Promoting Violence In Soft Tones With A Smile On His Face (Part 2)


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In part 2, I discuss the promotion of violence within certain animal advocacy circles and how the small few who promote violence often contradict themselves and are deeply misanthropic.

Please check out Ep 14 Part 1, where I share an essay titled “On Militant Direct Action.

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Links to information contained:

On Militant Direct Action

A Comment on Violence

More on Violence and Animal Rights

A Commentary on Violence 

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Promoting Violence In Soft Tones With A Smile On His Face (Part 1)

Doesn't belong in a nonviolent movement12In podcast Ep 14 Part 1, I share an essay titled “On Militant Direct Action.

In part 2, I discuss the promotion of violence within certain animal advocacy circles and how the small few who promote violence often contradict themselves and are deeply misanthropic.

Please join me for part 2 which will be posted shortly.

Disclaimer: Please note I do not endorse individuals, opinions, links mentioned in the podcast or on external sites.

Links to information contained:

On Militant Direct Action

A Comment on Violence

More on Violence and Animal Rights

A Commentary on Violence 

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“Meat Free Week Australia” Helps The Animals?

Meat Free WeekIn episode 13, I take a brief look at yet another new gimmick “Meat-Free Week Australia” (just one in an increasingly long line) and the problems associated. I share an excerpt by Prof. Gary Steiner about anthropocentrism and a couple of works about the “humane” myth.

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For more info:

Recommended books

Gary Steiner on Anthropocentrism

The Myth” of Humane Animal Use

The Meaning of “Humane

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And The Award Goes To…..

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Please subscribe to this podcast 🙂  In this episode,  I discuss a couple of quotes which talk about why promoting veganism is not “elitist” and I speak about the position “every little bit helps” and where this comes from and where it is leading us.

Blog posts of interest:

Some thoughts on The Meaning of the Word “Vegan

Excerpt

“Ethical veganism,” which I use interchangeably with “abolitionist veganism,” goes beyond a vegan diet and rejects direct animal consumption or use of any kind. An ethical vegan has a vegan diet and rejects consuming animal products but also does not wear or use any animal products. An ethical vegan rejects the commodification of nonhumans as property. An ethical vegan is committed to the abolition of animal exploitation. Moreover, ethical vegans recognize that an animal-based agriculture harms other humans as well as non-humans and sees the connection between human rights and animal rights. Ethical veganism is the moral baseline of the animal rights movement. Ethical veganism represents a commitment to non-violence in one’s daily living.

Creative, Non-Violent Vegan Advocacy (A Beginners Guide)

Recommended Books

Quote from blog post by James Crump “Doesn’t Every Little Help?”:

One counterargument to the claim that vegan advocacy is maximally conducive to veganism goes something like this: granted, welfarism cannot lead to abolition; but how do you know that vegan advocacy can? But this is like asking: why should we promote a clear, coherent, and unequivocal (vegan) message as opposed to an unclear, incoherent, and equivocal (welfarist) message? Furthermore, imagine all of the animal movement’s institutional resources had been spent not on welfarist reform and “happy” meat campaigns, but instead on clear and unequivocal vegan education. Does anyone seriously think that had the animal movement done this there would be fewer vegans today?

Someone who is undeterred by my rhetorical questions, who thinks, that is, that it may be preferable to present an unclear and incoherent welfarist message as opposed to a clear and coherent vegan message, will probably fall back on some version of the “if you ask for 100%, then you get nothing” defence. But as Gary Francione points out, what reason do we have to believe that if we promote veganism we will get nothing? For if people are concerned about the animal issue, then, even if they don’t go vegan, they will do something; and if they are so unconcerned about this issue that they would do nothing when presented with a vegan message, then what reason is there to believe that they would do something (89%?) if presented with a “happy” meat message? Moreover, as Francione points out, if we present people with a vegan message, then, even if they don’t feel ready to go vegan straightaway, we will at least give them something to which they can aspire. But if we tell them that they can be “conscientious omnivores”, that they can discharge their moral obligations to animals by eating “happy” meat and “cage-free” eggs, then that is all they will do.

Thus, in opposition to the vacuous mantra: “If you ask for 100%, then you get nothing”, I would say: “If you do nothing, then you get nothing”. In other words, if we do not campaign for abolition – if we do not clearly, lucidly, and uncompromisingly advocate it to the public – we will never get abolition.

 

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What’s Wrong with “Free Range” Eggs, “Enriched Cages” and “Meatless Mondays”?

go veganIn episode 11, I speak a little about “enriched cages”, “free range” eggs and “Meatless Mondays”.

