THE REALITY THAT WE ARE ANIMALS
February 6, 2017 OPINION
We need to change some sh*t up. We need to change how we speak, write and perceive animals.
It’s not that vegans don’t eat or use animal products, it is that vegans do not eat or use Another Animal’s products.
Do animals feel pain? I don’t know, do You feel pain, you are an animal.
There is a giant disconnect from the reality that we Are animals, and a giant fantasy that other animals are separate from us, it’s an adopted perception that is detrimental to us all.
The mental separation runs so deeply that we view other living creatures as incapable of feeling anything that we feel. I have watched the pondering of many on whether a dog tied to a stake, outside, with no shelter, in 5 degree weather might experience coldness, or if a cow standing under the sun, with no shelter, on a 113 degree day might experience the heat. The idea has become that if we place human characteristics on to an animal, we are simply personifying that animal to have a nature or traits that they could not possibly. When, indeed, they share many of our same nature, traits and most certainly the same central nervous system.
There is an idea floating around that animals do not feel fear, and I ask, do you feel fear? Does a pup backed into a corner staring up at an angry person holding a baseball bat above their head feel fear, do they feel fear after that baseball bat hits their hip and is raised again above their body? Does a pig sitting in a puddle of blood watching the three pigs in front of him scream, bleed and be hoisted to the air by their back legs? Do chicks standing on metal wiring, with a dead animal next to them, so close that they can’t open their own wings, reach water or move to expel any energy feel discomfort?
We need to start seeing animals as having our similar physical sensations, because they do, and we need to start acknowledging that our physical desires and mental desires are similar across the board for animals, of which we are, and that stripping all animals, yes us included, of the freedom to perform natural behaviors leads to physical distress, mental distress, and the redirection of actions into other unnatural behaviors. Think of a cheetah in a 400 sq ft cement enclosure pacing back and forth, a boarded horse swinging its head back and forth, back and forth, unable to escape its 10x10 stall that is 30 feet from the sun light, captive for a month at a time.
Circling back to products that we use from other animals, let’s understand that products that we are using from other animals are products that our bodies make too, given that we are animals. Our bodies make muscle tissue, just like the animal that was put into a factory farm did, we don’t have to eat their muscle tissue, we can grow our own by eating food, just like those animals did.
Animal fat, I see this all of the time, people saying, “But fat is good for you!”, um ya, fat is good for you, which is why your body makes it for you. Go ahead, lower your hand down, grab your thigh, in the back, towards your ass, or maybe right below your belly button, chances are that you have some fat there, your body has you covered! The only fat that you can not make on your own are Omega 3s, so go grab some walnuts, black beans, maybe some ground flax seeds if you want to over achieve.
Eggs… I would not eat my own eggs… I am certainly not interested in eating someone else’s. That’s all that I have to say about that.
Breast milk, from another species? Milk became popular in the early 1940s. After the second world war, the government asked farmers to convert their farms to dairy farms in order to produce powdered milk to be sent overseas to our troops. Well, the war ended and the government had dairy farmers producing cow milk that no one wanted, in an effort to make it right the government stepped in to promote the consumption. But breast milk is designed for the growth of babies, babies of a specific species, complete with hormones and antibodies. Many of us don’t even drink human breast milk as babies any more, however we have adopted drinking and using cow breast milk through our adult lives.
Skin and hair are great. I have a whole great bunch of it, it keeps growing all of the time, it mends itself, allows me feeling, protects me, glows, all of those fun things. Do I need the dried skin that someone else grew or their fur? Well, I am going to stick with my own skin and hair.
So when you think about animal products, remember that what you are really saying is, another animal’s products.
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