Animal “Leaders” With Their Heads Firmly Stuck Up Their Asses

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Most animal organizations and their leaders are invested in the status quo. They raise money, pay themselves salaries, and occupy their particular turf or niches within the movement. To suggest that the animal movement has been a dismal failure causes knee-jerk reactions of blasphemy from those who have made their names pursuing strategies that do not work.

There have been tremendous strides in a few areas. The number of vegans has grown, the number of dogs and cats executed in shelters has dramatically decreased, fur is much less fashionable than it was years ago. Sea World is under siege. Bullfighting is losing ground. Dog fighting is a felony. But all the animals affected by such progress are a mere drop in a sea of abuse, exploitation, and murder.

But for the hundred and fifty million animals slaughtered every single day, it is as though the animal movement does not exist.

Indeed, all of the animals rescued by animal activists over the past 50 years is fewer than the number of animals whose throats will be slashed in the next 8 hours!

Pointing out that vegans are declining as a percentage of the population is heresy to those invested in promoting veganism. But that is the case. Carnists are having children faster than we are recruiting vegans. A math challenged sixth grader could easily predict the future of veganism if we continue as we have been.

The bottom line is that the animals are losing. More animals are murdered now than ever before in history. We have been unsuccessful in gaining sufficient traction to propel the movement into an effective political or social movement. Much of our shortcomings are a product of the nature of our movement and the motivation of our activists. We are besieged by horrors and emergencies on a daily basis. We devote the time necessary to help those we can, leaving precious little time available to planning, strategizing, or proselytizing.

But what scant leadership exists in the animal movement is balkanized in rival organizations, feuding fund raising, massive egos, and an unwillingness to think outside the box or to question our goals and strategies.

In addition, we are mired in political correctness and ridiculous concerns about offending adherents of one religion or another, one culture of another, one demographic or another, all at the expense of animals’ lives.

All social movements have internal struggles for the control of their directions. The Abolitionists were divided on boycotting slave products, on the Underground Railroad, on Brown’s raid at Harper’s Ferry. Leninists disagreed with Trotsky, MLK had an entirely different approach to the civil rights movement than did Malcolm.

My premise is all we have done has amounted to nothing. All the animals saved by animal activists around the world for the past 50 years is less than the number who will be murdered in slaughterhouses in one work shift. Continuing to recruit vegans and educate the public one-on-one is a fool’s errand.

It doesn’t work.

It cannot work.

I believe the animals would be better off if we cast the dice for vigilantism and revolution.

 

 

Author’s Notes:

I am unaware of any other blog with the Armory’s mission of radicalizing the animal movement. I certainly hope I am not alone, and that there are similar sentiments being expressed by comrades unknown to me.

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16 thoughts on “Animal “Leaders” With Their Heads Firmly Stuck Up Their Asses

  1. Spanish translation:

    “Líderes” animalistas con la cabeza bien metida en el culo

    La mayoría de las organizaciones animalistas y sus líderes se encuentran instalados en las cosas tal y como están. Recaban fondos, se pagan salarios y se ocupan de su territorio o área de especialidad dentro del movimiento. Sugerir que el movimiento animalista ha sido un fracaso deplorable provoca automáticas acusaciones de blasfemia por parte de quienes han labrado sus nombres persiguiendo estrategias que no funcionan.

    Ha habido avances tremendos en algunas áreas. El número de veganos ha aumentado, el número de perros y gatos ejecutados en albergues ha disminuido de forma dramática y la piel está mucho menos de moda que lo que estuvo hace años. Sea World se encuentra asediado. Las corridas de toros están perdiendo terreno. Las peleas de perros son un delito grave. Pero todos los animales afectados por tal progreso no son más que una gota en un mar de abuso, explotación y asesinato.

    Pero para los 150 millones de animales masacrados cada día, es como si el movimiento animalista no existiera.

    De hecho, el monto de todos los animales rescatados por activistas a través de los últimos cincuenta años es menor que el número de animales que serán degollados durante las próximas ocho horas.

