“The question is not, ‘Can they reason?’ nor, ‘Can they talk?’ but rather, ‘Can they suffer?”
~ Jeremy Bentham
With the election happening this year, Donald Trump’s family has been in the news and more visible than ever. We have had the opportunity to get to know his children, especially Don Jr, Eric and Ivanka. Whether you love The Donald or hate The Donald, there is no getting around that he has raised children who are intelligent, dedicated, hard working, family oriented, articulate and poised.
Don Jr’s speech at the RNC was impressive. Politically active talk show host Montel Williams tweeted, “Perhaps Donald Trump Jr. should run?”
But then we see the photos of Don Jr. and his brother Eric… and the outrage begins. Rightly so.
Hunting has been a passion for me when I’m not working and with my family, and frankly, it’s been a passion when I’m with my family as well.~ Donald Trump Jr
A quote from Nicole Dao, a spokesman for PETA:
“If the young Trumps are looking for a thrill, perhaps they should consider skydiving, bungee jumping, or even following in their anti-hunting father’s footsteps and taking down competing businesses – not wild animals.
Like all animals, elephants, buffalo, and crocodiles deserve better than to be killed and hacked apart for two young millionaires’ grisly photo opportunity. If the Trumps want to help villagers, they have plenty of resources at their disposal.”
Donald Jr. repeatedly calls himself a “hunter” on his Twitter, and refers to people who oppose his and his brother’s cruel escapade “eco nuts.”
Here is a quote from www.celebitchy.com:
Last year Donald Trump Jr., 34, went on a safari to Zimbabwe and killed at least one elephant, a kudu, a civet cat, a crocodile and a water buck. He then proudly posted photos online. Somehow TMZ just found out about it, the photos got leaked and/or little Trumpy just put them online. Well now he’s defending himself on Twitter and sending snarky remarks back to anyone who questions his killing of majestic animals. He’s saying that the animals were in the open and weren’t fenced, that what he did was legal, and that he gave the meat to local villagers. He still killed a freaking elephant for God’s sake. Didn’t anyone read Babar to him when he was a kid?
Okay, so this line kicks off the reason I am writing this blog post:
Didn’t anyone read Babar to him when he was a kid?
Absolutely Don Jr’s actions are wrong. I am sickened every time I see a photograph of him holding a rifle, posing in front of a kill. Thousands of people on Facebook and Twitter condemn his actions. Here are some of the comments people have posted:
“I hope an elephant stomps them into the ground and shits on their heads. They are weaklings lacking any inkling of compassion or fairness. They will never grow balls no matter how many animals they slaughter. Try giving the big fees you pay to hunt to a needy charity.”
“Someone shoot them.”
“Hopefully like most hunters they will have an accident & shoot each other.”
Hey, I’m thrilled to see that people are outraged at his barbaric acts and are voicing their opinions, but I cannot help to imagine that after posting an anti- game hunting comment, many of these same people are then cooking up some eggs and bacon for breakfast, pouring cows milk over their cereal, or grabbing lunch which consists of a Big Mac with extra cheese, a turkey sandwich, or a slice of pizza with Canadian bacon.
There is no outrage in that.
But hey, Didn’t anyone see the movie Babe? Or how about Charlotte’s Web?
I am convinced that many people just don’t know or think about how their breakfast, lunch or dinner is affecting someone else. Other sentient beings who share the planet with us and have every right to be here and don’t want to suffer and die. Beings who love their babies, like to play, love belly rubs and basking in the sun. They have just as much a right to their life as anyone else.
Globally, the number of animals slaughtered for food exceeds 70 billion (more than six million animals every hour)
Quoted from awfw.org:
“Cows and steers raised for beef are typically confined in feedlots that can pack together thousands of animals. These animals may have little or no protection extreme weather conditions. They may be castrated, de-horned, and/or branded without the aid of painkillers.
Cows raised for milk (dairy cows) also spend much of their life severely confined. Twice a day or more, they are attached to milking machines. Some are injected with bovine growth hormone to boost milk production.
To maintain milk production, cows are continuously impregnated in what the industry calls “rape racks.” The newborn calves are removed from their mothers immediately after birth to prevent a drop in milk production in the mother.
Most of the male calves are raised and slaughtered for beef. Some are chained by the neck in wood crates for 16 weeks and slaughtered for veal. Most female calves are placed in the dairy herd. When dairy production declines, the cows are slaughtered for beef. Each year, about 39 million cattle and calves are killed for food in the U.S.”
Most humans declare to be “animal lovers.” I don’t believe that most humans are evil. I don’t believe that most people want to cause harm and suffering to other beings. Yet, consider this, with every dollar you choose to spend on meat, dairy, eggs, leather, fur, wool and other animal products, you are funding enslavement, rape, torture, pain, and terror on your fellow sentient beings. Just because you are personally not pulling the trigger or flipping the switch, does not mean that you are innocent and that just because you don’t see it, it doesn’t count.
What makes it NOT okay to enslave, torture, kill and eat a dog or a cat, but it’s perfectly acceptable to inflict atrocities on a cow, pig, turkey or a chicken? How did we get here? It’s simple. Conditioning. From the time were were young, we were taught that cows, chickens, pigs, fish, and other farm animals, don’t count. They don’t matter. They aren’t as “intelligent”, as “clean” or as “cute” as puppies and kittens. We’ve been completely desensitized.
Animal liberation activist, Gary Yourofsky, is one of the loudest voices for the animals out there today. He has been on the front lines and in the trenches and has seen, heard, smelled and witnessed exactly what is going on…
“The worst scream I have ever heard, by far, is a mother cow on a dairy farm screaming her lungs out day, after day, after day for her stolen baby to be given back to her. And why do they steal babies from their moms? Well, the dairy industry can’t have little babies sucking up all that milk that was meant for them. Every time you have a glass of cow milk, some calf is not.”
“If people want to be real meat eaters, I’d love to see people eat raw flesh from the bone, down to the bone with nothing left but the bones, day after day after day.”
You see, real carnivores hunt down their meal, tackle it, rip and tear the flesh, and eat it raw, blood guts and the rest of it! Humans don’t have claws for tearing, or teeth for ripping. Just take a look at the difference between a carnivore’s teeth and an herbivore’s teeth.
So for those who are sticking to your argument that humans are carnivores and “where would we get protein if we don’t eat other sentient beings?” here is a great video by Emily, The Bite Sized Vegan. She explains the differences between humans and true carnivores. (Only 4:38 minutes, well worth a look)
How would you feel, if the day that you were born, somebody else had already planned the day of your execution? ~ Gary Yourofsky
I hope with all of my heart that someone is touched by this information. Not a day goes by that I don’t agonize over my fellow beings pain and suffering at the hand of man. I feel so helpless. The cause to end animal enslavement and suffering seems daunting. I often think of something that Jane VelezMitchell told me:
“At least when I put my head on the pillow at night, I know that I haven’t hurt anyone.”