Everyday capitalism on a global scale gives wealth to the few, while oppressing others—to the point of torture in the case of nonhuman animals and even humans in some regions. It is responsible for the gargantuan scale of animal suffering and abuse that has become the norm today. And it all began with agriculture.
As David Nibert points out, “for the past ten thousand years those who were vulnerable to some form of materially motivated exploitation have become the stepping stones for what is euphemistically referred to as ‘the development of civilized society’.”David Nibert, Animal Rights/Human Rights: Entanglements of Oppression and Liberation (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2002), 51. • • •
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