Boycotting can be a great tactic and can help us, as activists, effectively achieve our goals. However, some boycotts can be misdirected, ineffective, and just waste time and resources.
I came across an article on Vegetarian Star the other day about Brigitte Bardot urging a boycot of Canadian maple syrup in order to protest Canada's seal hunt. In my opinion, this is just plain stupid.
This reminds me of another misdirected boycott a while back: boycotting Wegmans because of the fact that they do not sell cage-free eggs. What point were we trying to make with that boycott? To many consumers it sounded like the animal rights community was saying cage-free eggs were an acceptable solution. Also, as vegans, we should all know cage-free is a myth and a bullshit PR campaign.
Anyway, I live in Canada right now and I'll still be buying maple syrup. Why? Because I think boycotting Canadian maple syrup is going to have zero effect on the seal hunt.
Boycotting is part of veganism because we understand the abuse of animals is tied to supply and demand. However, let's make sure we stay focused.
I'd love to hear your thoughts.