Animal Liberation vs. Animal Welfare
True animal advocates work only for the animals.
ANIMAL LIBERATION MEANS WORKING TO END HUMAN DESTRUCTION OF ANIMALS
In extreme contrast, animal welfare is a phrase co-opted by the meat industry and other exploiters to gain mainstream acceptance for continuing to abuse and exploit animals. It’s used to manipulate consumers and animal activists into believing that killing can be humane.
ANIMAL WELFARE ADVOCATES USUALLY WORK WITH THE MEAT INDUSTRY AND OTHER ANIMAL EXPLOITERS
This page is to help avoid any possible confusion. That is, the deliberate confusion generated by the humane myth propaganda of the meat industry and corporate animal welfare organizations. They believe animals should be murdered to satisfy human desires. Yes, they also believe if they make a cramped confinement crate just two inches bigger, it becomes humane. Maybe you’re saying to yourself, “To settle for a tiny bit less suffering is not better than to strive for no suffering. Humans have no right to dominate any other species.” Your mama didn’t raise a fool.
There is an inherent conflict of interest when animal welfare groups try to work with the meat industry to design, say, a 5-step program that allows for so-called humane murder of animals. To focus on “making improvements” is to never address that it’s wrong to murder animals in the first place. This intentionally misdirects concern from the real issue: animals have a right to their own lives on their own terms without human interference. If true reform for any slaughterhouse is to simply shut it down—to stop killing and to respect all life, without any excuses—then an animal welfare group that peddles ideas about how to get away with continuing to kill animals and to profit from their deaths is obviously no ally of the animals. Promoting less torture instead of no torture is a disgrace.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN ANIMAL WELFARE GROUPS SURRENDER TO COMPROMISES DICTATED BY RULES FROM THE MEAT INDUSTRY?
The meat industry calls all the shots and indefinitely delays the end of exploitation. Animal welfare groups kowtow to the industry in return for mainstream acceptance and to proclaim false victories. Why? To fabricate the illusion that they’re successful, heroic, and needed—that they deserve your cash donations. Helping animals is perverted into the business of helping animals. It’s about public perception and money.
The animals lose the most. Real progress for the animals is undermined. The meat industry conducts business as usual and continues to prosper.
VIDEO FOR ANIMAL ACTIVISTS:
SILENCING THE LAMBS
On the menu: “grass-fed cheeseburgers”
Silencing the Lambs is a 10-minute video about animal welfare corporations throwing a fundraiser that serves “humane meat.” That’s right, folks. The groups that are supposed to protect animals from harm are offering them up on a buffet platter to be eaten.
Check out activist James LaVeck’s response to the misinformation tactics of animal welfare advocates trying to suppress the truth.
ARTICLE BY JAMES LAVECK AND JENNY STEIN OF TRIBE OF HEART
Justice for Animals, Respect for Advocates
Tribe of Heart continues to stand together with activists determined to work for nothing less than the freedom of farmed animals. Despite individuals from the AR 2012 Conference in DC who attempted to sabotage Tribe of Heart’s free 3-day seminar, activists exchanged ideas and watched screenings of Peaceable Kingdom: the Journey Home (the film animal exploiters don’t want you to see) and The Witness.
Check out the handy timeline Rise of the Animal Welfare Industrial Complex in the sidebar of the article.
HOW CONFLICT OF INTEREST IS DAMAGING ANIMAL ADVOCACY
Happy Meatopia (8 minutes)
Read this special report.
HELPING TO MANAGE EXPLOITATION IS NOT THE SAME AS WORKING TO END EXPLOITATION
Any animal advocacy organization working with animal-using industries to regulate the use of animals has been compromised, co-opted, and psychologically enslaved. To further muddy the waters, a few animal welfare organizations disguise themselves as animal rights groups. Each of us needs to look carefully at which organizations, if any, we choose to endorse so that we don’t become unwitting pawns in crimes against the animals.
It’s never too late to stop working with animal exploiters. Anyone can choose a new visionary path. We can all know the joy and honor of truly working for the animals. Change is not difficult but different. Yes, it’s a challenge to our familiar routine. But we have only one life. Do we want to settle for anything less than the beauty of truth? The meaning of our lives comes from what we do. We can choose to live fierce lives: to be courageous when we are most afraid, to love fearlessly without apology, and to protect all life from tyrants.
Crazy Horse was a man who refused to compromise truth. Though many of his contemporaries settled for crumbs from their oppressors, he didn’t. He refused to settle for the seductive myth of necessary lesser evils. He chose to fight for freedom. He certainly didn’t work with the U.S. government to wipe out native peoples from their homelands. (This often put him at odds with some of his own tribe members who believed compromise was inevitable.) Instead, he worked his entire brief life to help his tribe make a home and thrive on their own terms. He fought for freedom because he knew to settle for anything less was not freedom or a true life. Today his name lives on around the world and his remarkable courage still gives the heart a rush.
How did Crazy Horse choose to journey beyond his doubt, fear, and personal pain? This is the question activists today must ask of themselves—and answer with the conviction of their entire heart.
HOW TO RECOGNIZE A SELLOUT
Make no assumptions about any organization or individual activist. Things change. Look only at current actions. Always keep learning and drawing your own conclusions. Think for yourself.
PASSIVELY ACCEPTING HARMFUL TRADITIONS IS THE NORM IN OUR CULTURE
Would we put up with legal human slavery in America today? Most of us would not. But slavery was once considered normal by society. And one day the eating of animals will be viewed as barbaric and unjust. Our greatest traditions are never set in stone. Traditions may appear to be static, but they are constantly evolving. It’s time to create new traditions.
