All of us are sentient individuals, the majority of whom have never been confined, never been tortured, never been mutilated deliberately and without anaesthesia, never been forcibly impregnated, never had our babies taken from us, never been hooked up to milk pumping machines or egg conveyors, never been starved and loaded onto trucks that take us to a place that smells of blood and fear, where we will hear the screams of our friends alongside the sounds of saws and machinery and know that our own death is coming.
With absolutely no personal experience of the horrors that we inflict on our sentient and desperate victims, who are we to decide how our ‘treatment’ of them while all this is happening, can be improved and better regulated? Yet this is exactly what we are presuming to do when we petition and protest for what we think are ‘better’ conditions in which to use our victims.
The only way we could ever even come close to making such an evaluation would be if we accepted that our victims are sufficiently like us for our own human preferences to apply to them. And if we accept that our victims are sufficiently like us for our own human preferences to apply to them, then our next thought must surely be to ask by what right we use these vulnerable, thinking, feeling individuals who are just like us, as if they were objects that exist solely for our indulgence. When we accept that our victims are sufficiently like us for our own human preferences to apply to them, we realise that we must re-cast ourselves, not in the role of ‘conscientious animal lovers’ which many of us favour, but rather in the role of extremely violent predators whose every victim is an unnecessary one who desperately wanted to live.
Given that this line of thought is so horrific that we are taught from our earliest childhood to suppress it, it is no surprise to find that the majority of us find it difficult to face the reality of what we do to our victims in order to use them as nonvegan resources. Nevertheless, we need to face the consequences of our actions if we are to be the people we already like to think we are.
The problem is not how or where we use our victims. The problem is that we HAVE victims. It’s just plain wrong in every sense. Be vegan.