Socialism Saves Animals



Saving animals is not a goal of socialism. Saving animals is a by-product of socialism. Saving animals is not a bit intentional, but is a function of socialist economics.

Capitalism rewards exploiting animals, rewards raising and murdering them. Capitalism bestows profits upon those who increase production and consumption of anything. Including animals.

Socialism removes profits from the equation.

Socialists are no more sensitive to the plights of animals than are other people. But socialism as a system destroys fewer animals than does capitalism. This simple fact should militate for every animal activist, every animal lover, every rescuer, every compassionate human being, every vegan, to become a socialist revolutionary.

As long as there are profits to be made on the enslavement, exploitation, and murder of animals, enslavement, exploitation and murder will continue.

Profits are responsible for almost all the animal cruelty on Earth. Businesses are protected in committing their horrors by governments and the law.

Efforts to promote compassion and veganism cannot change human nature or human behavior.

Only the force of government can protect animals.

And the only governments which might be disposed to protecting animals are socialist governments. Human rights and social justice are basic elements of socialism. Animal Rights are more likely to be embraced by socialist governments than by capitalist ones.

But even socialist governments indifferent to animals would be far more humane than are capitalist governments.

My support of socialism is directly related to the mechanical effect of economics on animal production, exploitation, and consumption. Socialist societies murder and consume half the animals, per capita, as do capitalist societies. The combined effect of removing profit from production, centrally planned and regulated industry, bureaucratic inefficiency, etc, means fewer animals are bred, murdered, and butchered. On a global scale, socialism would mean 30 BILLION fewer animals dying each year on slaughterhouse floors than are murdered now. It would mean one and a quarter TRILLION fewer sea creatures killed each year.

And this would be under socialist societies which did not care a whit about animals. The effect of socialist economics alone would save more lives than thirty thousand of our current animal movements.

I arrive at that figure because over the last 50 years the animal movement has been responsible for saving the lives of a mere million or so animals per year. To have the same effect on reducing animal murder as socialism would have, we would need to be 30,000 times bigger than we are as a movement. Each and every animal activist, rescuer, adopter, transporter, donor, crossposter, emailer, protester, letter writer, phone caller, voter, would need to be multiplied by 30,000!

Capitalist apologists observe that the left is as indifferent to animal suffering as is the right. That is somehow supposed to militate for capitalism? Capitalism is the most evil force ever unleashed by humans. It institutionalizes the basest of human behaviors and instincts, and suppresses the essence of all that is admirable in our species.

The future of humanity, if there is to be one, must be a socialist future. Not because socialism is a more moral system than is capitalism (which it is), but because capitalism will eventually destroy the environment, extinguishing humans, animals, oceans, rivers, rainforests, and the very air we all breathe.

Advocates for animals must join in broad coalitions with advocates for social and economic justice in working toward social revolution.

We must end the economic and legal systems which fuel and protect the Animal Holocaust.

It may come about by violent revolution or through political action. But the Animal Holocaust will never end through private action or recruiting vegans and activists. Our current course of action is ineffective, counter-productive, and doomed to failure.

Socialism is the only hope for animals, short of human extinction




Author’s Notes:

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13 thoughts on “Socialism Saves Animals

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  3. And a Buddhist-based theocracy would probably result in even fewer animals being killed for food. So, why not a Buddhist revolutionary instead of a socialist revolutionary? You answer that one must be willing to suspend rational thought if one is to embrace a religion-based system of governance. I say such suspension of rational thought and disregard of empiric evidence must also take place if one is to embrace an economic system, like socialism or communism, that is based on unsubstantiated assumptions about the malleability of human behavior and ignoring hard-wired natural instincts prevalent in much of the human population. In either case, it’s a matter of BLIND FAITH. So what makes secular revolutionary true-believers superior to religious ones?

    Raise the flags, prepare to storm the barricade, All Power to the Buddha!

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    • There is empirical data that socialism reduces the number of animals slaughtered. The very mechanism of socialist economics limits animal production. A theocracy is not an economic system, nor does it provide for a methodology of governance. How does one impose religious voodoo on others? Only through a fascist imposition of authority. And if you were looking for an animal friendly religion to champion, Jainism is the only world religion that does not condone animal consumption. Most Buddhists are carnists.

