Veganism Cannot End The Animal Holocaust


The Animal Holocaust cannot be ended by refusing to consume animals.

Just as slavery could not be ended by refusing to purchase slaves.

There are substantial similarities between the Abolitionist movement that ended slavery and the Animal Rights movement.

They were both considered radical in their goals. Both faced opposition from conservatives. Both were fighting against entrenched social interests. Both fought the agricultural industries. The Bible and God were used to justify both slavery and animal exploitation. Both had supporters who advocated for direct action and those who opposed it.

But for all the philosophical and strategic similarities, there are significant differences. Slavery was opposed by a great percentage of the general populace, where Animal Rights is embraced by a minescule percentage.

Opposition to slavery was the primary political issue of the Whigs, and their successors, the Republicans. Animal Rights is not even discussed by today’s major political parties.

The great majority of people did not own slaves while the practice was legal. Slavery was practiced by a tiny minority of the population. So even huge numbers of people refraining from participating from the slave markets had no impact on the trade.

In contrast, the Animal Holocaust is the product of consumption by the vast majority of people.

One would think that consumers would have a substantial impact on the slaughter if they were to refuse to purchase and consume animal products.

And that would be true, except for the fact that the number of vegans is statistically declining in the face of exploding populations around the world.

Mathematically, veganism can have no effect upon the slaughter of animals in the decades to come.

The most generous estimates of the number of ethical vegans puts us well below 1% of the population. Even if we doubled our number overnight we would be no more than a blip on the screen. But in fact our presence is declining because we are not keeping up with the growing carnist population.

And even if a great majority were to become vegan, a statistical impossibility, as long as it is possible for capitalists to make money by turning living creatures into chemicals, animal feed, and fertilizers, the horrors will continue.

Slavery was brought to an end through radical political action, riots, and war.

Animal Rights will require at least as aggressive approaches to succeed. There is only one way to end the Animal Holocaust: That is to bring down the political, legal, and economic systems which allow it. Unlikely as such a prospect might be, it is substantially more likely than is changing the world by recruiting vegans one at a time.

Planning for revolution by recruiting revolutionaries should be much higher on our To Do list than recruiting vegans.

Vegans will not change the world or end the Animal Holocaust.

Revolutionaries just might.



Author’s Notes:

I am unaware of any other blog with the Armory’s mission of radicalizing the animal movement. I certainly hope I am not alone, and that there are similar sentiments being expressed by comrades unknown to me.

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