Think through Art: Animal Rights Art
There are around 700 million vegetarians and vegans on our little planet. None of them dropped dead when they stopped eating meat, many of them never even ate a single bite of it. Countless studies have proven vegetarian and vegan diets are healthy or even healthier than diets with meat.
So, we all know we don’t need meat to live. We also know about the cruelty behind it. Then why do so many people continue to support unneeded, unnecessary cruelty?
If you have more questions than answers, let’s take a moment to think – through the fascinating animal rights art of Roland Straller:
At what point do children lose their compassion? Does society teach them to ignore suffering?
Killing me softly: Does a more humane killing justify killing?
Why don’t we eat Sammy? Why is slashing the throat of a cat considered cruel, but doing the same to a cow is business as usual?
Would you rather live to suffer or be killed the day after your birth? Of course, egg-laying hens give birth to male and female chicks. The male ones are not profitable, so they are ground up alive or gassed to death with carbon monoxide. The female ones live in horrible conditions until they die from exhaustion, disease or are killed when they start making less profit.
Why do we kill our family? The human species is a part of the family of great apes (or hominidae). Yet we treat orangutans, gorillas and chimpanzees as if they were not intelligent, self-aware and sentient beings. And with other species, we pretend lack of intelligence and self-awareness are justifications for killing and torture. Where do we draw the line and why?
Do we have the right to kill for self-defense? A farmer in Romania was trying to slaughter a pig with his knife. The scared pig kicked his hand and the farmer rammed the knife into his own throat and died. If you agreed that we have the right to kill to defend our own life, does that apply to animals too? If you think it doesn’t, why?
Do we have the right to kill for taste? If so, why don’t we have the right to kill for sight, smell, hearing or our other senses? If killing because we like how beef tastes is justified, then why isn’t it justified to kill a cow because we like the way it screams while dying? In both cases, the animal’s death is not necessary for us to survive, it only happens to please one of our senses (which can be pleased by tasty vegan food anyway).
What’s more important: your taste-buds or an animal’s life?
From the moment you opened this page, this is how many animals were slaughtered for taste:
- 0 marine animals
- 0 chickens
- 0 ducks
- 0 pigs
- 0 rabbits
- 0 turkeys
- 0 geese
- 0 sheep
- 0 goats
- 0 cows and calves
- 0 rodents
- 0 pigeons and other birds
- 0 buffaloes
- 0 dogs
- 0 cats
- 0 horses
- 0 donkeys and mules
- 0 camels and other camelids
These numbers don’t even include the millions of animals killed in laboratories, fur farms, animal shelters, zoos, marine parks, or circuses. Nor do they include the animals killed by destruction of habitat, human negligence, blood sports, abuse, extermination attempts or many other causes. (Kill Counter by adaptt.org)
We betray ourselves to suppress the knowledge that our actions have consequences that can make other animals suffer. As long as humans think animals don’t feel, animals have to feel that humans don’t think.