Animal Exploitation Intertwined

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.

How the industrial revolution is destroying our planet.

 

We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before. We do not yet know just how it will unfold, but one thing is clear: the response to it must be integrated and comprehensive, involving all stakeholders of the global polity, from the public and private sectors to academia and civil society.  But where does all of this leave ‘life’ –  all life, and how is ‘life’, all life, herself viewed and *used* ?

The First Industrial Revolution used water and steam power to mechanize production. The Second used electric power to create mass production. The Third used electronics and information technology to automate production. Now a Fourth Industrial Revolution is building on the Third, the digital revolution that has been occurring since the middle of the last century. It is characterized by a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres. All of these advancements has ruined our blue planet and the species who rely upon her.

The fourth industrial revolution is indeed upon us now. And these are exciting times but, do we as humans have the capability to recognise the importance of how and what we meaningfully do with this now fourth revolution? Are we capable of looking to history, and comparing our passed errs to the current situation, to then use this technology with responsibility to one another for and to our earth. In other words, at what cost are the next few years going to come at? We have all acknowledged that we have indeed messed things up, and that we have an urgent obligation to make responsible current and future changes. Responsible changes to nonhumans, to humans and to the earth (her waters and her air), in order to survive, to enjoy the fourth industrial revolution.

Should we choose to continue along the path of destruction that the first, second and third industrial revolutions brought with her, there will be nothing ‘real’ left to feel, to touch, to smell, to see, to taste, to hear, to love, and to enjoy. What we do now, in the now, as well as in the near future, how we treat others (both human and non, and how we treat the ecosystem that we have all become so reliant upon), will pave the way for altruistic happiness and freedom for ALL (not just a few). Much of what happens in the years to come is going to rely heavily on conscience, ethics and morality. And that is going to take some effort from all of us, but will make the future for all so well worth living for.

 

1974 – Steam, water, mechanical production equipment.

1870 – Division of labour, electricity, mass production.

1969 – Electronics, IT, automated production.

? – Cyber, physical systems.

 

The unnecessary thirst for consumerism is the continuing driving wedge for the industrial revolution which marketing and advertising companies are taking full advantage of at full peril of mother earth and her inhabitants. Since the industrial era began, everyone and everything became a commodity for the big scramble of common wealth. Slavery indeed and exploitation of massive scale and epic proportions with very little concern or thought, and lack of foresight to current and future damage and disasters, of both human and nonhuman life, and natural ‘resources’ from the earth.

What started off as an exciting era of open minded ideology, was followed into the pith of destruction, with a very badly thought out future caring plan that would intimately ignore everyone who’s lives do matter.  But, only an elite few would ultimately become meaninglessly wealthy at the demise of others who would and still today do suffer.

The consumer revolution with all it’s trinkets and rubbish, together with an ever exploding population today continues to fuel the greed that has vastly changed a beautiful planet to the disaster that we live in today. As we continue along this unjustified path of ruination, there cannot possibly be a future for billions of species who are forcedly becoming a scarcity and nullity in and from their very own losing and degrading environments. And there cannot be a future for the once healthy, beautiful, and pristine environments which are rapidly shrinking and extensively littered and poisoned with useless, meaningless, human indulgences.

Once magical forests filled with life and the most fragrant of scents,  have become mine dumps, logging camps, and barren fields of intoxicating flames. The oceans have become acidic, our rivers are poisoned, our water is sold, and the air has become putrid and toxic. Man continues to lustfully commodify everything: from humans, to nonhumans, to water, and even air. The stimulation of the economy is obliterating earth.

Britain who historically led the Industrial revolution, who were the mightiest industrial power in the world, introduced to us slavery, unleashed nonhuman holocaust of monumental and epic proportions, they stole land and raped the inhabitants who lived there, and taking what was never theirs. In turn they left most hungry and poor, and for much of the time during it’s 150 – 200 year rise to treacherous glory, produced two thirds of the words coal and half it’s iron ripped from the earth and leaving behind barren waste land.

The industrial revolution is the beginning of a fallen, damaged, and vandalised world, which then everyone willingly followed into, and a continuum of a society which is indeed of great need of desperate healing. New ideas, new machines, new processes, are only truly great when they harm no one in the process but enrich everyone and everything, and give back without just taking. When all of these things unlock the ‘resources’ of ‘society’ without any future thought – they become useless corroding, unintelligibly, gadgets of time lost to iniquity that leave lands barren, the stench of death, and strip every living being of their last breath, their dignity, and their right to live.

Imperial power is not everlasting. And when there is nothing left to exploit, is that then when the ‘might’ shall at last turn around, look back, and wish they had taken a different route? Would they then have said that they would have chosen ‘life’ over wealth. Was the fallacious provisional wealth whom only a handful of people benefited from, truly worth the holocaust that disrupted the face of the earth and her inhabitants in such a short space of time? And annihilated everything and everyone, including themselves? Was all of that, the horribilis transformation sincerely worth it? We are now living in the shadow of the ‘achievements’ of those people, and we are now forced to clean up their mess. We all have an obligation to go vegan. We have an obligation to live ‘green’. And we have an obligation to support rural endeavours to slow down our global footprint and boost local economies.  Let 2016 and the future be one of many ethical conscientious choices that not only serve mankind, but integrate us all side by side with nonhumans, and green the earth back to her recognisable, beautiful, pristine loving arms and home that we all can love, enjoy and declare safe once more.