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Animal Extremism… Yes, yes it is.
March 3, 2010 Author: Casey Suchan
These are the words the meat, pharmaceutical, and fur industries use to describe animal advocates and activists. We can’t stop them from tossing off this language, but we can stop using it against ourselves.
It’s time to redirect these words back to where they belong, the real perpetrators of terrorism and violence and extremism, those very same animal abuse industries. While we may disagree with each others’ methods, let’s not call one another violent. Be specific with language. Call it illegal. Call it criminal. Call it a good tactic or a bad tactic.
Express your honest opinion, of course, but end your support or criticism with a reminder that the real violence is happening every day in laboratories to fellow primates like chimpanzees and baboons and monkeys and to millions of other mammals likes rabbits and rats and mice and guinea pigs as well as reptiles by the millions for research that is often unnecessary, redundant and just bad, unpredictive science.
Because it tastes good. And because the industry’s profit margins are more important than basic, simple compassion. That’s extremism.
Real terror and violence are endured by the fox and mink and lynx and chinchillas and wild coyote and raccoon and endangered bear and domestic cats and dogs for fur coats and stoles and trim. For vanity.
Extreme is imprisoning our planet’s most breathtaking, intellectually and socially advanced creatures, dolphins and whales and elephants, in circuses and marine theme parks and forcing them to perform for us because our entertainment trumps their individual happiness.
Extremism is manifest in the zoos that frustrate every natural instinct that an animal has because we like the spectacle.
They may use these words on us, those interested in ending animal exploitation. But these ideas are grown from the belly of the “might makes right” beast, practiced over generations and perfected by the modern animal industrial complex. The scope and depth of animal abuse is so profound and so deeply rooted in our cultural histories and traditions that it sometimes feels as if there’s no end in sight. To crack this open is going to take unity.
When we use these words on our fellow animal advocates and activists engaged in the same moral fight, we fracture our progress. We have the moral high ground. We have the truth. That’s obvious to anyone in the animal industrial complex; that’s why they hide what they do and use these terms to marginalize us and divide the movement. It’s time we refuse to use this language on anyone who fights for animal rights, and let the real animal use and abuse extremists take their full and rightful ownership of the violence and terror they create.