The Animals We Use 2017-01-09T15:49:08+00:00

The animals we use

The animals we use are very badly harmed. The very best they can hope for is a life that is free of pain but completely controlled by another because of their status as the property of humans. At worst their lives are tortured. Sadly, the latter is true for almost all of them. Each and every individual one of them is slaughtered at a fraction of their natural lifespan.

Bearing Witness

It should not be necessary to know the intricacies of the cruelty we perpetrate on other animals in order to go vegan. It should be sufficient to realise that it is not morally justifiable to own or use another being. However, other animals, in their billions, endure suffering that is beyond the imagination of most people. It is important that we know the truth of the consequences for them when we are not vegan. Vested interests strive to keep this truth from us by depersonalising the animals they use, and continually advertising their products as if other animals willingly suffer and die for us. But in this day of accessible information, there is little excuse for pandering to mainstream advertising and for remaining ignorant of the injustice we perpetrate by our choices. The following information and resources will ensure that you are fully informed.

Watching movies is a very useful way to educate onself on the issues facing other animals. A highly recommended film is Tribe of Heart’s Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home.It tells the story of people who were involved in animal agriculture but realised the injustice of earning their livelihoods on the backs of sentient others. It depicts farmers’ connections with the personhood of the animals they were exploiting, while also making clear the complex web of social, psychological and economic forces underlying their dilemma.

Another useful source of information on animal use is the film Earthlings, the first in a trilogy  produced by Nation Earth. You can view it here. (Warning: disturbing content). Please note that this film depicts standard practice in farming. Although the film focuses more on treatment than animal use, it is important to face the consequences of what is perpetrated on other animals when we are not vegan.