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I recently commented on a blog belonging to a Veterinarian who promotes and practices supplementary Holistic care methods. The post tells of a recent invitation he received to appear on a television show about and for women, in their weekly “Pets and Pet Care” segment. He asked for opinions as to what he might talk about if he decided to accept the invitation. I want to share my comment here:

“I would definitely use the opportunity to acquaint viewers with a revolutionary notion. We all should be familiar with the fact that dogs, cats, and other pets deserve our love and the best care possible. But that should come from a respect for them as moral persons first. And once we acknowledge that, it should not be a huge leap to acknowledge that all animals deserve that same respect. And that respect should include one most basic right – not to be exploited (used) as property or resources… whether that use be for food, clothing, entertainment, the making of household products, and yes, even as pets.

I know, I can hear the outrage (of other readers) at the mere suggestion we should abolish (the Institution of) pets but I assure you if you do the research, you will understand that, by our exploitation over centuries, we have turned once free and wild animals into sorry, often weakened, mere shadows of their former splendour and all totally dependent on humans for their survival. The pet industry, through breeders and many other stakeholders, seeks financial gain by continuing this exploitation. And as you know, every year millions of these animals end up being horribly abused, neglected, or dumped in shelters where *most* end up euthanized (or gassed). Then there is the multi-billion dollar international pet food industry, which is basically an offshoot of our own cruel and manipulative “food animal” exploitation.

Needless to say, I think it is our moral obligation to *adopt* companion animals whenever and wherever possible. But it is also our moral obligation to not cause any others to be brought into existence.

With some reflection and research on the subject of Abolition, everyone can determine the most obvious and easiest way to show respect to *all* animals is by adopting a Vegan worldview, and i underline that means not just a diet.

I highly recommend researching the work of Professor Gary L. Francione at http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/ The site has searchable blog essays, links to his books, audio/video presentations and interviews, podcast commentaries, and a lot more. Over the last 30 years Professor Francione has developed his “Abolitionist” approach to Animal Rights and you will see his arguments for Veganism as a moral baseline make a lot of sense.

I hope you will consider looking into this monumental but necessary social paradigm shift in the near future. And just maybe some of it could be touched on in this TV interview. It will definitely spark some needed thought and dialogue.

Thank you for your consideration.

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– ORGANIC – FREE RANGE – FREE RUN – NATURALLY RAISED –
– CAFE FREE – GRAIN FED –

It all sounds so healthy, so caring, so… well… RIGHT, doesn’t it?

I’M AFRAID NOT !

All meat or dairy or eggs or any other so named animal product is the result of a well oiled SCAM to make you, the caring consumer, BELIEVE those products come from animals that were treated to a “humane” existence… almost as if they were provided with the animal’s blessing!

NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH as you will see by the example in this non-graphic video –

– courtesy, Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary

Don’t buy in to the mighty and, in my opinion, manipulative ad campaigns of the animal exploiters. Be they corporate, multi-national, industrial, or just local “family” operations, the times are changing. If you’ll pardon the pun, when it comes to the “farming” of animals these “farmers” are a dying breed!

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A new book by a St. Lawrence University sociology professor explores the intersections between human and animal oppressions in relation to “the exploitative dynamics of capitalism.”

“Making a Killing: The Political Economy of Animal Rights,” by Assistant Professor of Sociology Robert J. Torres, is published by AK Press and is due out in November 2007. A description of the book from the publisher states, “Suggest to the average leftist that animals should be part of broader liberation struggles and – once they stop laughing – you’ll find yourself casually dismissed. With a focus on labor, property, and the life of commodities, ‘Making a Killing’ contains key insights into the broad nature of domination, power and hierarchy. Combining nuts-and-bolts Marxist political economy and a pluralistic anarchist critique, as well as a searing assessment of the animal rights movement, Torres challenges conventional anti-capitalist thinking and convincingly advocates for the abolition of animals in industry – and on the dinner plate.”

Torres is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, with a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Cornell University. He is the co-author, with St. Lawrence Director of the Language Resource Center/Instructor of Modern Languages Jenna Torres, of the popular book “Vegan Freak: Being Vegan in a Non-Vegan World” and is co-editor of the forthcoming book “Nanotechnology, Social Change and the Environment.”

“In Making A Killing: The Political Economy of Animal Rights, Bob Torres takes an important and timely look at the animal rights movement, calling for a synthetic approach to all oppression, human and animal. His analytical framework draws together Marxism, social anarchist theory, and an abolitionist approach to animal rights to provide a timely social analysis that will no doubt have profound effects on the animal rights movement literature.”—Gary L. Francione
Distinguished Professor of Law, Rutgers University

“Bob Torres’s socioeconomic analysis of nonhuman animal use is a welcome and important addition to the understanding of human-nonhuman relations at the beginning of the 21st century. In particular, Making a Killing, makes a vital contribution to understanding the role of the property status of animals and the continuing strength of various welfarist positions on the ethics—and indeed the economics—of the human utilisation of other animals. Making a Killing will become required reading for social scientists and others interested in modern social movements and the socioeconomic forces that shape their activities and their claims-making.”—Dr. Roger Yates, Lecturer in sociology at University College, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

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I read a wonderful commentary today which directly relates to copious considerations I’ve been mulling over since attending the first public meeting of the Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada (AAEVPC) recently. You see, the Party must decide how they can most effectively get ANIMAL and ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS on to the Canadian political radar screen. And that’s a tall order …fortunately though, with some very dedicated people involved.

Anyway I wanted to share the commentary I read today. You’ll find it at this page on the Vegan Freak Blog entitled “the odd logic of welfarism”. It’s a compelling description of what animal welfarism forces people to commit to and how those commitments so adversely affect the REAL welfare of animals!

I also wanted to share with you my reply:

“Sorry for the long quiet. I’ve been strangely short of time for the things that really matter to me lately. The last VeganFreak podcast I listened to in full was around February ’06 and here it is almost May!

“Your post is really quite eloquent, Bob, and so very right on! Coincidentally, I had a discussion with a woman just last night on this very subject. She’s with the Canadian Coalition for Farm Animals. I used to promote them on my (now defunct) Coolwater4animals website until, as I said to her, and I’ll paraphrase here, “…until it really started bothering me that organically raised farm animals are for the most part still representative of unnatural and exploitative ‘domestication’, still raised in unnatural habitats, unable to perform many of their natural behaviours, and subjected to a myriad of horrific abuses.”

“I believe the industry fights hard to play what appears to be a very successful marketing word game confusing consumers and lulling them into a state of complacency and false righteouness by HIDING the true nature of their claims. At best, official standards provide little in terms of meaningful animal welfare and at worst, there are no official standards or enforcement of any kind! I like to use the almost apologist phrase, ‘victims of generational de-sensitization’ when referring to non-vegans today. Many of them are outraged and disgusted when they hear about the occasional, albeit tragic, dog or cat abuse incident that makes it to the headlines. But don’t touch their pot roast or veal scallopini, chicken wings or ham sandwiches!

“One of my young and intelligent cousin-in-laws spoke passionately to me about the long standing ‘tradition’ of seal hunting back home in her native Newfoundland as if I was threatening the family dog with my protest. Saying if it was necessary for her survival she would indeed kill a beast, all I could think of was ‘Generational De-sensitization’.

“This is how it continues! And this is why Vegan education is so necessary to re-orient those traditions away from using *any* animals!

“Keep up the good fight, Bob & Jenna!”

…Keep up the good fight, Liz White!

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