Now that I have your attention, please consider:
The enemy we are fighting is the most malevolent in human history.
The enemy we are fighting has tortured and killed more beings than all of the casualties of all the wars ever fought, combined.
The enemy we are fighting is more evil than was the government of Nazi Germany, by several orders of magnitude.
The enemy we are fighting is more barbaric than was any government or military force in history.
More brutal than Ghengis Khan, Alexander the Great, Caligula, or Idi Amin.
The enemy we face murders over a billion of our fellow Earthlings every week,150 million each day.
It is legal. Just as the Nazi Holocaust of Jews was legal.
It is acceptable to most people. Just as the Nazi Holocaust was acceptable to Germans.
It is condoned by every major religion.
But the most significant fact is that the horrors are supported by most humans.
Animal Rights advocates have been in a quiet war on behalf of the animal victims of human society.
Unlike most wars, there are no human casualties.
The only casualties are animals.
That is because we Animal Rights advocates are working within the confines of human legal systems and human governments. We shape our actions and our advocacy to comport with societal values. We observe the rules laid out by society. We buy into the peer pressure and the propaganda that force people to conform, to avoid confrontation, to not question, to not challenge, to not rock the boat, to not rise up against the powers that be.
We cannot change the world, or even impact human conduct, without bringing down the political, economic, and legal systems which allow, encourage, protect, and defend the Animal Holocaust.
To end the Animal Holocaust we must attack the people who carry out the horrors.
Were we in Nazi Germany, one hopes we would have targeted those carrying out the mass murders of our Jewish brothers and sisters. The guards, the administrators, the executioners, all should have been targeted. From the SS troops who arrested victims in their homes to the German High Command, all would have been fair game. All strategic targets. All in our cross-hairs.
The Nazis had blood on their hands, to be sure.
But the Nazis only murdered 6 million souls over ten years.
Our enemy murders six million souls every hour!
The futility of trying to end the Animal Holocaust by recruiting vegans must surely be apparent to the most myopic animal activist. What we are doing is not only not working, it CANNOT work.
Even those who struggle with math must come to the realization that veganism cannot displace carnism when we are recruiting fewer vegans than carnists are having children.
Working for the rights of animals, the legal protection of animals, or the end to human exploitation of animals cannot succeed if we accept the human proposition that humans are superior to animals, that human life is more valuable than is animal life, or that human law should allow animals to be owned by humans.
The concept that animals are property is the basic premise of almost all animal cruelty. If animals are the property of people, people have the right to do what they will with their property.
That supposition is the foundation of all animal exploitation industries. And the basis for most of the animal cruelty in the world.
We observe radical political and religious factions waging guerrilla war against those they perceive as oppressing them. Separatists fighting for self-determination, Islamic jihadists killing people for an imaginary god, political belligerents at war over who gets to call a particular piece of real estate there own.
Compared to the plight of animals being murdered at the rate of 60 BILLION per year, human internecine conflict is ridiculous. To put it into perspective, it is arguing over whether or not death camp guards should get paid leave or higher wages, or whether hunters should have to pay higher fees for permits.
From the perspective of animal victims of humans, all human conflict is of no importance.
To animal activists, the most important human conflict is the one we have been afraid to pursue. The one in which we raise arms against the killers, the enslavers, abusers, the exploiters of animals.
It is the next step in our struggle to liberate animals and to ultimately achieve our goal of winning rights for all sentient beings.
Our cause is much more just than that of crazy religious zealots following an imaginary god. Our cause carries a moral imperative that dwarfs concerns about political separatism or government oppression. Our cause is the most just, the most moral, the most imperative in history.
And it cannot be waged from inside the prison walls of the status quo.
We must target those who carry out atrocities against animals. We need the political discussion to address how animals are treated and what the motivation is of those taking out slaughterhouse grunts and Big Ag lobbyists. We must elevate the discussion of Animal Rights. It should be much more important a consideration than is ISIS, immigration, healthcare, or Donald Trump.
It should be the lead story on every news program every day. For Animal Rights to get that attention will require a concerted effort to instill fear in animal abusers, to drive up the costs of security, of wages, of insurance premiums, of public relations, of political bribes. It means we must dramatically gain the world’s center stage
We individual activists may pay a severe price for our beliefs and involvement, but placing the issue on the public’s front burner will yield remarkable results in both new recruits and emboldening Animal Rights advocates to join in direct action.
We must embrace social revolution as our ultimate goal, for revolution is the requirement to end capitalism. And capitalism is the cause of most animal cruelty in the world. Animals are exploited and murdered for profit. Businessmen. Capitalists. Conservatives. All are the architects of the Animal Holocaust. All are enemies of animals.
I am not advocating indiscriminate and mindless violence. Merely striking out against particularly reprehensible people will accomplish nothing. Indeed, I am not even suggesting this in the short term.
We must assemble a critical mass of dedicated activists committed to direct action. All our recruiting and education should be with the end in view of building a guerilla army. Not in the traditional sense, but an unrelated, amorphous network of individuals and small groups capable of carrying out missions against the most heinous targets: corporations that own and operate factory farms, feedlots, and slaughterhouses.
The result will not likely directly impact animals for some time, But the public attention drawn to the Animal Holocaust would rival the attention now given to jihadist Islam. It will polarize people to be for or against animals. It will allow us to recruit in unprecedented numbers. New leaders will emerge, animal activists will become radicalized, veganism will be discussed, extolled, and vilified. But most importantly, it will be discussed. News will focus on slaughter practices. The veil of secrecy surrounding the horrors will be pulled aside.
We will galvanize a segment of the public that we do not presently have the ability to reach.
We will draw a line between the oppressed and the capitalist state.
And it could lead to revolution.
If so, it could be the spark that ignites the world.
Enemies of capitalism greatly outnumber proponents of animal liberation. If we are successful enough, they will join us.
All who oppose capitalism are our allies. The animals’ allies. Even if they don’t give a damn about animals. Because socialism, by its very nature, reduces the number of animals that are enslaved and murdered.
Socialism removes the profit incentive from animal agriculture. The result is that socialist societies murder and consume half the animals as do capitalist societies.
Worldwide socialism would mean saving THIRTY BILLION animals each year. That is Thirty Thousand Million! 30,000,000,000 innocent lives that would not be sacrificed on the altar of capitalism!!
That fact alone should make every animal activist a socialist revolutionary.
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