For a moment, please imagine if you will, that this page were to highlight something horrific being done to humans, something such as torture, sexual violation, or forced labour. Imagine an article describing men, women and children, families and friends torn apart, desperate, degraded, and broken, as they beg and plead for the torment to stop, to be left in peace. What do you think the take-home message would be? I think we would all agree:
‘This needs to stop and it needs to stop now.’
I’m sure that’s simply what any decent person would expect. Here’s another question to consider. Do you think that a day will ever dawn when all humans will have stopped inflicting sickening brutalities on those whom they decide to oppress? For myself, I doubt it. So since brutality may never stop completely, does that have any effect on the message that it needs to stop and stop now? No, of course it doesn’t. Well so far, so good; I trust there’s nothing controversial up to this point?
Spreading messages via social media
So picture this; a social media post that summarises these points and attracts ‘likes’, ‘loves’, ‘sad faces’ and ‘angry faces’. Again, what you’d expect. It is also shared a number of times which is excellent – that’s how messages spread and how we provoke thought in our friends and contemporaries. We often add a message of our own when we do this, don’t we? So what do you think we should say in this case? How about:
- ‘This shouldn’t be happening to so many people. Be kinder.’
- ‘They should increase the age limit for separating babies from their mothers!’
- ‘Forced labourers should have shorter working hours!’
- ‘People shouldn’t be raped and violated in such horrible places! We need to campaign to make them nicer.’
You may be thinking by now that this is some kind of sick humour, and I truly wouldn’t blame you. All these comments completely miss the point of the post that I described and are nothing short of offensive. Please hold that thought while we shift back to our victims.
Animal rights and human rights
The main focus of this page has always been and will always be, Animal Rights. This means that instead of horrors inflicted on humans, it highlights the disgraceful practices that are inflicted on our victims, the myriad activities that constitute our unnecessary exploitation of their lives, their reproduction, their forced labour, and the parts of their violently slaughtered and dismembered corpses. The take-home message on every single post and blog, is always the same; always absolutely uncompromising,
‘This needs to stop and it needs to stop now.’
It’s encouraging that these articles are liked and shared, and I often see the sharer add a message of their own – which as I said before, can be brilliant to emphasise the point.
Why is it then, that on the back of a completely uncompromising explanation of why we have no right whatsoever to create victims, do I so often see things that completely undermine the message and miss the point, like:
- ‘Try cutting down on meat.’
- ‘Make kinder choices.’
- ‘Boycott factory farms!’
- ‘Try going meatless for a couple of meals a week!’
- And then the gem that sparked this blog, ‘Try buying free-range’?
If it’s good enough for humans, it’s good enough for everyone
When challenged, the response is frequently that the writer of such a message considers that animal use is too entrenched to ever stop, hence their remark. However. If the offensive messages about human exploitation were not justified by the fact that our species is always likely to cause harm to each other, why on earth would the equivalent in offensive messages be justified when applied to our defenceless victims?
The short answer? It’s not. Wrong is wrong, whichever way we slice it. To post an offensive message about other animals when we would be offended by the equivalent if it were applied to humans, is a perfect illustration of our speciesism talking.
Our victims have no one but us to tell the truth about the grave injustice of the ordeal of nonveganism to which we routinely subject them. We owe that truth to them as they queue in the milking sheds and hatcheries and slaughterhouses, and as they are dragged suffocating from their aquatic home; and we owe that truth to every single member of our own species. Those who are unable or unwilling to face that truth must live with their own conscience, but we cannot afford to dilute our message.
Trillions of lives are depending on this, and the desperate urgency of their plight is being added to each day by the collapsing ecosystems for which our predation is directly responsible. We are running out of time. Tell the truth!