Remember: the animal rights movement is a social justice movement. If you believe in freedom of speech, the right to a peaceful life without the threat of violence and war, protecting the young and innocent from violence and abuse, if you believe in protecting and defending female rights and control over their own reproductive system, if you believe in absolute equality, liberty and justice as a whole, then why aren’t you also defending all non-human animals’ rights? We are all animals. Respect for life is respect for life, regardless of the species that life belongs to.
Speech by Philip Wollen. Art by Jo Frederiks.
Are you vegan yet?
I can’t really share enough of these articles. Clearly, the drug of choice (meat) is so all-consuming it manages to override common sense, compassion and even the survival instinct. It can’t be made a much clearer; meat consumption is not sustainable. Meat consumption is destroying our home and is responsible for devastation and starvation in parts of the world. Ignore all scientific data and evidence, and be a meat junkie at your peril (and at a horrifying cost).
I find it shocking that any government would choose to bow to the agricultural lobby’s financial and political pressure and make it illegal to document and report failings in animal welfare, slaughter practice, hygiene standards and behaviour of staff at farms and slaughterhouses. Why wouldn’t you want these things independently monitored and open to public scrutiny? If agriculture has nothing to hide, why shut all the doors and windows to stop people from seeing the general day-to-day workings of a farm? Why effectively remove all standards and accountability by saying “No one can see or report on what happens here, regardless of what happens here”? This leaves agriculture free to break animal welfare laws, along with rules for standards in working conditions, and even, surely, takes away the ability for those on the inside to raise concerns and report on failings in these and other areas.
This is as far from public interest as it’s possible to get, and its a nightmare for animal welfare. Why would the US public allow this to happen? This is politically driven and has happened because agriculture and politics cross far too much for anyone’s good. The public have a right to know what happens in farms and slaughterhouses.
While farms exist, we have an obligation to animals to maintain the highest standards of welfare. High animal welfare standards on farms is surely directly linked to general hygiene standards and a high standard of working practice. I wonder what the standards really are in US farms if Big Ag is so desperate to shut down all scrutiny? Surely lower standards means much lower quality, more suffering, and the introduction of disease and illness in farm animals?
US agriculture has something big to hide. It looks like the US political system is firmly in their pockets and is helping them hide the atrocious truths inside America’s farms and slaughterhouses.
This is why, if you are at all politically minded and resent being manipulated and duped by a government and their conglomerate buddies, you vote with your mouth and stop eating meat. Problem solved. If everyone did that, agriculture would swiftly sit up and start doing what we tell them to do.
Please sign. The easiest thing you’ll do today, but it might make such a difference.
If you’re vegan you’ve probably already heard this speech. You’ve probably also seen the anti-Yourofsky propaganda. As with all things, make up your own mind. Either way, great presentation.
One of those persistent whines I hear from even vaguely sensible people is: “Why do you care so much about animals? Don’t you care about people?”. Where is the rule which states that if you care about wildlife, and pets and farm animals, you can’t also care about people animals? I’ve never seen it. That’s because it doesn’t exist. Compassion is generally not an either/or issue. One doesn’t exclude the other. Indeed, I regularly donate to Amnesty, and NSPCC. I care about people, generally speaking.
The thing about having this wild idea about equality for all, the right to life and certain freedoms, standing against injustice, and not believing in segregation according to race, creed or colour, is that it can and should include ALL animals. Vegans tend to be human rights campaigners, too. They should be human rights campaigners. If you are against slavery, why on earth would you buy dairy products? Slavery is slavery, regardless of species. White people once thought black people couldn’t feel pain or suffer emotionally when their children were taken from them… Yes, really.
We are all animals.