Animal exploitation is so intertwined. It is all connected. Whether you poach them, hunt them, eat them, wear them, or *use* them for entertainment and profit.
When you *own* an animal (one or more) – your judgement to do what is morally just is clouded, since generally you will be thinking of how you can profit off them. You can therefore not possibly make ethical decisions for their wellbeing. A person who *owns* animals will be thinking of how they can profit from the parts of the animals body: the horn, their skin, their fur coat, their flesh, their bones, their teeth, their offspring, their breast milk etc etc
Since animals cannot speak, they have become easy targets for humans to manipulate, *use*, abuse, and to kill – all for profit. Animals are traded as slaves, they are sold off as commodities. Never in the history of mankind have we experienced such violent acts toward others.
Every single animal that is *used* as a commodity opens up another gateway to further animal *use* and abuse.
So who is fuelling the black markets for animal body parts, the slaughter facilities, as well as the ‘legal’ animal industries, the pet trade, puppy mills, animal entertainment etc? :
Everyone who stands to make money from these innocent creatures, and everyone who partakes in the pleasure of the *use* of nonhumans (including the consumption thereof).
When you enable yourself to sit down at a dinner table daily (at least three times per day), and you continue to make excuses that you think justify another individuals demise (in other words you have taken an agreed part in stealing their lives away from them), then you must agree that you are just as guilty as the hunter, the poacher, the person who wears their skin, the person next door who rapes and kicks their dog etc. Indeed you have made a concerted effort to fuel animal *use* and abuse. And the entire industry is going round in circles. The circles are getting wider, and all animals are suffering tremendously due to your decision to continue to make excuses at how much you are enjoying their flesh, their precious body parts etc.
There is no excuse for harming others, no matter how much you *think* you enjoy doing so. Whether you eat them, wear them, poach them, hunt them, breed and sell them etc – it is all the same. It is all morally wrong. There is no justification for animal exploitation.
Let us take the following exert from an article that we just read, where two poachers were recently jailed for only 30 mere years, for taking the lives of 226 elephants:
They were actually still given a choice of 30 years or to pay up a fine of Sh108.7 billion. Let us consider for a moment how more than fairly these two men were treated compared to the 226 (known individuals) who’s lives were stolen, and who were never given a choice. The involved parties were only found guilty of possession of 706 pieces of elephant tusks at the time however, indeed there may have been many more.
Everyone is jumping up and down with joy at a supposedly ‘heavy’ sentencing, which in our eyes is minuscule compared to those whose lives were stolen. And let us also for a moment compare this scenario to the 365 days of the year that the average individual consumes nonhuman flesh. It would be safe to assume that each person who consumes flesh daily (three times per day), is responsible for the deaths of at least 300 nonhumans per year (and that is not counting eggs, dairy and insects). And yet they get away with murder every day. We can see the bigger picture and the grand scale of wrongs that need to be righted every day. We can recognise the hypocrisy in the animal rights movement and acknowledge that still there isn’t one. Not one that is powerful enough to stop all animal *use* – unless you embrace veganism first.
It was said that these two men had killed a quarter of the elephants within that country between the years 2010 – 2013. And yet in their eyes (as in the eyes of billions of people who *use* animals for whatever reason), they too were shocked at their sentencing. One nearly collapsed in the dock – utterly shocked at the courts decision. But this is a typical reaction from most persons who * use* animals (for whatever reason), who are openly informed that what they did and are currently doing is morally wrong.
Every individual who is currently abusing and *using* animals (all animals in whatever way), even when they think that because it is legal to do so justifies their means, ought to cease from doing so right away. They need to know that what they are doing is indeed morally wrong – it is all wrong. It’s quite simple. When you say that you love animals (all animals) – you go vegan for them, otherwise you must know that you are just as guilty and complicit as everyone else who kills them.
Did you know: Elephants, just like people, are social animals who look after one another. We share some interesting facts about these intelligent, trunk-swaying mammals. Elephants (if given the chance), are able to live up to the age of 70 years. They are the only mammals who cannot jump. Just like cats, elephants purr when they’re happy. Elephants prefer one tusk over the other, the same way how some people are right or left-handed. An elephant will definitely beat you at bicep curls! Their trunk has more than 40 000 muscles which allow them to break or pull thick branches in order to reach their food. Elephants are able to feel emotions just like humans do. They play and laugh with one another, cry when sad, and also have memories. Elephants are excellent swimmers! They use their trunks as snorkels when they swim in deep water. When a friend leaves the herd and returns, they are warmly greeted with a welcoming ceremony. Elephants can sense movement in their surroundings by listening to the sonic vibrations through their feet. When a human baby cries, their parents usually rush over to console them. The same goes for elephants! They care deeply about their young, and if something is wrong, the entire herd will show support by stroking the baby elephant until they feel better.
The bottom line is that all animals are similar to us in more ways than one. Not one sentient deserves to be exploited in any way whatsoever. Let’s make that connection.