Everyone has a moral obligation to go vegan, “celibate monks” included: Part 4 of a Response to Sivarama Swami

“I’m a celibate monk from a 5,000 year old Krishna tradition…” declared Sivarama Swami, as he launched into his September 9 video Can Vegans Consume Milk: Part 2, a response to criticisms and questions regarding his promotion of “ahimsa milk” as suitable for vegans. As he explained, this information was proffered because he wanted to…

The “violence” of non-violence: Getting it horribly wrong on “ahimsa milk”—Part 3 of a response to Sivarama Swami

Sivarama Swami, a guru in the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON, popularly known as the Hare Krishna movement) made a video entitled, Can Vegans Consume Milk?, promoting so-called “ahimsa milk” as being suitable for vegans to consume. The video went viral. I’ve already written about this in two previous parts (see here and here).…

“Veggie-vegan”—just more speciesist nonsense: Part Two of a response to Sivarama Swami

In a widely viewed video posted on Facebook on September 2, 2017, promoting what is falsely called “ahimsa milk” as suitable for vegans, Sivarama Swami, one of an all-male group of gurus in the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON, popularly known as the Hare Krishna movement), dubbed himself a “veggie-vegan.” What he means by…

“Ahimsa Milk”: There Is No Such Thing and Never Could Be—Part One of A Response to Sivarama Swami

On September 2, 2017, Sivarama Swami, one of seventy-seven gurus—all men—in the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON, popularly known as the Hare Krishna movement), posted a video on Facebook entitled, Can Vegans Consume Milk?, promoting something he calls “ahimsa milk.” That is, milk that is supposedly produced without violence. The video went viral. There’s nothing unusual…

Mercy For Animals and Cage-Free Duplicity: Part Two

MFA’s regular self-congratulations on the “success” of their cage-free egg campaign typically conclude with some version of, “Of course, the best way to help animals is to leave eggs off your plate” whereupon readers are directed to a “Vegetarian (note: not “Vegan”) Starter Guide” which predictably promotes the standard welfarist baby steps, “vegetarian,” “meatless,” “cut…