I'm just wondering how many people consider veganism something ordained by their religion, something they associate with religion, or something that has a relgious pretext in any way.
Personally, I've always approached veganism from a secular way, by I have a friend who I've been trying to interest in veganism who is ordained as a Buddhist monk, and who has been discussing Buddhist precepts for veganism with me. Also, being into straight edge hardcore, there are a lot of bands that have approached veganism and straight edge from a religious standpoint, be it Buddhist (Eightfold Path), Islamic (Vegan Reich, Racetraitor), Krishna Conciousness (Shelter, though I think that's only vegetarianism, still some great lyrics).
EDIT: Chucking this in also, that the quotation from Henry Beston included in 'Earthlings' has always struck me as having a peculiar intensity that isn't quite secular.
Having seen religion as an instigator for violence (from Northern Ireland, so not picking fights so much as speaking from personal experience), I've always avoided it, but I have to admit that as I progress further into sXe and veganism both, I feel not something lame like a 'spiritual' reason, but a sort of dearth in the purely scientific perspective of veganism and environmentalism. My friend has suggested zazen and indeed commented that I am 'Buddhist in all but name' before, so I am interested i pursuing that in the future, even as a sort of cultural exchange thing with him and my veganism...
But yea, before I just ramble on about myself for any longer, anything in these thoughts strike people as interesting or connecting veganism to a wider 'religious' experience?
In this grand illusion of entitlement to life / Our 'need' is a mask for our greed and it's not right /
We are executioners who parade ourselves as kings / As selfish and deluded as the blood-bathed Bathory. ~Kingdom, 'Bathory' xVx