I don’t consume animals for the same reasons I don’t rape women: It is wrong to inflict cruelty upon others, using violence against the defenseless is reprehensible, others’ rights are more important than my own gratifications.
My not raping women has no effect upon ending rape. Neither does my not consuming animals have any effect upon others not doing so.
Being vegan means we are doing no harm, just as by not raping women we are doing no harm. But just refraining from doing harm does not mean we are helping. It just means we are being neutral.
And we cannot win the animals’ struggles by being neutral.
We must be pro-active. Radically pro-active.
Unless we do more than just be vegan, we are non-combatants in the war for Animal Rights.
Being vegan is a moral imperative. But it has nothing to do with stopping the Animal Holocaust.
The Animal Holocaust claims upwards of 60 billion animals each year in slaughterhouses.
We save not a single one of the victims.
All those animals we do not eat because we are vegan get shipped overseas to satisfy palettes in Europe, Asia, South America. We don’t save a single animal by being vegan. Slaughterhouses and feedlots are running at full capacity. The number of animals being slaughtered has never been higher. The number of corpses exported is at record levels.
Many of us are working on recruiting people to veganism, thinking that if people stop eating meat, eggs, and dairy, the demand will stop and there will be no more slaughter.
Sounds good in theory, but it isn’t remotely possible.
Vegans comprise less than one-half of one percent of the population in the world, and the percentage is declining as the human population explodes.
Most people who care about animals, including animal activists, do not care about them enough to become vegan. Is it any wonder the general public is unwilling to embrace veganism?
And even if we were to reach our goal of convincing everyone in the world who cares about animals to become vegan, the vast majority would still not be vegan, as they do not care about animals at all.
And that vast majority will continue to demand the slaughter.
The Animal Holocaust will continue.
The simple truth is that there are way more people who do not care about animals than there are who do.
And we do not even make a dent in those who do care, because most are unwilling to change their lifestyles for the animals.
We can continue with our present course of action, which is accomplishing nothing, or we can change course and possibly change the world.
The profit motive (capitalism) is the engine that drives almost all animal killing, animal abuse, and animal exploitation. Legal systems around the world justify it by permitting animal ownership, and governments defend the businesses and enterprises that engage in animal cruelty. Most people accept the cruelty as unavoidable, and consider animals to have been provided to them for their use by God.
Those legal systems, governments, religions, and capitalism, are the enemies of animals.
Fortunately, they are also the enemies of the environment, the enemies of the oppressed, the disenfranchised, the enemies of the poor, the weak, and exploited people around the world.
Fortunately, because the enemies of capitalism are also the friends of animals, even if they don’t know it or don’t care about animals.
Ending capitalism is the only hope animals have.
And joining with other enemies of capitalism to bring down the system which hurts animals is the only logical course of action open to us.
Re-defining our priorities.
Abandoning ineffective strategies.
Rejecting failed game plans.
Educating our own troops.
Radicalizing the animal movement.
Planning for revolution.
Revolution may not come in our lifetimes, but everything we do to hasten it means billions of animals will be saved.
Billions of animals not born into slavery, billions not tortured, billions not terrified, tormented, and brutally killed.
We have much to do while planning for and awaiting revolution. The generations upon generations of animals that will be born and die trapped in the food system need champions. We must fight to minimize the suffering, we must recruit animal activists, mobilize our troops to act as a voting bloc, etc.
We’re still morally obligated to rescue, to foster, to adopt, to cross-post, to transport, and to do all we can to save those creatures we can.
But the most important job we have is to recruit revolutionaries.