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Book analysis about veganism: From theory to action
Abuse towards animals is one of the least taken into account problems and the most present in our society, all based on the sad idea that animals are less than humans for their intellectual abilities without taking into account that they can also Feeling, this has made many people use animals for their own benefit as a hunting tool or that meat production companies, fighting, zoos and more, exploit animals to obtain economic benefits by violating their rights. The book consists of two parts, the first deals with the problem of considering animals as resources and the second about activism and their methods to end specism, fighting for the rights of animals, demanding their release and respect for the same.
All animals from the moment of birth have rights, but these are not always taken into account mainly in the case of non -human animals for the simple fact of not having the same cognitive abilities as human animals. These attitudes are generally due to what is instilled in people since we are born, we see animals as beings lower than those who can take their lives, exploit, use as different tools, treat them as objects, etc.
For the large number of meat consumers and other products of animal origin, the number of animals sacrificed for human consumption and exploited to obtain their products is also large, therefore many activist groups carry out a series of activities that aimed to make people aware of the damage caused to animals. To talk a little more about the problem and how to treat it, a book analysis "veganism, of action theory" has been carried out, this consists of two parts, one in which the problem in "theory" and another that Talk about some ways in which many try to solve it or "the action".
It is known that in the world there is a lot of discrimination and of different types, more taken into account as is the case of racism, homophobia, sexism, etc. and others who are almost even given importance as is the case of specism. In definition, specism is to make discrimination based on the species, considering some inferior to others which is an unfair act. There are two types of discrimination, one is the irrational or not argued, which is nothing more than having a feeling of rejection of a different species than any individual belongs and is presented naturally or
for the type of education received; The second is the discrimination argued, based on the idea that several currents of thought have that consider that their race is superior to the others, since according to them the species other than the human have a different and inferior cognitive capacity, because of this many They agree with experimentation in animals, but they are not considered that they have the same ability to feel that we.
To justify animal exploitation, the arguing specism considers some characteristics that are created by human beings such as the ability to develop tools, communication, plan the future, possess a culture, to feel, altruism, be considered a person, etc. But none of this is correct and has been proven, for example, observing animals such as the chimpanzee that elaborate their own instruments to capture termites and feed or the alimoche that uses stones to cascar eggs, or when a person arrives at home and is received For his dog, he see him shows him affection and happiness by barking, jumping, etc; And how not to consider them altruistic if many times the same dogs have helped a friend of their species that has suffered an accident or his master with autism helping him to calm down during a crisis so that it is not harmed, but all these acts are unfortunately justified as instinctive when according to ethology (science that studies animal behavior) the similar behaviors of individuals of different species should be considered equally; They do not consider animals as people and even according to the SAR, an individual is a person only if it belongs to the human species, but it should be included that person is that individual who has personality and deserves moral consideration.
It is still believed that animals should not be considered morally because they are irrational and unconscious of their existence, when many of them when fighting for their territory, for example, evaluate their physical abilities with those of their rival, can be done only being aware that exist. All animals have rights for the mere fact of feeling, and these are a way of protecting their interests. Fundamentally we have the right to freedom, to life and not to be tortured, in addition to not being treated as a resource or property, so it is not correct for an individual to remove life to another, unless it is applied as a benefit. Already at this point it is necessary to consider veganism, a way of life that rejects animal exploitation in every way.
As already mentioned above, the rights of species other than human Perform scientific experiments for human benefit (vivisection), such as hunting instruments, such as milk producing machines or eggs, others are extracted and then used in the textile industry and then all of them are discarded as garbage, several They are also captured and taken outside their habitat to be sold or locked in zoos under the pretext of helping them to preserve their species, give them a home, safety and food, when in reality everything does everything for profit, in many places they also They practice activities considered cultural and artistic such as bullfighting, where the animal, in this case a bull, is deceived and tortured until it dies.
Bringing a vegan life is not difficult, you should only become aware of what we eat but who we eat, its adoption must be gradually, considering what is behind the meat, eggs, fish, etc. This contributes to the decrease in animal exploitation. Since this issue goes unnoticed by the vast majority of the human population, activist groups have taken letters in the matter. One of the ways to make people aware of the problem is transmitting the message in a correct way, through the use of the press, radio, television, internet, conferences, information tables and the direct step from one person to another and be between family, friends, etc. To achieve this, it is necessary to take into account other aspects such as maintaining aesthetics, integrating new activists creating events, dinners or others, considering everyone’s work since everything is done for the benefit of animals, you have to look for methods to raise money Since the project can be carried out, when transmitting the message, people must be persuaded to accept veganism without making them feel guilty and have a personal initiative.
Another way is through protests, manifestations are generated in conjunction with well -being entities and refuse to evict the spaces until they are heard, some undress and enclose in cages, protest in front of homes, etc. One of the best ways to capture people’s attention is to conduct research and expose the results. There are activists who enter farms to record the reality of animals, passing through journalists, others
They manage to get work in companies or farm and record everything with the help of cameras that hide in the same place or in their clothes regardless of having to deal with demands by the entity in which the investigation was conducted, others interrupt acts As fashion parades, they sabotage the activities of the hunters and more. Many of these initiatives have had favorable results such as the release and rescue of animals, in addition to the fact that the group of activists has increased over time, but has also brought the death of both exploiters and activists.
According to the analysis of the book "Veganism, from theory to action", it is necessary for people to be aware of the damage that animals suffer every day by belonging to a species other than ours, we must consider that although they do not have The same cognitive ability as us, they are living beings that can also feel and not only in the physical aspect, so it is not correct to use them as objects or tools that one can get rid of or discard them when they are no longer needed. Although it is a bit difficult to take the step due to the same specism, it is not impossible to do so, you just have to have empathy, analyze the origin and the way of obtaining the products we have at the table, and once the veganism is accepted as A lifestyle can be contributed to the elimination of animal exploitation through protests or other awareness methods.
- Cotelo, s. (2013). Veganism: From theory to action. Madrid: Cultural Association by spilling ink and crazy anarchist Magdalena.