Abolish Meat? A Worldwide Campaign
posted by: Megan Drake September 7, 2010
What Are You Afraid Of?
Carnivorous, are you? Does a worldwide week for the abolition of meat sound too radical? Does it conjure up visions of vegans chaining you to a chair and force-feeding tofu everything?
The fear of change is part of human nature. In the 18th and 19th centuries when slavery was the norm in much of the world. Even those who recognized that slavery was morally repugnant had little hope that the institution could change. And yet it did. Today, slavery is not simply illegal; it is morally and ethically unacceptable.
Fast forward to the year 2010 and the accepted practice of eating animal flesh. Not only is it accepted in society; it is expected in virtually all cultures. Exacerbated by the practice of factory farming, animals are increasingly at higher risk for abuse by humans.
New laws cannot come fast enough to regulate the living and dying conditions of animals on factory farms. Few if any farmers can afford to put the health, welfare and safety of their animals above their farm's profits. Human attitudes need to change making the consumption of animal flesh a thing of the past.
The Two Sides
Two Care2 posts give great detail for both sides of the "to eat or not to eat animals" question:
There's No reason to eat Animals (On the One Hand)
Animals are Essential to Sustainable Food (On the Other Hand)
Imagine the day when the following statement will become reality:
"Because meat production involves killing the animals that are eaten, because their living conditions and slaughter cause many of them to suffer, because eating meat isn't necessary, because sentient beings shouldn't be mistreated or killed unnecessarily, therefore, farming, fishing and hunting animals for their flesh, as well as selling and eating animal flesh, should be abolished."
Understand the Paradigm
Worldwide, people from many countries will to spread the word that the farming and eating of animals as food is wrong.
In 2009 the first global World Day for the Abolition of Meat was held. Advocates in countries including France, Italy, Portugal, England, Sweden, Germany, Australia and the United States held protests and demonstrations and offered education to the public.
Consider Organizing an Event in Your Town or Country
This action is not spearheaded by any one particular group. Instead, individual animal activists from around the world are holding activities in their own countries to declare that eating animal flesh is cruel and unnecessary. Find out more by joining the discussion and start one here in the comments sectoin, too.
The United States has only one city -- Philadelphia -- hosting events. In a country where so much of the world's food is produced, changing attitudes about eating meat will be an arduous process.
To learn more please check out the website with the answers to the following questions:
What are the demands of the international movement for the abolition of meat?
Why would one want to abolish meat?
Shouldn't the foods we eat to be determined by each person's personal freedom of choice?
Is it democratic to want to impose the ideas of a few vegetarians on everyone?
The production and consumption of meat seems essential to the subsistence of many humans. Wanting to abolish meat is to ignore their interests?!
Why not just authorize breeding where the animals lead happy lives?
Does the demand for the abolition of meat include "in-vitro meat" or "cultured meat"?
Does this movement to promote equality between humans and animals?
Animals also suffer and are killed for all fighting, experimentation, fur, etc. Why is this movement to only about meat?
What about other animal products beyond meat (milk, eggs...)?
What is the difference between this movement and the promotion of vegetarianism?
Who is organizing this movement?