I invite you to check out links to a number of excellent blogs about these issues I discuss. They can be found in the information section.

There’s many videos online displaying “enriched caged” systems, some by the industry.  I do not know where the following video was taken but it looks like an industry video. I could not see any information associated with it.

The truth is that ALL use is abuse. No amount of trying to pretty up animal exploitation will ever hide what we all know deep inside —  that using nonhuman sentient beings as “things, as resources is morally unjustifiable and needs to end.

The Egg industry claims that egg sales have skyrocketed since “Meatless Mondays” was introduced.  Please reject “Meatless Mondays”. It makes moral distinctions between animal products as if one is worse than another when they are all a result of tremendous violence.  If we make an ethical decision to reject something that is morally wrong, then we must reject it all, and not just on certain days.

Please go vegan. It’s the only morally consistent solution. It’s much easier than you think. It will be one of the best decisions you make in your life. Your only regret will be that you didn’t go vegan sooner. Here’s a good vegan resource

The music intro was an excerpt of “Carolan’s Dream“.  Turlough O’Carolan, (1670 – 25 March 1738) was a blind early Irish harper, composer and singer.

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For more information:
Here’s link to “Go Vegan Radio“.
Replacing One Cage With Another
Should Vegans Endorse Meatless Monday?
What’s wrong with Backyard Eggs
Libby and Louie : A Love Story
A Betrayal of the Animals

What is Wrong with Vegetarianism : the excerpt I read about “free range” eggs is below:

“Free-range” Eggs

Consider the lives of “free-range” hens. “Free-range” egg producers generally purchase layer hens from the same hatcheries as traditional egg producers. Half of the chicks born in the hatcheries are males who are “disposed of” often in cruel ways, including being thrown live into machines that grind their bodies up or into trash bags and/or large dumpsters where they either starve or suffocate to death. Further, since “layer hens” typically are not sufficiently productive after two years, they are sent to slaughter at that time. The “free-range” egg industry relies heavily on the routine mass-slaughter of animals to be economically feasible.

The lives of “free-range” layer hens before slaughter are generally a living hell. The “free-range” egg label means only that the birds are permitted some access outdoors, even if it is only a miniscule fraction of the space of the large shed in which they live. Because of intensive overcrowding in these sheds, and because chickens are social animals who have a literal “pecking order”, their sensitive beaks are cut with a hot blade (to cauterize the blood flow) so they cannot hurt each other in trying to establish an impossible order in such crowded conditions. Also due to the crowding in a large, often poorly lit shed, the conditions of a typical “free-range” facility are filthy with excrement on the floor in which the hens live and extremely poor air quality due to the lack of ventilation. In addition to the harsh living conditions, the hens are genetically designed to be enormously productive in laying eggs, which causes them to be less healthy than traditional hens. The poor health of layers is largely due to the fact that chickens who are not exploited eat most of their eggs (in natural conditions, only a small percentage of eggs hatch), replenishing the nutrients they lose in the eggs they produce. When their eggs are taken from the hens, the hens lose the opportunity to replenish the nutrients lost in producing the egg. Genetically-designed, highly productive layers lose even more nutrients and end up even poorer in health because they lose more eggs to humans than natural hens.

The egg production of hens peaks when the hens are around seven months old and drops significantly at around 15 months old. To get an extra six months of production out of the hens, “free-range” producers will engage in a practiced called “forced molting” to imitate the conditions of the winter-spring transition. In forced molting, the hens are starved for several days up to 14 days and the lighting in the shed is dimmed. Hens can lose up to 30% of their body weight during this starvation process and some of the weaker hens – already malnourished from not being able to consume their own eggs – are killed as a result. Several weeks after the forced molt ends, production is back to normal.

After the “free-range” hens are “spent”, a condition in which they can no longer produce eggs at a commercially-viable rate and in which their health has deteriorated significantly from both the wretched living conditions and from losing nutrients from egg production/loss, the hens are transported to slaughter. Both transportation and slaughter can mean some of the most intensive cruelty the hens have yet experienced. They and their bones are very weak from giving so much nutrition for so long without replenishment from eating their own eggs. When they are handled roughly in transportation and slaughter, their bones are often broken. Also, layer hens are generally not used for human meat consumption; the meat is of very poor quality due to the poor health of the hens. “Free-range” hens end up at the same slaughterhouses as any other chicken where they are often intentionally tortured – hurled against the wall and stomped upon – by frustrated workers in poor working conditions with low pay. Even if the “ free-range” chickens are not intentionally tortured, some miss the electric “stunning” bath and neck blade (from struggling upside-down in their leg shackles) and instead are boiled alive in the de-feathering (scalding) tank.

