NOTE: This article was published on September 5, 2017 under the title “If You Oppress Animals, Fuck You.” The consensus among my advisers was that the title would limit how widely the article would be shared.
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 comitted by our so called comrades.
Instead we have our feminists friends supporting the rape of cows and sows. Our black brothers and sisters are dismissive of comparisons between animal agriculture and slavery. Our Jewish allies silent on the Animal Holocaust. Progressives and Marxists are 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 own rights violated. But most who complain of oppression seem oblivious to the harm they do in turn. Most see the specks in the others eyes 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.
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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