by Roland Vincent and Camille Marino
Being vegan means we are doing no harm. It doesn’t mean we are doing any good. It means we simply abstain from participating in nonhuman animal’s deaths. We do not save a single animal’s life. Being vegan is being neutral. Like the Swiss in World War II.
Being vegan isn’t stopping animals from being killed at all. If an agri-abuser suffers a momentary loss because of fluctuations in demand, the government will subsidize the farmer to ensure his profits remain unaffected. The Wall Street Journal, observes that “the U.S. government has been protecting farmers against unpredictable hardships” since the 1930s.
Therefore, until vegans are a major economic force, our consumerism will never affect a farmer’s profits. Further, demand will never affect production in this paradigm. Production remains constant and, if a surplus is realized, it is routinely diverted into prisons and welfare programs, used in animal feed, pet food, fertilizer, and even used to pay down foreign debt.
For ethical vegans (there are lots of vegans who are vegan for health reasons, not for the animals) veganism is a given, not a goal. It is a moral imperative without consequence for the animals. We do not eat our friends. But not eating them is a far cry from doing anything to liberate them.
Most people do eat meat, eggs, and dairy, however. And they will not stop doing so as long as they can.
Therefore, our job is to make it as expensive and inconvenient as possible. Our job is to create the deterrents that will make it a liability for the complicit to continue undisturbed.
Politically, we should be demanding that meat, eggs, and dairy be taxed to reflect the cost to society of cardiovascular disease, obesity, and myriad other diseases caused by animal consumption. We should also demand that carnists pay higher insurance premiums along with smokers.
We should demand a ban on ownership of animals by corporations (a tactic that would appeal to family farmers) and would result in the sales of slaughterhouses, feedlots, packing plants, fishing fleets, etc to individuals (resulting in huge losses to Big Ag) and would drive up the cost of meat, egg, and dairy production. We are not advocating that it is preferable for an animal to die at the hands of a small farmer as opposed to inside a factory farm. What we are saying, however, is that in very practical terms, if we want to see animal agriculture fade into history, we must be willing to take real world steps to make the industry die. A rise in production cost would translate into higher consumer costs and drops in consumption. It is a fact that when cigarette prices began to skyrocket, it translated into anti-smoking campaigns gaining mainstream traction as smokers were forced to quit.
We should be demanding truth in labeling and advertising about GMOs and antibiotics and other chemicals fed to animals trapped in the food system. Public aversion to consuming GMOs and secondhand medicines would dramatically reduce the public’s demand. And for those who consume these animal-holocaust products anyway, let them pay higher insurances rates while we wait for them to drop dead.
The Animal Holocaust is so mind boggling in its scope that it is difficult to comprehend the extent of the horror.
Imagine all the dogs and cats that animal activists rescue around the world each year. A half million, maybe? A million? That many animals will be slaughtered in the next ten minutes! A number equal to the entire Nazi Holocaust each hour. 24/7. Year round. Six million innocent creatures an hour. Fifty BILLION a year. Every year.
If every decent person in the world rescued as many victims as they possibly could, we would forever be running behind the machine. We must begin to understand that we have a responsibility to engage, to confront the perveyors of death, and to dismantle their infrastructure piece by piece, abuser by abuser. The only way we will save all the animals is to shut down the systems of exploitation that demand their bodies, bones, and blood.
To end this atrocity cannot be accomplished by recruiting vegans. It can only end when it is prohibited by law. And that can happen only when we bring down the capitalist governments of the world. A distant dream, but our goal nonetheless.
Being vegan in the face of this horror is like not owning slaves before the Civil War. Slave owners did not care a whit whether Northerners owned slaves or not. That Northerners didn’t own slaves certainly didn’t stop the slave ships, the slave auctions, the slave trade.
Until the war, Northerners were like the vegans of today. They were non-combatants. Vegans will only impact the Animal Holocaust when we organize ourselves and enter the battlefield.
Roland Vincent has been a political strategist for over 40 years, and an animal activist since he was 12. He is also an attorney, a vegan, and a socialist. He advocates for vigilantism and social revolution.
Camille Marino is an activist, author, and former political prisoner. She is the founder of Negotiation is Over and the Eleventh Hour for Animals campaign to end vivisection at the University of Florida. She has long believed that the time for civil discourse has expired.
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