Mary Martin has a great post up right now about the concepts of compassion, nonviolence, and justice.
I invite you to
read her blog post >>
Some of my off-the-cuff thoughts, in no specific order:
- Animal agriculture is not compassionate, nonviolent, or just.
- Breeding, mutilating, confining, fattening, and killing animals is violent.
- Eating animals is an expression of violence.
- Veganism is more compassionate, nonviolent, and just than the alternative.
- But veganism alone will not create world peace.
What do you think?
Part-way through Martin ventures from the concepts of compassion, nonviolence, and justice towards another concept: efficacy. She writes:
“the most significant vehicle for the liberation of nonhuman animals, just like the liberation of human animals, probably isn’t going to be a petition. Or vegan pumpkin pie.”
I’m not sure that’s true. I mean, it’s certainly true for the particular animals who are rescued or released, but I’m not sure that it’s really fair to discount culinary activism or politics. Or other forms of activism, either.
Personally, I think leafleting is HUGE. If I had to choose one method of activism that I feel most comfortable supporting and encouraging others to do, it’s leafleting. I support leafleting because it’s super-duper easy AND it’s effective.
Other than open rescue or undercover investigations, I think leafleting is the most worthwhile form of animal activism there is. Leafleting is a proven method that’s been used for various causes throughout history. It’s simple and easy with low barriers to entry – just get your hands on some leaflets and pass them out. It’s unlikely to get you arrested and therefore has broad activist appeal and long-term engagement.
But ultimately it’s about the individual activist. If you’re good at something and enjoy doing it (like drawing or cooking or writing) then it makes sense to use those talents and interests to guide your activism.
What do you think?