Dubbed the father of modern philosophy, René Descartes (1596–1650), like Aquinas, built a philosophy upon a foundation of superstitious imaginings from the Bronze Age. He arrived at conclusions that neatly gibed with Christian theology in a time when it would have been most unwise not to.
After the primary error of denying a God, he writes, there is nothing worse
that leads weak minds further from the straight path of virtue than that of imagining that the souls of the beasts are of the same nature as ours, and hence that after this present life we have nothing to fear or to hope for, any more than flies or ants.
When visiting the non-vegan home of a self-proclaimed feminist, she offered me cow’s milk with my tea. That’s when I made the profound connection that it’s impossible to truly be a feminist while consuming dairy (or any animal products), as the entire animal industry is built on the exploitation of the female reproductive system. This must be recognized as a feminist issue because it is analogous to the feminist movement’s struggle for women to have control of their own bodies. — Angel Flinn
Among feminists there are those who have aligned their ethics with their actions after recognizing the deep connections between male patriarchy, religion, the control of animals, and the control of women throughout history. • • •
This is case study of how governments and agribusinesses put profit above animal welfare and cannot be depended upon to ensure proper standards are met. The failure to comply with standards occurs daily around the world in slaughterhouses, on factory farms, and in testing facilities.
This example concerns a massive culling operation in South Korea that began on November 29, 2010 and ended March 2011. It entailed all manner of incompetence, standards violations, and moral failings from beginning to end. Korea is not alone in such failures, but this example serves as a wake up to the disregard for animal suffering by governments and meat industries that goes on everywhere. • • •
Ancient superstitious absurdities behind the unnecessary sacrifice and suffering of nonhumans still flourish in the modern world. Sacrificial events to rival those of biblical times—such as Solomon sacrificing of 22,000 cattle and 120,000 sheep and goats (I Kings 63) or Passover offerings of 1000s of cattle and 100s of oxen (2 Chronicles 35:8-9)—continue in Nepal with the support of officials and local businesses seeking profit. Even the sacrificing of children, once popular in Iron Age holy lands (Leviticus 18:21, 20:1-5; Deuteronomy 12:31; Ezek. 16:20-21) continues today in countries such as Africa and India, where animals are forgone for top-shelf victims thought to yield higher rewards. • • •
Religions created a hell on earth for animals. It was achieved openly, it was officially condoned, it enthusiastically maintained, it was paraded in religious blood festivals. No peaceable kingdom came from religious doctrine. Regardless of when Genesis was written—by a divinely inspired Moses as less rigorous theologians maintain around 1450–1410 BCE, or in the 6th century BCE—the following is what we ended up with millennia later, as observed by Anna Kingsford in the late 1800s:
The great need of the popular form of the Christian religion is precisely a belief in the solidarity of all living beings. It is in this that Buddha surpassed Jesus – in this divine recognition of the universal right to charity.
“The United States Department of Agriculture isn’t simply relinquishing its humane-slaughtering oversight to the meat industry, but is, without the knowledge and consent of Congress, abandoning the function altogether.”
— Gail Eisnitz
In April of last year Gail Eisnitz from the Humane Farming Association in America headed a major expose through the prestigious Washington Post newspaper. It was based on the unspeakable and gut-wrenching torture and death that goes on behind closed doors in modern day slaughterhouses.
If ever there was an excellent reason why animal rightists have maintained that welfarism (old and new) doesn’t work, can’t work and won’t work this interview will leave the reader in no doubt whatsoever as to the facts of the matter. • • •
They die piece by piece: Investigation reveals rampant cruelty in industrial slaughterhouses
by Joby Warrick, Washington Post Staff Writer
Washington Post, April 10, 2001
In the blink of an eye: A secret video made by a worker at a meatpacking plant in Pasco, Wash., showed that this steer, which supposedly had been stunned, had blinking reflexes, indicating it was still conscious.
It takes 25 minutes to turn a live steer into steak at the modern slaughterhouse where Ramon Moreno works. For 20 years, his post was “second-legger,” a job that entails cutting hocks off carcasses as they whirl past at a rate of 309 an hour. • • •
Projecting sins onto scapegoats is a delusional act that goes back to the days before science and rationality. Yet even with science and rationality, you still get humans exercising the “scapegoat” impulse, sometimes disguised by belief systems or cloaked in ceremonial practices.
In the case of this Korean protest, a young pig was sacrificed to express how emotional people felt. It symbolized the “sin” they objected to. That’s all. The protesters, around 1,500 of them, were at the rally in Icheon to protest the proposal to relocate a US military facility (or perhaps only an office) to the area.
Such barbarism, however, only reflects badly on scum performing it. • • •