Recently, in the past week, veganism made the news; BBC News to be exact!
While the woman being interviewed is expressing great concern and fear for her own life and safety, she is clearly oblivious that is the exact harm she, herself is inflicting onto the animals she claims “to take pride in”.
She states, “When you’re being called murderer and rapist, that is overstepping the mark there.” But what she is so completely disconnected from, is that she/they (farmers) are murderers and rapists as well as oppressors and tyrants.
Factory farmed animals do not see the light of day. They are kept in very confined and controlled areas, often living in their own feces and urine, for their entire lives.
The male animals are forcibly masterbated by what is called an electronic bull ejaculator, to collect semen and the females are forced onto, what is called a “Rape Rack”. Then they use an insemination gun, (average length 17 3/4″ L) along with a persons arm, forced inside of their vagina/anus, to deliver the males’ sperm… all with no anesthetic or pain killers.
The animals are not willing participants in this.
The females are impregnated over and over and over to keep the milk coming, until they can no longer reproduce, at which point they are shipped off to have their throats slit and be skinned, so the farmers are certain to make every cent off of them that they possibly can. Unless they were born male, in that case they are shipped off to have their throats slit within days of being born.
This is only the cattle industry.
Many of the other animals are skinned, ground up and boiled alive and are kept in such confined spaces, they can’t even turn around… their entire lives.
This is rape, this is murder, and this is torture.
But because the farmers don’t view them as living, sentient beings, only mere products to use for profit, they seem totally incapable of making the connection that they are raping, murdering and torturing.
This woman, like so many others, is SO disconnected that she just cannot see the direct connection between feeling threatened for her own life and safety, and the brutality that she inflicts on her victims, the innocent animals that fight to live until their very last breath.
We have been so deeply brainwashed over thousands of years to see these precious animals as objects. It’s time to wake up and wake others to start seeing them as the living sentient beings they are… no different than our dogs or cats… no different than us.
As a vegan, I don’t believe ANYBODY should EVER have their life threatened! I have witnessed some incredibly rageful and angry vegans myself. I do understand completely that witnessing such horror and atrocities can easily cause trauma and even Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. This can cause erratic, even violent behavior.
As activists, it is crucial that we take good care of ourselves and always remember that veganism is about peace and coexisting with all… Including fellow human animals.
If we are going to be successful in animal liberation and opening hearts and minds, we must:
A. Be accountable for our own actions and behaviors. (Reach out for help. There are so many resources today.)
B. Be careful not to become the people we are protesting.
“Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster… for when you gaze long into the abyss. The abyss gazes also into you.”
Sheli The Pet Nanny