I've been spending a lot of time and energy trying to understand why the vegan movement is languishing. Yes, we have made some real gains and they should be celebrated. Yet, we have a lot more progress to be made.
I've started reading this article about sweatshops, and it reminded me of veganism.
Here's the conclusion of the article. What the below means is we must go far beyond personal shopping choices. A handful of people choosing to shop vegan will help, but can only go so far. We are dealing with a system of oppression. Animals are oppressed systemically and institutionally. I highly recommend the Gender Knot by Allan G. Johnson to help understand how to fight against a system of oppression.
"We are not going to shop ourselves into a better world. Advocating for boring stuff like complaint mechanisms and formalized labor contracts is nowhere near as satisfying as buying a pair of Fair Trade sandals or whatever. But that’s how the hard work of development actually gets done: Not by imploring people to buy better, but by giving them no other option. After all, that naked protest of Old Navy in the '90s? Behind the 50 demonstrators, a line of 300 customers stretched
around the block." Michael Hobbes The Myth of the ethical Shopper.
That is a very lenghty article for sure.
Buying Fair Trade clothes is expensive and it does not give me an overly satisfying feeling.
If I understand the author correctly there are laws in countries where clothes are produced and they just have to be enforced or one has to look at the situation and and a solution needs to be found. Did I understand that right?