Should some things be intolerable, should some things happen only over our dead bodies?, people claim that the unborn are murdered. Some people believe and equate the killing of the unborn to a murder greater than the holocaust. For me to accept that millions of humans are murdered year in and year out, and not physically stop it would for me be a betrayal of everything I pride myself for. Could I live with myself if I allowed this murder to take place and I was standing outside of the murdering centers with a stupid sign in my hand waving it back and forth? Could I truly believe abortion is murder and console my self with saying `because I don´t murder my children I have no responsibility? No if I truly believed that murder on that a scale mayy times greater than the holocuast or Rawanda was taking place I would have to do more than march, protest, and vote, I would need to stop it by every possible means available and probably die trying. I don´t believe that what happened in Nazi germany is happening in this country everyday, how could I, and live next door to the doctors who perform abortions.
I have read with fascination the discussion between vegans and omnivores and the name calling back and forth. I have seen the pictures of the animals suffering in the factory farms. I do not see however how anyone can have any since of pride in this situation. That suffering goes on and will continue to go on unchallenged by the choices of both parties (vegans and omnivores). To choose not to stop that suffering in any meaningful way to me is mind boggling. To have pride in the choices we make regarding animals whether we eat them or not is fucking hypocritical. If we knew humans were suffering in the same ways and on the same scales that animals are suffering would we debate it, march against it, petition against it or would we and every decent person we know stop the torture? This question to me is crucial; any since of pride or self respect that I have left depends on that answer.
I can understand and accept death and even the killing of other species. I can understand Obama killing the fly that was annoying him. I can understand the billions of insects that are killed each year splattered against the windshields of the cars we drive. I can understand and live with my cat killing and sometimes torturing the mice. Or natives slaughtering their free grazing sheep. Or even free human beings killing each other in war. I can understand and live with the fact that the human population will decline and that will mean the death of many humans. I know with certainty that I will die as well, and am at peace with that, I know the worms and insects will eat me and in turn birds will eat them and the circle of life will go on. But what horrifies me is mass suffering. Suffering of the innocents, suffering of children, suffering of animals, and when that suffering is the result of torture oh, that's unacceptable to not stop cold. No debate, no reasoning, compromise, petitioning but stopped cold.
Lifestyle choices are just that, killing and eating a cow, chicken, sheep or fish before it dies of natural causes is not necessarily cruel. Not killing and eating other species before they die of natural sometimes slow and painful death from natural diseases is also not necessarily cruel. To feel pride in either choice seems to me arrogant. However, watching animals be systematically tortured, raped, and robbed of everything decent and good in life seems a shame that all of us must bear until we stop that from happening, often in the same neighborhood, city, state and country in which we live. To allow this systematized torture to go on (and make no mistake anyone not putting their bodies between the torturers and the tortured is allowing), leaves only shame on every single person aware of the torture. Any since of pride, by anyone in the case involving factory farmed animals is completely unwarranted and pathetic. All are responsible for stopping it, vegan and omnivore alike