“Why Love One Animal and Eat the Other?” Is an Incomplete Question

Many advocates point out the unfairness in loving some animals and eating or wearing others. Who, though, is highlighting the unfairness in insisting on having other animals—whether to love them or to eat or wear them?

And yet we must recognize dominion in all of its forms: an imposed vulnerability to human control, no matter how adorable the dependent animal might appear to us.

Most of us have a hard time looking beyond “cute” and perceiving vulnerability and how our kind has systematically created it. We were so often taught that having animals meant learning to appreciate life, to take responsibility, even to love.

But questioning the existence of pets is not uncaring, cold, or unloving. Striving for a society that seeks, as far as possible, to respect other animals’ own ways of being on Earth is to care and love profoundly.

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Excerpt from On Their Own Terms: Animal Liberation for the 21st Century (Ch. 1, RIGHTS AND CARE: HITS AND MISSES).

Photo by Nishant Aneja via Pexels.

2 thoughts on ““Why Love One Animal and Eat the Other?” Is an Incomplete Question

  1. Yeah, I would like to just nueter spay every single pet cat until they disappear. Most cats are not living ideal lives under the control of their owner guardians.
    But the slogan is great because it deep listens to what people feel The slogan poster hangs in my kitchen.

  2. “Deep listening”. The buzz word used by educators of grassroots vegan activists. I just want to say “you deep listen this you murderer” and make them watch slaughterhouse movies ….. yeah, that’s immature.

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