Vegan on Vacation: Granada, Spain Edition – Hazte Vegano!

Madrid to Granada to Seville back to Madrid was quite the trek. A week abroad, hostel and hotel hopping by way of plane, train, and automobile takes a lot out of a girl.  Traveling via bus, my sister and I made our way from Madrid to Granada with a full view of the gorgeous mountains, including the Sierra Nevada mountain range, and endless olive trees.

Hazte Vegano street art
Hazte Vegano - go vegan!

While viewing the blooming orange trees and taking an olive oil tour where we were guided through the process of making olive oil and sampled several from the region were top of my list of “Most Awesome Experiences in Spain,” the real kicker greeted me not long after getting off the bus in Granada.

As we stretched our legs and got our bearings with yet another European city map, I grabbed my camera to capture the graffiti immediately across the street. Scrawled across the white architecture for which Granada is famous, in black spray paint was “los animales no son nuestro esclavos” (animals are not our slaves) and “Stop Especismo (Stop Speciesism).” Also included with the graffiti was “Hazte Vegano (Go Vegan)” which I saw multiple places on the city walls while roaming Granada.

Vegan graffiti in Spain
Vegan graffiti in Granada, Spain


While there is merit to the criticism of the tampering with private property to make a valid ethical point, I was moved by such blatant criticism of speciesism. For the unfamiliar, the term speciesism was coined in the 1970s to define the act of discriminating against non-human animals based on their species membership and discussed most popularly in the philosophies of Tom Regan and Peter Singer.

Who knew I would be reminded of the arguments of Peter Singer I first read about in high school again while traveling abroad a decade later?

Bonus round: Awesome blog post about vegan tapas in Granada I found after getting back to the states.

By Jamie J. Hagen

Jamie J. Hagen lives in Brooklyn and is a Contributing Editor for Autostraddle and writer for The Line Campaign. Follow her on twitter @jamiejhagen and visit her personal website for more of her work.

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