How Will Animal Rights Be Achieved?

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I write regularly and often on my belief that we need social revolution to save animals.
I base that premise on the simple fact that what we are now doing isn’t working.

There are a lot of folks who disagree with me. And to those I pose the following questions:
How do you figure animals rights will ever be achieved? Will we increase our effectiveness in recruiting vegans at some point?

These are serious questions, and I am seriously interested in answers.

Do you think that mankind will change? And if so when and how?
Do you think that we will somehow recruit enough vegans to overcome the population explosion of people?
Do you know something I don’t about recruiting Animal Rights activists?
Do you think that religion is the answer? That God is going to fix things?

Have you even thought about the future or what we are hoping to accomplish?

If so, I welcome your thoughts.

But if you’ve got nothing, please at least give my analysis some thought.

Here are some articles guaranteed to piss you off or pump you up:

It’s Time to Take Up Arms for the Animals!

Animal Liberation: The Next Step

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

Terrorism, Speciesism, and Saving Animals’ Lives

Animal Lierationists: Why We Must Take The Fight To Human Targets

Socialism Saves Animals

 

 

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20 thoughts on “How Will Animal Rights Be Achieved?

  1. I think small changes are being made and the climate change campaign can help. I know average people who are cutting back on meat consumption which does help somewhat. there definitely need to be a large scale awareness because I see many people supporting the ban on trophy hunting and hunting but they don’t see a problem with buying meat from the store, theyre very in the dark that factory farming is worse than normal hunting. Also, in the US I think getting politicians to back bills to support animal rights is the way to go. I don’t think its impossible to achieve just a long ass, bumpy road to travel.

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  2. I also could never reconcile the suffering and cruelty of both human and non-human animals with the Christian religion. I was born Catholic, but since childhood I have only been in a Church for one funeral and one marriage. There are a few reasons for this, my parents put me into a daycare at the age of 4 because they both worked full time. The daycare was run by nuns and it was like something from a Charles Dickens novel. It was in a basement, it was dark and the food they gave us children was horrible. According to my parents, I cried almost every day when I was picked up from there. It was for this reason that my father decided to take me out of there, possibly due to the terrible experiences he had as a child who was placed, along with his brother, into a boys home for a while because he was one of 5 children and at that time his parents could not afford to care for all their children. Apparently something happened there which turned him off to the Roman church. I can only guess, based on stories about the abuse of boys (& girls) by the church and their denial of any wrongdoings, what he went through.

    This is partly the reason why I don’t think that God will fix things, the other being what you mentioned in your point 4) I also don’t want to believe in any god that would allow the creation of a world consisting of so much horrific suffering and cruelty, especially to those that are innocent.

    Whenever I read about the horrific and evil neglect, abandonment, abuse, torture and murder of innocent, defenseless and sentient beings, I question the existence of a “God”. Why would God continue to tolerate such evils as the live skinning and cooking of dogs and cats in China and other countries, factory farms, dog fighting, puppy mills, animal crush videos …. the list goes on and on.

    Those who are blinded by the teachings of their particular religion and their universally held beliefs that “there is a reason for everything” and that “the reasons for tolerating the suffering will become clear” will not likely change their belief systems any time soon.

    As you do, I believe that “Nature evolves through trial & error & chance, and I can’t help but feel that humans are just a long experiment by chance that’s now on the downward spiral of the “error” side.”

    I’ve said for many years, that I would VERY GLADLY give up my life right this minute, if it meant that there would be no more animal exploitation, abuse, torture and murder. Unfortunately I cannot make that choice, so in the meantime I just try to fight all of these evils in any way I can. 🙂

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    • I share your sentiments. Like most of the activists who have commented on this article, I am not hopeful for the animals or our prospects to end their exploitation and suffering. The purpose of the essay was to invite introspection and critical thinking in light of the abject failure of the animal movement to make any statistical progress against the enemies of animals. All of the animals saved each year around the entire world is fewer than the number who will have their throats cut in slaughterhouses in the next ten minutes. For 99.999% of the victims of human cruelty, it is as if the animal movement does not exist. As though there are no animal activists at all.

