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Seeing through the hype

From There’s an Elephant in the Room blog
July 2023

Twin aims of maintaining consumer ignorance of the reality that their cash is paying for, and reassuring them that it’s all perfectly ‘humane’ so they can feel good about themselves as the horrors continue. In reality the exploitation of other living beings is neither ‘humane’ nor necessary. 

"The fundamental wrong is the system that allows us to view animals as our resources, here for us – to be eaten, or surgically manipulated, or exploited for sport or money. Once we accept this view of animals—as our resources—the rest is as predictable as it is regrettable."
~ Tom Regan

transporting Cows
Calves in transport Photographer/Filmmaker: Jo-Anne McArthur

Today I’ve been thinking of the way those who seek to justify continued exploitation of other individuals—including industry supporters who promote themselves as ‘representing victim interests’—habitually grasp at any available straws, and the way in which, as advocates we have to be aware that diversionary tactics are ultimately not tackling the root of a problem. So here’s a spoiler.

When it comes to the exploitation of nonhumans, that root is always ‘speciesism’ and the solution is to end all exploitation of other individuals. If an article doesn’t point that out, it’s not ‘representing victim interests’.

So—that all sounds a bit obscure, doesn’t it? Well I’ll explain. Recent posts about the plight of calves exploited by the dairy industry have provided several examples of what I’m talking about. Now don’t get me wrong, what’s done to calves is utterly shocking, brutal, sickening, barbaric and many other adjectives besides.

BUT. They are not the only victim group who undergo unspeakable abuse—unspeakable abuse is the subtext for every single type of nonhuman exploitation. Animal agriculture IS unspeakable abuse.


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