I just finished reading James La Veck’s absolutely brilliant
analysis of the current situation of animal advocacy. If you want to
get to the truth of what’s happening read La Veck’s essays published
one each in the September and October issues of Satya magazine. Here
are the titles of these excellent articles:
Compassion for Sale?
Double Think Meets Double Feel as Happy Meat Comes of Age
Invasion of the Movement Snatchers
A Social Justice Cause Falls Prey to the Doctrine of Necessary Evil
What I have been observing for some time now is organized and
articulated by James La Veck in a way that elegantly gets to the point.
I believe that these essays will long be remembered and cited whenever
animal rights and the underhanded strategies used to dismantle the
movement are discussed.
Also in the September issue of Satya is a reprint of a letter that
filled me with anger and disgust. The letter is from Peter Singer,
President of Animal Rights International, to John Mackey, Chief
Executive Officer of Whole Foods Market of Austin, Texas.
I could not believe that 17 animal advocacy organizations would allow
themselves to be duped and listed as being in favor of this sham and
sell-out of farmed animals! In effect, Peter Singer handed over these
“patsies” to be used to destroy the animal rights movement – like the
proverbial lambs being led to slaughter!
The letter is dated January 24, 2005 and says:
“The undersigned animal welfare, animal protection and animal rights
organizations would like to express their appreciation and support for
the pioneering initiative being taken by Whole Foods Market in setting
Farm Animal Compassionate Standards. We hope and expect that these
standards will improve the lives of millions of animals.”
What “doublespeak”! Improve animal lives by killing and emotionally
traumatizing calves and cows (their mothers) – not to mention pigs and
chickens – in order to put money in the pockets of exploiters who have
the gall to hide behind the word “compassionate”! Give me a break!
Then the 17 “sucker” organizations are listed. I was dismayed
(furious is more like it) that groups that I have donated to are listed;
but I’m glad I found out about this sell-out before I write my annual
It’s hard to believe that people can fall for the Public Relations
lies that veal – or any animal products – can be “compassionate”!!! If I
needed any proof that Satan is indeed the father of lies and that he is
really in the world the way the Bible describes, this is it! How far the
“animal advocacy” groups have fallen; it must bring such diabolical joy
to the hearts of the con artists who pulled this one off on the jerks
who let themselves be conned. Slick, real slick!
Note: James La Veck is cofounder of the nonprofit arts and
educational organization Tribe of Heart and producer of award-winning
documentaries The Witness and Peaceable Kingdom. A substantial revision
of Peaceable Kingdom, which will include an examination of the ethics of
“humane” meat, is currently in post-production.
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