Commercially-viable egg production, regardless of the label (“free-range”, “cage-free”, or “organic”), is extremely cruel to chickens. As mentioned above, hens who are not exploited eat most of their eggs as a natural way to replenish many of the nutrients they lose in producing eggs. Even in the best conditions imaginable, such as in a sanctuary or in the wild, it is unhealthy and exploitative to the hens to take their eggs from them. When we add the extremely cruel living conditions that “free-range” hens endure along with the mass-slaughtering that is required to keep egg production economically feasible, consuming eggs simply makes no sense at all for anyone concerned about the treatment or slaughter of animals.

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Some Thoughts on the So-Called “Animal Rights” Movement

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Welcome to my Vegan Trove podcast Ep 10. In this episode,  I share some thoughts on the current so-called current “animal rights” movement and I share some thoughts by others about the movement. I talk specifically about certain organisations.

Please note when I mentioned human exploitation, I really meant to say human oppression. I probably could have been clearer when explaining the connection between nonhuman animal rights and human rights.

I touch on how nonhuman animals rights and human rights are linked. I emphasise the need for a strong and morally consistent movement that must have veganism as its moral baseline. I think you will find some excerpts of other abolitionists speaking interesting.

Please view the below letter to Whole Foods by the so-called “animal rights” movement congratulating Whole Foods on their “humane” animal products.

1. Wholefoods support lettterHere’s the link to recommended animal ethics books 

Here’s a link to Go Vegan Radio

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Unfortunately a few audio excerpts included in the podcast are lacking in clarity. My apologies.

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Direct Action Everywhere (DxE): Welfarist or Abolitionist?

Friends, I thought it important to address this issue since there’s a number of problems with this particular advocacy group Direct Action Everywhere’s strategy and theory, in particular the most welfarist indicator of them all — their decision not to mention veganism –  the very action needed to end the property status of animals.

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The links to vegan resources I mentioned.
A list of recommended animal ethics books

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VT Podcast Ep 8: Veganism and All Forms of Life

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A reading of Pulitzer Prize recipient Chris Hedges’ essay ( posted Jan 4, 2015 )   “All Forms of Life Are Sacred“. His essay discusses veganism and the moral imperative.  Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer prize recipient and his bio can be found here.  He is also a regular contributor to Truthdig.com and his essays are posted each Monday.

Normally I discuss various issues in my episodes, but I decided there would be some value in reading this essay.  Next time I will return to discussing issues as usual.  I hope you enjoyed today’s episode 🙂

I apologise for any poor pronunciation of any author’s name.

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VT Podcast Ep 7: Intersectionality and Abolitionist Veganism

Intersectionality VeganEthosEp 7 is targeted at a specific audience but I’m sure others will find it interesting.  With the kind permission of the author of Vegan Ethos, I am sharing her recent blog post which you can view here:  Intersectionality and Abolitionist Veganism Part 1 

Here’s Intersectionality and Abolitionist Veganism Part 2

Enjoy!

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VT Podcast Ep 6: A Brief Examination of Animal Welfare

This podcast discusses some articles, one about animal industry and its partnership with Big Pharma. It discusses some attempts to “improve” animal exploitation through sedation of cows, and some other studies in relation to animal behaviour and how predictable it is and how this will be utilised by animal industry to promote “happy” animal slavery to the public.  I also talk a little about vegans who try to suppress other vegans from talking about veganism and I read a small piece by Angel Flinn from Gentle World.

As I mentioned, here are some links to some of the topics I discussed and a few extra about the dairy industry.

Cows’ Moos Carry A Lot More Meaning Than You Ever Imagined | Huffington Post Article

Milk Comes From A Grieving Mother | Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary

What is Wrong with Vegetarianism? | UVE Archives

The Meaning of “Humane” | Abolitionist Approach

There’s no such thing as “Ahimsa” Cow’s Milk | NZ Vegan Podcast

A Calf’s Story | Animation by Peaceful Abolitionist

Video: A Better World For Us All

Some Thoughts on Why Vegans Criticise Vegans for Promoting Veganism | Veganism Is Nonviolence

How to become vegan | A Comprehensive Resource | Veganism Is Nonviolence

Recommended Animal Ethics Books | Veganism Is Nonviolence

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Thanks for listening. Till next time, have a safe holiday season and a wonderful 2015.  See you in the new year I hope 🙂

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A Little Abolitionist Vegan Trove Podcast