Armory contributor Marcia Mueller articulates what we have all been thinking!
Transport Truck Drivers. The First Casualties of the Revolution!
by Marcia Mueller
Knowing the extent of the devastation and suffering human beings wreak on other animals, along with the realizing that we are powerless to stop it, tends to promote fantasies. We have all seen how far our tabling, leafleting, writing, and clicking have done. We got a handful of nearly useless laws passed, and they’re seldom enforced. Big Ag alone is responsible for incalculable suffering and billions of deaths.
My fantasies start with one of the things I hate most—transport trucks bearing their doomed victims to slaughter.
Then there are the killers who spend their days and years hammering and slashing the life out animals hauled to their workplace.
Being one sniper on a team of other activists and removing the guilty from their jobs is a favorite fantasy. However, it is also a futile one. What would come of it?
The people who would be removed are nothing but dime-a-dozen, cheap cogs in the capitalist machine.
One phone call and their places would be filled with more dispensable human robots, and the trucks and slaughter lines would be up and running.
You can multiply this scenario to include the millions of animals killed in “shelters,” and the victims of research, entertainment, and “sports.”
Occasionally people react to sensational news over animals: We have seen the outrage over Cecil and Harambe that lit up the Internet. And what came of that? Yes, it got attention for two evils. But people have moved on. Cecil was one of thousands of lions who have been and are still being hunted. Harambe was one gorilla on the endangered species list that we couldn’t even keep safe in a zoo! More continue to be killed for trophies and bushmeat in their homeland.
Sniper removal of the guilty would not be worth the cost to the movement. It would give the haters of animal rights more cause for complaint, and it would take activists away from the work they might have done in order to go to prison.
That doesn’t leave much—for now. Until there are enough of us to accomplish more, either legally or illegally, we can do our best to help animals directly. We can also continue to heed Thoreau’s advice and make our lives a counter friction against the machine that harms them. Obstruct every way we can!
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