Those of you who have seen the film, Miss Potter, may recall a scene where, just after she has bought her farm, she is touring the property. She comes across the farm manager, John Cannon, with some of the farm animals. Miss Potter is about to give names to the animals. Mr Cannon stops her saying something like: Please, don't, Miss Potter. It makes it too hard.
I knew just what he meant. I am a vegetarian. I am on my second go. The first go which lasted a few years before I fell off the wagon was brought about at the time when Mad Cow disease was newsworthy. It was discovered that in Australia a feed was being produced for cattle which included the bodies of dead sheep. It's processing temperature had been lowered by a number of degrees and now there was fear that, should it be found that Mad Cow disease was abroad in Australia, the meal could be listed as a possible delivery vector. So the original temperature was re-instated. I became a vegetarian as a sort of personal protest or witness to what I regard as human interference in nature. Cattle are herbivores and here were "those who know best" introducing carnivorous material into their diet. How dare they!
I was then a carnivore for about seven years. I visited a sheep property. I saw things there which made be think. I remembered Miss Potter and the naming. Human beings are naming creatures. One has only to read the Book of Genesis and one discovers God's delight in Adam's naming of the creatures. I thought of the house animals on agricultural properties. The cow, the goat, the horse, the chooks. They usually have names. Their individual personalities are recognised. However, all those hills and plains of sheep, goats, cattle; factories full of feathered poultry - they don't have names.
I then thought of Hitler, the Jews, the cattle truck Transports, the Concentration Camps, the Gas Ovens. People became the nameless numbered. They had no personalities. They were clumped together impersonally as a single entity for eradication. Hitler was able to take people who had names, were citizens with personalities, families, careers, communities and make them - over many years - non-people. Then - and, most likely only then - he could clump them all together, round them up, take them out of sight and out of life without a whimper from the general populace.
J.M. Coetzee expresses the same views like this:
Please take time to read Coetzee's point of view. Please consider how you think about animals, your food, the planet. Sometimes old thinking is not the best thinking. Sometimes our thinking has to turn around, take a new tack, and enter a more compassionate and thoughtful zone. Please consider.
Organisations fighting for
the elimination of animal cruelty:
From Wikipedia. More here
- Abolitionist Approach
- Animal Aid (UK)
- Animal Campaigns (UK)
- Animal Defense League
- Animal Defence Society
- Animal Equality
- Animal Freedom
- Animal Legal Defense Fund
- Animal Liberation Brigade (ALB)
- Animal Liberation Leagues
- Animal Liberation Press Office
- The Animal A.R.K.
- Animal Rights UK
- Animal Rights Party USA
- Beauty Without Cruelty (India and South Africa)
- Anonymous for Animal Rights
- Center on Animal Liberation Affairs (CALA)
- Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade (CAFT)
- Compassion Over Killing (COK)
- Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi
- Friends of Animals (FoA)
- Fox Watch
- Fox Watch
- In Defense of Animals (IDA)
- International Primate Protection League (IPPL)
- Italian Horse Protection Association (IHP)
- Justice Department (Animal Rights)
- Last Chance for Animals (LCA)
- Massachusetts Animal Rights Coalition (MARC)
- Mercy For Animals (MFA)
- Midlands Animal Rights Coalition
- Party for the Animals USA
- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
- People for Animal Liberation (PAL)
- Responsible Policies for Animals (RPA)
- Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
- Southern Animal Rights Coalition (SARC)
- The Snake Man]
- TARVE "The Voice For Farmed Animals"
- Western Animal Rights Network (WARN)
- World Event to End Animal Cruelty (WEEAC)
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- World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA)
- Uncaged Campaigns