Pointing out this gruesome fact is not to diminish the the lives of those saved or the heroic efforts put forth by animal activists.
Rather, I point it out to put the magnitude of the horrors animals face into perspective. The enormity of the Animal Holocaust is beyond comprehension.
Animal agriculture is responsible for the murders of 100,000 animals per minute, 24/7, 52 weeks per year.
Upwards of 60 billion slaughtered Earthlings every year, and increasing as you read this. And that does not include the 2,500 billion sea creatures who are killed each year.
If the animal movement saves a million creatures a year, around the world (a generous guesstimate), that is about the number slaughtered in the next ten minutes.
The single most important issue of our Age is the Animal Holocaust. It should dwarf every other concern by orders of magnitude. Yet it is ignored by most, unmentioned in the press, scorned by conservatives, and unheard of by the public at large.
Unlike Nazi Germany, whose murderous policies were not fully grasped by the world, most of the world is complicit in the Animal Holocaust. Every person who eats meat, fowl, eggs, or fish, wears leather, or drinks milk is part of the cycle of slavery and murder. And each person is responsible for thousands of innocent animals’ deaths over their lifetime.
So, what do we do?
Only government can stop the Animal Holocaust. And that is not likely to happen for decades, if not centuries. Even if the public were amenable to severe restrictions on the production of meat, dairy and eggs, the political will to implement reform does not exist. Just as the NRA has been able to thwart the will of the public for comprehensive background checks on gun sales, Big Ag would similarly be able to prevent Congress from enacting sweeping laws which would reduce the Holocaust.
Under current law, Big Ag is able to bribe Congressmen and Senators. Corporate political contributions and gifts to public officials make a mockery of democratic government.
Our government supports the killing industries with subsidies, price supports, and the use of public lands. The government is owned by Big Ag, for all practical purposes. Nominal rental fees for grazing, wild horse roundups and slaughter, tax payers’ money to prop up prices for milk, etc, are all because Big Ag bribes Congress.
The obvious counter-attack is to defeat the Republicans and conservative Democrats who conspire to steal tax money for the corporations who pay them off.
An actual solution would be to ban corporate political contributions. Both are on the agenda of the most liberal Democrats.
The political process is painfully slow to respond to issues not on the public’s radar. We cannot defeat conservatives on issues that do not capture the enthusiasm of the electorate, so we work to defeat them on issues that the public agrees with us on. In doing so we elect liberals. An incredibly important step in our strategy to reduce animal suffering in the short term, and to secure Animal Rights in the long term.
If the human species survives capitalism and environmental disaster (the jury is still out on this), a future, enlightened human society will look back upon the Animal Holocaust with the same incredulity we experience as we look back upon the horrors committed by Nazi Germany.
For those of us who believe all life is sacred, one species cannot ever justifiably carry out a genocide against others. And those responsible for such crimes against animals should be brought to justice.
Our current political system will never provide that justice, nor will it end the horrors. Our present political system is a tool of the capitalist interests which profit on the deaths of calves, lambs, piglets, and chickens.
They are just making money. Because the horror is legal. Owning other creatures is permitted. Torturing and killing them is perfectly OK. Such is the product of capitalist rationale and justification.
Capitalists are running slaughterhouses, factory farms, feed lots, packing plants, wholesalers, markets, restaurants, trading on the corpses of innocent creatures who wanted to live as desperately as do you. Creatures who had families, mothers, babies. Who suffered unspeakable cruelty, terror, and pain.
One hundred thousand died while you read this far. Two hundred thousand if you are a slow reader.
Only a revolution will end capitalism. It might be political or it may occur in the streets. But when it comes, animal activists need to be there to help control the reins of government.
We must make sure a revolutionary government and society is a vegan one.
Even if it is not vegan, such a government will undoubtedly end animal agriculture.
Future socialist governments will be more concerned about the environment than any other matter. The very existence of our species is threatened by climate change. Protecting the environment and feeding the world will almost assuredly mean the end of animal agriculture. Central economic planning could eliminate animal exploitation industries.
Whether the proscription of animal murder and consumption occurs at the local level will depend on how well placed animal activists will be in future revolutionary governments.
In the interim, we must continue to fight for human and animal liberation with our uneasy leftist allies. Mutual cooperation and coalitions will assure far more successful campaigns than uncoordinated ones.
We must work politically to force Big Ag to undertake costly reforms to their business models. Making money is what Big Ag is all about. They do not give a damn about animals or their suffering. They will continue to use the most cruel and brutal methods they can get away with to produce animal corpses as cheaply as possible.
Our task is to cripple Big Ag, if possible. Certainly impact them as much as possible.
The most important is our demand that they slow down their slaughter lines. Fast slaughter lines are supported by conservative politicians because they mean more profits for business. But fast slaughter lines mean cattle are cut up while still conscious, that they are alive when their legs are chainsawed off and their skin ripped from their bodies, that chickens are still alive when thrown into boiling vats of water to remove their feathers.
One of every 12 cows and calves is still conscious when being cut apart by chainsaws! All because of greed.
Big Ag wants to continue the cruelty because reducing cruelty is expensive, and it reduces profits.
The scumbag lobbyists for Big Ag bribe scumbag conservative legislators to block all compassionate legislation. They block moves to end veal crates, to end gestation crates, to end de-horning, to end de-beaking, to end branding, or requiring the use of anesthesia for painful procedures like castration or tooth removal.
Until a revolution, we cannot shoot the killers, arrest the boards of directors, or burn down the slaughterhouses and the packing plants.
So we must wield votes until we can wield weapons.
And in doing so we will lessen the torture our fellow Earthlings endure.
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