The Vegan Of Aus

The real “cosmological constant”

We vegans have the consensus of current scientific opinion on our side about the efficacy of a plant based diet meeting all human nutritional needs and therefore having no need whatsoever to exploit other animals.

Indeed, if there ever was a new scientific revelation that animal products were in fact necessary for basic human health then that would present us a massive conundrum. Finding ways of minimising harm while staying alive would keep us busy for sure.

But one thing that will never change is this: Enslaving and sexually violating female mammals and destroying their children in order to take and consume their milk is totally unnecessary. Dairy is amongst humankind’s most cruel and deranged – no, let’s call it what it is: mindfucked – rituals.

What can be worse than the worst?

Too many animal related posts in social media are about specific and seemingly gratuitous cruelties in animal agriculture, often noted as the “worst” of offenses. But it’s hardly surprising that such things happen, and talking about these specific cruelties really teaches us nothing.

Animal agriculture is a routine requiring its players to develop a deep callousness in order to stay invested. Think about it. Those in the field must makes themselves believe that cutting the testicles off of young males or ramming syringes full of someone’s semen into pubescent female’s vaginas is okay and normal, even, would you believe it, “good for the animals.” Those who balance the ledgers must at all times look beyond the reality of dependent nonhuman children being torn from their mothers and convert their numbers into dollar values. Those in the slaughterhouse must tell themselves that the moans of those they are killing are simple biological impulses rather than the cries for mercy by feeling individuals who are bewildered why their masters are putting them through a hell they never deserved. Those who parade and sell the body parts and secretions of animals must market those products without a single deference to the realities of where they come from: no mention of the tormented mother cow having her child taken away, no mention of the hen trapped with thousands of her sisters till the day she is killed and replaced by a younger sister who can work harder than she does, no mention of the flesh torn off a young lamb’s backside in order to give him permanent scarring that makes him more resilient to living in a land he finds himself unnaturally placed.

And finally, those who fund the above perversities, those who will not see past their next meal or item of clothing or day of entertainment, and who will teach their children that it’s okay to exploit others if they do not have the same chromosomal make-up as we do, are the ones who actually keep the whole routine running. The nonvegan consumer is the most culpable agent in the death and torture of billions and trillions of animals every year. In fact, the nonvegan consumer is the only reason animal agriculture exists at all.

Animal agriculture is a cover-up from start to finish. It is the perfect crime, where the victims are completely defenseless and the perpetrators have developed the most elaborate deceptions (over thousands of years) to keep their victims silenced – deceptions that involve skewing science, contorting moral philosophies, shaping cultures, buying political power, even inventing deities that promulgate human supremacy and animal exploitation. What end other than an increasingly sadistic treatment of nonhumans could we ever expect of people who must intentionally desensitise themselves in order to make animal agriculture possible? There should be nothing surprising about the worst of people coming out within animal agriculture; animal agriculture is the worst of people. It destroys not only the inherent worth of its nonhuman victims but also the intelligence, spirit and humanity of its executors and investors.

There is no downward step from the routine treatment of farmed nonhumans to the “worst” treatment of nonhumans – there is only the perception of people thinking that what other people do to nonhumans is worse than what they would normally do. Because even from within this cover-up it is handy to have others you can put down in order to make yourself feel better about the atrocities you commit. Talking about regulating animal use and stopping the worst cruelties is essentially a pissing contest.

Let’s talk about militance

Weapons used by extreme and militant vegans: words.

Everyday tools used by decent nonvegans: knives and guns.

Things hurt by militant vegans: nonvegan’s pride.

Things hurt by decent nonvegans: innocent animal’s entire existences.

Go figure!

Back to school

Today’s English lesson:

Militant vegan. (noun)

Person who opposes the idea that nonhumans are on earth merely as resources for humans. Usually unequivocally opposed to unprovoked violence. Often known to voice opinions about nonviolence and nonhuman rights in the hope of spreading those ideas.

Antonym: Nonvegan – Person who condones the idea that nonhumans are simple resources for humans, usually accompanied with the enslaving and killing of them. Completely fine with violence, particularly towards the most vulnerable. Often known to falsely fabricate scientific evidence to justify their cause. Often agree with vegans’ sentiments until they have to properly engage with them at which point they suddenly and vehemently disagree with vegans’ sentiments.

