Vegans are often accused of being angry, self-righteous, and offensive.
Such accusations are familiar to anyone who tells the truth in a corrupt society like ours.
The vegan activist who has been slagged more than any other vegan spokesperson is Gary Yourofsky.
His hard-hitting YouTube videos, essays, and in-person lectures are the most unforgiving condemnations of carnism and animal exploitation you’ll see.
But Yourofsky isn’t just a vegan media activist. He’s also been an animal rights activist who had the courage to engage in direct-action animal liberation.
Gary Yourofsky has been arrested more than a dozen times for animal activism.
He spent months in a Canadian maximum security prison for being part of an Animal Liberation Front action that invaded a mink farm and released hundreds of mink.
Yourofsky is hardcore and uncompromising, and openly states he’s not a pacifist when it comes to defending animals.
In fact, the high-energy animal rights campaigner has gotten into physical altercations with people who were promoting animal exploitation.
Yourofsky was an official spokesperson for PETA for several years, but insiders say he became “too radical” even for PETA.
He now focuses on his own animal rights and vegan organization–Animals Deserve Absolute Protection Today and Tomorrow (ADAPTT).
One very inspiring aspect of Gary’s work is that he doesn’t limit himself to just promoting veganism.
He actively, physically confronts developers, animal exploitation facilities, politicians, and others to protest various animal harms, including hunting, circuses, fur farms, and habitat destruction.
The governments of the United Kingdom and Canada permanently banned Yourofsky from entering their countries, alleging that his beliefs and actions constitute “terrorism.”
For vegans who want to hear someone articulate the most uncompromising, indignant critiques of animal exploitation, Gary’s videos are powerful and compelling.
He definitely isn’t “politically correct,” or polite.
In one video embedded in this article, he speaks of his wish that people who eat animals or engage in animal exploitation be treated as badly as animals are treated.
He sometimes gets very worked up and appears to wish violence upon those who participate in or support animal exploitation industries.
Yourofsky is probably the most polarizing figure in the animal rights, animal liberation, and vegan movements.
You may watch these videos and come away saying, “I totally get where he’s coming from and appreciate his passion.”
Or you might say: “He’s way too angry and mean.”
I urge you to watch the videos regardless.
Sometimes I wince at the directness, fire, and in-your-face style he uses, but Gary Yourofsky has risked his life and freedom for innocent animals.
He truly embodies the qualities of a Vegan Samurai– he’s strong, unafraid, and willing to risk his safety and freedom to defend the defenseless.
The man well articulates the atrocities of the animal exploitation industries, and the feelings of outrage that most vegans feel when confronted with the brutal reality of what humans do to innocent animals.