Killing Animals, no matter how it is done, is Violent And Unjust, here’s why.
Our society indoctrinates us from the time we are born into the paradigm of using animals as resources and commodities. Our society and our institutions consistently and persistently reinforce the idea of human supremacy; We are taught that exploiting and killing animals is normal, natural and necessary. We are taught that some lives don’t matter and animals are here to serve us. We are taught and introduced to “Speciesism”.
Because our society views animals as inferior beings, we give ourselves the right to disregard their needs, forcing them into situations where their dignity is ignored, their suffering unheeded, their individuality unseen.
Not seeing the violence against animals that is in plain view around us is the worst form of brainwashing. Defenseless and unable to retaliate, they suffer immense agonies under our domination that most of us have never witnessed or acknowledged. Carnism is shoved down our throats on a daily basis, it’s often not until we grow older where we might be able to make the connection and realize that we were behaving in violation of our own moral principles from a young age.
Times have changed!
Thanks to the advent of modern agriculture and farming methods, we no longer need animals to survive. Alternate foods may be prepared, and alternate activities may be engaged that permit you to stand your ground ethically, which might even help to encourage more compassionate cultural practices and traditions among your family and community.
If you no longer want to participate in the slaughter of sentient beings, you have the power to make that change. You are your own person, and you are not required to follow cultural practices and traditions that contradict your ethics. Why do you have to resort to killing and violence to try to do something good? You can offer anything you deem valuable to those less fortunate without compromising the life of an innocent animal and inflict pain and suffering where it is not needed.
We need to see non-human animals for the sentient individuals they are. We need to respect their existence, their rights, and their freedom. In the ways that matter most, They all have unique personalities, experience joy, feel pain and have emotions.
In our society saturated with Carnism, we can no longer afford not to awaken our conscience, break conditioning and educate ourselves with the values of veganism.