Animal rights backlash and a reason for hope

fightaetaAs the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act came into law, it became clear for a lot of animal activists out there, that fighting to save animals had now become a dangerous issue. Will Potter, in his excellent book Green is the New Red: An Insider’s Account of a Social Movement Under Siege , talks about how dangerous this new law is for the movement and the public at large as a Civil Liberty issue.  However, the backlash that the movement has received in recent years is actually an excellent sign that things may change for the better.

As Melanie Joy explained, the “Humane Myth” is not so much bad news as it may be good news as it shows that the Vegan movement is garnishing more and more supporters and therefore the industry (with its sold out animal welfare cohorts aka the HSUS, PETA and others) is feeling threatened.

It is therefore VITAL that we continue to educate, enlighten people about the Carnistic ideology which keeps everyone (animals and humans) enslaved. It has never been a better time for Veganism to spread more as the number of Vegans has doubled in the US since 2009. Vegans still make up a tiny percentage of the US population but the growth is unprecedented. The number of Vegan products found in supermarkets has never been higher. The number of Vegan restaurants has grown exponentially over the last 5 years only and the Farmer’s markets are spreading all over the country as proofs that Americans are looking for a better alternative.

History shows that for every new movement to improve society, there is an equal and often stronger resistance to change and growth. You might say it is the universal law of good and evil, cause and effect, the opposite poles. However, to paraphrase Gandhi, injustice never lasts and is always replaced by a human leap towards a more inclusive world. Human slavery used to be considered normal, women’s submission and lack of rights also was considered normal. These inequalities still exist in parts of the world and have not disappeared but they are mostly considered unacceptable and mostly illegal by most of the world. One day, our treatment of animals will be regarded as being backward as well.

We have to realize this: As more and more compassionate people adopt a Vegan diet, more and more disconnected people will perpetuate cruelty to animals because they feel threatened in their Carnistic beliefs. This is temporary but inevitable. Injustice always reaches a peak until it crumbles and makes way for higher values. We have seen it all through history. The animal rights movement follows the same pattern. Suffragettes went to prison, African Americans died to be free. Animals are still dying by the billions but their plight is getting more and more exposed and denounced.

In my school, we listen to over 100 so-called dietary theories from the worst (Paleo) to the best (Barnard/Veganism). I was almost nauseous from just listening to Sally Fallon (of the Weston Price Foundation) describing the so-called “traditional” diets of our ancestors and how they supposedly apply to our modern time. This rhetoric is being pushed more and more as the Carnists are feeling more and more threatened by common sense. They bring up so called proofs of our ancestor’s dietary habits and ignore our biology as well as the fact that most of history has been written from one point of view (the male’s) and wrongly ignores the role of women as the provider of their families. The role of « man the hunter » is mostly a myth that has been exagerrated to propagate the supposed superiority of men over women for centuries in order to silence them. The more recent research from women (and men) shows a very different picture as Jim Mason’s book An Unnatural Order: Uncovering the Roots of Our Domination of Nature and Each Other and anthopologist Frank Marlowe’s research demonstrate. Our ancestors were in fact at least 95% vegetarians like our closest relative the gorillas. The hair analysis that was done on the oldest man preserved in ice from millions of years ago reveals that his diet was vegan. Even Dr. John McDougall, in recent lectures and articles, has talked about the Vegan gladiators and the ancient Egyptians primary plant based diets (unlike the Egyptian royalty which ate like modern Americans and consequently suffered from the same chronic diseases of affluence).

As I was listening to Sally Fallon describing all sorts of disgusting “foods” (fish eyes?), I was reminded that the Nazis excused their experiments on the Jews with the same ideology which said the Jews were meant to be used and that it was normal.  Considering that the Weston Price Foundation (I feel sorry for Doctor Price’s good name) is heavily founded by the meat and dairy industry, she just uses myths about our ancestors to justify the meat and dairy industry book. There is nothing exceptional or remarquable about these mythologists. They just want to maintain the status quo, nothing else. John Robbins researched the longest lived populations on Earth for his book Healthy at 100: The Scientifically Proven Secrets of the World’s Healthiest and Longest-Lived Peoples. He talked about the work of Dr. Price, which has been hijacked by the meat and dairy industry. What his wonderful book proves is that the people who currently live the longest are the ones who live on Vegan or near Vegan diets and have strong community and family connections.

