your vegan Big Mac for dinner, go get it. Maybe next time you go there will be a vegan burger because enough people were requesting vegan food. It sounds crazy, but it did happen at Burger King. As far as I know, the burger at Burger King isnt vegan. It is vegetarian. yes, if more people ask for a vegan burger, Burger King might get one, but, like I said above, I would rather see smaller, ethical companies thrive and become mainstream and as common as burger king instead of seeing the continued life of places like Burger King. The way to achieve that is to support these companies - not Burger King. I dont believe that Burger King can ever be made to be ethical, and I certainly dont believe that them offering a vegan choice renders them as such.
In fact it's happening at restaurants all over the country and has resulted in more people choosing vegetarian meals than all of the boycots worldwide from 20 hardcore vegans.
and sorry to be so blunt, but if you are in a taco bell or kfc line up, then you are
in the way. I cannot tell you how frustrating it is to know that my KFC ? Yum campaigning has, as one of its obstacles, vegans
who feel the way that you and Rene do. The animals that are being scalded alive next week need us to all boycott KFC until they make the changes. Nothing else can work in the immediate future. Yes, ideally, it would be best if enough people would just go vegan but that aint gonna happen in the here and now. That will take some time, and so we must continue to campaign for veganism to take care of the "demand" side, but we also must take action for the voiceless chickens and cows in the possession of Yum in the here and now .