American animal rights activist
Free From Harm
(1965 - )
"When a conflict arises between otherwise progressive people and the animal foods they like, they can completely abandon their belief in social justice and - ironically - aggressively defend the opposite, the very systems of exploitation and violence against people, the environment and animals they claim to oppose."
"'Meat' is the language of objectification ó an attempt to turn a 'someone'
into a 'something.' By referring to an animal as 'meat,' the meat industry seeks
to create a moral vacuum in the minds of consumers, a complete disconnection
between the animalís identity and their flesh product. 'Meat' is their packaged
commodity, presented just like all the other products on the store shelves,
divorced from the living individuals they once were ó individuals whose lives
were each shaped by a unique set of experiences, interests, emotions, thoughts,
memories, likes, dislikes, desires, joys, fears, attachments, families, friends,
losses and pains. We need to take back the language for the animalís sake.
Eating 'meat' is eating an animal, an animal corpse."