Establishing the Rights of Animals in Law and Human Consciousness

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Establishing the Rights of Animals in Law and Human Consciousness

Comments by David Cantor - 12 Jun 2006

In a message dated 6/10/2006 1:01:58 A.M. Eastern Standard Time, [email protected] writes:

To do this we first need to attract their attention, and then we need to find the best way to funnel their interest into the rights issue. Based upon your experience, what do you believe is the best way to do this?

Dear Frank & Mary,

I'm going to give this some more thought and get back to you at a less-overwhelmed moment.

I'm not a publicity or promotions expert and might just want to defer to your judgment on that altogether. I've become skeptical of venues with large audiences, like TV, because usually popular venues are popular precisely because they don't explain serious ideas or new paradigms like animal rights. As far as I know, AR has never, in all these years, been accurately or fully explained in a large-audience venue. So I've consciously directed my energy toward genuine education at any cost, including lack of popularity. If it can be done in a popular way, great.

My first thought is to look at a number that has stayed with me since I first noticed it a long time ago. Gary Francione, in An Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog?, published in 2000, says 16,000 animals were slaughtered in the U.S. every minute. That's just in slaughterhouses, not by cars, laboratories, and other means. It puts "saving animals" and other positive things people can do in a light that should lead people to wish to work for rights -- to change human society so animals don't need saving -- rather than to "save" them at such a minuscule rate that, even if everyone who's ever sent a dime to any animal organization (rights or not), spent a whole day saving animals in any way they could find, they could not possibly make a net difference for the better -- with the exploitation machine working at its current rate. I would guess the number is significantly higher than 16,000 per minute today.

So maybe something like "So You Think Saving Animals Saves Animals?"



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