Similar Movements - Article From The Writings of Vasu Murti

Abortion opponents compare the denial of rights to the unborn to the denial of rights to blacks under slavery all the time. Why are they surprised when animal activists, likewise, compare the denial of rights to animals to slavery? I've pointed out repeatedly that both movements compare themselves to the abolitionists who sought to end slavery, and both see themselves extending rights to an excluded class of beings.

In an op-ed piece from the late '90s, civil rights leader Dick Gregory said, "When I think of circuses, I think of slavery." The animals are in chains, in cages, being whipped and beaten into submission, etc.

The parallels between animal slavery and human slavery are more readily apparent than the denial of rights to the unborn, in which an insentient piece of tissue is removed from a woman's body.

I'm *not* justifying abortion. I'm merely saying you'd think the unborn-right-to-lifers would immediately understand the animal-right-to-lifers and not deride animal rights.

Abortion and war are the karma for killing animals. Reverend Andrew Linzey, the foremost theologian in the field of animal-human relations, and author of several books on Christianity and animal rights, points out that for 1800 years Christians upheld and defended human slavery on biblical grounds. Past generations of Christians quoted Paul again and again saying, "slaves be obedient to your masters..." and Christians today quote Paul again and again saying, " much garbage..." If Christians join PETA, they can not only end war and abortion, but they can prevent history from repeating itself with regard to animals!

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