AN EXPANSION OF THE ABOVE
Before I get lambasted by comments attacking me about singling out the US and not acknowledging something in particular, I wanted to briefly expand on my meaning. When I consider a nation progressive towards vegan values, I am talking about every angle of veganism.
Sure, the US is probably at the forefront of advancements in junk food for vegans and it’s never been easier for a wider range of people to be vegan, but in terms of environmental policies, laws being created and more importantly, enforcing those laws, and other important topics vegans care about, the US sucks. I don’t consider a country to be progressive towards veganism while the circus still exists, renewable energy isn’t being accepted or is actively being pushed back. I also don’t believe any country that supports bullfighting in any way, much less being subsidised by the government, can be considered good for veganism.
Actually, the US is the ONLY country in the world to pull out of the Paris agreement, refusing to contribute to tackling climate change, which is especially dire considering with animal agriculture and transport, they are one of the worst contributors to it.
Not only that, but if veganism encapsulates the health, liberties and freedoms of ALL living beings, the US is the only country in the developed world to not offer universal healthcare. Plus they have the highest rate per capita of incarcerated citizens (excluding Seychelles which incarcerates Somali pirates). Added to the whole police state, brutality situation that’s going on right now, the fact that the current administration is reversing policies protecting wildlife, national parks, endangered species etc, in terms of progression, the US is one of the worst places for veganism. I won’t deny that the ease of finding vegan ice cream really soothes my feelings towards the US.
Now, this isn’t supposed to be an article pointing out what the US sucks at, I do feel like that sets up my article well, because I’m not just looking at the food, which so many of the articles I’ve seen on “Where’s best to live as a vegan” seem to do. If you google that phrase, I guarantee I could guess at least 3 of the places that come up.
Portland, Oregon | Los Angeles, Califoria | Toronto, Canada | Melbourne, Australia
Sure, all of these are great options for food, but Portland and L.A as covered above is the US. Canada is a country with the economy being built on the ravaging of the environment, which is something I never paid attention to before actually going there. The Australian government have actively worked against Sea Sherpherd in the protection of illegal Japanese whalers who are killing hordes of whales in Australian waters. These are just a few of the things that vegans would not support and things I am going to consider during this article.
I, of course recognise that there have been positives coming out of these countries, especially the activism scene in the US, Canada and Australia being some of the strongest and most active, however in terms of what has been put into law by government, it’s a different story. Hopefully by seeing the level of protection the following countries have in place it should be a good guide on the next steps that lagging governments can implement. No country is perfect and even the countries on this list have a ton of work to do, but here’s where we are so far.
EDITED: Since starting the research on this topic, I will be writing an article spotlighting single countries in an ongoing segment entitled “How vegan is my country?”. This includes the countries in this article, seeing as this is meant to be a more brief overview of how good a particular country is.