Today’s maths lesson:

Number of warm blooded terrestrial animals killed every year just for food: 60+ billion.

Number of aquatic animals killed every year just for food: trillions.

Number of animals intentionally killed by/for nonvegans: all of the above.

Number of animals intentionally killed by/for vegans: none of the above.

Today’s history lesson:

Year since people have thought they’re doing it right and patting themselves on the back: 10000+ BC.

Year slavery abolished in USA: 1865

Year apartheid abolished in South Africa: 1994

Year Australia properly recognised first human nations occupying Australian land mass: Not yet history.

Year greater human society properly recognised other sentient beings: Not yet history.

Today’s economics lesson:

Percentage of earth’s land devoted to animal grazing: 26%

Percentage of earth’s land devoted to animal feed crops: 33%

Percentage of world’s human population employed in animal agriculture of some sort: 20%

Percentage of animal agriculture’s contribution to global GDP: 1.4%

Today’s ethics lesson:

Ethics are important except when:

They get in the way of making money.

They get in the way of cultural conditioning.

They get in the way of religious ideas.

They get in the way of cheeseburgers and ice-cream and visiting the zoo.

Class dismissed.

Working for the man

All domesticated animals are born into a dystopia of human creation but those (most often females) who are worked are especially damned. Not only are they born condemned with modified bodies and a predetermined death, they are then made to labour for the masters that created them. Dairy cows, egg laying hens, breeding bitches, racehorses, camels and donkeys – and, possibly less obviously to some, insects like bees and silkworms – are all born only to be robbed of their lives and made slaves to human whim.

(Granted: Those animals who are bred primarily so that people can consume their flesh are also workers of sorts. Their work is to grow to a saleable size as quickly as possible. For some animals this is a gruesome task; broiler chickens are a prime example, enduring chronic suffering so that people can turn them over quickly.)

That any person would force labour on another is nothing but vile but in the cases above this perversity is only increased by the types of labour each of these innocent beings must endure and the conditions they do it in. For females this includes ongoing sexual molestation and/or abuse of their reproductive systems.

Any impartial observation leaves no doubt that animal producers are slave drivers and pimps, nonvegans their eager and insatiable customers.

Nonveganism is a dark reality. Nonhumans are in this position because you, nonvegan, will not make the decision right now to stop funding it and continue cheering it on. What will it take to break your heart and human pride, and give your fellow earthly cohabitants a fair chance of a free life?

The other inconvenient truth

To those who are concerned about our natural environment:

The utter wastefulness of converting the nutrients of the earth and its plants through other animals is not just a bad ecological choice; knowing what we now know it’s an ecological crime. Pointing fingers at mining companies and conservative politicians while ravaging the planet by eating animals is extremely disingenuous.

The absurdity of caring for the natural environment while severely damaging it with our most regular routine – eating – is exceeded only by the silence on the matter amongst “environmentalists.” Any self confessed environmentalist that is not a plant based consumer, even fully neglecting the notion of veganism and animal rights, is a fraud. Any group that purports to care for the natural environment but doesn’t hold a shift to plant-based consumption as a matter of the highest priority is a fraud.

It is my sincere hope that people arrive to veganism because of a concern for peace and justice, but that does not at all detract from the legitimate need for people to stop consuming animals and their secretions for reasons of environmental protection. Even those people who cannot see past their own privilege and interests need to engage with this issue.

(FWIW I don’t identify as an “environmentalist” and in fact know I live a life full of comforts that leave environmental scars. It’s not my intent to have a competition on who’s better than whom. My intention is only to call you out, duplicitous environmentalist who continues to consume animals.)

Live export: A summary of regulated animal exploitation.

Australia’s position on live export can be found here.

Many might take comfort in the fact that live export is regulated, but regulation of live export is no new thing. Compare this to the document above.

Like all welfare and regulation measures this document sets standards that primarily benefit the animal exploiters. Making sure animals arrive at their destination healthy is not about the protection of animal interests, it is about the idea that healthy animals are saleable animals, that keep the image of animal husbandry cleaner. It’s about making the journey profitable. It’s about making it least troublesome for those that are coordinating the journey; what more of a PITA than dealing with animals that upset the cart.

