Who are the REAL victims?

Image by Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals

It’s a simple statement of fact that our victims are sentient, that they value their lives and that we have no need to use them because every use requires that their right to live unharmed is overruled in favour of the convenience and indulgence of our species.

Today, reading comments. opinion pieces and articles on social media, a thought occurred to me. It seems that any statement of support for animal rights, the moment it is articulated, becomes an ‘attack’. Not only does putting nonhuman animals front and centre become an attack, but the ‘victims’ of the perceived attack are all desperate to draw attention to themselves as the one(s) subjected to the worst degree of offence.

Suddenly there are editorials and comments reacting angrily that this is anti-freedom-of-choice, anti-farming, anti-animal-consumers, and ‘getting at’ those who wish to continue to unnecessarily harm animals in various ways. Apparently it’s even anti – people who identify themselves as vegans but are facing challenges sourcing various consumer products.

The thing that needs to be said is that being pro-nonhuman animals does not automatically mean being anti-anyone. Because guess what? It’s not about us. Any of us. The humans and their organisations and institutions clamouring and waving their hands in outrage at the back of the room, claiming it’s all about them and grabbing media attention are not victims.

The position of ‘victims’ has already been filled more than adequately by over 77 billion sentient land based individuals each year, with additional uncounted trillions of aquatic creatures. The position of ‘victim’ comes with an automatic death sentence after an existence as a resource, a commodity and a commercial asset. All our species faces, at the worst, is the inconvenience of re-learning how to live and to make consumer choices that align with the values that we already think we have. In the grand scheme of things, I know which role I’d rather fill.

Perhaps it should also be noted that if we consider that the first paragraph of this essay is a personal attack, then it may well come from the voice of our conscience. When I was young, there was a saying, ‘If the cap fits, wear it’. Be vegan.

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5 Responses to Who are the REAL victims?

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  2. cushpigsmum says:

    Reblogged this on iliketowritewhatithink.


  3. veronique2 says:

    Yes it always amazes me to see how the oppressors pass themselves as the victims. But then we’ve seen this in all social justice issues of the past as well. After all, slave owners passed themselves as victims against anti slavery activists claiming their right to owning slaves. This is no different. Excellent comments.

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  4. Spunky Bunny says:

    When we stand up FOR animals, we are standing AGAINST those who are hurting animals. So naturally they feel attacked. But they seriously misunderstand the concept of “attacked”.
    I wish they could be a pig, or a chicken, or a turkey, or a cow for a few moments… then they will know the TRUE meaning of “attacked”.
    The REAL ATTACKS are the ones meat-eaters are doing to animals, with knives and guns… and their own forks. So, yes indeed, the only REAL victims are the animals.
    Reading some words on a computer screen that stirs up your own conscience most certainly is not an “attack”.
    Animals are completely invisible and irrelevant to the average person. I honestly think they don’t even understand when we point out the fact that the only real victims here are animals.
    Truly, it is their own conscience “attacking” them, not vegans. But they are so out of touch with their own conscience that they don’t recognize it’s voice and instead imagine it is the vegan attacking them.
    By continuing to blame animal rights activists for “attacking” them, they are assuring their disconnect with their own conscience. When they feel attacked, instead of whining, and complaining, and blaming, they should look in the mirror and acknowledge their own conscience trying to get their attention.
    Then maybe they will stop attacking animals.

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  5. Shannon says:

    In America, we’ve become comfortable in calling ourselves ‘victims’ whenever an uncomfortable situation befalls us (usually self-induced). We forget how, over the course of the last few centuries, we have removed ourselves from nature, from our predators, from disease and loss of population. This is only temporary — nature always wins out.

    We exploit as it suits us, if not by skin color or gender, by species. It’s easy because we’ve forgotten how to be citizens of earth. If only we could use our brains for good.

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