Category: Animal Rights

Defending animals is defending the environment. Period. We can’t segment our struggle any longer.

P. GREANVILLE—Confronting organised human cruelty and exploitation of animals is always shocking. Exposés like this appear to many people as “strident”, tedius and tiresome appeals by people who “can’t tell the difference” between real urgent priorities (you name the human cause) and the plight of billions of animals, whose mindboggling suffering is automatically relegated to secondary or tertiary levels of importance. That kind of reasoning is grounded in false premises. As we have said elsewhere, being a supporter of animal liberation is today being a consistent ecologist, for no one can think herself or himself a serious environmentalist while munching on steak, eggs and stuffing himself with burgers. It just doesn’t add up. For the animal production industry in our modern world is an industry whose effects on our climate are as grave if not more deleterious than all the vehicular emissions in our planet, and other activities connected with the production of “greenhouse gases” starting with the petroleum industry, an industry that should have been retired decades ago…