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      • OK then, a Jainist revolution! But to be serious, my point was that a country like Bhutan with a constitutional monarchy or Tibet (before the socialist comrades of the PLA swept through) rooted in a strong religious tradition that incorporates a greater respect for non-human life than is found anywhere in the west would be expected to have an even lower rate of animal slaughter than even the most advanced western socialist economy imaginable. In that case mysticism trumps rationalism from a strictly animal-rights point of view.

        Many (I think “most” may be stretching it) Buddhists may indeed be occasional carnists but if I were a cow (or almost any species of wild animal) I’d rather take my chances living in Bhutan than in any western society, irrespective of their economic system. As to the forced imposition of “religious voodoo” on a population, what kind of secular humanist voodoo do you call it that was for half-a-century shoved down the throats of populations living behind the Iron Curtain? You know, the stuff about classless societies, scientific socialism and the inevitable rise of the self-denying, eternally-altruistic Soviet Man, courtesy of corrective “re-education.” How well did that sink in?

        Let’s be upfront about it: you can in theory have an egalitarian, fully socialist economy, but not without authoritarian, anti-democratic controls. Or you can have a free-wheeling, do-your-own-thing, libertarian political democracy but in which case you will inevitably see the rise of inequality, the formation of socioeconomic classes, and yes, the dreaded word, capitalism raise its ugly head. The quandary is that you cannot have both an imposed socialist economy AND a political democracy co-existing in the same place at the same time. It has never materialized so far and, I predict, never will. That being the case, a theocracy burdened with the inevitable quota of mysticism and voodoo but with some democratic trappings thrown in, might be the best world non-human animals could achieve.


      • I am a state socialist, not a democratic socialist. I believe Marx’s “dictatorship of the proletariat” a requirement of society purging itself of greed, inequality, racism, bigotry, etc.

        Absent ending civilization and reverting to aboriginal tribalism, socialism is the best answer for the animals.

        Socialism is a reasonable goal, as there are movements afoot in the world working toward that very end. Socialism is a proven and workable alternative to capitalism. I would welcome any kind of a society that would end the Animal Holocaust. Socialism would reduce it substantially, but animal salughter and consumption would continue.

        Perhaps some kind of vegan theocracy could exist. And if it were possible, I would advocate for it. My priority is ending animal suffering.

        The problem with any theocracy, no matter how benign or benevolent, is that theocracies are based on bullshit, and other religious bullshit would constantly compete to undermine the state religion. Rather than base the mores of a society on the whims of make-believe friends or invisible spirits, the entire concept of religion should be debunked and all religions banned.

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      • Hi Roland…

        “There is empirical data that socialism reduces the number of animals slaughtered”

        – Can you provide links or advice on how to access this data? I have a hard time convincing people that animal exploitation is ‘big business’ as it’s hard to find tangible evidence (at least evidence that I can get access to!). Thanks.


      • Statistics on per capita meat consumption are available by country. I use stats from China, Cuba, Venezuela, Viet Nam, etc as representative of socialist consumption. They are consistently half of per capita consumption in capitalist Europe, the US, Australia.


    • I would prefer a Socialist system to any kind of theocracy. In a Soc. system, there would be separation of church and state, and people would be free to practice any religion they wish. Whereas in a Theocracy, they would only be free to practice one. Even if that religion was Buddhism or Jainism, there’s no guarantee that the majority of people would internalize those religions’ ethics about animals. In a Socialist system, you can use scientific arguments to promote vegetarianism and veganism, which I believe are more convincing to most people than religious arguments.


      • “… and people would be free to practice any religion they wish.”

        Including, presumably, halal and schechita slaughter of food animals, kaporos by ultra-orthodox Jews, and animal sacrifice by Santerians and Gadhimai worshippers because nothing, nothing at all, is more important than humans’ freedom to worship as they please. Personally, I’d much prefer to swallow the mystical nonsense of a state-sponsored religion that respected animal lives than to live in a socialist/libertarian paradise that did not.


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