      Only by ending the economic system that protects animal murderers, ending the legal system that considers animals to be property, and ending the religious cults which deem animal cruelty to be god’s plan, can the animals ever be free. That or human extinction.

      I am not suggesting that we abandon rescuing and recruiting. I am suggesting that we recognize that at some point we must engage in armed rebellion against capitalism and use vigilantism to protect the helpless and the voiceless.

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      • If I can respond to what you wrote here, Roland:
        “The purpose of the essay was to invite introspection and critical thinking in light of the abject failure of the animal movement to make any statistical progress against the enemies of animals.”

        I can only speak from my experience, and many won’t like what I have to say, but from what I’ve witnessed over the years, the failure of the animal movement is due to in large part to many animal activists needing a much better understanding of human psychology, tactics and motivation, and how to use those things to our advantage.

        As silly as it may sound at first, it’s like being a car salesman. We may already drive the most ethical car in the world ourselves, and may we love that car, and we know that it’s the “right” car….that’s all fine & well, but what matters in the end is convincing others to buy and drive that car, too.

        We don’t do a very good job as salesmen if all we do is go on and on about how our car is the right car, and if the customer doesn’t like it, well, they are just wrong, and you’re more than happy to let them know that. Too many activists don’t even want to let interested people take the car for a test drive (say, on “Monday”). They just need to buy the car right now & that’s all there is to it.

        The cold hard fact is that being in the right doesn’t automatically create a pathway with lines of people signing up to join you. Unfortunately, most humans don’t do something just because it’s right. If they did, we wouldn’t need to be discussing all this in the first place.

        Do I like that it’s this way? Do I like that I have to become an amateur psychologist in order to help the animals? Hell No! I think I now own more psychology books than books on animal issues. But I’ve learned that nobody likes a pushy salesman, and nobody likes being attacked, even if you do have right on your side.

        Our own attacking & negative behavior is inadvertently leading to a “2 for 1 special”….not for us, but for our opposition. Not only is our message being rejected, the ranks of the opposition increase in number. In many ways, we are our own worst enemy.

        That’s the bad news. The good news is that we can educate ourselves on what behaviors are actually effective when it comes to creating change…and just as important, understanding what behaviors only make our job even harder.

        Until there is a time when we can create the world we’d like to see by force, this is what we are left to work with.

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  3. After my failed attempt today to talk to a group of people who are so concerned about racism and how as a white person I should get on my knees and beg forgiveness for my perceived sins against them, but laughed and ridiculed the idea that the subjugation of animals is basically the root of human problems, I’d say “no” across the board.

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    • So would I. Chaos is a safer environment for animals than is the polite climate of civilization. I advocate for vigilantism and violent revolution against the status quo. But even that strategy must await a swelling of our ranks.

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  4. 1) Do you think that mankind will change? And if so when and how?
    I think this is the one big question that everything else hinges on. After 25 years of being an activist, I sadly have come to the conclusion that while ankind has the ability to change, too few are willing to actually do it.

    Mankind can’t even get ourselves together to make the changes necessary to save our own species, let alone other ones. Nature evolves through trial & error & chance, and I can’t help but feel that humans are just a long experiment by chance that’s now on the downward spiral of the “error” side.

    The path we are on simply cannot be sustained by the planet we live on and the resources it’s capable of providing. Human population control is going to happen one way or the other simply through the lack of resources necessary to sustain the numbers.

    Add on top of that the environmental destruction mankind is causing to the planet (our home that we depend on), and it seems only a matter of time before mankind implodes.

    One one hand that makes me sad, but on the other hand I can’t deny I look forward to that day, because it’s only then that the animals will begin to experience true freedom again.

    While I wait for this to happen, I’ll still continue to do my activism work to help the animals that I can (like the “starfish story”), but in the larger picture I think nature will eventually take its course and balance will be restored.

    Mankind likes to think we are the “most intelligent” being on the planet, but there is a big difference between intelligence and wisdom.

    2) Do you think that we will somehow recruit enough vegans to overcome the population explosion of people?
    Sadly no, but the population explosion will eventually implode on itself and take care of the problem (see above).