HOW HUMANS SEE—OR DON’T SEE—NONHUMAN ANIMALS
If farmed animals were domesticated cats and dogs, laws would protect them (somewhat) from the daily abuse they suffer. Sentient farmed animals are viewed by U.S. law as only things or property. Humans don’t appreciate other animals for who they are. In 1992 Switzerland legally recognized animals as beings. (But in 1999 this amendment was rewritten in the constitution.) Yes, it’s pathetic that folks even need to pass a law stating the obvious.
For the animals and our own humanity, we must continue transforming the predominant primitive mindset toward animals. Though many European countries consider nonhuman animals to be sentient beings, this fails to stop any of the countries from murdering animals and at best seems to only perpetuate the myth of humane slaughter. No country in the world advocates respecting or caring about all animals by not killing them.
WE HAVE NO RIGHT TO DO WHATEVER WE WANT TO ANOTHER SPECIES
Trying to improve factory farming is like somebody offering to lop off only your foot instead of your entire leg. Is that the sort of improvement we want to settle for in our society?
And after gaining an animal’s trust, is it right to betray that trust? Would you lull a dog you live with into a false sense of security, then ship him off to a slaughterhouse? So, why would it be okay to do this to a pig, a chicken, or a cow?
Remember that slaughterhouses were too cheap to spend even one penny per bullet to shoot a cow in the head—the supposedly least cruel method of murder. Now the profiteers would like us to believe in the idyllic myth of Old MacDonald’s farm. But prior to the emergence of factory farms, animal activists were protesting the horrors of traditional farms. Needless to say, humane killing is an oxymoron.
The real question we must ask is: “What gives us the right to kill another species just because we can?” Nobody has such a right.
SENATOR ROARK, A VILLAIN IN FRANK MILLER’S SIN CITY, SAID IT BEST
Power don’t come from a badge or a gun. Power comes from lying. Lying big and getting the whole damn world to play along with you. Once you’ve got everybody agreeing with what they know in their hearts ain’t true, you’ve got ’em by the balls.
WHY HELP ANIMALS RIGHT NOW
Animal exploitation industries use the same sneaky-bastard approach as the tobacco industry.
1) Deny there is a problem.
2) When denial no longer works, dismiss the problem by trivializing it. Insist the problem is insignificant and irrelevant.
3) When dismissal fails, promise to make changes. Then just make token changes, if any, and delay real changes indefinitely.
The best antidote? Let your own life be a clear example of change. End the agony of animals by not eating or using any products manufactured from animals.
EXPLOITERS CAN TRANSFORM INTO ANIMAL ACTIVISTS
In 1982 Geoffrey Guiliano quit his famous clown mascot job, and in 1990 he wrote a public apology “for selling out so blatantly to concerns who make their millions off the murder of countless animals and the exploitation of children for their own ends.” The clown-turned-activist said in the documentary McLibel, “Who was the guy in the Third Reich who was the propaganda minister? You know, that’s what I was…Ronald McDonald.”
DECONSTRUCTING THE MYTHS
No species has the right to dominate another species and pretend oppression can be humane. As long as animals are viewed as products instead of individuals, animals will be slaves to humans—and there is nothing humane about slavery.
Tribe of Heart
Brave keepers of the flame of truth in the new dark age of animal exploitation.
Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary
No compromise on doing right by the animals. Surrender only apathy and fear.
WHAT IS THE GLOBAL ANIMAL PARTNERSHIP?
An animal welfare organization that developed dubious standards for the treatment of farmed animals. Standards that are potentially full of huge loopholes. Standards that divert all attention away from the fact that it’s unethical to exploit and murder individuals who are farmed animals.
Yes, farmed animals have their own personalities. They have likes and dislikes just as the dog or cat or child who lives with you has preferences. Do animals of a different species deserve to only suffer less? What about their joy and freedom? Suppose their emotional spectrum runs far wider than that of humans?
The Global Animal Partnership is institutionalizing token standards to justify “happy meat” and to shield the financial interests of agribusiness indefinitely. This organization was formerly known as the Animal Compassion Foundation when it was first established in 2005 by, uh-oh, Whole Foods Market—a supermarket chain that profits enormously from the sale of meat, dairy, and eggs. Hm, looks like the lunatics are indeed running the asylum. Just a few names from the GAP’s Board of Directors (current and former):
Mike Baker, Chief Executive Officer – World Society for the Protection of Animals
Steven Gross, Corporate Consultant – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
Miyun Park, Ex-Vice President – Farm Animal Welfare at The Humane Society of the United States
Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO – The Humane Society of the United States
The Global Animal Partnership took down its website. February 1, 2011 it unleashed a new one like a jumbo canister of ether on the unsuspecting masses. It’s an Orwellian masterpiece.
LABELS OF LIES
Murder is murder. These trendy labels perpetuate the MYTH of humane slaughter and compassionate animal standards.
And just a few examples of a similar labeling problem in the U.K.
What IS this? A nuclear silo? A keeled over letter F? Supposedly it’s the red tractor of quality (assured from “birth to slaughter”). More like some bloke’s “bloody” tractor.
WALK THE ROAD OF THE TRUE WARRIOR
Don’t waste your energy bombarding sellout organizations with letters and phone calls. That can trivialize and poison your life. Just keep fighting for the animals. Take action yourself or with a local grassroots group you help form. Being a part of creating a better society is a powerful act. It’s the most effective antidote against those out to destroy life on Earth. Stick with what really works: help others learn about animal liberation issues and the joy of vegan living, and do direct action or open rescues.
Each of our actions remakes the violent world into a more loving place.
Keep a strong heart. Be fiercely loving. Create changes that bring peace into the lives of animals, your community, and your own life.
If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him.
—from Walden by Henry David Thoreau
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