I Am Vegan For The Same Reasons I Don’t Rape Women

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.

Not one.

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.

Why?

Consider:

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.
Recruiting revolutionaries.

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.

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6 thoughts on “I Am Vegan For The Same Reasons I Don’t Rape Women

  1. unfortunately the extreme programming of speciesism makes these kind of logical analogies very difficult for most people to understand. it would be like trying to explain to a plantation owner in the antebellum south why human slavery is immoral. even humans who were victims of violence and exploitation themselves refuse to make the connection when it comes to non-human animals. as Isaac Bashevis Singer so accurately stated:
    “In their behavior toward creatures, all men are Nazis. Human beings see oppression vividly when they’re the victims. Otherwise they victimize blindly and without a thought.”

    here is a similar article which is one of my favorites and which i try to share as much as possible:

    http://gentleworld.org/dont-tell-me-what-to-do/

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    • Absolutely! Human greed, ignorance, insensitivity, and speciesism are barriers to all we do in the animal movement. While the blindness of the general public is to be expected, it is unconscionable in those who profess to care about animals.

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    • At least the anti-slavery folks had a John Brown to inspire them, provoke the enemy, and lead the way. At least the anti-Nazis had a small resistance movement to attempt Operation Valkyrie. Anybody know of a John Brown or a Count von Stauffenberg type character among the ranks of the animal liberation movement? We all talk- the-talk but few have yet to put their asses on the line and walk-the-walk.

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  2. Well stated, the part about not killing and eating animals for the same reason you don’t rape women; although any such comparisons may well trigger hysteria in certain feminist circles. I would carry the rape analogy further, however. In addition to not raping women oneself, most right-thinking people would feel compelled to stop a rape-in-progress that they were witness to, even if there were no familial ties to the victim. And be prepared to mete out some pretty rough justice to the perpetrator if that is what it took to stop his crime and protect his victim. This is the right of “extensional self-defense” as articulated by noted animal rights advocate (“All praises be upon him”) Steven Best. So, one should not shy away from or bulk at extreme measures being employed in the defense of animals against human depredations. Indeed, animal rights advocates who don’t pursue or at least applaud such actions are the ones who need to do the explaining.

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    • The use of justifiable force “in defense of others” is well established in the Common Law (the basis of law in the UK, US, and the British Commonwealth) and in the Civil Law (the Napoleonic Code which is law in most of Europe and South America). The doctrine permits one to act to protect another as one would do to protect oneself.

      I believe, as do Best, yourself, and others, that the same doctrine should apply in defense of animals as well.

      It will never be adopted under our present political and legal systems, which consider animal mere private property. That classification of animals is what makes every animal activist an enemy of the system, a enemy of the state.

      It is the line in the sand that makes us revolutionaries.

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