Compare that to the one of every seven Baby Boomers, and you see why Professor of Psychiatry Dr. Casey Taft has decided where to pin his hopes for a kinder, gentler and animal-friendlier world.
With this book, he takes his readers by their hands and navigates them through the sometimes messy terrain surrounding such an evolution!
Millennial Vegan begins with a simple truth:
“We have no need to contribute to animal suffering and the deaths of over one trillion nonhuman animals every year from human use of them.”
Each of its 14 chapters opens with an equally relevant quote or two from vegan teens, young adults or their parents. All have communicated directly with Dr. Taft.
He responds to their letters with clear, relevant answers on a range of topics. That said, he doesn’t pretend to have always had these answers:
“I myself, as a clinical psychologist and communication skills expert, had difficulties communicating with family members when I first went vegan.”
It took years of counseling sessions — and countless conversations with vegans and their family members — to gain the wealth of wisdom expressed in his writing. Some of the incidents he shares are truly heartwrenching.
Take the young woman from a farming family who became vegan after discovering the horrific abuse resulting from animal agriculture.
Her decision flew in the face of everything her family believed. They could not accept that veganism was physically or emotionally healthy. And their anger over her choice approached a toxic level.
Her experience, unfortunately, is common among new vegans. Dr. Taft notes that family members and friends often express such anger. He attributes it to their underlying feelings of guilt and shame:
“When one feels guilty for doing harm to animals, they often display shame… that involves aggression directed toward the vegan. Rather than thinking about the root cause of their feelings… they direct those negative feelings outwards to the person who is reminding them of the abuse they are contributing to.”
What do I most appreciate about Dr. Taft’s approach to dealing with “anti-vegans”? He instead chooses to see them as “pre-vegans!”
That is, I expect that those around me will eventually go vegan. I truly do believe that eventually, veganism will become the norm, as society becomes more aware of the injustice of animal use… and the devastating environmental and economic impacts of animal use become too difficult to ignore any longer.”
If any one attitude can inspire Millennials to keep spreading the plant-based message, that’s the one!