The document states:

“The export of animals obliges all participants in the trade to ensure that the animals’ health and welfare is protected to the greatest extent possible and reflects Australian community expectations.”

The first part of this statement is of course a blatant lie. The protection of the animal’s health and welfare to the greatest extent possible is to not export them at all; in fact it would be to not subject them to any animal ag practices at all, including not breeding them into existence. The second part of the statement is exactly what this document is about: appeasing community expectations.

Part of these standards includes an allowed mortality level. For sheep and goats this is 2%. For cattle this is 1% on journeys longer than 10 days, 0.5% on journeys less than 10 days. So let’s get this straight: more cattle are allowed to die on longer trips than on shorter trips. More sheep are allowed to die than cattle. So where is this welfare “to the greatest extent possible?” Clearly it’s not there at all; it’s actually welfare to a level commensurate with the requirements at hand. It’s the amount of welfare that is commercially viable. Whoever writes this balderdash would do well to experience a single trip with similar “welfare protection,” even without the murderous end that awaits the other passengers, to see what they are in fact suggesting.

The fact that a certain percentage of animals in live export are expected to die on the journey is indicative of the suffering that they go through. Death is the (sometimes elusive) end of exhaustion; for exhaustion to arrive at that end requires massive amounts of suffering. For every animal that does die there will be many others who are in the thick of exhaustion and suffering. Yet these animals are saleable hence their experience is not taken into account.

This is the bottom line of all animal exploitation: it’s not about the animal’s own experience, it’s about how their experience affects our own. If animals cannot be heard they can be frozen or boiled alive (aquatic beings). If animals cannot kick back they can be handled like basketballs (chickens). If animals cannot make a profit they can be killed and thrown on the waste heap (all animals). If it’s cheaper and easier to use a sledgehammer to kill an animal then that’s okay (“unviable” calves). When Fido becomes more of a hassle than a plaything then a lethal injection is humane. If few enough animals die on a journey to not raise eyebrows then it’s ok that the rest of them suffer.

Animal welfare measures are a farce. The only welfare measure that benefits animals is leaving them alone.

Stop buying them.

Stop consuming them.

Stop wearing them.

Stop exploiting them.

Stop thinking about them as mere resources.

Start seeing sentient beings as individuals who have their own interests. Like you.

Be decent towards nonhumans. Be vegan.

The thread of the dead

Wearing silk is a blatant show of contempt towards our fellow sentient beings. Sadly so blatant that most people don’t even think about it.

In the obtaining of silk silkworms are intentionally killed in their final rite of passage. After they have spent their entire lives working towards a single end – and a most magnificent one at that, a complete bodily (and probably greater) metamorphosis – they take to slumber in their inherited hope that they will emerge adjusted (finished?) beings.

But members of our own callous and narcissistic species think it nothing to destroy the life’s work of these beautiful animals for the whims of fashion, much less when the victims are sleeping and otherwise unable to protect themselves. These innocent beings are denied their chance to see the world again, to spread their wings, to experience life in a new way and to find partners with which to mate. Not that people care for anything except the mating bit, since that is the only bit that brings us further benefit. Yet we have that sorted by selectively breeding these beings over the last ten thousand years to produce increasing numbers of eggs so that we can kill more and more of these individuals with increasing speed and efficiency.

When we imagine the tragedy of human lives lost early we often feel doubly heavy when those that perish are on the verge of adulthood. We place investment in children for the exact reason that we hope they will emerge out of childhood into independent beings capable of living their lives to their fullest. There is something uniquely heartbreaking when we consider someone who has passed through childhood only to be denied their chance to finally blossom, to live as an adult. Yet change the subject from human to silkworm, or any other species for that matter, and human compassion is at a loss. The fact that the victims are drowned and boiled alive does not seem to spark any increased concern. Perhaps it’s because silkworms, like worms, don’t have screams and flapping limbs that appeal to our emotions; perhaps it wouldn’t make a difference either way when human desire is so set on an end that it cares nothing for the life of others.

