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“Activists” Take To The Skies With Unmanned Drones

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2017 has already has already given us enough non-advocacy from “animal rights activists” to last us a lifetime. Underground campaigns, “bearing witness” to animals in slaughter-trucks, new “humane certified” seals of approval – and we’re not even in February yet.

This latest development – as reported in Farmers Weekly – has taken things to a whole new level.  They’ve been on the ground, they’ve been subterranean, and now, “activists” are airborne with the use of drones.

Why? Well, we’re not quite sure. They’re either RC racing enthusiasts who are terrible navigators and who ended up in the wrong field, or they’re “animal advocates” deluded by the mainstream “animal movement” into believing that “exposing cruelty” is an effective form of activism. Unfortunately, as much as I’d love for this to be a misunderstanding involving an RC drone race, this is “animal activism” in the 21st century. What that means is you can think of the most outlandish and counterproductive idea possible and still be praised for it so long as you’re doing it “for the animals.”

Drones or “aerial vehicles” have been flown over a pig farms in Nottinghamshire, England, purportedly “gathering information.” Unless you’re intent on perpetuating the welfarist notion that it’s not the use of animals that presents us with a moral problem – it’s merely how they are treated during the process of our using them – then this is nothing but an exercise in adding further torment and stress to the already miserable lives of pigs.

People do not need to be shown how animals are routinely treated – which, as economic commodities will necessarily involve treatment we would consider torture in the human context – in order to educate them about why we shouldn’t be using animals as resources in the first place. Focusing on treatment merely perpetuates the false 19th century idea that animals do not care that we use and kill them, they only care about how they are treated in the process.

These little drones are perpetuating that 19th century speciesism by assuring the public that treatment should be the sole moral concern and that animals do not care about their lives so long as they are not “abused.” For those controlling these vehicles, I suggest taking up drone racing as a hobby instead of perpetuating the systems of oppression that result in normalised animal exploitation.

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  • Sarah

    Hey Ben
    I would love to read an article where you explain to us all about the great and efficient activism that you do! I really love reading all your criticisms of the people out there on the ground who are actually doing something, even though they are always wrong and stupid, I would love even more for you to tell us how it should be done!!!! Thanks in advance 🙂

  • Sarah

    I’m not sure, but I think we met once. You were running a table in central Manchester, you had lots of flyers full of tiny writing And I was the only person to speak to you that day. I was already vegan unfortunately… If that was you? I assume you have honed your technique a bit since then? So please please do give us some tips!

  • Alan O’Reilly

    Points well made Ben. The forms your personal activism take have nothing to do with the issue. The simple fact is that pigs will fly over drone factories before this nonsensical “activism” will make any meaningful contribution to animal rights.

    • Sarah

      ha ha! Silly me, I just assumed you guys had got it mastered and would want to enlighten the rest of us.
      But you’re right, the author’s personal forms of activism are irrelevant (either that or totally ineffectual as I have witnessed myself).

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