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.
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".
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.
1. Science 2. Sex education 3. Education in general 4. Women 5. The First Amendment
Here is a lovely example of #5. She is my fucking hero right now. And that woman who would not let her speak, that poor fucking excuse for a woman, is Senator Jane Nelson from Flower Mound, TX. She is a disgrace.
House Bill 2 (the massive anti-abortion bill) passed the TX Legislature today (just moments ago). It's over but not over. As I mentioned previously, we were warned by our Democrat senators that this was going to pass in the House and it will more than likely pass in the senate as well.
This is historic. This is monumental. This is a HUGE step in the right direction. Thank you to all the activists who worked tirelessly for this.
To be honest, after SCOTUS struck down the VRA I was feeling pretty doubtful about them striking down DOMA. Glad to be wrong.
Also, last night was so amazing. I wish I had made the drive down to Austin to be a part of that piece of history. Senator Davis is a hero in this state among pro-choice activists. She is an inspiration. And her story is remarkable. She became a single mother at the age of 19, worked two jobs to make ends meet and had aspirations to make a better life for her daughter. One day she picked up a brochure a co-worker laid on her desk for paralegal school at a local community college in Ft. Worth thinking it was the ticket out. She decided to go and after two years she transferred to Texas Christian University where she not only graduated with honors but also graduated first in her class (wow!!). And then she went on to Harvard Law where she also graduated with honors. Prior to last night, I only knew a little about her, always saw signs to vote for her when I was in/around Tarrant County but had no idea how courageous this woman actually is. Apparently, in 2012 or 2011, she staged another filibuster to stop $5 billion in public school cuts. This woman is a machine.
Anyway, after some intense drama last night the SB5 died!! The GOP tried really hard to pass it but they were voting after midnight and the special session was over at 2359. I started sobbing around 2330 because I thought the GOP succeeded but the fight TX Democrats put up was incredible. Also, Senator Zaffirini is apparently a staunch pro-lifer but did not like the SB5 because it restricted women from getting the care they needed. Most of the Democrats there last night were incredible but the quote that has been going around the interweb is from Senator Van De Putte who said, "At what point must a female senator raise her hand or her voice to be recognized over her male colleagues?"
Here is a video of Cecile Richards (PP president and activist) telling a crowd at the capitol that SB5 is dead:
Is it weird of me that I get emotional about this kind of stuff?? I hope not.