Social Justice

“150 years ago, they would’ve thought you were absurd if you advocated for the end of slavery.  100 years ago, they would have laughed at you for suggesting that women should have the right to vote.  50 years ago, they would’ve objected to they idea of African-Americans receiving equal rights under the law.  25 years ago, they called you a pervert if you advocated for gay rights.  They laugh at us now for suggesting that animal slavery be ended.  Someday they won’t be laughing.”  Gary Smith.

What is Social Justice

It can mean many things! (1) an opposition to arbitrary discrimination, (2) support of the marginalized, and (3) a respect for autonomy and individual rights.

Creed

The Ontario Human Rights Commission redefined creed to include non-religious beliefs that substantially influence a person’s identity, worldview, and way of life. Because ethical veganism is a way of life, it falls under this definition. no forced biology dissections, no obligation to wear leather at work, no holding company functions at a steakhouse for vegans.

Gender

Rape to impregnate, incarceration and offspring taken to prevent nursing is the life of a dairy cow. Hens are valued only for their breast “meat” & reproductive eggs and are killed when “spent”. Social justice activists must refrain from objectifying animals in language. Female bodies are not “meat.” Animals are not inanimate “things,” she is “her” not “it.”

Animal Trafficking

Hedgehogs and lizards like any animal kidnapped from its natural settings suffer isolation from social networks, diet depravation during transport & no choice on where to live or care provided once delivered. See PETA.

Human Trafficking

Human traffickers kidnap or promise the vulnerable a good life and sell the victims into slavery as workers at slaughterhouses and other animal factories where 18 hour days are the norm, wages are low, and working conditions are dangerous.

Global supermarkets selling shrimp peeled by slaves in Thailand.

Speciesism

Speciesism focuses on one morally arbitrary characteristic: species, and uses that to justify violence and inequality.

Economic Justice

Worker Abuse in meatpacking plants

WHO states 3 billion are malnourished yet the amount of grains fed to US livestock is sufficient to feed 840 million plant-based people.

Risk Management rules ignored at “Free Range” brand of Pitman Chicken, hospitalizing 15 employees-fine levied

Tyson so risky workers suffer 1 amputation/month at Tyson factories

The world eats cheap bacon at expense of NC rural poor

Resources

International Vegan Rights Alliance