    3) Do you know something I don’t about recruiting Animal Rights activists?
    I have no idea! 🙂 I’ve personally found through experience that the “angry vegan” approach is not the answer…for every one person who may actually change using that approach, nine others are going to be turned off and dig their heels in even more.

    I’ve found that the only way to actually reach people with any hope for larger numbers joining us is to be more moderate. I don’t like that it’s that way, but experience and human psychology have shown me it’s the best possible tool we have.

    While arguing and yelling and drama may feel good to get off our chests, to most of the non-vegan population you just look like an idiot. We are basically asking people to be like us, but why would they want to be like those who in their eyes seem like idiots?

    I wish every person would simply respond and change when informed of the truth, but the hard facts are that most just don’t. Taking human motivation and psychology into consideration, you have to behave respectfully if you want your views to be respected. I’m not saying this is the “right” or “wrong” way…it’s simply the way that works most effectively from my experience. At the very least, it doesn’t turn off those nine other people from our message and there is still hope for reaching them.

    4) Do you think that religion is the answer? That God is going to fix things?
    I’m agnostic myself, but I don’t want to believe in any god that would allow the creation of a world consisting of so much horrific suffering and cruelty, especially to those that are innocent.

    I’ve never been able to find an answer that suffices to me from a religious perspective as to why there is so much suffering and cruelty. Christians have said to me that this is the price we pay for god giving us free will. If you ask me, I think I’d gladly give up free will to the point of being a robot if it meant a peaceful world where no innocent being has to suffer.

    Ok, wow, I didn’t mean to write so much, but this has been a lot of (vegan) food for thought! 🙂

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    • I also could never reconcile the suffering and cruelty of both human and non-human animals with the Christian religion. I was born Catholic, but since childhood I have only been in a Church for one funeral and one marriage. There are a few reasons for this, my parents put me into a daycare at the age of 4 because they both worked full time. The daycare was run by nuns and it was like something from a Charles Dickens novel. It was in a basement, it was dark and the food they gave us children was horrible. According to my parents, I cried almost every day when I was picked up from there. It was for this reason that my father decided to take me out of there, possibly due to the terrible experiences he had as a child who was placed, along with his brother, into a boys home for a while because he was one of 5 children and at that time his parents could not afford to care for all their children. Apparently something happened there which turned him off to the Roman church. I can only guess, based on stories about the abuse of boys (& girls) by the church and their denial of any wrongdoings, what he went through.

      This is partly the reason why I don’t think that God will fix things, the other being what you mentioned in your point 4) I also don’t want to believe in any god that would allow the creation of a world consisting of so much horrific suffering and cruelty, especially to those that are innocent.

      Whenever I read about the horrific and evil neglect, abandonment, abuse, torture and murder of innocent, defenseless and sentient beings, I question the existence of a “God”. Why would God continue to tolerate such evils as the live skinning and cooking of dogs and cats in China and other countries, factory farms, dog fighting, puppy mills, animal crush videos …. the list goes on and on.

      Those who are blinded by the teachings of their particular religion and their universally held beliefs that “there is a reason for everything” and that “the reasons for tolerating the suffering will become clear” will not likely change their belief systems any time soon.

      As you do, I believe that “Nature evolves through trial & error & chance, and I can’t help but feel that humans are just a long experiment by chance that’s now on the downward spiral of the “error” side.”

      I’ve said for many years, that I would VERY GLADLY give up my life right this minute, if it meant that there would be no more animal exploitation, abuse, torture and murder. Unfortunately I cannot make that choice, so in the meantime I just try to fight all of these evils in any way I can. 🙂

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  5. Hmm… These are very difficult questions, but I do think that the internet age and ease of information access is a game changer; something that was not accessible even 20 years ago, let alone 40. The vegan demographic is actually much higher than the 1-3% average amongst young people, particularly millenials, so I think that all the new carnists being born today have a much higher chance of being future vegans than just 1-3%. Also, while things are very dire in North America, veganism and animal rights has a lot more traction in some other places in the world, particularly the European Union. Portugal for example has a 10% vegan population and growing. I have pretty much come to the conclusion that the American oligarchy is too powerful and corrupt for effective change to come from within; we need to sow the needs of a better society and a better culture somewhere else, and then lead by example: advocate, advertise, offer sanctuary to animal liberationists and liberated animals alike.

