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Social attitudes about animals are hopelessly confused. On one hand, many people regard at least some non-humans - their "pets" - as members of their families. On the other hand, these very same people think nothing about eating animals other than "pets," wearing their skins, using them in experiments, or exploiting them for entertainment in films, circuses, zoos, and rodeos. On one hand, we all agree with the notion that it is morally wrong to inflict "unnecessary" pain and suffering on non-humans; on the other hand, we routinely use animals in all sorts of contexts that could never be considered as involving any coherent notion of necessity.

The reasons for our moral schizophrenia about non-humans are, of course, as complicated as the concrete manisfestations of our conflicting attitudes. Some of the reasons are historical alone; we have been exploiting animals for so long that we simply continue doing so by force of habit alone. Some reasons are rooted in culture and religion; we uncritically subscribe to various belief systems that proclaim humans (or some subset thereof, such as white males) as "superior" and to devalue non-humans. Some reasons are economic; animal exploitation is a billion-dollar industry - and human beings appear to be able to justify most actions that result in monetary gain.

And it goes on for several pages.... This was written by abolitionist Professor Francione. He is, for the lack of a better word, fucking amazing. I have read so much of his stuff since going vegan and I have never realized just how deep a hole we've dug ourselves in and the animals are paying for all of it.

Also this,

13 September 2014 @ 01:00 pm

Some one (I won't say who but I'm sure she's written a lengthy entry on it several weeks ago because that's what she does when she gets her feelings hurt) said to me that universities have to follow ethical protocols when it comes to animal testing or they'll be shut down. I'm not quite sure where she got her info from, but I know that she's misinformed and/or she likes to tell herself these things to make herself feel better about exploiting animals.

If universities were so tied to be ethical in their research then why do they employ sadists such as Paul Davenport and William Castleman? The worst part is that my tax money is going to their "research".

Wake up. Stop kidding yourselves.

10 August 2014 @ 09:30 pm

I didn't see this video but I did read a few stories. In particular was a poster that was on Libra Max's page called "Milk Comes from a Grieving Mother" and it basically brought me to a fit of tears. After that, I decided to go vegan. If you're against veal then you must stop consuming dairy because veal is the byproduct of dairy. And while industrial farming is just pretty fucking awful in and of itself, I believe that the dairy industry is the worse of the worst. To know that information and not change is, to me, selfish. We don't even need milk or cheese or yogurt! It is a belief that the dairy industry has continuously pounded into our psyches but slowly slowly slowly the paradigm will shift.

05 February 2014 @ 10:43 am

Howard Stern is a champion of equality??

If that is so, please show me facts.

28 October 2013 @ 05:26 pm
Finally, something good to come out of this horrid state:

Restrictive abortion law blockedCollapse )