We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again – veganism is nothing new!
As yet another example from history, today is Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday. One of the most revered figures of the Renaissance, da Vinci is well known as a brilliant inventor, painter, sculptor, writer, architect and scientist.
But he was even more than all that. He was also someone who recognized the moral obligation we owe to other animals, and for that reason, he refrained from consuming them. He was even known for buying caged birds and setting them free!
What an inspiration that da Vinci and so many others throughout history have recognized the importance of nonviolence – including towards nonhuman animals.
Veganism is not (yet) the majority paradigm, but its foundation has been laid over millennia. And, as Victor Hugo once wrote, “nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.”
There is no good justification for continuing to harm and kill animals when we don’t have to. If you’re not already, please go vegan. It’s easy, it’s healthy, it’s urgently needed for the environment, and (most of all) it’s the least we owe to other animals.