In "Reframing Anger" in Vegan's Daily Companion, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau asks why animal activists shouldn't be angry. "Learning about the atrocities enacted against animals is enough to drive the most levelheaded of us to despair, grief, and even anger. . . . Corporate greed, personal convenience, and human pleasure drive the institutionalized abuse of billions of nonhuman animals all over the globe. It's considered radical to oppose this. Of course they're angry. Anger is a real response to a devastating reality . . . accept it as a part of awakening, resist being afraid of it, suppressing it, or labeling it as 'wrong.' Feeling anger is necessary; it's what we do with anger that will make or break us."
Rage Against the Machine sang that anger is a gift. Johnny Lydon of Sex Pistols fame wrote that anger is an energy. Anger can be useful if dealt with constructively, but blaming vegans for not suppressing their anger or grief is gratuitous and belittling. Instead, we would do well to offer sympathy and support to our fellow comrades because anger is often a veil we wear to hide our own inadequacies and deep feelings of sadness and helplessness.