As if to add a sad irony to the situation, after killing these innocent beings people go about unraveling their life’s crowning achievement. The home that that each silkworm built in order to protect themselves and look after their own ends becomes their tomb, only to be ripped apart impetuously with the dead occupant still inside. Our desensitised minds then parade the work of these beings as items of festal luxury rather than of the wholesale death they truly are. For a single item of clothing this story of killing and plundering may replay thousands of times.

Nonvegans choose smooth ties and shawls at the ultimate cost to an untold number of beings. Vegans find similar ties and shawls that don’t intentionally harm anyone. What a strange world we live in when people recoil to the idea of veganism yet don’t find it an issue at all to wear and celebrate violence.

Talk about best buddies

Vegetarians and meat eaters unite!

Here’s an idea: How about you both imprison and inseminate a cow, then go halfsies in the outcome – one gets the milk, the other gets the baby.

Vegos: you keep the mother working her entire life taking the milk she produces for her child.

Meat eaters: you keep the child confined in a tight place so he doesn’t toughen up, then get the knife in.

Oh wait… You already have that deal going? Then what better trophies to share than wearing the skins of your victims. (I hear the babies’ skins are very delicate and therefore highly desirable).

P.S. Don’t forget to remind yourselves how much you love animals!

Sex and the Pity

The ability to discriminate sexual partners (including having none) is a fundamental part of sexual autonomy. Think about how picking sexual partners is amongst our most personal decisions and the often elaborate ceremonies we go through in order to pursue our sexual goals. It’s a process filled with excitement, anticipation and presenting ourselves as best we can. Often it’s a highlight of life. Even if our desires aren’t met we have enjoyed the freedom to pursue those desires and that provides its own value. For many the thrill of the chase is larger than the acts of physical sexual interaction. A life without such freedom of expression would be markedly different; I’d say markedly unnatural and inferior.

Given what we can see, and understanding the commonalities amongst all animals, it makes sense to assume that other animal species share commensurate desire and experience in choosing their own sexual partners. Just look at the performances and mating ceremonies some animals put on in order to impress their prospective sexual partners, and the often sensational natural features of sexual allure they are endowed with. In many ways they make us humans look remarkably boring. (Not sure what I’m talking about? Watch any David Attenborough episode and it’ll make sense.)

It’s almost an absurdity to need to say it but: Sex is a big thing – for all animals, not just humans. Yet in our treatment of nonhumans we’d almost believe that they have no sexual desires at all, only some mechanistic tendency to procreate. This is just another manifestation of human superiority and it’s extremely ugly. Human treatment of domesticated animals subjects them to both sexual deprivation and molestation. Considering that these nonhumans have their entire lives stolen from them it’s hardly notable that one other aspect of their lives – their sex lives – are subjected to human control, yet I hope that in raising it that some people might relate to their own sexual lives and realise what a tragedy it would be to rob anyone of the same.

Sexual violation is not just vile because it’s a physical and emotional assault on others, it’s also the stealing of some of life’s richest experiences and replacing them with fear and humiliation. It’s utter personal degradation. Consider how even more complex this degradation is when the sexual aggressor is of a different species – an aggressive and dominating species that almost invariably fails to understand or accept your communication, your pleas for mercy.

The “standard practices” that people inflict on nonhumans in order to breed them or to induce lactation is a sickening horror. Hands up anuses, tubes in vaginas, penises in funnels, bodies hung up or pinned down in order to be inseminated – these are amongst the routine procedures people inflict on nonhumans. Usually these animals are barely pubescent when they are first made to endure such contempt; humans are efficient and therefore insensitively tough overlords. On the other hand we’re also happy to rip off the sexual organs of those animals we have no sexual intentions for. If such practices were a fiction and had movies made about them they would surely have the toughest R / XXX ratings, if not being fully illegal. Yet this is not a fiction at all and this behaviour continues unchecked, sanctioned by greater society and enabled by laws that completely disrespect nonhuman interests.

Some people may argue that putting two animals together in the same enclosure and letting them “do their thing” is fine. You know what? People in prison often “do their things” too, and those things are usually not what those same people would otherwise do if given a free choice. There is zero nonhuman choice and only human determinism in the sex lives of domesticated animals.

People’s use of animals is steeped in sexual exploitation. Nonvegans should think about the sexual brutality they unflinchingly dish out on our fellow earthly cohabitants.


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