Gary Yourofsky has delivered thousands speeches around the world. Gary enlightens, shocks people with reality, and provokes his audience to think the most powerful, ethical points of veganism. To learn more visit adaptt.org and Gary’s channel on YouTube.
Be sure to check out Gary Yourofsky’s others speeches. “The most important speech you will ever hear” is a powerful confrontation with reality concerning our traditional diet. Gary keeps it real and you really need to hear “The most important speech you will ever hear” after this:
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“Most viewed speech in the history of Israel!”
“People who’ve been oppressed understand oppression better than others.”
“When you hide the truth from people then you have atrocities take place.”
“That brings to mind a quote that made me go vegan from a bishop from England, William Ralph Inge, in an 18th century sermon. This man said that we have treated our cousins in fur and feather so horribly that beyond a doubt if they ever formed an organized religion the devil would be depicted in human form.”
“We cut things off their bodies, their horns while they’re fully conscious off the cows, we cut the beaks off of hens, we rip the testicles out of baby pigs when they’re born, we torment them, put them on concentration camp trucks, we send them to slaughter houses, they know what’s going on, they’re aware, they’re conscious, they smell death and fear and blood in the air, we cut them up in pieces, this stuff has to stop.”
“When confronted with comparing the animal holocaust to the Jewish holocaust: “we’re talking 12 million people were killed by the Nazi’s, in one year alone on this planet 60 billion land animals 90 billion marine animals are tortured, tormented, and killed in the world’s most massive holocaust. That’s just in one year alone. In America today, 30 million land animals will be tortured and killed in one day alone.”
“If you took humans off this planet the extinction of humans would benefit everything that exists; the animals, the forest, the air, the water, the mountains… if you removed ants, this is how special ants are, the whole ecosystem would collapse without ants… if the bees disappear everything falls apart.”
When questioning Gary’s perspective that people who run slaughter houses are like Nazi’s: “sure, to their victims they are. It doesn’t really matter what I think. To me yes, but most importantly to their victims. The victims don’t see the people that kill Jews any different than the people who kill cows”
When the argument of nature being full of species killing other species: “It’s also full of species not killing other species. 75% of the animals on this planet are herbivores. But why do we try to justify human behavior based on lion behavior or shark behavior? It’s also unfair because nobody else wants to do any else that lions do. You notice that convenient argument, we just want to do what the lions do when they eat Antelope.”
The interviewer also inquired about humane killing. Gary cleverly retorts with an analogy of taking a women on a date, wining and dining her, then slipping her a date rape drug and raping her. He then asks “is that humane? Why not? She didn’t feel a thing! See cause the act of rape of evil ok the act of killing is evil. We can’t do it in a nice way…”
Asked, are we progressing at a pace that is sufficient: “not quickly enough for the victims. But, sadly, as you know, change is slow. I t took us four hundred years to convince white people in America not to own blacks. You can see why this is taking so long. We can’t even treat each other kindly, you can see why we have a difficult time treating chickens, and pigs, and cows… with kindness. As I bring this up I want to let people know that the path to peace is through veganism.”
“We can find peace on this planet by eradicating speciesism. Because this is the first form of hatred humans are taught. Racism, sexism, Antisemitism, hetero-sexism, these are branches of hatred. The root is speciesism because that’s the first form of hatred humans are taught. When you’re a kid growing up you’re taught be nice to the dog, be nice to the cat, but that cow and that chicken he doesn’t count, just kill him, screw them. Uh, be nice to the horse, be upset when someone poaches a rhino, be upset when somebody cuts the fins off of a shark. Hey, but that turkey, kill him, it’s thanksgiving, it’s a holiday. So, the kid is confused growing up. So when we get down to talking about discrimination and why it’s wrong and where it comes from, it all stems from that somebody looks and acts differently than you. If you taught a child growing up that hey, just because chicken looks differently than you do, that chicken has every right to live, that spider has every right to live, just like you do. How is that child going to grow up and look at a different person who’s a different size, shape and color, how is that kid going to look at that person in hatred, with violence. Speciesism, by eradicating that, we can bring peace to this planet. ”
When inquiring about Gary’s focus on the moral aspect of being vegan, and if it would be more effective to stand on the health and ecological reasons, Gary beautifully responds with “Because the issue is going to be ethics to me. Health issues are selfish reasons, I’m trying to make people unselfish, the reason why we’re so mean to animals is because we think we’re so special. I’m trying to make people altruistic. Now here’s what I love about the health benefits of veganism. When you’re being altruistic you should never anything in return. When you’re vegan you get a lot of great things in return; your health, you’re good to the earth. Let’s face it, the worst form of environmental destruction is animal agriculture. So there’s some great benefits and kickbacks. But, without a clear conscience, without mental health, we can’t have physical health. So if you’re going to focus on the physical health aspects and miss this (mental) aspect you’re still not right.”