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.
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