(Even If You're Not for Non-Human Rights) You Should UN-OCCUPY Big-Ag by
Thursday Nov 17th, 2011
those who are killing you, occupy your wallet and your table.
Animal-Ag stooges--exorbitantly paid ex-legislators and staffers, now
lobbyists--supporting the inhumane treatment of non-humans by employing lies
and manipulation to create hysteria and garner public support; with the goal
of demonizing and discrediting others who would challenge the brutal
concentration camp system of factory "farms," have only ONE agenda --
personal greed. They forfeited their right to credibility when they sold out
to the highest bidder, choosing self interest and obscene profits over the
best interests of the public they swore to serve. They vigorously abandoned
any semblance of morals in order to facilitate lying, stealing, cheating,
torturing and murdering to maintain the endless flow of blood-soaked
largesse expanding their own bank accounts, via grateful corporate rapists.
What most of these self-proclaimed "experts" on animal rights
actually know about the movement could fit on the head of a pin. They have
not bothered to educate themselves because they are in the "business" of
animal exploitation; they could care less about non-human OR human
suffering, the costs to the environment, public safety or ultimately, the
deadly consequences to their own children.
They will tell you that
animal rights activists care more about animals than they do people. They
consistently set up ridiculous, accusatory, either/or scenarios.
the dog, let the child drown.] In their minds, people cannot advocate
equally for both humans and non-humans. One wonders if they realize they
possess the innate ability to both walk AND talk simultaneously.
truth is, many animal rights activists have spent lifetimes giving of
themselves and their resources to the human beings in their lives; as well
as volunteering within their communities to help the poor, hungry, homeless
and anyone else in need which crosses their path. This is because
individuals possessing genuine compassion and empathy cannot turn it on and
off like a faucet, compartmentalizing who is deserving of their support and
sympathy, versus who they will unceremoniously trash as being unworthy. When
one cares deeply about suffering and injustice it naturally flows into every
part of their existence. Attempting to correct the outlandishly cruel
treatment of non-humans, who have zero ability to advocate for themselves,
is simply an extension of that creed of fairness. Individual ethics, morals
and striving for an ever higher level of personal enlightenment is often the
driving force behind animal rights activism. And those making their fortunes
off of the torture and murder of the helpless, have yet to realize that this
movement will continue regardless of their highly nefarious tactics in
attempting to crush it.
The real "radicals" are the corporations and
their lackeys who write legislation [Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act] which
muzzles and criminalizes free speech, labeling those distributing pamphlets
on public sidewalks, terrorists, and locking them away far longer than
actual violent offenders; or who use the FBI to infiltrate vegan potlucks,
inventing their own terrorist plots in an attempt to entrap peaceful
individuals whose only crime is choosing a non-violent diet/lifestyle.
They will tell you that the animal rights movement is based on extremist
ideologies -- though nothing could be more "extreme" than the perennial,
forced subjugation, torture and murder of sensitive beings. They proclaim
the goal of animal rights activists is to completely abolish animal
"ownership." Even though common sense dictates that domesticated animals are
here to stay, and it is complete nonsense to believe that the animal rights
movement is focused on ridding people of non-human companions.
Animal terrorists take the view that one has the right to "own" other living
beings, with all that egregiously implies. By its nature the term imparts
tyrannical powers. A license to dominate which disregards the most basic
needs, desires and feelings of its victims.
They refuse to conceive
of a world where ALL living flesh and blood, regardless of species, are
entitled to certain basic rights. The truth is, for those who "get it," who
truly respect non-humans, they already understand it is morally repugnant to
view them as property. One "owns" inanimate objects. Furniture, cars, homes.
If someone were to say they "owned" their children, they would rightfully
invoke the wrath and disgust of most rational people. One is guardian to
their children. Non-human members of society should be considered no
differently under the law.
Courts appoint guardians--not owners--for
minors. Yet, those who are equally as defenseless against exploitation are
still at the mercy of barbaric, archaic laws which have been on the books
for centuries. Non-humans remain the most maligned, disenfranchised majority
of sentient individuals on the planet; flatly dismissed and contemptuously
objectified to the point of invisibility on one hand, and yet of crucial
importance to man's very survival on the other. The schizophrenic way in
which society views and treats non-humans is a mind-bending, disgraceful
Among one of the most monumental lies told by Big-Ag to
consumers, is that animal profiteers treat their charges [merchandise] well.
