I agree with both of you,
However precision female, I don't feel that I am responsible that they used animals for research. And I have to draw my own line somewhere: how can I bring a change in this complex-horrible and depressing situation, how can I bring the best of myself for bringing that change and saving animals from misery on the big scale?
I think it's also how you resonate, but I am not sure about your conclusion:
but you an also lead by example of compassionate self sacrifice - which really gets peoples attention and makes them think. They won't follow...they're conditioned to care only of themselves and block out the screaming of a mutilated animal...but at least they will think.
Most people think of me as an extremist because what I do is so far away from them. Many still think you'll get sick if you are vegan, you need meat, dairy, eggs... that if you take supplement it's the proof it's not the right choice, etc.
They don't look at the world with my perspective and my knowledge on all those questions.
I am sure you also experienced how terrible and frustrating it can be to debate with a person who just don't understand very basic concepts, doesn't know what he is speaking about and doesn't want to know (some of them are even doctors, dietitian, love animals...). I don't think those people care how "consequent" I am since they don't understand what it is about.
Imagine your own child being experimented on - tortured and killed - so that you could take a medicine.
Don't they grow our (organic) food with manure (coming from animals)? Shall we avoid that food? What about transportation of food, doesn't it kill some animals sometimes? What about the materials, tools, for building the cars, what about the roads? Didn't we destroy animal habitat to build ourselves homes, computers, Internet access, etc.? What if those were our child?
We can never be a complete hole vegan in a non-vegan society.