Animal Rights is the belief that all sentient beings have the same right to exist. The same right to life. The same rights to be free of exploitation, slavery, and murder. that we humans declare for ourselves.
But saying we believe it and actually acting as though we do are entirely different matters.
If we believe animals should have the same rights as we have to be free from abuse, slavery, and murder, it necessarily follows that those lives are as valuable as are our own.
And if that is true, our reaction to the abuse of any creature, or his murder, should be the same as our reaction to the abuse or the murder of a child.
Even the most strident Animal Rights activists fail in this regard. It may be rationalization, it may be cowardice, it may just be settling into the inevitability of horror as standard operating procedure.
Whatever the reasons, we must confront the horrors and acknowledge that they are not acceptable.
If the slaughterlines were of children, would we act differently? Wouldn’t we storm the slaughterhouses to set them free? Wouldn’t we put ourselves between the children and the bolt guns? The knives? The meathooks?
If children were loaded into livestock trucks and driven down our highways, would we waylay the trucks? Confront the drivers? Free the children? Put our lives on the line to protect them?
If children were turned loose into fields for hunters to track down and kill with guns and bows, wouldn’t we use guns and bows against those who hunted the children?
If children were being vivisected or fed lethal doses of chemicals to test medicines or products, wouldn’t we throw ourselves between the children and the monsters who would commit such atrocities?
Then why aren’t we?
Think what you will of right wing zealots who militate for zygotes and embryos. Crazy as they are, they are braver than we are. They act in accordance with what they truly believe. We do not.
And I am among the biggest failures in the movement.
Many in the animal movement lack the clarity I believe I have. Even so, I have not done what I believe is the moral imperative of every animal activist.
I am an accomplished marksman. Why haven’t I taken out a single driver of a corpse truck?
Why haven’t I picked off slaughterhouse workers going into or out of the places of death?
Why are the members of the boards of directors or the owners of slaughterhouses still breathing?
Why are Walter Palmer or Paul Ryan, or any members of the Safari Club still alive?
Why are cops still walking a beat after murdering Black folks or shooting family pets?
Because I am afraid to act.
I am worried I will end up in prison and not be able to do anything else for the animals.
Perhaps I should instead focus upon the affect such actions would have on other activists. Maybe such direct action would ignite the movement. Maybe a flash point or two will trigger uprisings, encourage massive widespread direct action, embolden comrades to hit other targets, perhaps even initiate revolution.
Or maybe not. The entire enterprise could end in catastrophic failure. Revolution is a crap shoot. The stars must align to bring down those in power.
Whether the victims of the holocaust are children or animals, we must be strong enough to bring an end to the horrors, not merely simply disrupt them for a few hours.
Just taking out a slaughterhouse or its owners will accomplish little. We must bring down the economic system which rewards people for engaging in animal exploitation and murder.
There are others with ample reasons and justifications for working to overthrow the government. Their complaints are ours, as individually we are not capable of achieving our goals, but united we might succeed. While animal people may wish for radical social change, few of our number are prepared to sacrifice all to achieve it.
The animal movement must attract a critical mass of radical activists who will put their lives on the line for the animals.
Radicals who will initiate the revolution. Revolutionaries who will see it to fruition. Organizers who will direct the new social order. Philosophers and activists who will ensure that Animal Rights are a key consideration of any resulting society.
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