Max is a member of SoLVe and a law student at the University of Auckland. He is heavily involved in debating, and is one of the Auckland University Law Review editors in chief for 2010.
Vegetarians and vegans are often also politically outspoken, socially active, and environmentally conscious. Of course, not all vegetarians and vegans are like this, and not all of those committed to social justice choose not to eat meat or animal products. But there is surely a connection between the two strands of thought: the cliché that vegetarians and vegans are ‘leftie greenies’ has a kernel of truth. It is worth asking why this is, and exploring how the connection influences our beliefs and behaviour. Understanding the relationship between vegetarian/vegan lifestyles and social justice impulses helps to shed light on both camps of thinking, and may also encourage further crossover and cross-fertilisation between these camps.