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Why Animals? Why not focus on human beings and their problems?

October 27, 2014

The atrocities happening to animals are not more important than the atrocities happening to human beings.  I advocate for any living being that suffers.  One question that is often asked of me is if I could save only one, a human or an animal, which would I save?  The answer is here (click here). The reason why this blog seems to focus on animals are as follows:

1.  We already know about the cruelties that human beings suffer such as rape, murder, and slavery.

2.  Most people do not know what animals endure behind the scenes on farms, family farms, zoos, circuses, carriage rides, races, or in research labs.

3. To harm a human being is illegal so the laws are already in place to help protect them, to limit the amount of harm that can come to a human being.

4. To harm an animal is legal unless the animal is a pet.

*There are laws on the books right now that will prosecute anyone attempting to gather evidence of non-pet animal abuse.

*You will be prosecuted if you prevent someone from harming an animal that is not a pet. Imagine going to jail for stopping a rape, murder or abuse.  Imagine going to jail for collecting evidence of a rape, murder or abuse.

5. Everyone already accepts that to harm a human is wrong.

6. Most people do not believe that it is wrong to harm an animal, when pressed they will side with harm as being acceptable.

7. Human beings are able to convey their issues to other human beings

8.  Animals are not able to convey their issues to anyone other than the farmer, zoo keeper, circus performer, scientist, etc.  Since those human beings only value the money they will receive by use of the animal over the needs and the very life of the animal, the animal will not be heard.  Someone else must speak for them.

9.. Most people are not abusing humans or participating in rape, murder, or slavery of human beings, not any that I know.

10.  Most people do eat animals, drink their baby’s milk, and eat their ovum.

There are millions of advocates for every human cause but for every one thousand who advocate for particular human issues which affect millions of human lives, there is only one to advocate for the animal’s issues which affect billions to trillions of animal lives.

To advocate for animals is to advocate for humans since enlightenment to cruelty towards animals always includes enlightenment to all cruelty and does not discriminate between people and animals or different kinds of people and different kinds of animals.

While there are advocates for animals most only advocate for certain animals such as dogs and cats or dolphins and whales.  These same advocates are eating the other 56 billion animals for whom I advocate.  Even if they only drink milk and eat eggs, those milk and egg animals are among the 56 billion.  Any animal used for its products is slaughtered once they are spent.  The milk and egg animals often suffer the most egregious abuses of all.  Even the backyard chicken used for eggs and the family dairy cow will suffer abuses.  There is no way to use an animal without abuse.  Click here to read why.

What I advocate for is nondiscrimination and kindness.  I advocate this for all humans and all animals but I focus on animals since there is a lack of advocacy for most animals, the animals themselves are unable to tell us the truth of their situation, the media produces propaganda to hide the truth about the animals we use from us, and since the abuse of animals who are not pets is legal.

Anytime we believe that discrimination is acceptable as long as what we discriminate against is different from ourselves or the things we love (dogs and cats) then discrimination (farm animals, lab animals) will always find its way into human populations (Jews, homosexuals, African Americans, immigrants) as well.  And we know this is true for discrimination against groups of people exist today as it always has.  But it doesn’t need to exist.  The only way to end human suffering is to end all suffering.  Any suffering that is acceptable anywhere leads the way to suffering everywhere.  The change the world needs begins and ends with you.  Read more about that here.

Human Statistics / Animal statistics:

16,238 human beings were murdered in the United States in 2010.

56,000,000,000 (56 billion) animals are murdered in one year.  This does not include lab animals, fish, or male chicks who are ground up alive 150,000 per day at one farm alone.

20 and 30 million human slaves exist today

56,000,000,000 (56 billion) animals are enslaved each year. I use the term slavery because to be born into a life where you are not allowed to live your natural life, not allowed to be with your children, are forced into pregnancy, and are not allowed to die a natural death where your life is measured only by your dollar value, that is the definition of slavery.  Every slave will die.

250,000 reported cases of rape and sexual abuse of a human being per year in the United States.

9,000,000 dairy cows are raped each year in the United States. 50,000,000 pigs are castrated each year without anesthesia. These are only a sampling of the forced impregnation and genital assaults that happen to animals every year.

5 to 10 million human beings are imprisoned around the world right now who have committed a crime or are accused of a crime.

Billions to trillions of animals are imprisoned around the world each year and they have committed NO crime and have never harmed a human.  The prisons are CAFO’s, Sea World, Marine Land, research labs, zoos, fur farms, down farms, cashmere farms, farms, family farms, pastures, zoos, circuses, races, carriage companies and animal shelters. A prison is a place in which you are held by someone else and you do not have freedom to leave.  You are at the mercy of the person holding you there, even if you are provided an outdoor area, you are not permitted to leave that area.  Even if you are provided food and shelter and palliative care, the only reason for such provision is profit for the provider.  A prison goes by many names designed so that you will not see it as a prison unless you are the one inside.

610,000 homeless human beings on the streets of the United States any given evening.

6,000,000 to 8,000,000 dogs and cats homeless in shelters per year in the United States. Of these half will be put to death.

Out of the above list we are taught only to care about the humans and the dogs and cats. I advocate for animals because I know that regardless of what we have been taught, that inside each of us is the kindness that does not agree with suffering for any living creature.  The culture pushes the most wonderful parts of ourselves down and on top places discrimination: cats and dogs but not cows and pigs.  That is the cultural belief but it is not yours.

My advocacy of animals is the advocacy of you: that wonderful kind person who would not be ok with abuse of any kind. I advocate you being ‘you’ and not who the culture wants you to be.  Deep inside is that wonder and awe of all life and that gentle person who knows that strength is in doing no harm.  The culture does not want you to be that person, you, because quite frankly it just isn’t profitable.

The culture has provided for you every reason not to be kind to all people and all animals. You are probably thinking about the justifications for animals to be used by humans right now: these are taught to you by the culture.  These reasons did not come from you and any that do are from a long ago pre-evolved time when humans may have depended on animals prior to agriculture and technology.

We have evolved past any need to eat animals or to use animals.   If we do not stop then the images below will never go away for as long as there is injustice anywhere, there is a threat to justice everywhere.  To stop the images below we must each individually do what we must to make them go away.  Inside of you is this desire.  Let only the best parts of you guide your actions and take back who you are from the culture.  Peace ~

“I once read about a monster called the Extracator, that lived off people’s souls. Only, the thing was, the Extracator ate a person’s soul in their sleep over a 16 year period. Like it would nibble off a crumb every night, until there wasn’t anything left. So a person had no way to realize what was going on. They just had this vague sense that something was slowly disappearing.”

Peace~

It is important to remember that discrimination against other human beings does not extend into the way we treat animals.  It is the way we treat animals which is the heart of discrimination, the life blood and pulse of the atrocities of discrimination, that we extend to humans we see as ‘less than’.  This is why throughout history we have referred to animals as either animal or commodity/property/chattel and then we apply these same principles to people we do not like as a direct extension from our treatment of animals:  we see people that we do not feel are deserving of the same rights as ourselves as property or commodities (the case of slavery in the United States for example), rats to be exterminated (the case of the Jews or the Native Americans), or just plain animals.  This is because we see animals as ‘less than’ and therefore not only less deserving than human beings, but less deserving of even the right to be the animal that they are or in other words not deserving of anything.  That it is up to a human being to determine what they are deserving of and this is on a case by case basis despite the fact that nature created all creatures.  We forget that the human being is also an animal.  I write about animals because this is where the seed of discrimination and all of its atrocities are planted and germinated and tended to by human beings.  This is one crop we must not plant.

 

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