    I think, once we have an entirely vegan country that has fully formed animal rights laws, that coupled with the ease of information access offered by the internet age will be the key to accelerating the recruitment and, even more importantly, the collaboration and unification of the global AR community to the critical mass required to change the world. Right now we are too scattered, too oppressed by carnist society to be able to do much. Of course, our advocates working from inside the system to change things from the inside out will still play an important role, but they need a ‘home base’ to support them.

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  6. 1- Do you think that mankind will change? And if so when and how?
    Well, we have to change something. The planet can’t sustain us all the way we are headed, so there has to be someone somewhere willing to adapt… Anyways, there are big names revealing that vegan is the way to go for the future. Unfortunately, the ones I can name are Bill Gates and Monsanto – not the ones I want related to that, but at least someone’s listening. However, I am sure that their plan has nothing to do with full animal liberation, but at least it’s a start.

    2- Do you think that we will somehow recruit enough vegans to overcome the population explosion of people?
    It only takes a minority to change the world. So really, there is a way to do this, I am fairly positive about it. However, we all need to roll up our sleeves and get to work.

    3- Do you know something I don’t about recruiting Animal Rights activists?
    Nope. I’ve had nothing but bad luck so far… But I am trying to change tactics and see what works.

    4- Do you think that religion is the answer? That God is going to fix things?
    Absolutely NOT. No way is religion the answer. I’m for the opposite belief – there is no such thing as God.

    5- Have you even thought about the future or what we are hoping to accomplish?
    It’s on my mind every single day. I want to act, but I’m not sure what my next step should be. I want to send letters out – to politicians, to newspaper editors, to vegans and vegetarians, to activists in general, non-profits and NGOs… we’ll see what the result is…

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  7. I think we are not going as fast as we would like a as we are not reaching enough people I was 45 yrs old before i became aware that to get milk calves were killed! I think the best tool we have at present is the film earthlings. but we need people to see it without being forewarned! i dont think fighting is the answer or is shouting at folk to stop eating meat softly softly catchee monkey! however superglueing a few butchers shops locks and letting some tyres down couldnt hurt..lol!

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  8. Do you think that mankind will change? And if so when and how?

    No; not “mankind” … only a relative few will Change Re ‘going Vegan’.

    Do you think that we will somehow recruit enough vegans to overcome the population explosion of people?

    No.

    Do you know something I don’t about recruiting Animal Rights activists?

    No.

    Do you think that religion is the answer? That God is going to fix things?

    Yes; following JESUS is the answer. No; GOD is not ” … going to fix things ” … unless by ” … fix things ” is understood ‘the New Jerusalem’.

    All my ” no’s ” come from how I understand the Word of GOD – the Bible.

    All is getting – and will continue to get – worse and worse and worse; till JESUS returns. Not nice – because of ‘man’, not because of GOD. Simple. It is so written. It is what is happening – because of ‘man’s’ wrong CHOICE/s.

    Lord Bless, Michael.

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  9. It’s a fact that whilst in the west there are people who like us, are disgusted by animal murder and exploitation, although we are still in the minority. But from the Middle East To Asia, life is cheap. Woman are regarded as second rate citizens, animal sacrifice is the norm and traditions regarding the consumption of flesh goes back thousands of years. It is never going to stop. The west is concerned with big industry whatever the cost, whether to the animals or the land itself. No mention was made at the recent talks in Paris about the impact of animal agriculture on climate change. I’m disgusted by that. I’m disgusted by 90% of the worlds population, who can’t see past their plates and purse strings, can’t see past the inexcusable amount of children they bear or the ignorance which carries them through life and results in the unstoppable destruction of this beautiful planet and everything on it. We are witnessing the extinction of species every day, from rare butterflies and frogs, to rhinos, elephants and big cats. At least if they die out they can’t suffer any more. It’s not just about farmed animals being butchered every second but the whales, turtles, dogs and cats, sea horses and crocodiles. We are incapable of leaving anything alone. Every single life form on this planet is exploited by humans. This isn’t how it was meant to be. Those of us who feel and are trying to fight the carnage by educating people are fighting a losing battle. It is never going to end unless man ceases to exist, and I for one, wish for that every day. These torturous people I see online every day and try to stop have ruined my life and I’m still fairly young. I still have years of this shit left.

