Speciesism and Oppression
WHAT CAN WE DO TO CHANGE THIS?
On a societal level, for things to change, humans have to realise that other animals live for their own reasons, they are not things or slaves to be used and disposed of as means to our ends. They are sentient beings who have the same ability as humans to experience pleasure and pain, and suffer from boredom and deprivation. They have their own personalities, likes and dislikes and most importantly, an interest in pursuing their lives, just like we do.
Veganism is an ethical position against all forms of oppression inflicted upon any sentient being. A vegan will, then, be opposed as much to speciesism as to racism, sexism, ageism, classism, etc, since all forms of oppression have the same roots: “prejudice, ignorance, and generational transmission through the institutions of society.”
If you believe that it is wrong to force animals into lives of servitudes for humans interests, by becoming a vegan, you will help create a social structure based on respect, justice and compassion for all sentient beings. Only with a greater number of vegans can the recognition of animal rights issues be brought up on a global scale.
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