“Imagine living your life in a small, filthy cage constantly in pain, unable to stand or lie down comfortably. After months of agony, your torture finally ends, but not at the slaughterhouse. Instead, two gentle hands reach down to lift you out of the darkness, and bring you to a safe, loving place. For the first time in your life you can stretch your wings and legs and feel soft straw and cool grass beneath your feet.”
Since my childhood, I’ve been struggling for a big moral and social cause that people describe as “trivial.” I always thought that I was on my own in this struggle, with no support from family, friends, community, or religion and this makes me feel outraged, but even more committed to take action.
My cause is Animal Liberation. This may sound more like a “parody of other liberation movements” than a serious objective. Whenever I describe cruelty towards animals, I am perceived as emotional or an “animal lover”. Others also claim that “the problem is so trivial in comparison to the problems of human beings.”
This is because most of us are living examples of speciesism! As Peter Singer argued:
We all fight for equality whether for race or gender because racism and sexism are prejudice and discrimination based on arbitrary characteristics. Equality here does not mean equal treatment but equality in consideration of interest fairly. And we can extend this basic principle of equality and include non-humans as well, include member of other species… why is that?
The why is the possibility of experiencing pain. Animals feel pain and feeling pain is the grounds for one’s interest to be considered. In general one should not cause another pain if it can be avoided. Having pain brought upon one, or having one’s pain not addressed by the other, is a moral call upon us
“The question is not: Can they reason? Nor can they talk? But can they suffer?” Jeremy Bentham
Thus to be a “speciesist” is to consider the interests of one’s own species (humans) as more important that the interest of another species MERELY on the grounds of membership in the species (animals.)
Again, it’s not like saying that all interests are identical. Of course not. However, in relation to the question of suffering pain, the pain of an animal is just as important as the pain of a human!
“When it comes to feelings like hunger, pain, fear and thirst, a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy”
Having said that, the Animal cruelty we are witnessing is an indication that something is FUNDAMENTALLY WRONG! Besides the harm perpetrated day to day by private citizens, the worst ones are those committed by big institutions and industries where animals are being force-fed with harmful chemicals, electrocuted, blinded, poisoned, enslaved, tortured, starved, kept in atrocious living conditions then murdered. Most of these acts go unnoticed or if noticed then people accept them casually.
Ask the experimenters why they experiment on animals, and the answer is: “Because the animals are like us.” Ask the experimenters why it is morally okay to experiment on animals, and the answer is: “Because the animals are not like us.” Animal experimentation rests on a logical contradiction. ~Charles R. Magel
I became a vegetarian 3 years ago directly after watching a video on a Turkey slaughterhouse. I don’t want to contribute to this system.
People need to know how is the packaged commercial meat they are paying for is made. Some people are contributing to this system without knowing where their money is going and the harm they are causing.
Moreover, I am 100% sure that if I tell Mom that a certain brand of eye makeup remover was tested over 500 rabbits, hence blinding them, she will stop buying it that brand & look for another brand that doesn’t test on animals (Body Shop for example is an animal friendly brand –P&G products being the worst)
In brief, we can’t continue to be blind to the horrors that are taking place in animal research laboratories, factory farming and slaughterhouses, fur farming and animals in entertainment, mainly circuses.
I will be discussing each one of those separately as I feel it’s my responsibility to expose the truth even if people prefer to stay ignorant for their convenience.
“The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That’s the essence of inhumanity. “- George Bernard Shaw
Animals share the world with humans. Due to our intellect, we ended up being the dominant species but they are “helpless, dependent on us and trusting as a child, we must be kind and take care of their needs;” they are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no right to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty.
TO BE CONTINUED…
Below are some beautiful and powerful quotes & pictures I would like to share:
“The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for whites or women for men.”- Alice Walker
“Show me the enforced laws of a state for the prevention of cruelty to animals and I in turn will give you a correct estimate of the refinement, enlightenment, integrity and equity of that commonwealth’s people.” – L.T. Danshiell, Animal Rights Advocate
“Isn’t man an amazing animal? He kills wildlife – birds, kangaroos, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice, foxes and dingoes – by the million in order to protect his domestic animals and their feed. Then he kills domestic animals by the billion and eats them. This in turn kills man by the million, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative – and fatal- health conditions like heart disease, kidney disease, and cancer. So then man tortures and kills millions more animals to look for cures for these diseases. Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals. Meanwhile, some people are dying of sad laughter at the absurdity of man, who kills so easily and so violently, and once a year, sends out cards praying for “Peace on Earth.”