Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Human Rights = Animal Rights

I care about all living beings on this planet. The empathy I have for all animals is very strong, and this includes humans as well as non-humans. I want everyone to be happy, I can't stand seeing someone upset or in pain.

I often see people campaigning against child abuse, for woman's rights, stuff like that. "Violence is not OK", is the message. That's true. Violence towards humans and nonhumans is not OK, and honestly, I don't understand why we don't make the connection. Speciesism?

There is no moral difference between humans and non-humans. War = animal consumption; Murder of innocents. Rape = Dairy industry; Dairy cows artificially inseminated over and over again, in order to continue producing milk. Child abuse = animal abuse; Can you imagine eating a child? The animals who are killed for food are no more than children when they're slaughtered. And don't forget the babies in the egg industry who are ground up alive shortly after being born. Things that would horrify us if they were done to humans are common practice in the animal industry.

Perhaps we look different on the outside, but on the inside we are all the same. We all have a soul, we're all living breathing beings who were put on the earth for our own purposes, not for the purpose of anyone else. Please don't discriminate against other humans and other species.

Human children would probably be tasty and full of protein and iron too, but that doesn't mean we should go around killing and eating children does it? You can get all the nutrients you need on a plant-based diet. It's delicious, easy and healthy.

Please go vegan. It's the least we can do for other animals. If we are to have peace on this Earth, if we want war and violence on humans to stop, we first must stop harming non-humans for our own personal gain. As Isaac Bashevis Singer once said,
"As long as people will shed the blood of innocent creatures there can be no peace, no liberty, no harmony between people. Slaughter and justice cannot dwell together."
Indeed, how can we expect to have peace between humans if we continue to harm innocent beings for the pleasure of our taste buds?

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