Even among those who support the aims of
various social justice issues, the question of animal rights is often
treated as a non-issue, or as an injustice that must be eradicated—but
not just now.
Those who think this way believe that the plight of animals can be
addressed only when racism, war, sexism—and a thousand other societal
ills—have been eradicated. And they view those who currently devote
themselves to animal welfare as draining energy and resources from
other, more important causes.
But animals are among the least powerful and most abused of God’s
creatures. And those who are tempted to believe that the men and women
who labor on their behalf are doing work that is less important than
their own, might reconsider.
Perhaps they should judge the value of what is being done by the amount
of compassion and love these activists bring into the world, rather than
measuring what is being done by their own priorities.
They might also consider that those who have been called to work for the
animals understand that a world which condemns their abuse—refusing to
treat any of God’s creatures as utilitarian objects—is a world in which
no human being will ever be abused as the means to an end.
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