By David Cantor, Responsible Policies for Animals, Inc. (RPA)
The enormity of the soul-crushing acute oil disaster occurring in the Gulf of Mexico for many weeks now (accentuating the century-long chronic oil and car disaster), and the industry-government-media complex's misrepresentation of it, demand analysis and action based on animal-rights theory.
I'll recommend some steps to take after illuminating the reality we must address. I am glad to provide assistance, including contact information.
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Nonhuman animals need equal basic individual rights like those of humans because their basic interests are the same as humans' basic interests: to be free from injustice, tyranny, oppression, and the pain and suffering they cause, and to live according to their species' original evolved nature.
From the perspective of nonhuman animals' interests and many human interests, there is no remedy to the oil disaster.
But the industry-government-media complex and its enchantment machinery -- public relations, news, universities, political parties, television, movies, sports, drugs, industrial food & beverages, biomedicine -- work 24/7/365 maintaining powerful mental frames in the human brain-mind convincing the public disasters are problems with solutions in the established social-political-economic paradigm. Such disasters are actually predictable results of thousands of years of human overpopulation, rampage over Earth's other beings, ever-more-powerful technologies, and ideologies rationalizing established practice.
Animal-rights advocates must work to disenchant the public by ensuring that those who mediate between reality and the human brain-mind tell the truth.
Crucially for the vast majority of Earth's sentient beings, the vast enchantment /mind-management / knowledge-suppression endeavor, much of it carried out and responded to unconsciously, suppresses knowledge of nonhuman animals' physical and mental experience when coated in oil, inhaling oil, eating oil-tainted food, having oil enter eyes, mouth, nostrils, and other body openings; when captured by humans, transported, placed in buildings, cleaned with detergent; and otherwise assaulted and traumatized.
A sudden massive toxic oil assault subjects countless animals to agonizing deaths, debilitating illness and injury, egg destruction, loss of the ability to reproduce, and more. News, government, industry, and humans threatened and harmed economically by the disaster mention very few victim species, let alone individuals -- mainly those in whom humans have an economic investment, secondarily an emotional investment. Human investment is irrelevant to nonhuman animals' experience. Rescue is possible for very few. Fish, barely known except when tormented, killed, cooked, and eaten by naturally herbivorous humans, are not even deemed worthy or possible to rescue.
Many birds rescued from oil and able to resume life in their natural habitat (to the extent natural habitat exists when humans and their nonliving inventions disrupted it before flooding it with oil) do not reproduce even years later. Framing animals as "rescued" without thoroughly naming and describing at least hundreds of harmed species, and precisely what countless individuals experience, misleads the public to believe meaningful remedies exist -- and that caring is meaningful without demands and strategies for fundamental change.
Needed change is not "clean energy," "oil-spill cleanup," "safe drilling," compensating people whose livelihoods are disrupted," "pelican rescue," or any of the other bromides and cliches relentlessly put forward by the industry-government-media complex. Needed change is equal basic individual rights of all animals regardless of species -- the only way to put humanity on a humane trajectory reversing the inhumane one our species has been on for tens of thousands of years.
What We Must Do
Contact news people and other spokespersons who discuss the "oil spill." Most news venues, programs, and many writers, broadcasters, and other spokespersons have their own websites. Many news items give e-mail addresses, twitter information, etc. RPA gladly assists with contact information and other details.
Tell them (1) it is an unparalleled disaster, not a "spill" or a "leak"; (2) they are not telling the truth if they do not emphasize the experience of countless individual nonhuman animals -- the vast majority of victims (the truth means the whole truth); (3) they are preventing progress toward needed change if they speak of "silver linings" or otherwise reinforce humans' optimism bias. Anything other than the whole truth rationalizes oil and car culture, a mainstay of inhumane practice defining humans' relationship to the other animals.
Remind your state's governor and the head of your state's land-grant university of the need to get our universities out of the meat industry -- meat entails far more oil use than plants-only eating; is the number-one global-warming industry; and is linked to just about any human disease we can name.
Only when the public recognizes impacts of humans and their nonliving inventions (corporations, institutions, industries, technologies) on countless trillions of nonhuman animals' personal experience and quality of life can needed change become possible. Cleaning up, compensating businesses, helping others, and otherwise doing good is fine but is not progress toward fundamental change.
Request assistance from RPA anytime! And let RPA know of any response to your efforts. Together we can do the impossible -- if we persist and accept the enormity of the task.