    El acto de señalar que los veganos están decayendo como porcentaje de la población es herejía en la opinión de aquellos que están instalados en la promoción del veganismo. Un alumno de sexto año de primaria con limitadas aptitudes matemáticas fácilmente podría predecir el futuro del veganismo si continuamos como lo hemos estado haciendo.

    El punto fundamental es que los animales están perdiendo. Más animales son asesinados en la actualidad que nunca antes en la historia. No hemos adquirido fuerza suficiente para impulsar al movimiento hacia la eficacia política o social. Muchas de nuestras deficiencias son producto de la naturaleza de nuestro movimiento y de la motivación de nuestros activistas. Nos sentimos diariamente asediados por los horrores y las emergencias. Destinamos el tiempo necesario para auxiliar a quienes podemos ayudar, y esto deja escaso tiempo para planificar, elaborar estrategias y hacer proselitismo.

    Pero el poco liderazgo que existe dentro del movimiento animal se encuentra balcanizado entre organizaciones rivales, enemistad en la solicitud de fondos, egos enormes y poca disposición para pensar con originalidad o para cuestionar nuestras metas y estrategias.

    Además, estamos atascados en la corrección política y la preocupación ridícula de ofender a los adeptos de una religión u otra, una cultura u otra, un sector demográfico u otro -todo a costa de vidas animales.

    Todos los movimientos sociales padecen de luchas internas por el control de sus rumbos. Los abolicionistas estaban divididos en torno al boicoteo de los productos provenientes de la esclavitud, el ferrocarril subterráneo, el ataque a Harpers Ferry por fuerzas comandadas por John Brown. Los leninistas estaban en desacuerdo con Trotsky. Martin Luther King tenía una estrategia para el movimiento por los derechos civiles totalmente distinta a la de Malcolm.

    Mi premisa es que todo lo que hemos hecho ha terminado en nada. Todos los animales salvados por animalistas en todo el mundo durante los últimos cincuenta años suman una cantidad menor a los que serán asesinados en los mataderos durante una jornada laboral. Persistir en reclutar veganos y en educar al público uno por uno es una tarea de tontos.

    No funciona.

    No puede funcionar.

    Creo que los animales estarían mejor servidos si nos la jugáramos por el lado del vigilantismo y la revolución.

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  3. I see under your “author’s notes” that you ask for knowledge of other blogs on animal rights and radicalizing the animal movement. I don’t know of any blogs, but I do know of a website. It has a very specific focus—promoting one specific direct action to fight animal trapping. One way that all the other law-abiding anti-trapping groups don’t dare to advocate. Thought you might be interested.
    https://sites.google.com/site/pullingforlife/home

    Keep up the good work.

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      • Thank you, Roland. Totally with you, by the way, and have been for some time; I just hadn’t heard of your organization or this blog. My real name is René Álvarez and I’m an English teacher in Tecate, Baja California.

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      • Very pleased to know you, Rene.

        I haven’t been to Tecate in 40 years! My wife, Carrie, is a violinist. She and a group of musicians were invited to do a tour in Baja to raise money for a neonatal hospital. Spouses were welcome, so I went long. We were provided with accommodations and meals, and the group donated their time and talents playing gigs in Tijuana, Ensenada, and Tecate.

        We were treated like royalty. We were met at the border by a military motorcade, escorted to the Mayor’s office, given “get out of jail free” cards in case we got into trouble (Honest!), put up in the best hotel in town, given a banquet at the army base outside of TJ, etc.

        Later found out why! While in Ensenada, we were escorted to a military base and shown the site of the new hospital. When I mentioned how much it would be helpful to the people in Baja, the general I was speaking with told me it wasn’t a public hospital, it was for the military!

        WTF?

        I almost got arrested bitching about the fascist Mexican government for the rest of the tour!

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  4. I disagree with the statement that fur is less fashionable than it was years ago. Maybe MANY years ago, yes. But back in the seventies, fur was so UNfashionable that you never saw anyone wearing it. Not in real life, not on TV. We have lost massive amounts of ground on this issue.

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