nonhuman animal advocacy

Class Bias and Nonhuman Animal Advocacy

The following is from "A Discussion with Tom Regan" in Ahimsa Oct/Dec 1987; I think it illustrates the class bias inherent in well-resourced nonhuman animal advocacy:

Tom Regan: People think of activists as antagonists in confrontation, and so on. I think of activists in terms of people with a dollar bill in the wallet; that's the way I think of the real activists.

An activist is anyone who goes into the marketplace with a dollar in hand, who says "I'm going to buy this rather than that because it has something to do with the way that animals are treated."

This would mean that the more disposable income a person has the more potential that person has of being a "real activist." (Read more...)

The Need to Address Classism at Conferences, Seminars, and Festivals

I know a lot of people get excited about conferences, seminars, and festivals organized around vegetarianism and/or nonhuman animal advocacy. I wish I could get as excited about these events, but I tend to be put off by the ever present class privilege that is built into the vast majority of them. (Read more...)

The Assimilationist Appropriation of 'Liberation'

Debates between the movements doing nonhuman animal advocacy often revolve around "welfare" and "rights." (I say "movements" because there are many different ideologies driving several divergent social movements.) I'm increasingly less interested in the welfare-rights debate. I think both welfare and rights are limited, although the former is more conservative than the latter.

One of the things I'm very interested in communicating with this blog is the difference between assimilation and liberation, and where veganism fits in.

PETA = Indefensible

I really do wish people who apologize for PETA would wake up to the fact that PETA is an oppressive organization. As I've posted in the past, PETA helped lead the Non-Profit Industrial Complex takeover of nonhuman animal advocacy, works with the far-right, promotes militarism, colonization, and occupation, and appropriates "vegan" for White supremacy and a neo-liberal agenda.

Must We Really Support Exploitation?

Jo Stepaniak, author of The Vegan Sourcebook and several vegetarian cookbooks, is a longtime vegan advocate. On her website, Grassroots Veganism, Stepaniak answers questions about veganism. However, it surprised me when Stepaniak answered one question with the claim that vegans "must work towards reforming current animal production practices" as if such a claim were a fact of veganism. With other questions Stepaniak has been careful to reference some source of knowledge on veganism. But here Stepaniak view is much more controversial than she lets on. Read more...

All Captivity is Morally Objectionable

It's true that if you accept the captive exploitation of animals, then, yes, there seems to be no moral objection. But if we take the vegan perspective that other animals shouldn't be exploited, then the moral objection becomes crystal clear. In this respect, I agree that we must explain to the public very clearly the difference between accepting how other animals are exploited and opposing that exploitation as inherently oppressive. And we can start by stating clearly and confidently that captivity is exploitation, and all exploitation of other animals for human use is morally objectionable. (Read more...)