01 May '11, 10pm

A Call to Progressives to Embrace a Wider Ethic That Includes Animals:

A Call to Progressives to Embrace a Wider Ethic That Includes Animals:

I’ve worked for more than 25 years to end the oppression of people and animals and to protect the environment upon which all life depends. For me, these are inextricably connected concerns. I’ve been frustrated that animal protection is often ignored (at best) or disdained (at worst) by progressives, even though the systems that perpetuate oppression are the same, whether they are perpetrated on human or nonhuman animals. The irony is that the systems that abuse animals often lead to our own suffering and death. Eating animals is perhaps the most powerful example. One trillion animals are killed every year around the world for food. Tens of billions of chickens, turkeys, cows, and pigs are tortured in our factory farms. They are intensely confined and mutilated (castrated, dehorned, debeaked, de-toed, and branded) without any painkillers. If someone did to their dog, cat, ...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/animal-welfare/blog/a-call-to...

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