They claim, "Our No. 1 priority has to be the health and well-being of our
animals." But the flood of undercover videos shot inside animal-ag hellholes
bears witness to something quite different. Big-Ag, which claims such
stellar respect for animals, has launched a plethora of fascist legislation
in several states--so called "ag-gag" laws--which criminalize First
Amendment rights, not only for those filming the industry's rampant abuse,
but for those publishing the footage; ample proof that Big-Ag is intent on
hiding their criminal behavior and silencing the public's right to know how
their "food" is produced. AR activists have exposed their lies for the sheer
propaganda it is; meant to maintain the status quo and continue the
uninterrupted flow of mega-profits by any means necessary.
now indisputable proof that "farm" animals are routinely terrorized and
brutally assaulted: beaten with pipes, attacked with axes and hatchets,
raped with foreign objects, kicked as they scream and moan in agony, hanged
by their necks, suffocated as their chests and airways are trampled and
compressed, repeatedly slammed against walls and denied the most basic
necessities -- nutritious food, potable water and clean, adequate living
areas. Disease-ridden from diets full of chemical gruel, they are bloated
with growth hormones and antibiotics meant to keep them hanging on just
until slaughter. These sensitive souls languish in the squalor of cramped,
ammonia-soaked, feces-laden spaces littered with the decomposing and
maggot-ridden bodies of their family members. The acrid stench from factory
farm hellholes carries for miles. The pollution which floods streams, rivers
and seeps into aquifers, leaving the lands it flows onto, unusable toxic
waste sites, is the reality of intensive animal agriculture which these true
purveyors-of-terror try desperately to hide.
Mad cow disease, caused
by feeding bovines--strict herbivores--the body parts of other cows, is but
one example of how profiteers "care" about non-humans. Decomposing flesh
[already on hand in abundance] ground into feed is infinitely cheaper than
providing their natural diet of grasses. The Avian and Swine flu outbreaks
had similar origins as crowded, filthy conditions and diets incorporating
rotting corpses into those animals' feed has now become standard practice.
Mass contamination from E-Coli, Salmonella and Listeria are killing more and
more people every year. Profit--not compassion and not ethics--has always
been the bottom line and always will be, unless and until the public rejects
such a monstrous system of destruction, abuse and disease.
terrorists and the lobbyists/legislators who lie and whore for them in order
to continue a never-ending, unbridled assault on non-humans, must at last,
be held accountable. If justice will not come from the courts redefining
non-humans as sentient beings, deserving of basic legal considerations, then
it must come from the public. Consumers must wake up and realize that animal
exploiters DO NOT have their best interests at heart. PROFIT is number ONE.
People must take back their power and refuse to support industries which are
killing humans and our planet via the saccharin promotion of a rapacious,
deadly, rampantly diseased, animal-based food supply.
A system so
corrupt that it victimizes society from cradle to grave. First by
brainwashing and indoctrinating the public into believing the murderous lies
that the human body needs dairy [which studies have found leaches calcium
from bones and accelerates tumor growth, among numerous other deadly
consequences] and flesh products [which put the body into protein overload,
causing progressive kidney damage as well as heart disease, cancer and an
ever-growing list of life-threatening conditions].
Those who are
prematurely sick and dying as a result of animal-based diets are then
victimized and scammed a second time; by putting their faith into the
standard allopathic treatments utilizing cut, burn and poison. This, when
there is solid, scientific, evidence that plant-based diets can completely
reverse non-genetic heart disease, many cancers and reverse or ameliorate
Type II diabetes.
Those raking in billions of dollars per year, not
only in animal agriculture, but animal research, where behemoth taxpayer
grants support repetitive, frivolous, inane and often fraudulent "research,"
wasting billions of animal lives and killing/maiming millions of humans each
year, don't want the public to know that the majority of the diseases
afflicting them can be completely avoided, reversed or greatly lessened by a
plant-based diet. For them, the gravy train would be over and the Mercedes
parked in the driveway, repossessed; the mansion foreclosed upon.
