On 21st September 2016 a debate was held in the Department of Communication of the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) to discuss vivisection. Two teams were faced for this purpose. The defenders of vivisection were a philosopher and a public relations executive from the European Animal Research Association (EARA the largest European lobby protecting the interests of organizations using animals in research in Europe). Against vivisection, two vegan philosophers confronted them. Interestingly, towards the end of the debate, the industry representative (a former vivisector herself) pronounced an embarrassing “I’m not ethic”. [Read more…]
Socialism is an economic and political order that sets common needs above private desires, and that values people over the things they make or sell. In that broad sense, it’s a system as old as humans themselves. Our forager ancestors were socialists: they had no conception of private property, disdained greed, and honored each other and their environment. Why hoard when the world was so bountiful? Why vaunt the sense of having, when the sense of wonder yielded much greater delight? Why treat other people and non-human animals as mere things when propinquity was so clear? [Read more…]
What do you say to people who feel the letter [in favor of humane meat] was an endorsement for Whole Foods to apply the word “compassion” to the killing of animals and the packaging of their bodies?
I think it is that. I don’t deny that. Obviously they’re killing animals and packaging their bodies. There might be some people who say, ‘You can’t be compassionate if you end up killing the animals.’ I just think that’s wrong. I think you can recognize the reality that people are going to eat meat. Or if you’re in a supermarket chain, you can recognize the reality that if you don’t sell meat, people will go elsewhere. And nevertheless, you can hope that the meat products you sell will be as compassionately produced as possible.
–Interview with Peter Singer, Satya, 2006
Animal Liberation Currents takes its place at a time marked by a historically weak Left, a resurgent right wing, a polarized social landscape and increasingly violent states. Unions and social movements have been in retreat for decades. Whatever radicalism that once may have been envisioned by an animal rights movement is nowhere to be found.
The crisis, it is true, has a great many forms. But for media such as ours, taking our first steps in the context of an animal liberation movement still struggling with the most elementary questions of strategic political orientation, it is necessarily a profound crisis of the imagination. [Read more…]