 

I believe in reincarnation. I also believe that some very un-evolved souls are now back in our time to push their agendas of de-evolution. There are also more evolved souls fighting back against it with their more evolved understanding of nature and our place (and the place of the animals) in the world. What is more evolved eventually will prevail because this is just the way evolution is. We have to move forward, not backward. These non-evolved souls are here to learn that they need to grow and they will not back down without imposing their brainwashing theories on the rest of us. They are currently the ones prevailing.

I see hope for the future because the more evolved souls are opening up to the truth and making the changes necessary for the human race and the animal kingdom to move on to the next level. There is no peace with war on our plates. There is no peace as long as we tolerate violence of any kind.

Let’s start by eliminating violence and death from our meals. Let’s keep planting seeds and educate the dark souls. They are unconsciously craving the truth and that truth scares them. Once we all get to the higher dimension, the world will release a deep breath and the Earth will stop protesting its human virus.

7/31/12 Update: This blog was published as an article on Ezine.com

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SCREWED – The Undeclared War Against the Middle Class and What We Can Do About it – THOM HARTMANN

I had barely finished « What Would Jefferson do? » that  I hurried to buy « Screwed » as I kept hearing it on Thom Hartmann’s radio program. And then I heard he was also coming to Santa Monica, CA with his upcoming book « Cracking the Code » (which I will review in a little bit).
Not only his this book (so far) my favovite but it also contains a foreword by Mark Crispin Miller and an afterword by Greg Palast!!! Talk about endorsement.
So here is Thom Hartmann again defending the Middle Class of America and doing it with bravado. His knowledge of our democracy (as brilliantly demonstrated in What Would Jefferson do?) is here put into demonstration in each of the chapters of this book. My favorite chapter concerns Thomas Paine against the Freeloaders. Paine was such a wonderful progressive character who needs to be REALLY rescued from obscurity. Also, it contains one of my favorite « to the point » paragraphs of the book: « Most Americans [] don’t realize that a middle class is created and maintained by direct intervention in the marketplace by a democratic government, including laws protecting labor, defining minimum wage, and taxing great wealth. Without these progressive laws, America would revert to what it looked like during the Robber Baron Era – the average worker earning the equivalent of around $10,000 a year in today’s dollars and a wealthy elite so rich and powerful that every branch of government was under its direct and indirect control ».

The scary part is that this is where WE ARE again!. And the author proves it.
The other big chapter of the book is the one about Healthcare in America and is reminiscent of what Michael Moore has showed in his movie Sicko as well. The United States is STILL the only western industrialized nation without Universal Healthcare and it ranks so low in its healthcare quality that some third world country seem to actually do better.

I loved this book and I wish I had the space to talk about it more. Also, I tremendously enjoyed seeing and talking to Mr. Hartmann when he came at Barnes & Noble in Santa Monica, CA on November 29, 2007. He is a wonderful speaker (and his radio show is testament to that) and his knowledge of current politics, psychology and the crisis facing this country is impressive. I recommend this book and his author’s radio show for anybody interesting in the state of country.

CHARIOTS OF THE GODS by Erich Von Daniken – Memories of the Future – Unsolved Mysteries of the Past

This is the book that started the Ancient Astronauts theory in the 1970’s. If you have never read any book on the subject, I highly recommend that you start with the father of all, this one. It is also illustrated with tons of pictures that show real strange stuff!

Have you ever wondered if an alien species could have intervened in mankind’s past? If you think it is a ridiculous idea, think again. Erich Von Daniken dissects Earth’s mysterious past by trying to understand many unexplained monuments and facts and their incomprehensible meaning in the light of our time. How were the Pyramids built or the statues of Easter Island? How were the maps of Piri Reis ever thought off to show the Earth just like modern astronauts see it from space, centuries before Galileo. The Pyramids, claims the author, could never have been built the way conventional archeologists would like us to believe. It would have taken workers several generations. A lot of ancient texts from varied cultures tell us about ancient Gods (or « Giants ») in flying machines. And there is plenty more.

Erich Von Daniken has wrote a classic that is still absolutely relevant today as formal archeology has not shed more light on the various mysteries of our shared history. Tremendously good and engaging.

 

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