Because we so often hear rhetoric and hyperbole about ‘Success!’ and ‘Victory!’ in connection with the treatment of our nonhuman victims, assumptions are made that animal use is ‘not that bad’ and that those who promote a complete end to it are exaggerating, ‘extreme’ or ‘crazy’.
When we allow ourselves to think this way, we are playing directly into the hands of the death industries and the many ‘welfare’ groups who make money from causing, promoting and endorsing harm and bloodshed. We are allowing ourselves to be lulled into believing that ‘everything is regulated’, ‘it’s all done humanely’, ‘Think of all our victories!’, ‘Donate to us and then carry on as usual’.
As a consequence, we feel much better about our use and consumption of sentient individuals as commodities and resources; we feel comforted by the soothing assurances that our donations mean we’re doing all we can; any uneasy conscience we might have had is soothed and quieted.
However, when we allow ourselves to imagine for even a moment that the practice of bringing sentient individuals – mothers, fathers, children with the same emotional range as ourselves – into the world for the sole purpose of using them as unnecessary commodities and resources is, or ever CAN be, anything other than an inherently violent and obscene bloodbath, speaking from experience, we are completely bypassing every shred of our common sense.
The slaughterhouse queues and the death trucks, the ‘milking parlours’ and the chicken sheds still echo with the screams and the whimpers of those whose only crime is not being human. But we, having checked out the ‘welfare approved’ labels and clicked the ‘donate’ buttons, bask in the cosy glow of self-satisfaction as we collect pints of horror and vacuum packs of dismembered bodies off the supermarket shelves.
The thing we must focus on is that none of our use of other individuals is necessary; not for them, not for us, not for the planet. Our fight is not for better treatment of our victims, our fight is to teach other humans that we have no need for victims in the first place.
There is only one way to end consumer demand and it’s a way that needs no financial contributions. Becoming vegan and telling others about veganism is the single effective way to end the mistaken view that we as a species somehow require, out of necessity, entitlement or convenience, to use the bodies of others to thrive. We can spread the message quietly or we can shout it out loud and clear, but spread it we must.
We owe nothing less to those whose date in the slaughterhouse is arranged before they have even been conceived, and those generations who will continue to end their pitiful and miserable existences in our blood soaked hells until the sun rises on a vegan world.
Be vegan. Start today. Your only regret will be that it took you so long.