Animals deserve freedom from use, not just protection from fire
Don’t you hate it when the negligence of a facility means animals die before they’re scheduled to be killed?
In a Globe and Mail op-ed piece, author Jessica Scott-Reid argues for the legal protection of animals from death by fire. Not their intentional breeding, raising, death by any means other than fire, use and overall exploitation – just protection from the off chance a farmer’s property (including animals) burns down because strict fire codes don’t exist.
Scott-Reid refers to a kennel fire in Quebec that killed 18 dogs and a stable fire that killed 42 racehorses in Ontario, furious that both left animal lovers weeping when a supposed 30,000 forgotten farmed animals are also cooked, well, before someone else can cook them. She surmises that the solution doesn’t lie in teaching others about the morality of veganism, but in the updating of Ontario Farm Building Code to require fire detection and suppression systems. One solution could be to use metal barns rather than wooden ones, as they are less likely to catch fire. And she says that if we don’t act fast, Manitoba is going to be the next Ontario.
So like the incessant ringing of a smoke detector that goes off prematurely when the edges of our toast get too crispy, this welfarist advocacy makes a lot of noise about a very small (if not insignificant) part of the bigger problem. I mean again, these animals and the many that follow them, don’t have it better without of without a minimum requirement of fire extinguishers. But fire detection will protect one thing; the investments of farmers. Good thing this “animal advocate” is here to ensure farmers don’t lose what’s “rightfully” theres. It’s almost like arguing that animals deserve to die by knife, or by stun gun, or by gas instead – like that’s somehow more just.
There’s no right way to kill an animal, and pretending accidental death is more villainous and pressing of a topic than intentional or routine murder is wrong. Even worse, this propaganda will help people feel more comfortable about choosing to use animals brought up in “good conditions.” It’s no unlike the “cage-free” pledges of the world. Dare I say, people might even falsely begin believing protective legislation actually benefits animals, too. It’s no more humane, compassionate, or loving to make sure the animal you’re using is comfortable, “happy,” or not-on-fire. Wanting to save animals should not be exclusive to less probable danger when the very ordinary danger of non-veganism is there everyday.
If you’re not already understanding why I find this entire article ludicrous, or can’t be bother to read it, look no further than this caption from the conclusion:
“As long as our culture continues to see farmed animals as nothing more than property, then industry classifications like “low human occupancy” will persist to allow farmers to dismiss animals as unworthy of protection from horrific harms like fire. In a society deemed civilized and humane, this is unacceptable. Cows, pigs, goats, sheep, chickens and ducks are not farm equipment or produce. They are living, feeling beings, the same as dogs and racehorses, deserving of protection from the inconceivable torture of being burned alive.”
Though civilized and humane aren’t the first words I’d use to describe North America in 2017, the real error here is arguing that animals aren’t property, equipment, or produce and not promoting veganism in the same breath. They are worthy of more than just freedom from torture or fire, and until we unequivocally use our voices to fight for their total owed fundamental justice, people will continue adapting the ways in which they can manipulate the system to continue the cycle of suppression. If you want people to make a connection to the equality of all animals, and you don’t want to see another living soul suffer or die needlessly, you need to put those feelings into action by going vegan and helping others to do the same. Many more animals will be affected by the choices and advocacy of one vegan than adding smoke detectors to the barns and slaughterhouses that hold prisoner so many helpless souls.