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    • I really empathize with what Clair wrote. As long as there is still just one human being left on the planet, it seems that animals somewhere will suffer because of it.

      This really hit me when one day when I started wondering why something like a “Society to Prevent Cruelty to Animals” even needs to exist in the first place, or “People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals”?

      Why don’t humans just behave ethically in the first place? Why does cruelty to animals even need to be prevented in the first place?

      What does it say about humans that organizations even need to exist that address cruelty and injustice to our very own species, such as Amnesty International or Save the Children?

      To me, the very fact that these organizations exist shows that there is just something inherently wrong with human beings in the first place.

      When people are talking about the latest mass shooting or child raped or innocent civilians killed, my default reply is, “A dog would never do that”, and I half-jokingly state this is why I’m working to help save animals, and not humans.

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      • I couldn’t agree more! I posted the following in reply to Gabrielle, and it seems just as appropriate here:

        I share your sentiments. Like most of the activists who have commented on this article, I am not hopeful for the animals or our prospects to end their exploitation and suffering. The purpose of the essay was to invite introspection and critical thinking in light of the abject failure of the animal movement to make any statistical progress against the enemies of animals. All of the animals saved each year around the entire world is fewer than the number who will have their throats cut in slaughterhouses in the next ten minutes. For 99.999% of the victims of human cruelty, it is as if the animal movement does not exist. As though there are no animal activists at all.

        Only by ending the economic system that protects animal murderers, ending the legal system that considers animals to be property, and ending the religious cults which deem animal cruelty to be god’s plan, can the animals ever be free. That or human extinction.

        I am not suggesting that we abandon rescuing and recruiting. I am suggesting that we recognize that at some point we must engage in armed rebellion against capitalism and use vigilantism to protect the helpless and the voiceless.

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  10. I am totally in for taking up arms for the animals. A violent revolution is badly needed, but we are such a minuscule minority that even if we take up arms, they will quell us very easily. It’s such a sad, sad situation.

    Do you think that mankind will change? And if so when and how?
    Do you think that we will somehow recruit enough vegans to overcome the population explosion of people?

    Unfortunately there are no happy, hopeful or optimistic answers to these questions.

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    • Hmm… These are very difficult questions, but I do think that the internet age and ease of information access is a game changer; something that was not accessible even 20 years ago, let alone 40. The vegan demographic is actually much higher than the 1-3% average amongst young people, particularly millenials, so I think that all the new carnists being born today have a much higher chance of being future vegans than just 1-3%. Also, while things are very dire in North America, veganism and animal rights has a lot more traction in some other places in the world, particularly the European Union. Portugal for example has a 10% vegan population and growing. I have pretty much come to the conclusion that the American oligarchy is too powerful and corrupt for effective change to come from within; we need to sow the needs of a better society and a better culture somewhere else, and then lead by example: advocate, advertise, offer sanctuary to animal liberationists and liberated animals alike.

      I think, once we have an entirely vegan country that has fully formed animal rights laws, that coupled with the ease of information access offered by the internet age will be the key to accelerating the recruitment and, even more importantly, the collaboration and unification of the global AR community to the critical mass required to change the world. Right now we are too scattered, too oppressed by carnist society to be able to do much. Of course, our advocates working from inside the system to change things from the inside out will still play an important role, but they need a ‘home base’ to support them.

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    • Yes, like Namrata said, unfortunately, we are a minuscule minority that would be quelled very easily. If mankind continues on the course we are on now, however, the problem will take care of itself. I imagine this will happen anyway and long before we’d ever get to the point of having a large enough population on our side to achieve anything meaningful and lasting by force.

      Also to take into consideration is that many people are vegan for the very reason that they feel violence towards any being is wrong, making the task of having the numbers on your side that much more difficult.

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