For those of you who value your lives, if not the rights and lives of
non-humans, don't let those who are killing you, occupy your wallet and your
For those of us who have awakened to a higher level of
consciousness, we already understand that species bias is as grotesque as
every other form of fascist intolerance. Whether one is denying someone's
fundamental rights based on religion, ethnicity, sex, political affiliation,
gender, or, as with non-humans, strictly by virtue of the body they possess.
It cannot be allowed to continue.
From a strictly physical
standpoint, non-human beings should be entitled to EXACTLY the same
rights/liberties humans enjoy. [Except for the right to uncontrolled
procreation in situations of overpopulation -- which should apply equally to
They deserve the right to live their lives apart from the
victimization of man; the liberty of their �physical� bodies to be their
own, free from brutalization and murder, and to do with as their
physical/biological urges dictate -- this means gaining the right to their
own natural, innate habits, habitats, lifestyles and NORMAL lifespans; the
right to fully enjoy their own existence, their familial connections, their
social hierarchies and their highly complex, interpersonal relationships
with one another. These are all physical, emotional and psychological
�rights� which humans grant themselves. And it is the ultimate in speciesist
arrogance to believe non-humans have physical, emotional and psychological
needs any LESS than our own. In short, non-humans have a right to exist on
their own terms, completely apart from man's exploitation and to the highest
degree possible, given the limitations/responsibilities for those which have
already been domesticated.
Much of what was written in
the article above is in rebuttal to Big-Ag's paid stooge, "Charlie"
Stenholm. Google his commentary entitled:
STENHOLM: Wrong Approach
to Animal Rights
(The Washington Times restricts sharing the
Wikipedia info on Charles Walter
After leaving Congress, Stenholm became a
lobbyist, representing various agricultural interests, including the horse
meat industry. In 2006, he was the most visible lobbyist for three
foreign-owned horse-slaughter plants in the U.S. that are fighting
legislation that would force them to close. Meat from these horses is used
as food in some European Union countries, Japan and Mexico, for zoo food,
and for medical purposes. Since 2005, Stenholm has been a senior policy
advisor and lobbyist with Olsson Frank Weeda, a Washington law and lobbying
firm that specializes in representing food, drug, and agriculture interests
before material federal agencies.
not a paid mouthpiece for the Animal Rights Movement. In fact, unlike Big-Ag
and its lobbyists who siphon off billions of our tax dollars, then
hypocritically scream about "animal rights extremists lobbying Congress," I
not only don't make a single dime, but I expend tens of thousands per year
to feed, shelter and take care of the basic needs of the non-humans in my
life. I am not wealthy, but it IS my money. I don't steal it from the
taxpayers. I don't ask for donations (though I find nothing wrong with
reputable sanctuaries which do). And I certainly don't give it away to other
animal organizations, i.e., PETA, HSUS, etc. in order to enrich people whose
goals I find diametrically opposed to the most basic tenets of non-humans'
rights. Such organizations believe they have the right kill; PETA for
convenience sake, has exterminated thousands of healthy puppies and kittens
and has no aversion to killing wildlife; HSUS supports the mass-murder and
species enslavement of Big-Ag, who, ironically believes them to be
"extremists" for demanding animals be treated like living creatures and not
My goal as an activist is not to strip the world of
domesticated companion animals as the lying, greed-driven, sociopaths
pimping for Earth's rapists would have the public believe. A planet without
my non-human family members is not one I care to inhabit. I strive to devote
everyday toward helping the needy, injured and those suffering because I am
compelled to do what's right for those unable to help themselves.
The work is physically hard, financially draining and inevitably,
emotionally devastating at times. It is, however, 100% worth it. My
companions exist for their own sake and not as an extension of me. And as
such, they deserve the same legal protections which human beings enjoy.
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Brennan lives in off-grid isolation; grows
organic veggies; has been vegetarian, now vegan for 30 years; is committed
to animal, human and Earth rights and is guardian to abused and abandoned
non-humans as well as a feral cat colony.