If You Oppress Animals, Fuck You.

Over the years, I have been a loud and incessant voice for animals activists to act in solidarity with those on the political left. To support each and every struggle by those fighting racism, discrimination, misogyny, xenophobia, any kind of oppression.

I thought the strategy both sound and promising. Women, feminists, blacks, Hispanics, occupiers, social justice advocates, LGBTs, would stand together in support of each other and the animals.

I could not have been more wrong. Solidarity with most of the left has done nothing for the animals at all.

No new voices raised for them.

No broad coalition for universal rights.

No acknowledgement that almost everyone on the left is as ambivalent about animals and their protection as is society in general.

No move to reduce the oppression of animals committed by our so called comrades.

Instead we have our feminist friends supporting the rape of cows and sows. Our black brothers and sisters dismissive of comparisons between animal agriculture and slavery. Our Jewish allies silent on the Animal Holocaust. Progressives and Marxists reluctant to offend potential supporters with concerns about mere animals.

Blacks, Hispanics, women, LGBTs, etc, are all oppressed in one way or another. Their basic human rights are frequently denied them. Blacks are shot down in the streets, Hispanics are rounded up and deported, women are still fighting for equal pay and workplace respect, for reproductive freedom and an end to patriarchy, LGBTs have no legal protection against bigotry in the workplace or the marketplace.

Yet most of those people in turn abuse, exploit, and oppress animals.

People who are oppressed by others generally react negatively when their own oppression of animals is discussed.

To the observer, there is a certain justice when one who denies rights to others finds his or her own rights violated. But most who complain of oppression seem oblivious to the harm they do in turn. Most see the specks in the eyes of others, but are unaware of the beams in their own.

In an article, If You Oppress Animals, Why Should Anyone Care if Someone is Oppressing You?, I asserted that being oppressed does not entitle one to sympathy if they, too, are oppressing others, including animals. This seeks to enlighten those who are unaware of the oppression for which they are responsible.

To end oppression, cruelty, and the violations of the rights of others requires an understanding of what we do to others, to both people and animals.

As to animals, the horrors visited upon them by even the most benign meat eater or dairy consumer makes any oppression suffered by humans to be almost laughable.

What group of oppressed humans are slaughtered at the rate of six million per hour?

What group of oppressed humans is born into slavery? Raped when of age to conceive? Has their newborns torn from them at birth and murdered? Are then slaughtered when unable any longer to produce milk?

What group of oppressed humans has their babies ground up alive?

What group of humans is boiled or dismembered alive?

Even being shot down in the streets by racist police seems humane compared to what animals endure.

Being deported, earning less money, or being fired are relatively harmless affronts.

Oppressing others is unforgivable. We are conditioned to consider it understandable.

What is not understandable is the continued oppression of animals when ignorance can no longer be offered as an excuse.

The common enemies of animals and of all oppressed people are capitalism and our legal systems. If we are united in our opposition to capitalism, universal rights can be achieved. If we merely argue for our own interests and ignore the oppression of others, we are no better than the oppressors.

Fighting oppression within the capitalist system is a fool’s errand. The battle cannot be won where the rules of combat are dictated by a corrupt and evil system.

If our leftist comrades seek or welcome the help of animal activists, they are going to have to support animal issues.

At the very least, they must frame their struggles as against capitalism.

 

 

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13 thoughts on “If You Oppress Animals, Fuck You.

  1. Couldn’t agree more. I’m tired of the people who complain about their history of injustice and suffering and then are not only responsible for the suffering of other animals but are even offended by the comparison between their pain and that of the animals.

    This from George Carlin:
    “I respect animals. I have more sympathy for in injured or dead animal than I have for a dead human being because human beings participate and cooperate in their own undoing. Animals are completely innocent. There are no innocent human beings.”

    Or, also from Carlin:
    “Some people seemed shocked and say, “You care more about animals than you do about humans! Fuckin’ –A well told.”

    It’s time to stop apologizing for caring about animals and always assuring people that they come first.

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    • I will NEVER apologize for caring about animals – I care about them more than I care about people – animals are innocent, voiceless and defenseless and subjected to the blatant cruelty of so called ‘humans’. I will never be silent when it comes to animal cruelty.

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    • Lol…awesome Ahimsa! I remember George also had a routine about the 10 commandments… He said that Thou Shalt Not Kill didnt have any disclaimer/caveat about the exclusion of animals. Speaking truth to power can have a sense of humor too!

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  2. … or die a traitor’s death.

    “A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.” – Thomas Paine

    That idiot Anna on The Young Turks on the topic of animal rescues during Harvey: “… I know they’re not the equivalent of humans, but …” They call themselves progressive on that show. Woe to animals if that is the best so-called progressives can do.

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    • Agree. PBS & NPR are notorious for being dismissive or condescending regarding topics with any hint of animal rights/ liberation themes.

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  3. Agreed! Ppl. who complained about prejudices and unfare treatment to them personally, are the first to inflict the same, if not worse, to the animals, w/o a thought or care about what they are actually doing! I wish we could get the visual out there more….the undercover video. I’ve seen some ppl. break down in tears when they actually “see” the truth! Ppl. take care of what they love! How can we get them to care?

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  4. There seems to be a certain amount of scientific advances in producing lab-grown meat. For me the exploitation of animals in factory farming conditions is very much tied in to the climate change debate. If methane emitted into the atmosphere can be reduced by lab-grown meat, and the flavour is exactly the same as that of animal meat, then let’s hope there is a change in consumer attitudes. I believe there are already a few restaurants that are serving up lab-grown meat.

    When it comes to egg and milk production, then that is another matter. Not sure if these can be substituted.

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    • My opinion is that lab- grown meat is just a watered- down version of an addiction to animal flesh. Would we condone or encourage the consumption of lab- grown human muscle/ tissue? Alleged to be better or an ” alternative” to the out- and- out enslavement and slaughter of other sentient beings, but it has animal exploitation and the continuation of animals as an underclass written all over it.

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