Slaughter is cruel by definition. It is taking the life of an animal who wants to live. It is terrifying, painful, and brutal.
And it happens to over a billion animals each week.
A billion is a number beyond most people’s comprehension.
A billion pennies, stacked on top of each other would reach 1,000 miles.
A billion seconds ago is 32 years ago. Reagan was running for re-election.
A billion minutes ago, Jesus was preaching in Galilee.
A billion hours ago is 115,000 years ago. Humans were still living in caves.
A billion days ago human ancestors first appeared.
A billion weeks ago is almost 20 million years ago.
A billion months ago dinosaurs walked the Earth
A billion years ago life first emerged from the primordial seas.
A billion slaughtered animals ago was last week.
While slaughter is incredibly cruel, there are ways to alleviate the suffering. One out of seven calves is still conscious when his legs are chainsawed off. One out of eight are still conscious when his skin is ripped from his sides.
Most pigs are still conscious when dumped into vats of scalding water because they haven’t bled out yet.
The cruelty of capitalism is no more apparent than in the treatment of animals that are processed for profit.
Being vegan or advocating for veganism does nothing to help alleviate the suffering of these doomed creatures. They will be murdered regardless of what we in the animal movement do. The only way to save any of them would be to steal them from the factory farms, feedlots, or slaughterhouses.
Only one organization in the United States is helping to minimize the suffering of those poor creatures: HSUS.
Critics of HSUS’s approach of voluntary compliance with more humane procedures in slaughter by Big Ag is decried by many animal activists as treason to the animals and selling out to Big Agriculture.
More reasoned analysis maintains that the work of HSUS in convincing the slaughter industries to employ less cruel procedures helps to minimize suffering as much as could possibly be done.
Critics of HSUS’s approach assert that the propaganda of “happy meat” works to increase animal consumption by removing concerns about humane slaughter from consumers’ decision making.
The argument is preposterous. No one who abstains from consuming animals based upon their concerns for animal cruelty would suddenly become a carnist because HSUS managed to slow down slaughter lines to allow animals to bleed out before being dismembered or boiled alive.
Every animal trapped in the food system will die a horrible death. None can be saved. The only animals that will not be tortured and slaughtered are those who will not be born.
While we agitate for veganism and recruit vegans, 10,000 creatures per second are having their throats cut on slaughterhouse floors.
The only organization in the world which is working to minimize the horror is HSUS.
I look forward to the day that HSUS is no longer needed. That the Animal Holocaust ends. That animal rights become commonplace.
Unfortunately, that is well below the horizon, off in the distant future, if ever.
In the meantime, our efforts to recruit vegans and promote empathy are doomed to failure, as the human population is growing faster than we can convince people to become vegan.
The only hope for animals is human extinction.
Short of that, the end of capitalism should be our goal. Capitalism and the pursuit of profit account for almost all animal cruelty and exploitation on the planet.
Were we to be successful in ending capitalism worldwide, and establishing socialist governments in place of capitalist ones, we would save 30 BILLION animals per year from death in slaughterhouses. We would likely save another one and a quarter TRILLION sea creatures from death as well. All because socialist societies consume half the number of animals per capita as do capitalist societies. Socialism removes any profit incentives for killing animals or marketing their corpses.
The entire animal movement worldwide saves a mere one million creatures at best from death, socialism would save thirty thousand times that number!!
Instead of recruiting vegans and trying to educate the public, the animal movement should be supporting HSUS and simultaneously working toward socialist revolution.
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