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An injury to one is an injury to all!

An injury to one is an injury to all! Animals are the largest oppressed group. There will never be social justice or peace on earth as long as humans wage war upon the animals. Sexism, racism, homophobia, economic oppression and all other human vs human cruelty is rooted in the abuse of animals.
Humans are destroying nature, wiping out species, being cruel to animals and oppressing each other—just as they have done for thousands of years. How can we finally put an end to our barbaric and insane behavior?

In his book “An Unnatural Order,? Jim Mason traces the source of Dominionism, the global culture based on the so-called “god-given? right of humans to dominate nature and to enslave and exploit the animals.

As gatherer-hunters, humans saw themselves as part of nature and relatives of the animals who also had souls. However, roughly 10,000 years ago, humans began to dominate and control nature with agriculture and animal husbandry. As a result, they lost their spiritual reverence for animals and the natural world.

Keeping domestic animals required blunting compassion. To enslave and kill them without remorse, animals had to be regarded as lower beings without souls. No longer our relatives, animals were now merely “things? to be exploited since they were “lower? and “different? than us. This set the stage for all oppression against “different? people—who are often regarded as sub-human and “treated like animals.?

Richard Lewinsohn, author of “Animals Men and Myths? said the corral was the first concentration camp and the rope around an animal’s foot the first shackle.

Many people eat meat from animal concentration camps (factory farms) without knowing, caring, or even thinking about the tortured beings whose murdered corpses they consume.

They also don’t consider the underpaid and overworked slaughterhouse workers who do the dirty work, killing helpless animals all day long, day in and day out. Meat producers deliberately build slaughterhouses in poor areas where impoverished Americans are pitted against immigrants to lower wages. Desperate for wages, they must work at blinding speed or be fired.Workers often have no time to stun cattle which are often skinned alive while still fully conscious!Poultry slaughterers must slit hens’ throats at such a brutal pace that the blade often misses. Many terrified hens, hanging upside down on conveyor belts, are often still alive and fully conscious when dragged through boiling water to remove their feathers! Human rights are impossible without animal rights.

Ironically, labor organizers, environmentalists, feminists, and social justice activists fighting racism and homophobia undo their own work if they exploit animals! Abusing our power over animals perpetuates Dominionism which legitimizes the “right? of humans to oppress people lacking money and powe oying the natural world. As we treat the animals we treat each other!

However, Mason believes cruelty and violence are learned behaviors and that people are naturally kind—if not abused and brainwashed by our violent society.

Treating “other? beings with respect helps us learn to respect “other? people instead of abusing our power over them. Compassion is the antidote to Dominionism! There will never be social justice without compassion for all beings, not just humans.

“An Unnatural Order? offers hope and optimism that a world of peace, compassion and respect for all beings is possible!

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Re: An injury to one is an injury to all!

is this article an update to

An Injury to One is an Injury to All

Re: An injury to one is an injury to all!

to "r"

This is a shorter version of my original article. I posted it because tons of ads are now appearing to encourage people to buy turkeys for Thanksgiving. I'm hoping readers will make compassionate food choices for their Thanksgiving dinners and thus, avoid supporting cruelty with their grocery dollars.

The first Thanksgiving also included many vegetables such as squash, corn, pumpkins and greens. We are fortunate enough to live where many vegan choices are available.

Although turkey is a "traditional" part of Thanksgiving, all traditiions had a beginning—and can be ended when public awareness of cruelty increases. For example, enslaving human beings was once a "tradition" in the US which had been ended.

Cruel traditions don't have to be continued just because they were being done for a long time! (such as human sacrifice practiced by early "civilizations for centuries")!

Re: An injury to one is an injury to all!

To refer to animal processing areas -- or corrals -- as "concentration camps" is virulently offensive to those who suffered during the extermination programs under Nazi Germany. Can't you pursue your objectives without becoming hysterical in your use of language? What is the HELL is the MATTER with you?

Re: An injury to one is an injury to all!

Did you write the article in a 1998 Uppity Women's magazine called "All Women have Beautiful Bodies?"


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